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ROADS: Problems continue on the A30 in Cornwall

The A30 is closed eastbound near Bodmin following a serious accident involving a lorry and three cars.

It happened between the A38 At Carminow Cross and the A38 Launceston Road and is causing congestion back to Innis Downs Junction on the A30.

The westbound carriageway has now re-opened but the A30 remains closed eastbound for investigation work.

  • Diversion - traffic is to follow the Solid Square symbol through Bodmin.

Consultation launched on Bodmin Moor's Dark Sky Park bid

Bodmin Moor could become an International Dark Sky Park.

The area is being put forward because of its "exceptional night sky" and Cornwall Council is asking people for their views on proposals before bidding for the title.

The council, and Caradon Observatory are holding a month long consultation, and, if their bid is successful the title is comparable to World Heritage Site status.

The Area of Outstanding National Beauty Unit and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) also support the proposed bid. If there is public support for the bid, the Council will submit it this summer.

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Man dies after crashing into hedge

Man dies after crashing into hedge Credit: Bing

A man who crashed his car into a hedge near Bodmin on Friday morning has died in the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The car drifted off the road outside the Croft Farm Holiday Park. He was found unconscious at the wheel by paramedics and was pronounced dead in hospital.

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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

'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.

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