Plymouth police are advising the public not to visit the city foreshore for reasons of safety this morning.

High tide is expected at approximately 6am but the potential hazard will continue throughout the morning.

In addition to concern about people going too close to sea and being washed away by freak waves , police are also worried that rocks and other rubble may be thrown onto adjacent roads by strong waves with the risk of injury to persons in the vicinity.

A police spokesperson said: “ The shoreline has taken a battering over the past week and there is a lot of debris in the water. We are aware that some people may want to watch the rough seas , but they should not underestimate the danger caused by a combination of strong winds and large waves.

“ We have a clear message , keep away from the sea and that includes roads and paths close to the shore. Not only do you put your own life at risk, but also the lives of emergency service personnel who may have to be called out to help you.”

To minimise the risk to the public, Hoe Road, between the junctions with Madeira Road and Pier Street, has been closed to the public and will remain shut until assessed safe to open.