A stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal re-opened yesterday more than six weeks after an accident which saw a 90-ton crane toppled into it.

Two 200-ton cranes had to be used to lift the all-terrain vehicle which overturned into the water when a towpath gave way at Apperley Bridge on Saturday, February 9.

The heavy duty machine was being used by the Canal & River Trust to replace lock gates at Dobson Locks on the 200-year- old canal, as part of the Trust’s winter restoration and repair programme.

The canal fully reopened at 8am and the first boat through the newly-reopened locks was Bear Boating’s hire boat jessicaBOO (pictured), piloted by Ingrid, David and Tom Oldham, from Birmingham, on the first day of their Easter Holiday. They were assisted through the lock by Barry Whitelock.