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Cornwall takes two places in top five holiday hot spots

St Ives and Newquay are two of the UK's top five holiday destinations for 2015 it's been revealed.

The Cornish towns came second and fourth respectively, in a survey undertaken by Cottages4you.

The firm ranked Whitby in North Yorkshire as the holiday destination tourists are most likely to visit this year, with Keswick in the Lake District third, and Scarborough in North Yorkshire ranking fifth.

Jeremy Hunt says transforming GP services is key to NHS future

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt says transforming GP services is key to the future of the NHS.

Commenting during a visit to a pharmacy in Newquay Mr Hunt said:

The biggest single change I want to see is a transformation of services through our GP services, we want to recruit 5000 more GP's, and basically if the NHS is going to be sustainable we need to invest in prevention not cure.

We need to tackle things like diabetes before they start to get serious, before people need timely and expensive treatment at places like the Royal Cornwall.

– Jeremy Hunt
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The minister pledged an extra £8 billion a year to be pumped into the NHS by the end of the next parliament.

During his brief visit to Cornwall Mr Hunt was given a tour of Kayes Pharmacy at Narrowcliff in Newquay.

The minister is calling for pharmacies to play a greater role in the health care system to take pressure off busy A&E departments.

I saw something today which I haven't seen elsewhere in the country but I think is a sign of things to come, where they're actually able at this pharmacy to access peoples GP record.

That's very significant because it means they can come and get advice perhaps on a Saturday when the GP service was closed and they can look up what their allergies are, perhaps see they've had a stroke, and then give them much better clinical advice.

– Jeremy Hunt

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Five people rescued by helicopter after being cut off by the tide near Newquay

The tourists became trapped near Tolcarne beach Credit: ITV News

Five people had to be rescued by helicopter after being cut off by the tide near Newquay.

The three men and two women were visiting Cornwall from London. They got trapped in a cove between Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze beaches at about 4.15pm on Saturday.

The RNLI launched both Newquay lifeboats before deciding to call in support from RNAS Culdrose.

The group was later winched from rocks to safety and returned to their holiday accommodation.

900 meals a month needed at Newquay Foodbank

Newquay Foodbank says it needs 900 meals a month Credit: ITV News

Newquay Foodbank says it needs 900 meals a month to keep up with demand.

The volunteer run service supports 1500 people in the town.

It's hoping today's Foodbank Friday event will bring enough donations for 250 meals.

It's so easy to end up in this situation, that's the scary thing and some people are just so ashamed that they can't manage to feed their children, it's really heartbreaking.

– Reverend Sandy Oskerby, Newquay Food Bank
Newquay Foodbank says it needs 900 meals a month Credit: ITV News

Foodbank Friday in Newquay

Foodbank Friday in Newquay Credit: PA: Danny Lawson

Newquay Foodbank is working in partnership with Newquay police to encourage people to donate to the foodbank.

Six venues across the town will be accepting donations throughout the day and items such as rice and cous cous are most needed.

Collection bins will be at:

  • Sailors Arms - Fore Street
  • Walkabout - The Crescent
  • Bullpit Smoke House and Bar - Beach Road
  • Cribbar - Gover Lane Lane
  • Whiskers - Gover Lane
  • Towan Blystra (Wetherspoons) Cliff Road

The Foodbank is happy to accept all donations of non perishable, in date, undamaged foods.

This is an excellent example of partnership work between the police, Newquay Foodbank and the participating licensed premises who are all part of Newquay Pubwatch.

I am particularly grateful for the support of these licensed premises.

– Insp Dave Meredith, Newquay Police

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Couple say their lives were put at risk after landlord failed to service their boiler

A young family from Newquay say their lives were put at risk by their landlord, who failed to have their gas boiler regularly serviced.

Jade Louise Ullrich, her partner Craig Steedman and 5 year old son Dylan moved into the property in Newquay, in July 2013.

A year later the family, including Jade, who was pregnant at the time with her second child, noticed a gas smell and called in Wales and West Utilities, which isolated the boiler.

An engineer later issued an “Immediately Dangerous” notice on the boiler. An investigation found six instances of the landlords’ gas safety checks not taking place within the legally required 12 month period.The dates ranged between five days and 15 months overdue.

Jade Louise Ullrich and her partner Craig Steedman say their lives were put at risk Credit: ITV News

I hadn't been feeling well for months and my doctor has now confirmed that carbon monoxide exposure could well be the reason I was feeling so awful all the time. It's not nice to know there's carbon monoxide in your home when you've got children.

– Jade Louise Ullrich

This week the Health and Safety Executive prosecuted landlords Andrew and Deborah Hopkinson at Truro Magistrates’ Court.

They each pleaded guilty to two breaches of gas safety regulations. Mr Hopkinson was fined a total of £7,000 and ordered to pay £209 costs. Mrs Hopkinson was also fined £7,000 with £209 costs.

It was fortunate that this incident did not lead to death or injury for the tenant or her young family. Landlords must ensure annual safety checks are carried out on gas appliances at their properties and ensure they are serviced and maintained in good working order.

– Simon Jones, HSE Inspector
The landlords were fined for breaching gas safety regulations Credit: ITV News

Newquay landslip 'could take months to repair'

Access to Great Western Beach could be blocked for some time Credit: ITV News

Engineers have been examining a massive 100 tonne landslip above a Newquay beach this morning.

Part of the cliff face has collapsed onto an access road leading to Great Western Beach.

CORMAC will be carrying out the repairs for Cornwall Council.

A team of structural engineers have been examining the site this morning and we'll be feeding back to Cornwall Council before any work is carried out. It's a 50 metre landslip and something this size could take several months to repair.

– Paul Allen, CORMAC
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