Repair work begins on Trent & Mersey Canal in Dutton

Work is underway to repair a huge breach of the Trent & Mersey Canal in Dutton after it burst its banks in September.

A hole equivalent to the size of twelve double decker buses was left in the canal bank following heavy rain.

A torrent of water washed away the large section of canal embankment which had stood for more than 200 years.

Around 12,000 tonnes of stones and other materials will be used to reconstruct the embankment.

The Canal & River Trust is investing nearly £2.1m to fix the damaged embankment on the canal, which itself is 235-years-old.

The trust is running a campaign to raise funds towards the repairs and have received £19,527 in donations so far.

David Baldacchino, waterway manager, explained the fundraising process: "The money that you donate will help fund the repair of the breached canal bank and complete a significant repair to a bank near Middlewich which has also been damaged by the flooding."