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Delays due to broken down train between Truro and Penzance

There are delays of up to an hour between Truro and Penzance due to a broken down train as the Plymouth bound line is blocked.

Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 90 mins or revised.

Delays are expected to continue until 10am.

Tickets are being accepted on CrossCountry services from Devon and Cornwall to Bristol Parkway.

Widow who laundered hundreds of thousands spared jail

Susan Benstead with husband Peter Benstead, also a defendant in the case. He has since died. Credit: ITV News

A widow from Cornwall who laundered hundreds of thousands of pounds from a £20 million currency fraud that was masterminded by her husband has been spared jail by a judge.

Susan Benstead's husband Peter killed himself last month, just days before the jury delivered their verdicts. This afternoon she was given a suspended sentence for her part in the fraud, which left 12,500 people out of pocket.


Investigation into Penzance pirate world record attempt

The town spent more than £50,000 on the event. Credit: ITV News

An inquiry is underway into how Penzance Town Council spent more than double its budget for a failed fancy dress world record.

The cost of the pirate event in May last year was set at £20,000, but the final bill came to more than £50,000. The town's mayor has promised a "full and public investigation".

The event was 77 pirates short of a record.

The event was 77 pirates short of the record. Credit: ITV News

Sentences due in £20 million Crown Currency fraud case

Susan Benstead with husband Peter Benstead, also a defendant in the case. He has since died. Credit: ITV News

A widow and her son from Cornwall are due to be sentenced for their part in a £20 million fraud.

Susan Benstead and her husband Peter were found guilty of a foreign exchange scam following a three-month trial. But Peter Benstead killed himself near his home in Penzance while the jury was considering verdicts. Four other men, including their son, face sentencing in connection with the case at Southwark Crown Court

The defendants were found to have traded under illegitimate companies and used the money to fund lavish lifestyles.

Susan Benstead, 70, has been found guilty of money laundering. Her son Julian Benstead and son-in-law Roderick Schmidt, both 46, were convicted of fraudulent trading, while Schmidt was also found guilty of theft. Stephen Matthews, 52, was convicted of false accounting, and 75-year-old Edward James, a former mayor of Glastonbury, was found guilty of fraudulent trading.

Edward James, 75, a former mayor of Glastonbury Credit: ITV News

The police investigation lasted over two and a half years - and over 12,000 victims were found to have lost money.

This is the largest fraud investigation ever undertaken by the Devon & Cornwall police force.

Julian Benstead, 46 and Roderick Schmidt, 46 Credit: ITV News

Party leaders in last-ditch bid for West Country votes

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg started a country tour at Land's End today. Credit: PA Wire

With just two more days of campaigning to go, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are back in the West Country again.

Both are in Cornwall today, which is regarded as a key Lib Dem and Tory battleground. Both parties currently have three seats each in the county.

Nick Clegg has been in Penzance this morning, as part of a Land's End to John O' Groats trek across the country, arguing that his party is the only way to avoid left and right-wing extremes. We asked him for his message to West Country voters.

Cameron talks jobs, schools and Cornwall stadium

The Prime Minister talks to supporters at a scaffolding yard in Penzance today. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Prime Minister has made an economic pledge to Cornwall today - setting out plans to create 15,000 new jobs, 5,000 new primary school places, and more money for the local NHS and roads.

He also said he would make a sports stadium for Cornwall a priority. The Cornish Pirates rugby club, which supports the Stadium 4 Cornwall campaign and would want to move to a future stadium, reacted positively to the promise.

We welcome the Prime Minister’s comments and now look to local politicians to deliver what the people of Cornwall want and need ... We remain 100% committed to working with the other Stadium Partners on taking our scheme for S4C back to Cornwall’s planning committee in June.

– Ian Connell, Chairman of the Board, Cornish Pirates
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