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Possible tours of collapsed canal

The view looking south towards Leek tunnel, by Julie Arnold Waterway Images
The hole first opened up in the canal in November

Tours of a breach in a Staffordshire canal could soon start.

Volunteers at Inland Waterways said the 15m (50ft) hole in the Caldon Canal could be a good way of showing people how canals were constructed.

The hole opened up when part of the canal's towpath and bank collapsed in Leek last month.

Hundreds of people are reported to have crossed safety barriers of up to 6m (20ft) high to have a look at the collapsed canal.

Inland Waterways said it was now considering the idea of the tours to allow people to see the canal under supervision.

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