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Plymouth students "thought heroin was cocaine"

A sign in Amsterdam warning tourists about drugs Credit: ITV News

Two students from Plymouth have died after taking a lethal batch of heroin during a trip to Amsterdam. Their bodies were found in a hotel room just hours after taking the white powder.

Police believe they took the drug thinking it was cocaine and were targeted by the same street dealers linked to the death of another Briton a few weeks ago.

Students fall victim to white heroin in Amsterdam

A sign in Amsterdam warning tourists about drugs Credit: ITV News

Two men reported to be from Devon have died after allegedly taking white heroin in Amsterdam.

It's thought the students took the substance thinking it was cocaine. Their bodies were found on Tuesday. Police have confirmed the drug was heroin.

We found traces of white powder, we checked the white powder it looks like cocaine but it is not cocaine it is white heroin.

It is a massive problem and thats why we alert the British media - be aware, don't buy any form of hard drugs.

– Rob Van Der Veen, Amsterdam Police


Funeral for couple killed in Mawgan Porth tragedy

Family and friends will pay tribute to a Cornish couple who died while attempting to save four teenagers from drowning, at a joint funeral in Truro today.

Kevin Reynolds and Rachel Dunn, both from St Austell, died while trying to rescue the four boys from a dangerous rip current at Mawgan Porth beach last month. Mourners have been asked to wear bright colours.

Kevin Reynolds and Rachel Dunn. Credit: Family photographs
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Taunton poppy tin thief pleads guilty

A 32-year-old Taunton man who took a Poppy Appeal collection tin from the East Street McDonalds restaurant pleaded guilty to theft when he appeared at the town's Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Matthew Morgan, of no fixed abode, was arrested about half an hour after the theft was reported on Friday morning.

He will be sentenced at Taunton Crown Court on 28 November.

Police appeal after Penzance hit and run

CCTV footage showing the moment a pedestrian was struck by a car in Penzance has been released by police.

A local man received cuts and bruises, and received hospital treatment but fortunately was not seriously injured.

The collision occurred at around 2am on Sunday 12 October at the junction of Market Jew Street and Albert Road in Penzance.

Police have not been able to identify the driver and would like anyone with information, and any witnesses, to come forward.


Cornish children scatter thousands of poppy seeds

Children from two schools in Redruth have scattered thousands of poppy seeds to commemorate the Great War centenary.

180 children from Trewirgie Junior and Infants schools took part in a poignant remembrance ceremony in Victoria Park, to mark 100 years since the First World War broke out.

The children sang a song specially composed for the event by their teacher Helen Uglow.

They were joined by current servicemen and war veterans to sow the seeds of thousands of poppies in specially created borders throughout the park.

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Researchers probe Somerset WW1 memorial mystery

Thorne's name, as it appears on the Yeovil war memorial. Credit: ITV News

Researchers in Somerset are trying to solve the mystery of a man whose name appears on the war memorial in Yeovil.

They know he ('T. Thorne') died in World War One but all other information was thought to have been lost.

Now a photograph has be found and they are hoping, with the public's help, to build up the story of who he was.

We've got one part of the puzzle because we know his name and what he looks like. It's just finding those other people that fit in the background who can make the connections. We have a face of him in the photograph, but we want to see what was he like as a person? Does anyone know him? So we can remember him as fully as we can.

– Joseph Lewis, Community Heritage Access Centre
Thorn (second from left) in the newly-discovered photograph. Credit: ITV News
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