Monday News Round Up – Man named following Perranporth death; Street Car dealer fined



Man named following Perranporth death

Police are appealing for witnesses following the discovery of a body on Perranporth beach.

Police were called just after 8.30am on Monday 6thFebruary after reports of a body of a man at Perran Sands, Perranporth.

The body has since been identified as that of Stephan Lloyd Thomas aged 43 from Truro. Next of kin have been informed and the death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Police are appealing to the public for information and would like to hear from anyone who knew Stephen, or who saw him in the days prior up to his death.

Anyone who can help police piece together the final movements of Stephen Thomas is asked to contact police on 101 or quoting log number 127 for the 6th of February.


Man seriously injured after motorcycle collides with car on A39 near Camelford

At around 3.15pm on Saturday 18 February 2017 police received a report of a collision involving a motorcycle and a car on the A39 near St Teath in the Camelford area of Cornwall.

A 52 year old man from Helston who was riding a BMW motorcycle sustained a serious head injury and other injuries and was taken immediately to Derriford hospital in Plymouth by air ambulance.  His condition is reported as being seriously ill.

The driver of the car, a Peugeot 207 was a local woman in her twenties who is understood to be uninjured.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who has any information about this incident.  Please email or call 101 quoting reference 500 of 18 February 2017.


Warning to illegal street traders as penalty notices issued

Cornwall Council’s Licensing Team is warning illegal street traders that action will be taken against those found to be flouting the rules.

The warning comes after a car dealer from Bugle was issued with eight fixed penalty notices for selling vehicles on the A30 near Innis Downs.The dealer, who receive a £100 fixed penalty notice for each vehicle advertised for sale on the road, has since paid the fine in full.
In July last year, Cornwall Councillors voted to make Cornwall a street trading consent area, meaning all street trading – aside from exemptions – has to be approved by the Council.

Since then the Council’s Licensing Team has been working with local traders to make them aware of the changes. The majority have been successful in gaining consent to trade in the locations they want to trade in.

However, with car dealers, the situation is slightly different and most applications for street trading are turned down, mainly due to rules under the Clean Neighbourhoods Act and Highways Act.
Bob Mears, Senior Licensing Officer from Cornwall Council, said; “We have therefore left notices on vehicles to try and encourage car dealers to stop, however some have ignored this and continued to trade. We have then been left with no option but to trace the trader and in the first instance issue fixed penalty notices.

“This in itself can be a painstaking process, as we find many cases result in us following a trail of owners. But we will take the necessary steps to identify the sellers and take the appropriate action.”

Healthwatch Pop up Shop PZ


The established independent and voluntary health campaigning group for West Cornwall is throwing open the doors of a Pop Up Shop in central Penzance next week in order to talk with and listen to the local community.  West Cornwall HealthWatch is celebrating its twentieth anniversary next month, and continues to work tirelessly in campaigning to maintain and enhance services provided by the NHS in the west of Cornwall.  At the moment its focus is very much on the ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ for Cornwall, which seems set in the next few months to change much of the NHS landscape in an attempt to reduce expenditure.  So the group are making themselves available from 10am – 4.30pm from Tuesday 28th February to Saturday 4th March in the Pop Up Shop at the top of Market Jew Street near the Humphry Davy statue.  They encourage everyone to pop in to find out more about the NHS in this area, to tell their stories – wonderful and not-quite-so-good – of NHS treatment here, share their opinions on what might be done in future, sign a card or write a letter, or get more involved in working to support our local NHS, health and social care.  Committee member Jan Williams, an NHS physiotherapist, is masterminding the Pop Up Shop and hopes that the shop will overflow with people.  She says:
The time is right for us all to work together to ensure that Cornwall now receives a fairer funding package. With this in mind, West Cornwall HealthWatch will be using Penzance Pop-Up Shop as campaign headquarters next week.  We would like to invite as many people as possible to visit us in the shop.”
The group will ensure that all the information and opinion gathered in the Pop Up Shop will be shared with decision-makers in the county, so that everyone who comes in can be given a voice straight through to ‘the top’.  They are looking forward to seeing many of you next week. To find out more, email, look at the Facebook Community page ‘West Cornwall HealthWatch’, or visit the website


St Ives and Hayle  are recruiting for On-Call Firefighters

Community stations in St Ives and Hayle are opening their doors for recruitment evenings this month when you can find out how to apply and what’s required to be an on-call firefighter, as well as meet with current personnel to find out first-hand about life as an on-call crew member.

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service is responsible for a wide range of services that help make Cornwall safer. Our wide remit is delivered through a range of Prevention, Protection and Response services. The work we do is extremely varied and includes everything from fighting fires and rescuing people, to attending road traffic collisions and promoting community safety within local schools and to the wider community.


If you’re interested in becoming an On-Call firefighter, pop along to:

  • St Ives Community Fire Station:

27 February at 18:30–20:30


  • Hayle Emergency Services Community Station:

28 February at 19:30–20:30

Station Manager Dave Carlisle said: “On Call Firefighters respond to emergencies primarily in their town and surrounding area but may also be called upon to support larger incidents throughout Cornwall. Being an On Call Firefighter is a rewarding role and will make you part of a team that truly supports your community. So don’t be ordinary…be extraordinary and become an On Call Firefighter.”

Cornwall is celebrating National Careers and Apprenticeship Week

Hundreds of local young people, business representatives, Cornwall Council officers, teachers and parents are coming together to help celebrate and promote careers guidance and career resources in Cornwall as part of National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week 6-10 March.

The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. With youth unemployment remaining high and employers citing that young people are ill prepared with the basic skills needed for employment, there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.

“As the largest careers campaign in the UK, National Careers Week is a great platform to promote careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in Cornwall,” said Samantha Cartmel, National Careers Week Ambassador in Cornwall and Communications Officer for the Raising Aspirations and Achievement Strategy (RAAS) Board.

“This year it is also running alongside the Government’s campaign, National Apprenticeship Week, so we’re really excited to see so many great events promoting all aspects of employment and employability throughout the county. It will be an exciting week for young people.”

Events being planned include:

  • 6th March – the local Apprenticeship Ambassador Network are organising an event at the Eden Project to promote apprenticeship opportunities to young people;
  • 7th March – Truro and Penwith College are running a workshop for local businesses to offer advice on how the Apprenticeship Levy and how hiring apprentices can benefit their business, which can be booked through their website
  • 7th March – Workpays is hosting an online 30 minute Guinness World Records™ attempt at 8:45am for the largest online careers advice seminar ever and anyone who is interested in careers advice can take part
  • 9th March – Cornwall Council are hosting an apprenticeship open day at New County Hall to promote their Apprenticeship Programme, which is open to all
  • 10th March – The Talent Match Cornwall team are organising an employer engagement event for young people out of education and employment with Spider Eye for their members
  • 10th March – the National Careers Service tour bus will end its tour of the South West in Truro outside the JobCentre to provide more information on career opportunities and how to access CEIAG for anyone who is interested


There will also be social media campaigns running throughout the week and all who are taking part are being encouraged to join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #NCW17 and #NAW17” said Sam



Anti – Cornish Daily Express article recorded as racial incident by Met Police

Inaccurate reporting by the Daily Express has resulted in a written complaint submitted by Cornish campaign group ‘Kernow Matters To Us’ (KMTU) being made subject of a crime report following consideration by the Metropolitan Police Community Safety Unit.

A prominent article in the Daily Express of 8th December 2016 maliciously libeled the endangered Cornish language and, by extension, its users, and incited hatred against the protected Cornish national minority people.

IPSO has just dismissed a complaint about a similar article in The Sun.

The main headline read:  “Government spends more on CORNISH lessons than English, anti-extremism report reveals.”

The sub-headline went much further, making the following false and malicious claim:

“Extremism is on the rise and integration is stalling because the Government is spending more money on Cornish lessons than English lessons, a damning report has claimed.”


The cited Report, by Dame Louise Casey, is misinformed regarding funding but, in fact, makes no claim that links Cornish with extremism.

Cornish, like Welsh, is a protected language under the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, and listed as “seriously endangered” by UNESCO; while the Cornish people are also recognised and protected under the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.  The UK Government is a signatory to both the Charter and the Framework Convention.

It is the view of members of KMTU that the author of the offensive article, a journalist named Joey Millar, and the Daily Express editor Hugh Whittow, have committed a serious incitement of hatred against the Cornish national minority people and their native language.

Commander Chisty from the Metropolitan Police has contacted KMTU by letter explaining that the matter will be treated as a ‘specified investigation – Racial Incident’ and the matter recorded under Met Pol crime reference 6506047/17.

A member of KMTU is in liaison with Detective Sergeant Tim Shea of the Metropolitan Police Community Safety Unit.