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Fire crews tackle huge fire in Truro

Firefighters have ben tackling a major fire at a cafe in the centre of Truro this morning. The fire broke out around 5am at The Cleopatra Cafe in New Bridge Street.

Ten firefighter teams from across Cornwall have been on site.


Acid attacker sentenced to life

David Phillips has been jailed for life Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A man has been sentenced to life at Truro Crown Court after admitting carrying out an acid attack on a man in a case of mistaken identity.

David Phillips travelled 300 miles to Truro where he went to the front door of Andrea Christopheros’ home on 9 December 2015. As the door opened, he threw a beaker filled with sulphuric acid at him. Truro Crown Court heard it was a revenge attack - which got the wrong target.

Andrea Christopheros was left with life-changing injuries Credit: LinkedIn

Property developer and father-of-one Andreas Christopheros, suffered serious burns, lost the sight in one eye and is partially sighted in the other.

David Phillips had admitted unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He was sentenced to life to serve a minimum of seven years and 67 days.

Acid attack sentencing in Truro

Mr Christopheros was attacked at his home on Carrine Road in Truro Credit: ITV News

A man is due to be sentenced at Truro Crown Court today for carrying out an acid attack on a man in a case of mistaken identity.

Property developer Andreas Christopheros, suffered serious burns and lost the sight in one eye when David Phillips threw sulphuric acid in his face in Truro last year.

Phillips, who's 49, attacked Mr. Christopheros on his own doorstep after travelling from his own home in East Sussex.

Man admits acid attack that blinded victim

Andrea Christopheros before the acid attack Credit: LinkedIn

A man has admitted launching an acid attack on a Truro property developer which left him blinded and severely disfigured – but he was the wrong target.

David Phillips went to the front door of Andrea Christopheros’ home on 9 December 2015 and threw a beaker filled with sulphuric acid at him. Truro Crown Court heard it was a case of mistaken identity in a revenge attack.

David Phillips admitted unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm with intent Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Supt Dave Thorne from Devon and Cornwall Police told the court that the attack was ‘ill prepared and ill planned’. Phillips went to the wrong house in the cul de sac and as the door opened, he threw the acid in Andreas Christopheros’ face.

He is significantly disfigured. His face, arms and body were burned. He is blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other. These are significant life changing injuries.

– Supt Dave Thorne, of Devon and Cornwall Police

Sentencing will take place next month.

Foodies celebrate Great Cornish Food Festival

The 12th Great Cornish Food Festival is taking place in Truro Credit: ITV News

Thousands of food lovers have descended on Cornwall for the Great Cornish Food Festival.

It's the 12th year the event's been held in Truro and over the weekend around forty thousand people are expected to visit. More than a hundred different food experts are taking part.

"We're here on Lemon Quay in Truro with a massive marquee. We've got about 100 food producers and chefs and experts from all over Cornwall who are delivering a packed programme all three days right from the start to the finish. Very, very busy programme and lots of food and drink for people to buy and try and eat on site or take home with them."

– Ruth Huxley, Director, Cornwall Food & Drink


Ever written to an author? This fan got an amazing response

10-year-old Molly Adam with her favourite book and a drawing from the author Credit: Truro High School for Girls

A pupil from Truro High School for Girls got the surprise of her life when her letter to the Children’s Laureate resulted in a series of hand drawn cartoons.

10-year-old Molly Adam sent an email to her favourite author, Chris Riddell, who created characters like Goth Girl and Ottoline, as part of a class project to contact well-known writers.

She also asked him some questions and was amazed by the responses - drawn as a series of charming cartoons.

Do you have a pet? Credit: Chris Riddell
What does it feel like when a book comes back from the publisher accepted? Credit: Chris Riddell
Which book is your favourite book out of the ones you have written? Credit: Chris Riddell
What is your favourite book? Credit: Chris Riddell

The whole school was touched by the popular author's response and says it would love him to visit.

Health watchdog calls for urgent improvements at RCH

The inspectors found inadequate staffing at the Emergency Department Credit: ITV News

Managers of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust have been ordered to make urgent improvements to protect the safety of patients.

The Care Quality Commission found staffing levels inadequate at times in its emergency department during an inspection in June.

Surgery was rated good, but inspectors also found wards full with patients waiting for support systems to be arranged.

The hospital says is is already making improvements.

We have to accept the findings. They came at a time when we had particular issues with flow out of the department and they're right, that's not a great mix, having too many patients in the department and not enough staff can potentially raise safety concerns.

That was the key finding that we were reflecting on here in the Emergency Department. We're now moving to have 14 nurses on the day and 11 at night which is a significant change from a few years ago when it was 12 and 9.

– Dr Andy Virr, Consultant, Emergency Department

Dangerous driver faces sentencing

Kirsty Knight from Redruth will be sentenced this afternoon. Credit: SWNS

A speeding motorist from Cornwall who crashed into a pregnant woman's car - causing her to lose unborn baby - is due to be sentenced at Truro Crown Court today.

Kirsty Knight was driving on the main road towards Truro when she clipped a verge and hit oncoming traffic. Last month a jury found the 30-year-old guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Rebecca Taylor - who was fifteen weeks pregnant - lost her baby and suffered serious breaks to both her legs.

27 year old Rebecca Taylor lost her baby after being hit by speeding motorist. Credit: SWNS
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