Heavy rain has been blamed for the collapse of part of the roof of Truro Magistrates’ Court.

Court officials have now spoken about the incident, which was reported by the Packet online earlier today.

It transpires that the roof was already being worked on, but as a result of the weather conditions further damage was caused.

This has led to the temporary closure of the court and the relocating of some cases, including to its sister court in Bodmin.

An HM Courts & Tribunals Service spokesperson said: “Due to damage caused by yesterday's heavy rain, Truro Magistrates' Court, which has been undergoing roof replacement works, has temporarily closed.

“Urgent court business has been transferred to neighbouring courts and we are working closely with contractors to re-open the building as soon as possible.”