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Cornish girl walks for the first time after years in a wheelchair

A young girl from Cornwall who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy has walked for the first time after taking up surfing.

Eight year old Madison Eddy, from Redruth, was born three months premature and had spent her life in a wheelchair.

But after a six week surfing course in St.Ives she's now walking without help.

Margaret and Martin Eddy Madison's adopted parents were overwhelmed seeing their daughter walk.

Fire crews tackle chemical spill near Redruth

People are being advised to avoid the area around Dudnance Lane. Credit: Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service

Fire crews are dealing with a chemical spill at a laundry company in Pool, near Redruth.

The incident started after a drum reportedly fell off a lorry on Dudnance Lane. The area has been cordoned off, with crews from six areas on the scene, along with police and ambulance services.

People are being advised to avoid the surrounding area.

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WATCH: 18-month-old baby gets her sea legs

A baby girl from Cornwall has become an internet sensation with her swimming skills.

Seija Reeves-Shearn, who is just 18 months old, managed to paddle a distance of four metres at the Swim Academy in Redruth. Mum Ellen who works at the academy is delighted.

"I'm immensely proud of Seija - she's a real water baby. She's been coached by me and other members of the team at the Swim Academy. It's amazing to know that she knows how to 'reach' and she is very aware that she is alright and in a safe place."

– Ellen Reeves-Shearn, Seija's mum

Family distraught after grave robbed

A family from Redruth in Cornwall say they're devastated by the theft of items from their daughter's grave.

Karen May died four years ago. Credit: ITV News

Karen May died from cervical cancer four years ago. When her relatives came to lay flowers on what would have been her birthday, they found two handmade stone angels, a plaque and candles had been stolen.

Two handmade stone angels were among the objects stolen. Credit: ITV News

She's been here four years, and it's hard enough to lose a daughter without something like this happening as well. There's no need of it - it's not valuable to anybody else but us, the family. It's not worth anything, so just don't know know why anybody would do such a thing.

– Carol Dungey, Mother
The family are devastated by the thefts. Credit: ITV News
The family lost Karen to cervical cancer. Credit: ITV News

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Body found in search for pensioner from Redruth

Police searching for Carol Hendy, known as Elsie, have found a body Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police searching for a missing 71-year-old woman from Redruth have found a body at the foot of cliffs at Porth Cadjack Cove, between Portreath and Gwithian.

Carol Hendy, known as Elsie, was reported missing yesterday, Tuesday 23 December.

Her next of kin have been informed.

Live at Heartlands: Redruth hosts major music festival

The Live at Heartlands line up includes UB40, the The Boomtown Rats and Happy Mondays.

5000 people are expected at a new music festival in West Cornwall.

The Live at Heartlands line up includes UB40, the The Boomtown Rats and Happy Mondays. The three day festival is the first major event to be staged at the forming mining site in Pool.

Organiser Angela Young told ITV News that it signals a renaissance for the Duchy's music scene.

We lost the Cornwall Colosseum about fifteen years ago and since then we haven't had the venue for these kind of bands so the idea of the fesitval is to provide a venue where band can come down and reach their Cornish audience again.

– Angela Young, organiser

UB40 haven't played Cornwall in 30 years. Also in the line up is Fun Lovin' Criminals drummer Frank Benbini with his band Radio Riddler.

It's great to be in Cornwall, we were very excited when we got this gig booked. It's a beautiful part of the world.

– Frank Benbini, Radio Riddler

Two people arrested in Redruth after suspected cannabis plants seized

Two people have been arrested after suspected cannabis plants have been found at a property in Pool, Redruth. Police raided the house in Wheal Agar in the early hours of this morning where 21 suspected cannabis plants were found in a garage.

A 45-year-old woman and 60-year-old man, both from Redruth, were arrested on suspicion of the production of class B drugs and taken to Camborne police station at around 4am.

The man was also arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled drug and concerned in supply.

Rugby tribute match for Cornish soldier

Rugby tribute match for Cornish soldier

A rugby match in tribute to a cornish soldier who died in Afghanistan is underway in Redruth this evening. Corporal James Walters from Leedstown was killed in a helicopter crash 3 weeks ago.

Friends and family organised the game to celebrate the life of James, who was a keen player at Redruth Rugby Club

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