A HUGE landslide sent part of the garden of a £2 million home crashing into a car park below.

The luxury home in Sandbourne Road, Westbourne now has a gaping hole in the lawn and part of the Branksome Dene car park is cordoned off.

Tonnes of soil and debris were still blocking several parking spaces yesterday afternoon, and one motorist told the Daily Echo it was lucky no-one had been injured.

A 50ft long scar, almost 25ft wide in places, has been left in the hillside following the incident.

The affected home has breathtaking sea views and is next door to St Just, an imposing property formerly owned by Max Bygraves.

When the Daily Echo called at the address the occupant said that work will be carried out to remedy the situation.

She was uncertain as to who is responsible for protection from landslides.

From the car park below, it appears that substantial measures have been taken in a bid to protect the garden, and those of neighbours, from such incidents. Structures resembling railway sleepers are in place, below the level of the gardens.

One driver, who had been visiting nearby Branksome Beach, said: “It is a good job this lot didn't come down a couple of months ago when this car park was full. Somebody may have been seriously injured or worse.

Jason Benjamin, Parking Services Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “A small landslip occurred on Thursday morning at Branksome Dene Chine, with a small amount of soil and rubble falling from a residential garden into the car park.

“No vehicles were damaged, and approximately four spaces were cordoned off to allow cleaning crews to remove the debris. The car park is now fully open.”