As a telephone box it was always on hand to call for help in emergencies - and now thanks to residents of a village near Helston the iconic red structure is back in service again, with all-new technology.

What had been a former phone box falling into increasing disrepair is now the home to a new defibrillator for Coverack Bridges, for use on anyone suffering a cardiac arrest.

It was just over a year ago that residents Tracey Scott and Caroline Hemsworth noticed that the condition of the phone box was progressively deteriorating and resolved to have it restored and bring it into use for the community by having a defibrillator installed.

The kiosk had been adopted by Sithney Parish Council back in 2012 and councillors were keen to get behind the project, with the owners of the adjacent Mill Industrial Estate also happy to get on board.

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Lee Graham, director of surfacing contractors DA Giles Ltd, offered for the company to supply the defibrillator and cabinet.

Once the electricity supply was reconnected it was full steam ahead. The defibrillator was installed and the phone box painted and re-glazed, thanks to the work of Paul Hoskin, Andy Brown, Paul Hanson and staff from DA Giles Ltd.

The defibrillator is now up and running, and registered with the emergency services.

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The telephone box had fallen into disrepair

It is available for anyone who may need to use it, with no security code needed, and the machine talks through instructions removing the need for training.

Speaking on behalf of everyone in the area, Caroline and Tracey said: "It's lovely that we can be proud of our phone box again.

"We would like to say a huge thanks to DA Giles Ltd - in particular Lee Graham and Sarah Mercer - Paul Hoskin of Abstract Art, Andy Brown of AP Brown Ltd, James Townsend of Sixprint, Paul Hanson of Peninsula Signs and Sithney Parish Council."