A 'replica of the Titanic' makes a stopover in Brighton - and nearly causes another disaster
Back in 2001, the Telegraph reported on yet another local radio prank gone very wrong.
"A local radio DJ in Brighton told his listeners that a replica of the Titanic would be seen off the coast at Beachy Head, east Sussex. Hundreds of his listeners believed him and raced to the beauty spot," the article explains.
"But their disappointed at realising it was a prank was replaced by panic when a 5ft crack appeared in the 400ft cliff face. Coastguards and local council officials ordered people to leave and cordoned off the area. The Coastguard was less than happy with Southern FM, whose only clue that it was a hoax was that the replica was built by a company called AFD (April Fools Day).
A spokesman said: 'This has not only caused us a lot of problems but it has also put the public at risk. The cliffs at Beachy Head are notoriously dangerous at any time but today they are shrouded in fog and we have identified a large crack in the face of one of the cliffs. Hundreds have been attracted there because of this silly joke. We don't think it's very funny.'"