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Repairs to damaged sea wall nearly finished

Repairs to Portreath's damaged sea wall are nearly finished. Credit: ITV News

Cornwall Council says temporary repairs to Portreath's damaged sea wall are being finished today.

The old cob wall which defends houses from the sea was breached by massive waves during Storm Eleanor a week ago.

Giant concrete cubes have been used to block the hole left in the wall, and sand bags are being cemented under the slipway to prevent water getting in.

The council is in talks with a private Cardiff based company which owns the sea wall about a permanent solution.


Work to install temporary sea defences starts tomorrow

Engineers and councillors inspect the devastated sea wall at Portreath. Credit: ITV West Country/Kathy Wardle

Work to install temporary sea defences at Portreath is due to start tomorrow.

15 to 20 concrete cubes of differing sizes will be built in a curve to try to deflect the waves, rather than take them head on

– Councillor Joyce Duffin of Cornwall Council

Cornish man strands himself on island for charity

Lee Hodge stands on Gull Rock Credit: Colin Higgs

A man has stranded himself on a small island to raise money for charity.

Lee Hodge, from Portreath, returned to the mainland yesterday lunchtime after 48 hours on Gull Rock.

Armed with just a cool box, camping stove and a kayak, he says he passed the time waving to passing kayakers and drying out his clothes (it rained both nights!)

Lee's stint on Gull Rock raised £2000 Credit: Colin Higgs

Lee decided he wanted to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care after losing his stepfather to cancer. He raised more than £2000.

He says he hasn't stopped the fundraising and he's planning a skydive next.

Lee Hodge passed the time waving at kayakers Credit: Colin Higgs


Man dies in cliff plane crash

The pilot of a light aircraft has died after it crashed into a cliff near RAF Portreath in North Cornwall. The plane had earlier taken off from Perranporth Flying Club before the crash, which happened just after 4pm. No-one else was on board.

The aircraft caught fire after striking the cliff edge near a potato field. Police and fire crews are at the scene. It's believed the male pilot came from St Austell.