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Childhood strikes back: Dorset Star Wars set sells for thousands

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Adults turned into children in Dorset today as they bought a huge collection of toys, paying hundreds of pounds for some of them.

The vast set of Star Wars figures was built up by a local man, and thanks to the internet, bidding came from around the world.

Bobba Fett alone went for more than £460.

Duncan Sleightholme has been rediscovering his youth with Mr Fett.

Cornish town rally around family of man killed in Tunisia

Stephen Mellor died shielding his wife Cheryl from the gunman. Credit: SWNS

A Cornish town has gathered together in support of the family of Stephen Mellor, who was murdered in the massacre in Tunisia.

He did shielding his wife Cheryl, who lost her hand and suffered severe gunshot wounds. She has since been brought back to the UK for treatment in hospital.

Candles were lit and prayers were said at St Petroc's Church in Bodmin, in tribute to the family.


Desperate families must keep waiting for drug that could save their children

Leo Le Gal's family say Translarna has slowed down the devastating symptoms of his illness. Credit: ITV News

Families desperate for the NHS to approve a drug that could change their children's lives have just found out they have to keep waiting.

The decision on whether to fund Translarna, which could be life-changing for children with muscular dystrophy, was expected to be this afternoon.

The mother of a boy from Devon who has the devastating muscle-wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy has been fighting for the NHS to approve the drug, which is widely available in Europe.

Ruth Le Gal's son Leo is being treated with Translarna in America, and his family say they have seen huge improvements in the last few months - but they are desperate for the drug to be approved here as he is only being treated as part of a trial.

A decision won't now be made until NICE concludes its appraisal process.

"Children deteriorate very quickly who have got this illness and this medication can stop this illness, can keep them stable and keep them healthy."

– Ruth Le Gal, Leo's mother

Cornish school 'devastated' at sudden death of seven-year-old

Esmee Polmear collapsed at school. Credit: ITV News

Tributes have been paid to a seven-year-old girl who died after collapsing suddenly at Perranporth School.

Esmee Polmear was pronounced dead at the Royal Cornwall Hospital on July 1st.

Head Alistair Johnson has said the school is in shock.

"This is a terrible tragedy that has left the whole Perranporth School community shocked and devastated.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Esmee. She was a bright, popular and fun loving member of our school who touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her. She will be terribly missed."

– Alistair Johnson, Head of Perranporth Primary School


Flood causes problems at Plymouth eye hospital

An eye examination at the Royal Eye Infirmary at Derriford Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

A flood is causing problems at the Royal Eye Infirmary (REI) in Plymouth.

The flood, on Level 3 of Derriford Hospital, is described as minor but has affected some clinic rooms.

Patients who would be affected are being notified by telephone. Anyone who has an appointment at the REI and has not been contacted should attend as planned.

People concerned about an individual appointment this week should call 01752 439956.

Urgent care is continuing as normal.

Anyone needing emergency eye care should call the Telephone Triage Number 01752 439330.

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