Police are investigating a suspected arson attack at a disused brewery in Redruth, Cornwall yesterday evening. More than twenty firefighters were needed to deal with the blaze, which broke through the roof. The brewery was also badly damaged by fire in 2011.
175 jobs are believed to be going at an engineering firm in Redruth. Pall Europe Limited says it's moving some of its operations abroad. It's been described as a devastating blow to the town.
Workers were told of the the company's plans today. The factory has been in the town for more than 30 years. The company's other factory near Newquay is not affected. Cllr Mike Eddowes and Redruth's Mayor Cllr Judy Davidson gave us these reactions.
The move is part of our continued effort to ensure we are appropriately structured to deliver high-quality products and superior service to our customers worldwide. This includes developing dedicated centres that improve the effectiveness of our operations and make it easier for customers to do business with Pall. The company recently opened a new state-of-the-art Life Sciences Centre of Excellence at its new Harbourgate site in Portsmouth, creating an important Life Sciences hub for Pall.
– Huw Chapman, Managing Director, Pall Europe Limited
A PCSO from Redruth, Cornwall, who was jailed for having sex while on duty has had his seven year sentence halved.
Peter Bunyan, 40, was convicted in March 2013 of seven counts of misconduct in public office. But the Court of Appeal agreed that the sentence was 'manifestly excessive' and has reduced it to three years.
Peter Bunyan has already been dismissed without notice from Devon and Cornwall Police.