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Man rescued from Devon cliffs

A climber has been rescued from Berry Head cliffs in Devon after getting into difficulty earlier this evening.

A man was climbing without any ropes and became stuck on a cliff ledge.

Specialist line equipment was needed to rescue the man. He had no injuries and was trapped for under one hour.

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Convicted murderer back behind bars

Convicted murderer deported from Australia Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A convicted West Country killer who went on the run in Australia for 15 years is back behind bars.

Robert Hennessey, 50, was jailed in 1978 for repeatedly stabbing his elderly aunt in Plymouth when he was 14 years old.

Hennessey disappeared after walking out of Leyhill prison, in South Gloucestershire in 1998. Officers finally tracked the 50 year old down in Australia and he has now pleaded guilty to evading lawful custody.

He has been jailed for 16 months.

Robert Hennessey was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences in the Queensland area of Australia in 2013.

Since then we’ve been working closely with the Australian authorities to ensure he was returned to the UK to serve the rest of his sentence and to face justice for the unlawful absconsion.

With the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police, the victim’s family have been kept updated on Hennessey’s deportation and subsequent court appearances in the UK.

– Det Con Stuart Brooks

Cornish language funding secured

Cornwall Council has welcomed today's pledge from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that he will ensure that the Government will continue to provide financial support for the Cornish Language Partnership.

The Government had previously said that it would not fund the Cornish Language beyond the current programme which ends on 31 March 2015.

This is good news and we look forward to receiving details of the amount of money we will receive.

We put forward a case for continued government support which explained the importance of the language to Cornish distinctiveness and therefore to the people and the economy of Cornwall.

– Julian German, the Chair of the Cornish Language Partnership

Cornish phone scam linked to terrorism

A phone scam that cost two Cornish victims £130,000 between them has been linked to funding terrorism Credit: Balkis Press/ABACA/Press Association Images

Detectives are investigating whether money defrauded from pensioners in Cornwall by bogus police officers has been used to fund British extremists travelling to Syria.

Devon and Cornwall Police passed the information to national agencies who were then able to trace the money.

Three people have been arrested in London in connection with the £130,000 stolen through the phone scam.


'We can do so much more to attract visitors'

Nick Clegg spoke to ITV News this morning Credit: ITV News

We can do so much more to attract even more visitors. There are millions more visitors that go to London, we could get many of them to come here instead, the sheer beauty of the south west, the sights, the spectacles, the warmth of the greeting and hospitality of the people locally, all of that can be more effectively marketed to foreign tourists in countries like Switzerland, Germany and Austria."

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

Nick Clegg says he will save Cornish Language Partnership

Nick Clegg making some Cornish pasties Credit: ITV West Country

Nick Clegg says the organisation that promotes the Cornish dialect will not be forced to close.

Funding for the Cornish Language Partnership MAGA runs out at the end of this month and staff are in consultation over the future of their roles.

Today when questioned by ITV News Mr Clegg pledged to make sure a funding package for the next year was found.

I've only just heard about that and I'm going to fix it, the £120,000 that I announced last year is there to protect, defend, promote and cherish the Cornish language and if course some form of funding should continue so now that I've heard it today I'll go away and make sure we provide continued funding of one shape or form to ensure the project dies not close.

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

Nick Clegg announces £5 million tourism boost

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today announced a £5 million cash injection for the South West tourism industry.

Mr Clegg told ITV News the money would be available for the West's tourism bodies to spend on projects that would attract more visitors to the region.

He confirmed Visit Cornwall which has lost its funding from Cornwall Council, would be eligible for a share of the cash.

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