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More than £40,000 raised for orphans in Sierra Leone

The aid will be carried out to Sierra Leone on the Gypsum Centennial, which has been undergoing a refit in Falmouth Credit: ITV News

More than £40,000 has been donated to a shipping company in Cornwall to help send vital provisions to an orphanage in Sierra Leone in time for Christmas.

A&P Falmouth started the appeal two weeks ago.

Later volunteers from Shelterbox and RNAS Culdrose will be packing up boxes to send to Africa.

Life has been hard in the West African country since war broke out and prices have risen. The situation is made even harder since the outbreak of ebola in March.


Plymouth students to be repatriated after fundraising target reached

Two Plymouth students who died in Amsterdam will be brought home after thousands of pounds was raised. It's believed that Shaun Brotherston and Bradley Price died after inhaling white heroin while celebrating Shaun's 21st birthday. Their friends have raised more than £9,000 to repatriate their bodies.

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.

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