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  1. Council leader 'deeply concerned' at lack of test guidance

    Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

    BBC News

    Cornwall Council leader Julian German said he "remains deeply concerned" about the lack of guidance on the test and trace system.

    The councillor said during a press conference "it is a pivotal moment in our fight against coronavirus" as he called on the government to provide "urgent" answers on how the scheme will work and what role local authorities will play.

    Cornwall beach

    He said the council, and others, failed to be consulted in the process "yet we've been asked to outline local lockdown plans" in case of an outbreak, "with no additional powers to meet those plans and no guidance from government about what that response should be".

    "We cannot coordinate these activities if we continue to be left in the dark," Mr German said.

    He warned localised lockdown could lead to schools, businesses and community spaces temporarily closing, which in turn would have "profound effects" on Cornwall's residents.

  2. Queen's cousin opens virtual Royal Cornwall Show

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Princess Alexandra has spoken of her fears for the Cornish economy as she opened the virtual Royal Cornwall Show on BBC Radio Cornwall.

    The station is broadcasting memories from past shows and interviews with farmers, food producers and others who would have been on the Wadebridge Show ground over the next three days.

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    The Queen’s cousin praised the region’s strength of community amid the “dreadful” coronavirus pandemic and the enduring spirit of the countryside, and expressed her hopes business would be back to normal soon.

    "I do hope that your agriculture, fishing and tourism businesses, which are so important, will very soon be able to be working flat out again," the 83-year-old princess said.

    "Meanwhile, I know that these last few months have once again shown the strength of Cornwall’s community.

    "As part of this, let us celebrate the enduring spirit of the countryside and hear from those that make Cornwall the wonderful place it is."

    Thousands of visitors and competitors normally flock to the annual agricultural event, which could not go ahead due to the pandemic.

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  3. Police investigate street robberies and thefts in Truro

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Police investigating a series of incidents in Truro believed to be linked to a group of teenagers are asking the public to come forward with CCTV or mobile phone footage.

    Officers are investigating knife-point street robberies, assaults, shoplifting, criminal damage and antisocial behaviour in the city.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the incidents involved what is believed to be the same group of young people, both male and female, aged 14 to 18.

    A spokesman for the force said: "Police were called to Cornish Crescent at around 21:30 on 3 June with reports that a 19-year-old man was being attacked by a group of around 15 youths, armed with weapons and throwing rocks."

    In a separate incident sporting equipment worth about £1,000 was stolen or damaged from Truro Rugby and Football Club, which is being used as a Covid-19 testing centre, overnight on 3 to 4 June.

    Anyone with information or footage of the incidents is asked to call police on 101.

  4. New signs aim to help keep St Austell shoppers safe

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    St Austell Business Improvement District (BID) has been preparing for the reopening of shops in the town.

    Signs have appeared in the street, on shop windows and on benches advising how to maintain social distancing while shopping.


    Advice on the signs includes thinking about the time of day you visit to avoid crowds and queues, not visiting in groups and following the “stay right” signage dotted around the town.

    People are asked not to queue beyond the markings set out for each shop and to try again later and to carry hand sanitiser for their own use.

    Shoppers are also asked to not “stand around chatting” as that could block other people trying to get around safely, and if you wear gloves you are asked to dispose of them at home.

    In White River Place there are signs advising people to walk on the right with yellow tape dividing the walkways.

    Outside each shop there is more yellow tape providing a marker for where people should queue and keep their 2m distance.

    The BID said: "These are unusual times and things will be very different for a while... we look forward to welcoming you all back to St Austell."

  5. Hospital ward classroom for new nursing associate course

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    Nursing associate course room

    A further education college in Cornwall has become the first in the country to offer a new nursing qualification to help fill thousands of vacancies in the profession.

    Nursing associates will be able to give medication and carry out some procedures, while operating department practitioners will do equivalent work in theatres.

    The new support role in England bridges "the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver hands-on, person-centred care as part of the nursing team", according to NHS Health Education England.

    The courses, being offered by Truro and Penwith College, includes using a clinical simulation suite at the Truro campaus, equipped like a hospital ward (pictured).

    A dozen nursing associate students, all previously NHS healthcare assistants, are due to start on the first course in mid-June.

    Truro and Penwith College is working with Greenwich University to provide the courses, which are the first in England to be approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is also involved.

    By the end of the year, 36 nursing associate students will have started the two-year course, with student operating department practitioners starting soon after.

  6. Two die in fatal minibus crash on A388

    Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

    BBC News

    A man and a woman in their 60s have died following a crash on the A388 near Launceston on Wednesday.

    The woman, from Callington, and the man, from the Liskeard area, were both travelling in a minibus when it collided with an HGV at about 10:00 near the Lezant turn off. They were confirmed dead at the scene and their next of kin have been informed.

    Three other people travelling in the minibus sustained minor injuries.

    Image caption: The crash happened on the A388 at Launceston

    The driver of the HGV, a man in his 60s and from St Austell, will attend a voluntary attendance interview in due course.

    The road was closed for several hours as police attended the scene and carried out a thorough investigation and safe recovery of both vehicles.

    Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 232 3/6/20.

  7. Fish prices 'showing signs of improvement'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall's fishermen say there is some light at the end of the tunnel after it was feared their industry would be decimated by the lockdown.

    As restaurants, cafes and the tourist trade disappeared overnight many worried about how they would make a living.

    However, some like Dan Hunkin, the skipper of Keltic Dawn based in Mevagissey, have said they are making steady progress again.


    Mr Hunkin said the price of fish had now started to "slowly creep up".

    He said: "Last week we had a reasonably good trip aboard but the fish still didn't make the best money but it is showing signs of improvement."

  8. St Mellion International Resort to build 200 holiday lodges and a wedding barn

    Cornwall Live

    An international quality golf course in Cornwall has been given permission to build hundreds of holiday lodges as it bids to appeal to a wider audience.

  9. Police step up checks on campervans in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Every adult in a car or campervan that shouldn't be in Cornwall will be fined.

    Devon and Cornwall Police are now enforcing the regulations that mean people cannot stay overnight away from their homes.


    Ch Supt Ian Drummond Smith said his officers are actively looking for people who flout the rules.

    He said: "We will be checking beauty spots and we will be checking whether people have a reasonable excuse and if appropriate we will be engaging with them and potentially enforcing and issuing a fine to every adult in that caravan as well."

  10. Unemployment increases in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    St Ives

    New figures show seven areas in Cornwall as having the biggest increases in unemployment rates in the country during the coronavirus crisis.

    Data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed the increases in unemployment claimaints between March and April.

    Cornwall is placed eighth in a table of local authority areas with the biggest increases, with the Isles of Scilly topping the table.

    However, another table looking at settlements shows that towns in Cornwall are seeing bigger rises than almost anywhere else in the UK.

    St Ives, Padstow, Flexbury, Perranporth, Newquay, Looe and Camelford all feature in the table of the 10 towns with the highest increases in claimants.

    Overall Cornwall has seen its claimant rate go from 2.7% in March to 5.8%.

    Nine of the 10 areas with the biggest increases in unemployment are local authority areas with coastal areas which indicates the impact that Covid-19 has had on the tourism industry.

  11. SW Ambulance says drive-thru queues 'could cost lives'

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Cars queuing for McDonald's in Bideford, Devon

    The South Western Ambulance Service has said emergency vehicles have been blocked by cars queuing for takeaway drive-thrus.

    "What costs you a fiver could cost a patient their life," the service said.

    Long queues have been seen stretching back from McDonald's in Bideford, Devon on Wednesday, with marshals now in attendance to help direct traffic.

    Marshal at the roadside talking to driver

    The fast food giant said: "We are aware of some queues, and in line with our opening plans we have been working closely with local authorities and the police to, and may determine that it is necessary to close Drive Thru lanes if required."

    McDonald's has begun to reopen some of its restaurants after it was forced to temporarily close on 23 March due to the coronavirus.

  12. One further coronavirus-related death in Devon

    A patient has died of Covid-19 at Derriford Hospital, the latest figures show.

    It brings the total coronavirus-related deaths in Devon to 184 and Cornwall to 90.

  13. Father and daughter saved from rip tide by RNLI

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A father and daughter who got caught in a rip tide current were saved by RNLI lifeguards on Tuesday evening.

    The woman entered the water from the slipway on Godrevy beach in Cornwall, an entrance point the RNLI says is not safe.

    Lifeguard Barney Stevens, who was patrolling the connecting Gwithian beach, spotted the woman was struggling to keep her head above the water.

    Her father also became caught in the rip tide while trying to save her.

    Mr Stevens and his colleague Phil Wilson paddle boarded towards the swimmers and brought them safely back to shore.

    Barney Stevens (left) and Phil Wilson (right) watching over beach

    The RNLI reminded people there are no lifeguards on duty at Godrevy beach, and there is signage to indicate the likelihood of rip currents.

    Lead Lifeguard Supervisor Oliver Shilston said: "The lifeguards reacted very quickly and managed to reach both swimmers before they began to submerge.

    "The situation was time critical and with the rapid response from our lifeguards we believe two lives were saved yesterday."

  14. Five injured in crash involving minibus

    Five people have been injured in a crash between a minibus and lorry near Launceston.

    Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed the incident took place on the A388 in Treburley near the Lezant turn off.

  15. Concern over number of fatal crashes after lockdown eased

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Speed camera sign on a police van

    Devon and Cornwall Police are very concerned about the number of serious collisions that have taken place since lockdown regulations were eased.

    Over the five days immediately after the ‘stay at home’ message was lifted there were six people either killed or seriously injured on the roads in Devon and Cornwall.

    During lockdown traffic in the South West reduced to 70% of normal levels and quieter roads led to significant increases in the number of vehicles travelling more than 15mph over the speed limit.

    The leader of Devon and Cornwall’s Safety Camera Partnership, Gary Williamson, says traffic speeds are improving slightly as more traffic returns to our roads, but some motorists are still driving too fast.

  16. Eden Project to reopen outdoor gardens

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The Eden Project

    The Eden Project will reopen its outdoor gardens to the public from Saturday, 6 June.

    The attraction near St Austell in Cornwall has been closed to visitors since 22 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    A provisional date of 6 July has also been set for the reopening of the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes, as well as the education centre.

    Those planning on visiting the Project will need to prebook online, and a maximum of 1,250 people will be allowed to visit each day.

    New measures to protect the health of staff and members of the public will be introduced, including clearly marked trails and staggered entry times.

    Takeaway food and drink will be offered by the site's four cafes, which will be operating on a "largely cash-free" basis.

    David Harland, executive director of the Eden Project, said: "Over the last couple of months, a dedicated team has been looking after the site, including a small band of gardeners who have worked tremendously hard to care for our unique living collections.

    "These have been difficult times for everyone but it is great news that we can start the process of waking up Eden so we can offer a space for people to be in nature, connecting with the wider world around them in a safe environment."