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Walk­ers are reg­u­larly warned to stay away from the edge of the cliffs, par­tic­u­larly with the risk of them crum­bling un­der­foot.

HM Coast­guard says that the cliffs along the en­tire UK coast­line are con­tin­u­ally erod­ing, with pieces fall­ing sud­denly.

A spokesman said: “We’ve seen a num­ber of cliff col­lapses around the coast. We re­ally can’t stress enough how im­por­tant it is to keep back from the edge.

“Don’t be tempted to go and in­ves­ti­gate and don’t risk go­ing to the edge to get a dra­matic pic­ture, no selfie or pho­to­graph is worth risk­ing your life for.”

Walk­ers are ad­vised to stick to des­ig­nated paths and note warm­ing signs.

In Jan­uary 2013 sev­eral tonnes of chalk col­lapsed near Dover East­ern Docks. Last Oc­to­ber a mem­ber of staff from the Lang­don Coast­guard sta­tion pho­tographed a youth tee­ter­ing on one foot on a fence post just over an 80ft drop. Light­house at St Mar­garet’s-atCliffe.

The 83-year-old who lives in Can­ter­bury Road is well known in Ash­ford as a road-safety cam­paigner.

He had been walk­ing with his niece, Irene, and her daugh­ter, Emilia, 14.

What do you think? Write to Kentish Ex­press, Unit 4, Park Mall shop­ping cen­tre, Ash­ford TN24 8RY or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group. co.uk A man from Ash­ford is fight­ing for jus­tice for his fa­ther, who died from af­ter be­ing treated with con­tam­i­nated blood.

Tim Wrat­ten’s fa­ther - Peter Wrat­ten - was a haemophil­iac who was in­fected with hep­ati­tis C in about 1984.

He was suf­fer­ing from a bleed in his stom­ach and was in­jected with Fac­tor VIII to treat it. How­ever the in­jec­tion was con­tam­i­nated - like so many dur­ing that pe­riod.

How­ever, it wasn’t un­til 20 years later, in 2001, that Peter Wrat­ten found out he had been in­fected.

His son Tim said: “I found out about dad when I was 16. The Depart­ment of Health wrote to ev­ery­one and dad re­ceived a let­ter say­ing he was at risk of hep­ati­tis C.

“We just thought it was nor­mal as kids, un­til dad got the let­ter.

“It an­swers a lot of ques­tions about the way he was, the virus was do­ing things to him that he didn’t know about.

“Within ten years of find­ing out he had been in­fected, my dad was dead,” said Tim.

“The tox­ins from his liver were go­ing to his brain and it started go­ing down­hill very quickly, he be­came in­con­ti­nent.

“He had a fall and from that it pro­gressed re­ally quickly. He was just bleed­ing ev­ery­where on the in­side, the nurse showed me a scan, there was so much blood.”

Peter Wrat­ten died in 2011 at the age of 54.

Un­for­tu­nately that wasn’t the only tragedy for the fam­ily.

Peter’s broth­ers were also haemophil­i­acs and had been in­fected around the same time pe­riod. They all died within months of each other.

Now Tim is fight­ing for jus­tice for his fam­ily, against those re­spon­si­ble for the scan­dal.

“I looked up to my dad. The day he died I felt like part of me was gone. Ev­ery day is hard. I’ve got 12 years of doc­tors’ notes for my dad but the oth­ers have all dis­ap­peared.

“For the last two years I’ve been push­ing re­ally hard to get jus­tice. It’s not about the money. I just want the doc­u­ments and the truth.

“I have so many unan­swered ques­tions that need to be an­swered to bring clo­sure.

“No one can re­place what’s hap­pened. I’d rather have no money at all. I just want my dad back.”

The gov­ern­ment has launched an in­quiry into the scan­dal in or­der to fi­nally bring jus­tice to the thou­sands of peo­ple who were in­fected.

A Depart­ment of Health spokesper­son said: “We know this tragedy has caused unimag­in­able hard­ship and pain for those af­fected and so have in­creased an­nual spend on pay­ments to record lev­els since 2015, com­mit­ting an ad­di­tional £125 mil­lion in fund­ing for sup­port.

“We have also pub­lished all the in­for­ma­tion we hold on blood safety from the pe­riod 1970 un­til 1995 be­cause we want to be fully trans­par­ent. We would hap­pily look at ad­di­tional sources of in­for­ma­tion or ev­i­dence go­ing for­ward.”

Tim Wrat­ten with his dad Peter in 2010

Tim Wrat­ten and his part­ner Dec are fight­ing for jus­tice

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