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Dead cat in road prompts 999 call
A woman called 999 to report a dead cat in a road, South Western Ambulance Service reveals.

Destroyed WW1 Christmas tree replaced
A Christmas tree designed to commemorate World War One which was destroyed by vandals in Cornwall is replaced.

Police see further £9m budget cut
Devon and Cornwall Police will have £9m less to spend next year following a Home Office announcement on funding, it is confirmed.

Ex-Archbishop installed as prebend
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is installed as a prebend at a parish church in Endellion, Cornwall.

Hotel plan for artists' community
A public meeting is held in Truro to discuss a hotel chain's plans to build on the site of an artists' community.

Dead cow left on beach for five days
Residents in Torpoint are angry that a dead cow was left rotting on a beach in the town for almost a week.

Cruelty cases double in five years
Animal cruelty cases more than double in Devon and Cornwall in the last five years say police.

Campaign to save Shackleton aircraft
Aviation enthusiasts launch a campaign to save a Shackleton aircraft threatened with destruction.

The mystery of the Tjipetir blocks
Beachcomber "solves a beach debris puzzle"

VIDEO: Green light for roads improvements
Green light for roads improvements

Derbies key to Cornish club finances
Derbies between Launceston and Redruth are vital for both clubs' finances, says Launceston boss Neil Bayliss after the sides drew 15-15.

Redruth boss defends derby selection
Redruth head coach Steve Larkins defends his decision not to pick a specialist kicker after his side's 15-15 draw with Cornish rivals Launceston.

Tully impressed as Truro win again
Truro City boss Steve Tully says there is great belief in his side after beating Histon 7-2 in the Southern Premier League.

Truro reputation improving - Tully
Truro City's reputation among other clubs has improved and is helping to attract new players, according to manager Steve Tully.

Pirates boss takes heart after loss
Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies wants his side to take their second-half form from the 41-40 loss at Bedford into the league.

'I was poor', says Truro boss Tully
Truro City boss Steve Tully admits his performance in defence was poor in the 3-2 win at struggling Arlesey.

Redruth 'gutsy' in Lydney victory
Redruth captain Chris Fuca says his side were "gutsy" as they came back from 25-10 down to beat Lydney 27-25.

Launceston 'must address' discipline
Launceston boss Neil Bayliss says his side must look at their discipline after their 23-20 loss at Taunton.

Truro get Rovers' Greenslade on loan
Truro City sign 19-year-old left-back Danny Greenslade on loan from Conference side Bristol Rovers.

Pavey wins 2014 BBC South West award
European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey wins the BBC South West Sports Personality of the Year award.

BBC News | UK | World Edition
Fatal bin lorry crash investigated
Detailed investigations at the scene of a fatal bin lorry crash in Glasgow are due to resume at first light, police say.

Northern Ireland talks continuing
Talks between the Northern Ireland political parties are continuing at Stormont, with Tuesday morning set as a deadline for agreement.

Council pothole repair cash listed
The money allocated to local authorities in England to tackle potholes and improve local roads is announced by the Department for Transport.

Tackle loneliness to 'shield' A&E
NHS leaders warn loneliness could cause a major spike in emergency admissions

Carlisle in hospital after accident
Clarke Carlisle, the ex-Professional Footballers' Association chairman, is in hospital after being involved in a collision with a lorry.

Two men charged with PC's murder
Two men are charged with the murder of off-duty Merseyside police constable Neil Doyle.

Missing man's girlfriend issues plea
The girlfriend of a man from Kent who has been missing for more than a week urges police to do more to find him.

Airport set for passenger milestone
Edinburgh Airport says it expects to welcome its 10 millionth passenger of the year on Tuesday.

New plea over Christmas murder
The family of a woman murdered as she house-sat for friends last Christmas say this year's festivities are "on hold" until her killer is found.

Ebola vaccine 'promising in Africa'
Early trials in Uganda reveal an experimental Ebola vaccine is as safe in African populations as it is in American populations.

Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70
Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70.

'Injured parrot' was Christmas hat
A woman is left "mortified" after calling in the Scottish SPCA to rescue an injured parrot that turned out to be a Christmas hat.

'Lost' common seal rescued from field
A common seal found in a field in Merseyside is taken to a wildlife hospital "exhausted" after being rescued.

Man dies after he is hit by train
A man dies after he is hit by a train at Dunmurry Halt station on the outskirts of Belfast.

20-year-old dies in three-car crash
A 20-year-old man has died following a three-car collision near Downpatrick in County Down.

'Lunatic' drivers jailed over crash
Three men are jailed and four others are given suspended sentences for dangerous driving following a head-on crash.

Children's entertainer pleads guilty
A north Wales children's entertainer pleads guilty to a string of charges relating to child abuse images and drug offences.

Witnesses tell of 'horrible scenes'
Eyewitnesses describe the "horrible scenes" after a bin lorry crashed into pedestrians in central Glasgow, killing six people.

Third death in C. difficile outbreak
A third person involved in a cluster of cases of C. difficile at Edinburgh royal infirmary dies.

Body found in missing party man hunt
Police divers searching a canal for missing Stoke-on-Trent man James Brindley find a body.

Child sex abuse police officer jailed
A Cambridgeshire police officer who committed a series of rapes and child sex attacks is jailed for 14-and-a-half years.

Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea seal top spot in the Premier League at Christmas as goals from John Terry and Cesc Fabregas secure victory at Stoke.

Muhammad Ali is 'vastly improved'
The condition of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has "vastly improved" since he was taken to hospital with pneumonia on Saturday, his spokesman says.

Carrick is England's best - Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson describes Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick as "the best English player in the game".

How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs
Dublin's pubs are experiencing a new phenomenon - the 12 days of Christmas have turned into the 12 pubs of Christmas... visited all in one night.

Teaching winter to new US refugees
Thousands of refugees arrive in the US each year, and those who end up in chilly Minnesota have to learn about what to expect for their first winter.

Is Putin to blame for the plunging rouble?
Vladimir Putin accused the US and EU of conspiring to weaken Russia but he himself bears responsibility for the rouble crisis, writes Ben Judah.

Child abuse inquiry overhaul urged
Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.

Scientists attack student exit plan
Home Secretary Theresa May's plan to expel foreign graduates draws criticism from the scientific community.

Councils 'dim lights to save cash'
Street lights are being switched off or dimmed to save money in three quarters of England's council areas, according to Labour Party research.

VIDEO: Transport Committee
MPs hear evidence on the failure of air traffic management systems.

VIDEO: A look back at Joe Cocker's career
Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, dies aged 70.

VIDEO: Treasure hunter reveals ancient find
A hoard of Roman and Pictish silver was found last year but the exact location had been kept a closely guarded secret until now.

VIDEO: Rural shoppers boost online figures
The number of online shoppers is on the rise this Christmas, with 91% of rural dwellers now shopping online.

VIDEO: Strong wind causes plane to divert
A British Airways plane has had to abort a landing at Leeds Bradford Airport due to strong winds.

VIDEO: Murder rate falls in London
The number of people being murdered in London is expected to fall below 100 for the year 2014.

VIDEO: Are darker streets a sign of spending cuts?
Three quarters of councils in England are turning off or dimming street lights late at night, according to a study by the Labour Party.

VIDEO: NI talks like being in a 'marathon'
First Minister Peter Robinson says he has felt like a "marathon runner" in cross-party talks at Stormont but now the "stadium is in sight".

VIDEO: Apprentice winner "very confident"
Mark Wright, the winner of this year's Apprentice said he was "very confident" of success for his new business plans.

The people who choose to be alone at Christmas
The people who prefer to be alone on 25 Dec

'My daughter never gets full'
Meal planning for a daughter who never feels full

Chopping boards made behind bars
The chopping boards made behind bars

Has the Glasgow 2014 legacy arrived?
Has the legacy of Glasgow 2014 arrived?

The agents fighting online jihadists
The agents fighting online jihadists

Never a Dahl moment: Esio Trot on TV
Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench on age, romance and tortoises

Quiz of the year pt 3: 2014's biggest 'fails'
What were the biggest 'fails' of 2014?

Billy Cotton: A life less ordinary
Fearne Cotton looks at the life of her great-uncle Billy Cotton

'Runaway' lorry and Labour's Clegg 'plot' - front pages
How front pages report the Glasgow bin lorry crash




Debut novel set in Mousehole no 2 on Kindle bestseller list

The picturesque harbour of Mousehole takes centre stage in a new children’s book for 9 – 12 year olds, Callum Fox and the Mousehole Ghost. The book, published by Woodside White Books in June, went straight in at number two in Amazon’s Kindle bestsellers list of children’s historical fiction.

The story follows Callum Fox, a 12 year old boy from London, who visits Cornwall to spend the summer with his grandparents. To his horror he finds the place haunted by Jim, the ghost of a WWII evacuee. The story unfolds through alternating time-slip chapters, mixing a humorous contemporary story with a WWII adventure. Both stories come together when Callum, Jim the ghost and Callum’s friend, Sophie find themselves trapped underground at Geevor Tin Mine.

The author, AC Hatter, knows the area well. ‘When I had the idea for the novel I just knew it had to be set in Mousehole. It’s the perfect location for a summer holiday adventure. It was important to me to ground the story in a real place, one that was special to me and my family. I think it gives the story more credibility and it’s an opportunity to share a little of Mousehole’s rich past with a wider audience.’

Hatter’s family farmed near Penzance for many years and ran a B&B in Mousehole in the 1940s. She researched both the WWII and current story lines thoroughly and wrote some of the manuscript whilst staying at the Ship Inn. Hatter is returning to the region between the 14th and 16th July to talk about the book and meet with local book sellers and readers.

Hatter, 45, is married with two children and lives in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. She works as an HR consultant and is currently writing the second book in the series. Although Callum Fox and the Mousehole Ghost is Hatter’s first children’s novel she has had other fiction published. Fay Weldon described one of her earlier stories as ‘thoughtful, moving and simply written, seizes an idea and carries it through. It puts a shape upon ordinary human experience and makes it un-ordinary, which is what the best writing does.’
Margaret Graham, said ‘Callum Fox is a fabulous, funny, feisty character, who takes us on a roller-coaster of a ride around Cornwall. Read and Enjoy!’

Callum Fox and the Mousehole Ghost is available in paperback from Amazon and all good bookshops, and as an eBook on Kindle, kobo and iBooks.

Find out more at www.achatter.co.uk
Amanda Hatter, amanda.hatter@compbenhr.com, 01494 680400 / 07786 933088

Callum Fox’s summer holiday in Cornwall isn’t working out quite as he’d expected. His Grandad’s turned out to be a miserable old git and Sophie, the girl he met on the train to Penzance, seems to view him as more of a liability than anything else.
However, his time in Mousehole starts to get a whole lot more interesting when he meets Jim, the ghost of a World War II evacuee.
Seventy years separate Callum and Jim, but as their stories unfold Callum realises they have more in common than anyone could have imagined, and that some secrets last a lifetime…

CALLUM FOX AND THE MOUSEHOLE GHOST is aimed at children aged 9 – 12. It is set in two time periods. The historical story line follows Jim White, an evacuee, sent to Mousehole to billet with Bob Fox and his family. Jim and Bob witness a German plane crash which triggers a string of events culminating in Jim’s death at the age of 12.

Meanwhile the contemporary story line keeps the reader firmly rooted in a lighter, fast paced adventure, following Callum Fox (also aged 12), who travels down from London to spend the summer with his Grandad – the same Bob Fox seventy years on. The two stories are told in alternating chapters, clearly defined and intertwined.

Callum and the ghost of Jim, try to convince Sophie from the Mousehole B&B that Callum can see ghosts, but in the process Sophie gets badly injured at Geevor Tin Mine and her life hangs in the balance. Callum and the ghosts have to work together to save her.

Sophie’s experience proves to her, and Grandad Bob, that Callum really can see ghosts. Bob is able to discuss everything that happened to him and Jim seventy years previously, bringing closure to him, and forming a bond between Callum and his grandad.

Evacuees are studied in most UK primary schools and CALLUM FOX AND THE MOUSEHOLE GHOST supports the history syllabus, whilst also having the added contemporary feel of a story about children with mobile phones and Facebook accounts.

The story ties in with the 70th anniversary of the war, 75th anniversary of Operation Pied Piper (the mass evacuation of 3 million children from London in September 2014) and also references the 1981 Penlee Lifeboat disaster and Cornish tin mining.

Both stories are set in the beautiful fishing village of Mousehole, Cornwall with action occurring in Geevor Tin Mine and Penzance. CALLUM FOX AND THE MOUSEHOLE GHOST would make a fantastic summer holiday read for children holidaying in Cornwall – or anywhere!


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