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Tsunami victim's mother raises money for Cornish aid charity

A mother whose daughter died in the Tsunami that devastated South East Asia more than ten years ago has held a fund raising event for one of the charities who responded to the disaster, Cornish-based ShelterBox.

Wendy Perry, from Truro, says it's a fitting memorial to her daughter who was always willing to help others.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports:

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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.

Man dies after collision near Truro

A man in his twenties has died after his car left the road and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have been informed.

The crash happened at Perranarworthal on the A39 near Truro.

The Truro-bound carriageway of the A39 remains closed while officers carry out a forensic examination of the scene. Drivers are asked to find an alternative route.

Woman charged with murder after 2008 care home fire

A woman has appeared in court charged with murder after a fire in Truro in 2008.

Gladys Rowe died in the fire at the Rosewyn House care home. The home is now under new ownership and is run as a drug rehabilitation centre.

Gladys Rowe died in a fire in 2008 Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

41-year-old Karen Pedley from Carharrack near Redruth is accused of starting the fire. She's facing a murder charge as well as six other charges of causing criminal damage by fire with intent to endanger life.

Mrs Pedley entered no plea at Truro Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody.

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Fixers: taking on the body beautiful

An aspiring actress from Cornwall is tackling the modern pressure to look perfect and trying to boost young people's self-confidence with a new project.

18-year-old Maddie Wilshire from Truro used to have huge problems with her weight as she struggled to live up to the idealised images she saw everywhere in magazines and on screen.

Now she's trying to help people celebrate their differences rather than wishing they looked like everyone else. She's teamed up with Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to produce posters and postcards celebrating those differences.

Click below to watch her inspiring story:

For more information visit the Fixers website.

93 year old falls 15ft into Truro river on mobility scooter

The scooter remains stuck in the mud

A 93 year old man had to be winched to safety after his mobility scooter fell into a muddy river.

The man and his disability scooter went into Garras Wharf in Truro this morning.

Witnesses say the tide was out and the man landed in thick mud. He tried to pull himself out, but was firmly stuck in the riverbed.

Police, fire, ambulance and coastguard all attended the scene, the gentleman was wrapped in a thermal blanket as emergency services planned how to get him out safely.

He suffered cuts to his face and was pulled free an hour later by firefighters using an aerial platform.

Emergency services said it was a "miracle" the man survived the fall.

I think anyone would be lucky to fall from that height and be in good condition. But this gentlemen is 93-years-old, and he was happily talking away.

It is a miracle he has been able to tell us who he is, how old he is and where he is from.

We always have the additional risk of the tide in situations like this. The tide plays a big factor. If we had had bad weather it would have been a lot more dangerous.

– Nathaniel Hooton, Truro fire station manager

Efforts are now being made to remove the scooter from the mud before the tide begins to come in.

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