A family with a child have been caught camping in a tent on a "dangerous" cliff edge known for its landslips.

Shocking pictures show just how close their tent is to the drop on a section of the Cleveland Way, a trail in northern England.

Two adults and a child were discovered by the coastguard who then issued them with safety tips, reports Teesside Live.

The campers were found yesterday by rescue teams from Staithes and Whitby, in North Yorkshire.

An officer from North Yorkshire Police also attended due to a breach of coronavirus restrictions.

Police attended, although it is not yet known if the family received a fine for breaching coronavirus rules
Police attended, although it is not yet known if the family received a fine for breaching coronavirus rules

It is not yet known whether the family were issued with any fixed penalty notices.

Staithes Coastguard said: "Safety advice was given from Coastguard Rescue Officers due to the dangerous location of their tent, especially with recent landslips.

"If walking the Cleveland Way please stay on designated footpaths.

"If you see anyone at risk or in danger at the coast, immediately call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

Pictures of the tent's location have been shared on social media, where people have reacted.

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One said: "Chalk cliffs are exceptionally dangerous, I live on the south coast and they fall to pieces on a weekly basis.

"Setting up your tent with a child in 15/20ft from to the edge is just bizarre."

Another added: "Not bizarre, stupid and reckless."

A warning had been issued over a large landslip on Cleveland Way just weeks previously.

People were urged to avoid a footpath on Huntcliff, which had crumbled during Storm Christoph.

Witnesses said that large chunks of the footpath fell, leaving it in a dangerous condition.

The path, which is around 110 miles long, is regularly used by walkers and runners.