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Heavy metal hens lay super-sized eggs!

A mother from Cornwall has raised a brood of rock chicks - but these are hens which lay super-sized eggs when they listen to heavy metal!

Anne-Marie Bradshaw, who keeps the hens on an allotment in Newquay, says the eggs have almost doubled in size since she first took a radio into the coop.

The hens even have a favourite track - Ace of Spades by Motorhead.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports:

Huge sharks spotted off the coast of Cornwall

Porbeagle sharks are potentially dangerous to humans but very rarely attack Credit: ITV News

Huge 9ft sharks have been spotted by fishermen off the coast of Cornwall.

But swimmers can rest assured that porbeagle sharks are far less dangerous than great whites.

The porbeagle sharks seen swimming near Boscastle should be “handled with care” because of their large and powerful jaws but rarely attack humans, according to the Shark Trust.

Mark Nelson was four miles from the port when he caught one of the giant fish earlier this month.

The 400lb shark was too large to get into his boat and after battling for an hour-and-a-half, Mr Nelson let it swim away.

Along with blue sharks, porbeagles are the most common species of shark in UK waters.


Police trying to find woman from Cornwall

Police are looking for information to help locate Lorraine Richens who is missing from Cornwall Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are looking for information to help find 62 year old Lorraine Richens who is missing from Liskeard in Cornwall.

She walked out of her home at about 11 o’clock yesterday morning (May 14th) and may be intending to travel to Abingdon in Oxfordshire by train.

Lorraine has mousey blonde shoulder length hair and is described as being very thin.

When she left she was wearing her anorak over a pink and white sweatshirt and blue jeans

Cornish fraud tycoon killed himself while on trial

Peter Benstead, who was on trial for fraud, killed himself in Cornwall Credit: ITV News

A businessman killed himself while on trial with members of his family for a £20 million fraud, it can be reported today.

Peter Benstead, 72, was found dead in a vehicle near his home in Cornwall on Sunday afternoon, hours after being reported missing.

Jurors at London's Southwark Crown Court were only told of Benstead's death today, in private, as they returned their verdicts in the three-month-long case - unaware the principal defendant had killed himself.

The seven men and five women had spent nearly two weeks considering Benstead's alleged involvement in the Crown Currency Ltd fraud case when he died. He had not appeared in the dock at various times during the three-month trial due to existing health issues.

The media were banned from reporting Benstead's apparent suicide until after the final verdicts were returned.

His Honour, Judge Michael Gledhill QC asked jurors not to return verdicts on the 10 counts on which Benstead was accused. However, jurors did find Benstead's widow Susan guilty of one count of money laundering - a joint charge with her late husband on which she could only be convicted if he was.

Their son Julian, and son-in-law Roderick Schmidt, were also convicted of offences relating to Crown Currency, along with employees Stephen Matthews and Edward James.

The widow was not in court when the verdicts were announced. The judge had told jurors "not to be worried" by the Bensteads' absence.

Addressing the jury at the end of the trial - before going into chambers and informing them of Benstead's death - the judge said: "I asked you to put him to one side. I will tell you why I have done that in a few moments' time."


FERRY: River incident delays services

The Torpoint ferry is operating with delays and traffic is queuing after a swimmer was spotted in the water.

The unknown man, thought to be in his 40s or 50s, was spotting swimming by passengers on the Torpoint Ferry who rang for help around 8am. Services were suspended while an MOD boat was launched to find him.

The man got safely out of the water and ferry services have resumed.

Talks take place at Western Greyhound over the future of staff

Talks are taking place this lunchtime between trade unions and management over the future of Western Greyhound bus drivers who lost their jobs.

The Cornish bus company collapsed on Friday - and while some drivers have been taken on by new companies - others are still facing an uncertain future. A number of other bus companies have temporarily stepped in to cover the routes.

Philip Bialyk, the RMT South West Regional Organiser, says the staff members feel let down.

Western Greyhound: no replacement bus services this weekend

Replacement bus services following the collapse of Western Greyhound are expected to start on Monday - but there will be none this weekend.

Cornwall Council has been working with the bus industry to arrange alternative services. Four companies have agreed to provide the majority of services from Monday.

Some former Western Greyhound buses will be seen back on the road next week - but they will not be operated by Western Greyhound. More details at

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