The body of a 22 year old woman holidaymaker has been discovered under rocks following a landslip from cliffs above a popular beach in Dorset.

Hundreds of tons of rocks came down yesterday afternoon at Hive Beach near Freshwater Beach Holiday Park at Bridport.

The beach forms part of the historic Jurassic Coast – from Swanage in Dorset to Exmouth in Devon – sections of which have been crumbling into the sea for years.

Dorset Council last week issued a warning to visitors and walkers of the risk of landslips following persistent heavy rain.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: “Portland Coastguard received a report of a landslide between Freshwater and Burton Bradstock at just before 12.30pm.

“The landslide was reported to be 400m from Freshwater caravan park and the caller reported that a person was trapped under the fallen rocks.”