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A cheque for £1,400 was presented to Paul Wickes MBE, deputy chair of the Falmouth RNLI appeal committee, by Camborne Angling Association at their headquarters at the Holman Sports Club in Camborne. The Association is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and as the anglers feel strongly about the importance of the RNLI, they wanted …

Twelve people were injured – three of whom had to be cut free from the wreckage of their vehicles – as another major crash yesterday added to the grim catalogue of accidents on one of the West Country’s major routes. The latest serious incident on the A38 – which caused hours of widespread traffic chaos …

The body of a woman believed by police to be missing Swanage student Gaia Pope has been found. Specialist officers leading a massive search for 19-year-old Gaia discovered the body of a woman near Swanage at around 3pm yesterday, near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were found on Thursday. …

Avon and Somerset Police have revealed fears that the plague of offenders aiming to “groom” children for sexual exploitation is expected to worsen across the region. The warning to parents, grandparents and teachers comes as the force – which is now monitoring 2,000 sex offenders in its area – made a series of raids as …

West Country schoolchildren will be singing for a pot of gold this week when they help the BBC bid to try break all records at the Children In Need fund-raiser. Last year the big-hearted appeal which has become part of modern culture raised its most money ever, a total of more than £60 million with …

Jason Takor, aged five, from Filton, Bristol, has been chosen as the face of a national fundraising campaign for the children and young people’s cancer support charity CLIC Sargent. In the run up to Christmas, Jason, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last year, is appearing on posters in H. Samuel stores nation- wide to …

Bristol MP Darren Jones has voiced urgent fears of students “ruining their lives” by racking up huge debts from gambling after hearing how one undergraduate in the city lost £4,000 in one day. UK students faced with soaring tuition fees are turning to gambling in increasing numbers and the National Union of Students has called …

Bristol hero Dr Paul Stephenson was hailed on national TV this week as “Britain’s own Martin Luther King” as he was honoured for his pioneering work against racism which changed the nation. Dr Stephenson was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Daily Mirror’s Pride Of Britain ceremony attended by Prince William, the Prime …