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Incident at Royal Cornwall Hospital over

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An emergency incident that caused part of the Royal Cornwall Hospital site to be cordoned off has ended with nobody injured.

Police, fire and ambulance crews attended the Truro site from about 10:00 on Tuesday due to concerns over "the welfare of a woman on the grounds, who is in crisis", police said.

The woman was detained under the mental health act.

Ambulance in crash

An ambulance was involved in a crash in Hayle, west Cornwall.

Traffic is blocked in both directions due to the crash between Brookway and Lethlean Lane.

Police said there were only minor injuries.

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Part of Royal Cornwall Hospital cordoned off for incident

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Part of the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has been cordoned off as emergency services deal with an ongoing incident.

Police, fire and ambulance crews are on the scene, with the road beside the Princess Alexandra maternity wing cordoned off.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the incident relates to "the welfare of a woman on the grounds, who is in crisis".

Police cordon

BreakingEmergency police incident at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

There is an ongoing incident at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, involving police and fire crews.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Emergency Services are at the hospital following concerns for the welfare of a woman on the grounds, who is in crisis.

"This is a live and active matter and wouldn’t be appropriate to comment further at this time."


Twins who served in Battle of Arnhem commemorated

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Gronert twins

A pair of twins from Cornwall who fought at the Battle of Arnhem during World War Two - otherwise known as Operation Market Garden and portrayed in the movie A Bridge Too Far - have been commemorated.

Twenty-one-year-old Tom and Claude Gronert were killed within seconds of each other in September 1944.

The brothers, from Tregajorran, near Carn Brea, made the decision to fight despite being in an exempt profession as miners at South Crofty.

A service was held in their honour at Illogan Church last week where a wreath was be laid on the 50 RAF War grave.

On 17 September 1944, the Allies launched an airborne landing at Arnhem in Holland, seeing more than 35,000 American and British forces dropped behind enemy lines by parachute and gliders.

The largest airborne operation in history was an effort to establish a crossing over the Rhine and into northern Germany. However, the mission was a failure, costing thousands of lives.

Veterans from Cornwall are gathering in the Netherlands this week to mark what has been described as one of the fiercest battles of the war.

Service at Illogan Church commemorating Gronert twins

Early morning cloud across Devon and Cornwall captured

BBC Weather Watchers

Although cloudy across Devon and Cornwall on Tuesday morning, the cloud will break up and it'll become sunny for most by the afternoon.

Thanks to our BBC weather watchers for sharing their pictures.

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'Hundreds of nursing shifts go unfilled' in south west

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

More than 1,100 nursing and health care assistant shifts went unfilled in just one week across three of the region's hospitals, according to figures gathered by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).


The figures suggest almost double that number had been filled with agency and bank staff.

Trusts say they are working to recruit more staff and deploy existing staff to ensure patient safety isn't compromised.

The RCN has launched a petition and says it is a problem that affects everyone:

Susan Masters, from the RCN, said: "We need the citizens of this country to understand that nursing affects all of them, that we need to have the numbers in place, the right numbers of staff in the right place with the right skills to care for them and their families."

Devon and Cornwall weather: A dry day with sunny spells

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Any patchy cloud on Tuesday morning will largely clear and will otherwise be dry with good spells of sunshine.

Feeling pleasant in the sun.

Highs of 20C (68F).

Weather map

Man 'critical' in hospital after St Day crash

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A man in his 50s is in hospital in a "life-threatening" condition after a crash in Cornwall, police have said.

Officers were called to the B3298 at Vicarage Hill in St Day at about 17:40 on Monday.

The man, who was driving a Seat Alteca, was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital and is "critical", Devon and Cornwall Police said.

There were no other vehicles involved.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

The highs and lows of a lifeguard
An ordinary day on a Cornish beach ends with two very different call-outs for Fraser Smith.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Overnight cloud clearing

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Apart from the odd spot of drizzle on Monday evening, a mainly dry but largely cloudy night is anticipated. Later in the night, clear spells will develop from the north. A chillier night.

Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).


A dry Tuesday with some areas of cloud initially, but there will be more in the way of sunshine later in the day. Gentle northerly breezes.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Plans for affordable housing on former care centre site

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans to build 52 new homes, all of which will be affordable, on the site of a demolished care centre in Redruth have been recommended for approval.

Cornwall Council has applied for permission to build the homes on the site of a former Murdoch and Trevithick Centre on land north of Drump Road.

Half the properties will be available for affordable rent and the other half for shared ownership.

The planned new homes range from one-bedroom flats to a five-bedroom house. There would be nine flats, two bungalows and 41 houses on the development.

Redruth Town Council has also supported the plans but asked that there are parking restrictions so cars can only be parked in the designated areas.

Redruth homes

Council proposes £12m for spaceport

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Virgin Orbit plane and launcher.

People objecting to Cornwall Council's support for plans for Europe’s first spaceport have accused the council of “greenwash” and argued Virgin founder Richard Branson should pay for it himself.

The council will consider a report into a proposed £12m expenditure on Spaceport Cornwall on Wednesday.

Based at Newquay Airport, the spaceport would be used for small satellite launches by Virgin Orbit and used as its European base for the LauncherOne system, being developed in the US.

The council has said that it would bring hundreds of new jobs to Cornwall and generate millions for the economy by attracting space sector businesses.

Proposed spaceport design and aircraft.

But the plans have attracted criticism from environmental campaigners, who have accused the council of hypocrisy after it declared a climate emergency and published a climate change action plan.

The council said that Virgin Orbit launches would only add 0.1% to its current carbon production by 2030.

However, these estimates have been contested, with claims lodged by the public that the 'carbon audit' on the environmental project produced by the council is flawed.

In its report the council stated that it will offset carbon emissions produced by the spaceport by planting 50,000 trees.

Under the proposals Cornwall Council would provide £12m of funding, with £7.5m coming from the UK Space Agency and £2.5m from Virgin Orbit.

Accidental deaths around SW coasts 'more than double'

Lucie Fisher

BBC South West

There’s been a big increase in the number of accidental deaths around the Devon and Cornwall coast this year, according to new figures.

Data from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency shows that, in the 12 months up to September, 28 people died in the sea and in rivers, compared with 11 the previous year.

Experts said men were more likely to take risks, along with people who were away from home and on holiday.

Sea shore

There's a lot of research about tourists versus home behaviour and it proves people on holiday perform more risky behaviour than those at home."

Dr Isabel RichterPsychologist

Devon and Cornwall weather: A cloudy and drizzly day

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

A dull and overcast start to Monday with low cloud giving misty conditions over high ground.

It will remain pretty cloudy with some drizzle at times, especially over the moors and along the north coast, where mist and fog patches will persist.

Max: 20C (68F).


Accidental deaths around SW coasts 'more than double'

Lucie Fisher

BBC Spotlight

There’s been a big increase in the number of accidental deaths around the Devon and Cornwall coast this year, according to new figures.

The figures from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency show in the 12 months up to September, 28 people died in the sea and in rivers compared with 11 in the previous year.

Experts say men are more likely to take risks along with people who are away from home and on holiday.


There's a lot of research about tourists versus home behaviour and it proves people on holiday perform more risky behaviour than those at home.

Dr Isabel RichterPsychologist

Devon and Cornwall weather: A cloudy and drizzly day

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

A dull and overcast start to the day with low cloud giving misty conditions over high ground.

It will remain pretty cloudy with some drizzle at times, especially over the moors and along the north coast, where mist and fog patches will persist.

Max: 20C (68F).

weather map

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud clearing as winds drop

BBC Weather

Any lingering cloud will quickly clear overnight on Friday to leave it dry with lengthy clear spells. Winds will fall light too.

Minimum Temperature: 7 to 11C (45 to 52F).

A dry and settled Saturday tomorrow with lengthy sunny spells and winds remaining light. Turning a little warmer.

Maximum Temperature: 17 to 21C (63 to 70F).

Woman, 33, arrested after man stabbed in Ivybridge

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A 33-year-old woman from Camborne has been arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with reports a man in his 50s had sustained a number of knife wounds.

Police were called at about 10:30 on Wednesday to a property on St John’s Road, Ivybridge.

A 43-year-old man, a 49-year-old man and a 33-year-old man, all from Camborne, have also been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Three arrested after man stabbed

BBC Radio Devon

Three men have been arrested in connection with reports a man in his 50s had sustained a number of knife wounds.

Police were called shortly after 10:30 on Wednesday to a property on St John’s Road, in Ivybridge.

The man was taken to hospital with life changing injuries where he currently remains in a stable condition, officers said.

A 43-year-old man, a 49-year-old man and a 33-year-old man, all from Camborne, have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

PCC to present summer funding case to Home Office

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall will head to London this month to argue that the force should receive an additional £15m to compensate it for the cost of policing a "summer surge" of visitors.

Alison Hernandez says the force is put under additional strain because the two counties host more domestic visitors than any other.

The Special Grant Application is being finalised by staff at the PCC’s office.

It contains detailed facts and figures that explain the additional pressures placed on officers and staff between April and September.

Alison Hernandez

The tourism sector is vitally important to the South West, and contributes at least £300m a year to the Treasury through VAT. This application is about trying to get some of that money back so we can help to keep visitors and our resident population safe. We have invested heavily in additional resources like a rural and wildlife crime team, collaborations with other blue light services and additional roads policing teams to help to cope with a rise in requests for help because of the summer surge."

Alison HernandezPolice and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall

Cornwall travel: Accidents in Bodmin and Praze-An-Beeble

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • In Bodmin, the A389 Dennison Road is partially blocked by an accident at Chapel Lane
  • At Praze-An-Beeble, Station Hill is partially blocked by an accident at Sycamore Close
  • On the A39 at Buckshead, there's slow traffic southbound due to the temporary traffic lights and gas mains work

Devon and Cornwall weather: Spells of sunshine expected

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Patches of low cloud and any light drizzle will clear towards the south coast and it'll become brighter with spells of sunshine developing more widely through Friday morning.

Light or moderate northeasterly winds will make it feel a little cooler.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

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Cornwall and Devon weather: Some rain before turning drier

BBC Weather

A cloudy start to Thursday night with a few spots of rain. Turning drier through the night with a few clear spells developing. Breezy again.

Minimum Temperature: 10 to 15C (50 to 59F).

A dry and largely settled Friday as high pressure starts to build, with plenty of sunny spells and a gentle to moderate northeasterly breeze.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 20C (61 to 68F).

Girl, four, to receive award for bravery after 999 call

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A four-year-old girl is set to be given a "prestigious" award for bravery after calling Devon and Cornwall Police to alert them to her mother's fall.

Isabelle Wilkinson dialled 999 because her mother, Natasha, had fallen unconscious and she could not wake her up.

Officers said although no speech was heard, it was enough for them to head to the address and request the correct medical treatment for Natasha.

999 call display

Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said Isabelle "displayed courage and initiative far above her years".

"Through alerting the police to her mother’s situation we were able to get her the help she required and ensure she could make a full recovery," he said.

"Everyone at Devon and Cornwall Police is incredibly impressed by Isabelle and proud of her.

"I wish to pass on my warmest congratulations for a well-deserved recipient of this prestigious award."

Isabelle will be presented with her award at a ceremony on Friday.

Woman hit by lorry: 'Potentially life-threatening' injury

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A woman in her 80s has a "potentially life-threatening" leg injury after being hit by a lorry, police have said.

Officers were called to Moor Street in Camborne at about 10:00.

The woman is currently in Derriford Hospital.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

Cornwall road blocked after pedestrian hit by lorry

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A pedestrian has "serious leg injuries" after being hit by a lorry in Camborne, police have said.

Moor Street is currently blocked in both directions between Centenary Street and Union Street.

Officers are on the scene.

Probus crash victim named by police

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A woman who died after a crash in Cornwall has been named by police as 68-year-old, Shirley Frost.

Officers were called to the two-vehicle crash at the junction of the B3275 and the A390 near Probus on Tuesday at about 10:30.

Ms Frost, from Truro, was the driver of a blue Volvo and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second vehicle, a silver Mercedes ML270, was carrying thee people who all sustained minor injuries, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

Shirley Frost
Devon and Cornwall Police

No one hurt in Truro house fire

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

A fire broke out at a house in Truro on Thursday morning.

Firefighters were called to St Thomas Close in Truro at 05:44 after being told there were flames coming out of the front door of the building and that two people were thought to be tapped inside.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said the fire had been extinguished and everyone had been accounted for.

Council rejects plans for remote voting

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Calls to allow councillors to take part and vote in meetings from home have been rejected by just one vote.

Liberal Democrat councillor Jesse Foot had led an impassioned bid to get Cornwall Council used as a pilot area for remote voting access for councillors.

Ironically by the time a vote was taken on his motion a third of councillors had left the chamber at County Hall. It was defeated by a single vote with 40 councillors in favour and 41 against.

Mr Foot said the public sector was far behind in terms of making use of IT and said he was tabling his motion 12 years after a government minister indicated that they would consider allowing councillors to vote remotely.

Council chamber

Having opened his speech with the sound of a dial-up connection from about 20 years ago Mr Foot said the council needed to make sure it wasn’t still “buffering” by 2021.

However, independent councillor Tim Dwelly, who said he had lobbied for better use of technology, said he was not in favour of remote voting.

He said many people in Cornwall already considered that the council was “remote” and that allowing councillors to vote and participate from home would not help.

Cornwall and Devon weather: Dull to start

BBC Weather

Thursday will be a dull and damp start with some mist and fog around.

Through the morning, the cloud will lift and in the afternoon there will be some brightness and even some sunshine breaking through for a time.


Later in the afternoon and the evening, the cloud will lower and thicken again from the west, with a return of some drizzle, mist and fog.

It will be breezy with moderate gusting strong south-westerly winds, which will be fresher in the north.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 20C (61 to 66F).

Blue shark filmed off the coast of Cornwall
Blue sharks migrate UK waters in the summer, following their food.

Severe accident: A30 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A30 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from A390 to B3285.

A30 Cornwall - A30 blocked and queues in both directions from Chiverton Cross roundabout in Chiverton Cross to Boxheater Junction in Zelah, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Council admits being behind Stadium for Cornwall delay

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall Council has admitted that it is responsible for the delay in getting work underway on the Stadium for Cornwall.

In July Cabinet member Bob Egerton claimed the deal to transfer the land needed for the stadium, which would unlock funding from the government, could be done by the end of that month.

However, despite his claim that it could take “days if not hours”, nothing happened.

At a meeting of full council yesterday Conservative councillor David Harris asked Mr Egerton for an explanation.

The cabinet member for economy and planning said the reason for the delay was because the council needed more land for the planned Northern Access Road, which will serve the Langarth Garden Village development that is planned for the area around the stadium site.

Mr Egerton said: "I promised it in good faith. I believed at that time that we were about to get it signed off but subsequently we did find there was a bit of a problem."

He told the council more land is needed for the new road and said that once it had been done the land for the stadium could be secured.

While Mr Egerton apologised for the delay he was reluctant to say when the deal might be complete.

He said: "“I am hesitant to give you another timescale having been wrong before. All I can say is that we are actively working on it. It is in the interests of us as a council as well as the stadium partners to get this through and done as soon as possible."

Fire service tackling blaze in retail unit

BBC Radio Cornwall

Crews from Helston, Mullion and Falmouth Community Fire Stations are dealing with the fire.

The emergency services were called at 13:25 after a smell of burning at a retail unit in Meneage Street, Helston.

Police are on scene and have closed the road and asked people to avoid the area if possible.

Man, 52, dies after motorbike crash

Holly Clemens

Broadcast Journalist

A 52-year-old man has died after a motorbike crash in Cornwall, police have said.

It happened at about 19:10 on 24 August on the B3284 in Allet, Truro.

The rider, local man, Andrew White was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is believed that the black Scomadi motorbike was the only vehicle involved.

Devon and Cornwall Police is asking any witnesses to come forward.

Life monitors in police custody 'first in the world'

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

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Devon and Cornwall Police have become the first force in the world to install life-signs monitors in its custody suites.

The OxyHealth life-signs monitors allow health professionals to keep an eye on the breathing and heart rates of detainees in custody.

The announcement comes following a recent joint report into the force's custody procedures, which concluded that the force displayed a "strong culture of treating detainees with care and consideration".

Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell described the "positive" report as a "reflection of the hard work" of custody staff.

ACC Colwell said "further investments" had been made into a "state-of-the-art policing hub and custody centre" in Exeter.

Devon and Cornwall Police are proud to be leading the world with some of the safety equipment that we have installed in our custody. Treating those in custody with dignity, care and respect is not only ethical and the right thing to do, but is more likely to influence positive outcomes for victims and witnesses."

Jim ColwellAssistant Chief Constable, Devon & Cornwall Police

Clouds frame sunset over Redruth

Thanks to Tom, from Redruth, in Cornwall, for this great image.

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Tom Harris

Custody staffing and overtime required 'improvement'

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

An "over-reliance on overtime" was an area that needs to be improved, a report into Devon and Cornwall Police's custody procedure identified.

The report outlined that the force could improve its staffing "to ensure safe detention and avoid excessive use of overtime".

Inspectors saw staff working "extended shifts and on rest days" in order to "meet minimum staffing levels".

"Custody officers were sometimes required to work overtime to cover the role of detention officers," the report added.

Sexual grooming crimes 'double' in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Radio Devon

Sexual grooming crimes in Devon and Cornwall have almost doubled with record numbers of children being targeted on social media, according to police.

More than 100 offences were recorded across the two counties last year whereas the previous year it was about 50.

Officers said many of the victims were under the age of 11.

The NSPCC said social media platform Instagram is especially being used to target children.

It added it wants the government to bring in new laws to make accounts more private and stop online grooming.

Young person on computer

Report into police custody finds 'gaps' in data

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

An unannounced inspection of the running of police custody suites in Devon and Cornwall has been released, concluding the force was "generally delivering good outcomes for detainees".

However, the report did outline a "cause of concern" around the data collation and monitoring, describing the process as "insufficient" and having "gaps" which led to "inaccurate and unreliable" data in several areas.

The report recommended the service must collate "accurate data on all areas of custody" in order to "scrutinise" and improve the custody process.

The joint inspection was conducted by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in May.

It examined the "effectiveness of custody services and outcomes" throughout the detention process, as well as the safe detention and the treatment of detainees, with a particular focus on vulnerable people and children.

Nineteen additional "areas of improvement" were also identified by the report, including over staff deployment and the excessive use of overtime.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloudy with rain expected

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

A rather cloudy Wednesday with the odd patch of rain.

It should dry up later though.

Highs of 19C (66F).

weather map

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud and fresh winds

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

weather map

By the end of Tuesday night, cloud will cover hills and parts of the coast exposed to moderate or fresh southwesterly winds, which will become strong at times.

Minimum temperature: 10C to 13C.

Wednesday morning will be cloudy with further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.

Cloud will cover hills and parts of the coast at times, but in the afternoon it should become drier and a little brighter for areas towards the north coast.

Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will be initially strong at times, but will turn towards the northwest later.

Maximum temperature: 15C to 19C.

Council to spend up to £62m on waste trucks and facilities

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall Council has agreed to spend up to £62m of taxpayers’ money on new rubbish trucks and improving processing facilities for the council’s new waste and recycling collection service.

The council is currently negotiating a new contract for the service, which will start in April 2020.

As part of the contract, the council is looking to change rubbish and recycling collections so that black bag waste is collected fortnightly and recycling and food waste is collected weekly. The changes to the service will not start until June 2021.

The full council backed moves to increase the authority’s capital programme by up to £62m as part of the changes.

However, despite agreeing the money needed for the vehicles and facilities, some councillors claimed people in Cornwall were not happy about having the collection service changed.

Cornwall recycling centre

St Columb Major independent councillor Paul Wills said the "majority of people out there don’t want to see any change.

He said: "They want to continue to put out their recycling once a fortnight and black bags picked up once a week."

Mr Wills also claimed that the responsibility of cleaning up left-behind rubbish could fall on parish and town councils which would have to increase their council tax to pay for it.

Independent councillor Mark Kaczmarek said the change to fortnightly black bag collection would result in an increase in people going to household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) to dispose of waste. He said the council should make a pledge not to close any HWRCs and also to build more for communities across Cornwall.

Environment cabinet member Rob Nolan said he welcomed the opening of a new HWRC in Truro this week and the council would be aiming to have centres close to the most populated areas. However, he could not promise that none would close.

He added: "I am confident that when we get going (with the new collection service) it will work well and people will get used to it."

'Record-breaking number' of washed-up whales and dolphins

BBC Radio Cornwall

More than 250 whales, dolphins and porpoises have been washed up on Cornwall's beaches in a 12-month period - a figure the Cornwall Wildlife Trust describes as "sadly a record-breaking year".

Figures on cetacean strandings have just been released covering the seven-year period to the end of 2017.

Across the UK, nearly 5,000 mammals and fish were washed up in that period, including 21 different species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, as well as a selection of turtles and sharks.

Records for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been kept for 27 years and, in 2017, there were 255 strandings - the highest figure ever recorded, the trust said.

The trust said the main reasons for the incidents was "entanglement in nets and other fishing gear", with marine animals founds with marks and wounds consistent with such entanglements.

Dead dolphin
Cornwall Wildlife Trust

South West unemployment drops 2.5%

BBC Business News

Unemployment in the South West has continued to fall to a low of less than 2.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The latest 2.4% figure of people aged 16-64 unemployed between May and July 2019 is lower than the UK-wide figure of just under 3.8%.

The official figures also showed earnings nationally grew at an annual pace of 3.8%.

The ONS said rising employment was being driven mainly by more women in work, partly due to the rise in the state pension age.

South West unemployment

Four injured in A390 road crash

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Four people have been injured, one seriously, in a road crash on the A390 between Truro and St Austell, police say.

Officers said they, firefighters and ambulances were called to the crash scene involving two cars close to a Mercedes-Benz dealership at about 10:30 on Tuesday.

One woman is reported to be in a serious condition and three other people sustained minor injuries.

The A390 has been closed by Waitrose in Truro, on the junction with A39, and at Tregony Road in Probus.

Police said: "The road is likely to remain closed for some time and motorists are advised to avoid the area for the time being."

Officers have appealed for witnesses.

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