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D-Day veteran in isolation says his 'mind is free'

BBC Breakfast

Harry Billinge on Gold Beach, Normandy in 2018
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Speaking to BBC Breakfast from his home in Cornwall 94-year-old Harry Billinge said of his self-isolation: "I don't mind, my mind is free, I can be anywhere."

Of coronavirus he said: "Well it's evil. It's a very good thing to draw people together and realise that we don't live just for ourselves but for other people.

"Marvellous really that people have rallied round. It's like the war years."

New bus routes to 'protect the NHS'

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall council bus
Cornwall Council

New emergency bus routes have been implemented after the number of people using public transport has dropped heavily.

Cornwall Council and First Kernow have prioritised services which provide transport to key workers and to essential services such as supermarkets and hospitals.

The council has been working with bus operators to ensure a service can continue to be run despite passenger numbers falling to less than 10% of the normal levels.

Geoff Brown, Cabinet member for transport, said: “The focus for our public bus services is on getting key workers to work and back home again.

He said it is "not viable" to operate a full public bus network, but instead local buses "will be designed to help protect the NHS at this unprecedented time".

Police responding to reports of 'self-policing'

BBC Radio Devon

The police are receiving calls from people conducting "self-policing" and reporting others who are allegedly breaching the social distancing guidelines set out by the government.

Devon and Cornwall Police say over the weekend, the vast majority of people stuck to the call to stay at home - but there were some exceptions.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said officers would act if they heard about shops opening or people gathering in groups.

He said: "We do get the calls off people who are frustrated seeing gatherings.

"We will respond to that, not as a blue light response but we will deal with it."

He said the force would go to the reported spot if it is "appropriate", but "assess" it alongside what else the force is dealing with at that time.

Motorcylist who died in tractor crash named

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

A motorcyclist who died in a crash with a tractor has been named.

Aaron Lauder died on the A30 near to Penzance in Cornwall on Saturday.

The 38-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene after a red Kawasaki motorcycle and a green John Deere tractor crashed.

Emergency services were called to a stretch of the road at Higher Drift Farm at about 16:10.