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Man cleared of all charges in crossbow murder trial

A man accused of murdering his brother-in-law using a crossbow, has been found not guilty by a jury at Truro Crown Court.

Daniel Schofield said at his trial that he shot Roy Hanson by mistake - and today a jury agreed. He was also found not guilty of a charge of gross negligence manslaughter.

The tragic accident took place at a farm in St Keverne in Cornwall last year.

Jury retires to consider verdict in crossbow murder trial

Daniel Schofield is accused of blasting Roy Hanson in the chest with a crossbow. Credit: ITV News

A jury has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of murdering his brother-in-law using a crossbow.

Roy Hanson died in October last year after being shot with a bolt at a remote farm near St Keverne. Daniel Schofield denies a charge of murder and gross negligence manslaughter.

The jury of six men and six women retired after hearing four days of evidence at Truro Crown Court.

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Man on trial for murder committed with crossbow

Daniel Schofield is accused of blasting Roy Hanson in the chest with a crossbow. Credit: ITV News

A 29-year-old man is due to stand trial in Truro accused of murdering a Helston man with a crossbow.

Daniel Schofield is accused of killing Roy Hanson in October last year.

A murder investigation was launched after Mr Hanson died at a remote farm near St Keverne.

Mr Schofield denies both charges.

Roads busy surrounding RNAS Culdrose air show

Devon and Cornwall Police have reported that the roads around Helston and West Cornwall are particularly busy today due to Culdrose Air Day.

They are urging drivers to be patient when travelling in the area.

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Former MP Andrew George dances before his demise

It is Flora Day in Helston when men and women and boys and girls take to the streets in a series of dances to bring on the summer.

It seems the whole town comes out to celebrate - whether dancing, playing or just watching from the sidelines.

The Liberal Democrats may have been facing a wipe-out across the West Country but it didn't stop former St Ives MP Andrew George taking part in one of Cornwall's most popular customs.

Andrew George has had a role in the celebrations for many years and today - even though he was still waiting for the result in his constituency - stepped up for the Midday Dance.

Later, Mr George was to find that he had indeed lost his seat - to the Conservative Derek Thomas by 2,469 votes. It was the last result declared in the General Election and completed the transformation of Cornwall from a Lib Dem stronghold since 2005.

Farmer ordered to pay more than £20,000 after walker trampled by cows

A farmer has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 after a walker was seriously injured when she was trampled by cows.

Emma Smith was trampled by cows while on a public footpath Credit: SWNS

Emma Smith was walking on a public footpath in Helston when she was run down by the animals. She managed to get to a nearby property where she was rushed to hospital.

The 40-year-old suffered punctured lungs, broken ribs and spinal and facial fractures. She was also left with deep cuts, wrist fractures and extensive bruising to her face and body. She spent five weeks in critical care and nine weeks in hospital.

At Truro Magistrates Court farmer Jonathan Bryany pleaded guilty to a breach of the Heath and Safety at Work Act and was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £8,885 in costs.

Emma has been left with permanent injuries and was very fortunate not to have been killed in this totally avoidable incident. Cows with calves are naturally protective and can see people as a threat.

Farmers must be aware of the risks to people who are entitled to use a public footpath. Farmers and landowners should consider how this risk can be reduced such as using fencing, signs, temporary bypasses or moving cows with calves away from fields with public rights of way.

– Georgina Speake, HSE Inspector

Man appears in court over crossbow murder

Daniel Schofield is charged with killing Roy Hanson in Helston Credit: ITV News

A man has appeared in court accused of murdering a plumber from Cornwall with a crossbow.

Daniel Schofield has been charged with killing Roy Hanson at a remote farmhouse in Helston in October.

The 28 year old appeared at Exeter Crown Court and wasn't required to enter a plea. He spoke only to confirm his name at the preliminary hearing.

The case has been adjourned until next year.

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