Family tribute to landslide victim

Family and friends of a landslide victim have paid tribute to a "genuine, warm and funny young woman".

Charlotte Blackman died after being crushed as 400 tonnes of rock fell on her during a trip to the beach.

The 22-year-old, from Heanor, Derbyshire, was on holiday with her family and boyfriend when part of a 160ft-high cliff-face on the Jurassic Coast collapsed and sent a mountain of rocks plummeting onto the sand below. Her body was found under piles of rubble at the popular holiday spot in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, following a nine-hour search operation.

Her uncle, Douglas Blackman, said: "She was on holiday with her whole family, her mum Rachel, dad Kevin, sister Sinead, little brother Mitchell, and boyfriend Matt. My brother and her boyfriend and her little brother were there when it happened. I understand the boyfriend got her little brother away into the sea to get him from it.

"She was a lively, fun-loving woman, who had her whole life in front of her."

Miss Blackman was a volunteer with Derbyshire Autism Services Group, where she worked one-to-one with people with autism, including children, and help to give their families a break.

The group's manager, Margaret Reeve, paid tribute to Miss Blackman and said she was a "wonderful, wonderful young woman".

"She was a very genuine person, very warm, very funny, and had a great deal of time for people. She was a very good volunteer," she added. "People always spoke highly of her, she was very well thought of.

"Charlotte was one of those people who could walk into a room and make everybody smile, she could make you laugh. She was a very dedicated worker."

Witnesses said Miss Blackman, the oldest of the three siblings, was walking along the beach with her boyfriend and father when they were caught up in the landslip. The two men were pulled from the rocks by bystanders, but they were unable to locate the woman, who was walking directly under the rock fall, according to reports.