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Gnome deployed in drain campaign in Cornwall

'Cormy' the gnome Image copyright Bryan Gibson
Image caption 'Cormy' the gnome is being used to highlight the problem of drainage on roads in Cornwall

A garden gnome is being used in a one-man photographic campaign to improve road drainage.

Owner Bryan Gibson takes pictures of the gnome by overflowing drains to highlight their "diabolical danger".

He has named the gnome "Cormy" after Cormac, the civil engineering arm of Cornwall Council.

The council said it carried out "a planned routine maintenance programme" and checked 250 "hotspots" after storms or heavy rainfall.

Image copyright Bryan Gibson
Image caption Rising levels of water approach 'Cormy' perched on a window ledge
Image copyright Bryan Gibson
Image caption Rubbish clogging up drains is part of the problem, according to Bryan Gibson

Mr Gibson, from Bodmin, had previously taken about 15,000 pictures of drains over a period of about four years.

He only came up with the idea of featuring Cormy - who cost £1.99 - in the pictures two weeks ago.

Mr Gibson regularly sends the pictures to the company.

He said: "I want to highlight the diabolical danger of the whole country's drainage system."

Mr Gibson said poor drainage and high levels of surface water could cause cars to aquaplane and drivers to lose control.

A spokesman for Cornwall Council said there was no "significant problem with blocked drains" but blockages would always occur.

Image copyright Bryan Gibson
Image caption Bryan Gibson is using pictures of 'Cormy' to highlight road drainage problems

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