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Looe coach crash 'serious and on going'

Devon and Cornwall police have said that the coach crash in Looe, Cornwall which has left at least one dead and 40 injured, is "serious and on going".

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Incident at Looe remains serious and on going. All emergency services on scene. Updates as soon as we get them.

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Coach involved in serious crash in Cornwall

A coach has been involved in a serious crash in Looe, Cornwall, this afternoon, according to police.

It is not yet known how many passengers were onboard the vehicle or the amount of casualties, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 1pm this afternoon after the coach hit a wall on the A387 at Morval.

Rare 'sheep-eating' plant blooms in Britain

A South American plant that is famous for ensnaring and killing sheep to feed off their carcasses has blossomed on a campsite in Cornwall.

The bristling puya chilensis plant, which is known for catching sheep in its native homeland in central Chile, flowers only every 15 to 20 years, the Royal Horticultural Society said.

Ron Lyne with the rare Puya Chilensis 'sheep-eating' plant growing on his land.
Ron Lyne with the rare Puya Chilensis 'sheep-eating' plant growing on his land. Credit: SWNS

Its sharp barbs are known for entangling sheep, which then starve to death. The plant is believed to then feed off the rich ‘fertiliser’ of the decomposing animals.

Ron Lyne, who discovered the bloom at his campsite, Henry’s, at The Lizard, south Cornwall, said: “I planted it about 15 years ago so this is the first chance it’s had to flower."

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'Proud day' for Cornwall after years of campaigning

A sign reads 'Welcome to Cornwall'
The Cornish have received minority status for the first time. Credit: Toby Melville/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Campaigners on the Cornish peninsular are celebrating after the people of the region received official minority status for the first time.

Many on the peninsular have long argued the region deserves special measures - including economic concessions, such as reductions in fuel duty - in recognition of its geographical location and cultural heritage.

Half a million people signed a petition and thousands marched through Cornwall and Westminster in opposition to 2012's controversial VAT rise on hot pasties - dubbed the "pasty tax".

Dick Cole, leader of Cornish independence party Mebyon Kernow, said: "The detail is still to come out on what this might mean, but make no mistake that this is a proud day for Cornwall."

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Cornish recognised as national minority for first time

Cornish and Union flags are waved side-by-side.
Cornish and Union flags are waved side-by-side. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

The Cornish are to be recognised as a national minority group for the first time, the government has announced.

After years of campaigning, the move means the Cornish are classified under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - meaning they have the same rights and protections as the UK's other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish.

Communities Minister Stephen Williams said of the announcement: "This is a great day for the people of Cornwall who have long campaigned for the distinctiveness and identity of the Cornish people to be recognised officially."

The announcement follows previous commitments, which included formal recognition of the Cornish language.

Child rescued after getting head stuck in toilet seat

A young boy who got his head stuck in a toilet trainer seat has been rescued by fire crews.

Six firefighters have rescued a young boy whose head was stuck in a toilet trainer seat. Credit: AP

It took six firefighters from Camborne fire station in Cornwall, to free the child after his head got wedged in the seat this morning.

The boy's parents contacted the fire brigade after they tried, but failed, to free him.

A Cornwall Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said: "Six firefighters from Camborne attended a request to assist a young child who had got his head stuck in a trainer toilet seat.

"His parents were there and had tried to release him but were unsuccessful. Crews used small tools to release the child unharmed."

Cornwall and Devon are still 'open for business'

While some areas remain under water many others are dry and ready for tourists VisitEngland's chief executive has stressed.

We are naturally greatly concerned for all whose livelihoods have been affected by the recent bad weather.

Cornwall and Devon are very much open for business and whilst the Somerset Levels have been badly hit, nine-tenths of the county is unaffected.

As is characteristic of the tourism industry, businesses are rising to the challenge. Some hotels in Cornwall, for example, are being enterprising and sending cars to Exeter to pick up guests whose trains can go no further.

– James Berresford, VisitEngland chief executive
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