A rescue mission was launched after a vehicle belonging to a traveller visiting Seaham’s seafront gypsy camp was “mistakenly driven off the cliff.”
Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the coastal spot earlier today after the BMW X3 became stuck near to Seaham Hall car park.
It comes after 500 caravans and 2,000 people moved on to a field on the cliff tops, usually used for the car boot sales off the B1287 Seaham to Ryhope Road during the weekend.
Firefighters from the town offered help to pull the vehicle up from where it came to rest, but the traveller refused assistance.
Meanwhile, Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team has said it will be on hand to escort caravans off the land at 9am on Friday.
It follows an unannounced visit this morning by Inspector Darren Walton and other officers, who found a service under way in the marquee when they arrived,
Extra patrols from police and street wardens will be carried out and every effort from all parties involved will be made to keep the area tidy.Durham Constabulary
The team has said the majority of the group will be leave at that point and “the relevant traffic measures will be put in place by the police and council.”
A spokesman for Durham Constabulary added: “Extra patrols from police and street wardens will be carried out and every effort from all parties involved will be made to keep the area tidy.
“This morning one vehicle was involved in an incident where it was mistakenly driven over the cliff top.
“This was attended by Inspector Walton and was a genuine accident. “No one was injured.”
The force has said anyone with concerns and would like to speak to Inspector Walton directly can contact him via 101.
Organisers of the gypsy church convention have “fully engaged” with the police, according to the inspector.