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Two thousand flags planted in Launceston fields

It took Caronline Cleave and Franca Westaway more than three hours to plant the flags. Credit: Oxfam

Two Cornish women completed a 'secret' art installation by planting 2,000 flags in fields near Launceston.

It took Caronline Cleave and Franca Westaway months to make the red fabric decorations by hand, and over three hours to plant them this morning.

The piece is called 'Have a Heart for Syria' and will raise money for Oxfam's crisis appeal campaign.

It comes on the same day as pictures of children killed in a suspected nerve gas attack emerge from Syria.

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Grandfather murder was "truly shocking"

A teenager who murdered his frail 91 year old grandfather by breaking his neck as he robbed him of his £300 pension, was jailed for life.

A court heard the victim was able to tell several people it was his grandson who had attacked him before he died three days later.

Stephen Lang had admitted manslaughter as his trial got underway at Truro Crown Court last week but he was convicted of murder by a jury.The judge, Mr Justice Hamblen, jailed him for life and said he must serve a minimum of fifteen years behind bars.

"This was a terrible crime committed on a defenceless 91 year old man by his grandson.

"Stephen Lang grabbed Tom by the throat in his sheltered accommodation flat, lifted him out of his chair and threw him to the floor. He then stole £300 from his grandfather's wallet which was hidden under his pillow before leaving him for dead on the floor."I cannot begin to understand Stephen Lang's motiviation for this crime ... that he could inflict these injuries on his own grandfather is truly shocking."

– Det Insp Stuart Ellis, Devon & Cornwall Police

Grandfather murderer's sentence pushed to Monday

A man convicted of killing his grandfather will not be sentenced until Monday.

Stephen Lang was found guilty of killing 91-year-old Tom Lang yesterday and his sentence was due to be given this morning at Truro Crown Court.

Stephen Lang attacked his grandfather in his sheltered accommodation, lifting him from his chair, throwing him to the floor and then stealing £300 from his wallet. The pensioner died three days later.

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