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  1. Girl has blood tests after stepping on needle on beach

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A seven-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after stepping on a hypodermic needle on Perranporth beach.

    It happened on Saturday afternoon when she was playing in the sand with her family.

    She has had blood tests and will have to have those repeated in three months' time.

    Needle found on Perranporth Beach

    Her mother Kate Pearson says she and her husband "were stunned and shocked into silence".

    She said: "My husband and I looked at each other and thought, 'We need to get her to A&E and get her checked out'.

    "We took the needle with us to show the doctor, and also to get it disposed of safely, because I wasn't going to put it in a bin."

  2. 'Marmite' building gets go-ahead for new side access

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A councillor said he would rather see a "Marmite building" in the centre of Truro demolished than altered from its architect's original design.

    Bert Biscoe spoke out against plans to alter a building in Boscawen Street, which its owner wants to alter so that upper floors can be brought back into use.

    Loadace Ltd, the owner of the building - which is currently home to TUI travel agents - said that if planning permission was not granted to provide a new entrance to the upper floors then they would be forced to shut them completely.

    Building in Truro
    Image caption: Windows would also be added to the upper levels of the building

    However, despite Mr Biscoe's plea to protect the 1960s building, Cornwall Council's central sub-area planning committee approved the plans by eight votes to six.

    The upper floors of the building have been left vacant for almost 40 years because there is no independent access to them.

    There are also no windows in the upper floors, as it was originally built as a book storage area for WHSmith.

  3. Affordable housing plan approved despite parish opposition

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A housing association and a parish council have been praised for working together to bring new homes to a village.

    Ocean Housing had applied for planning permission to build 17 homes in St Newlyn East, five of which will be affordable.

    The association had originally wanted to build 27 homes on the site next to Tinners Croft and Trewithen Parc.

    But after the parish council raised objections they brought forward new plans, cutting the number of homes.

    Area in St Newlyn East where the housing will be built

    However, despite that the parish council still raised an objection to the plans due to the proposed access to the development, which it said was unsuitable, and also raised concerns about parking in the area.

    Cornwall Council's central sub-area planning committee granted approval to the plans as there had been no objections from the council's highways officer.

  4. Weather: Cloudy but staying largely dry

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Monday night will see some clear spells, but also a good deal of cloud.

    The cloud may be thick enough to give a few spots of rain. Western areas may see some clearer spells developing.

    Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).


    Largely dry on Tuesday, with sunny spells and variable cloud cover.

    There may still be the odd spot of rain under the thickest cloud.

    Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

  5. Already £250K in debt, Looe Festival received £165k loan

    Cornish Stuff

    Looe Music Festival received £165,000 in a loan from the Arts Impact Fund in June of this year in an attempt to overcome its financial difficulties.

    This has not been possible and this year’s festival has had to be cancelled.

  6. New Plymouth road work to go ahead

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Work is set to start on diverting telephone, water and power supplies ahead of the main construction work on the £38m Forder Valley Link Road project in Plymouth.

    City councillors are being advised to get on with ordering the utilities work which needs to be done ahead of construction to take advantage of a discount.

    The proposed 1km (0.6-mile) road will create an additional route from the east of the city to the north, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon roundabout and A386 Tavistock Road. It is also to include new walking and cycling routes.

    It will link Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road to William Prance Road in Derriford and was given planning permission in July.

    The city council said the new road would cut journey times and unlock land in the north of the city for development, where 4,300 homes are planned over the next 15 years.

    Initial works are expected to be carried out by the end of the year, with the main construction getting under way in January or February and taking around two years.

    The Department for Transport has earmarked £22.56m towards the £37.89m scheme and Highways England has awarded £4.47m, which will cover the utilities work.

    Forder Valley Link Road
  7. Tour of Britain: Cameron Meyer wins Devon stage

    Cameron Meyer wins Tour of Britain Devon stage

    Cameron Meyer has won the second stage of the Tour of Britain cycling race in Devon.

    The second stage saw riders take a 175km (109-mile) route from Cranbrook, near Exeter, to Barnstaple.

    The race finishes in central London on Sunday.

    Tour of Britain Devon stage
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  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A30 Cornwall eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall eastbound severe accident, between the Temple turn-off and A30.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 in Temple blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between the the Temple turn-off junction and Bolventor, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Man with 'samurai sword' actually man with big stick

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A Cornish police dog was deployed to track down a man with a deadly weapon - but it turned out to be a big stick instead.

    Police were called at about 01:45 on Monday after a concerned member of the public saw a man standing outside a garage in Truro with a "samurai sword".

    Officers searched the area and PD Ash located a man matching the description.

    He told officers that he had been holding a large stick and officers gave him a lift to a nearby train station.

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    Quote Message: He was not armed and said that he had a large stick which may have looked like he was holding a sword. This has since been discarded. Police gave advice to the man over his conduct and then gave him a lift to the local train station." from Devon and Cornwall Police
    Devon and Cornwall Police
  10. Water company sets out plans to cut bills

    BBC Business News

    South West Water has set out plans to cut bills, including offering customers a stake in the business.

    The proposals are among proposals being submitted by water companies in England and Wales to regulator Ofwat for the five years between 2020-2025. Ofwat will publish an assessment of each company's plan in January 2019.

    South West Water

    Since privatisation in 1989, water bills have risen above inflation by about 40% and the regulator has faced criticism for overestimating the costs incurred by water companies, which have been taken into account by Ofwat during its price reviews.

    At South West Water, which supplies Cornwall, Devon, and parts of Somerset and Dorset, average customer bills are being forecast to fall by 11%

    The company is also proposing a "first of a kind" plan to offer customers a stake in the business from 2020, and the prospect of meetings where customers can cast votes.

    Customers could also be given an option, alongside bill reductions, rebates and reinvestment, to have shares in parent company Pennon or a stake in South West Water itself.

  11. Harbour master denounces 'spate' of Looe crab thefts

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornish harbour master has reminded people not to take green crabs away from Looe following a "spate" of thefts.

    Tina Hicks said that a "huge quantity" of crabs had been stolen from the town over the last few weeks.

    She said that green crabs were protected and there is a no take zone in place.

  12. Police launch witness appeal after Brixham murder

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A murder investigation into the death of a 49-year-old man from Brixham is continuing, with police releasing images of two people who could have information.

    David Williams died after being attacked on the Quay in the town in the early hours of Friday 29 June.

    Five men from Brixham were previously arrested but have all been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said they now wanted to speak to a man and a woman (pictured) who were believed to be from the Windsor area of Berkshire but visiting Brixham that night.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101.

    police images
    Image caption: Police want to speak to the two people, pictured, in relation to the death of a Brixham man
    Quote Message: We are trying to trace these individuals who went to Liberty Tea Party and Cocktail Bar on the Quay area of Brixham. We believe they may have witnessed the incident later that evening that eventually led to the death of David Williams." from Det Sgt Jo Simms Devon and Cornwall Police
    Det Sgt Jo SimmsDevon and Cornwall Police