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High Sheriff of Cornwall pronounced dead after shooting

Anthony Fortescue was the High Sheriff of Cornwall. Credit: Irving of Exeter

The High Sheriff of Cornwall, Anthony Fortescue, has been pronounced dead at his home following a shooting incident.

Police were called to the Boconnoc estate in Lostwithiel yesterday.

They say they are currently investigating, but are not treating the death as suspicious.

Cornwall Council Chairman Ann Kerridge paid tribute to Mr Fortescue today.

“I am saddened to learn of the death of Anthony Fortescue, the High Sheriff. I have been fortunate to spend time with him at many civic events during the year at which he was always gracious and welcoming – a true gentleman.

On behalf of Cornwall Council I send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Elizabeth and their family at this extremely sad time.”

– Cornwall Council Chairman Ann Kerridge
Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

Police attending incident involving firearms near Lostwithiel

Police attending incident involving firearms near Lostwithiel Credit: Google Maps

Police have been called to the Boconnoc estate in Cornwall after reports of an incident.

The police say they received the report just before midday at the estate near Lostwithiel. Police and ambulance are currently at the scene.

A source told ITV News that the incident involved a firearm.

Truck torn in half in crash

No one was trapped in the crash. Credit: @LostwithielCFRS

A pickup truck was torn in half in an accident in Cornwall this morning.

The back of the truck was ripped off in a crash with a van near Lostwithiel.

Fire crews attended the scene at 6am. No one was trapped, although the van driver was reportedly taken to Derriford Hospital as a precaution.

Credit: @LostwithielCFRS
Credit: @LostwithielCFRS
Credit: @LostwithielCFRS


Coroner rules accidental death of 5-year-old at Cornwall event

A five-year-old girl was killed by a vintage truck as she ran towards a helter skelter at a steam rally, an inquest heard. The coroner ruled a verdict of accidental death.

Tayla Saunders was knocked down and pinned under the wheels of an old-fashioned military Land Rover as it reversed in a field.

The youngster was with her foster parents who had lost sight of her for a few seconds at the Lanlivery Vintage Rally in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

Tayla, a cystic fibrosis sufferer, was hit and suffered major injuries as she stopped to stare up excitedly at the helter skelter.

Paramedics were standing yards away and began treating the little girl within a minute, an inquest was told. Tayla, from Honiton, Devon, was airlifted to hospital but died shortly after the accident on 8th September last year.

Mother begins campaign after meningitis death

A mother who lost her son to meningitis just two weeks before his wedding has launched a roadshow in Cornwall. Shane White from Lostwithiel was rushed to hospital after originally complaining of a sore throat and stomach ache. Just eight hours later he died.

Now Ros White is taking to the road to raise awarenesss of the signs and symptoms of a deadly disease.

Ros will be joined on her roadshow by Steve Dayman, the founder of Meningitis UK. To see our recent interview with him, click here.

To find out more about meningitis, click here.

Man wanted in connection with assault on train in Cornwall

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with an assault on a member of rail staff at Lostwithiel rail station Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they'd like to speak to following an assault on a member of rail staff in Cornwall. It happened on a train arriving at Lostwithiel Railway Station on the evening of Wednesday 5th December. PC Steve Campbell has issued this appeal:

“Following a ticket dispute on First Great Western’s 1916hrs Penzance - Plymouth service, a male passenger is alleged to have assaulted a member of staff on board the train.

“I am now issuing a CCTV image and appealing for anyone who can identify the man in this photograph as I believe he will have key information which can assist the investigation.

“I would also like anyone who witnessed the incident on the train to come forward.”

People with information are asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident reference B7/WWA of 03/01/2013

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