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Three seriously injured in Penzance crash

Three people are in hospital. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after three people were seriously injured in a car crash in Penzance.

It happened on Penzance Road in Pendeen on Saturday 25 June.

A silver coloured Honda Civic containing a 49 year old local female occupant was travelling away from Pendeen and for reasons yet to be established has strayed in to the opposite carriageway and collided with a red Peugeot 106 containing a 42 year old local female driver and a 69 year old male front seat passenger.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

All three people were seriously injured. Both drivers were taken to Derriford Hospital, one by air ambulance.

The front seat passenger of the Peugeot is currently being treated at Treliske Hospital.

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Police from the Serious Collisions Investigation Team are appealing for witnesses to this incident to contact them on 101 quoting log number 647 of the 25th June 2016.

Hundreds line the streets of Penzance for Mazey Day

This colourful puppet gets a bird's-eye-view of the celebrations. Credit: ITV News

A number of colourful parades have wound through the centre of Penzance for the Mazey Day celebrations, which form part of the Golowan festival.

Parades make their way through Penzance to celebrate mid summer Credit: ITV News

It celebrates the arrival of mid summer and is one of the biggest street events in the South West.

Organisers say it's a colourful community festival which blends Cornish tradition with contemporary imagery and ritual celebrating the traditional Feast of St John. Golowan.

One of the favourites was the parade involving children from schools in the area as well as local musicians.

Credit: ITV News

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Reduced train services after train derailment

The train derailed outside London last night Credit: Network Rail

A reduced service on Great Western Railway between London Paddington and Penzance is operating a train derailed in London last night.

The empty train caused damage to the signalling and the overhead wires after it derailed just outside London last night.

Disruption continues after the derailment last night Credit: Network Rail

Watch: driver's risky crossing of flooded coastal road

Sunday's spring tides and strong winds combined to create some exceptional conditions here in the West Country.

The Abbey slip in Penzance was submerged by the rising sea levels - but this driver was filmed risking his life by trying to drive across it:

At one point you can see the vehicle being moved by the tide.

This video was shot by Adam Lobb in Penzance - and thousands of people have already watched the footage Adam posted on Facebook.

He said he thought he was going to have to jump in to rescue the motorist after it pauses midway across to let a particularly big wave surge through.

"He thought the water was more shallow than it was, he's not some idiot that was going for a thrill, he just didn't expect it to be that bad."

This driver managed to make it across the path and away to safety.

However, Fire and Rescue services, as well as the RNLI, have warned drivers in thee past about the dangers of driving through flood and surface water.

The wild weather over the weekend prompted particular warnings about cars at the coast.

Gale force winds batter the West Country coast

Waves were high at Dawlish, trains got through although a few passengers disembarking were splashed! Credit: ITV West Country

Gale-force winds battered the West Country this morning as there were reports of high waves along the coastlines.

Gale-force winds have battered the West Country with high waves causing problems along much of the coastline.

As 65mph winds struck the region, The Ship and Castle Hotel in St Mawes found its ground floor flooded after the waves were created a powerful force, smashing the windows.

While in Mousehole two cars took the full brunt of the power of the whipped-up waves.

The damage done to the cars in Mousehole Credit: RNLI Penlee

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for wind, while the Environment Agency said there was significant impact from coastal flooding along the south Cornwall coast, and minor flooding was likely in Devon.

Strong winds coincided with the high tides on Sunday morning resulting spray and wave overtopping.

Credit: Pete Sincock

There are 12 flood warnings in place, which means flooding is expected, and immediate action should be taken.

  • South Cornwall Coast from Lands End to Lizard Point excluding Mounts Bay
  • South Cornwall Coast from Lizard Point to Gribbin Head excluding Truro City
  • South Cornwall Coast from Gribbin Head to Rame Head
  • South Cornwall Coast from Rame Head to Wembury Bay including tidal estuaries
  • South Cornwall Coast At Truro
  • South Devon Coast at Topsham and Cockwood
  • South Devon Coast low-lying areas of the Teign Estuary
  • South Devon Coast low-lying areas of the Dart Estuary
  • South Devon Coast from Exmouth to Seaton
  • Plymouth Barbican
  • South Cornwall Coast At Mounts Bay, properties located behind the seafront
  • South Cornwall Coast At Mounts Bay, seafront properties

As a result the Environment Agency, and local councils sandbagged a number of areas most effected.

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RSPCA: Disappearance of colleague is a 'tragedy'

A RSPCA inspector has gone missing following a call-out near Penzance. Credit: RSPCA

The company employing missing man Mike Reid have issued a statement following his disappearance while out on a job.

The RSPCA say that his 'disappearance while doing the job he loved is a tragedy.' Inspector Reid went to help a flock of gannets stranded on rocks at Porthchapel Beach on Sunday.

David Canavan from the organisation say they hope and pray for news of their colleague.

I am heartbroken at Mike’s disappearance. Our frontline officers face many challenges and Mike has always shown courage and compassion in his determination to do his duty to help animals in need.

Today it is the turn of the RSPCA family to offer our support to Mike’s family, friends and colleagues during these darkest of days.

I would like to offer our sincere thanks to the thousands of people who have sent messages of support for Mike, his family and his RSPCA colleagues during this time.

– RSPCA’s acting chief executive

Last night rescue teams called off the search operation.

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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.

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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