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Letter sent to parents following bomb hoax

Parents of girls who attend Truro High School for Girls were sent home with a letter today, informing parents of the bomb threat.

Dear Parents,

At 08:10 this morning the School received a telephone call informing us that an explosive device had been placed at the school. We took the decision to evacuate the buildings and await the arrival of the police.

The nursery building was searched first and those children were allowed to return inside along with our own Pre-Prep classes. The older girls were kept warm and dry elsewhere while police teams combed the site, working alongside our own senior staff and estates team.

All buildings were declared safe shortly after 9.30am and the girls were allowed to return to School. Special assemblies were then held to explain the situation to the pupils. Staff are on hand to assist any girls who may have further questions or concerns.

Officers praised the School's response to the call and have advised us that we are one of four schools in Cornwall affected by such calls this morning.

– Dr Glenn Moodie, headmaster

Schools evacuated after security threats

Hundreds of pupils were evacuated after four neighbouring schools received coordinated security threats.

St Ives School and Humphry Davy School in Penzance, and Truro High School for Girls and Penair School in Truro, made the decision to ask pupils and staff leave.

Police say the schools received the warning at around 8am but, by 9am, police said they found no threat or risk and buildings were able to reopen.

The four schools involved in the security threats Credit: ITV West Country

Head teacher of Humphry Davy School, Bill Marshall, applauded staff and students alike for their reaction to the scare.

I would like to commend all of our students and staff for reacting in such an impeccable way, especially given the really poor weather.

We acted on information given at 8:30am and after finding that there was no issue the pupils returned to their class rooms, I really must thank everyone for their co-operation.

– Bill Marshall

In London four schools were also evacuated this morning following calls about "suspicious devices" being left at each of the premises.

A spokesman from the Metropolitan Police Service said the incidents were being treated as "malicious communications".

In the West Midlands a further six schools were reportedly evacuated following bomb threats today.

It comes a week after similar threats were made at four different schools in the Black Country, and four in Bristol last week.

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Opening of Penzance's outdoor sea pool delayed

Opening of Penzance's outdoor sea pool delayed Credit: ITV News

The opening of Penzance's outdoor sea pool has been delayed to allow more work to be carried out on the base of the pool.

More than a hundred steel rods are being driven into the base to stabilise it. The pool was badly damaged in the winter storms of 2014. The £3 million renovation of the 80 year old pool is due to be completed by next summer.

Penzance: body found in search for missing man

Officers in Penzance searching for missing man Stephen Carroll have confirmed a body has been found.

Police were called at around 10.15 this morning by a member of the public reporting that a man's body had been found in the woods near Polmennor Farm in Heamoor.

Formal identification has not yet been carried out but Stephen's family have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

55-year-old Stephen, from Penzance, was reported missing to police on Thursday 12 November.

A Christmas lights controversy in the West Country

While most people in the South West are admiring the Christmas light displays that are popping up in our town and city centres - the residents of two towns aren't being quite so complimentary.

No, in Tiverton and Penzance the displays look like pants - according to locals.

That's not their way of saying they look bad - they literally look like pants.

Penzance Credit: Mick & Karen Warne
Tiverton Credit: Apex News and Pictures

Teresa Fogarty of Penzance Town Council said:

"We got a lot of comments the first year they went up. It was quite hilarious people saw the funny side of it and it's quite quirky which fits in with Penzance, that's the kind of town we are, nobody's been offended by them not that I've heard, and it just adds to the fun of Christmas which is supposed to be a jolly time anyway."

– Teresa Fogarty, Penzance Town Council
Even in the cold light of day the Christmas lights in Penzance bear a strong resemblance to underwear. Credit: ITV News

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Warning: stay away from Longrock beach

People are being warned to stay away from Longrock beach near Penzance in Cornwall after reports that petrol may be washing up there.

Cornwall Council say reports that deposits of "an unidentified viscous liquid which may be petroleum based" are being washed up on the beach have been filed by members of the public.

Staff from the Council are erecting signs along the affected parts of the beach, asking people to keep children and dogs at a safe distance from the material.

The deposits, which have appeared along the high water mark from Marazion to Wherry Town, average between 2ft and 6ft in length.

Part of the beach is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, part by the St. Aubyn Estate and part by the Council.

Staff from the Environment Agency are arranging for samples of the substance to be taken and sent off for analysis. Work is also underway for the substance to be removed as quickly as possible.

Search for missing woman who could be in Cornwall

Alicja Stawkowski is thought to be in the Penzance area Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police are looking for a woman who went missing from her home in London and may be in Cornwall.

37-year-old Alicja Stawkowski was last seen last Thursday morning, 5 November and is believed to have travelled to Penzance. She suffers from depression and her family are very concerned for her welfare.

Searches have been taking place in the Lands End area this week in an effort to find her.

A possible sighting at Penzance station Credit: CCTV

Levitating cake in Penzance...

A Cornish cake company have created a levitating cake which will be unveiled at the world's largest cake show next week.

It's made by Peboryon and the tiered wedding cake is made from fruit cake,icing, chocolate and sponge which appears to be as light as air.

A Cornish cake company have created a levitating cake Credit: Peboryon cake company
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