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Padstow: Boy, 5, dies after falling from harbour wall in Cornwall | UK News

A five-year-old boy has died after falling from a harbour wall in Cornwall.

The child was airlifted to Trelikse Hospital in Truro following the incident, which took place in Padstow around 11.45am on Saturday.

The boy, who has not been named but is from the local area, was then transferred to Bristol Hospital.

He later died with his parents present.

Devon and Cornwall Police say they are currently treating the boy’s death as an accident.

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Officers are carrying out enquiries on behalf of the coroner and have asked anyone with information to contact them.

“Our thoughts are with family and loved ones of the child during this difficult time,” a spokesperson for the force said.

The Great Cornish Bake Off? Greggs faces battle with local pasty makers as it eyes Cornwall expansion | UK News

Greggs says it wants to open new stores in Cornwall and the South West of England – in a move that could put the bakery chain toe-to-toe with traditional Cornish pasty makers.

The company’s boss, Roisin Currie, says the company is on track to open 150 new shops nationwide this year – and could open even more if the right sites become available.

She says the company is particularly interested in new sites in Cornwall and other areas of the South West of England.

Julie Martin from Pengenna Pasties prepares their version of a Cornish pasty in their bakery in Bude on September 9 2008 in Cornwall, England
File pic

It is set to open its fourth shop in Cornwall, at a business park in Saltash, today.

But Greggs – founded in Tyneside in 1939 and famed for its sausage rolls and steak bakes – will face a competitive grab-and-go market in the county, where the Cornish pasty has been a staple for hundreds of years.

“The opening strategy is going to plan and the new location in Cornwall is a key part of that,” Ms Currie said.

“Obviously we are a brand that started from the North and the natural growth of the business from there means there are some parts of the country, such as in Cornwall and the South West, where we see more scope to open sites.”

Greggs currently operates around 2,300 shops across the UK – and hopes to expand to more than 3,000 as part of its long-term growth strategy.

A number of new sites in the company’s growth plan target tourists and motorists, with openings at forecourts and service stations.

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In May, the bakery chain revealed in May that sales surged by nearly a fifth over the start of 2023 – despite the cost-of-living crisis.

It said its cheap meals remained “compelling” to cash-strapped consumers.

“We’re looking very positively towards the summer and hopefully this warm weather will mean more people out and about, and ultimately looking for somewhere to eat,” Ms Currie said.

Hosepipe ban extended in Cornwall and Devon and won’t be lifted until December ‘without drought-breaking rainfall’ | UK News

A hosepipe ban has been extended to include more of Cornwall and parts of Devon as the region continues to experience lower than average levels of rainfall.

South West Water said it was taking action to “break the cycle of drought”, with reservoir levels falling to their lowest recorded level last year and some water storage already lower than this time in 2022.

It said it hoped the ban would be lifted on 1 December “or sooner”, if the area received “drought-breaking rainfall”.

In a statement on its website, it said said: “Our water resources across the region remain under pressure and as we go into the summer period we have taken the necessary action to safeguard supplies and break the cycle of drought following lower than average levels of rainfall last year and throughout February.”

Three people killed after car crashes and catches fire in Cornwall | UK News

Three people including a 16-year-old boy have died after a car caught fire following a crash in Cornwall.

A group of teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Officers rushed to the A390 near St Ive, Liskeard, shortly before midnight on Tuesday after a car was reported to have left the road and caught fire.

The boy and two men aged 18 and 30 were found inside and declared dead at the scene.

Two girls and two boys from Liskeard were later arrested and remain in custody, the force said.

Officers also seized a vehicle believed to have been involved in the “tragic incident”.

Sergeant Tina Green, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives and our investigation remains ongoing to understand the full circumstances of how this tragic incident occurred.

“Whilst our inquiries are ongoing there will be an increased police presence in the area of the collision and in the wider Liskeard area.

“I would encourage anyone with information which might assist police and anyone who was travelling in the area and may have relevant dashcam footage to report it to us.”

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Speculation on social media

She added: “We are aware of some comments and speculation on social media and I would remind the public that there is a live and active police investigation in relation to this incident and therefore please refrain from speculating about the nature of the incident and those involved.

“If you see any social media commentary that you feel may assist our investigation, please report that to us also.”

Cosmic Girl jumbo jet lands back in Cornwall as UK’s historic space mission suffers setback | Science & Tech News

LauncherOne has suffered an “anomaly” and has failed to reach orbit – after being blasted into space in an historic launch from UK soil.

Carrying nine satellites for deployment in Earth’s lower orbit, LauncherOne shot off towards the stars from around 35,000ft above the Atlantic, having been carried skyward by a converted jumbo jet dubbed Cosmic Girl.

But shortly afterwards, Virgin Orbit, the operator of the launch, said: “We appear to have an anomaly that has prevented us from reaching orbit. We are evaluating the information.”

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The former Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 took off from Spaceport Cornwall, at the site of Newquay Airport, at just gone 10pm on Monday night, sparking wild cheers and applause from the 2,000 members of the public who were lucky enough to snag tickets.

Sky News’s science correspondent Thomas Moore said that although the rocket did seem to reach space successfully, “it does seem that at the last moment, the actual deployment of the satellites hasn’t worked”.

Cosmic Girl has since successfully landed back here at Spaceport Cornwall.

It set off from Newquay shortly after 10pm, and reached the drop point for LauncherOne – the 21 metre-long rocket that was nestled under its left wing – just before 11.15pm.

The plane touched down back on the southwest coast of England less than two hours after its departure.

Cosmic Girl
Cosmic Girl has returned back to Cornwall

LauncherOne was due to reach the other side of the world, ready to release the satellites another hour or so later.

Despite news of LauncherOne running into problems, Cosmic Girl was greeted by raucous applause from the hundreds of members of the public watching at the spaceport.

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A man and a child watch Britain's first satellite launch on a screen, at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in Cornwall, Britain January 9, 2023. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Thousands of people were at the spaceport for the launch

What kind of satellites were being deployed?

Unlike the large satellites taken into space by vertical rocket launches, like those carried out by NASA and SpaceX, Virgin Orbit – the operator of Monday’s Start Me Up mission – was dealing with far smaller hardware.

Only about the size of a cereal box, the newly-launched satellites were set to perform a range of tasks in space, such as maritime research and detecting illegal fishing and piracy, as well as national security.

They are also used for climate change observation.

Slowly but surely, Earth’s lower orbit is becoming much more crowded, as companies from Amazon to UK-based satellite company Iridium all holding a presence.

So too does Elon Musk’s satellite broadband company Starlink.

People travelling to Cornwall for New Year told to pack their own medication by NHS trust | UK News

People heading to Cornwall to celebrate New Year have been urged to pack their own first aid supplies as health services struggle under “extreme pressure”.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, which has urged people to only call 999 or visit A&E for life-threatening illnesses and injuries, advised people to pack pain relief, flu and cold remedy and rehydration powders, as well as any prescription medicines.

The trust tweeted the advice: “Heading to #Cornwall this #NewYear? Just in case, be wise and bring these three self-care kings! Pain relief, flu and cold remedy and rehydration powders. And don’t forget to pack any prescription medicines, too. #HelpUsHelpYou.”

The trust attached an image detailing what people should have in a first aid kit, including bandages, dressings, tweezers, scissors, antiseptic and medical tape.

South Western Ambulance Service, which covers the region, has declared a critical incident due to being under “extreme pressure”.

On Wednesday morning, it said there were 482 patients waiting for ambulances, with 106 patients awaiting handover at hospitals across the region.

Adrian Harris, chief medical officer of Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, described how emergency departments were under “incredible pressure”.

“I’m asking all of the public to think very carefully before attending, to think about using 111 either online or on a telephone, to think about going to their pharmacy, and when necessary contacting their general practitioner,” he said.

“We are very, very busy so please don’t attend unless absolutely necessary. If you’re in doubt and you think you need help, please come and see us. We’re open but we are very, very busy.”

Other trusts to declare a critical incident include Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which said there was “significant ongoing pressure on local NHS services”.

The trust has seen “record numbers” of people attending accident and emergency departments, calling 111, accessing GP services and calling 999, it said.

There are also “ongoing challenges in discharging patients who are well enough to leave hospital”, as well as an increase in staff sickness.

North East Ambulance Service declared a critical incident on 27 December, describing “unprecedented pressure across the health system”.

It said there were “significant delays” for more than 100 patients waiting for an ambulance, together with a reduction in ambulance crew availability to respond due to delays handing over patients at hospitals.