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Rules for dogs on beaches change

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Cornwall Council has decided dogs will not be allowed on beaches in July and August this year.

As well as this restriction dog will be banned from beaches with blue flag status from 15 May to 30 September.

These new restrictions will apply to 41 beaches and are due to apply for three years.

The decision to simplify the regulations for dogs on beaches in Cornwall was made after the council's biggest consultation.

The restrictions will be in place from 10:00 to 18:00 BST.

There is an exception for Porthchapel Beach near Land's End where the current restrictions will be lifted, as requested by the private beach owner.

Rob Nolan, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection said: "Across this huge response was a strong theme for the regulations to be both simpler to understand, and standardised across Cornwall."

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Airline Flybe 'at risk of collapse'

Andrew Segal

BBC News

Flybe plane
BBC

Exeter-based airline Flybe is at risk of collapse, according to reports.

The airline is reportedly in talks over potential emergency financing after suffering rising losses, Sky News reported.

It reported that Flybe has been holding talks with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport (DfT) on whether the government could provide or facilitate any emergency financing to the company.

Some 2,000 jobs are said to be at risk at the carrier, which is Europe's largest regional airline, a main operator at both Exeter and Newquay airports, and major provider of flights for the Channel Islands.

Last February, the airline was bought by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic, Connect Airways, following poor financial results.

Flybe said it was continuing "to focus on providing great service and connectivity for our customers, to ensure that they can continue to travel as planned".

It added: "We don't comment on rumour or speculation."

Helicopter lost window because of 'insufficient adhesive'

A helicopter lost a window mid-flight in Cornwall because "little or no adhesive" had been applied to the rubber retaining seal during maintenance, an investigation has found.

During a post-maintenance flight from Liskeard Heliport on 27 June the door window of the helicopter's co-pilot fell away, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

Its report said "liberal application of high-concentration soap" while the door was being reinstalled was likely to have contributed to the loss of the window, by compromising the rubber seal.

The report concluded "deviation from the prescribed maintenance manual procedure and lack of effective supervisory oversight" contributed to the errors.

The AAIB said the maintenance company involved had made four changes to safety procedures as a result of the investigation.

'Extensive damage' as water main bursts in Cornwall

St Austell residents have been warned to avoid Treverbyn Road in the Carclaze area as it has been partially closed due to a water main bursting.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said the leak caused "extensive damage" but there are no reported injuries.

Water main bursts
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Twelve-hour wait for a bed at Royal Cornwall Hospital

The Royal Cornwall Hospital's Emergency Department will not be treating people with minor injuries and ailments, as Treliske continues to deal with what it calls "considerable pressure".

Royal Cornwall Hospital
BBC

Medical director Allister Grant said: "It really is unprecedented, we have not had to do this before.

"Our A&E Department has been under continuous sustained pressure over the Christmas period and new year period.

"We have had patients waiting in Emergency Department for beds for up to 12 hours and queues in the corridors."

Patients who don't require urgent help will instead be redirected to other services - such as local pharmacies, GPs, minor injury units, and the NHS 111 number.

The hospital trust, which has published a list of waiting times, says this will help hospital staff concentrate on those who really need specialist care.

Teenager who died after crash with van is named

Caitlin Swan
Devon and Cornwall Police

A teenage cyclist who died after a collision with a van has been named as Caitlin Swan.

Emergency services were called to Tubbon Hill, Stithians near Truro on December 28 after the 14-year-old was involved in the crash.

The Penair School student from the Truro area sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers closed the road for more than six hours for a forensic examination.

Girl, 14, died after crash with van

Tubbon Hill
BBC

Police have confirmed a teenager who died after a crash with a van was a 14-year-old girl.

On Saturday, emergency services were called to Tubbon Hill, Stithians near Truro after the teenager's bicycle was in a collision with a van.

She sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for more than six hours for a forensic examination.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses.

Severe weather disrupts trains passing through Dawlish

Waves crashing against train
BBC

Trains have been disrupted due to stormy weather battering the South West.

CrossCountry says a reduced number of trains are able to run on all lines between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot in Devon.

The disruption is expected to last until 14:30.

National Rail Enquiries said there was a severe weather warning in place at the Dawlish sea wall. Trains might be revised to start and terminate at Bristol Temple Meads or Exeter St Davids.