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Rowers Stanning and Glover retain World Championship title

Helen Glover (left) and Heather Stanning during training Credit: PA

Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning have retained their title at the World Championships in France.

Glover from Penzance in Cornwall and Stanning from Yeovil in Somerset extended their record to 28 unbeaten races in the women's pair event.

They beat teams from New Zealand and USA to keep the title.



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
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