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Cornwall New Years Day death ruled as accidental

An inquest into Harry Swordy's death begins today Credit: Tom Luddington

An inquest into the death of a man who was swept out to sea in Cornwall on New Year's day has been ruled as accidental.

27-year-old Harry Swordy died after celebrating with friends in the early hours at Loe Bar beach . His body was found at Porthleven the next day. His friends started a twitter campaign to get the storm named after him.

Inquest to open into death of Surrey writer

An inquest into the death of a writer who was swept to his death on New Year's Day will take place today. Harry Jack Swordy, 27, died after being washed out to sea off Loe Bar, near Porthleven in Cornwall, in the first hours of 2014.

Mr Swordy, from Guildford, Surrey, is believed to have been paddling at the beach when he was hit by a large wave. Following his death, Mr Swordy's friends launched a Twitter appeal to have the UK's bad weather named after him.

The emotional appeal, named #StormHarry, also encouraged people to donate to the RNLI who helped search for him.

Harry was such an amazing character, so full of life, warmth and plans for the future. Harry, amongst other talents, was a professional story teller. His stories were full of beauty, wonder and they were clever and moving. We are campaigning that the storm, named by the US media as Hercules, be re-named Storm Harry in his memory. If feels right that a legend begin about wonderful Harry that he danced up the biggest storm ever, barefoot in the sea."

– Tom Luddington, Harry's friend


Delays in Guildford after woman hurt in accident

Police were called following the collision which took place in Onslow Street at lunchtime. The road remains partially closed after a black Ford S-Max was in collision with two pedestrians opposite South West Surrey Magistrate's Court.

One of the pedestrians has been taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting by air ambulance while the other pedestrian has been taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford with minor injuries.

Emergency services are still at the scene dealing with the incident and motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible for the time being.

Man jailed for life for murdering mother's partner

Joshua Ellis Credit: Surrey Police

A man has been jailed for life for murdering his mother's partner in Surrey last year. Joshua Ellis, who is 23 and from Guildford, will serve 14 years in prison. 54-year-old Neil Tulley's body was found with multiple stab wounds at the family home last August.

Neil Tulley Credit: Surrey Police


Teenager jailed following murder in Guildford

A 14-year-old boy has been sentenced to six years in prison following the murder of his mother's partner in the Bellfields area of Guildford last year.

At a previous hearing Jerome Ellis, was found guilty of the manslaughter of 54-year-old Neil Tulley on the grounds of loss of control.

His brother, 23-year-old Joshua Ellis was found guilty of the murder of Mr Tulley and will be sentenced next month.

During the trial the court heard that the victim's body was discovered with multiple stab wounds on the sofa at the family home on 13 August 2013.

A post mortem showed Mr Tulley had died after sustaining more than sixty stab wounds.

A police manhunt and public appeal was launched after the two brothers went missing following the fatal attack. They handed themselves in at Woking Police Station on the evening of Wednesday, 14 August 2013.

This was a tragic case in which a man was fatally injured and two families have been completely devastated as a result. It has been a distressing case for the jury and the investigation team involved which have had to deal with some particularly traumatic evidence and harrowing accounts.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston

Parents vow to do all they can to save 'unique' school

Video. It's been ranked outstanding by Oftsed and described by parents as unique. But now they fear a school in Surrey which caters for youngsters with complex special needs could be facing radical changes.

Plans to reorganise education for children with learning disabilities means the Gosden House school near Guildford would be converted to a secondary school only for pupils with a particular type of autism.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford spoke to Rowena Moore, Nicola Goswell and Penny Biggs, three parents whose children attend the school as well as Verona Perry's whose daughter Anna is making huge progress since attending Gosden House.

Christine also spoke to Laura Sabharwal, who is worried about her daughter losing her place in the single sex part of the school across the secondary years.

Wakeboarders surf in flooded underground car park

While there is a serious side to the floods, there are some people who have been taking advantage of the extra water everywhere, by having some fun.

Wakeboarders have been pictured surfing in Bedford Road underground car park in Guildford. Jorge Gill and Jack Hammersley used a winch and pulley system to pull the boards along at high speed between the concrete pillars.

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