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'He was my best friend': Widow of Bodmin man killed in Tunisia pays tribute at funeral

Stephen Mellor's last act was to try to shield his wife from gunfire. Credit: ITV News

A widow whose husband died trying to protect her from gunfire in Tunisia says he was the best thing that happened in her life.

59-year-old Stephen Mellor from Bodmin was shot on a beach near Sousse, in an attack which saw 38 people killed.

Cheryl Mellor's eulogy to her husband was read out at the service. Credit: ITV News

Today his wife Cheryl - who is still recovering from her injuries - was finally able to pay tribute to her husband at his funeral, in a eulogy written from her hospital bed.

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The church was packed with mourners there to honour the life of Stephen Mellor. Credit: ITV News

Claire Manning has this report from Bodmin.

Fire crews tackle chemical spill near Redruth

People are being advised to avoid the area around Dudnance Lane. Credit: Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service

Fire crews are dealing with a chemical spill at a laundry company in Pool, near Redruth.

The incident started after a drum reportedly fell off a lorry on Dudnance Lane. The area has been cordoned off, with crews from six areas on the scene, along with police and ambulance services.

People are being advised to avoid the surrounding area.

Team GB hits Hollywood for this year's Special Olympics

Olympic gold-medal-winning boxer Audley Harrison gets behind Team GB. Credit: ITV News

They're a long way from home, but our Special Olympics athletes are raring to go.

The Games, for sports men and women with learning disabilities, are taking place in Los Angeles - and the West Country is well represented in the Great Britain squad.

Our reporter Ian Payne has travelled across the pond to join them.

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Anti-badger-cull charity awards money to vaccinating volunteers

The Dorset Badger Vaccination Project is free to farmers. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Badgers will continue to be vaccinated against TB in Dorset, after volunteers were given a grant by a wildlife charity to carry on.

The Dorset Badger Vaccination Project offers a free service to farmers and landowners. Last year they vaccinated more than 80 badgers across the county. The volunteers say they would not be able to continue their work after 2015 without the money from the International Fund For Animal Welfare.

The IFAW is "strongly opposed" to the government's badger cull, and sees vaccination as a humane alternative.

The volunteers say a growing number of farmers are approaching them about their services.

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Duck wounded with an arrow in Devon town

George, with the arrow through his body Credit: Alan Gosling

Police in Buckfastleigh are looking for a man after one of the town's resident ducks was injured by an arrow.

George, a male adult muscovy duck, was found on the banks of the river Dart with a two-feet long arrow sticking out of his body.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses.

The description we have is of a white male, in his early twenties, of slim build with collar length light brown hair and wearing a black hoody and jeans. We would like to speak to the man or to anyone who has any information about this.

– Devon & Cornwall police
Local councillor Pam Barrett, holding arrows that have been found near the river Dart. Credit: Cllr Pam Barrett
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