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Pirates begin season with defeat

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

London Scottish v Cornish Pirates
Brian Tempest

Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle says his team will discuss how they lost 24-20 at London Scottish having twice led the match.

Alex O'Meara's early try put the Pirates ahead while Will Cargill's 50th-minute penalty saw them register a 10-7 lead before two Scottish tries saw the hosts take the initiative.

"We put ourselves in a winning position and we haven't capitalised on that, and that will the big talking point for us moving forwards," Cattle told BBC Radio Cornwall.

GWR offers alternative trains after Thomas Cook collapse

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

GWR passengers affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook can use alternative services on its routes, the South West and West of England rail operator says.

Bosses said those "unable to make their booked train will be permitted to travel on the next suitable service by providing reasonable evidence of a Thomas Cook booking".

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Meanwhile, the rail operator is calling out to Thomas Cook employees, saying it "would love to hear" from those affected as part of moves to recruit new staff.

The tour operator's failure puts 22,000 jobs at risk worldwide, including 9,000 in the UK.

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Children urge mums to stub it out
The Royal Cornwall Hospital introduced recorded messages like "Stopping smoking saves babies lives".

RAF trainer James is the gold standard for panning

BBC Spotlight

Cornwall has a new world champion... in gold panning.


James Linnett, pictured above left, works at RAF St Mawgan as a survival trainer.

He won the championships panning for gold in Finland this summer and says he's pretty chuffed.

Council cabinet approves funding for spaceport

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Virgin Orbit
Virgin Orbit

Plans to build a 'Spaceport' in Cornwall have taken a step forward with a proposed £12m funding from Cornwall Council being approved by the the council's cabinet.

The proposal, which passed by a 6-4 margin, will now be subject to approval by the full council in November.

The cash is a key part of getting the Virgin Orbit satellite launch system off the ground at Newquay Airport.

It is the biggest part of a package including £7.85m from the UK Space Agency and £2.5m from Virgin Orbit.

The plan is to create create a horizontal launch site, Spaceport Cornwall, at Newquay to launch satellites into orbit.

Virgin Orbit
Virgin Orbit

The £12m means the Virgin Orbit jet, a modified Boeing 747 called Cosmic Girl, is closer to operating out of Newquay in 2021.

Claire Barcham, commercial space director at the UK Space Agency, told the cabinet meeting in a letter that Spaceport Cornwall would "help Cornwall to take a leading role in the UK's emerging spaceflight sector".

She said it was an "extremely exciting time for the South West, which is home to a variety of unique space sector facilities, expertise and assets, including Cornwall Airport Newquay, which have the potential to play a significant role in shaping our future economy".

Virgin Orbit envisages jets carrying satellite launchers slung underneath the fuselage.

The launchers are released and then accelerate and release the satellite into space.

The Spaceport could also be used in the future to send fee-paying passengers on sub-orbital flights.

Warning to Cornwall's pregnant smokers

BBC Spotlight

The number of women smoking throughout their pregnancy in Cornwall is almost 50% higher than the England average.


Figures from Public Health England show that nearly one in six women in the county are smoking at the time they give birth.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has introduced new signs and voice recordings to stop people lighting up outside the maternity services.

Cornwall businesses 'can't wait and see' on Brexit

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Businesses should be encouraged to prepare for the benefits and pitfalls of Brexit says the president of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

Toby Parkins

Toby Parkins said he was concerned that some firms are only preparing based on their own opinions on Brexit.

Mr Parkins, who is director of technology firm HeadForwards, made the comments during a Brexit preparedness debate at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board.

He said: "Because people don’t know which way it is going to go some people are just saying let’s wait and see.

"But I think it is important for businesses that are going to be affected, that they don’t just wait and see and that they do at least plan ahead, particularly businesses that are exporting."

More than 60 ill with oyster food poisoning

Blue Marine Foundation

More than 60 people have fallen ill after an outbreak of food poisoning, believed to be linked to oysters.

Public Health England (PHE) said it had received reports of diarrhoea and vomiting from people across the south of England who had eaten the molluscs since the start of September.

Some of the reports have come from Cornwall, Isle of Wight and London.

PHE said operations had ceased at the production site and suppliers had quarantined products.

A spokesman said PHE was working with the Food Standards Agency and councils to identify the cause of the outbreak.

Cornwall care homes beds losses has 'hit critical level'

BBC Spotlight

A care home crisis in could lead to people having to be sent out of the Cornwall says the county council.

Care home

It says the loss of nursing and dementia care home beds has reached a critical level.

The council had to step in last month to keep one home open and says if any more beds are lost vulnerable people face not being able to get care locally.

Devon and Cornwall weather: A day of sunshine ahead

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with almost unbroken sunshine.

It was also feel pleasantly warm with mainly light northeasterly winds that will be moderate at times towards the south coast.

Max temperature: 19C (66F).

Weather map

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.

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.

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

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).

weather map

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.

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."

Life monitors in police custody 'first in the world'

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Getty Creative Stock

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