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Dismissal prompts union train strike
Train passengers face delays to services after a 24-hour strike by First Great Western (FGW) staff over the dismissal of a manager.

Police forces to merge services
Dorset Police is to share services with Devon & Cornwall's force following an agreement to form a "strategic alliance".

Campaigners buy Shackleton aircraft
Aviation enthusiasts buy a 1950s RAF aircraft that has stood outside RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall for more than 25 years.

A&E misses target for nine months
The emergency department at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has missed the four-hour waiting time target for the last nine months, a report says.

Hospital privatisation plans opposed
Dozens of people protest outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro against plans to privatise services.

'Loo with a view' sells for £115,000
A toilet block boasting panoramic views of the Cornish coast sells at auction for £115,000.

Bloodhound car has engine fitting
The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car has a fitting with the Rolls-Royce jet engine before undergoing more trials in Newquay.

Dawn French becomes uni chancellor
Comedian Dawn French is being formally installed as the new chancellor of Falmouth University.

Badger TB vaccine expansion plans
A trial to give Bovine TB vaccines to badgers will expand after it was deemed a success by scientists in Cornwall.

Revised plans for Cornwall stadium
Revised proposals for a stadium in Cornwall are expected to be submitted to the council.

VIDEO: How to survive deadly rip currents
How to survive deadly rip currents

'I had to take my top off for role'
Poldark star on going topless in Cornish drama

St Austell confident despite deficit
AFC St Austell manager Phil Lafferty is "confident" going in to his side's FA Vase semi-final second leg at Glossop North End, despite being 2-0 down.

Tully 'delighted' with first season
Truro City manager Steve Tully says he is "delighted" at how his first full season in charge of the club has gone.

Pirates captain wants Albion survival
Cornish Pirates captain Chris Morgan says he does not want rivals Plymouth Albion to be relegated from the Championship.

Worcester sign Pirates lock Barry
Worcester Warriors sign 6ft 6ins Cornish Pirates lock forward Darren Barry, who will arrive at Sixways this summer.

Rebels face Sharks in season opener
Cornish Rebels will begin the defence of their South West Rugby League title at 2013 champions Devon Sharks on 16 May.

Trio extend Cornish Pirates deals
Three members of the Cornish Pirates squad, including top points scorer Kieran Hallett, sign new deals for next season.

Truro third as Tully urges caution
Truro boss Steve Tully says they must 'not get carried away' after moving up to third in the Southern Premier League.

BBC News | UK | World Edition
Sex abuse 'cover-up' inquiry extended
Three new investigations into alleged corruption by the Metropolitan Police over claims of child abuse are to be managed by the police watchdog.

Leaders grilled in election special
David Cameron and Ed Miliband are put on the spot over immigration, the EU and spending plans in the first set-piece TV broadcast of the election.

Top Gear: Tymon 'won't press charges'
Oisin Tymon, the Top Gear producer physically and verbally attacked by Jeremy Clarkson, tells police he does not want to press charges.

Safari users win right to sue
Google loses Court of Appeal bid to stop consumers having right to sue in UK over alleged misuse of privacy settings.

Detective arrested over wife murder
A serving police detective is arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife at their Northampton home within police HQ grounds.

Royals visit Stephen Lawrence Centre
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are visiting the Stephen Lawrence Centre in south London.

Labour to cap private profits in NHS
A Labour government would cap the amount of profit private firms can make from the NHS, Ed Miliband will say as he launches the party's election campaign.

Criminals to pay new court charge
Convicted criminals in England and Wales will have to pay up to £1,200 towards the cost of their court case under new rules, it is revealed.

Housing market activity 'subdued'
UK housing market activity has "remained subdued", the Nationwide says, as annual house price growth slows for the seventh month in a row.

Italy court to rule on Kercher death
Italy's top court is to rule whether to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of UK student Meredith Kercher.

Richard III tomb to be unveiled
The public will be able to view King Richard III's sealed tomb for the first time later when Leicester Cathedral is reopened.

Zayn Malik says 'I've let fans down'
The former One Direction star Zayn Malik reveals in his first interview since quitting the boyband that "I've let the fans down".

Hometown honour for Gandalf star
Sir Ian McKellan, who played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, is to be honoured by his childhood hometown of Wigan.

Travel book wins odd title prize
A self-published travelogue called Strangers Have the Best Candy wins the Diagram Prize for oddest book title of the year.

'Gay cake' order taken to avoid row
The woman who took the order for the 'gay cake' tells a court she initially accepted it to avoid a "confrontation" in the bakery.

Irish PM meets Ballymurphy families
The Taoiseach [Irish Prime Minister] Enda Kenny, has met the families of civilians who were killed by soldiers in Belfast over a three-day period in 1971.

Man who ran over step sister jailed
A man from Caerphilly who ran over and killed his step sister while racing his fathers car is sentenced to seven years in prison.

22% of students 'think of sex work'
More than a fifth of students think about being involved in the sex industry, according to a major research project.

Overturned coach removed from A83
A coach in which dozens of people were injured after it came off the road in Argyll has been removed from the scene on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful.

Vow 'not crucial in referendum vote'
The promise of more powers for Holyrood made little difference to the outcome of the independence referendum, according to a new report.

Hole in school wall after iPad raid
Thieves smash through a brick wall at a Cheshire primary school and steal tablet computers from a classroom.

Beat officers cut as net crime grows
Derbyshire Police plans to cut the number of officers on the beat in favour of more police tackling online crime, the chief constable says.

Hamilton quickest despite problems
Mercedes' world champion Lewis Hamilton sets fastest time in second practice despite a series of technical problems.

Sharapova suffers shock Miami exit
Maria Sharapova suffers a surprise second-round defeat at the Miami Open but Caroline Wozniacki goes through.

Friday's gossip column
Arsene Wenger wants Man Utd defender, Liverpool hopes of landing Bosnia ace improve, a Ronaldo return? Plus more.

Analysis: 'Hell yes, I'm tough enough'
As Ed Miliband says he is tough enough to run the country, will the image convince the public?

Election 2015: How close are you to the political centre?
The centre-ground of politics is the place where elections are won - take the quiz to find out how close you are to the current political centre.

'Seize the opportunity' for Wales
Wales should "seize the opportunity to make Wales matter" in May's election, Plaid Cymru's leader has said.

VIDEO: Treasury Committee
The Treasury Committee hears from the Chancellor, George Osborne.

VIDEO: Sitting down poses health risk
Office workers are putting their health at risk by spending too much of the day seated, according to a survey.

VIDEO: Leaders questioned - in 90 seconds
BBC News looks back at the highlights of David Cameron and Ed Miliband being questioned ahead of the general election.

VIDEO: English Heritage to become a charity
The government will no longer run English Heritage which will now need to raise millions of pounds each year.

VIDEO: Clarkson: 'Leave the producer alone'
Jeremy Clarkson has said that he wants people to stop blaming the producer he hit for his departure from Top Gear.

VIDEO: Europe's first non-beating heart swap
Surgeons in Cambridgeshire perform the first heart transplant in Europe using a non-beating heart.

VIDEO: 'Out of control' Dartmoor gorse fire
Firefighters spend more than six hours dealing with a large gorse fire which was burning out of control on Dartmoor.

VIDEO: Quad bike teen 'lucky to be alive'
A teenage boy who rode a quad bike the wrong way into oncoming traffic in Liverpool is "lucky to be alive", police say.

VIDEO: How do you track UK jihadists?
BBC launches a database tracking British jihadists in Syria and Iraq, showing that hundreds have followed the UK jihadist trail, as Gordon Corera reports.

Election 2015: Who won the interview contest on social media?
Who won the first big election battle on social media?

Branagh's Cinders goes back to basics
Branagh goes back to basics for new Cinderella movie

Can data help create English football stars?
Can data help create England's next football stars?

Are too few convictions overturned?
Are too few convictions being overturned?

WW1 sinking of Lusitania recalled
How the infamous sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-boat in WW1 led to 1,200 deaths and arguably helped draw the United States into the conflict.

What are the Designs of the Year?
The finalists hoping to be Design of the Year 2015



UK songwriting contest comes to Bristol: New for 2015, Future Music is launching a UK songwriting contest to find the best songwriters in the UK. The UK songwriting contest will provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to get their music heard and potentially get signed. There is also the opportunity to perform in a Grand Final showcase in London in front of A&R who work for the three major record labels.


A prestigious panel of music industry judges are at every stage of the songwriting contest including at The Anson Rooms in Bristol, offering songwriters exposure of their music to the most influential decision-makers in the music industry, including A&R representatives who work for the UK’s three major record labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music.

The UK songwriting contest is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of many of the best songwriters in the UK song writers such as:

Atlantic Record's Jacob Banks
Warner Music’s Birdy
Sony’s Luke Friend
Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan

Sunday 1st March at The Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF.
Auditions will start at 4pm. Please arrive 30 minutes beforehand and no earlier.

So, if you think you’ve got what it takes and want your songwriting heard by music industry professionals, enter the songwriting contest here: www.songwritingcompetitionuk.com


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