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Rail bosses to meet with union leaders before possible strike

RMT members voted overwhelmingly to strike against First Great Western. Credit: PA

Bosses at First Great Western are due to meet with union representatives today ahead of possible industrial action later this week.

Union members voted to strike after failing to reach assurances over jobs and safety concerns.

Long distance and local rail services across the South West would be affected for two days from Thursday.

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Capsized kayak discovered off Devon coast

Capsized kayak sparks search off Devon coast Credit: HM Coastguard

Falmouth coastguard is appealing for information after a capsized kayak was discovered off the Devon coast.

The distinctive camouflaged vessel was found one mile south east of Start Point yesterday.

It was submerged in the water, with a paddle attached and a jacket stowed onboard.

An air and sea search was carried out but there was no sightings of anyone in the water.

After the kayak was reported to us an air and sea search involving Salcombe RNLI Lifeboats, Prawle Point Coastguard Rescue Team and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter was carried out.

A thorough search of the area was carried out with no sightings of anyone in the water. The kayak was submerged in the water, with a paddle attached and a jacket stowed onboard.

There were no details of the owner and no indication of where it had come from.

The capsized kayak has since been recovered. If you have any information at all related to found kayak please contact Falmouth Coastguard.

– HM Coastguard

Thousands raised for school girl's funeral

Thousands raised for school girl's funeral Credit: gofundme.com

Thousands of pounds has been raised for the family of a school girl from Cornwall who died suddenly last week.

Seven year old Esmee Polmear collapsed at Perranporth School on Wednesday and was pronounced dead at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Money is being raised to help Esmee's family with funeral costs.

Esmee's head teacher Alistair Johnson described her as a "bright, popular and fun loving member of our school who touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her."

A website has been set up for donations.

Bumper scallop season for Plymouth fish market

The South West’s fishing industry is enjoying one of the best King Scallop seasons for many years Credit: Plymouth Fisheries

The South West’s fishing industry is enjoying one of the best King Scallop seasons for many years according to Plymouth Fisheries.

The fresh fish market has reported a record number of visiting scallopers in recent months, as boats journey to the region to fish for scallops.

The King Scallop is the main stay of the UK fishing industry, and the South West is having an especially strong season, one of the best for years.

Over the years, this has proved to be a well-managed fishery and stocks remain healthy, so with no quotas on King Scallops, skippers can generally land as many as they like.

The larger,more powerful vessels are restricted to the number of days each year that they can fish for scallops, and there are various seasonal closed areas on the in shore grounds around the coast which prevent overfishing by the smaller boats.

– Pete Bromley, Manager of Plymouth Fisheries
King Explorer at Plymouth Fisheries Credit: Plymouth Fisheries

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Permanent memorial to victims of Tunisia shootings

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl Credit: SWNS

The family of a man from Cornwall who was killed in the Tunisia shootings will be consulted about the design and location of a new memorial.

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl from gunfire in the attack at the holiday resort of Sousse just over a week ago.

The Prime Minister announced a permanent memorial to all of the victims will be created.

David Cameron also said a special service will be held in the autumn dedicated to all those caught up in the attack on the Tunisian resort of Sousse which left 30 British holidaymakers dead.

Those who lost their lives in Tunisia last week were innocent victims of a brutal terrorist atrocity.

It is right that we mark and commemorate them and others murdered by terrorists overseas appropriately and support the loved ones they have left behind in every way we can.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister
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