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'Sign a slate' appeal for Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral has begun a £3.2 million appeal to repair its roof. The Cathedral is asking for people to 'Sign a Slate'. Sixty thousand of them are needed to restore the roof and each one will record the donor's name. for the hundred years or more the restored roof should last. The Cathedral already has a Government grant of half a million pounds towards the project. The work is expected to take five years.

Truro Cathedral begins appeal to repair it's roof Credit: ITV News

It is people that form the heart of the cathedral and so it was very important to us to find a way for everyone to get involved and feel part of this important restoration project.

– Dean of Truro, the Very Reverend Roger Bush
People can sponsor and sign the new slates Credit: John Freddy Jones

3.8 million people predicted to head to Cornwall

As the summer getaway begins, Visit Cornwall says it believes that over 3.8 million people are expected to come to the county over the next six weeks, spending more than £518 million.

With the school holidays beginning, Cornwall is set to welcome 1.2 million UK visitors and over 79,000 visitors from overseas. In a further boost, 2.5 million people could visit Cornwall on day trips.

The hols are here Credit: Matt Cardy/PA Wire

“ “This is the time that our hotels, restaurants, attractions etc do most of their business so we’ll be pulling out all the stops to give our visitors the warmest of Cornish welcomes.”

– Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall

Visit Cornwall also says that 71% of businesses in the county are reporting booking levels to be better or the same as last year.


Cornwall Council urge people not to feed seagulls or leave litter out

Cornwall Council are urging people not to feed the gulls. Credit: Wayne Parry

Cornwall Council are encouraging residents to play their part to prevent seagulls from attacking people and pets.

They say everyone can play a part in solving the problem by disposing of litter carefully, not feeding the gulls and putting rubbish out for collection in a seagull proof sack.

With incidents of gulls swooping down on people as they eat and attacks on individuals and animals, concerns have been raised about how to tackle the problem.

At this time of year herring gulls are feeding and protecting their young and will aggressively seek out food by any means possible.

Unfortunately, by feeding the birds, leaving rubbish bags out for collection unsecured and dropping litter in the street, humans have made it easy for them and this is one of the main reasons we are experiencing the problems we are having today.

If we are serious about tackling this issue then the solution starts with us all. Please dispose of your litter carefully, don't feed the gulls and either put rubbish out for collection in a bin or seagull proof sack.

– Councillor Geoff Brown

RSPB call on government to hold National Gull Summit

It's thought the gulls are behaving aggressively because they are trying to protect their young. Credit: ITV News

RSPB have written to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) proposing a National Gull Summit to tackle the issue.

The news comes after David Cameron recently said a "big conversation" was needed about the threat from aggressive birds.

The Prime Minister spoke out after two attacks in Cornwall left a pet tortoise and a Yorkshire terrier dead.

But the RSPB believe the summit must also look at the wider issues of the plight facing many of these birds:

Any such conversation must be based on the very best evidence – otherwise it’s likely to be dominated by anecdote and guided by those who shout loudest. The RSPB would also add that it should look at the issue in the ‘round; on the wider issue of the plight of these birds across the board and not simply about “how we rid ourselves of the menace”.

There’s so much we need to learn about these birds, and this is a real opportunity to look at how we can live comfortably with our wild companions, and do the best for both birds and people.


Air show hero will be back at Culdrose this year

Lt Cdr Chris Gotke was hailed a hero for safely crash landing at Culdrose Air Day Credit: ITV West Country

It is a week until Culdrose Air Day takes place in Cornwall

The line up will include Lt Cdr Chris Gotke, who was hailed a hero last year, for safely crash-landing a plane which got into difficulty at the show. The pilot was flying a 1944 Sea Fury at when it suffered engine failure.

He was awarded the highest peacetime honour for gallantry in the air.


Why has PCC Tony Hogg decided not to stand again?

Tony Hogg is stepping down as PCC for Devon and Cornwall in May 2016 Credit: ITV News

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has announced that he will not seek re-election next May.

Tony Hogg was elected in 2012, and says he is proud of his achievements in overseeing the force.

ITV News asked his office why Mr Hogg was stepping down. This is their response.

  • Having set up the role and made it a success, he feels it is a good time to move on
  • Staying on another term will take him over the age of 70
  • His job keeps him away most weekdays and he wants to spend more time with his family
  • He is not stepping down - he will still be in post until May, with a lot to achieve before then.

You can read more about Mr Hogg's plans here.

Devon & Cornwall's PCC 'not seeking re-election'

The Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg on walkabout in Exmouth Credit: ITV News

Tony Hogg has announced that he will not seek re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly next May. Mr Hogg, was elected in November 2012 and will step down in eight months' time.

I have three main priorities that will keep me working right up to the point that I handover to the next commissioner - improving police funding, effective community policing and the transformation of volunteering and the Special Constabulary.

– Tony Hogg

Earlier this month, Mr Hogg hit out at the "scandalous lack of funding" of Devon and Cornwall Police. He says he will continue his campaign before he retires.

My campaign to achieve fair funding for Devon and Cornwall Police in the annual policing grant forms a leading part of our plans to meet public sector savings targets.

– Tony Hogg

Day 2 of royal visit to Cornwall

The royal couple in Padstow yesterday. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are spending a second day in the county today.

They're focusing on the tourism industry and local communities during this year's visit - stopping in Padstow in North Cornwall yesterday, meeting RNLI volunteers and visiting a restaurant run by celebrity chef Rick Stein. Today the royal couple will be on the Isles of Scilly, stopping by a local island fair on St Mary's.

Former teacher appears in court charged with sex offences

Jonathan Thomson-Glover lives in Wadebridge Credit: SWNS

A former teacher at a top public school in the west country has appeared in court charged with using hidden cameras to spy on scores of pupils. Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, lives at Wadebridge in Cornwall. He was a head of house at £30,000-a-year Clifton College in Bristol where he taught German for 31 years.

Mr Thomson-Glover appeared before Taunton Magistrates to face 36 counts of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children. The charges relate to between 120 and 160 alleged victims, who were between 12 and 17 at the time of filming, and span a 16-year period.

He is accused of installing cameras in various locations around the prestigious Bristol school and at one other address. Mr Thomson-Glover did not enter a plea. He was bailed to appear before Taunton Crown Court on August 17.

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