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Man arrested in connection with knifepoint robberies

A 21-year-old St Austell man has been arrested in connection with a series of knifepoint robberies in Cornwall.

Police are investigating five robberies which have taken place at business premises in Reawla, Cubert, Scorrier, Porthtowan and Lanner since 31 January.

The most recent incident happened at Lanner Stores in Lanner on 16 February. A man threatened the cashier with a knife and demanded cash before leaving empty-handed.


Council to challenge housing plans near Cornish village

A parish council has been granted the right to mount a High Court challenge to plans for a controversial housing development near a quiet Cornish village.

Lanner Parish Council says the 25-home affordable housing development on land close to the village, near Redruth, goes against published planning policy.

"It is not for me to decide whether, in the end, it succeeds, but it is clearly arguable that there has been a failure to appreciate that this is outside the policy and thus there would be a positive requirement to explain why, in those circumstances, notwithstanding it is contrary to the policy, it is appropriate to grant permission.

– Mr Justice Collins

The judicial review challenge is likely to go before the High Court in the autumn.