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Clifftop home torn down in minutes as wrecking team moves in at Hemsby

PUBLISHED: 09:05 14 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:05 16 April 2018

Another home at Hemsby has been torn down. Photo: Liz Coates

Another home at Hemsby has been torn down. Photo: Liz Coates

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First light saw wrecking machines return to Hemsby to tear down another cliff-top home this morning.

Another home at Hemsby has been torn down. Photo: Liz Coates Another home at Hemsby has been torn down. Photo: Liz Coates

Giant jaws tore into number 197 at The Marrams, crunching it into a pile of debris in just over half an hour.

The operation, staged in near perfect conditions, also saw a digger on the beach waiting to scoop up any materials that fell from the near vertical dunes, the sea lapping at its tracks.

The property is the sixth lost to erosion after winter threw everything it had at the sandy stretch a few weeks ago.

Surveyors from Great Yarmouth Borough Council are continuing to monitor another seven that could also be taken down at short notice.

Another home at Hemsby has been torn down. Photo: Liz Coates Another home at Hemsby has been torn down. Photo: Liz Coates

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The bungalows have been demolished in order to preserve public safety.

Work was undertaken by contractor, Anglian Demolition and Asbestos, which last month demolished five other cliff-top properties at Hemsby which became dangerous immediately following the storm.

The contractor set up on Friday afternoon and was on site from 4am today, beginning the process at 5.30am.

Cllr Carl Smith, the deputy council leader, said: “Firstly I would like to again express our sympathies for all the affected residents and property owners, including the owner of this property.

Another home at Hemsby has been torn down. Photo: Liz Coates Another home at Hemsby has been torn down. Photo: Liz Coates

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“Number 197 is now in a dangerous condition, overhanging the cliff by about a metre in places, and needs to be demolished to ensure public safety, which is the top priority.

“This is still a changing situation. We continue to update and advise the owners of all affected properties, and to monitor the situation closely with respect to the remaining properties at risk, whose owners are well aware of the sad potential of demolition at relatively short notice should there be any significant further loss of cliff material.

“The public are reminded that the area to the east of The Marrams road and the beach below the cliffs remain dangerous. There will be contractors and their vehicles on the beach during low tide, and people should therefore keep a safe distance. People are also reminded that the land to the east of The Marrams, where the eight remaining homes are and five now-demolished properties were, is private. People should therefore not enter this land to get a closer view of the edge of the cliffs.”

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