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School boy seriously hurt

The police today gave details of a serious road accident in Hayle in Cornwall. An 11-year-old boy was walking on Loggans Road around 8.40 in the morning on Friday December 7th when he was hit by a silver Audi A2.

The boy has been taken to Frenchay Hospital near Bristol for further treatment where he remains in a serious condition.


Ash dieback confirmed in West Cornwall

Ash dieback found in Cornwall Credit: ITV Westcountry

The foresty commission has confirmed there are now five suspected infected areas where ash dieback is present in the South west.

One of the latest outbreaks is in the West of Cornwall near Camborne. They are all at recently planted sites and the young trees, that may have come from the same nursery, will be destroyed.

Traditional boat-building put to the test

Traditional boat-building skills have been put to the test in Lyme Regis today.

A large crowd turned out to watch the launch of a group of vessels made by students at the town's Boat Building Academy. It offers training in traditional woodworking skills. The boats included sailing dingies and canoes, and have been built in just five months.

Silent auction raises money in aid of M5 Crash

The final bid for the signed helmet was £120 Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire

Devon and Somerset fire and rescue held a silent auction to raise money for two charities who supported the service during the M5 Crash.

Items donated include a helmet signed by Jenson Button. The final winning bid was £120.

The money will go to The Fire Fighters Charity and SAVES - Somerset Accident Voluntary Emergency Service.


Cornwall eco-towns put on hold

5000 homes were included in the plans Credit: ITV Westcountry

Plans for a series of eco towns in Cornwall have been put on hold.The firm behind the scheme said it was waiting for the economy to improve. It had planned to build 5000 homes around disused china clay pits near St Austell.

Devon's roads praised in survey

Devon has ranked second best in a national survey on highways and transport.

The survey of public satisfaction covered 75 English and Welsh local Highways Authorities. Devon County Council was rated the best for managing roadworks and congestion.

This survey again demonstrates that we are providing high quality highways and transport services and I’m pleased that is being recognised. The responses to this survey are valuable in helping us recognise what is important to people and where improvements can be made

– Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council

Police appeal for information after Bude crash

Police are appealing for information following a crash near Bude yesterday which left a 21-year-old man seriously injured.

A Honda Civic was travelling on the B3254 when it collided with a parked Toyota in a layby.

The driver was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth by air ambulance. The man, who is from Launceston, remains in intensive care.

The road was closed for around six hours yesterday while forensic officers investigated.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at around 11.35am.

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