Managed to open the d/s this evening too. Its amazing what a few choice expletives can do!
My cable had snapped just where it leaves the cable sheath on the d/s hence why it just pulled through from the cabin. I'll be putting a tandem cable in instead which should hopefully last longer.
Managed to break one of the headlight mounting arms.but I'll try and repair this either by plastic welding or gorilla glue..
Many thanks to everyone who sent me some photos (via pm and whatsapp)