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Hope for Falmouth war veteran denied housing

A war veteran from Falmouth and his family, who were denied social housing, are having their case reviewed - following pressure from forces charities.

Father-of-four Jamie Streets had to leave the army and couldn't work due to a brain tumour. His family were turned down as they were classed as having made themselves homeless.

Kathy Wardle has been to meet them.

We asked the Prime Minister what the government is doing to help Mr Streets. Here is his response:

Prime Minister backs war veteran's case

The Streets family are living in temporary accommodation while their case is reviewed Credit: ITV News

A war veteran from Falmouth and his family, who were denied social housing, are having their case reviewed - following pressure from forces charities.

Father-of-four Jamie Streets had to leave the army and couldn't work due to a brain tumour. His family were turned down as they were classed as having made themselves homeless.

We asked the Prime Minister to comment and this is what he had to say:

The local MP Sarah Newton has quite rightly stepped in and has raised this case with the local Cornwall Council and they are now thinking again about whether they can provide a long term housing solution for Mr Streets and his family which I'm sure is the right thing to do.

So let's hope that the local council has a good look at this and think about how to make some special arrangements in this vital case.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

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Hope for war veteran in housing crisis

Jamie and Charmaine are currently living in temporary housing provided Cornwall Council Credit: ITV News

A former soldier who served in Afghanistan and Kosovo has appealed to Cornwall Council after his family were denied social housing.

Jamie Streets, his wife Charmaine and their four children had to leave their private rented accommodation as they could no longer afford the rent.When they applied for a council house they were declined as they were classed as having made themselves voluntarily homeless.

Mr Streets was injured in a fall from a horse whilst serving in the Household Cavalry, and was subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumour. He is still recovering from the illness and has been unable to work.

The family is currently living in a temporary house provided by Cornwall Council, but received a letter giving them 28 days to find an alternative.

Cornwall Housing applies Cornwall Council’s housing allocations policy which fully takes into account the homelessness legislation and provisions relating to Armed Forces Veterans which have been introduced by the Government in relation to housing.

To be fair to all others who apply to the Council for housing as a result of becoming homeless, we have to apply strict criteria as set out in housing legislation to make a judgement on whether or not we have a duty to house them and judge each case accordingly.

– Statement from Cornwall Council

Mr Streets' case has since attracted support from the public across social media.

Following a meeting with Cornwall Council the authority has agreed to review the case. The family hope to find out if they will be rehoused within the next week.

Police praise bravery of local heroes

Two runners waded into the water to rescue the man Credit: ITV News

Police have praised the bravery of two people who went into the water to save a man who jumped off the Tamar Bridge last night.

Despite officers attempting to negotiate with the man, the 24-year-old man jumped into the freezing waters.

Fortunately nearby runners waded into the water to rescue the man, keeping him afloat until help arrived.

Local runners save stranger from freezing River Tamar

The man fell from the bridge at about 8pm last night Credit: ITV West

Two men are being hailed as heroes after they dived into the freezing waters of the River Tamar to save a stranger who had plunged from the bridge.

The pair of runners from the Tamar Trotters club jumped in after the man at about 8pm last night.

The three of them were picked up by a police boat and returned to safety.

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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

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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