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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.

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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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Elton John back to perform in Cornwall after 30 years

Sir Elton John will be performing at the Eden Project tonight. Credit: Newspix/ABACA/Press Association Images

The excitement is building as Cornwall prepares to welcome one of the biggest names in rock to its biggest music venue, the Eden Project, tonight.

It will be the first time Sir Elton John has performed in Cornwall in 30 years, and it's no surprise the event's 6,000 tickets were snapped up in minutes when they went on sale last December.

He's at the Eden Project for two nights as part of the attraction's summer session of concerts. Last time it was the Cornwall Coliseum, which has since been demolished.

We'll be at Eden live tonight, bringing you all the excitement from what is set to be one of the highlights of the Eden Sessions' 13-year history.

Sir Elton joins an illustrious list of more than 70 acts who have performed here since they began in 2002.

Eden Project founder Tim Smit speaking to ITV West Country's Ian Axton next to the stage where Elton John is performing tonight. Credit: ITV News

Raising the flag for Armed Forces Day

Torpoint will be raising the Armed Forces flag today Credit: Ministry of Defence

Torpoint will raise the Armed Forces Day Flag today as the town prepares to host Cornwall’s salute to military.

This year’s Cornwall’s Armed Forces Day will take place on Saturday (June 20th) at Thanckes Park, Torpoint.

In the lead up to the event the town will fly the flag from the masthead in the town centre.

We are delighted to have been chosen to host the County’s Armed Forces Day, honouring our military personnel, past, present and future.

We hope to build on the successful events we’ve have held in the park, such as our Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The event promises to be a great day of entertainment for all the family and we are looking forward to welcoming Armed Forces personnel, their families, veterans, cadets and members of the general public from across Cornwall and further afield.

– Councillor Mike Pearn
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