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First woman made master fishmonger in Newlyn
Elaine Lorys is the 13th person in the UK to receive the highest accolade in fishmongering.

Weather: Rain overnight but a bright day tomorrow

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain may linger through the course of the night.

However, it should become largely dry by dawn, though a few mist patches may develop.

Minimum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F)

weather chart

Tomorrow, any mist will clear early.

It will be a bright day with sunny spells, variable amounts of cloud and a few potentially sharp showers.

Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F)

More than one suicide per week in Cornwall

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

More than one person a week takes their own life in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly on average.

The statistic was given to Cornwall councillors at a special all-member briefing on suicide prevention on Friday.

They heard that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has one of the highest suicide rates in the country and also heard what is being done to try to prevent suicide.

There has been an average of 71 suicides a year in Cornwall between 2015 and 2017.

Scone row causes ‘split’ in the Exeter Chiefs camp

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

With the final Premiership league game of the season tomorrow, there are signs of a deep ‘split’ within the ranks at Exeter Chiefs - over the correct way to make a cream tea.

While Devonian centre Sam Hill is a believer in cream first, Cornish wing Jack Nowell has publicly shot him down on Twitter, calling his view “ridiculous”.

Traditionally, some believe a cream tea should be served on a split rather than a scone, but we had better not get into that.

The Chiefs play Northampton tomorrow, ahead of the playoffs that begin next weekend.


Dawn French weighs in on 'jam or cream first' debate


Weather: Cloud, sunny spells and showers later

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will be a morning of variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells, the best of which will be in the west.

Through the morning, more cloud will invade from the east.

This will be followed by some isolated outbreaks of initially light rain, but some heavier bursts may be possible in the afternoon.

This rain will be very patchy, and not all of us will see it, especially the further west you are.

Winds will be light north easterly, becoming northerly and increasing moderate in the west.

Maximum Temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).


Lifeboats called to stricken vessel off Lizard Point

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

Lizard RNLI

The Lizard and Penlee lifeboats were launched earlier to assist a fishing boat that was taking on water 4.5 nautical miles west of Lizard Point.

The Newlyn vessel "Girl Pamela" had suffered engine failure with four people on board.

The Penlee crew was able to safely tow the vessel safely in to Newlyn Harbour.

Council proposes ban on anti-bird netting

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

nets over trees
In Guildford, netting was put in place to stop birds nesting so the trees can be removed

Cornwall councillors will be asked to back calls to ban developers from placing nets over hedgerows which prevent birds from nesting.

A motion will go to Tuesday's full council meeting, which is looking to prevent the use of nets on hedgerows.

Sam Tamlin, the Liberal Democrat councillor behind the motion, said the issue had been highlighted elsewhere in the country and that, by passing the motion, the council could prevent the introduction of netting.

As far as I am aware there have not been any incidents here so I am doing this as a pre-emptive strike. We do not have any control over it and it isn't illegal but we want to make sure it doesn't start happening here in Cornwall."

Sam TamlinCornwall Council

Earlier this week, MPs debated a petition, signed by 350,000 people, that called for "netting" to become a criminal offence.

Newquay Zoo hand-rears endangered baby Owston's civet
The endangered Owston's civet is one of just 17 in captivity worldwide.

Sub-postmasters wanting to quit 'in limbo'

BBC Spotlight

Post office counter

Sub-postmasters in the South West say they are in limbo as they wait for new operators to take on post offices in their communities.

Steve Pile said he had been waiting seven years for a new operator to be found in Charmouth in Dorset. He is retiring on Friday without anyone taking over.

In Trewoon in Cornwall, Sally Bourton said she could not afford to leave until another post office was established at another shop in the village.

This is despite the Trewoon branch earmarked for what Post Office Ltd calls its transformation programme in 2012, meaning it could be moved into another shop or taken over by another business.

Post Office Ltd describes such closures as temporary and its planned changes would lead to a sustainable network across the country.

Weather: Dry with some hazy spells of sunshine

BBC Weather

A fine Thursday morning with some hazy spells of sunshine.


A little more cloud is expected in the afternoon but it will remain dry and bright with some hazy sunny spells.

Feeling cooler compared to Wednesday.

Maximum temperature: 14 to 17C (57 to 63F).

Bathing season begins in the South West

BBC Radio Devon

Pendower beach
bathing water quality signs
Environment Agency

The quality of the water on South West beaches will be under the spotlight later as the bathing season gets officially under way.

The Environment Agency is responsible for carrying out sampling and testing from now until the end of September.

Last year, 96% of beaches in Devon and Cornwall were rated as either "excellent" or "good".

More information about bathing water quality can be found here.

Men's mental health group eyes up expansion plans

BBC Radio Cornwall

A self-help group for men with mental health problems is planning to expand further across Cornwall after seeing success in its first few months.

Man Down began only last September and already meets regularly in nine towns from St Austell to Penzance.

Co-founder Ross Jackson-Hicks said he hoped to set up groups in another 21 places to give people the opportunity to share as men often "felt ashamed" of having mental health problems and talking about them when they first joined.

Man Down website
Man Down

Weather: A dry day with sunshine

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Any early mist patches will lift to leave a dry day with sunshine.

The sunshine will be hazy as times due to high cloud but it will be warm for most.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

weather map

Beaches across Devon and Cornwall celebrate Blue Flags

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Beaches across Devon and Cornwall have gained the coveted Blue Flag awards.

Fourteen Devon beaches have been given coveted annual awards by Keep Britain Tidy which recognise places for their cleanliness, safety and facilities, with seven of those beaches within Torbay alone.

Among those named are Torbay's Torre Abbey Sands and Meadfoot Beach, as well as Dawlish Warren and the beach at Westward Ho! (pictured). Teignmouth has also received the prestigious gong for the first time.

Keep Britain Tidy has also announced that Coryton Cove in Dawlish, Dawlish Town and Shaldon's Ness Cove retained their seaside awards.

In Cornwall, seven beaches have been given coveted Blue Flag.

Among those named are Falmouth's Gyllyngvase Beach, as well as Porthmeor in St Ives and Trevone Bay. The privately-owned Carbis Bay is also a winner.

Westward Ho!

Weather: Staying dry and fine, winds easing

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Staying fine on Tuesday evening with plenty of late sunshine, but staying rather breezy.

It will then be dry overnight with mainly clear skies. The brisk winds will start to ease slightly.

Minimum temperature: 3 to 6C (37 to 43F).


On Wednesday it will be another dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine, but there could be a little patchy cloud developing.

The winds will be lighter.

Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

South West patients needed for depression study

BBC Radio Devon

Patients in the South West are needed for the biggest ever study into depression and anxiety.

The Devon Partnership NHS Trust and its sister trust in Cornwall will be encouraging patients to take part in a study exploring the genetic links to mental ill-health.

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders worldwide, with one in three people in the UK experiencing symptoms during their lifetime.


Recruits are now being sought for the biggest ever study of its kind - the GLAD study - short for Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression.

It's a collaboration between the the National Institute for Health Research, the mental health charity MQ, patients and service users.

More than 1,600 people have taken part in mental health research in the South West in the last financial year.

Unemployment at 2.4%

BBC Business News

Unemployment rate chart

Unemployment in the south west was 2.4% in the first three months of the year.

The UK’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8%, its lowest since late 1974.

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Planning member defends system change

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The council member responsible for planning in Cornwall has defended changes made to the way the system works.

Tory councillors at County Hall cried foul last week over a decision by Cornwall Council to no longer write to people who have commented on planning applications to let them know if they will be heard by a committee, saving £26,000 in the process.

Cornwall Council

Bob Egerton dismissed the claims of non-transparency, saying "the people who are really interested in an application will know it is going to committee".

"Even if they go to the meeting they can’t influence the decision anyway," he added.

The local council member and the parish council will still be informed.

Weather: Plenty of sunshine but breezy

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with lots of sunshine.

However, it will be fairly breezy too with moderate to fresh winds.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

weather map

South West weather: Sunshine continues

BBC Weather

It's going to stay sunny into Monday evening and there will be a dry night with clear skies, although it will remain rather breezy with moderate or fresh south-easterly winds.

Minimum temperature overnight: 3 to 6C.

Tuesday is set to remain dry and fine, with plenty of sunshine, although high level cloud will tend to build through the day, making the sunshine a little hazy at times.

Winds will continue to be moderate or fresh east or south-easterly.

Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C.





Brain inflammation girl determined to get back to netball

Tamsin Melville

BBC Radio Cornwall

A teenager from Cornwall who suffered a rare form of the brain inflammation condition encephalitis is now in rehabilitation after three months in intensive care.

Bridget Wells is having to learn to balance, talk and walk all over again at the county's only specialist centre for neurological conditions in Hayle.

But the 17-year-old said she was determined to start playing netball again in the autumn.

Bridget Wells

Her father, Johnny, is now planning to kayak from the Isles of Scilly to Sennen to raise money for specialist equipment at the centre.

Johnny Wells

"Rehabilitation is a very, very slow process - this is just to raise awareness that there's this centre that does amazing work and they need facilities to help patients get back into life again," he said.

An even keel for 275m semi-submersible ship off Cornwall

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Boka Vanguard off Cornwall
Andrew Segal

For anyone who likes their heavy lift ships, the Boka Vanguard is currently moored off south west Cornwall, near Mounts Bay, due to go into Falmouth at some point.

It's pretty big and capable of transporting the likes of oil drilling platforms and even an aircraft carrier because it is semi-submersible, meaning it can partially sink under what it is to carry and resurface with its cargo of up to 110,000 tonnes on its main deck.

This is the 275m-long vessel, which has a crew of 40, seen from Rinsey at the weekend. But you can also just about see it from Penzance and Lamorna.

Boka Vanguard off Cornwall
Andrew Segal

Drivers nicked by 'undercover' police lorry

BBC Radio Cornwall

More than 150 dangerous drivers have been picked up on roads in Devon and Cornwall in the past year in an operation using unmarked lorry cabs - so officers can see down into cars and vans.

Police lorry

Police said a total of 167 offences were recorded, including dozens of people using mobile phones or not wearing seat belts.

Organisers cancel festival after council refuses licence

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

A music, food and wellbeing festival due to take place at the end of May has been cancelled.

Porthilly Spirit, which was set to include activities such as Cornish seasalt pickling and gong meditation, was refused a licence by Cornwall Council last week despite having sold 700 tickets.

Organisers said ticket holders would be given a full refund for the event, due to be headlined by singer Tom Odell, on a farm near Rock, Cornwall.


Will Herrmann, owner of Trefresa Farm where the event was set to be held, said in a statement on Monday that the decision to cancel had been taken with "great personal regret".

"A huge amount of work has been carried out by the organising team to put together a fantastic event programme, and we are hugely disappointed to be unable to welcome everyone to enjoy a weekend on the farm," he said.

Mr Herrman said the team would now work hard to address the concerns of the local community in preparation for a new licence application for the event in 2020.

Alcohol and drugs seized from clifftop rave

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Police have issued a warning to parents after a potentially "disastrous" illegal rave was broken up in Cornwall on Saturday night.

Alcohol and drugs were seized from a large group of 14 to 16-year-olds near St Austell.

Seized drink and drugs
Devon & Cornwall Police

The incident happened "extremely close" to cliffs with a very steep, unfenced drop, St Austell Police said on Facebook.

They added that the "combination of alcohol, drugs and a dangerous location could have had terrible results and what was intended as a fun evening for those present could have ended in disaster".

Please talk to your teenagers about the potential dangers of consuming drugs and alcohol and how it affects their safety when under the influence. Officers do not want to be knocking on your door to deliver bad news."

St Austell Police

Weather for Monday: Fine, dry and sunny

BBC Weather

It'll be a fine, dry and predominantly sunny Monday with very little, if any, cloud around.

Weather map

Winds will be moderate, occasionally fresh east or south-easterly and maximum temperatures between 14 and 17 C (57 and 62F).

Display highlights foster carer shortage

BBC Spotlight

There's a shortage of foster carers with more than 2,500 children and young people in care in the South West.

To represent the 500 in Cornwall alone, Cornwall Council has created a giant display of the number, made up of children's shoes, with some coming from children who are looking for a foster family.

The council is starting a series of roadshows in the county on Monday as part of Foster Care Fortnight, looking for more people to come forward.

500 sign

Weather: Showery overnight, sunny on Saturday

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy Friday evening with showers and longer outbreaks of rain possible, although these will clear from the west overnight.

A milder night with winds freshening.

Minimum temperature: 3 to 6C (37 to 43F).

SW weather

It will be a dry and bright Saturday with long sunny spells.

Northwesterly breezes and feeling warm in the sunshine.

Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

Hamleys: India's richest man buys Cornishman-founded firm

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has bought the iconic British toy retailer Hamleys for an undisclosed sum.

Reliance Brands Limited, which is owned by Mr Ambani, said it had signed an agreement to buy the company from China's C Banner International which had acquired it in 2015.

But did you know that the world's oldest toy retailer was founded by Cornishman William Hamley, who grew up in Bodmin?

Hamley left Cornwall for London in 1760 to open his first toy shop in the High Holborn area. The little store was named Noah's Ark.

The company opened its flagship store in London's Regent Street in 1881, where it continues to be one of the city's major attractions.

You can find out more about its history here.


Train firm GWR 'snubs surfers' in cutting board storage

BBC Radio Cornwall

Surfers wanting to travel with their boards on the new GWR trains in Cornwall say there's nowhere to to store them and they're being denied the chance to use the service.


On older trains, surfboards could be put in the guard's van or on bike racks, but GWR said that was no longer possible because those spaces had been replaced with more seating.

Boards can still be stored on the sleeper train.

Cornish hedgerow wildlife 'under threat from developers'

Adrian Campbell

BBC South West environment correspondent


Cornwall's hedges, which have been part of the landscape for since the Bronze Age 4,000 years ago are under threat from development according to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

It said the hedges provided an important home for wildlife, helped reduce soil erosion and limited the impact of climate change.

Pete Warman, from the trust, said the Cornish hedges were vital.

We're certainly worried about bits being removed by big developments. But we know there's 30,000 miles of hedges in Cornwall and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been part of mapping that, so it's really important that we make the most of them. There's a huge amount of potentially really great habitat with all of these little hiding places and nesting places, so managing them sympathetically is really important."

Pete WarmanCornwall Wildlife Trust

Cornwall Council said planning decisions were based on schemes' merits and environmental factors were taken into consideration.

Weather: A dry and bright start, but showers developing

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

A dry and bright start to Friday, but also quite chilly.


Showers will develop in the afternoon and it will become largely cloudy. Gentle breezes.

Maximum temperature: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F).

Cleaners 'a vital part of our team' say Cornwall hospital managers

BBC Radio Cornwall

Hospital bosses say they want cleaners and caterers to "feel valued and properly rewarded for the important work they do" amid a strike threat by staff.


Contract workers for the service company MITIE working at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) say they should have the same rates of pay as colleagues employed directly by the NHS.

Unison, the union that represents the workers, says they are prepared to take strike action.

The RCHT said there had been "positive discussions with Mitie" and they would be meeting Unison "in the hope of bringing this issue to a satisfactory resolution".

Weather: Breezy and cloudy but sunny spells later

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

It will be breezy and cloudy at first with some showers and low cloud.

Later it will become drier from the west with cloud breaking and some sunny spells developing later this morning.

The winds will be fresh north westerly.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).


Strike threat at Royal Cornwall Hospital

BBC Radio Cornwall

Contract workers for the service company MITIE working at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) are considering industrial action once again.


The staff provide cleaning, portering and catering at Cornwall's hospitals.

The company employs around 600 staff on a contract at the RCHT but say they should have the same rates of pay as colleagues employed directly by the NHS.

Unison, the union that represents the workers, says they are prepared to take strike action.

"We are hopeful that we can avoid industrial action, but this will only happen if Mitie and the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust work with Unison to find a resolution," said area organiser Michael Auguste.

The trust has been approached for comment.

South West has 'highest number of GPs per head in England'

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

The South West has the highest number of GPs per head of population in England.

The number of doctors in the region has risen at a time when nationally the figures have fallen, according to analysis by the Nuffield Trust think tank for the BBC.

It said the number of GPs per 100,000 people had fallen from nearly 65 in 2014 to 60 in 2018. But the South West has just under 69 doctors for every 100,000 patients.

But it is not all good news locally. Surveys in recent years have shown many are considering leaving and places such as Plymouth have had particular problems recruiting.

Doctor and patient

Dr Carmel Boyham Irvine, at the North Road West Medical Centre in the city, has described seeing demand increase as the population aged.

She said she dealt with 50 to 60 patients a day - either on the phone or in person - telling the BBC's Panorama programme the situation was simply "not safe", and her practice had been trying to recruit another partner for five years.

NHS England said it recognised the significant pressure GPs were facing and it was recruiting an extra 20,000 health workers, such as pharmacists and paramedics, nationally to work with GPs; and more GPs were in training than ever before.

Weather: Sunshine but also showers, some heavy

BBC Weather

Wednesday will have some sunshine but also showers, some of which will be heavy with a risk of thunder.


Fresh south to south-westerly winds.

Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).