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Thousands of music fans descend on Looe

It's the fourth year running for Looe Festival Credit: ITV News

Thousands of music fans are in Looe this weekend for Cornwall's second largest festival.

Ninety acts, including the Changing Room and the Polperro Fishermen's Choir as well as headliners Squeeze and Frank Turner will be playing.

It's the fourth year running for the festival, which is bigger than ever. The original idea was to help lengthen the tourist season.

The fancy dress theme this year is Celts and Cowboys and it's lovely to see everybody walking around town, having a great time, and really showing Looe at its best and helping our local economy, I think."

– Tanya Brittain, Festival Organiser

Elvis-impersonator in custody on suspicion of firearms offences

Derrel Weaver is now being held for questioning at Launceston Police Station Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A 60-year-old man arrested on suspicion of firearms offences has been released from hospital and is now in police custody.

Dozens of officers were involved in the manhunt for Elvis-impersonator Derrel Weaver, who went missing from his home in Widegates near Looe last week.

He was found and taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment but is now being held at Launceston police station.


Elvis impersonator still in hospital after arrest

A 60 year old man is being treated in hospital in Cornwall after police spent all of yesterday on a man hunt. Derrel Weaver from Widegates was arrested last night on land in the village.

Police had been called after a domestic with fears Mr Weaver could be armed and posed a possible threat to his family.

A local school was closed as a precaution and police spent most of the day searching and talking to Mr Weaver.

He was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences last night and two firearms were seized. Police say he is being medically assessed before they take him to Launceston police station for questioning. Super-Intendant John Green is from Devon & Cornwall Police ...

Man arrested in Widegates and firearms seized

Derrel Weaver in concert Credit: Nick Irving

60 year old Derrel Weaver, Widegates near Looe has been arrested after police spent most of yesterday searching for him. He was found on land in Widegates shortly before 9:30pm and two firearms were seized nearby.

He was arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and is currently being treated in hospital. Police say they expect him to be taken into custody at Launceston police station later today. They say he is undergoing a medical assessment as a precaution.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Bickley said: “We would like to thank the public for its support and assistance with this matter.

"We would particularly like to praise the local community in Widegates for its patience and calm in the face of a large police presence throughout the day. We are thankful that this matter has now been brought to a safe conclusion.”

A man hunt is still underway in Cornwall

Derrel Weaver with one of his bikes Credit: Nick Irving

Police continue to search for 60 year old Derrel Weaver from Widegates this lunchtime. Police say he has access to firearms but they do not know whether he is armed. An ambulance and several police vehicles have recently gone down the lane towards the home where he lives.

Derrel Weaver in concert in Exeter Credit: Nick Irving


Cornwall police release picture of possibly armed man

Police search for Derrel Weaver Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Devon & Cornwall Police have released an image of 60 year old Derrel Weaver, from Higher Widlake Farm, in Widegates. He is wanted in connection with the on going investigation which began following a domestic incident at the farm at around 9.30pm last night.

People are being told not to approach him but to contact them immediately.

The police also want to tell Mr Weaver that they are not pre-judging any actions, but would like to speak to him as soon as possible.

There remains a high police presence in the Widegates and wider Looe area which involves firearms officers and trained local officers.

Superintendent Jim Pearce said: “There is currently no suggestion that Mr Weaver is any risk to members of the public, but we need to locate him as soon as possible.

“There is already extensive work on going to contact and speak to Mr Weaver by trained police co-ordinators and this also remains on going.

Supt Pearce added: “Police are aware of this and are doing everything possible to maintain the safety of the community, but we would ask all local people to be patient at what is obviously a disruptive time."

“There is a large number of police experts specifically trained for incidents like this currently involved in the operation.”

Trenode Church of England Primary School was closed in consultation with the head teacher earlier this morning. The school is expected to remain closed for most of the day.

Large police presence still in Widegates

Police hunt for possibly armed man in Widegates Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A large police presence continues in Widegates, near Looe this morning as police search for a man after a domestic.

The man has access to firearms although police do not know whether he is armed.

They are searching for him at the property in Widegates but are unsure if he is inside or outside.

A nearby school has been closed as a precaution.

Local school has been closed as a precaution Credit: ITV News West Country
Police presence still high in Widegates Credit: ITV News West Country
A lot of police in Widegates Credit: ITV News West Country
Police respond to a domestic in Widegates Credit: ITV News West Country
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School in Cornwall closed amid 'armed man' fears

A school in Cornwall has closed as police search for a 60-year-old man who is believed to have access to firearms.

The hunt for the man was sparked after a domestic incident at an address in Widegates, near Looe, Cornwall at around 9.30pm last night.

Police are searching for a 60-year-old man who has access to guns. Credit: Google Maps

Devon and Cornwall Police said the nearby Trenode Church of England primary school has been closed as a precaution.

“We do understand that this will cause some significant inconvenience for some parents and local residents and this decision was not taken lightly but public safety is our most important concern of the school and police,” a police spokesperson said

The public have been warned to avoid the area and to report any suspicious activity.

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