A person using a jet pack who was seen to fly through the Durdle Door arch has been condemned.

Lulworth Rangers have released a video which shows a person using a device to fly along the famous World Heritage Coast.

They are seen to fly through the iconic arch before returning and hovering beneath it before flying off out of sight.

Rangers and the Lulworth Estate said rather than 'glorifying' the stunt they wanted to release the video to show how the coast was being 'exploited'.

Staff said the smell from the jet pack was 'overwhelming' and the noise 'deafening'.

They suggest this beautiful stretch of coast is now 'a target for everyone wanting a viral sensation'.

Durdle Door has has been packed with visitors from across the country during recent spells of hot weather.

With travellers not being able to go abroad in the summer the beauty spot has been inundated with thousands more people than usual and locals suggest it now has a reputation as a 'party beach' among younger people.

People have been seriously injured jumping from the arch into the sea, prompting major rescue operations.

And there has been anger over the litter and mess left at the coast as thousands made their way along narrow roads to get to the secluded beaches. Volunteers have also been busy removing graffiti scrawled on cliffs.

Locals said they felt ‘trapped’ as huge numbers descended on the area.

Traffic management plans have had to be implemented and a security firm has been brought in by the Estate to manage crowds.

A spokesman for Lulworth Rangers said of the jet-pack stunt: "Sadly this year we are seeing increased exploitation of our beloved site. "From the horrific scenes of tombstoning, which brought Durdle Door to national attention, more and more people are using the iconic arch to make a viral sensation.

"This time a group have caused not only extreme danger, but also noise disturbance to beach goers and fuel pollution to our pristine waters.

"Recently we’ve had kite-surfers with drone pilots turning up at 5am in large seas, kayakers appearing during Storm Francis and countless others climbing to the top of the arch. Not only does this put themselves and our emergency services at risk during a time of national crisis, but it exploits the natural World Heritage Site as a playground to abuse, rather than respect. This was very apparent when a line of beach-goers were photographed rescuing a near-drowning swimmer in giant swell. The reality of the location is that it is in the countryside, with facilities in the car park but not at the beach, the access is steep and it’s not always suitable for swimming."

The spokesman added: "The increased activity has our staff stretched, working numerous roles to cope with the anti-social behaviour, mass littering and graffiti that is now becoming more common. The Lulworth Estate stopped marketing Durdle Door years ago as a destination, but when you see countless Instagram photos claiming ‘golden sands’ it is down to the road closures seen throughout August to keep the beach at safe distancing capacity.

"This summer was challenging enough, and stunts like this just make us despair as to what will happen next. Just because Durdle Door is there, doesn’t mean you should jump off, climb up or fly through it."