Bodmin local news

Bodmin murderer jailed for 28 years after stabbing rugby player outside nightclub

By Harold Callahan A 25-year-old man who murdered Michael Riddiough-Allen and injured four other people in a knife rampage outside a Bodmin nightclub has been jailed for a minimum...

Bodmin nightclub seeks to stay open later

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Bodmin cocktail bar has upset some of its neighbours by seeking to stay open until 1am. The MK Lounge Bar, in Omaha Road, is currently...

The battle of Bodmin now looks even more interesting, as Cornwall’s planners are told a proposed 540-home estate is at risk of being underwater

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans by Wainhomes to build a housing estate at Halgavor Moor have run into strong objections from the Environment Agency. The moor, rich in wildlife to...

Labour Party has a Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall

By Julia Penhaligon Labour has selected Robyn Harris as its Parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall. Ms Harris, from Wadebridge, works for Cormac.  She hopes to build on the progress...

Sick councillor granted leave of absence after failing to attend meetings for six months

By Julia Penhaligon A Cornwall councillor has been granted a leave of absence on the grounds of ill-health. Sharon Daw, a Conservative who represents the Lynher division, has not...

Bodmin stabbing: Jake Hill, 25, found guilty of murder

By Harold Callahan Jake Hill, 25, has been found guilty of murdering Michael Riddiough-Allen outside a Bodmin nightclub last year. The Truro Crown Court jury returned its verdict after...

Bodmin murder trial draws to a close

By Harold Callahan The trial of a man accused of murdering rugby player Michael Riddiough-Allen, 32, outside a Bodmin nightclub last year is drawing to a close. A Truro...

Lanivet chemical spill worries locals

By Harold Callahan Villagers at Lanivet, near Bodmin, are keen to find out more about an accident yesterday (Wednesday) which appears to have spilled a chemical into the environment....

“Horrific” conditions in Bodmin council house, as rents rise 7.7%

By Lee Trewhela A Cornwall councillor has spoken of the “horrific” child’s bedroom she found in a Bodmin council house. The room was riddled with damp, fungus and mould....

Just another day in the life of local government: nothing to see here

“Irregular process and activity?”  Surely not.  Thank goodness the disinfectant of transparency will ensure that the citizenry maintains full confidence in their elected tribunes.  If any members of Bodmin...

On yer bike: Cornwall to pilot “active travel” scheme in bid to boost health

By Anne North Cornwall is one of 13 areas in England chosen to promote “active” travel as an alternative to motoring. County Hall wants to encourage cycling and walking...

North Cornwall’s Lib Dems get their man

By Julia Penhaligon North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrats have selected solicitor Ben Maguire as their Parliamentary candidate for the forthcoming general election. Mr Maguire now seeks to fill the shoes...

Dramatic rescue after man gets stuck deep underground at former copper mine

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A man has been rescued after getting trapped deep underground in an abandoned mine on Bodmin Moor at Minions, Linkinhorne, east Cornwall. A group entered the...

Cornwall’s first “constructed wetlands” – aiming to prevent sewage polluting the River Camel – come a step closer

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Open air sewage bogs are to be created deliberately in two areas of North Cornwall to make it easier for property developers to realise profits. Land...

When the wind blows

The B3266 at Washaway, between Bodmin and Camelford, yesterday (Tuesday.)

Swamped: Cornwall’s developers told they can carry on house-building provided they help create new sewage bogs close to protected wildlife sites

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners look set to push ahead with a novel trading scheme in the New Year which would allow property developers to continue building houses close...

The long view: when you watch the news from Gaza tonight, remember the boys from Bodmin

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The tiny strip of land known as Gaza, clinging to the eastern Mediterranean coast, is only one tenth the size of Cornwall.  It is home to...

Fallen tree closed A38

The A38 between Bodmin and Dobwalls was closed in both directions yesterday afternoon (Sunday) when a large tree fell across the road.  National Highways diverted traffic while contractors cleared...

A30 on Bodmin Moor to close tonight while police investigate fatal accident

By Peter Tremayne The A30 over Bodmin Moor will close tonight (Sunday) so that police can resume their investigation into a fatal accident.  The closure will require long diversions....

Our Friends In The North: councillors demand a fair share of major road improvements

By Julia Penhaligon Councillors are asking County Hall to spend £60 million designing improvements to the A38 in North and South East Cornwall. In May the government announced it...

Tales of the Riverbank: Tories set to dump more sewage into Cornwall’s rivers in bid to protect house builder profits

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Communities secretary Michael Gove is set this morning (Tuesday) to rip up environmental rules and allow house builders to dump more sewage into rivers. Wildlife groups...

Bodmin man sent to secure mental hospital after threatening staff at office of local MP

By Peter Tremayne A judge has sent Ian Rogerson, 44, of Bodmin, to a secure psychiatric hospital after hearing how he entered the constituency office of North Cornwall MP...

Hands up if you would like to be Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in North Cornwall or St Ives

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has started the process for selecting Parliamentary candidates for the next general election in North Cornwall and St Ives constituencies. Both constituencies are...

Bodmin youth, 17, charged with murder

By Peter Tremayne A 17-year-old youth is due to appear before magistrates today (Wednesday) charged with the murder of another teenager in the early hours of Sunday morning. The...

17-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder in Bodmin

By Peter Tremayne A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of an 18-year-old in Bodmin. Devon and Cornwall Police said there was an...

Bodmin murder trial rescheduled to January

By Peter Tremayne The trial of three people charged in connection with the murder of a man outside a Bodmin nightclub in April has been rescheduled to next year....

Keep windows closed, warn firefighters, as flames rip through mid-Cornwall barn

By Peter Tremayne Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a large barn at Lockengate, near Lanivet, Bodmin. A thick plume of smoke is lying close to the ground and...

Bodmin murder update: two women charged

By Peter Tremayne Two further people have been charged with offences in connection with the death of Michael Allen in Bodmin on 30th April. Tia Taylor, 21, of Northey...

Much of Cornwall at “very high risk” of wildfires, says Met Office

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Large areas of north Cornwall are at “very high risk” of wildfires because of the hot, dry, weather, according to the Met Office. Last year saw...

Man denies Bodmin nightclub murder

By Peter Tremayne Jake Hill, 24, of Jubilee Terrace, Bodmin, has denied murdering Michael Allen outside a nightclub last month. Mr Hill has been remanded in custody until his...

Planners approve new school near Bodmin for pupils with special needs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have granted approval for a new school for children with special needs.  It will be on the outskirts of Bodmin, close to the town’s...

North Cornwall police constable fired for failing to disclose he had failed GCSE maths

By Peter Tremayne A North Cornwall police constable has been sacked for falsely claiming he had a GCSE qualification in maths. PC Kye Smith, who ran the force’s Twitter...

Date set for Bodmin murder trial

By Peter Tremayne The man accused of murder outside a Bodmin nightclub last week is to stand trial at Truro Crown Court on 6th November. Jake Hill, 24, of...

Bodmin man charged with murder

By Peter Tremayne Jake Hill, 24, of Jubilee Terrace, Bodmin, has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of 32-year-old Michael Allen outside a local nightclub in the...

Bodmin stabbing victim named

By Peter Tremayne The man killed in a stabbing incident near Bodmin’s Eclipse nightclub in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday) has been named. He was Michael Allen,...

Fatal accident on A30 brings death toll to seven in less than two weeks

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s roads have claimed another life – the seventh in less than two weeks. Police are investigating an accident between Two Bridges and Plusha on the...

Police arrest Bodmin man on suspicion of murder after stabbing

By Peter Tremayne Police are continuing to question a 24-year-old Bodmin man on suspicion of murder after a stabbing yesterday (Sunday.) A man in his 30s was confirmed dead...

North Cornwall farmer banned from keeping livestock

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A farmer from St Breward has been banned from keeping livestock for life after failing to provide adequate care for sheep and cattle and failing to...

North Cornwall dairy farm fined more than £60,000 for accident in which teenager fell through roof

By Peter Tremayne A St Tudy dairy farm has been fined more than £60,000 after one of its workers sustained multiple injuries when he fell more than 20 feet...

St Breward’s village shop set to close, while the Isles of Scilly observes the end of an era

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s most remote communities - St Breward on Bodmin Moor is to lose its “lifeline” local shop and Post Office. The St Breward Stores...

Council gives more time for wedding parties

By Richard Whitehouse A wedding venue has been granted permission to extend its opening hours which it says will not be used to “prolong the party” but to limit...

Helland Bridge badly damaged by another lorry, only six months after it reopened

By Graham Smith Only six months after it reopened, Helland Bridge, near Bodmin, has again been badly damaged by a lorry. The 15th century listed building, which spans the...

Police find weapons haul in Bodmin

By Peter Tremayne Bodmin police have arrested a man in his 50s in connection with four suspected offences, including possession of drugs and weapons. Officers recovered a collection of...

Strictly for the birds: starlings do their thing on Bodmin Moor

By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall photographer Peter Glaser has recorded what happened when thousands of starlings descended on him on Bodmin Moor.  A huge murmuration of the birds enveloped...

Hot Fuzz: police add to their arsenal of crime-busting kit with new four-wheel-drive buggy

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police will soon be able to chase villains all over Bodmin Moor, thanks to a new “all-terrain” vehicle. Not much larger than a...

How to spend £735,000 and deliver absolutely nothing at all: another County Hall cycle scheme looks like it’s going nowhere

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for another tourists’ cycle trail in Cornwall have already cost taxpayers nearly three quarters of a million pounds despite no construction at all. The Looe...

Youth court sentences following assault of homeless man in Truro car park

By Peter Tremayne Bodmin Youth Court has sentenced two 15-year-old boys for their part in assaulting a homeless man in a Truro car park earlier this year. Judge Jo...

Wednesday’s news briefing – the daily digest of Cornwall’s headlines

Back To Brown: County Hall tells North Cornwall property developers they can resume dumping sewage in the rivers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have agreed to relax the rules about phosphate pollution of the River Camel and its tributaries, signalling a green light to developers to resume...

Woman arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Bodmin “altercation” puts young man in hospital

By Peter Tremayne A St Austell woman in her 20s has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an incident in Bodmin last week which left a young...

New health scanning facility at Bodmin now open

By Anne North An important new NHS facility has opened in Bodmin, providing patients with a state-of-the-art diagnostic centre. It is the first good news for the Bodmin NHS...

Cornwall’s drought: Colliford reservoir still at only 26% – it should be nearly 70%

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It could be touch and go whether South West Water hits its target for reservoir levels to recover to 30% by the end of the year....

Ten of Cornwall’s leisure centres at risk of shorter opening hours

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The company which manages most of Cornwall’s leisure centres has said it plans to cut their opening hours in a bid to save money. GLL, trading...

Bude crematorium gets the go-ahead as planners vote 7-4 to back project

By Richard Whitehouse Controversial plans for a new crematorium in North Cornwall have been approved, by seven votes to four, despite hundreds of objections from local people. Planning permission...

REVEALED: Cornwall’s 16 “Investment Zones” where businesses won’t have to pay tax or worry about planning permission – but will the government scrap the idea next week?

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has finally published details of its interest in Investment Zones, one of the tax-cutting ideas of the 45-day Liz Truss government which helped crash...

New school planned for children with special needs at Bodmin

By Richard Whitehouse Plans have been submitted for a new school, specialising in children with social, emotional and mental health issues, to be built on a site just outside...

New phosphate calculator aims to change the way planners view pollution of the River Camel, where a development embargo has been in place for 18 months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Planners are hoping to ease the restrictions on property development in the River Camel area of North Cornwall. In April 2021 Cornwall Council was forced to...

Tearing up the green stuff? Cornwall’s Tories don’t know where to start

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s Conservatives appear to be fighting among themselves over where to start relaxing planning controls and tearing up environmental protections, ahead of tomorrow’s deadline (Friday) for...

Christmas tree nursery damaged by fire

By Peter Tremayne Fire has severely damaged a Christmas tree nursery near Bodmin.  It broke out at the Cedar Croft Nurseries and Storage at St Tudy at about 5.45pm...

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann gets key role in animal welfare at Defra

By Graham Smith The government has now published details of the role to be played by North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, appointed last week as a junior minister at...

Helland Bridge should reopen this evening, eight months after Cormac first started thinking about it

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Helland Bridge, west of Bodmin, should reopen for the first time in nearly eight months this evening. The narrow 15th century bridge, a Grade 1 listed...

Eight months after it was closed, work finally starts to repair Helland Bridge

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Nearly eight months after Helland Bridge was closed by a lorry crash, contractors have finally started work on repairs. Residents of Helland, near Bodmin, have had...

Jamaica Inn sold to national hotel group for £8 million

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Jamaica Inn, on Bodmin Moor, has been sold for approximately £8 million to a national hotel chain. The pub, made famous by Daphne du Maurier’s novel...

Repairs to Helland Bridge, closed since December, now due to start next week

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Residents of Helland, near Bodmin, have been told repairs to their bridge over the River Camel are now due to start next week.  The bridge has...

Bodmin’s women footballers evicted from Priory Park ground because the men now want to run two teams

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It looks as if any inspiration from the dramatic success of the England women’s football team on Sunday is going to take a while to reach...

Bodmin to tell the “untold” histories of working class life in rural Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Bodmin is to host an £8,000 photography exhibition celebrating the “untold” history of working class rural life in Cornwall. The “A Cornish Camera – Bodmin At...

How to ensure a clear water revival? River Camel and its tributaries remain plagued by pollution problems

By Rashleigh MacFarlane About 100 people attended a public meeting at The Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge, last night to discuss the continuing water pollution problems affecting the River Camel and...

Wadebridge leisure centre future secured: 1st September date for local “people power” triumph

By Graham Smith People living in and around Wadebridge will finally take over the management of their local leisure centre from 1st September, Cornwall Council has confirmed. Final approval...

Left hand, right hand – bridge repair people now look to September before locals can cross the River Camel

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Scaffolders have today (Monday) arrived at the footbridge between Egloshayle and Wadebridge for what would appear to be 10 weeks of repairs which will force local...

Helland Bridge repairs delayed again, because Cormac failed to apply for planning permission

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Fed-up residents of a North Cornwall hamlet, hugely inconvenienced for six months by Cormac’s failure to repair a small bridge over the River Camel, have been...

Rave On: Davidstow’s “Not The Jubilee” party continues to irritate some locals

By Peter Tremayne Hundreds of people are still at an impromptu music festival on Davidstow moor, near Camelford, despite a three-day police presence at the site. Officers have made...

The wrong kind of Jubilee party has North Cornwall residents up in arms

By Peter Tremayne With dozens of roads in Cornwall due to be closed for the Queen’s Jubilee street parties this weekend, police are warning people to avoid Davidstow, near...

Cornwall’s psychiatric patients risk being sent 142 miles to Bristol because of local bed shortage

By Anne North Psychiatric patients needing intensive care in Cornwall risk being sent to Bristol for treatment for at least the next five months, due to a shortage of...

All bridge repairs are equal, but in Cornwall, some are more equal than others

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Repairs to a bridge between Wadebridge and Polzeath are due to be completed tomorrow (Friday) following strong lobbying from the tourism sector. The Grade 2 listed...

Four day centres for adults with learning disabilities set to close

By Anne North Cornwall Council looks set to close, permanently, four day centres offering services to people with learning disabilities.  The centres are at Bude, Launceston, Bodmin and Newquay....

Three bridges over Cornwall’s River Camel all closed at the same time

By Graham Smith Another bridge over the River Camel is to close next week, bringing to three the number of crossings waiting for Cormac to carry out repairs. The...

Does Bodmin need an open river, instead of an underground stream, to deal with its serious flood risk?

By Graham Smith Flood defence works to Bodmin might involve the creation of an open river, replacing an underground stream which is at risk of collapse. The Environment Agency...

Closure of Helland Bridge has been good news for breeding birds

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An historic road bridge in North Cornwall, badly damaged by a lorry in December, is now likely to remain closed until July following the discovery of...

The curious case of the giant concrete “shed” which now dominates the skyline in an Area of Great Landscape Value

By Graham Smith There are calls for an inquiry into how Cornwall’s planners approved a huge agricultural building currently under construction in the Camel Valley Area of Great Landscape...

A bridge too far: Cormac prepares for major engineering task at Helland, as locals urge physical traffic-calming measures to prevent more damage in future

By Graham Smith A 15th century bridge over the River Camel in North Cornwall looks as if it will remain closed for weeks, despite the delivery of machinery and...

Bodmin in line for major NHS investment over next 10 years

By Anne North Cornwall’s health chiefs have been told they need to start thinking about the future development of the old St Lawrence’s hospital site, Bodmin, which looks set...

Don’t let it rain on Bodmin: who’s to blame for the collapsing town leat and flood risk?

By Rashleigh MacFarlane It looks as if urgent flood defence works in Bodmin will have to wait for lengthy and expensive litigation involving the town’s recently refurbished Jail hotel....

Helland bridge, closed by lorry crash in December, likely to remain closed until at least the end of April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An historic, narrow bridge in North Cornwall which has been closed since December could remain shut for months to come. Helland Bridge has long been used...

Bodmin car park at risk of “imminent” collapse with potential for catastrophic flooding

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Bodmin car park is in such a dangerous state that it is in danger of imminent collapse – leading to disastrous flooding in the town,...

Good news for lawyers: Bodmin Town Council, in a hole, plans to keep digging

By Graham Smith Bodmin town councillors meet this evening (Thursday) “to consider and agree taking legal action following vexatious Freedom Of Information requests.” Town councillors have been embarrassed by...

Jamaica Inn bans fox hunts, ending 100-year tradition

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Jamaica Inn has said it will no longer host fox hunts, after rowdy scenes at the weekend involving guests from the famous Beaufort Hunt, one of...

Light aircraft crash lands near Bodmin

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews were called to Bodmin airfield, Cardinham, yesterday afternoon (Saturday) after a light aircraft was blown off course on its approach and crash-landed in a...

“Have paint – can travel” – Cornwall councillor says he cannot complain if others now attempt DIY parking bays

By Graham Smith A Cornwall councillor has raised eyebrows in Lostwithiel after painting “unofficial” parking bays opposite his home. Liberal Democrat councillor Colin Martin has told his social media...

Application to change use of farm land to campsite

Planners have been asked to consider a change of use from agricultural land to a campsite at Tredinnick Farm, Luxulyan, near Bodmin.  The application seeks permission for 20-30 pitches,...

Fire sweeps through aircraft hangar at Cardinham

Fire investigators are trying to find out what caused a blaze at the Cornwall Flying Club headquarters at Cardinham, near Bodmin, last night.  A club member managed to get...

North Cornwall development embargo: planners think they have found a way to make progress

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have produced a calculator to help developers make progress with applications which have stalled because of an embargo on new building in the River...

Covid-19: Royal Cornwall hospital declares “critical incident” just 24 hours after health secretary says NHS pressure “is not unsustainable” – Cornwall’s MPs vow to act

By Anne North Cornwall’s only acute hospital has declared a “critical incident” due to unprecedented pressure on services. A “critical incident” goes beyond the previous OPEL 4 status, known...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s average infection rate flattens, as Bodmin becomes the new virus capital

By Anne North Cornwall's average Covid infection rate has again held steady at 551.5 cases per 100,000 population, which is 23% higher than the national average. This closing of...

Cornwall’s leisure centres: protestors to tell County Hall that the long and winding road which has led to today’s crisis has little to do with Covid, and everything to do with a contract signed in 2017

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors due to attend a “watchdog” meeting in Truro next week seem likely to be greeted by scores of protestors, objecting to proposals to scrap...

County Hall sharpens its axe, adding St Austell’s council offices to those it wants to chop

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is considering basing most of its office staff at three locations in Truro, Bodmin and Camborne - which could mean that...

Drive for 30 minutes before going for a swim, says council, as it lays out its case for closing four of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Leisure centres at Falmouth, Saltash and Wadebridge will close on 31st March next year unless local communities in those areas can think of plans to save...

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the star chamber, with no ******* money, as Cornwall Council considers closing leisure centres

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s Conservatives are bracing themselves for a series of grim headlines in the coming weeks as they start to see the implications of a County Hall...

Covid-19: Cornwall’s “enhanced” status will see door-to-door campaign urging vaccination

By Anne North Cornwall is set to be blitzed with Covid information next week, including a door-to-door campaign urging everyone over the age of 16 to get vaccinated. Cornwall...

Cornwall Council launches consultation on plans for another 780 houses near Bodmin, despite development embargo

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in Bodmin have been given until the end of November to have their say about another massive expansion of the town. Cornwall Council wants to...

Is your local leisure centre a “community asset” yet? County Hall gets ready to ask some hard questions

By Julia Penhaligon Communities across Cornwall are bracing themselves for a “public engagement and consultation” exercise intended to decide which local leisure centres will survive and which face closure....