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Search called off for missing RSPCA man

Mike Reid Credit: RSPCA

Rescue teams have called off the search for an RSPCA inspector who disappeared while trying to rescue birds as Storm Imogen lashed a Cornwall beach.

Mike Reid, 54, went to rescue a stranded flock of gannets in Penzance on Sunday. After his family reported him missing on Monday, coastguard volunteers immediately searched the shore.

Mike Reid was last seen on Sunday afternoon. Credit: ITV West Country

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has called off any future searches "until further information becomes available".

Land's End and Penzance Coastguard Rescue Teams, the RNLI Penlee lifeboat, Devon and Cornwall Police and the police helicopter have conducted a comprehensive land and sea search in the area and nothing has been found.

– Spokesperson, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Today the daughter of RSPCA inspector paid tribute to her 'amazing' dad - and said the family has accepted he is not coming home.

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Nearly two thousand homes still without power

Over two thousand homes without power in Devon and Cornwall. Credit: Western Power

Nearly two thousand homes across Devon and Cornwall are still without power as the aftermath of Storm Imogen drags on.

Many households had no power for parts of yesterday (Feb 8) and there are still a number of incidents across both counties today.

Western Power are trying to fix connections and some 2000 homes have already regained power.

1,425
Homes in Cornwall without power.
363
Homes in Devon without power.
1,935
Homes in the South West without power.

Daughter of missing RSPCA inspector pays tribute

Mike Reid Credit: RSPCA

The daughter of RSPCA inspector, Mike Reid, has paid tribute to her 'amazing' dad - and said the family has accepted he is not coming home.

Jenna Reid thanked people for their support, but ended her Facebook post to her dad Mike with 'RIP'.

She says it's a 'true loss' and describes the inspector as 'one in a million'.

It pains and breaks my heart too say that my amazing dad will not be coming home. He was/is the best person I've ever known, my best friend, my hero, my rock.

He taught me everything I know, he was the most caring, lovely, kindest man ever, I could go on and on of how amazing he is.

This world is a cruel place too take such a wonderful man from it, a true loss.

He was one in a million, one of a kind, no one was like him, his laugh, his smile, his stupid funny jokes, he just had a way with people, he could make the most miserable person laugh, all such unique quality's, he always made me smile and laugh.

– Jenna Reid

Mike has not been seen since being called out to Porthcurno, Cornwall, to rescue a stranded flock of gannets shortly before Storm Imogen's hurricane force winds began on Sunday.

The coastguard and the police are continuing the search for Mike inland and at sea.

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Over four thousand homes without power

Over four thousand homes without power in Devon and Cornwall Credit: Western Power

Over four thousand homes across Devon and Cornwall are without power as the aftermath of Storm Imogen drags on.

Many households had no power for parts of yesterday (Feb 8) and there are still a number of incidents across both counties today.

Western Power are trying to fix connections and some residents have regained power this morning.

751
Homes in Devon without power.
4,782
Homes in Cornwall without power.
5,681
Homes in the south west without power.
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