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Lucky escape: man rescued after tree falls on home in Cornwall

The tree fell on a man's home, causing the ceiling to collapse. Credit: Cornwall Fire & Rescue

One man and two dogs have been rescued after a tree fell on a house in Mawgan, Cornwall this morning (Monday 4 January).

The man's neighbour called the fire service reporting that he had become trapped after a tree fell on the roof of his home. Fire crews from Helston, Mullion and Tolvaddon found the ceiling had collapsed, trapping him by the legs.

He was rescued and cared for by paramedics, with minor injuries reported.

Credit: Helston Fire
Credit: Helston Fire

Shelterbox founder looking forward to new chapter after learning he will not face a re-trial

The founder of Cornish charity Shelterbox says he's looking forward to starting a new chapter in his life after learning he will not face a re-trial over being accused of fraud.

65-year-old Tom Henderson - who no longer works for the charity - was found not guilty of fraud by a judge after allegations he had awarded lucrative contracts to his son's firm.

After a six-week trial, Mr. Henderson, his son John and another man, Darren Gervis, were discharged, after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

All three denied conspiracy to commit fraud. They were waiting to hear whether or not the prosecution would seek a re-trial - and have now been told it will not, after the judge's order that not guilty verdicts be returned on all three.

Shelterbox founder 'not guilty' of fraud, judge decides

A judge has ordered a not guilty verdict on Tom Henderson, his son John and Darren Gervis. Credit: PA Images

The founder of Cornish charity Shelterbox has been found not guilty of fraud by a judge, and will not be facing a retrial.

65-year-old Tom Henderson - who no longer works for the charity - was accused of fraud after allegedly awarding lucrative contracts to his son's firm.

However following a six-week trial, Henderson, his son John and another man, Darren Gervis, were discharged, after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

All three denied conspiracy to commit fraud. They were waiting to hear whether or not the prosecution would seek a re-trial - and have now been told it will not, after the judge's order that not guilty verdicts be returned on all three.

Tom Henderson (l) and his son John (r). Credit: ITV West Country

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Shelterbox founder Tom Henderson awaits decision on potential re-trial

Tom Henderson appearing at an earlier hearing. Credit: PA Images

A decision is expected today on whether the founder of Cornish charity Shelterbox will face a re-trial.

65 year-old Tom Henderson was accused of fraud after allegedly securing lucrative contracts for his son.

But following a six-week trial he was discharged after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Shelterbox say they're 'very disappointed' that fraud case not resolved

The Cornish charity Shelterbox have issued a statement saying they're "very disappointed" after the founder of the charity, who was accused of fraud, was discharged when a jury failed to come to a verdict:

‘It is very disappointing that these matters have yet to be resolved. It would not be proper for ShelterBox to comment further until we know how the Crown Prosecution Service wishes to proceed.’

– Alison Wallace, ShelterBox Chief Executive

Jury in Shelterbox trial fail to reach verdict

The jury in the trial of Shelterbox founder Tom Henderson and his son John have been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.

The 65-year-old from Helston - who no longer works for the Shelterbox charity - was accused of securing lucrative contracts for his son to help him buy a new house.

The jury has been deliberating their verdict for the last week, but failed to come to a decision. It's not yet clear if there will be another trial.

Jury can return majority verdict in trial of Shelterbox founder

Tom Henderson appearing at an earlier hearing Credit: PA

The jury in the trial of Shelterbox founder Tom Henderson and his son John have been told that they can return a majority verdict.

The 65-year-old from Helston - who no longer works for the Shelterbox charity - is accused of securing lucrative contracts for his son to help him buy a new house.

They both deny conspiracy to commit fraud, along with another man, Darren Gervis.

The jury was sent out on Wednesday November 11.

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