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Warning over stand-up paddleboarding dangers

BBC Radio Cornwall

People using stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) are being urged to use them with caution and remember it is easy to drift away from the shore when the wind takes hold.

In recent days there have been rescues involving inflatable SUPs off St Ives and Newquay.

The RNLI says some users are also overcrowding the boards, and not having enough paddles to use safely.

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Organisation set up to help eradicate racism in Cornwall

Cornwall Live

A new organisation called Black Voices Cornwall has been set up in the county to help eradicate racism, Cornwall Live reports.

Police remind visitors and residents 'to act respectfully'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Devon and Cornwall Police is reminding visitors and local residents in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to take rubbish home with them and respect social distancing rules.

Officers said that, although the majority of people behaved responsibly, there had been anti-social behaviour and unauthorised camping in some of the counties' most popular areas.

They said local residents and tourists we being encouraged "to act responsibly and respectfully when out and about this summer to help protect the county and its communities".

The recent hot weather has brought crowds of visitors and residents to our beaches and beauty spots, the majority of whom behave in a considerate and respectful way. We ask that people be responsible. Drive safely, park respectfully, dispose of litter appropriately, take precautions to prevent wild fires, specifically from camp fires or barbecues and be generally courteous to others, so everyone can enjoy our beautiful county."

Insp Rob BoltNeighbourhood Policing Inspector, Devon & Cornwall Police
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Operations lists 'weighing up wait with greatest need'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Operations waiting lists in Cornwall may change to ensure people who "need their operations most get them first", a health watchdog says.

The number of people waiting a year or more for NHS treatment in Cornwall has rocketed since the Covid-19 pandemic stopped many appointments and procedures going ahead, from four in February to 136 in June.

The NHS was restarting planned treatments, focusing on those who were in more urgent need, followed by those who have waited the longest, Amanda Stratford from Healthwatch Cornwall said.

The hospital and the [Royal Cornwall Hospitals] Trust are really looking at the risks associated with people on the list. So, rather than carrying the lists forward as they stand, they're acknowledging that people's situations may have changed over the last five or six months. For patient safety reasons, what they're really trying to do is make sure that those who need their operations most get them first."

Amanda StratfordHealthwatch Cornwall

Cornwall councillors form independent group

BBC Radio Cornwall

Three Cornwall councillors have joined together to form a new political group at the 123-strong authority.

The Independent Alliance Group includes Threemilestone & Gloweth's Dulcie Tudor as leader, Bob Egerton of Probus, Tregony & Grampound ward; and Andrew Wallis of the Porthleven and Helston West area.

Cornwall Council chamber
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Covid-19 has 'pretty tough' impact on South West fishing

BBC Radio Devon

Newlyn harbour
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Covid-19 is having a significant impact and been "pretty tough" on the fishing industry in the South West, producers have said.

Normally across the ports of Newlyn (pictured) in Cornwall, and Plymouth and Brixham in Devon, more than £110m-worth of fish is landed every year. However, since the pandemic, the sector has been said to be brought to the brink of collapse.

Jim Portus, from the South Western Fish Producers’ Association, said 2020 would be a "memorable year for all the wrong reasons".

He added "awful storms" in January and February badly affected catches before the Covid-19 lockdown began in March.

He also said crab sales from Devon fishing vessels and producers had been mostly sold to China in recent years, but that came to a "complete stop" when China went into lockdown.

With lockdown itself, only certain vessels were allowed to keep operating, but they saw massive price falls, he added.

The only vessels that carried on fishing were the beam trawlers, who were able to sell their product into places like Holland and Belgium - but at much lower prices than would normally have been expected. That's because everybody's restaurants were shut down; not just in the UK, but all over Europe and, indeed, the world. So it's been pretty tough for the fishing industry."

Jim PortusSouth Western Fish Producers’ Association

Warning over children trespassing on railway crossings

BBC Radio Cornwall

Parents in Cornwall are being told to not let their children trespass on railways following incidents at crossings in St Blazey, St Austell and St Dennis.

British Transport Police and Network Rail issued a stark warning about the dangers of messing about on railway level and foot crossings.

They said they had three reports of groups of people - mainly teenagers - trespassing on the railway since May.

They warned that such incidents could be fatal outcome.

Anyone caught would be prosecuted, they added.

Warning sign on rail tracks
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NHS treatment delays increase drastically during pandemic

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

The number of people in Cornwall and Devon waiting a year or more for NHS treatment has drastically increased during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Devon, delays are up from 300 in March to just over 1,200 in May.

The number of people in Cornwall waiting a year or more has risen by four in February to 136 in June.

Covid-19 stopped many appointments and procedures going ahead but trusts are now restarting planned treatments and have been urging people to take up any dates they are offered, with the focus on those in more urgent need or who have been waiting the longest.

Most people are supposed to be treated within 18 weeks of being referred by their GP. But, in Cornwall, just over half of patients are waiting longer than that.

Some feel they have had to take things into their own hands.

Nisha Toppin, from Dartington in Devon, has already been waiting a year for surgery at a specialist centre for endometriosis and decided to crowdfund to pay to go private instead because her condition her was "incredibly painful and intense, all of the time" and she was on "maximum doses of painkillers".

There has been the most overwhelming response from friends and family, and from people I don't even know from all over the world who have contributed. It is also helping to raise awareness about endometriosis."

Nisha Toppin
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Kate Shields, the chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, said everything was taking longer because of "every person who comes through is treated as if they've Covid-19" to prevent any spread of the virus.

She said: "It's not people being lazy, it's just that everything slows down so we can keep everyone safe."

The NHS in the South West said it was working with social care and independent sector partners to ensure patients were seen, diagnosed and treated as promptly as possible, while continuing to guard against further Covid-19 outbreaks.

Fire crews called to high-rise flats in Newquay

BBC Radio Cornwall

Three fire engines and an aerial ladder were scrambled to a high-rise block of flats in Newquay at about 04:00.

Firefighters said they searched the building and found someone had accidentally activated a fire alarm.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it sent the "pre-determined" number of vehicles and crews "as per our policy for high-rise buildings".

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Fire crews called to gas explosion reports at hospital

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

A gas cylinder being accidentally dropped at the Royal Cornwall Hospital resulted in three fire engines being called out, firefighters have said.

Crews were called to the scene at Treliske, near Truro, at about 20:30 on Tuesday after reports "a gas cylinder had exploded".

Firefighters found the cylinder had been dropped and its contents released.

There was no fire and no-one was hurt, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

After checking to see if they were dealing with a hazardous substance, the gas was confirmed as nitric oxide - medical-grade Entonox - which is used in gas and air anaesthesia.

"The crews ventilated the area before handing back control to the hospital," the fire service said.

Royal Cornwall Hospital
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Councillors' anger at scrutiny on care homes plan

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A group of cross-party councillors say that Cornwall Council’s constitution should be changed after they were blocked from calling in a decision to sign a 30-year contract to provide extra care homes.

Barbara Ellenbroek
Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet last month approved plans to sign a deal with Gloucestershire-based Mears to build extra care homes across Cornwall

However a group of councillors – Jayne Kirkham (Labour), Loveday Jenkin (Meboyon Kernow) and Barbara Ellenbroek (Conservative) – decided to apply to call-in the decision which would have meant that it would have to go before a scrutiny committee.

But this application was denied by a council legal officer who said that it failed to meet the required criteria.

The three councillors said in a statement: "If the council’s constitution doesn’t allow councillors to properly scrutinise a decision that they are genuinely worried will backfire on the people of Cornwall, then the constitution is wrong and we must change it.

It cannot be right that one officer can prevent this from happening."

Government £50m scheme for South West could help save jobs

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

It is hoped thousands of jobs will be safeguarded in the South West with more than £50m being allocated for a range of projects.

Among the schemes is Europe’s first geothermal lithium recovery pilot plant to extract lithium for use in batteries at United Downs, near Redruth in Cornwall.

The Hall for Cornwall in Truro (pictured) is also on the list to share in the money from the government's Getting Building Fund.

In Devon, the new future Skills Academy at Exeter Airport is looking for £1m to provide training for advanced engineering and green jobs.

Another scheme on the list is a water sports centre for Ilfracombe, which could bring about 100 jobs.

Projects will have make detailed business cases to get their share of the money, which will be spent over the next 18 months.

The government said it estimated the schemes would create or secure 4,547 jobs in Devon and Somerset, 687 in Cornwall and 345 in Dorset.

Hall for Cornwall website
Hall for Cornwall

Test and trace 'key to schools returning' - scientists

James Gallagher

Health and science correspondent, BBC News

Current testing and contact tracing is inadequate to prevent a second wave of coronavirus after schools in the UK reopen, scientists have warned.

Increased transmission would also result from parents not having to stay at home with their children, they say.

Researchers said getting pupils back to school was important - but more work was needed to keep the virus in check.

The government said plans were in place to ensure schools can fully reopen at the start of the new school year.

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Classroom
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Rural crime costs Cornwall and Devon £500k in 2019

BBC Spotlight

Sheep
BBC

Rural crime cost Cornwall and Devon more than £500,000 in 2019.

It was a slight fall - 1% - from 2018, but bucking the national trend, which saw an increase of nearly 9%.

Figures released by insurer NFU Mutual in its annual Rural Crime Report showed such crime cost £54m in 2019 across the UK, mainly through organised criminal gangs targeting high-value goods and animals, such as tractors, quad bikes and livestock.

But while Devon and Cornwall saw a slight fall, the wider South West, up to Gloucester and Wiltshire, saw such crimes cost a total of £6.6m last year, compared with £5.8m in 2018 - an increase of 14% and the highest level for eight years.

Jonathan Rogers (pictured), from Plymouth, lost 100 lambs worth about £10,000 to rustlers earlier this year.

Jonathan Rogers
BBC

I was extremely angry, and almost more angry at myself for not realising what actually happened. I was naive to sheep rustling as it was the first time it had ever happened. It was a very frustrating thing. It's like somebody coming along and they're just taking the easy money."

Jonathan RogersSheep rustling victim

Nigel Grimshire in east Devon, who had turkeys stolen from his farm, said he initially thought a fox had got into the enclosure.

There was this sort of stunned moment thinking: 'Hang on a minute. What's happened here? Is this a fox?' Then it dawned on us as we followed a trail of feathers across a field. You come away from something like that just feeling a bit disheartened."

Nigel GrimshireLivestock theft victim

Boy worries about cancelled Christmas if Santa gets Covid

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

A grandma of a worried five-year-old boy called BBC Radio Cornwall to say that he asked: "Is Christmas cancelled if Father Christmas catches coronavirus?”

We felt we had had to do something, so we contacted Santa’s people at the North Pole and managed to set this up.

Thomas, his mum, Clare, and granny Rosemary spoke to me and a very special guest.

Cornwall rescuers 'deal with lots of incidents'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Last weekend was the busiest for some emergency rescuers in Cornwall in four years, with numerous call-outs involving lifeboats, rescue teams and lifeguards, coastguards have said.

There's a lot of different type of incidents that we are dealing with. None are malicious, it's just people being out and about on the coast. But with so many people being down here, with there being some surf, with people just using the beaches and the coastal environment, it is kind of the level of activity that we expect; but it is very busy."

Coastguard James InstanceMaritime and Coastguard Agency, Falmouth

Unfortunately, the call-outs included one fatal incident, where a man died after getting into trouble in the sea near Porthcurno at the weekend.

The man, in his 40s, died at Pedn Vounder on Saturday despite a big rescue operation involving a coastguard helicopter and lifeboat.

Cornwall Council has also stressed it has been welcoming holidaymakers as long as they stuck to social distancing rules and wore face masks when required as beaches, towns and villages got busier

Some locals have said they were reluctant to go out because of the growing number of visitors.

Council leaders appealed for everyone to use common sense, especially young people heading to Cornwall's bars and beaches; and for for people to keep their distance from others on coastal paths and narrow streets in towns and villages.

Beach in Cornwall
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Woman, 80, punched in the face in Paignton

An 80-year-old woman was punched in the face and hit her head on the ground in Paignton this weekend, Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed.

Officers were called at around 14:30 on Saturday after a report an elderly woman had been assaulted on Palace Avenue.

A 30-year-old woman from Paignton was detained under the Mental Health Act and is receiving care while enquiries are ongoing, police said.

The victim suffered a minor head injury, the force added.

Palace Avenue, Paignton
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Eat Out to Help Out scheme 'not complicated'

BBC Spotlight

Diners who eat in at certain cafes, pubs and restaurants across Cornwall and Devon - signed up to the government's new Eat Out to Help Out scheme - are entitled to up to a 50% discount from Monday.

It is part of work aimed at boosting restaurants and pubs post-lockdown.

Food and drink will appear on the menu at full price, and the eatery will deduct the money off the bill and claim it back from the government.

They can claim a maximum of £10 a head from food bills, excluding the cost of beer and wine.

English Riviera and Torquay restaurant owner Mauro Pettinnelli said he thought it was a "really good idea", especially as "people are now coming out in hundreds".

Charlotte Glidden, who manages a farm restaurant near Launceston, said it was not complicated to claim money back from the Treasury under similar government schemes.

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I think it would be fairly straightforward, based on the experience we had of claiming money on other government schemes, like the job retention scheme - the detail required is not too onerous. We have a great till system that will gather the information, but I should think that, even for those that don't have that and will be doing it manually, it shouldn't be too bad."

Charlotte GliddenRestaurant manager

The move is also good news for food producers.

Rupert Farm, who runs a fish supply business near Portreath in Cornwall, said he was hoping people would take advantage of deals "because the knock-on effect is it helps us supply pubs and restaurants".

He added people still needed to take heed of the "fine line" between people going and "not being too cluttered together" to avoid spreading Covid-19.

People can find out which establishments are registered on the government's website.

Appeal for social distancing in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

A call to residents and holidaymakers in Cornwall to respect social distancing as beaches, towns and villages get busier has been issued by the council.

Some locals have said they're reluctant to go out because of the growing number of visitors.

Cornwall Council deputy leader Adam Paynter said tourists were welcome, but he appealed for everyone to use common sense, especially young people heading to Cornwall's bars and beaches.

He said: "We've seen in Spain where it's been the youngsters who've been spreading the virus more.

"They've been out to the pubs and bars, they've not concentrated on social distancing, but, of course, they can then carry it and pass it on to others."

Dr Ruth Goldsteen, public health consultant for the council, added it is particularly important to keep your distance from people on coastal paths and Cornwall's narrow streets.

St Ives
Amanda Segal
Public health bosses said it was particularly important for people keep their distance from other on coastal paths and Cornwall's narrow streets, such as in St Ives, seen here last Friday

Footage of girl hit by car sends "vital" message

Police have released shocking footage of a young girl being hit by a car as she runs across the road.

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The warning came "to remind you why road safety education is vital", said police.

"Each year around 120 child pedestrians are involved in collisions on our roads. Please always remember to stop, look and listen."

Amazingly the girl walks away with minor injuries.

NHS 24/7 mental health helpline rolled out across South West

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

Young person looking out window
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An NHS mental health helpline will be available 24/7 for adults and children in the South West.

The service will be run by mental health professionals, who can refer individuals to urgent or routine services in the local area, the NHS said.

The helpline is open to anyone experiencing a mental health crisis, or family and friends who may be concerned about an individual.

Emergency services including the police and paramedics will also be able to use the helpline when dealing with someone who is suffering from ill mental health.

The roll-out, which the NHS say was always part of the "long-term plan", has been brought forward to help people cope during the coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Marsh, Medical Director at NHS England South West said setting the helplines up "in a matter of weeks, rather than years", had been a "monumental effort".

"While this means that helplines will be a work in progress in some places, hard-working mental health teams across the NHS are committed to continuously improving these vital services."

A local helpline can be found by entering a postcode on the NHS website.

Anyone in a serious or life-threatening emergency should still call 999 or go to A&E. "Services are still there for those who need them and you will not be wasting anyone’s time", the NHS said.

Cornwall beach lifeguard cover 'unlikely to increase'

BBC Radio Cornwall

About 80% of Cornwall's public beaches are now covered by lifeguards from the RNLI, but that was unlikely to increase, the charity has said.

The RNLI said it had been unable to train any new lifeguards because of the risk of spreading coronavirus, and some of those who planned to work over the summer had been unable to sign up.

Tom Mansell, from the RNLI, said staff had faced a number of challenges.

We've had the same issues as everybody else with potential for infection and then having to get people screened and tested, and we've had a few injuries; so we are right on our resilience level and not able to open any more beaches."

Tom MansellRNLI
RNLI lifeguards
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'People may be on holiday, but coronavirus is not'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

With thousands of people coming into Cornwall for a summer holiday, some community leaders are asking people to remember the rules of social distancing and wearing face coverings.

One of the busy towns is Falmouth, and its mayor, Steve Eva, said some people had to reminded that although they were on holiday, Covid-19 was not.

We're not panicked at all - I've got very good staff and we've been out with stickers and we've got a one-way system through the town. About 90% of people are following, but 10% forget. People should wear masks in the town, as well as in the shops, and they should remember that they might be on holiday but the pandemic is not."

Steve EvaMayor of Falmouth
Falmouth
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Baby dolphin dies after being stranded on Cornwall beach

BBC Radio Cornwall

A baby dolphin has died after being stranded at on a popular beach on the north Cornwall coast.

The creature, only about 2ft-long, was spotted struggling in the surf at Holywell Bay on Monday.

It could not be saved despite desperate efforts and later investigations revealed it had been seriously injured, including rake marks on its body from the teeth of other dolphins.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Awareness Officer Matt Slater was there and described how the incident affected everyone on the beach.

Matt Slater is Marine Awareness Officer at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust - he was there.

'Giant leap' for proposed Cornwall spaceflights

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

A "giant leap" in developing UK spaceflights that could launch from Cornwall has been made, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has claimed.

The role of overseeing flights from seven proposed spaceports will switch from the UK Space Agency to the Civil Aviation Authority under the Department for Transport's plans.

Newquay has been named as one of the potential sites, which could see the UK's first ever space launch "by the early 2020s", the Department for Transport said.

The six other proposed sites are Snowdonia in North Wales and Scottish locations Shetland, Sutherland, Glasgow, Prestwick and Campbeltown.

Mr Shapps said development in the space sector would "strengthen our national capabilities, create high-skilled jobs and drive future economic growth across the UK".

The Spaceport Cornwall plans aim to create a horizontal launch site at Newquay to get satellites into orbit. Rockets carrying satellites would be attached to the 747 and fired into orbit while the plane was airborne.

Last November, Cornwall Council approved £10.3m to go to the project.

Spaaceport plans
Cornwall Council

The lifeguarding twins

BBC Radio Cornwall

On the beach beat at Porthcothan in north Cornwall with RNLI lifeguards and twin sisters Maisie and Issey Barnes.

James Churchfield also talked to the RNLI's Regional Lifesaving Lead Tom Mansell.

'Everyone wanted local food at the beginning of lockdown'

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

Taking "growing your own" to the next level, a community farm in west Cornwall has been giving people access to the land, offering them land to grow their own food, as well as providing veg boxes.

We found out more about what was happening at Bosavern Community Farm, near St Just.

Royal Navy Hawk jets move to Newquay for a week

BBC Radio Cornwall

Royal Navy Hawk jet
Andrew Segal

People around Newquay may catch a glimpse of Royal Navy Hawk fast jets in the first week of August.

The black aircraft (pictured), similar to the ones flown by the Red Arrows, are relocating to Cornwall Airport Newquay for one week from Monday, the navy said.

They are usually based at RNAS Culdrose, near Helston, but its runways are due to be closed for a few days for essential maintenance,

Next Wednesday, the jets are due to take part in an exercise ranging across Cornwall and Devon, attempting to evade a Typhoon fighter jet, which will be coordinated from a Royal Navy type-45 destroyer.

Mental health charity given £65k of lottery cash

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Penryn-based mental health charity has welcomed £65,000 given to it by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The Sea Sanctuary helps people to tackle loneliness and isolation with activities like sailing and kayaking

Holidaymakers in Lanzarote 'feel they're being punished'

James Churchfield

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman from Newquay who runs a holiday complex on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands says her guests have been left completely confused by the UK government's decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on everyone arriving from Spain and its islands.

The move has been branded "unjust" by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, and some travel agents say they are struggling to understand the logic of the advice because the islands had lower coronavirus infection rates.

Michelle Braddock said her guests did not understand the measures because they thought they were coming to a safe country.

"They feel they're being punished," she said.

She added: "We're very frustrated, [the UK government's] saying it isn't safe to travel here which is very clearly untrue."

"They feel they're being punished" Michelle from Newquay runs a Lanzarote holiday complex

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesman warned that "no travel is risk-free during this pandemic".

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'Sinister underbelly' councillor leaves Lib Dems

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

A Cornwall councillor who has refused to apologise for comments saying there was a "sinister underbelly of Cornish nationalism" in a BBC interview has resigned from the authority's Liberal Democrat group.

Dulcie Tudor was to be formally censured by the authority's Standards Committee at the next full council meeting for the comments made during a protest against "[building construction] over-development" in Cornwall last year.

She had been ordered to apologise after being found to have breached the council’s code of conduct. However, she refused and highlighted that she had been subject to abuse from some people - online, by email and on social media.

In a statement, she said that, following the Standards Committee's decision, she had "considered my position as both a Cornwall councillor and member of the Liberal Democrat Group", but was only resigning from the group so as not to jeopardise "the projects I’ve fought so hard to get to this stage".

The projects include the new Threemilestone school hall/community sports hall, local sports pitches and support for the vulnerable post Covid-19.

Dulcie Tudor
Dulcie Tudor

She added that she suffered a "complete lack of support from the group as a whole during the very public sustained campaign of bullying and personal abuse against me from a small group of individuals", although she did have "individual messages of support and help from some members of the group and the Truro and Falmouth local party in recent days".

The resignation comes after the Lib Dem group said that it would be taking legal advice following the standards committee decision.

Group leader Malcolm Brown said: "Cornwall Council officers have been clear that Dulcie’s conduct in relation to the complaint against her breached the standards that are expected of councillors.

"I have never been in doubt that most members of the public would think that harsh and unfair given how badly she has been treated."

Mr Brown said he and his deputy, Joyce Duffin, would get further advice from council lawyers for advice and Liberal Democrat Headquarters.

Covid throws Cornwall into 'disarray worse than most'

BBC Radio Cornwall

There is concern that many people working in tourism and catering in Cornwall will not be able to get any work - even as the tourist season reaches its high point.

A recent report suggested Cornwall would be one of the biggest economic losers in the UK from the impact of Covid-19.

The chief executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Kim Conchie, said he believed it would be some time before Cornwall bounced back.

I think the whole country, the whole world, has been thrown into disarray by this Covid crisis, and Cornwall worse than most. I do fear short-term for thousands of people and lots and lots of businesses here in Cornwall."

Kim ConchieCornwall Chamber of Commerce

Spain quarantine rules 'another blow to airline industry'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Travel industry bosses say they fear quarantine regulations for people flying into the UK from Spain will lead to some firms going out of business.

Travellers must now spend 14 days self-isolating because of a jump in the number of cases of coronavirus in Spain.

The government said it had to act "rapidly and decisively" to impose the quarantine on people arriving from Spain to keep the UK virus rate down to avoid a second spike.

Newquay Airport recently started a service to Alicante in Spain and Managing Director Pete Downes said the new rules were another blow to the airline industry.

Newquay Airport
BBC

We've been open for three weeks now. Alicante had been our best-performing route, certainly during that time. Passenger confidence has been steadily returning. British Airways began their new service to Heathrow on Friday night, that's been going very well. This is a new challenge for us and one we have to deal with."

Pete DownesNewquay Airport