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Cornish MP says Elgin marbles are "stolen booty"

The Elgin marbles at the British Museum Credit: PA

A Cornish MP has joined the controversy over the Elgin Marbles, saying they should be returned to Greece.

Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, described the sculptures - which once the adorned the Parthenon in Athens - as "stolen booty".

The issue was raised in the Commons, where a minister replied that the government contends that they are legally owned by the British Museum and on display free of charge.

Taunton's dragons go under the hammer

Taunton's dragons could raise thousands for charity Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of the Taunton Deane dragon trail are hoping to raise £50,000 for local community projects when the dragons are sold at auction this Sunday.

Around thirty painted dragons were placed around Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe this summer. This weekend 21 of them will be going under the hammer at Queen's College in Taunton

The dragons will be auctioned for charity Credit: ITV News West Country


Charity Banger Rally cars head for Croatia

One of the cars in last year's Banger Rally Challenge Credit: ITV News West Country

This year's Charity Banger Rally Challenge from Cornwall to Croatia gets underway later.

Teams will leave this evening and travel through France, Monaco, Italy and Slovenia before finishing in the Croatian city of Pula next week.

It's hoped the rally will raise more than a hundred thousand pounds for various local charities.

The cars are heading from St Austell to Croatia Credit: ITV News West Country

Escaped wallaby spotted in Devon

The RSPCA is on the lookout for an escaped wallaby which has been spotted hopping around the countryside near Okehampton.

Holiday maker Sara Etell captured this footage on her mobile phone

It was pretty bizarre, it was just as I turned the bend and I just saw him sitting there staring at me.

"I watched him for about five minutes and managed to stumble for my phone to take a quick video.

"He seemed pretty tame but I didn't want to chase him just in case he headed for a busier road."

– Sara Etell

The RSPCA believe that the wallaby is almost certainly an escaped pet but so far there have been no reports of one going missing

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British ship from 1846 found in Canadian Arctic

A British exploration ship abandoned almost 170 years ago has been discovered in the Arctic Ocean off the north coast of Canada.

Two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, were abandoned by a scientific expedition in 1846 after becoming trapped in the polar ice.

The vessel was located by a remotely-operated underwater vehicle operated by Parks Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the find had "solved one of Canada's greatest mysteries", although he revealed it was not yet known which of Erebus and Terror had been discovered.


Cat trapped in wall in Newquay

A cat became trapped between a wall and a building in Lusty Glaze Road in Newquay

A cat is recovering in Cornwall after coming close to losing one of its nine lives.

The pet became trapped between a wall and a building in Lusty Glaze Road in Newquay. The fire service were called out by the RSPCA yesterday morning. They rescued it using a tool kit and the cat was reunited with its owner. It was taken to the vets for a check up as a precaution.

the cat was eventually reunited with its owner

Thousands of guitarists in Dorset set new UK record

Thousands of amateur guitarists performed at Lyme Regis beach Credit: ITV News

More than 3,000 amateur guitarists have performed Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water in Lyme Regis as part of a record-breaking attempt.

Led by Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan, they set a new UK record for the largest number of guitarists playing at once.

The guitarists joined forces to complete "Britain's Biggest Band" Credit: ITV News

Guitars on the Beach, organised by Geoff Baker, attracted worldwide interest and saw 3,325 musicians – including some from Canada, the USA and Germany - complete the record attempt.

Describing themselves as "Britain's Biggest Band", they have grown by more than a thousand members since last year, which saw 2,267 attend.

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