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'Sign a slate' appeal for Truro Cathedral

Truro Cathedral has begun a £3.2 million appeal to repair its roof. The Cathedral is asking for people to 'Sign a Slate'. Sixty thousand of them are needed to restore the roof and each one will record the donor's name. for the hundred years or more the restored roof should last. The Cathedral already has a Government grant of half a million pounds towards the project. The work is expected to take five years.

Truro Cathedral begins appeal to repair it's roof Credit: ITV News

It is people that form the heart of the cathedral and so it was very important to us to find a way for everyone to get involved and feel part of this important restoration project.

– Dean of Truro, the Very Reverend Roger Bush
People can sponsor and sign the new slates Credit: John Freddy Jones

Art con fraudster walks free from court

A Cornish art dealer who admitted conning people out of tens of thousands of pounds has walked free from jail.

David Carter from Hayle received a suspended sentence after selling copies of paintings, claiming they were originals by famous Cornish artists like Alfred Wallis.

Last month he admitted seven counts of fraud at Truro Crown Court where it was heard he had bought the paintings from a website called 'Any Old Tat'.

Today he was handed 12 months in prison, suspended for 2 years, ordered to undertake 200 hours of community service and told to pay £50,000 towards prosecution costs.

Judge Harvey Clarke said Carter had been running a fraudulent business and described him as a “commercial shipwreck” who will no longer be trusted by other art dealers.

The investigation was triggered after a complaint was made by a purchaser of one of the paintings who did not believe it was the real deal.

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Fraudster due to be sentenced for Cornish art con

“Boats leaving Newlyn Harbour” - which was described as an Alfred Wallis

A Cornish art dealer who admitted conning people out of tens of thousands of pounds is to be sentenced for fraud today.

David Carter from Hayle sold copies of paintings, claiming they were originals by famous Cornish artists like Alfred Wallis. The court heard he had bought them from a website called 'Any Old Tat'.

'It's going to kill a child': Dog attack victim warns others

Peter Fitzgerald with his own dog Kimbo. The two were attacked while out walking in Truro. Credit: ITV News

A man attacked by a dog in Truro while walking his own says he fears a small child could be killed by the animal.

Peter Fitzgerald says he and his own dog, Kimbo, were attacked on Saturday as they were out for a walk on playing fields near Cornish Crescent. The other dog pushed Mr Fitzgerald to the ground, repeatedly biting him and leaving him with serious head injuries.

He needed a three hour emergency operation, including plastic surgery, and now has hundreds of stitches and staples in his scalp.

Mr. Fitzgerald says the dog is still being taken out for walks by its owner, and he's worried a child could be attacked next.

Police have appealed for the owner of the dog and any witnesses to come forward.

Local sailor wins renowned Solitaire du Figaro

22-year-old solo sailor Robin Elsey has won the Solitaire du Figaro Rookie division.

The sailor, from Truro, crossed the line in the early hours of this morning to secure the title, finishing 15th overall of 39 boats.

Robin is just the second British skipper to have achieved this - Jack Bouttell was the first in 2013, where Jack finished 10th - another amazing result.

Exmouth sailor Sam Matson finished Leg 4 from Torbay to Dieppe in 10th, to see him go 13th overall - one position up from last year. Another great result.

Robin gave his thoughts on the race to the gathering crowd on the docks in Dieppe.

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Art dealer pleads guilty to selling fake paintings as originals

“Boats leaving Newlyn Harbour” - which was described as an Alfred Wallis

An art gallery owner has pleaded guilty to conning people out of tens of thousands of pounds.

David Carter sold copies of paintings online, claiming they were originals by famous Cornish artist, Alfred Wallis.

But he admitted 7 counts of fraud at Truro Crown Court where it was heard he had actually bought the paintings from a website called 'Any Old Tat'.

The investigation was triggered after a complaint was made by a purchaser of one of the paintings who did not believe it was the real deal.

The works involved were 'Schooner in St Ives Bay', 'Red sails St Ives', 'Boats leaving Newlyn Harbour' and a painted glass float, all by Wallis, and 'The Fishing Fleet St Ives' by John Brett.

Some of the paintings he had sold carried the words 'in the style of', a common phrase in the art world to indicate that the work is not by the original artist.

But many works did not carry any form of disclaimer and the prosecution said that Carter was fully aware they were not genuine when he was fleecing customers.

Stalking arrest made over Truro suspicious package alert

Police, ambulance services and the hazard materials team were all on the scene last night. Credit: ITV News

A man has been arrested on suspicion of stalking and harassment in connection with a suspicious package alert in Truro last night.

Two women were left with minor injuries after coming into contact with a white substance described as a "mild irritant". Police, ambulance services and the hazard materials team were all on the scene at the house in Payling Place last night.

The 47-year-old man is from Penryn, and is being held at Camborne Custody Centre.

The police say others are not at risk.

"I do not believe the wider public are at risk of receiving packages. This is a very focused stalking investigation."

– Chief Inspector Drummond-Smith
The incident happened at a home in Payling Place, Truro. Credit: ITV News

Suspicious package found in Truro to be sent for tests

Police say a suspicious package which caused an alert in Playing Place in Truro today (16 June) is being taken for tests.

Two women were left with minor injuries after coming into contact with a white substance described as a "mild irritant". A third person was also affected but did not need treatment.

It's too early to say what was in the package, that will be sent to the laboratory for examination.

But I am pleased to say that the two ladies only received minor injuries and they were treated at the scene by the ambulance service but they didn't have to go to hospital.

– Chief Insp IAN DRUMMOND Devon & Cornwall Police
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