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Cornish charity says more aid is needed for refugees in Greece

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Cornwall-based charity ShelterBox continues to help with the migrant crisis in Greece.

Aid workers are on the island of Lesbos delivering tents to Syrian refugees, for many of whom Greece is a gateway to the rest of Europe.

Sam Hewett, who is part of the team on the island, told us more aid is needed.

A quiet day in terms of people arriving is about 1200 people. A busier day is 2,000, and it's predicted that it'll be up to 3,000 people per day arriving in Greece and on Lesbos for the next two months.

– Sam Hewett, Operation Co-ordinator, ShelterBox
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Cornish charity helps migrants in Greece

The Cornish charity Shelterbox is providing help to thousands of migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos. They've arrived from Turkey, although many began their journeys in Syria or Afghanistan.

A woman and a child at the Tepe Transit Camp Credit: Shelterbox
Abandoned lifejackets in Lesbos Credit: Shelterbox
Lesbos transit camp Credit: Shelterbox
Migrants board a bus for processing Credit: Shelterbox

"The situation on Lesbos is unlike most other humanitarian crises in that the population needing help is transitory, only staying for as long as it takes to get the necessary papers allowing onward travel."

– Rachel Harvey, Shelterbox

ShelterBox has had a team on Lesbos assessing needs and talking to local officials about how it can help. Now, later this week, a second team will return to oversee the distribution of 100 tents across the islands, with 70 of these allocated to Lesbos. Here they will be allocated to create a new site, and to ease pressures on the existing camps


Inquest due to begin into the deaths of three surfers

An inquest is due to begin into the deaths of three people at Mawgan Porth in October last year.

Kevin Reynolds died at Mawgan Porth in October last year Credit: Family

44-year-old Kevin Reynolds and his partner 42-year-old Rachel Dunn both from St Austell, and another man Stuart Calder from Leeds died after getting into difficulty in heavy surf.

Rachel Dunn died alongside her partner Kevin Reynolds Credit: Family
Stuart Calder, who also died, was from Leeds

Petition calls for resignation of Chief Constable

Petition calling for resignation of Chief Constable Credit: ITV News

A petition calling for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police to resign is being handed over to the Police and Crime Commissioner later today.There has been growing pressure for Nick Gargan to step iown after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges last month. More than a thousand people have signed the petition.


US warship arrives in Plymouth for five day visit

Navy rocket destroyer USS Jason Dunham has arrived in Plymouth. Credit: Michal Fludra / Demotix / PA Images

The USS Jason Dunham has arrived for a five day visit to Plymouth.

The 300 strong crew on board are planning visits to Plymouth's Mayflower Steps and Stonehenge while they're in the UK.

The ship is on her way home from a major exercise in the Baltic which also involved the Devonport based commando assault ship, HMS Ocean.

She is named after a US Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honour posthumously for saving the lives of his colleagues in Iraq.

'He was my best friend': Widow of Bodmin man killed in Tunisia pays tribute at funeral

Stephen Mellor's last act was to try to shield his wife from gunfire. Credit: ITV News

A widow whose husband died trying to protect her from gunfire in Tunisia says he was the best thing that happened in her life.

59-year-old Stephen Mellor from Bodmin was shot on a beach near Sousse, in an attack which saw 38 people killed.

Cheryl Mellor's eulogy to her husband was read out at the service. Credit: ITV News

Today his wife Cheryl - who is still recovering from her injuries - was finally able to pay tribute to her husband at his funeral, in a eulogy written from her hospital bed.

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The church was packed with mourners there to honour the life of Stephen Mellor. Credit: ITV News

Claire Manning has this report from Bodmin.

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