Storm Babet has already caused changes to coastline, experts say

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Researchers from Newcastle University are bracing the elements to document how the surging seas have eroded the landscape.

They have already recorded waves washing away fragile and toxic coal waste deposits that sit just above the high-water mark, with even heavier seas expected.

Locations like Blast Beach, near Seaham, which featured as a backdrop in the film Alien 3, have seen significant spoil erosion since industrial tipping ceased. They have already found around one metre of erosion at Blast Beach as a result of the first high tide on Thursday morning.

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