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Toy retains County Ladies' golf title with win over fellow Carlyon Bay junior

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 18:39
Carlyon Bay's Emily Toy retained her Cornwall County Ladies' Golf Association title today with a 4/3 victory over her club mate and fellow junior Eugenie Knight, in the 36-hole final at Bude & North Cornwall. The sun shone on the first 18 holes of the final, with the pair regularly exchanging holes and after the first nine the match was all square. Knight then won 10, the next three were halved, but Toy won 14 & 17 to go one up at lunch. The cold north wind made conditions difficult in the afternoon, but Knight quickly won three holes to go two up, but Toy fought back winning four holes to be two up after 27. They halved 28 with birdies and having gained momentum Toy went on to win on the 33rd green 4/3. Other results: Advanced Plate 1st round losers: Abi Maude (Carlyon Bay) took on Bude's Collette Burgess and went four up after five and played faultlessly to win 6/5. Plate: 2nd 16 qualifiers: 14 year old Laura Andrew (Truro) played very well to be five up after eight against Perranporth's Bev Vann, who then rallied to win 9, 12,& 13 but Andrew closed the game on the 17th green.

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Cornish Pirates blown away in second half by play-off bound Titans

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 17:53
Cornish Pirates 20 Rotherham Titans 40 Rotherham Titans booked their place in the Greene King Championship play-offs in emphatic style with a powerful second half display at the Mennaye Field running in 33 unanswered points, writes Dick Straughan. The South Yorkshire side travelled to Cornwall without a win in the Duchy against the Pirates since October 2008 and that run looked set to continue as the Pirates dominated the first half. Two early Kieran Hallett penalties gave the home side a lead as Rotherham struggled for momentum and frequently buckled at the scrum. The Titans then lost scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone to injury before Hallett missed a third long range place kick as their scrum faltered again. Just before the half hour mark the Pirates stole a Rotherham scrum feed on the Titans 22. Laurie McGlone broke quickly feeding Tom Kessell and he set up centre Tom Riley for a well taken try under the posts. Hallett converted. Rotherham replied with a try off their first attack of the half as Juan Pablo Socino led a breakout from his 22 with good support from Mike Keating and Sean Scanlon. The latter took the scoring pass with Socino adding the extras. In first half stoppage time the Pirates added a second try as the Rotherham scrum was again penalised close to their line and referee Andrew Jackson awarded a penalty try. Hallett converted for a 20-7 interval lead. Yet just as happened seven days before against Pontypridd in the British & Irish Cup the Pirates again failed to live up to their first half efforts after the break and were made to pay for several spurned scoring opportunities. Rotherham hit back with a 43rd minute try from hooker Tom Cruse after a well worked period of patient phase play with Socino again on target with the extras. Just before the hour a strong counter attack from deep instigated again by Scanlon and Socino ended with Keating grabbing his first try and Socino converted to put the Titans 21-20 ahead. Two minutes later Rotherham struck again with another long range attack ended by Dan White and the floodgates remained open after they had secured their bonus point clinching fourth try. Impressive centre Jack Roberts added a fifth try after Jamie Broadley had led the breakout and a 79th minute turnover by the Pirates in their own 22 produced a sixth touchdown for the visitors as Keating notched his second. Dallan Murphy converted. A stoppage time scuffle resulted in yellow cards for Pirates prop Shane Cahill and Titans lock Josh Thomas-Brown. Cornish Pirates Goss (Moyle 63), Bodilly, Riley, Fatialofa (Hendrickson 67), Holland, Hallett (Sinclair 75), Kessell; Cahill (sin-bin 80+3), Channon (Carpenter 74), Prescott (Davies 63), Carrick-Smith, Barry, Parker (Prescott 80+3)), Morgan (capt)(Duncan 74), McGlone (Cheesman 63) Tries – Riley, Penalty Cons – Hallett (2) Pens – Hallett (2) Yellow Card – Cahill Rotherham Titans Scanlon, Broadley, Davies (Gill 73), Roberts, Keating, Socino (Murphy 73), Mulchrone (capt)(White 19); Gadd (Williams 61), Cruse (To`ala 56), Tampin (Stout 53), Holmes, Thomas-Brown (sin-bin 80+3), Williamson (Morris 73), Preece, Rieder Tries – Keating (2), Scanlon, Cruse, White, Roberts Cons – Socino(5), Murphy Yellow Card – Thomas-Brown Referee – A.Jackson (RFU) Attendance – 1,372

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Gay TV comedian Mr X contacts family of tragic Truro teen Ben Cowburn

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 17:51
A GAY TV star who was accused of grooming Truro teenager Ben Cowburn at an inquest into his death has offered to explain their relationship to his family. Steve and Sharon Cowburn say the comedian has used high-profile libel lawyers Carter-Ruck to make the approach. Ben killed himself in 2010 at the Longreach mental health unit near Redruth, which is run by the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. An inquest last month heard how the 18 year-old had attempted to take his life 43 times and was "groomed" by an older male gay comedian - controversially known throughout an inquest as Mr X - while studying at fashion school in London. The Cowburns have so far refused to respond to the celebrity's appraoch, insisting he should first be questioned by the Metropolitan Police. They have sent a formal request to detectives asking that he be interviewed. "The letter from this man's lawyer asks whether we would accept a letter giving his personal explanation,' Mrs Cowburn, 52, told a Sunday newspaper. "It's a sounding-out letter offered in a cautious manner. We would welcome an explanation and are considering this approach. But we are not used to dealing with media lawyers. "It makes things even harder for us. We are still grieving for Ben. The police never questioned this man and we think they now should, perhaps before any letter is sent. There remain many unanswered questions." Cornwall Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon did not call key witnesses and the Cowburns want Chief Coroner Peter Thornton QC to review her handling of the inquest and explain why it took more than three years to arrange. They are also pressing for an inquiry into care standards at Longreach after three families contacted them about the deaths of their own children there. Mrs Cowburn says one case is 'shockingly similar' to Ben's.

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Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton helps sell tea - and other Cornish produce - to China

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 16:09
MP Sarah Newton is to visit China this week to fly the flag for Cornish businesses and the Duchy's creative sector. The Truro and Falmouth MP will be in China as a guest of the ruling Communist Party. During the week long stay, Mrs Newton and her Conservative colleagues will travel across China meeting business leaders, academics and politicians to discuss the growing links between China and the UK. Mrs Newton said she wanted to put Cornwall firmly on the map for businesses in China. "Britain's exports to China have risen by 14% in the last year alone, and we are really making progress in securing access for British business to this significant growth market," she said. "As ever Cornwall is leading the way, with Tregothnan (Estate) now famously selling tea to China. "We can go further however and I want to use my visit to put Cornwall firmly on the map for Chinese decision makers and business leaders. "I also want to celebrate and extend the links Falmouth and Exeter Universities have with Chinese institutions, links that provide Cornish students and academics with unparalleled opportunities for personal and work development. "Cornish businesses and the Duchy's academic institutions are producing the most amazing output and it's time to share it with the world, to the benefit of local incomes, local jobs and the opportunities open to our young people." Mrs Newton said she was keen to highlight the value of Cornish exports and would be meeting with the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in China to discuss how it can be made easier for Cornish companies to access Chinese markets. She will also be making a special trip to Zhejiang University in Hangzhou to meet the University's International Collaboration Unit. Mrs Newton said she hoped that fruitful links could be made between Zhejiang and Cornwall's dynamic creative sector, with its hub at Falmouth University. Mrs Newton will also be visiting Tsinghua University to celebrate the institution's collaboration with Exeter University, a very successful collaboration that extends from joint scientific research to popular student exchange programs. During meetings with politicians, including Communist Party International Department Vice-Minister Yu Hongjun, Mrs Newton and her colleagues will discuss Sino-British relations.

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B3302 Calais Road near Hayle now clear after earlier accident

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 14:30
THE B3302 Calais Road near Hayle is now clear after it was blocked in both directions earlier due to accident at Wheal Alfred Road. Police were at the scene, but the closure caused no major delays.

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Helston's Emma Stepto is second GB woman over the line in London Marathon

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 14:11
HELSTON'S Emma Stepto was the second British woman over the finish line in today's London Marathon. Emma completed the 26.2 mile course in a time of just over two hours and 36 minutes, less than two minutes behind Amy Whitehead, the first British female over the line. The two were the only British women placed in the "elite" category of the race. Emma, who runs with Cornwall Athletic Club, was placed 14th overall, missing out on the top ten by just five minutes. The women's elite race was won by Kenyan Edna Kiplagat with a time of 2 hours 20 minutes. Britain's Mo Farah had to settle for eighth place in the men's race after another Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang, took the title with a time of two hours and four minutes.

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Work begins tomorrow on new Hayle fire, police and ambulance station

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 13:51
THE TURF will be cut on a new fire, police and ambulance station for Hayle tomorrow to mark the start of construction work on the site. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Des Tidbury and Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown will take part in the ceremony. The new Hayle Community Fire Station will be a tri-service facility, shared with Devon and Cornwall Police and South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust. The turf cutting will also mark the start of work opn a community fire station in Tolvaddon - as well as the new service headquarters facility also at Tolvaddon. The Camborne, Pool and Redruth site will be shared with Service Headquarters which will provide critical services including Fire Control, training and vehicle and equipment maintenance, as well as being the service's administrative centre. Mr Tidbury and Mr Brown will be joined at the turf cutting ceremony by local members, representatives from South West Ambulance Service, Devon and Cornwall Police, the construction company Kier and Lance Kennedy, the cabinet member involved in the early stages of the project. Mr Tidbury said: "This is a fantastic day for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and I am delighted to officially start the work on the construction of our new facilities. "This project gives us the opportunity to provide modern facilities in the right location to replace our existing community fire stations that are over 50 years old. "More importantly, we will be able to significantly improve the fire, rescue and community safety service that we deliver 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year to the people of Cornwall. "From these new facilities we can reach 13,900 more residents of Cornwall within our 10 minute response time." Mr Brown added: "To get to this stage has required vision, commitment and meticulous planning over a number of years and so I am pleased that my predecessor Lance Kennedy, who played an important role, is here to share in this historic moment. "The new facilities will be environmentally friendly and energy efficient with the Hayle blue light scheme seeing real co-location of emergency services in a modern purpose built facility." The Camborne, Pool and Redruth Community Fire Station will provide a 24 hour response to communities across the area through a crew of wholetime and on call staff. Steve Small, South West Ambulance Service Operational Locality Manager, West Cornwall said: "South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust is pleased to work with Cornwall Fire & Rescue and Devon and Cornwall Police in building a joint station within the town of Hayle to serve the community and surrounding areas. The new station will provide a 24 hour station delivering an ambulance and Rapid Response Car to the community. It will also provide a dispatch point for other ambulance resources during peak demand times." It is anticipated that the new community fire stations will be completed in late 2014, with Service Headquarters completed in early 2015. This will be subject to the weather which may cause delays to the construction process. More detail on the programme can be found at, by emailing, by phoning 0300 1234 232 or by writing to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, Old County Hall, Truro, TR1 3HA.

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Comedian David Baddiel joins calls for storm damaged Coverack to be repaired

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 13:45
COMEDIAN and television presenter David Baddiel has joined the calls for the storm damages in Coverack to be repaired. Ten days ago a woman lay bleeding and unconscious with broken legs after falling 25 feet down a cliff in the village. February's storms caused significant damage to a road, essentially cutting Coverack in two, and half the village has no access for emergency vehicles. An ambulance called to help the woman turned up on the wrong side of the huge hole and had to turn around. A Navy Sea King from RNAS Culdrose arrived and the woman was taken to hospital. Angry parish councillors have agreed to lobby the Prime Minister to get the road fixed, and Mr Baddiel, who has a house in the village, took to social media platform Twitter last night to vent his fury. Mr Baddiel, 49, tweeted to Cornwall Council: "Dear @CornwallCouncil...what gives in Coverack? Huge hole in sea wall still unmended after months. Plus paths around quay dangerous." Councillor Alex Folkes, deputy leader of the Lib Dems on Cornwall Council, then replied to Mr Baddiel, saying: "Dear David, we know and we would love to be able to repair, but our total bill is £24m and we don't have that half. "We are bidding for that cash from government. In the meantime, all we can do is to make everything safe. "But thanks for coming and please enjoy Cornwall despite our occasional imperfections." Mr Baddiel then said, "Dear Alex...thanks...but would reiterate, coastal path around quay and pub is dangerous...not made safe." Mr Folkes then promised to "get teams to look at the safety stuff tomorrow first thing". Like Mr Baddiel, councillor Bill Frisken said delays to repairing the road posed a safety risk and damaged businesses. "You see one man in a digger and there's no one else there. All they are doing is saving, money but it's costing money in the long run. There are six food outlets that are going to the wall if we are not careful. It's abysmal. Cornwall councillor Walter Sanger shared the concerns about the delay, but said that Cornwall Council contractors Cormac had found difficulties in repairing the hole and were unable to give a date when the work would be finished. Rocks at the base of the wall were softer than expected and hundreds of tonnes of concrete were needed to plug the gap, he said. "I think they've got on with it relatively quickly. It's easy to be impatient," he said. "Cormac have had no funding to do it. They've taken the job on in the expectation of Cornwall Council funding, and a lot of the other coastal damage has not been touched yet."

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PICTURES: Boat sinks in a 'ball of fire' in Mylor harbour, say witnesses

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 10:18
A WAITRESS has described how shocked staff and customers at a local restaurant ran out to look as a "ball of fire" rose from a boat which later sank in Mylor harbour. Rosie Corke was working at Castaways in Mylor when a colleague spotted the fire at around 7pm yesterday evening. Thirteen 999 calls were made about the fire on the 20ft boat moored in the harbour, prompting a response from the coastguard, RNLI lifeboat crews and 15 firefighters. Rosie told the West Briton: "We were in the middle of service and my colleague was serving a drink and she saw this massive black smoke. "We thought it was a barbeque that had gone wrong. The next thing we saw this big ball of fire and everyone in the restaurant went outside to see where it was. "The next minute three fire engines came down and they couldn't get to it because it was out in the moorings. "There was no noise, nothing blew up, it was just a big ball of fire and the boat was sinking. "People were very shocked." Two appliances from Falmouth and a fire service boat attended and the boat was 150 metres from the shore and well alight when the crews arrived. Eleven firefighters went out on two boats to tackle the blaze. The owner of the vessel contacted the fire service to confirm there were no persons on board. The vessel sunk whilst firefighting actions were being carried out.

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Best of luck to all of our local runners in the London Marathon this morning

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 09:51
THE West Briton would like to wish all of our local Cornish runners the best of luck in today's London Marathon. All eyes will be on the capital this morning, as tens of thousands of runners set off for the 34th edition of the race. There will be agony, joy, relief, upset, tears and cheers today on the streets of London as 36,000 people pound the roads for charities of their choice. The majority will complete the race, but there will be tough times for them all; moments when legs will wobble, when they feel as if they can't go on. Olympic hero Mo Farah will make his debut in the marathon, and the 31-year-old is installed as one of the favourites to complete the 26.2-mile course. Famous faces that will be involved in the race include model Amy Willerton, footballer Michael Owen, Tom Daley, former England rugby union player Lewis Moody and soprano Laura Wright. Amputee Rik "Pegleg" Bennett, from St Agnes, will be running to raise money for a national genetic disorder charity. The father of five, who has been training for more than a year for the event, has worn a prosthetic leg since he was born will be donating all of the money he raises to Alström Syndrome UK after being touched by the bravery of his friend's daughter, Millie Hough, who suffers from the disorder. An inspirational mum from Truro will also be taking part in memory of her beloved sister. Katie Russell, 28, will be hitting the course to raise money for the charity Epilepsy Research. All of the hard work has been undertaken in memory of her sister, Michaela "Mickie" Curtis, who died in her sleep twelve years ago after suffering an epileptic fit. Marie Gould, 41, from Carharrack, is running in memory of her father, Raymond Skewes, who took his own life 15 years ago. But now, after 15 years, the usually shy Mrs Gould has vowed to raise at least £2,500 for the Samaritans charity that works to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or suicide. She says her life could have been a lot different today if her father had made use of the services the charity offer. "The Samaritans are such a vital charity. I have found it difficult to talk about what happened with my dad but this is all for such a worthwhile cause," she said. "I want to raise funds for them because I understand what they do and the benefits it could bring. The charity can help a lot of people. "I'm running five times a week to prepare for the marathon and I want to raise as much cash as possible."

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A Helston bal maiden remembers Poldark Mine in its heyday

This is Cornwall - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 06:00
THE news Poldark Mine has gone into administration and up for sale came as a sad blow to one Helston grandmother. Peggy MacGregor, 83, worked at the tourist attraction for many years dressed as a bal maiden – the traditional Cornish female mine worker. She gave talks to thousands of children and has many fond memories of Poldark Mine in its heyday in the 1980s. "It was a tremendous time. There were queues of people, we had thousands there every day," she said. "We had such wonderful gardens and used to vie with Flambards for the best tourist attraction award. "There was something that catered for everyone." Mrs MacGregor, who lives with her husband Donald, 87, in Helston, said Poldark was originally not a mine at all. Despite its location in the heart of the Wendron mining district, it began life as tourist attraction Wendron Forge. But in the 1970s the ground gave way, revealing the 18th-century mine workings, possibly related to nearby Wheal Roots. When brothers John and Alistair MacLoed bought the site in the late 1970s from Peter Young, the idea of Poldark Mine was created. Taking the name from the Poldark novels and TV series, the brothers also built a 19th-century mining village, where Mrs MacGregor made her debut. She had worked as an oral historian for the Cornish Archives and became historian to the Poldark Appreciation Society. Mrs MacGregor became a regular attraction at the mine, with coach parties booking ahead to make sure she was there. She said: "The MacLoeds were wonderful to work for. "I loved every minute of it. It was a very exciting time. "I used to give talks every day and tell them about the houses and the people and, of course, the children from those times. "The children used to love it. When I said, 'why do you think they have such low doors?' the children said it was because the people used to be small. Actually they couldn't afford to heat the places so the doors were kept small. "I made sure they learnt something about Cornish history. "I wasn't born here but I always say my bones will be buried here." She said the village was dismantled after new owner Richard Williams took over in the mid-1990s. He moved away from the concept of a theme park and established the museum. Mr Williams died in 2010 and the mine has gone under, despite the efforts of his wife Pam Williams, staff and enthusiasts. It was revealed in March that Poldark Mine had gone into administration and is for sale with a guide price of £350,000.

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Firefighters tackle boat on fire in Mylor harbour

This is Cornwall - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 21:53
FIFTEEN firefighters tackled a blaze on a boat in Mylor harbour just after 7pm this evening. Thirteen 999 calls were made about the fire on a 20ft boat moored in the harbour, prompting a response from the coastguard, RNLI lifeboat crews and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. Two appliances from Falmouth and a fire service boat attended and the boat was well alight when the crews arrived. Six firefighters were deployed on the fire boat to the incident and a further five firefighters were taken to scene, around 150 metres from the shore out into Mylor creek, on the lifeboat. Crews used one main jet on the fire. The owner of the vessel contacted the fire service to confirm there were no persons on board. The vessel sunk whilst firefighting actions were being carried out.

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Football: Mousehole v Vospers re-arranged for Easter Monday after referee no-show

This is Cornwall - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:02
Mousehole's home match with Vospers Oak Villa, which was postponed today (Saturday) as no referee was present, has been re-arranged for Easter Monday, April 21 (3pm). St Ives referee Ben Judd had been due to officiate the Carlsberg SWPL Division One West match at Trungle Parc, and with no replacement available at such short notice, the Seagulls had no alternative but to call the game off. A statement issued tonight from league secretary Phil Hiscox said: "I am aware that today's (Sat 12th April) Division One West fixture, Mousehole v Vospers Oak Villa, was postponed as no referee was in attendance at the match and no alternative person could be located. The circumstances involving why no referee was present are being investigated and until I have had the thoughts of the appointers and the referee in question I am not able to comment further on how or why this has happened. However, the game must be played and Mousehole still have nine games to play and Vospers Oak Villa eight games. There are NO Saturdays where either team is spare and without lights it is not practical to play it on a midweek. I am not authorised to order the game to be played on a Sunday (clubs can only mutually agree that). May Day Monday already has both clubs playing league games and extending the season is neither practical (FA Cup final day) nor is it fair on other clubs trying to secure the West title alongside Mousehole. Therefore with reluctance, but with firm insistence, I order under league rules that the game be re-arranged for Monday 21st April, 3pm at Trungle Parc, Mousehole. Both teams are so instructed under rule to play that day, failure to do so will result in penalties for failing to fulfil a fixture as per league rules. I am fully aware that Easter Monday is also in Cornwall the day of the County Cup finals. I am not making this order lightly and in seven years since the SWP was formed I have always found a way of avoiding games taking place in Cornwall that day. However the unusual lateness of todays postponement, the sheer number of games this winter has thrown up to be fitted into other dates and the circumstances of the travel between the two clubs means I must make such an order." Mousehole are currently five points clear of second placed Sticker, who have played seven more games, and six points clear of third placed Callington, who beat Sticker 4-3 this afternoon. The Seagulls travel to Helston on Tuesday night before making the short trip to play neighbours Penzance on Good Friday. The Magpies were 3-0 winners over fellow strugglers Foxhole Stars this afternoon, with two goals from Jamie Payne and one from Callum George earning Dean Mooney's side only their fifth league win of the season and their first clean sheet in the league since a 0-0 draw at home to Torpoint Athletic in November 2012. CSWPL DIVISION ONE WEST - Top four W D L F A Dif Pts Mousehole 21 19 0 2 55 19 57 Sticker 28 16 4 8 81 45 52 Callington 21 17 0 4 56 33 51 Helston 23 16 1 6 81 37 49

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Redruth earn superb win to take massive step towards National 2 South status

This is Cornwall - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:34
Redruth 34 Clifton 15 Redruth edged closer to National League Two South safety with a 34-15 win over Clifton at the Recreation Ground. Five tries and five points from their clash with the Bristolians in their final home game of the league season means just two points from their last match at Cambridge will put them clear of the bottom three. There are still four teams between them and the relegation places, so results elsewhere could make any outcome at Volac Park irrelevant in two weeks' time. Home is where the hard work needed to be done and the Reds did not disappoint. It was close up until the hour before Ashley Morcom's men pulled clear. Replacement forwards Matt Gidlow and Neal Turner got three tries between them in the second half to supplement first-half scores from backs Murray Westren and Craig Bonds. And it was Westren who opened the scoring with an early penalty before visiting full-back Ben Foley scored the first try of the game, converted by Brad Barnes. The Reds kept their heads despite the stakes and slowly applied pressure in the Clifton half. A break from scrum-half Greg Goodfellow put the hosts in prime position. And after going close on the left, it took a smart missed pass from ten Rhodri McAtee to open up the visitors on the other side with Westren eventually going over. Another defence-splitting break from Goodfellow caught even his own team-mates by surprise, but he managed to stall – fake-passing to no one more than once – before Bonds arrived in support. The Reds' centre, playing his last home match for the club in the league, dummied a pass outside before touching down under the posts. Clifton missed one penalty kick at goal in the lead up to half time, but fly-half Barnes made amends with another kick soon after to bring the gap back to five points at the interval. That advantage was erased shortly after the break with Charlie Foley scoring a breakaway try to level the scores. A yellow card for Reds replacement Jake Rayment made the task even more difficult for the hosts, who were being forced to defend their own line for extended periods. Redruth certainly had moments of their own, however, despite being a man short. Wing Tom Notman got himself over the Clifton try line but was adjudged to have been held up and Westren narrowly missed with a penalty attempt. Once back to a full complement, the Reds marched on again with a huge maul gaining 30 metres to the try line before Turner touched down for his side's third try, converted by Westren. And the bonus-point fourth try came from more good work by the forwards with Gidlow scoring before Westren hit the post with his conversion attempt. Turner made the game safe during a dominant final ten minutes for the Reds and Westren added the extras. Head coach Morcom said: "It was a great match to end our home games this season. We seem to like to leave it late to show our dominance but it is a massive five points for us. "It would be nice to go to Cambridge now and blow them away in the final game – let's hope we can do that now and make sure it is a perfect send-off."

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Two trapped and injured after road traffic collision at Perranwell Station near Truro

This is Cornwall - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:13
EMERGENCY services were mobilised to a road traffic collision at Perranwell Station, south of Truro, shortly after 3pm this afternoon. On arrival it was confirmed that one vehicle was on its side and that two casualties were trapped. Firefighters worked to release the casualties, and both were treated and taken to hospital by ambulance. Fire crews then remained on scene to make the vehicles safe.

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Green's goal gives Truro City second successive victory

This is Cornwall - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:03
Bedford Town 0 Truro City 1 A goal by man of the match and skipper for the day Dan Green, gave City all three points at already relegated Bedford Town who had won their previous three matches. It was a well deserved win for the visitors, who assured their Calor League premier division status for next season in midweek. And it was enough to move them one place up to the table to 16th with three games of the season left to play. Steve Tully, whose appointment as manager for next season was confirmed after the midweek win against Weymouth, was pleased with the victory. he said: "It was a workmanlike performance. We created lots of chance and I think they had only one real effort on goal. "We worked hard and kept a clean sheet, which is pleasing but there is still plenty of work to dp." The game's only goal came on the hour when Green fired home from the edge of the area after Cody Cooke's shot had been blocked. And the visitors saw the game out to complete a second successive win and will be looking for make it three in a row when they visit Biggleswade Town on Tuesday evening. City: Fisher; Parcell, ash, Pugh, Daw; Afful, Green (capt), White, Slateford; Cooke, Watson. Subs: Eddy, Tully, Copp. Goal: Green (60) 0-1. Crowd: 216.

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Minute's silence for Hillsborough victims observed in Cornwall's top football division

This is Cornwall - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:02
A MINUTE'S silence was observed at football grounds across the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League this afternoon to respect the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. English football is marking the 25th anniversary of the disaster this weekend with a series of commemorative tributes to the Liverpool supporters who never returned home from Sheffield Wednesday's stadium on April 15, 1989. This weekend's two FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley and all matches in the top eight tiers of the English league system are kicking off seven minutes after their normal scheduled starts, following a minute's silence. This is because the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, the match at which the disaster happened, was halted at 3.06pm.

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Cornwall set for settled, sunny weather over the next few days

This is Cornwall - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:16
CORNWALL is set for largely fine and dry weather with bright or sunny spells and light winds as the Easter weekend approaches. According to the Met Office it will remain cloudy this afternoon with the odd spot of light rain possible, but most areas will remain dry with the chance of some brighter spells. It will be a fine day tomorrow with variable amounts of cloud breaking to give some bright or sunny spells. With light winds, it will feel pleasant in the sunshine, with temperatures of around 11-12c. Heading into Monday it will remain largely fine and dry throughout, with bright or sunny spells and light winds, and feeling pleasantly warm by day by Tuesday and Wednesday, with maximum temperatures of 15c. Heading into the Easter weekend, the weather is expected to turn generally more unsettled as cloud and outbreaks of rain spread.

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Cornwall police chief meets the Pope at the Vatican

This is Cornwall - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 10:54
DEVON and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer met Pope Francis in the Vatican this week to raise awareness of human trafficking and slavery. Chief Constable Sawyer joined fellow police leaders from around the world, as well as Home Secretary Theresa May, at the conference hosted by Pope Francis in the Vatican. Mr Sawyer holds the National Association of Chief Police Officers Lead for Migration and Related Matters and took part in the two day conference on Wednesday and Thursday. The summit was organised by the bishops' conference of England and Wales and was chaired by the archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols. The conference heard that only one per cent of human trafficking victims currently come forward and the Catholic Church believes it can play an important role in providing sanctuary for them, as well as support in reintegration, regularisation and psychological recovery.

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Former England footballer helps save West Cornwall Pasty Company

This is Cornwall - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 10:46
MORE than 200 jobs have been saved after a group of private equity investors - including former England footballer Danny Mills - bought a pasty company originally set up by a family in Porthleven. The West Cornwall Pasty Company was the brainchild of Ken Cocking and his two sons Gavin and Arron, who had lost everything in the 1980s property slump. The family were believed to have pocketed a tasty fortune of between £30-40 million when they sold it in 2007 to a management buy-out. However, the company fared less well in the recession and administrators were appointed to run the firm, which has high profile shops all over the UK, including in many mainline railway stations. Enact, the £7.5m fund launched by private equity house Endless, has now agreed to buy 35 West Cornwall Pasty Company outlets and stores, together with the brand, a move which will save an estimated 200 jobs, including a manufacturing base in Cornwall. It is backed by investors including former England and Leeds United full-back Danny Mills and Tim Whitworth, founder of the Republic fashion chain. Chris Cormack, investment director at Enact, who will join West Cornwall Pasty Company's board, said they had ambitious plans for the business. "This deal marks an exciting new chapter for West Cornwall Pasty Company," said Mr Cormack. "The business has struggled to cope with the effects of the pasty tax and a number of underperforming outlets. "Fundamentally, West Cornwall Pasty Company is a market leading brand, loved by millions of customers and we are delighted this transaction takes the brand and business forward whilst preserving more than 200 jobs." He said that significant capital would be invested in refreshing the brand, product innovation and investment in the store estate, including the opening of new stores at strategic locations. Enact was launched earlier this year to fill a gap in the market for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that are struggling to access funding from the banking sector in the current market. It looks for SMEs with robust business models that are facing operational or capital constraints. At its height West Cornwall Pasty Company had an impressive portfolio numbering 55 sites, including 34 shops and 18 station kiosks, including many in London. The Cocking family's sale of the business marked the finale in an impressive rags to riches story. A little over six years before he founded the company which was to make his fortune, Ken Cocking had turned 66 and was virtually destitute. Described by his sons as a "serial entrepreneur", Mr Cocking had lost all his money and his home when the property market slumped in 1989. The family decided to make a fresh start and headed for London, but famously got as far as Reading. It was there they had the epiphany that they could sell Cornish pasties to the Home Counties. West Cornwall Pasty Company was born and though at first Mr Cocking and his sons slept on the factory floor, their company soon became a success. Within six years they had opened 33 shops and all the pasties were made at a state-of-the-art 28,000sq ft factory.

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