Man rescued after cliff fall

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A man was rescued after falling 80ft down cliffs in Newquay today - the fourth person to fall in the Cornish resort in four weeks.

The town was strongly criticised for its drinking culture and unfenced cliffs after two teenagers died in separate falls and another was seriously injured.

Falmouth Coastguard said at 5.15am they rescued a 33-year-old man who was suffering internal bleeding and a broken leg.

A spokesman said the Coastguard Rescue Team and ambulance paramedics treated the man before he was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Henry Purbrick, Falmouth Coastguard Watch Officer, said: "This is the fourth person to have fallen down these cliffs in the last four weeks.

"Two of these have lost their lives, whilst the other two have sustained serious injuries."

Earlier this month the parents of Paddy Higgins, a teenager from Wokingham, Berkshire who died after a cliff fall, started a campaign to get the resort to clamp down on its drinking culture and fence off the cliffs.

The 16-year-old died on 6 July, eight days after the body of Andrew Curwell, 18, from Saddleworth, Lancashire, was found at the foot of cliffs at nearby Great Western Beach.

The Leeds Rhinos' rugby academy player was on holiday with friends celebrating the end of his A-level exams when he fell.

A third teenager was found unconscious near the bottom of cliffs in the town.

The 16-year-old, from Marlow, Buckinghamshire, survived a 70ft fall and suffered serious injuries, including a broken neck.

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