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Safety net failure may have killed stuntman

Stuntman Matthew Cranch was killed when his safety net failed Credit: ITV News

A 'human cannonball' stuntman from Newquay was killed when the safety net intended to break his fall, failed.

An inquest heard today how 24-year-old Matthew Cranch plunged to the ground in front of horrified spectators at a County Show.

You can see David Johns report from the inquest below:

Inquest hears how "human cannonball" died after safety net collapsed

Matthew Cranch fell to the ground during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show Credit: ITV News

A "human cannonball" stuntman from Cornwall was killed when a safety net intended to break his fall after he was fired into the air collapsed, an inquest heard today.

24-year old Matthew Cranch suffered multiple injuries after he plunged to the ground during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show. He had been fired from a cannon mounted onto a lorry in front of spectators at the Kent County Showground on April 25, 2011.

Matthew Cranch himself was performing a stunt called the human cannonball.

There is a cannon mounted on the back of a lorry and it is fired into a safety net nearby. In this particular case, as Matthew was fired out of the cannon, the net collapsed, causing Mr Cranch to land on the ground.

He suffered multiple injuries and, tragically, he died at Maidstone Hospital that very same day. He had been attended to by St John Ambulance and other ambulance teams.

– Patricia Harding, Mid-Kent and Medway coroner


Newquay's traditional Huer's Hut restored

The hut had a crucial role in the fishing industry.

Repairs are due be completed today on one of Newquay's Huer's Huts.

Situated on Towan Head, the hut dates from the 19th Century, and was used by lookouts to spot shoals of pilchards in Newquay Bay. The work has cost £30,000.

It is hoped the wraps can come off early in January.

The work on the hut should be completed today. Credit: ITV News

Flybe pilot released without charge after suspicion of being over the limit

Flybe pilot released without charge after suspicion of being over the limit Credit: PA

Police say no charges will be brought against a Flybe pilot who was arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit at Newquay airport.

The 48 year old man was escorted from the plane and breath tested.

He had been due to the fly the plane to Gatwick. It's understood the pilot faces disciplinary charges from Flybe and the Civil Aviation Authority.


Police look to arrest man recalled to prison

Police look to arrest man recalled to prison Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police in Newquay continue to search for a man who has been recalled to prison. 27 year old Alex Shirley was convicted of robbery in September and given a suspended sentence. That has since been quashed and a custodial sentence of 5 years and 5 months has been given.

Police are now trying to find him so that he can be arrested.

Shirley is described as 5’7” tall with cropped black hair and known locally as 'scouse Jay'.

Community garden begins to take shape in Newquay

Duchy of Cornwall land in Newquay is being turned into a community garden Credit: ITV News

Work has started to transform Duchy of Cornwall land in Newquay into a community garden.

Newquay Community Orchard will include an allotment, cafe and a five acre Cornish apple orchard.

Those behind the project say it'll help people back to work and back to health.

Rather than sitting at home and waiting for a job I'm going out and doing something I can say to employers that I am actually volunteering in the community it makes me feel good.

– Andrew Kelly, Volunteer

Funeral for couple killed in Mawgan Porth tragedy

Family and friends will pay tribute to a Cornish couple who died while attempting to save four teenagers from drowning, at a joint funeral in Truro today.

Kevin Reynolds and Rachel Dunn, both from St Austell, died while trying to rescue the four boys from a dangerous rip current at Mawgan Porth beach last month. Mourners have been asked to wear bright colours.

Kevin Reynolds and Rachel Dunn. Credit: Family photographs
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