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Winds of 73mph cause disruption in the South West

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

People are being warned to stay indoors and not take to the roads unless necessary after gusts of up to 73mph (117km/h) were recorded in Cornwall overnight.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service issued the advice and said it was also dealing with a number of incidents across the county.

In Bude, Crooklets Road is closed following parts of the Sainsbury's roof coming off on Sunday evening.

Two crews were sent, cordoning off the area. Cornwall Council's emergency management team has sent a dangerous structure engineer to the store.

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Hundreds of homes in Devon and Cornwall are without power.

There are reports of fallen trees blocking a number of roads in Cornwall.

The A377 at Umberleigh, in Devon, has been closed by a landslip and several large fallen trees.

The Met Office's weather warning for Storm Atiyah will remain in place until 09:00.

More than 200 entries submitted to marine photo competition

Sardines and Gulls
Sam Mansfield

A marine photographic competition has celebrated the beauty of Devon and Cornwall's coasts and seas.

More than 200 photographs were submitted to the Exeter Marine competition in just two weeks.

Exeter Marine is made up of researchers at the city's university.

Entrants were asked to submit images of maritime landscapes, marine wildlife, underwater worlds and the diverse people that depend on the coastal and marine world in Cornwall and Devon.

Judges chose Sam Mansfield’s photo ‘Sardines and Gulls’, which shows Cornwall's sardine fishermen casting their nets after dusk, as the winner.

Rockpool shrimp
Malcolm Nimmo
Second place - rockpool shrimp, Malcolm Nimmo

Tour of Britain Cornwall route revealed

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall's Tour of Britain route has been revealed at an event in Bodmin.

The “grand depart” of the cycling race will be held in Penzance on 5 September 2020.

Cyclists will then follow a 175km route through Cornwall which takes in St Ives, Hayle, Redruth, Stithians, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project before finishing in Bodmin.

A total of 120 riders will take part in the race and it is hoped 180,000 people will line the route in Cornwall to see the world-class cyclists as they whizz by.

Tour of Britain
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Johnson visiting super-marginal seat

Britain"s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a cup of tea and a chat with staff during an election campaign visit to West Cornwall Community hospital in Penzance, Cornwall
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As his name is repeatedly invoked in London and Glasgow, Boris Johnson is campaigning in Cornwal, dropping into a hospital in Penzance.

Penzance is in the constituency of St Ives, which is one of the Tories' most vulnerable seats at this election.

Their candidate, Derek Thomas, is defending a majority of just 312.

The party that came second in 2017 was the Liberal Democrats, who are fielding the same candidate again - Andrew George.

St Ives has been a marginal seat at every general election in the past decade - and always between the Conservatives and Lib Dems.

Met Office weather warning for South West

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A yellow weather warning for rain has been made across large parts of the South West throughout this morning.

Drivers are being warned they may face spray and reduced visibility due to downpours.

Travel disruption and surface water flooding is possible up until about midday, said the Met Office.

In pictures: Boris Johnson on campaign trail in Cornwall

While we wait for an event involving Labour - and finish up listening to Plaid Cymru's Adam Price - Boris Johnson is on the Conservative campaign trail in Cornwall today.

His first stop was West Cornwall Community Hospital in Penzance, where he met staff and patients. Here he is pictured with patient Andrew Hall as well as hospital workers.

Mr Johnson has made promises to boost NHS investment in his manifesto, including 50,000 more nurses - although that specific promise has been picked over and is explained in detail here by our colleagues at Reality Check.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with patient Andrew Hall as he visits West Cornwall Community Hospital, in Penzance, Cornwall, whilst on the General Election campaign trail.
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Here, an animated Mr Johnson has tea with staff members
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson serves tea with staff members as he visits West Cornwall Community Hospital, in Penzance, Cornwall, whilst on the General Election campaign trail.
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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.

Severe disruption: A30 Cornwall eastbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Cornwall eastbound severe disruption, between A391 and A38.

A30 Cornwall - A30 blocked and queues eastbound between Innis Downs Junction in Lanivet and Carminow Cross in Bodmin, because of a broken down tanker.

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

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.

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

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
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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