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Daughter in tribute to missing RSPCA inspector father

By Nina Massey

The daughter of an RSPCA inspector who went missing while trying to rescue sea birds from a cliff has said she accepts he "will not be coming home".

Mike Reid (54) vanished after he went to the aid of around 30 gannets stranded on rocks near Penzance, Cornwall, shortly before Storm Imogen's hurricane force winds battered Britain.

His daughter Jenna has paid tribute to her father, describing him as her "hero" and the "best person I've ever known".

In a Facebook post, Ms Reid wrote: "Unfortunately, and it pains and breaks my heart to say, that my amazing dad will not be coming home.

"This world is a cruel place to take such a wonderful man from it, a true loss. He was one in a million."

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said the search for Mr Reid had been halted overnight but it would resume this morning.

Thousands were left without power after winds reaching speeds of almost 100mph hit the UK. Coastal communities in Wales and south west and southern England bore the brunt of the weather.

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