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Shark sighting closes beach in Cornwall

Praa Sands. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

A beach in Cornwall was closed after a shark sighting.

Lifeguards moved people off the beach at Praa Sands yesterday as a precaution.

The RNLI has confirmed no further sightings have been made and the beach is open as usual today.


'It's going to kill a child': Dog attack victim warns others

Peter Fitzgerald with his own dog Kimbo. The two were attacked while out walking in Truro. Credit: ITV News

A man attacked by a dog in Truro while walking his own says he fears a small child could be killed by the animal.

Peter Fitzgerald says he and his own dog, Kimbo, were attacked on Saturday as they were out for a walk on playing fields near Cornish Crescent. The other dog pushed Mr Fitzgerald to the ground, repeatedly biting him and leaving him with serious head injuries.

He needed a three hour emergency operation, including plastic surgery, and now has hundreds of stitches and staples in his scalp.

Mr. Fitzgerald says the dog is still being taken out for walks by its owner, and he's worried a child could be attacked next.

Police have appealed for the owner of the dog and any witnesses to come forward.

Elton John back to perform in Cornwall after 30 years

Sir Elton John will be performing at the Eden Project tonight. Credit: Newspix/ABACA/Press Association Images

The excitement is building as Cornwall prepares to welcome one of the biggest names in rock to its biggest music venue, the Eden Project, tonight.

It will be the first time Sir Elton John has performed in Cornwall in 30 years, and it's no surprise the event's 6,000 tickets were snapped up in minutes when they went on sale last December.

He's at the Eden Project for two nights as part of the attraction's summer session of concerts. Last time it was the Cornwall Coliseum, which has since been demolished.

We'll be at Eden live tonight, bringing you all the excitement from what is set to be one of the highlights of the Eden Sessions' 13-year history.

Sir Elton joins an illustrious list of more than 70 acts who have performed here since they began in 2002.

Eden Project founder Tim Smit speaking to ITV West Country's Ian Axton next to the stage where Elton John is performing tonight. Credit: ITV News


Raising the flag for Armed Forces Day

Torpoint will be raising the Armed Forces flag today Credit: Ministry of Defence

Torpoint will raise the Armed Forces Day Flag today as the town prepares to host Cornwall’s salute to military.

This year’s Cornwall’s Armed Forces Day will take place on Saturday (June 20th) at Thanckes Park, Torpoint.

In the lead up to the event the town will fly the flag from the masthead in the town centre.

We are delighted to have been chosen to host the County’s Armed Forces Day, honouring our military personnel, past, present and future.

We hope to build on the successful events we’ve have held in the park, such as our Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The event promises to be a great day of entertainment for all the family and we are looking forward to welcoming Armed Forces personnel, their families, veterans, cadets and members of the general public from across Cornwall and further afield.

– Councillor Mike Pearn

WATCH: 18-month-old baby gets her sea legs

A baby girl from Cornwall has become an internet sensation with her swimming skills.

Seija Reeves-Shearn, who is just 18 months old, managed to paddle a distance of four metres at the Swim Academy in Redruth. Mum Ellen who works at the academy is delighted.

"I'm immensely proud of Seija - she's a real water baby. She's been coached by me and other members of the team at the Swim Academy. It's amazing to know that she knows how to 'reach' and she is very aware that she is alright and in a safe place."

– Ellen Reeves-Shearn, Seija's mum

Sentences due in £20 million Crown Currency fraud case

Susan Benstead with husband Peter Benstead, also a defendant in the case. He has since died. Credit: ITV News

A widow and her son from Cornwall are due to be sentenced for their part in a £20 million fraud.

Susan Benstead and her husband Peter were found guilty of a foreign exchange scam following a three-month trial. But Peter Benstead killed himself near his home in Penzance while the jury was considering verdicts. Four other men, including their son, face sentencing in connection with the case at Southwark Crown Court

The defendants were found to have traded under illegitimate companies and used the money to fund lavish lifestyles.

Susan Benstead, 70, has been found guilty of money laundering. Her son Julian Benstead and son-in-law Roderick Schmidt, both 46, were convicted of fraudulent trading, while Schmidt was also found guilty of theft. Stephen Matthews, 52, was convicted of false accounting, and 75-year-old Edward James, a former mayor of Glastonbury, was found guilty of fraudulent trading.

Edward James, 75, a former mayor of Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

The police investigation lasted over two and a half years - and over 12,000 victims were found to have lost money.

This is the largest fraud investigation ever undertaken by the Devon & Cornwall police force.

Julian Benstead, 46 and Roderick Schmidt, 46 Credit: ITV News

Cornwall sailor gives up technology for boating challenge

An RNLI volunteer from Cornwall is challenging himself to travel the seas without modern technology Credit: ITV News

An RNLI volunteer from Cornwall is challenging himself to travel the seas without modern technology.

Simon Fayers from the Lizard lifeboat crew will take his yacht on a 900 mile round trip using only the tools of ancient mariners.

Simon sets off tomorrow in his 26 foot yacht Shebeca to take part next week in the Jester Challenge; a single handed race from Plymouth to Baltimore, off southern Ireland.

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