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Success for Cornwall to Isles of Scilly swimmer

A woman from Somerset has made history by becoming the first person to swim from Cornwall to the Scillies.

Beth French, who's from Milverton, set off from Porthcurno yesterday lunchtime. She arrived on St Mary's this morning, completing the swim in 17 hours and 28 minutes. She said via twitter "I have an awesome body - mission completed!".


Meeting about closure of Torrington Hospital

A last minute meeting will take place today regarding the closure of Torrington Hospital in Devon. It will give residents the chance to speak with the health authorities in charge before a final decision next week. MP for Torridge and West Devon Geoffrey Cox will also attend. All ten beds at the community hospital could close as the NHS plans to treat more people at home.

Riptide warning ahead of summer season

The RNLI have issued a new warning to beach users after seven people got caught in dangerous rip tides at one of Cornwall's top surfing spots.

Polzeath beach
Seven people were caught in the dangerous riptides Credit: ITV News West Country

Coastguards were alerted when the surfers and bodyboarders got into trouble at Polzeath.

Polzeath beach
Surfers and bodyboarders got into trouble at Polzeath Credit: ITV News West Country

The warning comes as the region gears up for the start of the main summer holiday season.


Body found in Bodmin

Police are investigating the death of a man after a body was discovered in Bodmin by a dog walker just before 6pm on Tuesday evening.

The body of the man believed to be in his late 40s was found at the back of Gilbert Road. He has not been formally identified but his family have been told.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained pending results of a forensic post mortem.

137 die over five years due to SW organ shortage

It's National Transplant Week at the moment and our coverage is exploring the rate, and effects, of organ donation in the South West. NHS figures on the subject make sobering reading. In Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset:

  • 164 people are waiting for a transplant
  • 174 people have had a transplant in the last year
  • 137 people have died over the past five years because they didn't get an organ in time

For more information on how you can join the Organ Donation Register, visit the National Transplant Week website here.

App version of widely used dementia test unveiled

App version of widely used dementia test unveiled Credit: PA

A team of researchers from Plymouth medical school will today unveil an app version of a widely used dementia test. It will be free of charge and will mean faster and wider testing and therefore quicker diagnosis.

The app is is the first of its kind and will be made available to clinicians around the world

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