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Cornwall's Poppy Appeal launches today

Members of Cornwall's Royal British Legion at a previous parade. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Royal British Legion in Cornwall launches its annual poppy appeal today.

Some of its members will be transporting a six feet high poppy around the county over the next couple of days as they look to reach a fundraising target of £500,000.

Royal Navy crew to receive award for heroic rescue

"Le Sillon" was wrecked off Trevose Head near Padstow in February. Credit: ITV News West Country

A team of Royal Navy aircrew will receive one of the world's premier aviation accolades today for their part in a heroic rescue off the Cornish coast.

The four aircrew will be presented with The Prince Philip Helicopter Award for the "Le Sillon" rescue.

The Culdrose based crew airlifted five Frenchman to safety during the storms that hit the cornish coast in February.

The boat was wrecked off Trevose Head near Padstow.

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Body found in search for missing Dorset woman

Joan Davis. Credit: Dorset Police

The body of a missing woman from Dorchester has been found by police in a field.

66-year-old Joan Davis was last seen at her home on Monday night but was reported missing yesterday.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

At 1.05pm this afternoon, a body of a woman was discovered on Poundbury Fields in Dorchester.

It is believed that the body is that of missing 66-year-old woman Joan Davis.

There are no suspicious circumstances.

The next of kin and coroner have been informed.

– Dorset Police spokesman

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Three year old left alone at Dorset pre-school

A three-year-old was left alone in a pre-school in Dorset for almost two hours after staff forgot to take her on a trip.

The girl was a pupil at Sydling Springs Pre-School, which is based in a village hall in Sydling St Nicholas.

Staff are believed to have only noticed she was missing from a class outing when they returned to the building.

The incident, which happened last month, was immediately reported to Dorset County Council and Ofsted, and the child was unharmed.

Inspectors later visited the school and found a child was left unsupervised, with staff not following risk assessment policies and procedures.

Registers were also not properly completed and did not provide an "accurate record of the number of children present", Ofsted found.

A spokeswoman for Dorset County Council said the pre-school had now put in place measures to ensure the incident did not happen again.

"The pre-school leader of Sydling Springs contacted the council's early years team on September 22 with a report of a safeguarding issue,"

"We were told that a child had been left unattended for one hour 40 minutes, the child was safe and the matter was reported to Ofsted immediately.

"So far, we have supported Sydling Springs by helping them address the actions set out in Ofsted's enforcement notice.

"We have also put in place a number of actions for the pre-school to adopt to ensure this never happens again."

– Dorset County Council
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Prime Minister praises Somerset dredging operation

David Cameron has praised the dredging work being carried out in Somerset to prevent a repeat of last winter's floods.

In response to a question from David Heath, the Lib Dem MP for Somerton & Frome, the Prime Minister said he was excited by what has happened on the Rivers Tone & Parrett. His said his only regret was that he had not been allowed to drive the dredging machinery himself.

Man rescued after cliff fall in Looe

A man has been rescued after falling 15m onto rocks at Looe. Fire crews and the line rescue team were called to the scene near Hannaford Lane this morning.

They administered first aid and worked with South West Ambulance, Devon & Cornwall Police, HM Coastguard and the RNLI to transfer the casualty by lifeboat to a beach nearby. He was then taken to hospital by air ambulance.

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