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Blue Monday – don’t worry, it’s bunkum

Just realised that today is so-called ‘Blue Monday’  – rubbish weather, no cause to celebrate, our New Year’s resolutions have already failed, and the bills are rolling in, plus the small issue of a pandemic, of course. I sincerely hope those who need support are able to access it. Try […]

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Devon & Cornwall Police launch domestic abuse awareness campaign

From Devon & Cornwall Police: Devon & Cornwall Police is today launching a campaign to raise awareness around domestic abuse and the emotional and psychological impact of controlling and coercive behaviour. The campaign also aims to reassure people that they will still have access to vital police and support services […]

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Last Covid ‘check-in’ of the year

Here’s my last peek at the interactive map for 2020, a year we will probably all be glad to see the back of. Here’s hoping that 2021 will be better. Stay home and keep safe as along with the Covid guidelines, it is also set to get icy overnight.   […]

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Stay safe this New Year with no unnecessary 999 calls

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is asking people to welcome the start of 2021 safely, and not make unnecessary 999 calls.   The NHS is experiencing high demand for its services, due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic alongside normal winter pressures.   SWASFT dealt with around […]

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Stay at home for New Year

This year, staying at home is the new going out … Everyone in England is being encouraged to stay at home as part of a public information advertising campaign urging the public to see in the new year safely. ‘See in the new year safely at home’ is running across […]

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Cornwall enters tier 3

From Cornwall Council: Cornwall Council has pledged to support residents and businesses as Cornwall prepares to enter Tier 3: Very High alert. The Government announced on Wednesday, December 30, that tough new restrictions would come into force on New Year’s Eve (December 31). Full details of the restrictions, and what they mean for residents and their families can be […]

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Driving trips over Christmas

Drivers are collectively planning in the region of 13m separate trips by car to see family and friends during the coronavirus ‘travel window’ between 23 and 27 December, although a fifth (22%) don’t expect to make any such journeys this year because of the virus, research by RAC Breakdown suggests. With […]

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Are consumers avoiding indoor environments?

Covid is not only affecting people’s health and wellbeing but also their behaviour and perceptions of danger. For example, one in 10 people have walked out of a premises because they have felt so uncomfortable about the risk of catching COVID-19, according to a new report by facilities services provider […]

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Devon and Cornwall Police on the tier system

From Devon & Cornwall Police: Devon & Cornwall Police recorded more than 2,000 COVID engagements with the public during the period of National Tier 4 restrictions. The figures, recorded between November 5 and December 1, show 2,001 engagements with the public, 1,230 COVID related calls to the police and a […]

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Christmas guidance

From Visit England: Guidance for the Christmas period has been published and covers where the guidelines differ between 23-27 December, and where activities will not change. Some points to note include: Between 23 and 27 December, the rules on who you can meet in bars, pubs and restaurants will not […]

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Rise in child cruelty and neglect cases in Cornwall/Devon

Concerns about child cruelty and neglect offences in the UK are continuing to rise with police recorded offences increasing by 53% in three years, the NSPCC reports. The charity is today releasing new analysis of police data for the whole of the UK, which reveals that there were 23,529 offences […]

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Christmas arrangements

This comes from the government. All four parts of the UK have signed off an aligned approach allowing up to three households to form a ‘Christmas bubble’ from December 23 to 27. Individuals will also be able to travel between tiers and across the whole of the UK without restriction […]

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999 call handlers speak out about abuse

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is reminding the public to respect its people when calling 999 for an ambulance this winter. Figures from the Trust indicate abuse against its 999 call handlers has more than doubled since the beginning of the full UK lockdown in March. Control […]

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Cornwall and Devon in care home visit testing pilot

Care homes across Hampshire, Cornwall and Devon will pioneer the new system which will see a designated visitor given access to tests Around 20 care homes will be included in the trial before a wider roll-out in December Family members or friends of those living in care homes will be […]

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Simon Reeve Cornwall programme impacts Cornish Foodbanks

There was a heartbreakingly tearful moment in Simon Reeve’s Cornwall when talking to Don of the Camborne Foodbank whose wife, Jen, had passed away. There he was  still out there doing his heartfelt work for the community, as he had with his wife previously. They set up a Crowdfunder which […]

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