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Family's pet tortoise killed by seagull

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A Liskeard woman has told ITV News West Country of the 'devastating' moment she found a seagull attacking her pet tortoise.

Stig and his brother George were both in the family's garden, where they spent most of their days happily munching on the grass and wild flowers. Jan Byrne, 43, said she returned from work to find a large gull "pecking a lump" in the garden. To her horror, it was her beloved pet, Stig.

We kept them in the garden by day as vets said it was best for them to roam free and eat grass. I came home to find a Seagull attacking Stig. He'd been flipped on his back and was being pecked so viciously. It was horrible - I was shaking with shock.

– Jan Byrne

Stig died from his injuries two days later. Mrs Byrne told us about the attack, which happened three weeks ago, after seeing yesterday's news story about a pet dog that had died after a seagull attack.

Mrs. Byrne says there is no evidence of any seagull nests at their property, but is concerned that litter and rubbish left on streets in the area has been attracting the gulls to come and look for food.

Police trying to find woman from Cornwall

Police are looking for information to help locate Lorraine Richens who is missing from Cornwall Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are looking for information to help find 62 year old Lorraine Richens who is missing from Liskeard in Cornwall.

She walked out of her home at about 11 o’clock yesterday morning (May 14th) and may be intending to travel to Abingdon in Oxfordshire by train.

Lorraine has mousey blonde shoulder length hair and is described as being very thin.

When she left she was wearing her anorak over a pink and white sweatshirt and blue jeans

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Fractured skull in Liskeard assault

Detectives are investigating an unprovoked assault in Liskeard which left a man with a fractured skull.

The 49-year-old man was assaulted during a fight involving three other men in the Cornish Ivy pub around 12.30am on Sunday 6 July.

The fight then continued five minutes later near to the Fountain Hotel when the victim was approached by two of the offenders. He was head-butted by one man and fell to the floor where he was kicked in the head.

The victim was taken to hospital where he is recovering from a fractured skull. A 22-year-old man from Liskeard has been arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm. He has been bailed until 22 September.

The pub that went pink overnight

The Albion in Liskeard has been painted pink as a prank Credit: ITV News West Country

A Cornish pub has turned pink overnight. Four regulars at The Albion in Liskeard carried out the prank while the landlord was away on holiday. He left his son in charge. It was white when he locked up, and this shocking pink when he woke in the morning.

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Fixers: Finding a job when you're disabled

Now, for many young people finding a job after leaving school or college is a tough proposition. But imagine the additional barriers for those who are disabled.

We've been talking to Tommy Gundry from Liskeard who has made it his mission to tackle those barriers - and make local employers recognise that disabled workers are as good as anyone else.

He enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to make his point.

Liskeard man talks of issues disabled jobseekers face

For many young people finding a job after leaving school or college is a tough proposition. But imagine the additional barriers for those who are disabled.

We've been talking to a young man from Liskeard who has made it his mission to tackle those barriers - and make local employers recognise that disabled workers are as good as anyone else.

He enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to make his point.

12 year old assaulted in Liskeard

A 12 year old boy has had a tooth knocked out and been left with bruising to his face after he was assaulted in Liskeard.

Police say he was punched and kicked by a group of three boys on the pathway between Park View and Castle Park around 5.30pm.

They want to speak to anyone who can help them find out more about the incident.

Body found in Liskeard

A body has been found under a bridge in Liskeard. Police have confirmed they are investigating an unexplained death. They were called to Lake Lane around 3pm after a member of public found the body.

A post mortem is due to take place tomorrow (Sat 22nd March) and enquiries are being made to trace the person's family.

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