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Launceston Steam Railway worker robbed at knifepoint

The man is thought to be in his 40s or 50s

Police are questioning a man after an armed robbery at Launceston Steam Railway in Cornwall.

A man threatened the assistant working in the railway's gift shop, pulling out a kitchen knife and demanding the contents of the till.

He made off with several hundred pounds, assaulting a police officer nearby before escaping.

The officer needed hospital treatment but is not said to be badly hurt. No one at the railway was injured.

Launceston losing business over faulty internet cable

Many shops in Launceston are losing business because they haven't had access to a telephone or internet for weeks.

A faulty cable along the high street has affected up to 200 lines. It's hitting retailers hard during what should be their busiest time of the year.

BT says the problem has now been resolved but some areas are still experiencing problems.

We are sorry for the delay in restoring services for some households and businesses in Launceston. This has been a complex repair involving the replacement of a substantial section of underground cable, night-time working on a busy road and the need to clear blocked underground ducting.

The repair job was completed last night and we are now checking to ensure that, in the event of any customers still having problems, these are cleared as quickly as possible.

– BT

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Police search for missing Cornish girl

Talia Barrasford hasn't been seen since Sunday Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police in Cornwall are searching for a 14 year old girl who has been missing for 2 days. Talia Barrasford was last seen at her home in Launceston on Sunday night. Officers say they are concerned for her welfare.

She is described as 5ft 5ins tall, of slight build with pale ginger straight shoulder length hair. She is possibly wearing a navy coloured patterned dress and a white hoody, and carrying a maroon rucksack.

Launceston man accused of drug offences

A 23 year old man from Launceston is due to appear in court today charged with drugs offences. Jamie Hanscombe is accused of possession with intent to supply a Class A controlled drug. He is due to appear at Bodmin Magistrates Court today.

It comes after police found drugs in a car during a stop check.

Contractors move onto collapsed chapel site

The derelict chapel in Castle Street, Launceston. Credit: ITV News West Country

Contractors have moved in today to shore up the derelict chapel which collapsed in Launceston.

The roof of the chapel in Castle Street caved in after midnight on Thursday, bringing down the side walls.

Cornwall Council says the owners have promised to make the building safe while a decision is made about its future.

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