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Racing yacht sinks off Cornish coast

BBC Radio Devon

Two men have been winched off a life raft shortly before their 70ft racing yacht sank off the Isles of Scilly.

The two Irish, male crew members raised the alarm just after 05:00 GMT on Monday when their boat started taking on water - they couldn't pump it out because of an electrical failure.

Coastguard Tago Mcleod said ships in the area were asked to make their way to the scene and the rescue helicopter was scrambled from Newquay.

He praised the response of the rescue team, with the helicopter arriving back on land at 06:15.

Stricken angler 'didn't have anything left'

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

An angler who was washed into the sea during a swell off north Cornwall is lucky to be alive say rescuers.


Sam Luntley, 37, was caught by a big wave at Porthcothan near Newquay in Cornwall on Sunday.

But quick-thinking walkers Paul and Karen Frame from Woking threw him a lifebelt which kept him afloat until a rescue helicopter arrived.

Mark Coupland, co-pilot in the rescue, said: "The fisherman had been treading water and didn't have anything left.

"Whoever launched the ring from the cliff side really saved this gentleman's life.

"The public also helped us locate the man, given they made sure they were visible by waving their arms to get our attention as we arrived."


Angler rescue: 'If it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here'

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

An angler has thanked a "quick-thinking" family who saved him after he was washed into the sea.


Angler Sam Luntley, 37, was hit by a large wave on the coast at Porthcothan, Cornwall, on Sunday.

Walkers Karen and Paul Frame threw him a lifebelt which enabled Mr Luntley to stay afloat and tread water until a rescue helicopter arrived.

The throw was "so accurate" it landed within his grasp, said rescuers who airlifted him to hospital.


"We just shouted at Sam 'Swim, swim swim,'" said Ms Frame, whose brother-in-law Paul, from Woking, alerted rescue services.

"I don't think he could hear actually what we were saying because of the wind and everything."

Karen and Paul Frame
Sam Luntley

Mr Luntley, from Launceston, Cornwall, said: "I made a couple of attempts to get back on the rocks but I kept getting washed back and at that point I realised I was not going to be able to climb out.

"I heard their calls and when I saw the lifebelt I clung on." He had been in the sea for at least 30 minutes before he was airlifted to hospital suffering from hypothermia and a leg injury.

He met the Frames after his ordeal to give them a "big hug because if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be here".

Cornwall Council considers £200,000-a-year newspaper

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

New County Hall

Cornwall Council could spend £200,000 on printing a newspaper which would be delivered to every home in Cornwall to highlight its work.

A detailed report on the idea is being drawn up to be presented to the council’s customer and support services overview and scrutiny committee in January.

A report from Cornwall Council’s resident satisfaction working group said it had discussed the merits of a regular council newsletter and that officers had provided an estimate of £200,000 for a 44-page newsletter, with 280,000 copies printed twice a year and delivered to every home in Cornwall.

The report recognises the "significant cost at a time when the council is making savings" and acknowledges there are "environmental factors associated with a mass print run when the council is looking to reduce its paper and carbon footprint".

The report says, however, the newsletter "would give the council an opportunity to communicate directly with residents, provide comprehensive information about the wide range of services it provides and promote consultations and ways to engage".

Cornwall Council previously launched a similar publication after the creation of the unitary authority in 2009 but it was later discontinued.

South West unemployment lower than UK average

BBC Business News

South West unemployment figures

Some 2.6% of “economically active” people - those aged over 16 - in the South West of England were unemployed in the three months to September, latest figures show.

The figure is lower than the UK figure of 3.8%.

However, UK wage growth has slowed and the figures showed the biggest annual drop in job vacancies in nearly 10 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS said this was down to falling numbers of people working in retail, after the collapse of several store chains and the implementation of shop closure programmes by other firms.

Cornish 9/11 hero Rick Rescorla posthumously honoured

BBC Spotlight

A man from Cornwall who died helping to save thousands of lives during the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks in New York has been posthumously honoured at the White House.

Rick Rescorla

Rick Rescorla - who was originally from Hayle in Cornwall - worked for a bank based in the south tower.

He evacuated more than 2,500 employees on 11 September 2001 before returning inside - but his body was never found.

His widow Susan accepted the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Donald Trump.

Rick Rescorla

Mr Rescorla sang Cornish songs as he led people out of the World Trade Center.

In April, he had a new train named after him.

Fly-tipping falls by 3% in 2018-19

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

Tyres dumped in a field

The number of fly-tipping incidents in Cornwall during 2018-19 fell by 3% compared to the previous year.

Cornwall Council has reported 4,549 separate incidents of fly-tipping this year, compared to 4,698 recorded between 2017-18.

The county's figures have continued to gradually fall since 2016.

The decrease stands out against the average 8% increase seen across councils in England.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said fly-tipping cost taxpayers "more than £57m a year to clear up".

The government said it could not comment on the figures because of purdah restrictions due to the upcoming UK general election.

Woman taken to hospital after property blaze

A woman has been taken to hospital with smoke inhalation after a fire at a property in Camborne, Cornwall

She was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro after the blaze in Penware Parc.

Four fire engines are currently at the scene after neighbours reported the blaze at about 10:10.

Fire breaks out at home in north Cornwall

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a home in north Cornwall.

Pictures from the scene - just past the Tintagel Brewery show the large house in flames after a fire in the kitchen spread to the roof.

Fire engines from Delabole, Wadebridge and Bodmin are at the scene between Camelford and Tintagel.

House on fire
Kelvin Curnow
A huge fire broke out at a house in north Cornwall

Camborne home blaze 'well alight'

Fire crews are tackling a blaze at a home in Camborne, Cornwall.

Four fire engines are at the property in Penware Parc. The fire service had five calls from neighbours reporting the blaze, which started at about 10:10.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters in the first engine reported the property was "well alight".

An appliance from Truro was sent, before another two, including one from Penzance, were also deployed.

The ambulance and police are in attendance.

Children's services 'outstanding' in Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

Cornwall Council has been given an 'outstanding' rating for its children's social care services in an Ofsted report published today.


Children's services in Cornwall are now in the top 10% of local authorities in the country and it is the only authority to be rated outstanding in the South West.

The inspection was carried out in mid-October with the focus on the quality of care for the most vulnerable children in Cornwall.

Director of Children’s Services for Cornwall Council, Trevor Doughty, said: "Whilst this inspection is focused on the council’s children’s services, this achievement reflects the way the council and its partners work together to improve the lives of children and young people in Cornwall.

"I am very proud of everyone involved."

Heart failure hits record high in south west

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

Graphic of heart in person's chest
Getty Images

The number of people in South West England diagnosed with heart failure has risen by more than a third (39%) in the last five years, according to a new report by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Data taken from GP registers showed that the number of people diagnosed with the incurable condition had increased from 42,884 in 2013-14 to 59,525 in 2018-19.

Hospital admissions for heart failure have also reached record highs, increasing by 32% since 2013-14.

The region's new figures reflect a widespread trend across England.

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director at BHF said "new and improved" methods were required to care for those who suffer from the condition.

"Doing so will improve thousands of lives and relieve the unsustainable pressure that heart failure is putting on our health service”, he said.

Norovirus on Royal Cornwall Hospital ward

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Several cases of norovirus have been reported in a ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

NHS Kernow has asked anyone potentially affected by the highly contagious virus to stay at home if possible to prevent the spread to vulnerable patients.

Symptoms of norovirus include sickness, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, a temperature, headache and aching limbs.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust advised anyone with these symptoms to stay at home until they have been clear for two days and contact their GP or NHS 111 if their condition worsens.

Royal Cornwall Hospital

The trust said the bug had been circulating in the hospital and wider community for a week and infections had picked up over the last two days, according to the trust.

Several staff are off work after contracting the virus.

The further spread of infections could lead to cancelled operations, patients being blocked from being admitted and delays to ongoing recovery.

Norovirus can survive on surfaces for weeks, even months. When someone vomits that will release many millions of particles of the virus but only 20 are needed to cause an infection, so it’s really easy to catch and it’s really easy to contaminate an environment. This makes it really easy to spread.

Lisa JohnsonNurse consultant director of infection prevention and control, NHS Kernow

Man killed in Cornwall crash named

A man who died in a crash in Foxhole has been named.

Nathan Curtis, 28, and from Roche, died on the B3279 when his Mitsubishi Lancia was involved in a crash with a Fiat Transit at about 20:20 on Tuesday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the Transit driver, a local 43-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Treliske Hospital for treatment.

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Man dies in Foxhole road crash

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

A man has died in a road crash in Cornwall, police say.

Officers said two vehicles were involved in the crash on the B3279 in Foxhole, Carpalla Road, at about 20:20 on Tuesday.

A 28-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 43-year-old female driver was taken to hospital in Truro to be treated for her injuries

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Gang jailed for smuggling cocaine from Jamaica

A woman who smuggled cocaine in the lining of a case through a Birmingham airport has been jailed along with the rest of a West Country gang.

Jordane Morris, 27, was filmed returning home from a "dream holiday" to Jamaica but police were waiting for her as she had 250g of high grade cocaine in her case.

Morris was smuggling the drug for gang boss Nathanial Freeman, 34, and her partner Ryan Chard, 37, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Plymouth Crown Court

Freeman's second in command, Steven Doukoure, 25, paid more than £4,000 of the gang's cash into Morris' account so she could take the two week trip - and take an innocent friend with her.

All four were convicted of smuggling cocaine after a six-week trial.

Freeman, from Cornwall, was jailed for 16 years, Doukoure, from Plymouth, for 12-and-a-half years, Chard, from Cornwall, for seven years and Morris, of North Road, Holsworthy, Devon, for six years.

Freeman and Doukoure had also been convicted of two counts of conspiracy to smuggle Class A drugs in 2017.

Islanders bow out of Isles of Scilly air route

BBC Radio Cornwall

Travellers to the Isles of Scilly will no longer fly on the "much-loved" Islander aircraft.

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The four Islanders are being laid off next March in favour of the larger Twin Otter Aircraft, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced.

The firm said the eight-seater Islanders were going to "ensure that we have a robust and sustainable service".

The Steamship Group's aviation wing lost £500,000 last year out of an overall £4.6m loss.

The aircraft operate between Land's End airport and St Mary’s Airport on the Isles of Scilly.

The group also operates the Scillonian III passenger ship and the freight vessel Gry Maritha, providing lifeline transport services to the islands.

The firm said a "considerable amount of work" has been done to ensure the Otters "fulfill the demand for the summer of 2020".

One-thousand hay bales and barn destroyed in fire

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

Truro barn on fire
Truro Fire Station

A barn and about 1,000 hay bales have been destroyed in a blaze in Cornwall.

Firefighters were called to reports of a fire at St Clement at 16:25 on Sunday.

Two fire engines from Truro and a further vehicle from Falmouth attended, with a water carrier being requested on first arrival.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service said: "Firefighters used breathing apparatus, hose reels and covering jets to fight the flames of the barn which measures 98ft (30m) by 32ft (10m)."

Firefighters worked through the night to extinguish the blaze, but the barn could not be saved.

One fire engine remains at scene.

Remains of barn
Truro Fire Station
Charlestown clay tunnels revealed after 50 years
The tunnels under Charlestown were closed more than 50 years ago, but are now open to the public.

Speed camera catches out nearly 19,000 motorists

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

One Devon speed camera caught more nearly 19,000 drivers breaking the speed limit in the last three years.

The camera on the A386 Alma Road in Plymouth was activated a total of 18,838 in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The road, which is two lanes of dual carriageway, has a 30mph speed limit.

Over the three-year period, the camera was activated once every 105 minutes, although the number of activations also includes emergency service vehicles attending call outs.

The camera was also the one across Devon and Cornwall that led to the most most Fixed Penalty Notices being issued during the period.

There were 3,116 issued, with other motorists caught breaking the speed limit either offered a speed awareness course or sent to court due to the severity of the offence.

speed camera

A Freedom of Information Request to Devon and Cornwall Police asked for the roads on which the top 10 highest recorded speeding offences took place.

The highest recorded speed was on the A30 at Victoria in Cornwall, in which a motorist was caught doing 126mph on the 70mph road.

Information provided by the force also revealed that in 2018, there were 293 speeding offences where motorists were caught doing over 100mph, an increase on the 258 in 2017.

Severe accident: A30 Cornwall eastbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Cornwall eastbound severe accident, from A3047 to A3047.

A30 Cornwall - A30 closed eastbound from Camborne West in Camborne to Avers Roundabout in Redruth, because of an accident.

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

Woman taken to hospital after 20ft rock fall in Cornwall

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Cornwall Air Ambulance

A woman was rescued after falling about 20ft (6m) from rocks on to a Cornish beach.

Cornwall Air Ambulance was called to Gwithian on Thursday at about 13:30.

The woman sustained a leg injury and was taken to hospital.

Critical care paramedic, Pete Storer said the injury made it "impossible" for the woman to climb out.

"We worked alongside the coastguard team to safely bring the casualty to the top of the cliffs on a stretcher," he said.

"It was a challenging scenario, particularly as we were working against the incoming tide.”

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Men try to steal woman's dog in church graveyard

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Three men pushed a woman over and tried to steal her dog in Camborne, police have said.

The woman, in her 70s, was walking her small, black pet in the graveyard of St Martin and St Meriadoc's Church at about 15:30 on Saturday.

She was accosted by three suspects who were sat on a bench and demanded money from her.

When she said she didn't have any, she was pushed over and the suspects tried to take her dog, officers said.

The woman sustained minor injuries and was left "very shaken" by the incident.

The suspects are all described as white men with one wearing a grey, hooded top, another a black, hooded top and the third a black jacket.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.