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'Service failures' at hospital
A private firm hired to provide cleaning and catering services at a hospital repeatedly failed to meet standards, it emerges.

Arctic bowhead whale seen off Scilly
A bowhead whale rarely spotted south of the Arctic has been seen off the Isles of Scilly, wildlife watchers say.

Crash-land Navy pilot awarded medal
A Royal Navy officer who crash landed a historic plane at an air show is awarded the Air Force Cross.

Health trusts move off 'black alert'
Cornwall and a major health trust in Devon are taken off "black alert" status, NHS managers say.

Councils make £50m from sell-offs
Cash-strapped Cornwall Council raises £28m over the last three years by selling off land and buildings, figures reveal.

Police fail to reach 999 target
Devon and Cornwall Police are failing to reach more than a quarter of 999 calls within their target time, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

Tasers drawn on '400 children in 2013'
Devon and Cornwall Police were among forces more likely to deploy Taser stuns guns, including on under-18s, in 2013, figures obtained by the BBC show.

Libor fines benefit air ambulances
Air ambulance charities are to receive £250,000 each from the government as part of the Libor fine fund.

Truro offer new ground to Pirates
Truro City chairman Peter Masters says rugby union side Cornish Pirates are welcome to share his club's planned new stadium.

From lightsabers to sabre fencing
Truro's Star Wars inspired fencing club

Magna Carta cake replica on display
Magna Carta cake replica on display

St Austell eye FA Vase semi-finals
St Austell must focus on beating Ascot United and reaching the FA Vase semi-finals, says manager Phil Lafferty.

Truro ready for Cirencester trip
Truro City boss Steve Tully says his side must not take Cirencester Town lightly when the two sides clash in the Southern Premier League.

Redruth 'coming together', says Cook
Veteran Redruth forward Damien Cook says "things are coming together" under head coach Steve Larkins.

Bristol sign Cornish Pirates duo
Cornish Pirates duo Tom Kessell and Jamal Ford-Robinson sign for Championship rivals Bristol for next season.

Saints bring in Kessell from Pirates
Northampton Saints will sign Cornish Pirates scrum-half Tom Kessell for the 2015-16 season.

BBC News | UK | World Edition
Extremists 'not radicalised by MI5'
Extremists like the Islamic State militant known as 'Jihadi John' are not radicalised through contact with security services, ex-MI6 chief Sir John Sawers says.

Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

Labour pledges £6,000 tuition fees
Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.

Spy watchdog 'taken in' by spies
Tory MP David Davis accuses Sir Malcolm Rifkind's Intelligence and Security Committee of being taken in by the "glamour" of spying and failing to do its job properly.

Priest found guilty of sex abuse
A Catholic priest is found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children's home in west London.

Fearne Cotton is leaving BBC Radio 1
The DJ is leaving the music station for a "new chapter" and has also revealed she is expecting another baby.

Pakistani massacre boy gets UK care
A Pakistani boy who was seriously wounded during a school massacre undergoes surgery in Birmingham, paid for by his country's government.

Lloyds to resume dividend payments
Lloyds Banking Group confirms that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.

Farage: UKIP backs Tories on deficit
Nigel Farage says UKIP will back Conservative efforts to eliminate the deficit by 2018 but only if they stick to their plans.

PSNI appeal over poster bomb attack
Police appeal after Frank McCabe Jr is seriously injured in Crossmaglen booby trap poster bomb.

'No question' of tax referendum
Calls for a referendum on income tax powers for Wales are rejected by the first minister, despite a pledge by David Cameron on minimum funding.

Man cleared of dog walker murder
A 21-year-old man is cleared of murdering 53-year-old Jean Campbell in a Glasgow park.

Start date for 'Devo Manc' NHS plan
Greater Manchester will begin taking control of its health budget from April after a devolution agreement is signed by the Chancellor George Osborne.

Sir Cliff's lawyers criticise MPs
Sir Cliff Richard's lawyers criticise a parliamentary committee for publishing a letter about the police inquiry into sex abuse allegations against the singer.

'No barriers' to income tax poll
A new devolution package for Wales removes "the last remaining barriers" to an income tax referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron says.

Man who raped boy at nursery jailed
A man who was found guilty of raping a young boy at a nursery and of sexually abusing a girl is jailed for eight years.

Prince pays war dead tribute in Japan
The Duke of Cambridge lays a wreath to commemorate the Commonwealth war dead at Yokohama War Cemetery in Japan.

Stamp prices set to increase by 1p
The cost of first and second class stamps are each to rise by 1p from 30 March, Royal Mail announces.

Council says 'Clean your own loos'
A cash-strapped council is asking people to clean their own public toilets.

Ulster 25-20 Scarlets
Ulster score three tries in the second half to clinch a 25-20 win over the Scarlets in Friday's Pro12 match.

Transport NI impacted by budget cuts
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy is expected to announce cuts to his budget next week which will impact on Transport NI, which looks after the roads network.

Boy, 12, dies after being hit by car
A 12-year-old boy dies and a man is arrested after a car crash in Cardiff.

Tories are 'the party of Wales'
The Conservatives have done more for Wales than any of their rivals, the prime minister tells the party's Welsh conference in Cardiff.

Murphy will stand for Westminster
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says he is the party's candidate for East Renfrewshire at the general election in May.

Dress colour debate goes global
Gold and white or black and blue? A debate about dress colour becomes an internet sensation.

Bigamist wife killer jailed for life
A bigamist is jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering his second wife and hiding her body in a car boot.

Judge admits Muslim Bible oath error
A judge who stopped a trial because a Muslim witness had sworn an oath on the Bible says he should have accepted the man's evidence.

Clarke 'sick' of injury speculation
Australia captain Michael Clarke hopes talk of his injury worries will stop when he returns to action against New Zealand.

Qatar 2022 final by 18 Dec - Blatter
Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the Qatar 2022 World Cup final should be played no later than 18 December.

Parma game off after strike threat
Parma have had their Serie A match at Genoa on Sunday called off after players threatened to strike over unpaid wages.

Kidnapped by North Korea - and forced to make films
The story of how a director and an actress were kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make films for Kim Jong-il.

10 weird things Americans are doing in the snow
From renting an igloo to dressing as a Yeti, the record snowfall in Boston has inspired some unusual and ingenious acts.

The girl who gets gifts from birds
Lots of people give food to the birds in their garden and get nothing in return - but when one girl feeds the crows outside her house, they show their affection with tiny presents.

PM defends spies over 'Jihadi John'
The prime minister defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" from travelling to Syria.

Osborne rebuked on EU surcharge claim
MPs say Chancellor George Osborne's claim to have "halved" the UK's £1.7bn EU budget surcharge last year is "not supported by the facts".

Farage requests police bodyguards
UKIP has requested police bodyguards for Nigel Farage as he prepares to tour the country for the general election campaign.

VIDEO: Treasury Committee
MPs take evidence on the Bank of England’s Inflation Report.

VIDEO: The town torn apart by child sex abuse
Five specially selected commissioners will take over the running of Rotherham council.

VIDEO: Prince and Emperor meet in Japan
Prince William continues his visit to Japan, lunching with the Japanese Emperor Akihito, as Peter Hunt reports from Tokyo.

AUDIO: Ex-MI6 chief on 'Jihadi John' claims
The former head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, defends the security services amid criticisms they failed to stop Mohammed Emwazi - known as "Jihadi John'" - from joining Islamic State.

VIDEO: Meet the men who went part-time
Close to one million men are now choosing to reduce their hours and take part-time employment. Emma Simpson reports.

VIDEO: Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years
The former singer, Gary Glitter, has been jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

VIDEO: Fees pledge: What do students think?
The BBC asks students at Leeds University for their reactions to a Labour pledge to reduce tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.

VIDEO: Inside UKIP's 'get Nigel elected' rally
Robin Brant reports from UKIP's Spring Conference in Margate, an event a senior party figure describes as a 'get Nigel elected' rally.

VIDEO: Exclusive peek at Mary Queen of Scots
An exclusive peek around the studio where the first public statue to Mary Queen of Scots, in the country of her birth, is being created.

The 'What colour is this dress?' meme
Why everyone is asking 'what colour is this dress?'

'When bandits shot me in the Congo'
Missionary midwife recalls her brush with Congo bandits

'Devo Manc' and the NHS
Hugh Pym on the Greater Manchester NHS budget change

Stormont shake-up evokes comedy gold
Stormont shake-up evokes comedy gold

King Lear gets a Yorkshire accent
Actor Barrie Rutter on giving King Lear a Hull accent

Quiz of the week's news
Did someone try to impersonate Scarlett on the red carpet?

Campaignspotting: BBC's 2016 blog
What do Americans make of Nigel Farage?

How clan politics grew in Bradford
The dynamics of Bradford's political arena

'Unmasked: Jihadi John' - front pages
Papers explore the past of Islamic State Briton 'Jihadi John'


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