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MP wants Ebola assurances over Falmouth ships

Andrew George MP. Credit: ITV News West Country

Cornish MP Andrew George says he's had assurances from Health Chiefs ahead of the arrival of two ships from Sierra Leone in Falmouth.

He's been told a range of measures will be put in place to ensure public safety.

The ships are due to arrive in the middle of next month.

Week St Mary wind farm plans turned down

Plans to build a wind farm at Week St Mary have been turned down. Credit: ITV News West Country

A plan to build a wind farm at Week St Mary in North Cornwall - comprising eleven 125 metre wind turbines - has been turned down.

The decision to reject the Big Field Wind Farm planning application was taken by Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee at a meeting in Truro today.

Whilst I don’t have a say over planning decisions, I have been raising local people’s concerns with Cornwall Council planners and urged them to listen to the people living near the site rather than comments from those living hundreds of miles away.

Local Cornwall Councillors, who are properly elected to make planning decisions, have listened to all the evidence and have decided to reject this application.

This sends a clear message to the developer Good Energy that, after careful consideration and based on the legal planning considerations, a judgement was made by those elected to represent local people that the plans were not appropriate.

– Dan Rogerson MP, Lib Dem, North Cornwall


The Giant Poppy Run: where will they be?

The RBL's Giant Poppy Run kicked off today. Here is their planned route and arrival/departure times for Saturday (timings approximate)

  • — St Blazeyvia Summercourt/A30 — 08:45
  • 09:52 — Camborne Square —10:37
  • 11:00 — Helston Tesco —12:30
  • 12:53 — Sithians Village —13:53
  • 14:05 — Penryn ASDA —14:35
  • 14:55 — Truro Piazza —15:25

369 jobs to go at Cornwall Council

The Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, Andrew Kerr wrote to tell staff of the job losses today. Credit: ITV West Country

EXCLUSIVE: ITV West Country can reveal that nearly four hundred jobs are to go at Cornwall Council.

369 posts will be lost, 280 of them compulsory.

The council wants to make the savings by the end of next March.

Staff and unions have been told the news this morning in a letter from the council's chief executive Andrew Kerr.

Mr Kerr says in a letter to staff that the cuts will save £31 million.

'The memory of the fallen and the future of the living'

Members of Cornwall's Royal British Legion at a previous parade. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Royal British Legion in Cornwall launches its annual poppy appeal today.

Some of its members will be transporting a six feet high poppy around the county over the next couple of days as they look to reach a fundraising target of £500,000.


Royal Navy crew to receive award for heroic rescue

"Le Sillon" was wrecked off Trevose Head near Padstow in February. Credit: ITV News West Country

A team of Royal Navy aircrew will receive one of the world's premier aviation accolades today for their part in a heroic rescue off the Cornish coast.

The four aircrew will be presented with The Prince Philip Helicopter Award for the "Le Sillon" rescue.

The Culdrose based crew airlifted five Frenchman to safety during the storms that hit the cornish coast in February.

The boat was wrecked off Trevose Head near Padstow.

Elvis impersonator jailed for firearms offences

Derrel Weaver. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

An Elvis impersonator who sparked one of the biggest manhunts in the history of Devon and Cornwall Police has been jailed for five years for firearms offences.

Scores of police officers searched for 60-year-old Derrel Weaver when he went missing from the small holding where he lived at Widegates near Looe in June this year.

The village school was closed as armed officers in military style helmets and bullet proof jackets scoured the fields and woodlands around.

He pleaded guilty to eleven firearms charges.

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