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Councillor Harry Blakeley believes the airport could even be used for go-kart racing and kite boarding

Andy McSmith's Diary: Woolwich Twitter witness, Boya Dee, refuses to sell story

The first that many people knew about the ghastly murder in Woolwich was from the Twitter feed of an eye witness, Boya Dee, a south London musician and filmmaker.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett confronts one of the alleged attackers

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, the mother-of-two hailed as a hero for confronting Woolwich attackers, thought: 'better me than a child'

Mother of two Ingrid Loyau-Kennett spoke with the two alleged killers

Nick Milligan with his wife Victoria and children (from left to right) Emily, Olivia, Kit and Amber. Mr Milligan, 51, and Emily were both killed in the accident

Driver on speedboat that killed Nick Milligan and daughter Emily in Padstow 'was not wearing safety cord'

'Kill cord' was not attached to the driver so engine continued to run following his ejection, MAIB says

Ministers ‘work’ for God, not for Methodists: Members of the church exempt from employment laws

Ministers working for the Methodist Church are effectively exempt from employment laws because they work for God and are not employees, Britain’s highest court has ruled.

Rory McGrath - bailed till 5 July

Comic Rory McGrath bailed after 'couple assaulted while trying to assist man heavily in drink'

Comic Rory McGrath has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a couple, it emerged today.

Summer may be near but residents of Cornwall and Devon wake up to snow and winds of 65mph

The 'fairly unusual' weather for May left thousands without power and winds of 65mph

Strong winds batter UK

Winds of up to 65mph battered British coastlines during the night resulting in trees blown down in what was “fairly unusual” weather for May.

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'Disabled children should be put down': Cornwall councillor Collin Brewer to be investigated by police over controversial comments

Brewer apologised and resigned earlier this year after his comments but was re-elected earlier this month

Half a month's rain could fall in a single day in parts of the country this week

Forecasters warn of half a month's rainfall in a single day as wet weather looks set to persist

The South West and Wales are likely to be the worst affected

Padstow speedboat accident: Brave rescuer Charlie Toogood hailed for stopping out-of-control boat

The waterskiing instructor almost certainly prevented more deaths

Persuasive: Sam Palladio plays a country singer in Nashville

Nashville's grand ole fraud: The Texan who's from Cornwall

Sam Palladio is the latest in a string of actors to fool the US

Fears mounting for British sailor lost in Pacific

The 35-year-old man was conscious and wearing a life jacket when he fell into 6ft (2 metre) seas in the early hours of this morning

Life on the edge: demand for tasty cliff-top herb piles pressure on Cornish foragers

It is the new vegetable of the moment, beloved of gourmet chefs – but harvesting it is a precarious business.

Police watchdog to investigate Taser use in burns death of man doused in flammable liquid

A watchdog is to investigate whether the firing of a Taser by a police officer at a man doused in flammable liquid caused fatal burns.

A dead guillemot at Wembury, Devon

Pollution may ‘wipe out’ a generation of seabirds

An entire generation of seabirds could be wiped out on a section of the British coastline after hundreds were found dead last week, wildlife authorities have warned.

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