Cliff tragedy coast path reopened

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A Dorset coastal path which was closed following the tragic death of a Heanor woman has reopened with a permanent diversion.

The mile-long path between Burton Freshwater and Hive Beach was closed following the death of Charlotte Blackman, 22, of Heanor, on July 24 last year.

A 160ft high cliff collapsed on Ms Blackman, who was holidaying at the nearby Freshwater Holiday Park.

Her boyfriend and father were also trapped under the rubble but were rescued.

The cliff-top walk along the stretch of coast has now reopened with a 400 metre section diverted inland behind properties between Cliff Road and Hive Beach. The work by Dorset County Council and the National Trust includes new fencing and gates. Hive Beach remains closed.

A fund set up in Charlotte’s name has raised £10,000 so far. It will be used to buy a second-hand 15-seater Ford Transit minibus to take families with autistic and vulnerable children on day-trips and holidays.