Published: April 20, 2011
National Trust issues warning after dog killed in Brean Down cliff fall

The National Trust has this week issued a fresh safety warning to dog owners using Brean Down after an animal was killed in a fall down the steep cliffs at the weekend.

Saturday's incident saw a Jack Russell terrier plunge to its death, prompting a renewed warning from the Trust.

Brean DownNational Trust spokesman Allan King told "This is an awful thing to happen and we would appeal to all dog owners to take extra care when using the cliff top paths."

"Dogs should be kept under close control or on a lead to prevent accidents like this happening."

The trust introduced a number of new warning signs last summer, including the one pictured above next to the steps leading up the Down, after six dogs were killed last year alone.

"We put up the signs up warning of the dangers, but it is rugged open countryside and, as such, there are risks involved," added Mr King.

We reported last March how Bath couple Lorraine and Jonathan Hawkins recovered the dead body of their greyhound cross whippet at the base of the cliffs near Brean Down Fort. Also, a Springer died last April.

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