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Falmouth widow's cancer walk is her 'destiny'

This is Cornwall - 5 hours 46 min ago
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 - 5 hours 46 min ago
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 - 20:07
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 (1.30pm 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 - 18:00
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 - 16:15
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 - 15:38
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 - 15:12
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 - 13:10
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 - 10:39
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 - 09:44
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 - 08:47
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 - 08:19
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 - 08:16
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 - 06:45

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 - 06:45

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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Cornwall College's journalism course highlighted for proud employment history

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:45

BUDDING journalists in the South West have been given a boost with new courses planned after the industry training body highlighted Cornwall College's proud employment history.

Following their recent accreditation visit, representatives from the National Council for the Training of Journalists described how more than 500 journalists had been trained at the Camborne site over the past two decades.

"Cornwall College is proud of its record in seeing students moving into careers in journalism directly from the course," said a spokesman.

"This says much about the college's ability to select candidates with the ability to succeed in the profession. Current students impressed the panel with their enthusiasm for the course and for their dedication to pursuing a demanding programme of study in a short period."

The course boasts an amazing 85 per cent employment rate in the industry on completion and is now set to train a new generation of newshounds.

Course leader Mark Benattar said: "We have a long tradition stretching over two decades of training mainly post-graduate journalists for jobs locally and nationally.

"But with the advent of online, the industry is seeing more and more bright young things in charge. That, combined with the soaring cost of higher education, meant we felt the time was right to open our training up to a younger cohort."

And now the college's NCTJ training is set to be expanded with a new one-year diploma aimed at younger and less experienced students and an extended fast-track course still aimed at the post-graduate trainee.

The diploma offers the first part of the industry standard training and is often demanded of anyone entering the industry.

Mr Benattar added: "Former students from the course are working for organisations as diverse as the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and Oxfam. Of the last group all but one, who went on to another course, became journalists and four of them went to Devon and Cornwall Media at the West Briton, Cornishman and Cornwall Today.

"Our success is partly down to the course being the only one between here and Bournemouth that offers the accredited training the industry demands, delivered by lecturers with extensive industry experience. Not only do they get their basic training in shorthand, regulation, law and government, but in journalism they are expected to produce real-life stories for publication whether it be in a magazine, newspaper, website, blog, video or radio."

Jacqui Walls, editor of the West Briton and Cornishman, said: "We have employed some great students from Cornwall College. We have got a number of reporters out there now who have gone through the NCTJ qualification there and we have had reporters over the years who have gone on to great jobs on our other papers and beyond at the nationals.

"The great thing for us is that we have a local college which is providing the qualifications we need to take on new reporters."

Study includes multi- platform journalism, including newspaper and magazine writing, online, video reporting and editing, practical ethics, media law, court reporting, shorthand , central, local and European government.

For more information call 0845 2232567/01209 616161, or send an e-mail request to enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk

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Pirates fail to end on a high as the Titans rule

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:45

IT WAS a disappointing end to the season at the Mennaye Field for the Cornish Pirates as Rotherham Titans booked their place in the Greene King Championship play-offs in emphatic style, running in 33 unanswered second half points.

The Pirates had much the better of the first 40 minutes against the promotion chasing Titans scoring two tries and wasting several excellent opportunities for further scores as they lost possession close to the Rotherham line.

But it all changed in an equally one-sided second period as Rotherham hit back with an early try and then picked off the Pirates with four more to end a losing run in the Duchy, stretching back to October 2008.

Challenged

Pirates Director of Rugby Ian Davies had challenged his squad to end the home season on a high after cup disappointment a week before against Pontypridd, but he was again left ruing a game of two halves and inconsistencies which have blighted the season.

He said: "In the first half we bombed four clear chances to score and I was sitting there thinking this is going to come back to bite us. Rotherham are a very tight unit, which we learnt to our cost at their place in January, and once they get a bit of belief and wind in their sails they are difficult to stop.

"Going in leading 20-7 at half-time may have looked good, but I knew that if they got an early score in the second half we would be under the pump and that is exactly what happened."

Davies agreed that the game had pretty much summed up his team's season. He said: "It was a rollercoaster with real ups and downs, errors, a flash of brilliance, followed by another error and another flash of brilliance.

"We now have to become more consistent. Our scrummage was really dominant and we got the reward from that, but interspersed with that we lost the ball too many times in contact or knocked on."

He added: "The looser the game got the more Rotherham liked it, their centre Jack Roberts is really underrated as a player and I'm surprised he hasn't been picked up by a Premiership club.

"Rotherham have got a lot of gas and as the game broke up you saw the Pirates falling off tackles and you saw Rotherham with something to play for, going for that top four place."

Two early Kieran Hallett penalties gave the Pirates a lead as the Rotherham scrum struggled.

He missed a third long range place kick, but just before the half hour mark the home side stole a scrum against the head and Laurie McGlone and Tom Kessell set up centre Tom Riley for a try under the posts. Hallett converted.

Rotherham replied with a try off their first attack with a converted breakout try finished by Sean Scanlon, but in injury time a defensive Titans scrum again faltered and conceded a penalty try.

Rotherham hit back straight after the interval with try from hooker Tom Cruse after a well worked period of patient phase play with Socino again on target with the extras.

On the hour another counter attack brought a converted touchdown for Mike Keating and the visitors were ahead by one.

Dan White, Jack Roberts and Keating with his second completed the comeback in devastating fashion with three more tries in the final quarter before a late scuffle saw Shane Cahill and Josh Thomas-Brown sin-binned for fighting.

Davies added: "The scoreline didn't really flatter Rotherham. They scored 33 points in the second half and took their chances really well. You can't fault that.

"At the end of the day though we didn't help ourselves by being very loose and some of our handling was schoolboy stuff."

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Nowhere to go for Davies' men in final two games

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:45

THE Cornish Pirates travel to Goldington Road on Saturday as they face Bedford Blues in their penultimate Greene King Championship game of the season (3pm).

Both teams have been Championship play-off finalists in recent seasons, with Bedford losing last year to Newcastle Falcons, but both teams have had much quieter campaigns this time around.

The Pirates are guaranteed a sixth place, finish regardless of the results in their final two games, while Bedford had a wretched start to the season losing seven out of their first ten games.

The Blues, beaten five times at home in the league, secured their Championship status for next season by grabbing a losing bonus point in a narrow 17-15 defeat at London Scottish last Sunday.

But with only one win in their last eight the Pirates might fancy their chances on a ground where they haven not won since March 2011.

Director of Rugby Ian Davies said: "We have got to lift ourselves again for the final two games and a lot of the boys have got bumps and bruises.

"Chris Morgan came off against Rotherham and it will probably be a different side going to Bedford which is a really tough place to go.

"That said they are not having a great season so it will be two sides with very little to play for other than just going out and playing rugby.

"After that it is Leeds who will be all guns blazing as they push for promotion so there is no respite for us in these last two games."

The Pirates were forced into a late change ahead of Sunday's home defeat to Rotherham as flanker Joel Conlon withdrew from the side due to illness.

His place was taken by Jake Parker, with Alex Cheesman drafted onto the bench but the club will hope that the England Under-20 star is fit again to face the Blues.

Bedford have injury problems of their own, with second row duo Mike Howard and Harry Wells along with former Jersey fly-half Mike Le Bourgeois all missing at London Scottish.

Blues skipper James Pritchard said: "It's been frustrating but we want to finish on a high.

"We've got two home games to finish with and two very winnable games so we'll be going all out to get the victories."

Cornish Pirates (from): Fatialofa, Goss, Hendrickson, Holland, James, Jones, Kessell, Moyle, Riley, Sinclair, Andrew, Barry, Cahill, Carpenter, Channon, Graulich, Prescott, Stevens, Davies, Cheesman, Dancer, Morgan, Parker, Bodilly, Bolwell, Hallett, Duncan, McGlone, Carrick-Smith, Atkinson, Elloway, Carrick-Smith, Conlon.

Following last Sunday's game at the Mennaye Field against Rotherham, the Cornish Pirates presented several end of season awards to members of the playing squad.

Flanker Chris Morgan received the Travelling Supporters' Cup and Edwin Bryant Trophy, Prop Jack Andrew was presented with the Roger Pascoe Cup and hooker Rob Elloway was the nominated recipient of the President's Cup.

Further awards will be presented at an Awards Dinner to be held in the Travis Perkins Marquee on Saturday May 3.

Further details, to be confirmed, will appear on the Cornish Pirates website www.cornish-pirates.com

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Big demand forDJ's rare release

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:15

FANS wanting to get hold of a rare release from a DJ raised in Lanner have already pledged enough money to rank it as one of the most valuable albums of all time.

Full story, page 3.

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Brendan Curtin from The Lizard banned for three years for drink-driving

This is Cornwall - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:15

BRENDAN VINCENT CURTIN, 50, of The Lizard, entered a guilty plea at Truro Magistrates' Court to a charge of drink-driving at Helston on January 26.

He was fined £110 and banned from driving for 36 months.

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