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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

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


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.

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