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Basking sharks arrive in Cornwall earlier than expected

The first basking sharks of 2015 have been spotted arriving near Falmouth.

They turn up near Cornwall's southern coastline every year but are not normally seen until the middle of May.

However our increasingly warmer waters are luring them earlier and it is thought the recent warm weather may have prompted the arrival of these two sharks.

The sharks were filmed on Wednesday at Cadgwith and Coverack off the Lizard peninsula on the southern tip of Cornwall.

*Video from AP Wildlife Cruises


Falmouth University Chancellor gets her own stamp

French and Saunders appear on new stamp Credit: Royal Mail

Royal Mail has launched a set of stamps celebrating comedy greats and they include the recently appointed Chancellor of Falmouth University, Dawn French.

The comedienne appears along side her performing partner of many years Jennifer Saunders.

Dawn French appears on stamp Credit: Royal Mail

For decades, the UK has long boasted some of the most influential and significant comedy talent in the world.

This set of stamps rightly pays tribute to the comedians who have made the nation laugh out loud at their ground-breaking comedy genius.

Royal Mail vans in the locations with strong links to the comedians will feature an image of the relevant stamp.

– Andrew Hammond, Head of Stamps and Collectibles at Royal Mail

Military hospital ship awarded for work during the Ebola crisis

A military hospital ship which left Falmouth in September to help combat the Ebola crisis in West Africa is to receive a special award.

The RFA Argus will receive an Admiralty Board Letter of Commendation. It's thought this is the first time the award has been granted to an operational unit.

RFA Argus will receive a special award for her work during the Ebola crisis Credit: PA

During her deployment to Sierra Leone Argus has made a significant contribution to the UK's effort to halt the spread of Ebola.

She has helped to establish the crucial medical treatment centres and has provided vital transport capability allowing medical workers to reach the areas most affected by the disease and by providing medical reassurance to the British personnel deployed to the region.

– Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

What impact did the Vikings have on Britain?

An exhibition opens at Falmouth's maritime museum today showing the impact the Vikings had on Britain when they invaded more than twelve hundred years ago.

The south west was their first port of calls and they frequently raided settlements on the north Cornish coast.

Artefacts on display include the swords and axes they used in battle.

Gareth Williams is a Viking Expert.

Residents pay tribute to PC Hocking

Local residents today paid tribute to PC Hocking after his funeral.

He had time for everybody, he made everyone feel special, the quintessential police officer. He found time, he was compassionate and fair, he upheld the law, that's what the community wants, but he respected the community and quite clearly the community respected him. He was the epitome of what policing should be, but a family man who loved people, and people loved him.

– Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer of Devon & Cornwall Police

It's just the way he was, someone described him as Dixon of Dock Green, you know friendly, he always had a laugh and a joke with everybody and I think he used to go in nearly all the shops.

– Local resident

He did his job cheerfully and was sincere.

– Local resident

He was one of the best, he was good at his job and he was a gentleman, he had a laugh and a joke with everybody, he loved my dog and he'll be greatly missed.

– Local resident


Funeral takes place of PC Andy Hocking in Falmouth

PC Andy Hocking was well known in Falmouth Credit: ITV News

The funeral will take place today today of 52-year-old PC Andy Hocking, the Falmouth police officer who died suddenly nearly two weeks ago.

On Saturday around six thousand people turned up for a memorial walk in his honour. He was widely known in the town and had won awards for his work.

People gather for the funeral of PC Hocking Credit: ITV News
Credit: ITV News

Flowers left in memory of Falmouth police officer

Chief Inspector Ian Drummond-Smith posted this picture of flowers left by the community after PC Andy Hocking's death on Sunday.

Devon and Cornwall Police pay tribute to serving officer

PC Andy Hocking who died on Sunday Credit: WMN

Devon and Cornwall Police has paid tribute to a serving officer who died on Sunday.

PC Andy Hocking, who served in the Falmouth Neighbourhood Team, died after falling unwell and leaves a wife Sally and two daughters, Gracie and Megan.

A book of condolence will be available at Falmouth Police Station during office hours on Monday and Tuesday.

There is a further book of condolence at the Art Gallery in the Falmouth Municipal Building.

PC Hocking was a printer before joining the force in March 1993. He was stationed at Camborne before being posted to Falmouth. He then became the Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Penryn before becoming the Falmouth Town Neighbourhood Officer.

Andy will be sorely missed by his family, colleagues and the community which he served with a smile for many years. For many Andy is the face of Falmouth and the town has lost one of its greatest icons.

– Falmouth Inspector Ian Thompson
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