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Man jailed for shooting woman in the head

Peter Roberts has been jailed for a total of five years Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A man has been sentenced to a total of five years in prison after shooting a woman in the head with an air rifle in Looe in September 2014.

Peter Roberts, 46, of Millendreath, was sentenced at Truro Crown Court today, 21 December.

The sentence was made up of 2.5 years for the wounding of the woman hurt in the shooting, 15 months for firearms offences uncovered during the investigation of this shooting, and 15 months for a separate affray in Looe.

The 57-year-old woman suffered a serious head injury as a result of being shot in Millendreath car park. It happened at around 11pm on 28 September 2014.

A 57-year-old woman was seriously hurt after being shot in the head in Millendreath car park Credit: ITV News

“This was a particularly serious injury caused by the inappropriate use of an air rifle.

“It is fortunate the injury suffered was not more serious. It has caused tremendous stress to the victim and she depends to a great degree on the support of her family.

“This incident has changed the lives of all of those involved. It serves as a warning that any firearm can prove very dangerous if used in the wrong way.”

– Detective Inspector Steve Hambly, Senior Investigating Officer

The firearm used has never been recovered.


Driver charged following Looe coach crash

The crash happened in May last year

The driver of a coach which crashed in Morvel near Looe, killing two people, has been charged with causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

Margaret Luxton and Carol Muldoon both died when the coach collided with a wall in May 2014. They were part of a group of elderly people on a day trip. 48 others were injured. Martin Chun from Whitestone near Exeter has been released on bail and will appear before Bodmin Magistrates on 7 January.

Looe festival celebrates sustainable fishing

Looe prepares for Festival of the Sea Credit: ITV News

Final preparations are being made in Looe for a festival that celebrates the sustainable fisheries in Cornwall.

The Festival of the Sea takes place on Sunday and hopes to educate people on what fish to eat and why.

There'll be a day of activities including live crabs on show, Crabbing competition, Cooking demonstrations, Mackerel BBQ. The event is suitable for families and is mostly free with a small charge for fishing trips and BBQ mackerel.

Gill Bridges is the Festival Organiser and says they want to educate people about the local fishing industry:

Two sisters jailed for gang attack in Looe

Valena and Chantelle McMillan attacked Jamie Skinner in Looe Credit: ITV News

Two sisters have been jailed for a total of 21 years following a gang attack on a man in Cornwall.

Valena and Chantelle McMillan attacked Jamie Skinner on a night out in Looe last July. Mr Skinner was thrown into a shop window and then punched, kicked and stamped on - his wife was also assaulted.


Man charged with shooting at Millendreath

A woman was shot in the head at a car park in Millendreath in September Credit: ITV News

A 44-year-old man is due before Bodmin Magistrates, charged with attempted murder. It follows the shooting of a 57-year-old woman at a car park in Millendreath in Looe on 28 September. She was left with a serious head injury

Peter Roberts from Millendreath has also been charged with possession of an air weapon when prohibited for five years and possession of ammunition for an air weapon when prohibited for five years.

Man rescued after cliff fall in Looe

A man has been rescued after falling 15m onto rocks at Looe. Fire crews and the line rescue team were called to the scene near Hannaford Lane this morning.

They administered first aid and worked with South West Ambulance, Devon & Cornwall Police, HM Coastguard and the RNLI to transfer the casualty by lifeboat to a beach nearby. He was then taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Elvis impersonator jailed for firearms offences

Derrel Weaver. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

An Elvis impersonator who sparked one of the biggest manhunts in the history of Devon and Cornwall Police has been jailed for five years for firearms offences.

Scores of police officers searched for 60-year-old Derrel Weaver when he went missing from the small holding where he lived at Widegates near Looe in June this year.

The village school was closed as armed officers in military style helmets and bullet proof jackets scoured the fields and woodlands around.

He pleaded guilty to eleven firearms charges.

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
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