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Acid attack sentencing in Truro

Mr Christopheros was attacked at his home on Carrine Road in Truro Credit: ITV News

A man is due to be sentenced at Truro Crown Court today for carrying out an acid attack on a man in a case of mistaken identity.

Property developer Andreas Christopheros, suffered serious burns and lost the sight in one eye when David Phillips threw sulphuric acid in his face in Truro last year.

Phillips, who's 49, attacked Mr. Christopheros on his own doorstep after travelling from his own home in East Sussex.


Singer admits exaggerating disability in benefits fraud

An entertainer, who claimed more than £32,000 in disability benefits, has been warned he faces jail after admitting fraud.

Jerry Foale, from Plymouth, has performed as a singer and entertainer all across Europe, but admitted exaggerating his disability to claim benefits for six years.

Foale from Plymouth failed to declare he was working as an entertainer when he claimed disability living allowance and incapacity benefit between 2008 and 2014.

"Only a small minority of benefit claimants are dishonest, but cases like this show how we are rooting out the unscrupulous minority who are cheating the system and diverting taxpayers' money from those who really need it."

– The Department for Work and Pensions

Britain's largest fly has been found in Devon

This is the first time in 15 years that the hornet robberfly has been found in the area. Credit: National Trust

An enormous predatory fly - the largest in the country - has been found at a National Trust farm in Devon.

The hornet robberfly is harmless to humans, but it's a "fearsome predator" of grasshoppers, and its larvae feed on the beetle grubs in cow dung.

Once common across southern England, its numbers have fallen dramatically due to losing its habitat - and this is the first time it has been seen on the East Soar farm near Bolt Head in 15 years.

Credit: National Trust

"We were both surprised and delighted to find this spectacular fly, Britain's largest, on National Trust land near Bolt Head."

– Rob Wolton, who discovered the fly

"A lot of work has been carried out by the Trust and our tenants over the last 4 years to improve the condition of the coastal area for the benefit of a wide range of wildlife. We are really pleased to see discoveries like the hornet robberfly which would not survive without the right grazing conditions."

– Emma Reece, National Trust Area Ranger
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