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Falmouth's Maritime Museum named the 'most family-friendly'

Falmouth's Maritime Museum named the 'most family-friendly' Credit: ITV News

Falmouth's National Maritime Museum has been named the most family-friendly museum in Britain. There were six finalists in the competition organised by the charity 'Kids in Museums'. All of them were secretly visited by families during the judging process. The attraction has also been named Cornwall's Best Museum.


460 crimes committed around Derriford Hospital

460 crimes committed around Derriford Hospital in the last 3 years Credit: ITV News

New figures show police have investigated more than 460 crimes in and around Derriford Hospital during the last three years. They include one alleged attempted murder and seven sexual assaults. Theft was the most common crime investigated, with 157 incidents. The hospital said the numbers were relatively low compared with the thousands of people on the site every day.

Traps were set for the rats a year ago

Last November a team of volunteers set traps for the rats. It was estimated there were 20,000 rats on the Scillies, 3,000 of them on St.Agnes and Gugh. Similar schemes had worked on other islands around the world.

Lydia Titterton is one of the volunteers monitoring the success of the scheme. She regularly checks the burrows where the chicks nest:

Two men arrested after woman is shot in head near Looe

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was shot in the head in a sleepy holiday village. The 57-year-old was attacked with what police suspect was some sort of airgun. She survived the attack just before midnight at a car park in Millendreath, Cornwall, and made it home where she called for help.

Paramedics rushed her to hospital with a serious head injury before alerting police. Armed officers responded by flooding the nearby village of Looe where they arrested two men close to a church.

One was held on suspicion of attempted murder while the other was accused of assisting an offender.

"As a result of police inquiries a firearms operation was launched in Looe as officers searched for a suspect.

"Two men were arrested around 2.30pm near to St Martin's church yard.

"One man was arrested for attempted murder while a second was arrested for assisting an offender and both have been taken into police custody.

"Firearms units, local officers, specialist search trained officers, plus the force helicopter were used in the search. Officers remain in the area carrying out further investigations."

– Devon and Cornwall Police, Spokesperson


Decline in rats proves good for St Agnes birds

300 years ago boats that were shipwrecked off the Isles of Scilly brought some unwelcome visitors - RATS. And the rodents have proved a curse to birdlife on the islands ever since.

The rats that swam to safety, quickly multiplied - and for centuries have fed on eggs and chicks of rare nesting seabirds. But now the rat population on St Agnes has been wiped out, there's been an extraordinary change of fortune for the birds.

For the first time in living memory a Manx Shearwater has been reared on the Isles of Scilly.

Jaclyn Pearson is from the Seabird Recovery Project:

Prime Minister talks to ITV Westcountry

The Prime Minister has told us the Tories are capable of winning an outright majority at the next election - and ruled out doing any kind of deal with UKIP in the wake of the defection of two of his MPs.

It comes on the day George Osborne told the Tory Party Conference he would freeze benefits paid to people of working age - if the party win the next election.

Watch the Prime Minister's interview with our political correspondent Bob Constantine:

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