Author: Rashleigh MacFarlane

Covid-19: South West “R” number is now between 0.7 and 1.1, says government

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The “R” number for Covid-19 in the south west remains relatively high, according to the government’s latest figures – between 0.7 and 1.1. If the “R”...

MP turns the heat on County Hall as fire destroys St Austell’s historic former primary school

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A row has broken out over the circumstances behind this morning’s (Wednesday) fire at the former Carclaze School, St Austell. Fire crews from across Cornwall were...

Lifeguards rescue 12 caught in rip currents at Porthtowan beach

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Porthtowan RNLI lifeguards responded to a flash rip current which lead to a mass rescue of 12 people yesterday (Monday.)  The rip current pulled the bathers...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s care homes make further progress, although a few are struggling

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There appears to have been further progress in improving Covid-19 security in Cornwall’s care homes, according to the most recent update of information supplied by each...

BBC axes local Inside Out programme and switches current affairs production to Bristol

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The BBC has axed its local current affairs programme, Inside Out.  The programme had been due to return this autumn, but BBC bosses announced this morning...

Covid-19 and the road less travelled: how working from home has helped Cornwall Council to save 230 trees and reduce car journeys by 42,000 miles per day

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Thousands of Cornwall Council staff have been told they can continue working from home until at least the end of August. Despite the government’s easing of...

23 Cornish schools succeed in bids for essential repairs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has named 23 schools in Cornwall which are among those to benefit from the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF), announced in April. The schools were...

Have fake tranquilisers killed three people in Cornwall? Town and parish councillors puzzle over “confidential” alert

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s town and parish councillors are puzzling over a “confidential” drugs briefing which warns of illegally-produced tranquilisers which might have caused three deaths. The notice was...

Covid-19 and Cornwall’s local lockdowns: a tale of mystery and suspense

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in Cornwall will not be told if there is a new outbreak of Covid-19 unless it directly affects them, according to County Hall officials. Public...

Another facelift for Redruth, as Historic England awards more cash

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Redruth is in line for a £4.6 million boost to help maintain its historic character. A £1.6 million grant from Historic England is expected to attract...

Internet giant Google gives Cornwall Reports $5,000 to expand Covid-19 coverage

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The internet and tech giant Google has awarded Cornwall Reports $5,000 to help strengthen coverage of news and current affairs during the Covid-19 crisis. Cornwall Reports...

Cornwall to keep its “temporary” Covid-19 mortuary

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The “temporary” 900-space mortuary at Newquay Airport will remain in place for the foreseeable future, Cornwall Council has confirmed. A decision whether to decommission the £1.4...

Cornwall Pride is “Unleashed” on Sunday

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s LGBT community is looking forward to a “virtual tour” this weekend, ahead of the traditional Cornwall Pride event which is still scheduled for the end...

Covid-19: no new cases reported in Cornwall for second successive day

By Rashleigh MacFarlane No new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Cornwall yesterday (Monday) – for the second day running. Government statistics tend to report significantly lower numbers at...

1,000 take part in Truro anti-racism protest

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Hundreds of people packed onto Truro's Lemon Quay yesterday (Monday) to protest against racism, and insist that Black Lives Matter.  Organisers think about 1,000 took part....

Covid-19: no new cases recorded in Cornwall in past 24 hours

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There were no new cases of Covid-19 at all confirmed in Cornwall yesterday, according to official NHS data – a comfort to those keen to ease...

Falmouth University stands still at 77th in the latest national league table

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Falmouth University has held its place in the latest Good University Guide league tables. The university is today ranked 77th, the same as last year, in...

All-Party group of MPs calls for “small abattoirs” strategy

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An all-party group of MPs has called for a new strategy to help small abattoirs, as both Covid-19 and Brexit force communities to consider ways of...

Cornish Seal Sanctuary says continuing Covid-19 lockdown threatens its future

Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornish Seal Sanctuary says it is facing an uncertain future because of the continuing Covid-19 lockdown, which has forced it to close its doors since March....

Police in Cornwall, and council, issue fines to would-be campers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Campers staying in caravans, campervans and tents overnight are breaking COVID-19 laws and face a fine or prosecution, Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police have...