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'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.


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


Hazardous substance: Three people treated

Three people have been treated by paramedics at their home in Cornwall after coming into contact with a mild irritant.

Emergency crews, including the fire service's hazardous chemicals team, were called to a house in Playing Place in Truro this afternoon after reports that three people were feeling ill after being sent a white substance.

The hazard team are still at the scene but are likely to be stood down shortly.

Hazard materials team called to house in Truro

Police, ambulance services and the hazard materials team are on the scene in Truro. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Police are investigating after three people were taken ill, after coming into contact with a package in Truro.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue's hazard materials team as well as police and ambulance services are all on the scene at Penhalls Way, Playing Place.

No other properties are believed to be affected.

Anti-austerity march held in Truro

Anti-austerity march held in Truro Credit: ITV News

A protest has been held in Truro today against welfare cuts proposed by the new Conservative government.

The peaceful demonstration was organised by The People's Assembly. They're unhappy about the Governments plans of cuts to local and public services.

"We just want to give people a voice that feel alienated by the whole political process. We want to hear people's stories, and experiences and worries of the next 5 years."

– Nick Ouspy, Rally Organiser

"The Government have been pushing people to go into higher education, I've done exactly everything that they've told us to do and I'm still looking at the prospect of unemployment."

– Steffani Benton, trainee teacher
Anti-austerity march held in Truro Credit: ITV News
Anti-austerity march held in Truro Credit: ITV News

Lottery millionaire great-granddad thought he 'might have won £25'

Peter Congdon thought he had won £25. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A great-grandfather from Truro has hit the lottery jackpot, winning £13.5 million in last week's Lotto Rollover.

Three different people told Peter Congdon, 67, it was his lucky day after he won a few pounds on scratchcards three days in a row. When he got lucky on the Rollover his first thought was that he had won £25, before double checking with his daughter that it was the magic six.

“When she agreed with me, I came home and put my ticket in a book in the kitchen and made myself a cup of tea. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that night.”

– Peter Congdon, Lottery winning

Mr Congdon, a widower, is a father-of-three, grandfather-of-ten and great-grandfather-of-one in a close-knit family who all live nearby. He says he'll be treating himself and his children to new cars, but this year's family holiday won't be changing - they'll be going to Butlin's, as they have for 40 years.

Peter Congdon is looking forward to treating his close-knit family. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Congdon is the latest winner from the region, joining recent winners Jenn Burston from Exeter who won £3 million at Christmas, and a syndicate group from Plymouth who won last summer.

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