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A row of seven cottages high above Whitby harbour started collapsing down the cliff following torrential rainfalls

A row of seven cottages high above Whitby harbour started collapsing down the cliff following torrential rainfalls

A row of seven cottages high above Whitby harbour started collapsing down the cliff following torrential rainfalls

The demolition of five houses in North Yorkshire that were left on the edge of a sheer drop after a landslip has begun.

The row of terraced homes in Whitby were declared structurally unsafe after the landslide on Tuesday night and are now being dismantled.

But Scarborough Borough Council has said it is not clear how long the work will take because of the instability of the site, which means heavy plant machinery cannot be used.

Work began at 9am, with workers on two cherry pickers starting to break through the roof tiles and remove bricks from the houses.

The council said there will be 24-hour supervision on site by a structural engineer as well as a monitoring regime to detect how active the landslide still is, although the cause is still not known.

The row of fishermen's cottages, which are more than 100 years old, overlook the seaside town from the east.

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