Sporle family hear news of missing monk

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A former Sporle man who has been living in Nepal as a buddhist monk has been found safe following the devastating earthquake.

Martin Gattuso, 38, was among the list of Britons unaccounted for since the earthquake on April 25.

Mr Gattuso had last been seen in Kathmundu on April 20 when he was reported to be walking to the Chinese border.

Now his father Mike has received word that his son is ok but has so far been unable to speak directly to him.

After leaving Sporle, Martin graduated from a London ballet school and travelled to South Africa.

He later gained a degree at Durham University and speaks fluent Japanese.

Martin, who developed an interest in Buddhism, went on to travel to Japan and India before moving to Nepal.

He became a monk in 2012.

The earthquake, which measured 7.8 magnitude, resulted in more than 7,000 deaths, 14,000 injuries and affected some eight million people in the country.