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Family fears home will fall into the sea as severe weather batters UK coastlines

The Blue Anchor pub, on the left, could fall into the sea at any moment (Picture: SWNS)
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By admin , in UK , at March 18, 2018

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Family fears home will fall into the sea as severe weather batters UK coastlines
The Blue Anchor pub, on the left, could fall into the sea at any moment (Picture: SWNS)

A family fears their 500-year-old cliff-side home will fall into the sea after huge cracks appeared in the ground following Storm Emma.

Mounds of soil formed at the base of cliffs below the Blue Anchor Hotel, Minehead, Somerset on Wednesday, just hours after wind and rain battered the West Country.

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Cracks appeared just metres from their door and now hotelier Cara Strom, 42, and partner Marcus Kravis, 49, face the prospect of losing their livelihood

And Cara’s daughters Sinead, 11, and Lucy, 16, could lose the family home they share with brother Paul, 23, and their two spaniels, Milo and Jasper.

The family, who took over the hotel 18 months ago, had no idea they’d lose ground so quickly.

The Blue Anchor pub which is under threat when the cliff behind the pub collapsed. Blue Anchor Bay, Minehead, Somerset. See SWNS copy SWCLIFF: A family fears their 16th century cliff side hotel could fall into the sea at any moment after storms caused a huge crack opened up just metres from their door. Huge cracks in the ground appeared in the garden of the Blue Anchor Hotel in Minehead, Somerset, on Wednesday. In a matter of hours, mounds of soil had formed at the base of the cliffs below, shortly after Storm Emma swept through the West Country.
Storms opened up cracks in the ground which lead to fears the cliffs could collapse (Picture: SWNS)
Cara Strom, 42 owner of the Blue Anchor pub which is under threat when the cliff behind the pub collapsed. Blue Anchor Bay, Minehead, Somerset. See SWNS copy SWCLIFF: A family fears their 16th century cliff side hotel could fall into the sea at any moment after storms caused a huge crack opened up just metres from their door. Huge cracks in the ground appeared in the garden of the Blue Anchor Hotel in Minehead, Somerset, on Wednesday. In a matter of hours, mounds of soil had formed at the base of the cliffs below, shortly after Storm Emma swept through the West Country.
Cara Strom, owner, fears the hotel will disappear into the sea (Picture: SWNS)

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The Blue Anchor pub which is under threat when the cliff behind the pub collapsed. Blue Anchor Bay, Minehead, Somerset. See SWNS copy SWCLIFF: A family fears their 16th century cliff side hotel could fall into the sea at any moment after storms caused a huge crack opened up just metres from their door. Huge cracks in the ground appeared in the garden of the Blue Anchor Hotel in Minehead, Somerset, on Wednesday. In a matter of hours, mounds of soil had formed at the base of the cliffs below, shortly after Storm Emma swept through the West Country.
Huge cracks appeared in the ground after Storm Emma (Picture: SWNS)
Cara Strom, 42 owner of the Blue Anchor pub which is under threat when the cliff behind the pub collapsed. Blue Anchor Bay, Minehead, Somerset. See SWNS copy SWCLIFF: A family fears their 16th century cliff side hotel could fall into the sea at any moment after storms caused a huge crack opened up just metres from their door. Huge cracks in the ground appeared in the garden of the Blue Anchor Hotel in Minehead, Somerset, on Wednesday. In a matter of hours, mounds of soil had formed at the base of the cliffs below, shortly after Storm Emma swept through the West Country.
Mounds of soil formed at the base of the cliff below the pub (Picture: SWNS)

Cara said: ‘It was a terrible shock. I’m very concerned about my livelihood, and about my family.

‘It has been an ongoing problem for quite a few years, but nothing dramatic. We have been working hard to try to find a solution over the past few months.

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‘We didn’t think it would come this quickly.’

The Environment Agency sent staff out to inspect the site on Friday but Cara is fearful that any action taken will be too late.

She said: ‘I have never seen anything like this. Nobody would be able to give a time estimate. They do think it is very concerning.’

The Blue Anchor pub which is under threat when the cliff behind the pub collapsed. Blue Anchor Bay, Minehead, Somerset. See SWNS copy SWCLIFF: A family fears their 16th century cliff side hotel could fall into the sea at any moment after storms caused a huge crack opened up just metres from their door. Huge cracks in the ground appeared in the garden of the Blue Anchor Hotel in Minehead, Somerset, on Wednesday. In a matter of hours, mounds of soil had formed at the base of the cliffs below, shortly after Storm Emma swept through the West Country.
The severe weather caused huge cracks to suddenly appear in the ground (Picture: SWNS)
The Blue Anchor pub which is under threat when the cliff behind the pub collapsed. Blue Anchor Bay, Minehead, Somerset. See SWNS copy SWCLIFF: A family fears their 16th century cliff side hotel could fall into the sea at any moment after storms caused a huge crack opened up just metres from their door. Huge cracks in the ground appeared in the garden of the Blue Anchor Hotel in Minehead, Somerset, on Wednesday. In a matter of hours, mounds of soil had formed at the base of the cliffs below, shortly after Storm Emma swept through the West Country.
The family fear they could lose everything if the pub collapses (Picture: SWNS)
The Blue Anchor pub which is under threat when the cliff behind the pub collapsed. Blue Anchor Bay, Minehead, Somerset. See SWNS copy SWCLIFF: A family fears their 16th century cliff side hotel could fall into the sea at any moment after storms caused a huge crack opened up just metres from their door. Huge cracks in the ground appeared in the garden of the Blue Anchor Hotel in Minehead, Somerset, on Wednesday. In a matter of hours, mounds of soil had formed at the base of the cliffs below, shortly after Storm Emma swept through the West Country.
The family only took over the pub 18 months ago (Picture: SWNS)

The hotel, which dates back to the 16th Century, has been forced to cancel overnight stays.

The mum-of-three added: ‘The building is safe, but once the pub falls into the sea, the road will be next.

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‘I think it is a reality now. Once that land does slip away, we won’t be too far behind.

‘The building will follow suit. I can’t afford to move anywhere else.

‘It is my livelihood, job, home and my family’s home. It is so busy here, everyone is coming to have a look.’

Cara Strom, 42 owner of the Blue Anchor pub which is under threat when the cliff behind the pub collapsed. Blue Anchor Bay, Minehead, Somerset. See SWNS copy SWCLIFF: A family fears their 16th century cliff side hotel could fall into the sea at any moment after storms caused a huge crack opened up just metres from their door. Huge cracks in the ground appeared in the garden of the Blue Anchor Hotel in Minehead, Somerset, on Wednesday. In a matter of hours, mounds of soil had formed at the base of the cliffs below, shortly after Storm Emma swept through the West Country.
Now the family fear the ground beneath them could crumble (Picture: SWNS)
Cara Strom, 42 owner of the Blue Anchor pub which is under threat when the cliff behind the pub collapsed. Blue Anchor Bay, Minehead, Somerset. See SWNS copy SWCLIFF: A family fears their 16th century cliff side hotel could fall into the sea at any moment after storms caused a huge crack opened up just metres from their door. Huge cracks in the ground appeared in the garden of the Blue Anchor Hotel in Minehead, Somerset, on Wednesday. In a matter of hours, mounds of soil had formed at the base of the cliffs below, shortly after Storm Emma swept through the West Country.
Cara said she is concerned about what could happen (Picture: SWNS)
The Blue Anchor pub which is under threat when the cliff behind the pub collapsed. Blue Anchor Bay, Minehead, Somerset. See SWNS copy SWCLIFF: A family fears their 16th century cliff side hotel could fall into the sea at any moment after storms caused a huge crack opened up just metres from their door. Huge cracks in the ground appeared in the garden of the Blue Anchor Hotel in Minehead, Somerset, on Wednesday. In a matter of hours, mounds of soil had formed at the base of the cliffs below, shortly after Storm Emma swept through the West Country.
The cliff behind the pub collapsed following Storm Emma (Picture: SWNS)

Meanwhile homes in Norfolk have been evacuated over fears they could collapse into the sea after the severe weather destroyed the coastline.

The beach in Hemsby in Great Yarmouth was cordoned off by police who warned people of the ongoing threat to their safety, while homeowners were given the option to be rehoused in temporary accommodation.

Lifeboat crews were on standby to help with evacuation and homeowners spoke of the devastating speed at which the dunes were torn apart from beneath them.

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