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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.


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.


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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Person hit by a train between Penzance and Truro

Someone has been hit by a train in Cornwall.

CrossCountry and Great Western Railway services between Penzance and Truro are being affected. Trains may be unable to run until at least midday (5 February).

Letter sent to parents following bomb hoax

Parents of girls who attend Truro High School for Girls were sent home with a letter today, informing parents of the bomb threat.

Dear Parents,

At 08:10 this morning the School received a telephone call informing us that an explosive device had been placed at the school. We took the decision to evacuate the buildings and await the arrival of the police.

The nursery building was searched first and those children were allowed to return inside along with our own Pre-Prep classes. The older girls were kept warm and dry elsewhere while police teams combed the site, working alongside our own senior staff and estates team.

All buildings were declared safe shortly after 9.30am and the girls were allowed to return to School. Special assemblies were then held to explain the situation to the pupils. Staff are on hand to assist any girls who may have further questions or concerns.

Officers praised the School's response to the call and have advised us that we are one of four schools in Cornwall affected by such calls this morning.

– Dr Glenn Moodie, headmaster
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