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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.

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Charity busker "devastated" over Facebook row

Charity busker Credit: ITV News

A 10 year old busker who has raised over £34,000 for the Children's Hospice South West has had her fundraising Facebook page shut down, because she's too young to use the site.

Violinist Madison Glinski started playing in the street in St Ives and Truro when she was nine.

Her Facebook page was used to chart her fundraising and had over 100,000 page views, along with videos and messages of thanks from families who use the Little Harbour hospice in Cornwall.

But because she is under Facebook's age 13 restriction, the page has been closed down, despite pleas from mum Teressa who was updating the page on her daughters behalf.

We woke up to find our account had been blocked and communications from Facebook wanted clarification of Madison's date of birth. I explained to them our operations on Facebook and I completely agree with their age rules. All we really wanted was her community page saved, and I asked many many times for them to allow me to go back and be an administrator but they weren't going to allow that.

– Teressa Glinski

It means Madison has lost her online photos, videos and messages charting her fundraising since last August.

"It makes me feel very upset and devastated really and I feel a bit robbed, they were all my photos and everything."

– Madison Glinski

Facebook has told the family it was acting in accordance with the sites rules.

Cornish MP queries value of 111 NHS helpline after one caller was asked "Are you conscious?"

A Cornish MP has queried the value of the 111 NHS helpline after one of his constituents was asked "Are you conscious?"

Andrew George, who is the Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, said the system faced "meltdown" over the Christmas period and was based 200 miles away in Newport, South Wales.

Minister Norman Lamb said it was important to keep the system under review.

Cornish MP says Elgin marbles are "stolen booty"

The Elgin marbles at the British Museum Credit: PA

A Cornish MP has joined the controversy over the Elgin Marbles, saying they should be returned to Greece.

Andrew George, Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, described the sculptures - which once the adorned the Parthenon in Athens - as "stolen booty".

The issue was raised in the Commons, where a minister replied that the government contends that they are legally owned by the British Museum and on display free of charge.

Elderly woman dies after accident in Cornwall

The elderly passenger of a car involved in a crash near St Ives last month has died.

The collision involving three vehicles took place on St Ives Road in Carbis Bay just after 5pm on Sunday 28 September.

Frances Hancock, who was in the Mercedes, was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital but died from her injuries yesterday, Wednesday 14 October.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the accident.

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St Ives lifeboat appeal raises £100,000

The Queen greeting the RNLI crew of the existing lifeboat at St Ives in May 2013 Credit: PA

The RNLI in St Ives has taken a huge step towards getting a new Shannon Class lifeboat.

The Queen launched the appeal in May 2013 and it's raised more than £100,000.

It's hoped the town will take delivery of the lifeboat in autumn 2015.

Partner pays tribute to artist found dead in Cornwall

The body of Lucy Bray was found on on Constantine Beach Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The partner of a woman whose body was found on a beach in Cornwall says she had a "love of nature and landscape" and "loved to paint spontaneously".

39 year old Lucie Bray went missing from St Ives earlier this month. Her body was found four days later on Constantine Beach near Padstow.

Her partner, Morag Robertson, said “I would like to thank the emergency services, and the police in particular, who have shown great sensitivity and respect for both Lucie and me.

"I also thank all our friends in St Ives and beyond who have been so supportive and who I know will be a support to me in future.”

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