A large section of cliff has collapsed, sending rock crashing onto the beach below

Drone pictures show a pile of rubble at the foot of cliffs after the fall in Peacehaven, close to the Rushey Hill Caravan Park.

The collapse, which is understood to have happened yesterday, was on a pathway close to the cliff edge.

It is just the latest on this section of coast with two large cliff falls reported at Seaford Head only a fortnight ago.

Demolition of a cafe in Birling Gap was recently completed due to safety fears over the continually eroding cliffs.

Large rock falls were reported in Newhaven, Telscombe, Saltdean and Birling Gap last year, including a collapse close to the Belle Tout Lighthouse.

Recent studies have found that the rate of erosion along the Sussex coast has increased in the last 200 years with as much as 60 centimetres of cliffs lost each year at Seven Sisters.

Residents in Newhaven took to social media to express their shock at the latest fall, warning others to be careful when walking along the cliff path.

A spokesman for Lewes District Council said: “The East Sussex chalk cliffs are unstable and crumble without warning at any time of year.

“We would remind anyone heading to the coast to stay well away from cliff edges and bases and to follow the advice of the signs and posters highlighting the dangers displayed along cliff-top walks, bus routes, at visitor car parks, tourist information centres and on community notice boards throughout the year.

“Visitors are also advised to always check tide times before walking along the beaches. For information on tide times, visit tidetimes.org.uk.

“If you see someone in danger on or near cliffs, call 999 immediately and ask for the coastguard.”