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'Be water smart' call after dry winter and spring

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Resident and holidaymakers in the South West are being asked to be "water smart" by regional utility South West Water (SWW).

SWW said its total reservoir storage was currently about 73%, compared to 75% at the same time last year, "reflecting the relatively dry winter and spring".

Head of Water Resources Rob Scarrott said: “Even though it often seems to rain a lot, the South West has actually had the second lowest amount of rainfall in the UK over the last six months.

“We have no immediate concerns, but we expect demand for water to increase as we head into the peak summer season."

The company provides water and sewerage services to Devon and Cornwall, plus small parts of Dorset and Somerset.

Drift reservoir, Cornwall
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Travelodge hunts for seven Cornwall sites

BBC Spotlight

Travelodge wants to open seven hotels in Cornwall as part of its £165m expansion plans.

Travelodge
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The company says collectively the expansion in the county would represent an investment of £45m for third party investors and could create about 175 new jobs.

The sites include Bude, Falmouth, Fowey, Newquay, Penzance, St Ives and Truro.

Thunderstorm warning issued for Devon and Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A thunderstorm is expected to hit Devon and parts of east Cornwall on Tuesday evening.

The Met Office has issued a warning of scattered thunderstorms moving north moving north from 18:00 which "could lead to some power cuts and travel delays".

Thunderstorm warning
Met Office

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny before heavy showers

BBC Weather

A largely dry Tuesday, with cloud quickly clearing to leave it sunny and very warm for much of the day.

Weather
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By the evening, some heavy showers and thunderstorms will spread from the south west.

Maximum temperature: 24 to 27C (75 to 81F).

High surf warning on north Cornwall coast

BBC Radio Cornwall

Beach goers and surfers in Cornwall are being advised to take extra care on Tuesday because of a warning of high surf.

It is predicted there'll be breaking waves of more than 2m on exposed parts of the north coast.

The advice is only to swim and surf on a beach with lifeguards.

Surfer
Andrew Segal

Devon & Cornwall weather: Warm and heavy showers possible

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Weather
BBC

It will be remaining dry through Monday night with cloud building and turning rather misty in places.

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

It will be a mainly dry day on Tuesday, with cloud clearing to leave it sunny and warm for most of the day.

There is the chance that some heavy showers will spread from the south west later in the day.

Maximum temperature: 24 to 27C (75 to 81F).

Campaigners appealing for increased seal protection

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

dog biting seal
Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

A report entitled: "Please Do Not Disturb! - issues of seal disturbance in the United Kingdom" has highlighted the impact human activity is having on their populations, the Seal Protection Action Group has reported.

Funded by the group and the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust for The Seal Alliance, the report documents case studies around the British coast where the protected animals are suffering.

Researchers found evidence seal populations were suffering disturbance from human intrusion, both accidental and deliberate, through recreational activities as well as tourism.

The report warned repeated disturbances could do serious harm to individual animals through stress or serious injury.

Campaigners said they would also like to see more protection of essential habitats for seals.

Our seals are under increasing threat from deliberate killing, climate change, over-fishing, toxic pollution, entanglement in nets, ingestion of plastic and serious injury from collisions with vessels."

Andy OttawaySeal Protection Action Group
Seals on rocks
Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

Penitent protesters highlight 'fast fashion'

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

penitent protesters
BBC

Extinction Rebellion protesters gathered in Truro on Saturday to object to fashion industry practices that they claimed were environmentally damaging.

Some of those involved dressed as penitents, a medieval Christian order who sought to absolve themselves of sin by taking on various penances.

protest march
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The purpose of the protest was to highlight the damage caused by "fast fashion", the practice of mass producing cheap, disposable clothing, organisers said.

Such clothes have become a focal point for environmental campaigners, who wish to highlight how consumers can change their behavior, reduce their carbon footprint and prevent waste.

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Pedestrians trapped in Cornwall level crossing

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

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BBC

Calls for a new railway footbridge at Lostwithiel in Cornwall have been heightened after pedestrians got trapped inside the barriers at the town's level crossing which has shops on one side and many homes on the other.

About 12 people waited at the crossing one recent Friday and when the barriers came up they duly walked forward and with no warning the barriers came straight down again. Some ran to get underneath them while others were stuck.

They called for help and the gates were opened just moments before a train passed.

Network Rail apologised and said it was assuring people that anyone on the level crossing remained safe.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud mist clearing for sun

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

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BBC

It will be a cloudy, breezy and misty start to Monday, with some local drizzle.

Throughout the day, it will become dry and warmer with spells of sunshine and winds will ease.

Maximum temperature: 22 to 25C (72 to 77F)

Devon and Cornwall weather: Scattered showers overnight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Tonight, outbreaks of rain will stop as some clearer periods develop, but there will also be a few scattered showers moving in from the west.

Strong southwesterly winds will ease during the night.

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

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Saturday, there will be showers during the morning and some are likely to be heavy before they clear away for the afternoon and sunny spells develop more widely by evening.

Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will turn to the northwest and ease during the day.

Maximum temperature: 17 to 21C (63 to 70F)

Cornwall's role in the Apollo 11 moon landings

BBC Spotlight

Apollo 11 moon landing
BBC

Cornwall is preparing to celebrate the part it played in the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago this weekend.

As well as being a "giant leap for mankind", it was also a milestone moment in television broadcasting.

Live pictures from the moon were beamed across the world via the satellite station at Goonhilly, with hundreds of millions of people watching the images.

James Burke presented the BBC's moon landing coverage...

Devon and Cornwall weather: Thundery showers and a fresh breeze

BBC Weather

Weather
BBC

Friday will be mainly cloudy with rain at times and a brisk south-westerly wind. The rain is likely to be occasionally heavy, perhaps with a rumble of thunder.

The evening will stay cloudy and wet for a time with further outbreaks of rain, some heavy. However, the rain should ease by dawn.

Temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

Severe accident: A30 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A30 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from B3309 to Collorian Lane.

A30 Cornwall - A30 in Crowlas blocked and queues in both directions from the B3309 junction to the Collorian Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and a motorcycle.

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

South West heavy rain 'could impact driving conditions'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Heavy rain and possible thunder could cause problems for drivers in the South West on Friday morning, the Met Office has warned.

Traffic is expected to be busy on roads in the region for the beginning of the school summer holidays.

The Met Office said: "On Friday morning heavy rain, which could impact driving conditions in Wales and South West England, will soon spread north-eastwards reaching southern Scotland later."

It said more wet weather later on Friday "will leave parts of southern and southwestern England quite wet during the evening rush hour".

Weather map
Met Office

Urine 'not a treatment' for weever fish stings, RNLI says

BBC Radio Cornwall

The RNLI is again warning people not to treat weever fish and jellyfish stings with urine.

Weever fish
Getty Images

The urban myth continues, even though the treatment is actually hot water.

The warning comes ahead of the summer holidays.

Sex offenders 'facing a lack of rehab and monitoring'

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

A child sex offender who’s recently been released from prison and is looking to find a home in the South West, says chaotic living arrangements and a lack of help have increased the risk of him reoffending.

There are also concerns about the level of monitoring by the police.

A freedom of information request by the BBC revealed that each specialist officer in Devon and Cornwall has been assigned 60 sex offenders - when national guidance recommends a maximum of 50.

Diane Wills is from the South West charity, Circles...

The government says it's spending £6m helping vulnerable former prisoners find stable accommodation.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry and sunny with showers

BBC Weather

Most of today will be dry with sunny spells, however there will be the chance of a few showers bubbling up at times.

Feeling a little fresher than Wednesday with a light to moderate westerly wind.

Maximum temperature: 21C (69F).

weather map
BBC

Burst water main closes B3303 in Camborne

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

In Camborne, the B3303 is closed in both directions due to flooding caused by a burst water main around The Old Shire Inn.

South West Water says properties in the TR14 7QG area may have their water supplies disrupted as a result.

It added there is currently to timescale for when the pipe will be fixed.

Map of burst main
South West Water
Cornwall barrel jellyfish: Essex diver has 'unbelievable experience'
A chance encounter with Britain's largest jellyfish was "absolutely stunning", says diver.

The view from St Michael's Mount

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

You've probably seen hundreds of photos of last night's lunar eclipse, but none will be quite like this one.

Aaron Jenkin managed to get this stunning shot of the astronomical event over St Michael's Mount.

You could even say this photo "eclipses" others... sorry.

Eclipse over St Michael's Mount
Aaron Jenkin

Lunar eclipse marks 50th anniversary of moon landings

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Skywatchers across the UK have witnessed a partial lunar eclipse, 50 years to the day since the US mission to put men on the Moon lifted off.

The surface of Earth's satellite appeared red or dark grey at the height of the eclipse at about 22:30 BST.

These photos were taken at Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall, a large radiocommunication site which would have beamed the Moon landings to millions of TV viewers in the UK in 1969.

Eclipse
Greg Martin/Cornwall Live
Eclipse
Greg Martin/Cornwall Live

Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth crosses between the Sun and Moon - casting a shadow on the lunar surface.

Eclipse
Greg Martin/Cornwall Live

The Apollo 11 mission carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off on 16 July 1969.

Four days later Armstrong became the first man to step on to the Moon's surface.

Eclipse
Greg Martin/Cornwall Live

Devon and Cornwall weather: A mostly dry and sunny day

BBC Weather

It will be a dry morning with some sunny spells, although the sunshine may be rather hazy.

The afternoon will be cloudier with an increasing chance of showers developing.

Maximum temperature: 22C (71F).

weather map
BBC

Cyclist suffers head and leg injury in crash

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

The Marazion bypass was temporarily blocked after a crash between a car and a cyclist at 16:00.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the cyclist had been taken to hospital with a head and leg injury, neither of which were thought to be life threatening or life changing.

A spokeswoman said the crash which happened on the roundabout junction between the B3280 and the A394 had now been cleared.

Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from Cove Hill to Carclew Turn Off.

A39 Cornwall - A39 in Perranarworthal blocked and queues in both directions from the Cove Hill junction to the Carclew Turn Off junction, because of an accident involving car and a lorry. Congestion to Devoran.

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

South west has lowest unemployment rate

BBC Business News

The south west region continues to have the lowest rate of unemployment in the country at 2.6%.

Unemployment across the UK was 3.8% between March and May 2019. The rate is at its lowest since late 1974.

It was highest in the North East at 5.6% which saw no change on the previous quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Figures also showed wage growth in the UK was 3.6% in the year to May 2019, the highest growth rate since 2008.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49002056

Unemployment graph
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Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers fading but may return

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Any showers should fade on Monday evening to leave it dry in the night with mostly clear skies and light winds.

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

Weather
BBC

After a fine and sunny start to Tuesday, there will once again be a risk of a few showers during the late morning and afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

Taking the lead: Recruitment drive for more therapy dogs

Janine Jansen

BBC Spotlight

There's a big recruitment drive in the South West for more volunteers with therapy dogs.

The charity Pets as Therapy currently has more than 250 canines working in the region.

Patients at Torbay Hospital's intensive care unit get regular visits from the charity volunteers and their pets.

Matthew Robinson works for the charity...

Shakira Pellow: Man denies supplying drugs to teen

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Shakira Pellow
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Shakira Pellow died the day after collapsing in Pengegon Park in Camborne

An 18-year-old man has denied supplying 15 tablets of ecstasy to a 15-year-old girl who died of a drugs overdose.

Unemployed Oakley Willoughby, of Camborne, Cornwall, appeared at Truro Magistrates' Court, charged with supplying class A drug MDMA to Shakira Pellow on 6 July last year.

He was remanded on unconditional bail to appear at Truro Crown Court on 16 August.

The case against Joshua Ward, 18, charged with supplying Mr Willoughby with 15 ecstasy tablets, was adjourned for six weeks when he failed to appear.

The court heard he was in hospital after an accident.

Mr Ward, of St Day, is also charged with supplying an ecstasy tablet to an unnamed person. ‪

Shakira died in hospital on 7 July last year.‬

'Slight increase' in Cornish football abuse complaints

BBC Radio Cornwall

There has been a "slight increase" in the number of cases of discrimination reported to the Cornwall Football Association (CFA), it has confirmed.

There have been seven incidents reported so far in 2019, with issues taking place both on and off the field. The cases cover areas such as gender, sexuality and race.

Richard Pallow, the governance manager for the CFA, described the number as a "fairly average amount".

But he added he believed the rise was because people were "more confident" about coming forward to report incidents like racism, homophobia or online abuse.

'Concerning' number of cat poisonings in Cornish village

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

There have been a "concerning" series of unexplained cat deaths in a Cornish village, according to local police.

The main theory of the deaths is poisoning by anti-freeze, but Devon and Cornwall Police said there is no evidence of a crime having taken place in Gunnislake.

A police spokesperson said that it was likely the cats have been "exposed to an unexplained source of ethylene glycol, often found in coolant, antifreeze and other such items".

They have consulted with local vets and are appealing for information.

The deaths have angered residents.

Cat
BBC

What are they doing about it? My grandkids have lost three since November. The only one left is pining away, bald in places. Someone is wicked."

Gunnislake resident

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny morning, it will become increasingly warm, although cloud will soon bubble up and allow a few light showers to develop Monday afternoon.

Any showers should fade in the evening to leave it dry with mostly clear skies and light winds overnight.

Weather
BBC

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny morning, it will become increasingly warm, although cloud will soon bubble up and allow a few light showers to develop Monday afternoon.

Any showers should fade in the evening to leave it dry with mostly clear skies and light winds overnight.

Weather
BBC
Giant jellyfish spotted off Cornwall coast
The huge barrel jellyfish, as big as a human, was seen off the coast of Cornwall.

Hospital boss says tackling '21st century needs in a 1948 system'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) says they are "trying to deal with 21st century health needs in a 1948 health system".

A "critical incident" was declared at Treliske hospital on Tuesday as it struggled under "extreme pressures".

hospital
BBC

That status was removed yesterday, but Kate Shields says the hospital is still experiencing high levels of demand.

When asked who was to blame for the crisis, Ms Shields referred to 1948 - the year the NHS was created.

We definitely need to work more closely together as different organisations...but I also think that we need to support general practice around intervening earlier. We are fortunate in Cornwall that people are living longer, but they do have a multitude of health and social care needs, and we need to support people in communities to look after their own. It's not that there's anybody to blame, we're probably just not moving fast enough to keep up with the people who need looking after."

Kate ShieldsChief Executive, RCHT

People are being urged to seek advice from their GP, pharmacist of the NHS 111 service.

Patients can also visit one of the local minor injury units at Bodmin, Falmouth, Redruth, Launcester, Liskeard, Newquay, St Austell, St Mary's, Stratton, and Bude, or the urgency treatment centre at West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance.

Royal Cornwall Hospital remains under pressure

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

hospital
BBC

People are being reminded to only go to the Emergency Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCHT) if their condition is life-threatening.

Advice on alternative ways of receiving treatment is available here.

It's been a difficult week for RCHT, which declared a critical incident on Tuesday.

The critical incident status has now been stepped down but the hospital remains under pressure.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry with sunny spells

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

It will be a dry day and, although a little cloudy at times, there will be some longer sunny spells developing.

Light or moderate northwesterly winds will be fresher at times towards the north coast and the far west.

Maximum: 22C (72F)

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Alleged train assault leads to information appeal

Aisling Finn

BBC News Online

British Transport Police are appealing for information after a man allegedly sexually assaulted a woman on a train in Cornwall.

The incident is said to have occurred between 13:18 and 14:24 on Friday, 28 June, between the Camborne and Liskeard stops.

Both the victim and the man, who has been arrested, are said to have boarded the train at Camborne.

The man, 31, from Camborne, is then reported to have inappropriately touched the victim, who is in her 20s.

The victim then moved carriages but the attacker followed.

The woman got off the train at Liskeard while the suspect remained on the train and was arrested when it arrived in Plymouth.

He was released on bail while officers carry out an investigation.

Any witnesses are asked to contact British Transport Police by texting 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 and quoting reference 373 for 28 June.