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Party leaders in last-ditch bid for West Country votes

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg started a country tour at Land's End today. Credit: PA Wire

With just two more days of campaigning to go, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are back in the West Country again.

Both are in Cornwall today, which is regarded as a key Lib Dem and Tory battleground. Both parties currently have three seats each in the county.

Nick Clegg has been in Penzance this morning, as part of a Land's End to John O' Groats trek across the country, arguing that his party is the only way to avoid left and right-wing extremes. We asked him for his message to West Country voters.

Cameron talks jobs, schools and Cornwall stadium

The Prime Minister talks to supporters at a scaffolding yard in Penzance today. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Prime Minister has made an economic pledge to Cornwall today - setting out plans to create 15,000 new jobs, 5,000 new primary school places, and more money for the local NHS and roads.

He also said he would make a sports stadium for Cornwall a priority. The Cornish Pirates rugby club, which supports the Stadium 4 Cornwall campaign and would want to move to a future stadium, reacted positively to the promise.

We welcome the Prime Minister’s comments and now look to local politicians to deliver what the people of Cornwall want and need ... We remain 100% committed to working with the other Stadium Partners on taking our scheme for S4C back to Cornwall’s planning committee in June.

– Ian Connell, Chairman of the Board, Cornish Pirates

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Three people arrested in connection with Penzance murder

The victim arrived at West Cornwall Hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning Credit: ITV News

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 32-year-old man in Penzance last week.

The man, thought to be Lithuanian, was brought into West Cornwall Hospital around 4.15am last Tuesday. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detectives are continuing their enquiries to establish the circumstances of the man's death and are awaiting post mortem results. Officers are conducting enquiries within the Penzance area and are appealing for anyone who many have information to contact police.

The two men and women, (aged 39, 44, and 29) who were arrested, have now been released on bail.

"We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident of the events beforehand to contact police.

"While clearly concerning, we would like to reassure the community that this appears to be an isolated incident."

– Devon & Cornwall Police

Stricken paddle boarder meets his rescuers

A paddle boarder who was rescued by the RNLI after drifting for six hours in freezing seas has been meeting his rescuers.

Musician Joe Holtaway from Penzance had taken his board out for an evening surf in November last year.

As darkness fell he became too tired to paddle back to shore, and despite wearing a wetsuit he began to suffer hypothermia.

A search and rescue operation was sparked after a local woman found his clothes and bike on the shore.

Penlee Lifeboat crew were able to locate him after a difficult three hour search.

A paddle boarder who was rescued by the RNLI after drifting for six hours in freezing seas has met his rescuers Credit: ITV News

Joe has been meeting the crew that saved him today ahead of a fundraising evening he's planning on 9th May.

Joe's Big Thank You night is at The Mill Bar and Restaurant in Penzance on 9th May at 7pm.

The RNLI says it's holding its own Mayday fundraising event from 1st-4th May, and is looking for people to volunteer for collections.

I am deeply touched and as deeply grateful to everyone involved in saving my life. My family and I wanted to show our heartfelt thanks to the RNLI and everyone involved and thought a big night of music and entertainment would be a perfect way to get everyone together to celebrate the charity's Mayday event.

– Joe Holtaway

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Cat statue worth £10,000 was almost thrown out

This bronze cat could make more than £10,000 at auction today Credit: David Lay Auctions

An ancient Egyptian statue, that was nearly thrown away in a house clearance, goes under the hammer at an auction in Cornwall today.

The bronze bust of a cat, thought to date from the 26th dynasty is expected to reach more than £10,000 when it goes on sale in Penzance this morning.

Cornish hotel cat is stolen

Police want to speak to the person in the hoody about the disappearance of Jerry the cat Credit: Penzance Hotel

A hotel cat from Cornwall - who is so popular he's been written about on Trip Advisor - has been kidnapped.

Jerry, the 13-year-old blue Burman, was taken from Hotel Penzance last week. CCTV shows a man talking to the pet before apparently making off with him.

Thousands spent on repairing storm damage in Penzance

Thousands spent on repairing storm damage in Penzance Credit: ITV News

More than £200,000 is being spent to replace and revamp the railings along Penzance's Promenade.

The waterfront was battered by storms last February, with powerful waves tearing up the paving, wrecking the Jubilee Pool and damaging railings which have stood for over 100 years.

The historic iron vertical poles have stood along the Penzance seafront for more than one hundred years.

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