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Fraudster couple escape abroad

Peter Giffard and Penelope Lawton from Budock Water, Falmouth Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A couple from Falmouth who were convicted of £600,000 worth of fraud are thought to have escaped abroad.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for 49 year old Peter Giffard and 52 year old Penelope Lawton from Budock Water.

They obtained hundreds of thousands of pounds through fraudulent mortgages.

The couple have two children age 17 and 15 who they are thought to be travelling with. Police believe they may have travelled to Egypt.


Body found off Cornwall coast

Body found off Cornwall coast Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after a man's body was found in a green dinghy adrift off the coast of Falmouth.

They were called to the Prince of Wales pier just after 7am this morning ( March 19th) and were aided by the coast guard.

A 44 year old local man was found dead. Police say his death is not thought to be suspicious.

Next of kin have been informed.

Cornish Navy ship sent to help tackle European migrant crisis

RFA Mounts Bay Credit: Royal Navy

A Cornish navy ship will be deployed to help tackle the migrant crisis in the Aegean Sea.

RFA Mounts Bay, and a Wildcat helicopter, will be sent to the stretch of water between Turkey and Greece, to help stem the flow of migrants making the perilous journey.

It will be joined by three Border Force boats.

The navy ship, which is based in Falmouth, will help identify smugglers taking migrants to Greece - passing the information to the Turkish coastguard.

RFA Mounts Bay from Falmouth will be joined by three Border Force boats Credit: Royal Navy

This migration crisis is the greatest challenge facing Europe today. Britain has not faced anywhere near the scale of migrants coming to Europe as other countries because we are out of Schengen and retain control of our borders. But where we can help, we should.

– David Cameron


Man dies onboard ferry

An example of the type of ferry the man died onboard Credit: PA

A man has died onboard a ferry in Falmouth.

Emergency services were called to Queen Elizabeth Dock at 11.25 am on Monday following concerns for a man onboard the Irish Ferries.

Officers found the man, in his 40s, who had sustained serious injuries, but he later died onboard.

Police say his death is being treated as unexplained.

Man arrested after fatal crash which killed 16 year old girl in Falmouth

The driver of a car in which a 16-year-old girl was killed has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Sophie Taylor from Falmouth was a rear seat passenger in a car which overturned after hitting a verge at Castle Drive near Pendennis Point, it happened at 01:50am on Sunday 3 January.

The unnamed 18-year-old man was driving and has been arrested and bailed.

Boot print memorial for popular Falmouth policeman Andy Hocking

PC Andy Hocking died suddenly in March. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Memorials have been unveiled in Falmouth for hugely popular local police officer Andy Hocking, who died suddenly in March.

It is that hoped PC Hocking's boot prints will act as a permanent reminder of the much-loved officer to the people of Falmouth.

It is that hoped PC Hocking's boot prints will act as a permanent reminder of him to the people of Falmouth. Credit: ITV West Country

Thousands of people joined a march in PC Hocking's honour after his sudden death.

More than 6,000 people marched through the streets after PC Hocking's funeral. Credit: ITV West Country
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