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  1. Properties flooded in Cornwall
  2. Brittany Ferries' Roscoff sailings cancelled
  3. 'Hundreds of tonnes' fall in Portreath harbour wall crash
  4. Perranporth bistro damaged by dirty water and debris
  5. Hundreds of properties without power
  6. 'Devastating weather' destroys Newquay business's office
  7. Updates on Wednesday 3 January 2018

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 06:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and that all-important weather as the region endures the last of the effects of Storm Eleanor.

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

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'It’s going to be a long night'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The owner of one of the beach side properties in Portreath thought to be at risk of flooding says she is scared more damage could be done.

Sandra Lute lets the house out, and has just arrived in the village from her home in Brixham.

She said: "I’m frightened, terrified to be honest. It’s going to be a long night."

High tide has now passed and a decision will be made on whether to evacuate the properties for the next high tide tomorrow morning.

Sandra Lute

Warning for Portreath residents for morning tide

People in Cornwall are asked to stay away from the coastline at high tide tomorrow morning as gales and spring tides collide again.

People living on Portreath's seafront were asked to leave their homes by Cornwall Council during this evening's high tide.

It comes after about 20m (60ft) of the harbour wall collapsed as a result of Storm Eleanor.

Conditions have remained rough in Portreath throughout the day

Power cut in Perranporth affecting 349 properties

BBC Radio Cornwall

Western Power Distribution says it hopes all supplies will be restored by 19:30.

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Rescue team and volunteers patrol Portreath sea wall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Portreath Coastguard rescue team and flood volunteers have been patrolling the sea wall at Porteath.

About 40 people watched the waves crash in the darkness at high tide.

There is no sign of anyone evacuating properties along the beach and the rescue team are confident none have flooded.

flood volunteers
flood volunteers

High tide bursts through wall but properties safe

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

As high tide hit in Portreath, some waves burst through the hole that developed in the sea wall last night.

About 40 people are watching events unfold, a combination of local residents and emergency service staff.

A member of the Portreath Coastguard rescue team said he has been watching closely and is confident none of the properties along the beach have flooded.

A sand bank has been built up during the day to offer added protection and, so far, appears to have done its job.

Sea wall

'We look out for each other' in Portreath

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

These two men arrived at the Church Hall in Portreath to ask if they could help in any way.

Residents in at-risk properties - due to the breaching of the sea wall and the high tide at 18:09 - were urged by the council to leave their homes and go to the hall for safety.

Owen Hodge (left), 30, said: "We finished work and came to ask if we could help in any way, people moving house, lifting stuff, anything really."

His friend, Tom Goldring, 29, also a Portreath resident said: "There’s been flooding here before and there’s been a bit of a scramble so we said we would be happy to help. This is a strong community, we look out for each other."

Owen and Tom

People 'in danger' by standing too close to sea wall

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

People are "putting themselves in danger" by standing too close to the sea wall in Perranporth, Perranporth Community Fire Station has said.

With high tide expected there at 18:09, waves are already breaching the sea wall near the car park in Beach Road, the fire station added.

People are being advised to watch from a "safe distance".

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New group to help flood victims

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A community flood group for Portreath was formed just last month, and this is their first real operation.

It’s made up of local volunteers, to try to help the village that is known as being at risk of flooding.

Having met in the St Mary’s Church Hall they have now moved to the harbour side to offer advice and support to residents.

Flood group
Flood group

About 40 Cornwall properties still without power


Western Power Distribution is still working to restore power to about 40 properties in Cornwall after Storm Eleanor hit the county.

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Waiting game in Portreath

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

People living in beach sidebar houses in Portreath are anxiously waiting to see what damage high tide will do this evening.

With a 20m (60ft) hole in the sea wall it’s feared up to 20 properties could be at risk of flooding.

Cornwall Councillor and village resident Joyce Duffin said: "We are waiting to see how the wall reacts tonight beforehand deciding on a course of action for tomorrow."

High tide is at 18:10.

Joyce Duffin

Storm Eleanor brings 'strongest winds for several years'

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Storm Eleanor, whilst a long way away from the SW, still generated storm force winds for us and the combination of spring tides, low pressure, and severe gales, allowed the sea to come up much higher than normal and resulted in some coastal flooding.

Previous big storms have had more impact and stronger gusts but last night and this morning we had some of the strongest winds for several years.

Previous gusts:

  • Portland 3 January 2012 85mph
  • St Mary’s 5 February 2014 92mph
  • Berry Head 5 February 2014 91mph
  • Portland 28 October 2013 84mph
  • Portland 16 October 1987 89mph
Swell chart

Winds and tides 'not a great combination' warning

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

People in Cornwall are being reminded to stay away from exposed coastal locations because some Met Office weather warnings for wind are still in place.

Cornwall Council said people should be careful, especially during tonight's high tide and Thursday's morning's spring tide.

Those are due, depending on location, between 17:30 in the far west and 19:00 in the east this evening, and 05:50 in the far west and 07:20 in the east on Thursday morning.

"Strong winds and high tides are not a great combination," it said.

Stormy bay

The Environment Agency has flood warnings for the north coast and flood alerts for the south coast.

Alan Burrows, from the agency, said its staff were preparing for "another busy night".

Cornwall Council deals with 40 fallen trees and flooding

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Portreath slipway

Cornwall Council says its staff and those from contractor Cormac have dealt with more than 40 fallen trees and localised surface water flooding throughout the county in the aftermath of Storm Eleanor.

It added most of the work today had been in Portreath following the collapse of a harbour wall to the western side of the village's main car park in the early hours of Wednesday.

It said a section of the car park was closed and crews had been clearing debris from the collapsed wall and were will remain on site during tonight's high tide at about 18:10 and ahead of Thursday morning's spring tide at about 06:30.

Portreath harbour

Police negotiators called out to Plymouth 'altercation'

BBC Radio Devon

A man from Plymouth has been arrested after an incident in the city where police were called to reports of an altercation.

Several police vehicles, officers in riot gear and negotiators were called to the scene on Salcombe Road at about 10:00.

No one was injured. A 22-year-old man is in police custody.

Weather: Rain overnight, easing on Thursday, but windy

BBC Weather

Rain will quickly push in from the west this evening, with some heavy bursts and strong winds.

Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).


After a wet start to Thursday, rain will ease through the morning to leave some bright spells.

However, it will be a windy day for many. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Portreath harbour: 'Biggest damage I've seen in 35 years'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Simon Gregor in Portreath

A Portreath resident who lives near a harbour wall that was damaged by Storm Eleanor says he is "concerned" at what has happened.

About 20m (60ft) of the harbour wall collapsed overnight and the Environment Agency has identified 20 houses that could be at risk with the wall in its current state.

Council officials have been knocking on doors, asking people to go to a local church hall between 17:00 and 19:00.

Simon Gregor in Portreath

Simon Gregor said: "I started getting texts at about 08:00 to see if I was OK. I pulled back the curtains and there was this scene of devastation."

He has lived in his house for the past 35 years.

He said: "I've seen storms every year but this is the biggest damage I’ve ever seen.

"It's the joy of living next to the beach. I've never come too close to being flooded, so I feel reasonably safe. But I am concerned."

Sutton Harbour Holdings' future secured: Analysis

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A deal to secure the future of the Plymouth-based regeneration company Sutton Harbour Holdings has won overwhelming shareholder support.

The deal, approved at a meeting today, will see most of the business, which has had a problem with debt, bought by an investment company led by a Canadian architect.

Plymouth Airport site

This deal, which is now a fait accompli, keeps Sutton Habour's existing management in place, and maintains pressure for redevelopment of Plymouth's closed airport site (pictured).

A proposed 10-storey block of flats and restaurants on Plymouth’s waterfront will take a step closer to reality once the deal is completed, thanks to a cash injection that addresses the group's problem with debt.

Some shareholders told me they were sad that solutions to the debt problem could not be found from within the South West business community.

None that I spoke to after the meeting - from which journalists were excluded - were opposed to the deal.

More than 110 properties in Cornwall still without power

BBC Radio Cornwall

Western Power Distribution is continuing to try to restore power to properties across Cornwall after damage caused by Storm Eleanor.

Some 116 properties across the county are understood to be without electricity.

Engineers to observe tide to see how sea wall was breached

BBC Radio Cornwall

Digger in Portreath

People in Portreath are being advised to leave their homes during high tide tonight.

It comes after 20m (60ft) of the harbour wall collapsed during Storm Eleanor overnight.

The Environment Agency has identified 20 houses that could be at risk with the wall in its current state.

Council officials are knocking on doors, asking people to go to a local church hall between 17:00 and 19:00.

Joyce Duffin, who represents the area on Cornwall Council, and is also the local flood plan coordinator, said engineers were looking at the situation to figure out how to begin repairs.

She said: "Without having seen what happened, it’s hard to know what occurred: whether it was the wind, whether it was the way the waves were.

"We’re hoping [this evening] to get a bit more of an idea, and it will help to know whether we should evacuate houses tomorrow morning before the high tide."

Man arrested after 'racially-aggravated assault on PCSO'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police say a man has been arrested after an alleged racially-aggravated assault on a police community support officer in Truro.

Witnesses said they saw four police vehicles on Lemon Quay during the incident. The PCSO was unharmed.

Hospital sees 4% increase in 'urgent' Christmas patients

Royal Cornwall Hospital

A Cornish hospital has recorded a 4% increase in "emergency and urgent care attenders" over the busy Christmas period.

A spokesman from The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust said their "winter plan" meant the rise was being dealt with by "pacing non-urgent patients appropriately and prioritising urgent care".

The trust has asked members of the community to seek medical advice early and choose alternatives to A&E when possible.

Man knocked unconscious in Plymouth nightclub assault

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Police in Plymouth are investigating an assault in a city nightclub that left a man unconscious.

Officers said the attack took place near a revolving dance floor in Popworld, on Union Street, at about 01:55 on Friday 29 December.

A 24-year-old local man was punched by another man, causing him to fall down and hit his head on a metal bar. He was knocked unconscious and treated in hospital for concussion.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

High tide monitoring 'to determine what happens next'

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Teams from Cornwall Council are to monitor high tide in Portreath at about 18:00 this evening to help determine what action should be taken after a sea wall breach.

About 20m (65ft) of sea wall has been damaged as a result of Storm Eleanor.

Houses at Portreath

People whose homes are at risk from flooding after the harbour wall was breached have been advised to go to a local church hall during the evening high tide.

A letter from Cornwall Council to affected residents said: "What happens following the high tide this evening will determine the next steps."

The letter added: "In the event that there is flooding which affects your home, you may wish to consider making arrangements to stay with friends or family overnight."

It also said the Gwel an Mor holiday complex had offered to help anyone who could not arrange alternative accommodation.

'Go to hall at high tide' request to Portreath residents

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

People whose homes are at risk from flooding after a harbour wall in Cornwall was breached by Storm Eleanor have been advised to go to a local church hall during the evening high tide.

About 20m (65ft) of sea wall has been damaged in Portreath.

A letter from Cornwall Council to affected residents warns "there is a possibility that some homes in Portreath will be at risk of flooding this evening and tomorrow morning".

Residents have been advised to go to St Mary's Church Hall between 17:00 and 19:00, coinciding with the high tide tonight which is about 18:10.

Teams from the council are due to "be on site to monitor how the situation progresses and give further advice".

Council letter

Fire crew call out caused by burning books

Fire crews have made safe a property which was "smoke-logged" from burning books.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received a call reporting concerns of smoke in the Budleigh Salterton property.

On arrival the officer in charge found the disturbance was due to books sitting in contact with a desk lamp.

The room was ventilated and made safe.

Deal approved to secure future of Sutton Harbour Holdings

BBC Radio Devon

A deal to secure the future of the Plymouth-based regeneration company Sutton Harbour Holdings has won overwhelming shareholder support.

The deal will see most of the business, which has had a problem with debt, bought by an investment company led by a Canadian architect.

The shareholders voting in favour of the deal own 83% of the company.

The deal was approved by them at a shareholder meeting in Plymouth this morning.

Cliff concerns at Crantock after storms

BBC Radio Cornwall

Engineers are in Portreath assessing how to make the harbour wall safe after a 20m section was damaged by Storm Eleanor.

Storm damage has also raised concerns at Crantock, near Newquay, where part of the beach has become unstable.

Parish councillor Ben Dobson said he was worried about public safety

He said: "We've had these storms over the past couple of days and we have got sand dune cliffs over 30ft high.

"A new section of cliff has emerged, with rocks falling over the place, and the whole of the main face of the beach has just dramatically changed."

Former Exeter youngster lines up Glasgow Rangers move

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Former Exeter City youngster Sean Goss is undergoing a medical ahead of a potential loan move to Glasgow Rangers.

The 22-year-old, who is currently with Queens Park Rangers, left Manchester United in January 2017 but has made only six appearances for the Championship club.

Sean Goss
Rex Features

He would become the first signing under Graeme Murty since he was confirmed as Rangers manager until the end of the season.

Goss joined Manchester United in 2012 from Exeter City's youth academy and can play in midfield or defence.

Storm Eleanor: Why are high tides causing concern?

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

High tides have been causing concern on the north coast of Devon and Cornwall because of the effect Storm Eleanor might have on them.

Although the storm is heading across the North Sea, the next high tide, between 17:15 and 19:00 across the north coast of both counties, could still bring problems.

When you've got got such large surfaces of water potentially so close to some people's homes and businesses, the concern is that an increase in tide of just a few inches can produce huge volumes of overtopping water and prove devastating.

In Portreath, there is the added problem that sea defences were breached when a section of harbour wall was washed away in the early hours this morning.

You can find the latest tidal information here.


Devon travel: Tree blocks A3052

BBC Radio Devon

A fallen tree is blocking about three-quarters of the A3052, Branscombe Cross to Seaton road.

Ten Devon and Cornwall officers 'assaulted at end of 2017'

Torquay get new Eastleigh date

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United's home game with Eastleigh has been re-arranged for Saturday 13 January at 15:00.

Getty Images

The game was scheduled to be played on New Year's Day, but heavy rain waterlogged the pitch at Plainmoor.

The Gulls are currently bottom of the National League, 10 points from safety.

Storm Eleanor moving towards Denmark

BBC News

Storm Eleanor is now moving towards Denmark, so the winds are dying down in this country, weather presenter John Kettley says.

"Looking at the wind speeds I might just mention that the 100mph gust that's been reported was actually at Great Dun Fell, which is standing 847m above sea level. There ain't many people who live on Great Dun Fell - a few sheep and a few passing hikers.

"But there were some very fierce gusts across more populated areas of the south in particular, and a bit of Northern Ireland and northern England, as we've seen.

"There 73mph at RAF Northolt, just west of London. That's actually a pretty fierce gust."

Devon travel: Debris on Chulmleigh and Beaford roads

BBC Radio Devon

  • At Chulmleigh, Leigh Road is blocked between the A377 and Back Lane due to a fallen tree
  • Between Beaford and Merton, there are reports of fallen cables in the road
  • In Plympton, on Plymouth Road, near St Mary's Court, there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks. Traffic is slow-moving in both directions
  • In Dawlish, Ashcombe Road is to remain closed until at least 18:00 on Friday because of a building fire on Tuesday. The structure will require partial demolition
Family flees home after sea wall collapse in Portreath
Storm Eleanor destroyed a 20m (65ft) section of harbour wall just metres from their house.

Storm Eleanor: Disruption and homes without power


Storm facts graphic

Thousands of homes are without power and travel has been disrupted after Storm Eleanor swept across the UK.

The Met Office recorded gusts reaching 100mph (161km/h) overnight with a yellow warning still in place for Wales, England, most of Northern Ireland and parts of southern Scotland.

More than 1,200 properties in Devon, Somerset and Cornwall were affected by power problems.

The Environment Agency said the combination of strong winds and high tides could cause some coastal flooding in the UK. There are more than 40 flood warnings in place in England

The Met Office's yellow warning for severe weather is in force until 18:00.

But forecasters said rain and winds would ease as the day progressed.

Exmouth slipway closed as weather warning extended

East Devon Council has announced on Twitter that due to conditions caused by Storm Eleanor, the Mamhead Slipway in Exmouth will remain closed for the rest of today.

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Work to stop Portreath debris from causing other damage

BBC Radio Cornwall

Immediate work after the breach of a harbour wall at Portreath includes preventing debris from causing other damage, council contractors say.

Cornwall Council contractor Cormac said about 20m (65ft) of wall was affected by damage from Storm Eleanor.

Its staff are working out what the next steps should be to deal with the breach.

John James, head of service for natural environment at Cormac, said that, in the meantime, the company also had "machinery down there to clear up debris to stop it from flying into houses".

Portreath damage

Flood warnings remain in place