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Schoolboy rescued from Cornwall river

The 11-year-old boy was found stranded in deep water. Credit: ITV West Country

A schoolboy's been rescued from a river swollen by rain in Cornwall.

Firefighters were sent to the Dunmere area of Bodmin yesterday evening.

They found the 11-year-old child stranded in deep water. He was brought safely back to the riverbank.

Thieves cause £12,000 damage to historic church to steal a tenner

£12,000 damage was caused to St Petroc Church Credit: ITV News

Thieves have caused around twelve thousand pounds worth of damage to a historic church in Bodmin as they threw a tombstone through a stained glass window.

The St Petroc Church, which dates back to 1469, was attacked on Wednesday night. Church officials estimate the thieves stole the collection box which contained around only 10 pounds.

Police say they have forensic evidence from the scene and will use that to help identify the culprits.

"Its absolutely terrible. The culprits threw part of an old tombstone through the east window, the main window of the church, just above the alter and climbed through.

They also smashed some of the newly restored reradose, a feature along the east end of the church. We had just restored it at the cost of £12,000 and they have knocked quite a bit of it off.

It was a real feature of the church that was rebuilt just a year ago, it was uncovered as there was a wood panel over it, but we got a grant to restore it, and it was absolutely stunning. Now, it has been damaged. But the worst damage is of the window itself, its unbelievable that someone would do this to a sacred building. When I looked around with the police we saw the hole in the window, and part of a gravestone.

A number of our carved angels were damaged too. All they managed to get away with was about £10, but they caused upwards of £12,000 worth of damage.

To some people nothing is sacred."

– Canon Rev Graham Minors

"I would like the offenders to know that we have recovered forensic samples from the scene and are submitting them to a lab where we will soon be able to identify you.

So the only thing you can do at this stage to reduce the impact of the burglary is to come forward and present yourself to the police."

– Inspector Robin Hogg

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'He was my best friend': Widow of Bodmin man killed in Tunisia pays tribute at funeral

Stephen Mellor's last act was to try to shield his wife from gunfire. Credit: ITV News

A widow whose husband died trying to protect her from gunfire in Tunisia says he was the best thing that happened in her life.

59-year-old Stephen Mellor from Bodmin was shot on a beach near Sousse, in an attack which saw 38 people killed.

Cheryl Mellor's eulogy to her husband was read out at the service. Credit: ITV News

Today his wife Cheryl - who is still recovering from her injuries - was finally able to pay tribute to her husband at his funeral, in a eulogy written from her hospital bed.

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The church was packed with mourners there to honour the life of Stephen Mellor. Credit: ITV News

Claire Manning has this report from Bodmin.

Tunisia funeral: "None of us are too far away from violence"

The funeral has been taking place of Stephen Mellor who was killed in the Tunisia massacre Credit: SWNS

The funeral of a man from Cornwall who was killed in the Tunisia massacre has been taking place in his home town of Bodmin.

Stephen Mellor died while trying to protect his wife Cheryl. She lost her hand in the attack. The service will be held at St Petroc's Church.

ITV spoke to the minister, Revd Canon Graham Minors, before the service, who told us:

"It's made us all realise here in Bodmin that none of us are too far away from terrorism and violence in the world".

Funeral taking place of Tunisia victim from Cornwall

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl Credit: SWNS

The funeral is taking place later this morning of a man from Cornwall who was killed in the tourist massacre in Tunisia.

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died while trying to protect his wife Cheryl. She lost her hand in the attack. The service is being held at St Petroc's Church.

It's made us all realise here in Bodmin that none of us are too far away from terrorism and violence in the world and I wouldn't say it was a wake up call but it's made us realise that we are living in a small world and this little part of Cornwall where we are now has been caught up in what has happened in Tunisia.

– Revd Canon Graham Minors, St Petroc's Church

Funeral of Cornwall man killed in Tunisia will take place next week

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl. Credit: SWNS

The funeral of Stephen Mellor who was killed in Tunisia last month, is due to take place on Tuesday next week at St Petroc's Church in Bodmin.

The 59-year-old engineer from Cornwall was on holiday with his wife, Cheryl when the attack happened, he died whilst trying to shield her from gunfire.

Cheryl, who lost her hand and suffered severe gunshot wounds, is being treated for her injuries at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

An inquest into Stephen's death has been opened and adjourned in London.

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Permanent memorial to victims of Tunisia shootings

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl Credit: SWNS

The family of a man from Cornwall who was killed in the Tunisia shootings will be consulted about the design and location of a new memorial.

Stephen Mellor from Bodmin died trying to protect his wife Cheryl from gunfire in the attack at the holiday resort of Sousse just over a week ago.

The Prime Minister announced a permanent memorial to all of the victims will be created.

David Cameron also said a special service will be held in the autumn dedicated to all those caught up in the attack on the Tunisian resort of Sousse which left 30 British holidaymakers dead.

Those who lost their lives in Tunisia last week were innocent victims of a brutal terrorist atrocity.

It is right that we mark and commemorate them and others murdered by terrorists overseas appropriately and support the loved ones they have left behind in every way we can.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

Tunisia eyewitness pays emotional tribute to attack victims

Macauley Arnold and his girlfriend were saved by a local man who hid them in his home. Credit: Facebook

A man from Weymouth who was caught up in the Tunisian hotel attack has paid an emotional tribute to those who died and those who tried to save them.

20-year-old Macauley Arnold and his girlfriend were staying in the holiday resort of Sousse when a gunman opened fire on the beach.

They were saved by a local Tunisian man who hid several tourists in his home.

"Many lives were lost and ruined. My love and deepest sympathy are with those people, together we stand united and won't let terrorism win. Thanks to all the brave locals and emergency services who risked their lives to save others. I am thinking of every single person who lost their lives - and their families. Today my thoughts are with you all."

– Macauley Arnold, eyewitness to the attack in Tunisia

His words come on the day that a minute's silence was observed at noon around the country, in memory of those lost.

Family of Tunisia victim thank Cornish town for support

Stephen Mellor died shielding his wife Cheryl from the gunman. Credit: SWNS

The family of a man who died trying to save his wife in the attack on a Tunisian hotel have paid tribute to his hometown.

The Cornish town of Bodmin has rallied around the family of 59-year-old Stephen Mellor.

A church service was held earlier this week in tribute to Mr Mellor and in support of his wife Cheryl, who is recovering in hospital after losing her hand in the massacre.

"The sons and family of Stephen Mellor would like to express their thanks for all the support and good wishes they have received from the Bodmin community.

“In this most difficult of times it gives the family great support to know that Stephen was loved by so many in the local area.”

– The Mellor family

A minute's silence was observed across the country at noon today, in memory of those lost in the attack.

A minute's silence for Tunisia victims

Cheryl and Stephen Mellor Credit: SWNS

A minute's silence has been held across the country in memory of those who were killed in the Tunisia beach attacks.

Among them was Stephen Mellor from Bodmin, whose wife Cheryl was injured, losing her hand in the massacre. The community paid tribute to them in their local church earlier this week.

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