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Three people have been arrested, after the body of a man was found

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A murder investigation was launched after the discovery in the early

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This tent marks the spot where the body of a man was found

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Dozens of police officers arrived at the park just after five

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Turo Road, Bridge Road and Edgecombe Road were

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Teams of specialist police have spent the day carrying out

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Including here, at nearby Cosgarne Hall, which

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The Major Crime Unit are currently at the scene and I've spoken to

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Detective Inspector Ben Beckerleg, who is part of that team, who has

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confirmed that a 24-year-old man, a 22-year-old man and a 21-year-old

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man have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in custody.

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People living in the nearby block of flats say they're

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The lights woke me up, the flashing lights,

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So we didn't know what was going on until we heard it on the radio

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I thought St Austell was a pretty safe area,

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Last week as well, because there was a death up the road.

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I didn't think it was this rough, to be honest, but, yeah,

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I woke up and I was like, oh my God.

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Very few details about the man have been released.

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Police say a forensic postmortem examination is being carried out

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on his body to try to establish how he died.

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They say next of kin are being informed and then

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it is expected that the police will release the age and name

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The inquest into the death of a man in the Isles

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of Scilly has been halted, after new evidence came to light.

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23-year-old Josh Clayton went missing after a party in 2015.

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The coroner today halted proceedings, calling

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Josh Clayton's family turned up for day three of this inquest,

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not sure which direction it would take.

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Yesterday, Leroy Thomas, who worked as a painter and decorator

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on the Isle of Tresco, who had been at that party that

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Josh was last seen at, told the court that he saw Josh

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in an argument with a group of foreign men.

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Up until this point, Devon and Cornwall Police

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have treated the case as a missing-person enquiries.

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Josh's body was found ten days later, washed up

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A postmortem found no drugs in his system and alcohol

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times the driving limit, but cause of death could not be confirmed.

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The barrister representing the family said right

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from the outset they had voiced their concerns about

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We heard how a potentially key piece of evidence,

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a bloodstained shirt found on Josh's body, had not been retained

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Today the barrister called for the case to be

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referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions and said

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the family had no confidence in Devon and Cornwall Police

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to conduct an effective investigation.

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The barrister representing Devon and Cornwall Police said that

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everybody who attended the party that night had been spoken to,

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and nobody had mentioned this altercation involving Josh before.

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He said they'd also spoken to Mr Thomas on two previous

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occasions, and this new account would now need to be corroborated.

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The inquest has been adjourned and suspended

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The isolation faced by farming families dealing with dementia has

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been highlighted in a study by Plymouth University.

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Researchers say rural communities are disadvantaged when it comes

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to caring for people with the condition.

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They hope the study will lead to greater community help.

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Here's our environment correspondent, Adrian Campbell.

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Sitting around the dining-room table, this South Devon farming

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family are looking back to happy times.

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Eric Smerdon farmed near Rattery in South Devon

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and was a keen contributor to community life.

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His family recall him coming to see how construction

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was going when the village hall was built 20 years ago.

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Eric's family say that in his later years he struggled

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Regardless of the time of year he could always see snow outside,

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you know, he'd look out the window and he'd say that there's

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That appeared to be something, you know, which sort

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Eric didn't sleep well and I used to say, I think you need to get

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up and see the sheep, if they're lambing and things,

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and they weren't, but he would wake up in the night, thinking things

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Luckily I forget a lot of it and I'm glad I do.

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The study by Plymouth University highlights the risks in isolated

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places, with many dangers, including heavy machinery

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Relatives do most of the caring but others in the wider

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There are people who come to the farm regularly who can

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also help, actually, as part of that informal network

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of support, so people like vets, people like feed merchants,

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tanker drivers, who often come to the farm on a regular basis,

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can actually help to spot when things are not quite right,

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help to raise a concern with the key people who need to know.

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The study says families are reluctant to ask for support

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but all of us need to be aware of dementia and how to help.

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Well, I'm joined now by Ian Sheriff from the University of Plymouth,

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and chair of the Prime Minister's rural dementia group.

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Ian, we have heard about the problems there.

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The solution, and I think we were discussing this with Richard

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and Claire only the other day, that we've now got to sort

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of energise rural communities to get behind some of the isolation factors

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You know as well as I do some of these farms

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that we're talking about were deep in the heart of Dartmoor,

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I've had phone calls from around the country from hill

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farmers who have said, thank goodness you've got

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And one tragic sort of story I heard from one farmer was that

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because his wife had dementia he had nobody else around at the time

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so he had to take his wife in the tractor with him

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And we all know how dangerous or at risk you are on a farm

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environment, so a lot of things about risk as far as I was

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Traditionally farming has always been a family business.

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I suppose we've got fewer younger people going into farming.

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Having fewer younger people around, is that a problem for the older

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Well, I think what it means is that you haven't got anybody to hand down

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or help with some of the tasks around the farm, and you've only got

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to look at the paperwork that farmers have to complete,

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and if you think about if somebody's in the early stage of dementia,

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this can become very, very complicated, and I've heard

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stories from my colleague Joe Jones from Community Farming

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where they have gone in and helped the farm or the farmer

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So it isn't just a simple, you know, my goodness me, we must get some

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Because they're in a single, sometimes single-person

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environment business, if that person is in the early

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stages of dementia we've got some major problems on that farm.

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You've got the research, what happens now?

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I'm in the Prime Minister's group and our task is to find the issues

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We've got five dementia-friendly parishes on our border

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here and currently five parishes working together are

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supporting 64 families where a person has dementia.

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If I could energise every parish council in the country,

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and there's 700 parish councils in Devon and Cornwall, that's

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an army, and if they could just think about what they could do

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for their rural communities as far as dementia goes, we've cracked it.

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OK, Ian Sheriff, thank you very much for joining us.

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Time for the weather. Is it going to snow?

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Just a little bit. Most of us will see some rain, we could have sleep

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mixed in as well. Tomorrow, wet and windy. As the rain clears eastwards

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we could see it turning to snow on the back edge. Largely on the high

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ground but some flurries on lower ground. Will bring the rain, through

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the morning it will be wet and windy. As it clears eastwards we

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have much colder air behind so we could well see sleet and snow.

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Pretty wet from the word go, rain pushing and, fairly strong blustery

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winds. The focus on the snow parts of Dorset and Somerset, maybe --

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mainly over high areas. We could see one to wintry showers behind that.

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Tonight into Friday -- Thursday night into Friday we have the risk

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of wintry flurries and ice on the roads first thing on Friday. It will

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be a cold start on Friday, those westerly winds but more sunshine

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than tomorrow. Temperatures, we struggle, and towards the end of the

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day we could get showers feeding in from the Northwest so we could see

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another spell of sleet and over high ground will stop a lot of weather

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over the next few days, it is worthwhile keeping an eye on the

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forecast. Tomorrow we start off with rain but it could turn to sleet and

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snow on the back edge. Friday, much colder, but it turns that bit milder

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as we head towards the colder, but it turns that bit milder

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as we head towards the end of the weekend.

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The breakfast bulletins start at 6:25am but from the late team have a

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peaceful night. Goodbye. potentially leading us into a chilly

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start to the weekend. Time for the national weather prospects if you

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are on the move. Good evening, a lot going on with

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the weather in the next few days, numerous weather warnings in for so

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buried in mind if you have travel plans. Lots of isobars on the chart

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overnight which means it will be windy for all. The strongest winds

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in Scotland, lots of wintry showers with snow getting down to

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increasingly low levels and some wintry showers in Northern Ireland

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and northern England. A cold night for Northern England, particularly

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in more rural spots, frosty and I see for some and some of the snow

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really blowing around over higher ground in Scotland. Strong wind and

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further snow to take us into tomorrow. It may well make for some

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tricky travelling conditions. The forecast for tomorrow in the

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southern half of the UK's quite tricky. We have got mild air bumping

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into colder

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