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Corn dolly record attempt

Audrey Rolfe is attempting to weave the world's longest corn dolly
Audrey Rolfe is attempting to weave the world's longest corn dolly Credit: ITV Westcountry

A pensioner from Bridport is hoping to weave the world's longest corn dolly.

Audrey Rolfe's efforts will be on show at this weekend's Dorset County Show. She's aiming for it to be 60 feet long.

Corn dollies are plaited to celebrate the harvest. She's chosen a design known as a Welsh fan.


Plymouth wreck 'dangerous'

Divers who use a popular wreck off Plymouth are being urged not to swim inside it. A report from the National Marine Aquarium says the Scylla is 'simply too dangerous'. The Scylla was sunk ten years ago to create an artificial reef.

“I will never understand what prompts a diver to try and remove protective bars and bolts that are placed to safeguard their very safety.”

– Richard Stevenson, local diver
The sinking of the Scylla in 2004
The sinking of the Scylla in 2004 Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Divers warned off the wreck of the Scylla

The sinking of the Scylla in Whitsand Bay in 2004
The sinking of the Scylla in Whitsand Bay in 2004, sending it to the seabed as Europe's first artificial diving reef Credit: PA

Divers are being told not to dive on the Scylla after a survey found it could be hazardous due to corrosion.

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, which has been involved in managing the wreck since it was sunk in 2004, says only external diving around the wreck is safe.

A local diving company has condemed divers 'vandalising' the wreck - saying they've removed bars and bolts intended to ensure safety.


Tourism bosses anger at plans to cut funding

Beach at St Ives
Visit Cornwall works to bring more people to the Duchy's landmarks and beaches like this one at St Ives Credit: ITV Westcountry

Tourism bosses have reacted with anger to Cornwall Council's plans to stop funding Visit Cornwall.

The authority gives Visit Cornwall £850,000 a year to operate but says it should now be funded by the private sector.

There's uncertainty from the tourist industry as to whether the idea will work.

11-year-old boy goes missing in Dorset

Map of Dorset showing Ringstead Bay
George Pugh-Sargent was last seen near the cafe and car park at Ringstead Bay near Weymouth Credit: ITV News

Police are increasingly concerned for an 11-year-old boy who went missing in Dorset at lunchtime today (Monday 1 September).

George Pugh-Sargent, who is from Dorchester, was last seen near the cafe and car park for Ringstead Bay between Weymouth and Lulworth.

He has a disability that affects his behaviour and makes him particularly vulnerable.

He is 5'3", has short blond hair and was wearing a Hawaiian shirt with braces and black shorts.

Plymouth landlord fined for putting mum and child in danger

A Plymouth landlord has been fined after putting the lives of a young mother and her child in danger by failing to install a safe gas oven. Giles Boardman was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after failing to give the council an up to date gas safety certificate.

In April, 2014, an engineer called in by Mr Boardman, found problems with the gas controls that controlled the gas flow for oven and notified HSE. The oven was classified by the Gas Safe registered engineer as Immediately Dangerous, meaning if operated or left connected to the gas supply it could cause an immediate danger to life or property. The oven has now been replaced.

Giles Boardman of Wheatridge, Plympton, Plymouth pleaded guilty to two breaches of gas safety regulations and a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He was fined more than £4,000.

“Landlords have a legal duty to carry out gas safety checks which are there to protect their tenants from death or injury. In this case, Mr Boardman ignored repeated requests to carry out the checks and as a result, a serious fault with the oven went undetected until discovered by an engineer.

– Simon Jones, HSE Inspector
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