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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.

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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

Campaign for more organ donors in Cornwall

72 people in Cornwall are currently waiting for a transplant. Credit: ITV News West Country

A campaign is underway to urging people in Cornwall to decide whether they want to be an organ donor rather than leave the decision to a family member.

It's all part National Transplant week. There are currently 72 people in the county waiting for a transplant.

30 people in Cornwall have died due to a shortage of organs in the last five years.

People in Cornwall urged to consider organ donation

People in Cornwall urged to consider organ donation Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA/Press Association Images

A campaign is underway urging people in Cornwall to decide whether they want to be an organ donor rather than leave the decision to a family member. It's all part National Transplant week.

There are currently 72 people in the county waiting for a transplant. 30 people in Cornwall have died due to a shortage of organs in the last five years.

Fresh warnings over tombstoning

A fresh warning has been issued about the dangers of tombstoning

The coastguard say the recent warm weather has seen some people trying the high risk activity which involves jumping into water from cliffs or rocks.

20 people have died in the last 10 years Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

20 people have died in the last 10 years and 70 people have been injured, the youngest was just 12 years old.

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Warnings over tunnelling in sand dunes

Fresh warning's have been issued by the RNLI asking people to take extra care around sand dunes this summer.

It comes as a two metre deep tunnel was discovered in one of the dunes on Constantine beach.

Lifeguards found a 2m deep tunnel on Constantine beach Credit: RNLI

Lifeguards have now filled the hole, but the charity says they are unstable and the warm weather increases the chance of them collapsing.

A & E departments under extra pressure after surge in patient numbers

Hospital accident and emergency units across the region are being put under extra strain following a surge in patient numbers.

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter are both dealing with an extra 200 patients a week, while Torbay Hospital has seen an increase of 90 patients a week. John Andrews reports:

Big increase in demand at Derriford Hospiital

Big increase in demand at Derriford Hosipital Credit: ITV News West Country

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital says it's seeing a huge increase in demand on its emergency services.

It's seeing an extra 30 people a day - more than two hundred a week.

Management aren't sure what's behind the increase but they're urging people to think carefully before heading to the hospital for treatment. It's also planning to recruit extra staff to cope with the pressure.

Plymouth hospital A & E pressure

Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Credit: ITV Westcountry

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital says it's seeing a huge increase in demand on its emergency services.

It's seeing an extra 30 people a day - more than two hundred a week.

Management aren't sure what's behind the increase but they're urging people to think carefully before heading to the hospital for treatment.

It's also planning to recruit extra staff to cope with the pressure.

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