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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.

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

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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.

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Family pitch tent on golf course

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Newquay Golf Club said the tent had appeared overnight.

The club said the family had since left the site.

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).

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Cornwall fishing boat fire: Vessel sinks

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A boat that caught fire, causing two men to be rescued off the coast of Cornwall, has sunk.

The coastguard was alerted to the blaze at 15:25 on Tuesday and sent two lifeboats and the agency's search and rescue helicopter to the scene, near Land's End.

The two men on board had abandoned ship and were in a life raft. They were uninjured.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said a lifeboat remains in the area as part of the ongoing monitoring of the boat.

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Severe disruption: A3058 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A3058 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, at Texaco Petrol Station.

A3058 Cornwall - A3058 Terras Road in St Stephen blocked and queues at the Texaco Petrol Station junction.

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

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

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Lifeboat crew to get keys to new station

BBC Spotlight

Penlee’s lifeboat crew members will receive the keys to their new station later.

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A fundraising appeal was launched in January 2015 and more than £200,000 was raised by the community.

The new state-of-the-art building in Newlyn will boast a large crew room for volunteers to rest, as well as training facilities which can be used by local people.

A visitor engagement area is still under development and is due for completion in time for the official opening in October.

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).

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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).

Restraining order for Cornwall protest banner couple

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A couple have been given restraining orders after putting up banners with their neighbours’ photos on them in protest against extensions they said invaded their privacy.

Courtney and Fiona Lytton, aged 66 and 60, were charged with harassment of their neighbours at Long Rock, near Penzance, between 25 December 2018 and 28 March 2019 by erecting the banners.

They pleaded not guilty at Truro Magistrates’ Court.

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Magistrates dismissed the charges but placed restraining orders on the couple to prevent them putting up any banners or temporary structures “designed or intended to harass” their neighbours.

The couple claimed Cornwall Council had not followed proper procedure in granting planning permission for the extensions which overlook their back garden.

The restraining orders said Mr and Mrs Lytton “must not make any banners or any other structures designed or intended to harass your neighbours, that is temporary or permanent”.

The order will remain in place for four years.

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...

Charles and Camilla arrive in Mevagissey

Heidi Davey

BBC Spotlight

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have arrived in Mevagissey for day one of their South West tour.

Crowds lined the street while the royal couple met some local fishermen.

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charles and camilla
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charles and camilla
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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.‬

Charles and Camilla to visit Mevagissey

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Mevagissey later as part of a three-day tour of the South West.

The royal couple will arrive at Mevagissey Harbour where they will be greeted by the harbour master, local fishermen and representatives from the Fisherman’s Mission.

Clarence House said they hoped to learn about the town’s resurgence following recent flooding, and meet with local community groups and businesses.

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Crowds are already gathering in the village.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from B3284 St Austell Street to A390 Union Hill.

A39 Cornwall - A39 Tregolls Road in Truro partially blocked and queues in both directions from the B3284 St Austell Street junction to the A390 Union Hill junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, at Upland Crescent.

A39 Cornwall - A39 Tregolls Road blocked and queues in both directions at the Upland Crescent junction, because of an accident.

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

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

'It's so breathtaking' say US tourists in Poldark tour

BBC Spotlight

TV drama Poldark has fans around the world and some are so taken with the stories that they travel to Cornwall to see the locations.

On the hunt for Poldark locations

The romance and the scenery are big draws for a group of Americans who wanted a first-hand view of Poldark country.

After the mining heritage of Botallack, they were on a bus to Porthcurno where Ross and Demelza walk barefoot and indulge in a bit of that romance.

The series kicks off its 5th season on Sunday on BBC One.

Cornish pineapples 'cost £1,000 each' to produce

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Gardeners at the Lost Gardens of Heligan have harvested their first pineapples in more than two years - at a cost of about £1,000 each.

Heligan grows its pineapples in specially-designed pits, which are heated by a continuous supply of fresh, decomposing manure.

A spokesperson for the Lost Gardens said: "Including the man hours taken to look after the pineapple, transport costs of manure, maintenance of the pineapple pits and other little bits and pieces, each pineapple would probably cost us in excess of £1,000."

The two Smooth Cayenne pineapples took two years to fruit, with gardeners having previously invested years of work to restore the pit and fine-tune their growing methods.

It's hoped 17 more fruit will be ready to harvest over the coming months.

It was a momentous occasion for the team who were each treated to a small piece of lusciously juicy and deliciously tropical tasting fruit, just as you would have in the tropics! After these years of hard work, it is almost sad to crop the fruit, however we take the crown and replant it letting the pineapple live on to another harvest.”

Dina, Productive Garden Team
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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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".

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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.

West Penwith to bid for dark sky status

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

Bodmin Moor
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Bodmin Moor has already been awarded dark sky status

The skies over west Cornwall could soon be protected by dark sky status.

Cornwall Council is working with parish councillors and representatives from the local community to bid for the area to become a designated International Dark Sky Reserve.

It would mean the West Penwith Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would be protected by a buffer zone to the east, which would include Penzance and St Ives, to discourage light pollution.

Darker skies help to protect our wildlife, providing them with a more natural environment, are good for humans getting restful sleep and enjoyed by astronomers...Part of the scheme involves an education outreach programme to encourage businesses and residents to get involved in protecting, improving and appreciating our dark skies. There are simple asks like ensuring lights face downwards and are only on when necessary. It's about influencing rather than enforcement."

Sue JamesCornwall Councillor

Bodmin Moor was awarded dark sky status in 2017.

Royal Cornwall Hospital remains under pressure

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

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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.

School garden to boost pupils' mental health

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

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Cornwall Council
Access to green spaces has been linked to improved mental health

Richard Lander School in Truro has created a new garden space to help young people with their mental wellbeing.

The Growth Garden has been created by students and staff, thanks to a grant from the lottery-funded mental health programme Headstart Kernow.

The outside space is designed to help students refresh and re-engage between lessons, as well as gain new skills and build friendship groups.

Access to green spaces has been linked to reduced depression, anxiety and stress, as well as physical benefits.

We had a garden that had gone by the way side because there are so many things happening at school, but the students wanted to have a space to relax, restore, reflect and be ready to learn in their lessons. Once we started on this, we quickly realised there were additional skills that the students could learn and these volunteers could leave a legacy for the school. I think being out in nature it is really important, as a human being it’s important to reconnect and enjoy the fresh air and the green. Get away from those screens and have some time out side.”

Sue MitchellRichard Lander School
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Cornwall Council
The project is helping students develop new skills as well as providing a place to relax

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.

Police officer found dead is named

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A police officer who was found dead at a property in Perranporth has been named as 51-year-old Rebecca Golding.

Police were called to St George’s Hill at about 09:50 on Wednesday, 3 July, by the ambulance service. Mrs Golding was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Rebecca Golding and her daughter Eloise
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Rebecca Golding and her daughter Eloise

Mrs Golding joined the police in 1989 and had recently been working as a custody sergeant based in Newquay.

Her daughter Eloise said: "She was mother, sister, and aunt; all this and so much more. Poet, equestrian and animal lover".

“She struggled, fought and won on many occasions, but she was always Bekkie," she added.

RCHT critical incident: 'Much better'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Conditions at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are "much better" says Susan Bracefield, director of operations at RCHT.

The hospital could be moved out of critical incident status with a decision due to be made at a meeting at 09:30.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry but increasingly cloudy

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Thursday morning will start largely dry with some bright or sunny periods, but cloud will be increasing through the afternoon with some scattered outbreaks of light rain or drizzle developing.

Cloud will also lower later in the afternoon and some hill fog patches are likely to develop to the west by evening.

Southwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate but fresher for time around the north coast.

Maximum Temperature:18 to 20C (64 to 68F).

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Royal Cornwall Hospital still dealing with critical incident

Mel Osborne

BBC Radio Cornwall

Royal Cornwall Hospital
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Cornwall's main hospital says it is still dealing with a critical incident on Wednesday evening as it struggles to cope with "extreme pressure" on services.

Medics have been asked to step in to help after the Royal Cornwall Hospital, near Truro, declared the incident.

It came after 15 ambulances were observed queued up outside the hospital in Treliske on Monday.

The hospital has seen increased pressure on services since April.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the government was "aware of issues" after local MP Sarah Newton told the House of Commons of the situation.

Devon and Cornwall weather: More cloud but mostly dry

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

During Wednesday, cloud will be increasing from the northwest with mostly cloudy skies expected after midnight.

Most places should stay dry, but some patches of light rain or drizzle cannot be ruled out.

Minimum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

Devon and Cornwall weather
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Thursday will be mostly cloudy day but also staying fairly dry for most of the morning and afternoon.

A few brighter spells likely in the afternoon, but a little drizzle is expected later.

Maximum temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).

Stadium for Cornwall deal 'in touching distance'

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Deals to provide the land and government funding required for the Stadium for Cornwall are within “touching distance” and could be signed by the end of this month.

That's the message from Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for planning and economy, who told a full council meeting he believed there would be a "happy outcome" for the long-awaited stadium.

The Stadium for Cornwall is planned to provide a new home for the Cornish Pirates rugby union team as well as for football side Truro City. It will also provide conference facilities, space for Truro and Penwith College and a gym, as well facilities for other sports clubs and community groups.

It is planned to be built at a site next to the park and ride at Langarth near Threemilestone.

Last year Cornwall Council agreed to provide £3m towards the project but only if that was matched by the government, fulfilling a promise that had been made by former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Conservative Councillor Philip Desmonde asked for an update and whether the deals for the stadium had been completed and whether landowner INOX was in a position to hand over the site.

Independent Mr Egerton said INOX had been set to hand over the site for the stadium as part of a Section 106 planning agreement linked with the major housing and retail development for the surrounding site.

However, the agreement was that the stadium site would not be transferred until the developer had started to build homes, adding: "We are in touching distance of not just getting the memorandum of understanding but the legal transfer to be signed off."

Stadium for Cornwall
Truro and Penwith College

South West Water 'on track to cut pollution incidents'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

South West Water (SWW) says it is "on track" to deliver "zero serious and significant pollution incident" targets by 2020 after being strongly criticised by the Environment Agency.

The utility achieved just two stars out of a possible four after an "unacceptable level of performance", the Environment Agency said in its annual report.

It was also given a red rating for pollution incidents for "consistently demonstrating unacceptable performance".

SWW said it achieved its "best ever wastewater performance in 2018", but it also recognised "there is still more to do and we have an action plan in place to continue to drive improvement".

It added that, as well as aiming for zero serious and significant pollution incidents, it was working on "a further reduction in other incidents and 100% compliance with wastewater permits".

"We will continue to work alongside the Environment Agency to achieve this," it said.

South West Water HQ
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SWW provides water and sewerage services to Devon, Cornwall, plus parts of Dorset and Somerset.