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St Austell hold on for victory over impressive St Blazey

This is Cornwall - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:44
St Austell 3 St Blazey 2 St Austell warmed up for Easter Monday's Cornwall Senior Cup final against Bodmin with a slender victory over local rivals St Blazey at a sunny Poltair Park on Good Friday. The Lillywhites seemed to be cruising to victory when substitute Dan Nancarrow sent a glancing header into the net in the 82nd minute to give the home side a 3-1 lead. But Tornado Bello's thunderous goal a minute later set up a grandstand finish with St Blazey coming close to earning a point their second half display merited. St Austell dominated first half possession but had only a 17th minute goal from Martin Watts, a left foot shot direct from a free kick, to show for it. Watts, making his return to the side after missing six games through injury, hardly had time to celebrate his goal before having to limp off with another injury setback. Lewis Coombes and Chris Daw had half chances to equalise for Blazey before half-time but the nearest to a goal was St Austell's Chris Reski with a spectacular volley from 20 yards in the 37th minute which went inches wide. The Green & Blacks introduced George Swain in place of Paddy West for the second half as they stepped up their search for an equaliser, putting some attractive passing moves together. But they gave away a sloppy second goal in the 62nd minute when young keeper Adam Hayne's attempted ball out to right back Jimmy Tucker went straight to Mike Body, who responded by sending the ball into the net. But Blazey refused to surrender and two minutes later only a brilliant double save from Jason Chapman prevented first Bello, and then Swain, from reducing the arrears. The visitors were handed an opportunity to do just that in the 65th minute when Will Tinsley was adjudged to have pushed Swain over, but Swain's penalty kick was kept out by the legs of Chapman. Coombes was the next to create a chance for himself in the 71st minute, turning past Martin Giles before lifting his close range shot over the bar. St Austell failed to learn their lesson and Blazey were back in the game after 75 minutes with a superb finish from substitute James Grindrad after a sweeping move along the left. The Lillywhites seemed to sense that they needed to get back on the front foot and eight minutes after coming on, Nancarrow arrived at the near post to glance in Tinsley's pinpoint cross from the right byline. At 3-1 with eight minutes to go, St Austell should have been thinking about closing the game down but within a minute they were caught napping again as Bello worked his way inside from the left before unleashing a right foot drive which went in off the inside of Chapman's near post. Blazey were in the mood for more and they almost found an equaliser in the 86th minute with a low shot from Swain, which forced Chapman to tip around the post. St Austell sensibly tried to run the clock down by keeping the ball in the corners but they were almost caught out in the dying seconds of time added on as Bello raced onto a long clearance through the middle. Chapman came racing out to the edge of his box but Bello got there first and managed to get a boot to the ball, but then had to watch in frustration as his effort bounced wide of an unguarded net. Lillywhites manager Phil Laffery said: "It was a hard fought win after putting ourselves in a very strong position. "Credit to St Blazey for staying in the game but their two goals came from our two errors. "All in all I am happy that we managed to get three points against the neighbours even having rested six players." Blazey manager Bobby Oaten said: "We didn't get the result our performance deserved. "I like to see my football played a certain way and I think the boys played really well at times without getting the rewards." St Austell: Chapman, Wickers, Watts (Williams 17), Hutchings, Giles, Whetter, Reski, Isbell (Kitson 67), Rickard (Nancarrow 74), Body, Tinsley. Subs not used: Kilby, Lean. Goals: Watts (17), Body (62), Nancarrow (82). Yellow cards: Giles (30), Body (40). St Blazey: Hayne, Tucker (Grindrad 67), van Evelingen, Bance, Evans, Thackery, Bello, West (G Swain 46), Daw, Coombes, Eseleyghe (S Swain 55). Subs not used: Piggott, Sims. Goals: Grindrad (75), Bello (83). Yellow card: Bance (51). Referee: Phil Eddie (Plymouth).
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Homes evacuated after gas leak in Helston town centre

This is Cornwall - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:30
Several homes have been evacuated and a main road closed after a gas leak was discovered in Helston town centre this lunchtime. Fire men from Helston were called to the Prospect Place just before 1pm after reports of a gas leak. Residents from several nearby properties were evacuated as a precaution. Gas providers Transco are currently working to fix the leak and make the area safe. Police are also at the scene monitoring the road closure and providing back up. No one has been injured in the incident.

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VIDEO: Redruth firm helps Somerset villagers recover from flooding

This is Cornwall - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 14:38
A FLOOD specialist firm from Redruth is helping property owners in Somerset dry out their homes and businesses. Technicians from Richford's Fire and Flood are working with people in the village of Moorland to reclaim their homes and possessions after heavy rains caused widespread flooding across the Somerset Levels. Despite the recent spell of fine weather, efforts to recover the properties had to wait until flood levels dropped far enough to get specialist drying equipment in to the village. Technicians are now working to clean and sanitise the properties. Michael Cooper, business development director at Richford's Fire and Flood, said: "Our drive is to help people get their lives back together as quickly as possible. "It is important that, whilst doing this, we do not throw out damaged furniture and belongings if they can be salvaged. So, in many cases, we are carrying out furniture restoration firms and building work." The firm is working at 14 properties in the village alongside the church of St Peter. Mr Cooper added: "The church is such an important focal point for the village that we are pulling out all the stops to put pews, hymn books and the organ back. "Getting the church open for worship again will act as a sign to locals that progress is being made." It is estimated that the recovery project will take many more weeks to complete.

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Britain's stongest man to help Porthleven firm launch awards

This is Cornwall - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:11
Eddy Hall, Britain's strongest man, will be joining a Porthleven building suppliers to launch a new industry awards. RGB Building Supplies, who have outlets in Porthleven and Penzance, will be premiering their Well Built Stamp of Excellence Awards at the Toolfair trade show in Exeter on Thruday and Friday. Hall, who weighs in at 26 stone, with a 60 inch chest, 33 inch thighs and a 50 inch waist, will be promoting the awards which aim to recognise the work of tradesmen and women. Rob Allen, operations manager at RGB Buildings Supplies, said: "We are delighted that Eddy Hall will be joining us at Toolfair to help launch the awards. "He's definitely someone you can't fail to miss and we are certain that a number of people will want to meet him." The Well Built Stamp of Excellence scheme will give tradesmen and women the opportunity to receive customer feedback for their services. Trade customers will be able to pick up an award form from a RGB branch and hand it to their client to fill in once a job has been completed. Their clients will be asked to rate the tradesperson on things such as the quality of their work, the quality of the products used and timescale. The form will then be displayed in a RGB Book of Excellence in the RGB branches showing what great work their customers do. One customer each month will be chosen to receive a Well Built Stamp of Excellence certificate for receiving a particularly good testimonial. Mr Allen said: "As a company that was founded over 150 years ago, we are fully aware of the importance of doing things well, and this is something that we know our customers also believe in. "There are some fantastic tradesmen and women in the area and the Well Built Stamp of Excellence Awards will celebrate them. "As an added bonus, the RGB Book of Excellence will act as a free advertising tool for our customers, as we would like to encourage members of the local community who are looking for a builder, plumber or decorator to come into our branches and look at the testimonials that have been received to help them make a selection."

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Cornish Pirates make eight changes for Bedford game

This is Cornwall - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:02
Tom Kessell takes the captain's armband in a much changed Cornish Pirates squad for the trip to Goldington Road to face Bedford Blues in their penultimate Greene King Championship game of the season (3pm). There are eight changes to the starting XV following last Sunday's home defeat to Rotherham including a first start for two months for Aussie fly-half Angus Sinclair. The other changes in the backs are at outside centre where Tom Hendrickson takes over from Tom Riley, and a positional change with Max Bodilly reverting to full-back and Kieran Goss now on the wing. In the pack Kieran Davies and Jack Andrew come into the front row, while a new pairing at lock sees Neale Patrick and Will Graulich take over in the engine room. There is no Chris Morgan or Laurie McGlone in the back three with Joel Conlon returning after illness and Tom Duncan making only his second Championship start at Number 8. On the bench there is a rare opportunity for young wing Luke Jones following a successful loan spell at Redruth, and highly rated flanker Matt Bolwell finally returns to the side after fracturing his skull at Ealing in September. Cornish Pirates: Bodilly, Goss, Hendrickson, Fatialofa, Moyle, Sinclair, Kessell (capt); Davies, Channon, Andrew, Patrick, Graulich, Parker, Conlon, Duncan Replacements – Carpenter, Prescott, Bolwell, Cheesman, Jones, Holland, Riley

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Falmouth widow's cancer walk is her 'destiny'

This is Cornwall - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:00
A FALMOUTH woman is to walk round Scotland to raise money for the hospice that cared for her husband before his death from throat cancer. Bill Haining died at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell in July 2010 after a year-long battle against cancer of the oesophagus. Now his widow Juliet is planning a 300-mile walk around Scotland with her dog Annie-Rose in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care, to thank staff who cared for Bill in the last week of his life. She is dedicating the walk to her late husband, who she said had always wanted to complete a walk from Land's End to John O'Groats with her. "I feel it's my destiny," she said. "My husband always wanted to walk 'end to end' and, sadly, never did it. It was his dream." The couple met at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire in 1979 when Bill was an apprentice aircraft electrician and Juliet was a medical secretary. They moved to Falmouth in the early 1980s. Bill's diagnosis came out of the blue. "The thing with throat cancer is that the telltale signs are really hard to see," said Juliet. "As soon as you feel something's wrong, it's too late, because the cancer has got you." After a year of being looked after at home Bill's condition deteriorated and it became clear that the former psychiatric nurse manager needed to go into full-time care. He was at the hospice for less than a week before there was a drastic change in his condition, said Juliet. "He got so much older. One day, I just knew when I walked into the room: the change in his face. It just spoke of death. "He said to me: 'Jules, it's beaten me'. I don't think he said he was going to die. His face just said it all. "We didn't have long before he went away." Within days, Bill died: but Juliet had time to say goodbye. She also had an experience that she will never forget. "He was so brave," she said. "I was just completely numb, because we'd hoped that he'd get through this. "Just before he died he got himself completely upright and he looked up to the ceiling. It reminded me of one of those religious paintings when the saints are looking up to the heavens. "When that was happening I felt like the stars were opening up and he was going to heaven. It was mystical. "It's just that mystery of life and death, and I just felt that he was going somewhere. I'll never forget it. "That was a gift to me. That made me sure that I'll see him again." To support Juliet's walk, visit her page at justgiving. com/Juliet-Haining

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Lizard celebrity Perran Pryor cuts off 32 inch dreadlocks for RNLI

This is Cornwall - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 06:00
A CHARITABLE RNLI volunteer and local TV star has chopped off his 32 inch dreadlocks in a bid raise money for the Lizard lifeboat crew. Perran Pryor, who has twice starred on BBC One's Total Wipeout programme and played an extra on the ITV drama Doc Martin, cut off his 15 dreadlocks in front of an audience of pub goers last Friday. The 23 year old, who has been growing his hair for more than seven years let his mum, Debbie Pryor, cut off the first lock at the Witchball pub on the Lizard before auctioning off the chance to chop the remaining 14 to the highest bidders. Mr Pryor said: "My mum cut off the first one as she was the one who put them in seven years ago, so it was quite symbolic for her. After that it was just free reign to whoever offered up the most money. "One lady said it was like cutting her sons umbilical cord." The RNAS Culdrose worker put in dreadlocks at 16 after discovering regge music. But nearly a decade on Mr Pryor, who is a volunteer crew member with the RNLI Lizard lifeboat, decided to cut off his dreadlocks to help with his acting hobby. He said: "In a way they were restricting my acting as I was only able to go for parts where it was suitable for the character to have dreadlocks. "So after I decided to cut them out I thought why not raise some money for the Lizard lifeboat crew. "I have been a part of the crew for around six years and I felt it was really important that the money I raised went directly to the Lizard. "The money will be spent wherever it is needed – each kit costs around £1,000." So far the dread-shave has raised more than £300 and donations are still being counted. Since undergoing the chop Mr Pryor has decided to keep his hair short. He said: "I'm not going to grow them again as I am going travelling in September and it will be so much easier going around with short hair. "In all honesty it isn't much of a change, the only difference is my neck is gets a lot colder."

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EASTER SPORTS RESULTS SERVICE: April 18-21

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:07
This is where you will find your results from sport in Cornwall over this Easter weekend. Elsewhere on this website there will be individual match reports from the featured games of the weekend, along with a live blog with all the latest from the Cornwall Junior and Senior Cup football finals at Wadebridge on Easter Monday. FIXTURES: FOOTBALL: Good Friday: CARLSBERG SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE Premier Division (11am, unless stated): Camelford v Bodmin Town; Exmouth Town v Cullompton Rangers; Liskeard Athletic v Saltash Utd (3pm); Newquay v Godolphin Atlantic (noon); Plymouth Parkway v Elburton Villa; St Austell v St Blazey; Tavistock v Launceston (3pm); Witheridge v Elmore. Division One West (11am, unless stated): Bude Town v Holsworthy; Dobwalls v Callington Town; Penzance v Mousehole; Porthleven v Helston Athletic (2pm); St Dennis v Foxhole Stars (2pm); Wadebridge Town v Penryn Athletic (3pm). Saturday: CARLSBERG SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE Premier Division (3pm): Falmouth Town v Bovey Tracey. Division One West (3pm): Sticker v Perranporth; Truro City v Vospers Oak Villa. JOLLY'S CORNWALL COMBINATION LEAGUE (3pm): Hayle v Falmouth Town; Ludgvan v Illogan RBL; Penryn v Goonhavern; St Just v Falmouth Athletic; Troon v Newquay; Wendron v Redruth Utd. CORNISH GUARDIAN EAST CORNWALL PREMIER LEAGUE: Premier Division (2.30pm): Callington Town v Liskeard Athletic; Elburton Villa v Wadebridge Town; Kilkhampton v Polperro; Morwenstow v Plymouth Parkway; St Dominick v St Teath. cornishguardian.co.uk Division One (2.30pm): Bodmin Town v Camelford; Bude Town v Lanreath; Mevagissey v Probus; Plymstock Utd v Fowey Utd; St Blazey v Holsworthy. Fred Binks Premier Division Cup, semi-final (2.30pm): Bere Alston Utd v Tavistock. JJ JONES BUILDERS DUCHY LEAGUE (2.30pm): Premier Division: Torpoint Athletic v St Stephen. Division One: Altarnun v Looe Town; Calstock v Padstow Utd; Godolphin Atlantic v Edgcumbe; Lostwithiel v Grampound; North Petherwin v St Mawgan; Polperro v St Dominick. Division Two: Holywell/Cubert Ath v AFC Bodmin; LC Phoenix v Premier Sixes; St Breward v Gunnislake; Sticker v Foxhole. Division Three: Callington v Welcome Inn; Lanreath v Queens Rangers; St Stephen v Lanivet Inn. Division Four: Grampound v Mevagissey; Pensilva v Wadebridge Town; Roche v Gorran. Division Five: Boscastle v St Minver; Pelynt v St Newlyn East; St Mawgan v High Street; St Teath v Godolphin Atlantic; Standard Inn v St Merryn; Tregrehan Mills v Southgate Seniors. KMD Developments Knockout Cup (quarter final, with extra time and pens, 2pm): Lamerton v Saltash Utd. WHIRLWIND SPORTS TRELAWNY LEAGUE (2.30pm): Premier Division: Carharrack v Gwinear Churchtown; Constantine v Holmans; Mawnan v Mousehole; St Day v Gulval. Division One: Chacewater v Halsetown; Perranporth v Rosudgeon; Praze v Wendron; Trevenson v St Ives Town. Division Two: Pendeen v Trispen; Porthleven Rangers v Illogan RBL; Storm v St Buryan; Threemilestone v St Just. Division Three: Goonhavern v Four Lanes; Holmans v Madron; Lanner v Cury; Marazion v Hayle; Redruth Athletic v Wendron; Ruan Minor v Chacewater. Division Four: Frogpool/Cusgarne v Carharrack; Gulval v Praze; Lizard v Mousehole; Wendron v Marazion; West Cornwall v Newlyn Non Athletico. Division Five: Falmouth Town v Penwith Exiles; Ludgvan v Mabe; Madron v Trevenson; Newlyn Lions v Newbridge; St Erme v Camborne Town; Stithians v Newquay; Storm v Redruth Athletic. Percy Stephens Cup (third round, extra time and pens, 2pm): St Buryan v Threemilestone. Easter Sunday: JOLLY'S CORNWALL COMBINATION LEAGUE: League Cup Final (3pm at Porthleven): Mullion v St Day. SOUTH WEST WOMEN'S LEAGUE (2pm): Premier Division: Truro City v Cleeve West Town. Division West: Charlestown v Illogan. Easter Monday: CALOR LEAGUE Premier Division (3pm): Weymouth v Truro City. CORNWALL SENIOR CUP FINAL (4.30pm at Wadebridge)): Bodmin Town v St Austell. CARLSBERG SOUTH WEST PENINSULA LEAGUE Premier Division (3pm): Bovey Tracey v Godolphin Atlantic; Ivybridge Town v Elburton Villa; Witheridge v Plymouth Parkway. CORNWALL JUNIOR CUP FINAL (2pm at Wadebridge): Helston Reserves v Veryan. * * * * * * RUGBY FIXTURES Good Friday: Testimonial match (2pm at the Recreation Ground): Redruth Testimonial XV v Cornwall Select XV. Club match: Penryn v Old Dunstonians (5.30pm). Saturday: Greene King IPA Championship (3pm): Bedford Blues v Cornish Pirates. National League Two South (2.30pm): Cornish All Blacks v London Irish. Tribute South West One (West): Clevedon v Camborne. Tribute Western Counties (West): Teignmouth v Penryn. Tribute Cornwall & Devon League: Crediton v Pirates Amateurs; OPM v Hayle. Tribute Cornwall Clubs' Cup semi-finals (2.30pm): Illogan Park v Liskeard-Looe; Helston v Perranporth. Play off for promotion to the Cornwall and Devon League (2.30pm): Bodmin v Totnes. Club matches: Falmouth v Old Dunstonians (3pm); Pirates Amateurs 2nds v Imperial Medicals (3pm). Easter Sunday: Penryn 7s tournament (all day, at Penryn RFC). Cornwall U18 Knockout final: Newquay Hornets v Saltash (4pm at Wadebridge Camels). Easter Monday: Rodda's Milk Cup (3pm): Redruth v Camborne. Tribute South West One (West): Chard v Wadebridge Camels. Tribute Western Counties (West): Kingsbridge v St Ives. Club match: Truro v Old Dunstonians (2.30pm).

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Traffic warning for Cornwall's roads over Easter break

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:00
Thousands of holiday-makers are expected to travel to Cornwall this weekend to enjoy the Easter sunshine. While many in the county are looking forward to the extra business, break-down firm the AA has warned that tourists will significantly increase traffic on Cornwall's main roads. The travel experts are predicting that 55 per cent of drivers in the UK will take to the roads over Easter and have suggested that Cornwall will be one of the busiest county's in the country. Traffic hot-spots will include the M5 and the A390. Both the RAC and AA have increased the number of break-down mechanics on duty over the weekend.

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Police launch appeal after man dies in Helston car crash

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:15
Police are appealing for witnesses after a local man has died in a car crash near Helston. The 68 year-old was driving towards Helston from Camborne on the B3303 when he crashed in to a hedge shortly before 4pm on Wednesday April 2 at Nancegollan. He was driving a red Citroen car and it is understood that no other vehicles were involved. The driver was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro with what were thought to be minor injuries, but died in hospital on Monday. Police have not named the man but have described him as "local". Anyone with information regarding the collision should call the police on 101, quoting log number 0501 of 020414.

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Truro man Carlos Roche found not guilty of rape and sexual assault

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:38
A TRURO man has been found not guilty of raping a woman after a night out. Carlos Roche, 36, of Moresk Road, went on trial at Truro Crown Court on Monday accused of raping and sexually assaulting the woman in December 2012. Jason Beal, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the jury that the woman had fallen asleep on Roche's sofa when she woke up to find him behind her and that he raped her. Roche denied charges of rape and assault by penetration, telling the jury that he had sex with the woman but that it was consensual. The jury heard that Roche's partner had been in the house at the time of the alleged assault. In summing up the case for the jury, Nick Gerasimidis, for the defence, posed a number of questions and pointed out inconsistencies in the woman's account to medical staff and police officers. Roche told police that the woman has been making all the right noises but that after they started to have intercourse she turned round and said words to the effect of, 'We can't do this'. Roche told police that he realised they both had partners and stopped. The woman's account was that she had been asleep and had woken up to find Roche assaulting her but that her body and mind had frozen and that she had not said anything or moved. Mr Gerasimidis asked: "Why in fact didn't she say or do anything at the time and yet later she screamed the house down? "Why was she afraid at the time?" He said the woman had no reason to be afraid of Roche. Mr Gerasimidis said Roche was "bitterly ashamed" of what he had done but that he had always been consistent in what he had told the police about the incident. He said: "Of course he had slipped up hasn't he? Even if this was consensual. As I have indicated he is not proud of what he has done." But he argued that was not a reason to convict him of rape. On Thursday afternoon, the jury returned unanimous not guilty verdicts on both charges. Roche wept as he left the court.

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Warnings about Cornish police scam

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 16:12
Devon and Cornwall police are urging people to be on their guard after fake police officers have stolen thousands of pounds from members of the public. The criminals have used their disguises to carry out a spree of fraud attacks in Devon and it is possible that they might target people in Cornwall next. In the latest incident happened on Tuesday when an elderly man from Paignton was duped out of £12,000 by someone impersonating a Metropolitan Police officer who claimed that someone had been arrested in possession of his bank cards. This followed another incident in North Devon las month when a Bideford couple were scammed out of more than £30,000 by people posing as police. Someone claiming to be a police officer from the Metropolitan Police phoned the retired couple saying that they had arrested someone in possession of the woman's bank card. The bogus officer asked the woman to immediately phone the bank, but when the call was made the conman kept the line open, pretended to be the bank and confirmed large-scale fraudulent activity on her account. He told her that her account was being used fraudulently by bank staff and she should withdraw the cash and send it to him as evidence. The couple realised something was wrong when the fake officers failed to turn up to an agreed appointment at their home. They then reported the offence to Devon and Cornwall Police. Detective Constable Dave Major from Bideford CID said: "This is a despicable fraud with the offenders targeting elderly and vulnerable people who are trusting and were willing to help who they thought was a bona fide police officer. "We would urge people to be aware of this scam and not to go along with it. The police would not phone members of the public in this way and we would ask anyone who is contacted by these people to phone police and report it straight away." Detective Inspector Praveen Naidoo added: "This is a national problem and it is important to note that police officers will never ask you for your bank details or to send money to them." Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Airport staff who broke children's Easter eggs in security check are criticised by Coverack grandad Tony Marsland

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:10
A grandfather from Coverack has criticised airport staff after Easter eggs belonging to his two young grandchildren were damaged during a security check. The youngsters were returning home to Italy after visiting Tony Marsland when a security officer at Bristol International Airport searched their bags. Mr Marsland's daughter, Natalie Marsland-Coniglione, had returned to Coverack in Cornwall with her daughters, five-year-old Maya and two-year-old Ocean, to visit their family. During an Easter egg hunt with their grandfather, the girls collected six Easter eggs which they planned to take home. But during a search the eggs were pierced by a security officer. The airport has since apologised and will be sending the sisters replacement eggs. Mr Marsland told BBC Radio Cornwall: "In this day and age because of the minority, the majority now have to go through more stringent checks at airports and that I have no issue with. "I think it is nice for all of us to know we are flying safely. "The children's backpacks were taken from them and searched quite robustly and finally when they got free of this real grilling and walked through into the lounge departure area Maya opened up her bag and said 'Mummy, all my Easter eggs have been broken'. "Maya was absolutely devastated and said, 'Mummy, a man's broken all my Easter eggs'. "It would appear what happened was that the hand has gone into the bag and it would appear a thumb has been pushed on and pressurised to see if they were solid or hollow." Mr Marsland added: "I understand why security checks are required but I have to say that this day and age security checks need to be made with a little bit of a smile, particularly when small children are involved." Airport spokeswoman Jacqui Mills said: "I wish to apologise. "Our teams in security are highly trained and they should not have dealt with two children in an aggressive way or any passenger in an aggressive way. "The guard should have dealt with it a little bit more sensitively and checked the bag and should not be damaging eggs. "This is the first situation we have heard of in years where children's eggs have been broken. We will send Easter eggs to the children."

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Killer Asian hornets could be in Cornwall within days

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:39
Swarms of killer hornets that have plagued France could cross the Channel to Cornwall within days. Giant Asian hornets are responsible for the deaths of six people in France – and experts have warned that they could now be headed to the South of England. The grim warning is contained in the latest House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report on invasive non-native species. The British Beekeepers Association says it is "likely" that the deadly insects are heading this way. Their toxic sting can cause death through anaphylactic shock and kidney failure. They also prey on native honeybees, wasps and other pollinators, potentially devastating hives and threatening honey and crop production. The hornet is expected to enter Britain either through soil from imported plants or by simply flying across the Channel. The insects are believed to have made it to France from the Far East in a consignment of Chinese pottery in late 2004. They are thought to have thrived due to a total lack of indigenous predators. As of 2012 the species had colonised 39 of France's 100 departements. Last year at least 28 people in China were reported to have been killed by Asian hornets – including a mother and son who were caught in a deadly swarm. Distinguished by their yellow feet, the hornets grow up to 3cm in length and wield stingers in excess of 6mm in length. The predators have jaws powerful enough to chew through regular protective bee suits and their venom, which they can spray, dissolves human flesh. If their venom lands in the eyes, the eye tissue will melt, according to a National Geographic documentary. Contingency plans for the arrival of the Asian hornet are currently being drawn up. Britain currently has an alerting system, with witnesses asked to take pictures and email them along with details of the sightings to the Non Native Species Secretariat. The British Beekeepers Association said: "Although it is not yet present in the UK, it is considered likely to arrive soon. "The places it is most likely to be found are in southern parts of England (it may be able to cross the channel from France) or goods among which it could be accidentally imported (such as soil with imported pot plants, cut flowers, fruit and timber.)"

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Injuries to school pupils cost Cornwall Council £90,000 in four years

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:44
INJURIES to school children have cost Cornwall Council £90,000 in compensation claims since 2010, it has emerged. There have been 13 payouts, the largest of which was £30,450 in June 2010 after a pupil "fell from height" in a council-run school. In total there have been two claims as a result of falls, four after children "hit stationary objects", five due to pupils being "struck by a moving object", and two as a result of "defective premises". The figures, released under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, also show there are 14 claims that have not yet been settled. All cases in the past four years have been settled out of court, through Cornwall Council's public liability insurance. The authority has not named the schools linked to the individual cases, nor has it revealed whether any teachers have faced disciplinary action over any of the incidents. Disclosing the information could amount to a breach of conditions of the FoI Act and the Data Protection Act, it said. Amanda Hale, the council's risk and insurance manager, said: "When any claims are made against the council a thorough investigation of the circumstances relating to the incident is carried out and compensation is only paid where the council has been negligent and proven to be legally liable. The authority purchases public liability insurance to limit financial exposure. "All council-run schools have very robust health and safety policies and staff and governors are committed to keeping children safe." The most recent claims, for the academic year 2013/14, were all made by parents or guardians after a child hit a stationary object. In September 2013 two payments were made, one of £12,601 and a second of £3,550. Two months earlier another claim of £3,550 was settled out of court. Five claims totalling £47,050 were settled in 2010/11, while two worth £7,350 were made in 2011/2012, and three in 2012/2013, at a cost of £16,000. Of the 14 outstanding claims, which date back to April 2004, three relate to falls, three to "being struck by a moving object", four to a "lack of supervision", one to "hitting something stationary" and two were unspecified. One, from July last year, is in connection to a physical assault.

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Crop sprayer stranded on Trafalgar roundabout in Truro

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:47
An agricultural sprayer was left stranded on one of Truro's busiest roundabouts this morning. The crop sprayer broke down just before 9am on Trafalgar roundabout when oil leaked from one of the massive front tyres. The driver put earth down on the road to soak up the oil but had to wait for specialist workmen to come from Devon to fix the problem before it could be moved.

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Truro man Carlos Roche denies raping and sexually assaulting woman

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:19
A 36-YEAR-OLD Truro man has gone on trial accused of raping a woman while his partner was in the house. Carlos Roche, aged 36 and of Moresk Road, denies the charge, having told police he did have sex with the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, but she consented. At Truro Crown Court on Monday Jason Beal, for the prosecution, said Roche had carried out the sexual assault at his home after a night out in Truro in December 2012. Mr Beal said the woman had fallen asleep on Roche's sofa when she woke up to find him there. He said: "The next thing she recalls was waking to find someone behind her as she was lying down and pulling at her underwear." Mr Beal said it was Roche, and that he raped her. "[The woman] was later to say, 'I did not move; I did not know what was going on ... my mind kind of froze and my body just froze and I felt something being put inside me'," said Mr Beal. When Roche stopped he got up and went out of the room, and the woman tried to get out of the front door but it was locked, so she went to the spare bedroom and called a relative, the court was told. "She was crying and she told him that she had been raped by Carlos and that she wanted him to come and get her," said Mr Beal. He added that Roche heard her talking and tried to get into the room before her relative arrived to take her away. In interview, Roche told police that the woman had consented to sexual activity with him. Mr Beal said: "He described her as 'making all the right noises'. "He said after a while she turned round and said words to the effect of, 'We can't do this'." Roche told police that he realised they both had partners and stopped. Nick Gerasimidis, for the defence, asked the woman if she had been flirting with Roche, which she denied. He said the incident had taken place on the sofa bed in the spare room and that the sofa simply was not large enough for two people to lie side by side as she had alleged. The woman also denied this assertion. Roche, who pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing, is accused of one count of rape and one of assault by penetration. The trial continues.

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Hayle man Anthony Bennett, 20, jailed for raping two young girls after confessing to police

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:16
CONSUMED by guilt, a 20-year-old Hayle man walked into a police station to confess to raping two young girls. Anthony Bennett made the shocking confessions at Penzance police station last summer that he had raped two young girls when he was a teenager aged around 13 to 15. At Truro Crown Court on Wednesday, Bennett, of Penmare Terrace, was jailed for his abuse of the girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons. Gareth Evans, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Bennett first went to the police on August 3, last year, when he was aged 19, and asked speak to an officer. "He disclosed to the officers that he had previously raped [the older of the two girls] on numerous occasions over a period of 12 to 18 months." Mr Evans added: "Three days later, having been released by the police for enquiries to be made, the defendant again contacted police. "He was to tell the officer that as well as the offences he had disclosed, he wanted to tell them about further offending." Bennett revealed that he had also raped another girl. When asked why he had come forward, Bennett said to police: "It has been eating away at me for so long and it needed to come out." At a previous hearing, Bennett pleaded guilty to 10 counts of rape in relations to one girl and three counts of raping the other. Paul Gallagher, defending, said the abuse had stopped because of the guilt he was feeling about what he had been doing. He said: "He has turned to drink perhaps not surprisingly to try to block out what he has done … he wishes that he could put the clock back." He added that Bennett had the courage to admit what he had done and that his parents were supporting him. Sentencing, Judge John Neligan, said the case was an exceptional one because the reason for the prosecution was Bennett's confession. He said: "It is quite clear that you deliberately used [the girls] to satisfy your adolescent sexual appetite in what can only be regarded as a shameful way." Bennett was jailed for six years and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for the rest of his life.

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Hayle Asda could be open 24 hours a day

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:45

A NEW supermarket in Hayle could operate 24 hours a day when it is opened at the end of the year.

Retail giant Asda has yet to confirm its planned opening hours for the South Quay site but has applied for a 24-hour alcohol licence, leading to speculation that the store will have extended opening hours.

Cornwall councillor for Hayle South John Coombe has raised concerns about the potential issue, saying: "I would question if there are enough people in the town who would go to a 24-hour supermarket.

"I am concerned about the residents on Penpol Terrace being disturbed at night."

He said he was even more concerned that plans to open for 24 hours a day had not been made public.

"I would have liked Hayle Town Council to discuss this. I feel it ought to know about it and discuss it as a group.

"I don't think people have had a fair say. It's not been made very public."

It was confirmed in September that the supermarket to be built on the derelict quay would be an Asda.

The 50,000sq ft supermarket is expected to create up to 200 jobs in the town.

However, this year several applications have been submitted for changes to the design.

Mayor of Hayle Jayne Ninnes said she was concerned the company was moving too far away from the original planning application.

"From [the town council's] perspective, we voted in favour of a planning application that had reduced opening hours and an 80/20 split on food to non-food items. Slowly Asda has sought to move away from the conditions placed upon it.

"I would hope that Cornwall Council would look very carefully and see how different the application is from the original one."

Despite several attempts to contact Asda, the company has yet to confirm its plans for the site.

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Londoner's attack gets our readers busy writing

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:45

A DISGRUNTLED holidaymaker wrote to the West Briton this week to bemoan the state of Cornwall after an unsatisfactory break here.

R Peters from London hit out at "extortionate" parking charges, "litter-strewn" beaches and "the most expensive cups of tea, coffee, pasties and fish and chips in the country". Saying he would not be returning, he commented that Cornwall needed to improve its offer to tourists.

After sharing the letter online at the weekend, we have been inundated with comments from readers. Here is a selection.

■ rickoon said: "It is the same for visitors and locals alike don't forget, worse for locals in a lot of respects, they do not have the cash to pay such high prices and half the toilets are not even open in the closed season."

■ Restart said: "What a shame, he so shall be missed."

■ Lankidden said: "Having been a visiting emmet to Cornwall for nigh on sixty years, with parents, girlfriend, fiancée, wife, daughter, and now grand daughter, I have little choice but to agree with the previous correspondent. Car parking charges are obscene, fish & chips, pasties, and in particular, farmhouse ice cream, are grossly over priced, beaches and promenades are indeed litter bestrewn, while the price of accommodation is becoming frankly ridiculous. At one fairly ordinary beach front hotel, we used to be able to afford, a prime double room now costs pretty much £2000 per week per couple, without allowing for any kids, if they could be afforded. And yet we keep coming back, because, once off the tourist, kiss me quick, trail, there is nowhere else on earth quite like Cornwall. Fortunately, we have a touring caravan, and sub £5.00 per night farm sites can still be found, meaning that Cornwall can, just, still be enjoyed on our OAP's staycation budget."

■ Flyingsock said: "I think he's confused, is he after a refund? – Cornwall is a county in the UK just like all the others except that it's probably more beautiful, Cornwall is not an organisation whose duty it is to make his holiday run smoothly, nor a package holiday company, it's a place!

"As for "litter strewn beaches", he clearly doesn't get out enough, Cornwall's beaches are amongst the cleanest I've seen in the country and in any case litter is dropped by stupid people which isn't Cornwall's fault, unfortunately these people are everywhere.

"Some places are expensive to eat or drink but it's the same everywhere and he can't blame anyone but himself if he chose to eat in the most expensive places. Car parking can be dear but it's a lot cheaper than a lot of other places in the UK, again it's his responsibility to plan his holiday according to his budget.

"Cornwall isn't in the doldrums he is and we're glad he's not coming back!"

■ bigKernow stated: "R. Peters is obviously a grumpy type who would find the worst in any holiday. It is up to any the visitor to organise there holiday to accommodate their budget."

■ On Facebook Angie Joy Green said: "He's allowed his opinions and some points like the car parking are valid."

■ Lynneth McClarron said: "We love Cornwall, why should we change it to suit someone from London?"

■ Lisa Hickling wrote: "Just back from visiting my husband parents near St Ives. The people are as always wonderful. The beaches were not litter strewn any litter I found I picked up and disposed of sensibly. I feel sorry for the locals that had to put up with his whinging."

■ Karen Turner said: "Dear R.Peters of London, with all due respect if Cornwall was seriously as bad as you're saying then why aren't more people writing letters like yours to the local press? If anyone has any right to complain I think it should be the locals who have to put up with miserable people complaining about how expensive everything is and then the rubbish said miserable people leave in their wake after their time at the beach."

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