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Thousands raised for school girl's funeral

Thousands raised for school girl's funeral Credit:

Thousands of pounds has been raised for the family of a school girl from Cornwall who died suddenly last week.

Seven year old Esmee Polmear collapsed at Perranporth School on Wednesday and was pronounced dead at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Money is being raised to help Esmee's family with funeral costs.

Esmee's head teacher Alistair Johnson described her as a "bright, popular and fun loving member of our school who touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her."

A website has been set up for donations.


Trebetherick nursing home residents evacuated after fire

Residents evacuated from nursing home after fire Credit: ITV News

Twelve nursing home residents in Cornwall will have to spend the night in alternative accommodation after a fire broke out in their care home.

Three crews attended the incident at the residential home in Trebetherick this morning.

The fire broke out in the kitchen and had spread throughout the ground floor.

Staff had evacuated everyone out of the building by the time firefighters arrived. An investigation is now underway as to what caused the fire.

Eleven firefighters on two appliances from Wadebridge and Bodmin were mobilised to the incident.

A number of repeat calls to the fire were received so a third appliance from Delabole carrying six crew was assigned to the incident.

Smoke was issuing from the property on crews arrival, fortunately staff at the residential home had evacuated all of the 12 residents.

– Cornwall Fire and Rescue

Cornish school 'devastated' at sudden death of seven-year-old

Esmee Polmear collapsed at school. Credit: ITV News

Tributes have been paid to a seven-year-old girl who died after collapsing suddenly at Perranporth School.

Esmee Polmear was pronounced dead at the Royal Cornwall Hospital on July 1st.

Head Alistair Johnson has said the school is in shock.

"This is a terrible tragedy that has left the whole Perranporth School community shocked and devastated.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Esmee. She was a bright, popular and fun loving member of our school who touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her. She will be terribly missed."

– Alistair Johnson, Head of Perranporth Primary School

Investigation after death of Cornish schoolgirl

Police say the death of a pupil at Perranporth Community Primary School is not suspicious Credit: Perranporth C P School

A seven-year-old girl has died after collapsing at a school in North Cornwall.

It happened at Perranporth School yesterday lunchtime, 1 July. She was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police are investigating but say her death is not suspicious.

Today's sports day has been cancelled but no reason has been given.


Memorial for Cornish man killed saving wife in Tunisia

Stephen Mellor's wife Cheryl remains in hospital in Sousse.

A service is taking place today in memory of a man from Cornwall killed in the Tunisian beach attack.

59-year-old Stephen Mellor died trying to shield his wife Cheryl during the shooting on Friday. She was injured and remains in hospital in Sousse.

The service will be held at St Petroc's church in Bodmin at 7 this evening.


Shark sighting closes beach in Cornwall

Praa Sands. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

A beach in Cornwall was closed after a shark sighting.

Lifeguards moved people off the beach at Praa Sands yesterday as a precaution.

The RNLI has confirmed no further sightings have been made and the beach is open as usual today.

'It's going to kill a child': Dog attack victim warns others

Peter Fitzgerald with his own dog Kimbo. The two were attacked while out walking in Truro. Credit: ITV News

A man attacked by a dog in Truro while walking his own says he fears a small child could be killed by the animal.

Peter Fitzgerald says he and his own dog, Kimbo, were attacked on Saturday as they were out for a walk on playing fields near Cornish Crescent. The other dog pushed Mr Fitzgerald to the ground, repeatedly biting him and leaving him with serious head injuries.

He needed a three hour emergency operation, including plastic surgery, and now has hundreds of stitches and staples in his scalp.

Mr. Fitzgerald says the dog is still being taken out for walks by its owner, and he's worried a child could be attacked next.

Police have appealed for the owner of the dog and any witnesses to come forward.

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