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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.

Primary school closed due to firearms investigation

Trenode Primary School in Looe is shut this morning because of a police operation nearby with fears that firearms are involved.

Police were called to a property at a rural location in Widegates, near Looe, shortly after 9.30pm last night. They say it is a domestic situation and it is understood one of the occupants has access to firearms. They are looking for a 60-year-old man in the ara.

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.

– Devon & Cornwall Police spokesperson
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Cornish animal sanctuary's campaign to end pet monkey trade

The actor Stephen Fry is supporting a Cornish charity's campaign to end the trade in pet monkeys. The Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary in Looe has also had support from South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray, who wants more rigorous checks on thousands that are kept in as pets in the UK.

One left severely traumatised by its owner was Joey - who spent nine years in a cage, before he was rescued and found a new home at Wild Futures. We visited to find out how he's getting on.

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Tributes to grandmother killed in the Looe coach crash

The family of Carol Muldoon, who was killed in the Looe coach crash, say their hearts have been broken by her loss Credit: Family

The family of Carol Muldoon, who was killed in a coach crash near Looe earlier this month, have paid tribute to her and spoken of the loss they feel.

“Our hearts have been broken by the loss of our vivacious mother and grandmother, who made us and those around her laugh more than anyone else in the world. We take comfort, however, in the knowledge that her last years and moments were spent in the arms of John, undoubtedly the love of her life.”

Mrs Muldoon, who was 68 and from Exmouth, was on a day trip to Looe with Age Concern when the accident happened. She died, along with 61-year-old Margaret Luxon, who was also from Exmouth. A number of other passengers were seriously injured.

An inquest into the women's deaths has today been opened and adjourned until 13 June.

Inquests into Looe coach crash victims

Two people died and a number were seriously injured in the coach crash near Looe Credit: ITV News West Country

The inquests are due to open today into the deaths of two women who were killed when a coach crashed near Looe.

Margaret Luxton and Carol Muldoon from Exmouth were on an Age Concern trip to the seaside resort when the accident happened at Morval on 13 May.

Three still in hospital after coach crash in Looe

Three people remain in hospital after last week's coach crash in Looe Credit: ITV West Country

Three people injured in last week's coach crash in Looe are still in hospital this morning. Two of them are described as stable but one remains in a critical condition.

Police have yet to formally identify the two women who died in the accident, which happened during an Age Concern day trip from Exmouth. They are still investigating what caused the coach to crash into a hedge.

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