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Stadium for Cornwall approved

Cornwall Council has approved a planning application for an out of town shopping centre which will pay for the new Stadium for Cornwall.

Permission had already been granted for the stadium on the outskirts of Truro - but the money to build it depended on permission for a shopping development at West Langarth, about four miles from the city centre.

That's just been approved, against the recommendation of council officials.

The stadium would be home to the Cornish Pirates Credit: Artist's impression

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'Apprentice' star Stuart Baggs found dead

Stuart Baggs - who memorably called himself 'Baggs the Brand' on the TV show 'The Apprentice' - has been found dead.

Police found his body at his home in Douglas on the Isle of Man.

The 27-year-old - who was born in Plymouth - ran a telecoms company on the island.

A police spokeswoman said the cause of death was "unknown" but not thought to be suspicious.

Stuart Baggs Credit: Isle of Man Constabulary/Press Association Images

Lord Sugar, who 'fired' Mr. Baggs from the 2010 series of the BBC One show, paid tribute to him on Twitter.

Farmer jailed for renting out land to grow cannabis

Edward James decided he could make more money out of drugs than chickens. Credit: Exeter Court Service

A farmer from Barnstaple in North Devon has been jailed after he began growing cannabis and hired out his land to growers.

Edward James decided he could make more money out of drugs than his normal business of rearing chickens.

The 68-year-old was paid rent by two men who set up growing rooms in a lorry container and a barn on View Farm in Barnstaple.

He was jailed for 15 months at Exeter Crown Court today.

Peninsula Rail Task Force says new trains are 'long overdue'

South West Peninsula Rail Task Force say they are "delighted" that the brand new fleet of trains will lead to faster journey times but they are "long overdue".

South West Peninsula Rail Task Force say they are Credit: ITV West Country

We are delighted that the new trains will lead to a faster journey time and better connectivity throughout the South West and beyond, as this is a key part of our plans for the South West rail network and is long overdue.

It is however important that we keep applying pressure in order to further improve our transport infrastructure. Better connectivity means a better economy and we want to fulfil our potential.

– Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

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New trains 'are brilliant news for the South West'

The leader of Plymouth City Council has welcomed the news of 29 new long-distance trains for the London-Cornwall route.

First Great Western's franchise has been extended into 2019 Credit: PA

"The last time this part of the network saw the same scale of investment in rolling stock was 40 years ago" said Tudor Evans.

"it’s fantastic to see us at the front of the queue for new train technology instead of getting hand-me-downs from other areas".

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Dorset Wildlife Trust 'disappointed' by badger cull application

The Wildlife Conservation Charity has been carrying out a badger vaccination programme. Credit: Wild Stock

Dorset Wildlife Trust have expressed their disappointed about applications submitted to Natural England to cull badgers later this year.

They work to actively support and promote alternative solutions to badger culling in order to control the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis.

Now in its third year, the wildlife conservation charity has been carrying out a badger vaccination programme in West and North Dorset.

Dorset Wildlife Trust is extremely sympathetic to the farmers whose cattle are affected by this devastating disease, but we urge the Government to consider the scientific evidence which indicates that the cull will not reduce Bovine Tuberculosis in cattle.

The problem could even be made worse as increasing the movement of potentially infected badgers into an area cleared of badgers could risk contact between them and uninfected cattle.

– Chief Executive, Dr Simon Cripps

Government gives the go-ahead for new train fleet for South West

The Government has given the go-ahead for a new fleet of trains between London and Cornwall. Credit: ITV News

The Government has given the go-ahead for a new £360 million fleet of trains to run between London and Cornwall from 2018.

First Great Western will be able to buy 29 new long-distance trains to serve the South West, which was part of a transport deal announced in March.

The Department for Transport says the trains will be more powerful, greener and more efficient than the existing 40-year-old trains on the route.

It's been estimated that journey times will be cut from London to Exeter by up to 5 minutes, Plymouth up to 6 minutes, and Penzance up to 14 minutes.

These new trains will make a real difference to the millions of commuters, business travellers and tourists who use this route every year.

This will not only mean better journeys for customers, it will also help to secure long-term economic growth across the country.

Like the new IEP trains serving cities in the North of England, this new fleet will help to open up the region for investment.

– Rail minister Claire Perry
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