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Jury goes out in fraud trial of Shelterbox founder

Tom Henderson (left) is accused of awarding contracts to his son's firm. Credit: ITV West Country

The jury has been sent out in the trial of the founder of Cornish aid charity Shelterbox.

Tom Henderson (seen above on the left) is accused of awarding contracts for camping and survival equipment to his son's firm.

Tom and John Henderson both deny conspiracy to defraud, as does a third man Darren Gervis, from Beaminster in Dorset, who's accused of trying to hide the details from trustees.

High Sheriff of Cornwall pronounced dead after shooting

Anthony Fortescue was the High Sheriff of Cornwall. Credit: Irving of Exeter

The High Sheriff of Cornwall, Anthony Fortescue, has been pronounced dead at his home following a shooting incident.

Police were called to the Boconnoc estate in Lostwithiel yesterday.

They say they are currently investigating, but are not treating the death as suspicious.

Cornwall Council Chairman Ann Kerridge paid tribute to Mr Fortescue today.

“I am saddened to learn of the death of Anthony Fortescue, the High Sheriff. I have been fortunate to spend time with him at many civic events during the year at which he was always gracious and welcoming – a true gentleman.

On behalf of Cornwall Council I send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Elizabeth and their family at this extremely sad time.”

– Cornwall Council Chairman Ann Kerridge
Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country


Ryanair expected to confirm return to Newquay airport

Ryanair pulled out of Cornwall more than four years ago in a row over a £5-per head levy on passengers Credit: PA

Budget airline Ryanair is expected to confirm it's to resume operating from Newquay Airport.

Ryanair pulled out of Cornwall more than four years ago in a row over a £5-per head levy on passengers. Cornwall Council has decided to scrap the charge which was aimed at raising money for airport development.

Newquay airport's controversial £5 fee to be scrapped

The £5 tax on passengers flying from Newquay Airport will be scrapped next year Credit: ITV News

A controversial tax on passengers flying from Newquay Airport is to be scrapped. Cornwall council has taken the decision to remove the £5 fee from the end of March next year. The hope is that it will help encourage new airlines to fly from the airport.

The council says since “public service obligation” was introduced there's been an increase in the numbers of people using the airport.

Adam Paynter, the council’s cabinet member for resources, said that this had resulted in higher revenues which had, in turn, led to a reduction in the current level of subsidy provided to the airport.

Ryanair are holding a press conference tomorrow regarding the changes.

Phillip Schofield out and about in Newquay

Phillip Schofield taking a break in Cornwall - all be it a wet and windy one. Credit: Phillip Schofield

Even the wind and rain couldn't stop ITV's very own Phillip Schofield from taking a trip down to Newquay.

The 'This Morning' star photographed himself standing on the coast path above Towan Beach in Cornwall.

The presenter also paid a visit to Huer's Hutto restoration while in his hometown.

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