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'Vulnerable' man kicked and punched
A vulnerable man is repeatedly kicked and punched in a "vicious and unprovoked" street attack, police say.

Norovirus outbreak closes four wards
An outbreak of norovirus in Cornwall prompts the closure of four hospital wards across the county.

Freed seal killed in 'boat strike'
A seal pup is killed, possibly by a boat, a month after being released into the wild from a sanctuary.

Free school head quit amid probe
A head teacher who resigned for personal reasons had been under investigation by school governors, it has emerges.

Rural police numbers 'cut by half'
Numbers of police officers based in rural police stations in Devon and Cornwall have been cut by half since 2010, BBC figures show.

'Struggling' care home to shut down
A Newquay care home is to close after running at a financial loss and struggling to find qualified staff say its owners.

Cornwall Coliseum demolition starts
Demolition work is starting at a Cornish music venue that attracted famous acts including The Who and Sir Paul McCartney.

The place where one street could decide the MP
What's it like to live in the four-way marginal of Camborne and Redruth?

Poldark to return for second outing
The BBC announces a second series of Poldark, based on the 18th Century-set novels of Winston Graham.

Cornish Pirates 8-69 Worcester Warriors
Worcester Warriors hand Cornish Pirates their heaviest Championship defeat for the second time this season.

Pirates sign Saints scrum-half Day
Cornish Pirates sign former England Under-20 scrum-half Alex Day from Premiership leaders Northampton Saints.

Truro have only completed 'half a job'
Truro City have only completed 'half a job' after securing a home play-off in the Southern Premier League, according to boss Steve Tully.

Argyle's Allen may need knee surgery
Plymouth Argyle midfielder River Allen could require knee surgery after injuring his medial ligaments on loan at Truro City.

Truro City submit stadium plans
Truro City submit plans for a new stadium at Silver Bow on the outskirts of the city

BBC News | UK | World Edition
PM confirms Lloyds shares public sale
Up to £4bn worth of Lloyds Bank shares would be offered to the general public if the Conservatives win the election, David Cameron says.

UK archbishop visits Egyptian leaders
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby travels to Egypt for a "visit of condolence" following the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya earlier this year.

Murder suspect 'may be in London'
A man police want to question over the deaths of his mother and sister in Merseyside could be in London, detectives say.

Clarkson describes cancer scare
Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson reveals doctors told him a lump on his tongue was "probably cancer" two days before he hit a BBC producer.

Labour warns of fewer nurses in NHS
There will be 2,000 fewer NHS nurses in England over the next four years according to projections, Labour says, but the Conservatives say the figures are old.

Six released in Syria 'terror' probe
Six people arrested by UK police over alleged terror offences after a group was stopped at the Turkey-Syria border are released without charge.

Police review UK Anzac Day security
UK police are reviewing security plans for Anzac Day events after Australian authorities said they foiled a terror plot to attack an event in Australia.

Reading 1-2 Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez scores twice as FA Cup holders Arsenal move into the 2014-15 final by beating Reading after extra time.

Prince Harry airborne in Australia
Prince Harry takes to the skies during his first two weeks of a secondment with the Australian Defence Force.

UK monitoring French nuclear issue
Britain's nuclear safety regulator says it expects lessons to be learned from problems with a French reactor that is very similar to one planned in the UK.

UKIP councillor in 'assault' arrest
A UKIP councillor is arrested after an alleged altercation with a campaigner.

Boy 'did not intend to kill himself'
A schoolboy found hanged in his bedroom by father did not intend to kill himself, a coroner rules.

Zayn Malik pays tribute to bandmates
Zayn Malik pays tribute to his former bandmates at an award ceremony, where he made his first solo appearance since leaving One Direction.

Lego replica for Chester Cathedral
Chester Cathedral embarks on a four-year project to build a scale model of the landmark in Lego.

NI has 'adequate' council safeguards
Northern Ireland's chief planning officer says she is confident that adequate safeguards have been put in place to ensure councillors act impartially over planning issues.

Funeral for car boot murder victim
The funeral of Kyle Neil whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast takes place.

Victim named in murder inquiry
A man who died after a serious assault in Tonypandy is named by South Wales Police as 42-year-old Wayne Letherby.

Miliband rules out Plaid coalition
Labour leader Ed Miliband says he is not interested in a coalition with Plaid Cymru as he made his first general election campaign visit to Wales.

Former MSP Tom McCabe dies aged 60
Former Member of the Scottish Parliament Tom McCabe has died at the age of 60.

Second vigil for Karen Buckley
More than 150 people gather in Glasgow to hold a second vigil to remember murdered Irish student Karen Buckley.

Sea search for missing kayaker
A search is under way after a male kayaker went missing in the Solent off the Hampshire coast, the coastguard says.

Teenager stabbed to death in street
A murder investigation is under way in Birmingham after a teenager was stabbed to death in the street.

Man Utd in our pockets - Mourinho
Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United's important players were "in Chelsea's pockets" during their 1-0 home win.

Ferrari hard to beat - Hamilton
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton says he expects Ferrari will be "very hard to beat" in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Reading were ready to die - Wenger
Championship side Reading were "ready to die" for their FA Cup lives, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Do the wives (or husbands) swing votes?
The wives of the three main leaders have put their lives on hold for the General Election - but what difference does it make?

Pollwatch: Still awaiting take-off
Another week, and still no breakthrough in the 2015 general election campaign, writes the BBC's David Cowling.

Farage compares himself to Gandhi
UKIP leader Nigel Farage quotes Mahatma Gandhi as he describes his battle with the political establishment.

VIDEO: Finance Bill second reading
MPs pass the Finance Bill at second reading.

VIDEO: Prince Harry visits Australian outback
Prince Harry trains in bush survival and plays wheelchair AFL as part of his time with the Australian Army.

VIDEO: Son sought over double family murder
Police investigating the murders of a mother and her daughter in Merseyside urgently want to trace one of their relatives.

VIDEO: London actors headline in Star Wars
Two young Londoners will share the limelight with Harrison Ford when the hotly anticipated new Star Wars film opens.

VIDEO: Zayn Malik collects Asian Award
Zayn Malik makes his first solo appearance since quitting One Direction at the annual Asian Awards.

VIDEO: Will climate change hit fish and chip shops?
Global warming could mean a change to Britain's traditional fish and chips, reports Esyllt Carr.

VIDEO: My son 'paid the ultimate price'
A woman who lost her son after he crashed his car moments after sending a text message implores people not to make the same mistake.

VIDEO: BBC election debate in two minutes
A two minute summary of the 2015 General Election debate.

VIDEO: Opposition leaders in debate clash
The leaders of Labour, SNP, UKIP, Greens and Plaid Cymru take part in a pre-election debate.

The mystery of the East German writer who moved to the English coast
Why did an East German writer move to an English coastal town?

The photographers who refuse to abandon traditional film cameras
The photographers staying loyal to traditional film cameras

Weekend edition: The best of the week's reads
A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week

Art v politics
Why it's better to look to artists than politicians for life's answers

Is the Phantom Framer an artist?
Can frames transform mundane signs into art?

Go Figure: The week in numbers
The week's big numbers, visualised



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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