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UK's first wind farm marks 25th birthday

Three billion boiled kettles later and the UK's first commercial wind farm is celebrating a quarter of a century of generating renewable power.

It is 25 years since turbines were first switched on - on December 21 1991 - at Delabole Wind Farm on the north Cornwall coast, generating power for 2,700 homes a year.

Since then, the UK wind industry has grown from Delabole's 10 turbines to more than 1,000 commercial-scale onshore and offshore projects that generate enough electricity to power 9.5 million homes a year.

The turbines are a landmark in the Cornish countryside Credit: ITV West Country
6,200
homes which are currently powered by Delabole
3.4
billion kettles could have been boiled by the wind farm's power since it opened
40
million Christmas turkeys could have been cooked by the wind farm's power since it opened

This is an incredible achievement for the renewable industry - and a big moment for Delabole.

Since the turbines started turning, renewable technologies have come a long way, with wind power generating a record-breaking 12% of the UK's electricity in 2015.

The success of the wind farm has largely been down to the support of the local community who are the real custodians of this site.

It's thanks to them and their belief in the project, that has helped make Delabole the perfect model for further wind power developments here in the UK.

– Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive Good Energy
Delabole wind turbine Credit: ITV West Country

Across the UK, using wind has avoided burning more than 106 million tonnes of coal over the past 25 years, industry body RenewableUK said - with 58 million tonnes displaced from 2013 to 2015 as wind power boomed.

Wind power is now a mainstream power source in Britain, outperforming and replacing old-fashioned coal.

It's a crucial part of our new energy system, which is designed to deliver the energy the country needs in the smartest way possible.

– Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director Renewable UK

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Emergency services delayed due to 'careless' parking

Fire fighters called out in a Cornish village were delayed "due to careless parking".

Crew from Delabole Fire Station tweeted their frustration this morning - urging people to think about access for emergency vehicles.

Body found on Cornish beach identified as missing woman June Gorvin

June Gorvin was 69 years old. Credit: Devon and Cornwall

A body found on a Cornish beach has been identified as missing women June Gorvin.

Police were called to Tregardock Beach in Delabole on Wednesday 15 June where they found June's body.

The 69 year old was from Trewellard in Pendeen. Her family have expressed their gratitude to all who have helped in the search for June, including the Cliff Rescue Team, Lifeboat, Police, Coastguard, and the public for their help in this matter.

A file is now being prepared by the coroner.

Man due to be sentenced for murder of Joan Roddam

Joan Roddam was murdered at her home in Delabole in 2003 Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The man convicted of murdering Cornish pensioner Joan Roddam is to be sentenced at Truro Crown Court today.

Patrick Curran was found guilty of strangling the 74-year-old at her home in Delabole in 2003. He was a close friend of her family.

The jury at Truro Crown Court heard that Curran killed Mrs Roddam when she rebuffed his sexual advances.

Patrick Curran has been found guilty of the murder of Mrs Roddam Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

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Man guilty of murdering pensioner was a family friend

Patrick Curran knew Joan Roddam's family. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The man convicted today of murdering Cornish pensioner Joan Roddam was a close friend of her family.

Patrick Curran, 38, was found guilty of strangling the 74-year-old at her home in Delabole in 2003. The jury at Truro Crown Court heard that Curran killed her when she rebuffed his sexual advances.

The family of Mrs Roddam, reacting to the unanimous verdict, said they could not understand why somebody so close to her would commit this crime.

Curran's mother cared for Mrs Roddam's husband during illness, and remained close to her after his death. Curran will be sentenced at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday 27th January.

We still find it difficult even after all these years to come to terms with the fact that Joan was murdered by somebody that she knew and trusted. ... Joan did not deserve to die in these circumstances. We cannot understand why Patrick Curran did not come to court to defend himself and face us as a family.

– Aine Rendell, Joan Roddam's great-niece

BREAKING: Unanimous guilty verdict in Roddam murder trial

Joan Roddam was murdered in 2003. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A 38-year-old man has been convicted of murdering a pensioner from Cornwall at her home more than ten years ago. Patrick Curran was found guilty by a jury at Truro Crown Court.

74-year-old Joan Roddam was found strangled at her isolated home on the outskirts of Delabole in north Cornwall on November 8th, 2003. The jury was told during the trial that Curran tried to make sexual advances to Mrs Roddam and killed her when he was rebuffed.

Curran, who lived with his parents just a half a mile from Mrs Roddam, did not appear in court during his trial, which has lasted nearly three weeks.

He had denied murder, and refused legal representation. Curran was first arrested in 2004, but later released. He was re-arrested last year after police carried out a cold case review of the murder.

Jury considering verdict in Joan Roddam murder trial

Joan Roddam was murdered in 2003. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The jury in the trial of Patrick Curran, who is accused of murdering a pensioner more than 16 years ago in North Cornwall has retired to consider its verdict.

Curran, who is 38, has denied murdering 74-year-old Joan Roddam. She was found strangled at her home on the outskirts of Delabole in November 2003.

Curran has refused to appear during his trial, and has also refused legal representation.

Summing up expected today in Joan Roddam murder trial

Joan Roddam was murdered in 2003. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A judge is expected to start summing up in the trial of Patrick Curran, the man accused of murdering Cornish pensioner Joan Roddam.

The 74-year-old's body was found in a field close to her home at Delabole in 2003.

The trial has been highly unusual because Mr Curran has refused to enter a plea.

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