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Scene of serious coach crash in Cornwall

The Plymouth Herald have tweeted this picture, reportedly of the scene of the serious coach crash in Cornwall that has left at least one dead.

Plymouth hospital declares 'major incident'

The Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has declared a major incident, according to its official Twitter feed.

The South West Ambulance Service is also attending the crash.

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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".

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.

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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. 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."

'Proud day' for Cornwall after years of campaigning

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."

Cornish recognised as national minority for first time

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.

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