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Cornish independence in the election debates?

Mebyon Kernow campaigns for greater independence for Cornwall. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mebyon Kernow is pressing for more airtime from broadcasters head of the general election.

The Cornish nationalist party is hoping to be allowed a political broadcast. At the moment it doesn't fulfil the necessary criteria - but is hoping the rules could be changed to allow it more airtime. It also wants what it calls 'fairer' coverage from the media locally.

Greater devolution to Cornwall is an issue many care about. Credit: ITV News

Seal pups to be returned to the wild

A seal pup being released at Gwithian last winter. Credit: ITV News West Country

The first seal pups of the season will be returned to the wild today in West Cornwall.

The Cornwall Seal Sanctuary will release six pups at Gwithian.

They'd been washed up in winter storms.

Seal pups get washed up on the beach in the stormy weather. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Snow causes disruption on the region's roads

Police are warning drivers to avoid several roads in the region because of snow and ice.

Gritters have been out over night and snow ploughs are out on Exmoor. Dartmoor is also seeing heavy snow.

Devon and Cornwall saw storms overnight - including reports of a possible tornado causing damage in Redruth in Cornwall.

Mill Hill in Lelant, Cornwall, is blocked by a fallen tree and cables after last night's storms.

Drivers are being warned of hazardous driving conditions on the A388 in Launceston. Snow is making the hills difficult for driving.

And in Devon drivers are being asked to avoid the B3212 in Moretonhampstead because of the snow there.

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Work begins on new Search & Rescue helicopter base

Work starts on the site at Newquay Airport today. Credit: ITV News West Country

Work starts today on a new Search and Rescue helicopter base at Newquay Airport.

Bristow Helicopters will operate two aircraft from the site, which would be available to run rescue missions 24 hours a day within a radius of 250 nautical miles.

The company is taking over the service from the RAF and Royal Navy.

Argyle and Grecians suffer defeats

No wins for our teams today.

Plymouth Argyle have been beaten at home by Oxford United this afternoon. Lewis Alessandra had given the Pilgrims a first half lead, but after Aaron Bentley was sent off, the visitors scored twice in the second half.

Exeter City suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at Wimbledon. Liam Sercombe scored a consolation for the Grecians in injury time.

And in the Conference, Torquay United drew 0-0 at Welling.

Nichols keeps Exeter City in the play-off hunt

Tom Nichols scored Exeter City's winner against Cheltenham. Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Yeovil Town have slipped to the foot of League One after losing 2-1 at Bristol City. Matt Smith and a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas penalty with the goals for the hosts, before Ben Nugent pulled one back with a late long-range effort.

In League Two, Exeter City got back to winning ways with a 1-0 success over Cheltenham at St James Park. Tom Nichols scored the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute.

Plymouth Argyle suffered their first defeat in four league games after going down 2-0 at Newport. Former Argyle striker Chris Zebroski headed Newport in front in the 9th minute, before Mark Byrne added a second eight minutes from time.

And in the Conference, Torquay United lost 2-1 at home to Bristol Rovers.

Today's local football results.
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