Cornwall

HSE to probe RSPCA inspector Mike Reid's disappearance

Mike Reid Image copyright RSPCA
Image caption Mike Reid's family reported him missing after he did not return home from work

The disappearance of an RSPCA inspector during a violent storm that battered the Cornish coast is to be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

Mike Reid, 54, went to save stranded gannets at Porthchapel Beach near Penzance, during Storm Imogen on 7 February.

He was later reported missing by his wife and has not been seen since.

The Executive said it could not confirm the nature or the expected duration of the investigation.

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The RSPCA said: "We confirm that because our Inspector Mike Reid disappeared whilst on duty at work, the HSE is investigating his disappearance.

"The RSPCA is providing assistance to the HSE and all other investigations."

Hundreds of people attended a service at Truro Cathedral in April in tribute to Mr Reid.

Image caption The RSPCA inspector went missing at Porthchapel beach near the Minack Theatre in west Cornwall

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