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Tin mining could return to Cornwall

Commercial tin mining could be making a return to Cornwall.

The soaring price of of the metal means companies are now looking at reviving the industry. Experts say the price of tin could double.

A Cornish tin mine in the nineteenth century. Credit: PA

"Searching for tin throughout the world for new deposits has drawn almost a complete blank but it is known that Cornwall has tin reserves and that is why there are now five companies looking very seriously at Cornwall."

– Joff Bullen, South West Mining Association

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Cornwall Council likely to refuse funding for Fal dredging

Plans to dredge the Fal Estuary could be dealt a significant set back today.

Cornwall Council is expected to reject proposals to give £9 million to the project - because it's not convinced of the business case.

Supporters say it is necessary to help attract bigger vessels to the port.

Ships in the Fal Estuary. Credit: PA

"It's incredibly important not only just to jobs and the economy in Falmouth, but the whole of Cornwall - it's the fifth Naval Port, it's a very important centre of commercial shipping and really a hub of renewable energy."

– Sarah Newton MP, Con, Truro and Falmouth

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Crowd-funding bid to save Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoo looks after a wide range of wild and exotic animals from tigers to tortoises Credit: ITV News

The man who inspired the Hollywood film 'We Bought A Zoo' is turning to crowd-funding to save Dartmoor Zoo.

Benjamin Mee bought the tourist attraction following the death of his wife Katherine in 2006.

Cinema posters for the film based on the story of Dartmoor Zoo Credit: ITV News

His memoir about how he transformed the fortunes of the dilapidated zoo was later turned into a movie. Now he plans to turn the zoo into a charity - with help from the public.

He has set up a crowdfunding page to help him raise the £1.6million needed. You can find out more here.

Fort Bovisand public consultation starts

A public consultation will start today into a multi million pounds restoration of Fort Bovisand.

The building played a vital role in protecting Plymouth in both World Wars, before becoming a diving school in the 1970s.

Initial plans include a learning hub, activity centre and exhibition space.

Fort Bovisand. Credit: ITV News

Bye bye to the Barbican market

Everything must go Credit: ITV News

Plymouth's Barbican Pannier Market is shutting up shop. The landmark building, which is known for selling everything from vintage jewellery to magic tricks, has been sold to a new owner.

Last week its shopkeepers were given just fourteen days' notice that they had to leave. Our reporter Claire Manning went to meet some of them.

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