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Founder of Cornwall charity in court over fraud

The founder of charity ShelterBox, from Cornwall, has appeared in court on fraud charges. Credit: ITV West Country

The founder of the aid charity ShelterBox has appeared in court accused of fraud and attempted theft from the charity.

Tom Henderson (left) with his son

Tom Henderson appeared before the City of London Magistrates' Court charged with three counts of fraud by abuse of position. Mr.Henderson did not enter a plea and will appear at the Old Bailey on 22 September with his son and a Dorset businessman who face similar charges. Mr Henderson left the charity in July 2012 and was arrested a year later.

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Blue Flag Appeal

A leading Cornish businessman is urging Cornwall Council to apply for blue flags on some of its beaches. Rob Harris, who runs the Ann's Cottage Surf Stores, says the lack of applications will send the wrong message to tourists. He's now launching a petition to encourage the Council to change its mind.

Rob Harris, Ann's Cottage owner

"I was shocked by the Council's decision not to apply...I've had countless people in our stores as appalled as I am and ready to take action"

– Rob Harris

Tourism bosses anger at plans to cut funding

Visit Cornwall works to bring more people to the Duchy's landmarks and beaches like this one at St Ives Credit: ITV Westcountry

Tourism bosses have reacted with anger to Cornwall Council's plans to stop funding Visit Cornwall.

The authority gives Visit Cornwall £850,000 a year to operate but says it should now be funded by the private sector.

There's uncertainty from the tourist industry as to whether the idea will work.

Plans for how Cornwall Council will make cuts

Cornwall council has been outlining how it intends to save £196 million over the next four years. All areas of the council will be affected by the cuts, which represent around 30% of the budget.

Some services will be protected from the worst of the cuts and given priority status although they will still be affected in some way. They include services for vulnerable people, public transport and road repairs and maintenance.

There will be a two month consultation period before the draft budget is finalised.

We are not in a position that we want to be in. We are forced to make these changes and these savings because of the changes in funding to local government. We are trying to make it as positive as we can by building an efficient and effective council, by creating an ambitious Cornwall which is working for itself to bring improvements and change and a strong economy.

– John Pollard, Council Leader

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1 in 10 parents skip meals to feed their children

Gillian, a single mother of three, says she's grateful for donations from the Exeter Food Bank, without which she says her family could be forced out of their home.

The charity Shelter claims that more than a third of working parents are cutting back on food spending to cope with increasing housing costs. With 1 in 10 even skipping meals.

What we need to see the Government do is make sure the safety net is strong, so if people lose their jobs, or their income falls off a cliff they don't lose their homes straight away, and can take that chance to get back on their feet.

– Shelter

Condor: 'We know this is disappointing for Weymouth'

Poole is a modern and well-connected port, well-liked by our customers.

We recognise that this is disappointing news for Weymouth. However, given the need for berth improvements and an Environmental Impact Assessment, Weymouth is not currently in a position to accommodate [the new ferry].

– James Fulford, CEO of Condor Ferries

Condor Ferries to pull out of Weymouth next spring

Condor Ferries will end services from Weymouth in spring 2015, and will operate its new cross-Channel ferry from Poole. Weymouth and Portland Borough Council spent around £3.4 million upgrading the old ferry terminal but it could not accommodate the company's new ferry without a full £10 million investment.

Condor's new ferry. Credit: Condor
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