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Letter sent to parents following bomb hoax

Parents of girls who attend Truro High School for Girls were sent home with a letter today, informing parents of the bomb threat.

Dear Parents,

At 08:10 this morning the School received a telephone call informing us that an explosive device had been placed at the school. We took the decision to evacuate the buildings and await the arrival of the police.

The nursery building was searched first and those children were allowed to return inside along with our own Pre-Prep classes. The older girls were kept warm and dry elsewhere while police teams combed the site, working alongside our own senior staff and estates team.

All buildings were declared safe shortly after 9.30am and the girls were allowed to return to School. Special assemblies were then held to explain the situation to the pupils. Staff are on hand to assist any girls who may have further questions or concerns.

Officers praised the School's response to the call and have advised us that we are one of four schools in Cornwall affected by such calls this morning.

– Dr Glenn Moodie, headmaster

Schools evacuated after security threats

Hundreds of pupils were evacuated after four neighbouring schools received coordinated security threats.

St Ives School and Humphry Davy School in Penzance, and Truro High School for Girls and Penair School in Truro, made the decision to ask pupils and staff leave.

Police say the schools received the warning at around 8am but, by 9am, police said they found no threat or risk and buildings were able to reopen.

The four schools involved in the security threats Credit: ITV West Country

Head teacher of Humphry Davy School, Bill Marshall, applauded staff and students alike for their reaction to the scare.

I would like to commend all of our students and staff for reacting in such an impeccable way, especially given the really poor weather.

We acted on information given at 8:30am and after finding that there was no issue the pupils returned to their class rooms, I really must thank everyone for their co-operation.

– Bill Marshall

In London four schools were also evacuated this morning following calls about "suspicious devices" being left at each of the premises.

A spokesman from the Metropolitan Police Service said the incidents were being treated as "malicious communications".

In the West Midlands a further six schools were reportedly evacuated following bomb threats today.

It comes a week after similar threats were made at four different schools in the Black Country, and four in Bristol last week.


Delays after train hits obstruction in Cornwall

There is disruption on the Great Western Railway between Truro and Falmouth Docks after a train hit an obstruction on the line.

It means fewer trains are able to run - with possible delays, alterations and cancellations.

Passengers are being taken by road between Truro and Falmouth Docks in both directions until further notice.

The problems are likely to continue until 8.30am

Inquest to open two years after the death of a power worker who fell from an electrical pole

Ryan Thomas from Grampound Road died when the pole collapsed

An inquest is due to open in Truro more than two years after the death of a power worker who fell from an electrical pole.

Ryan Thomas from Grampound Road died when the pole collapsed while he was working for Western Power Distribution in Cawsand. The hearing is due to last two weeks.


City of Lights procession hits the streets of Truro

Thousands of people are getting ready to come out onto the streets of Truro for one of the most colourful events in the West Country calendar - the City of Lights Festival. A dazzling array of lanterns will light up the streets.

Steve Hardy joined a crowd of 800 school children as they prepare for the festivities.

Work to start on new stadium for Cornwall

Work to start on new stadium for Cornwall

Work will start on a new Stadium for Cornwall after the Secretary of State decided not to call in a planning application for the site at Langarth, near Truro.

It's expected building will start next summer on the site, which will provide a new stadium for rugby side, the Cornish Pirates as well as other sporting facilities and retail.

Man dies after crash on A39, near Truro

Man dies after crash on A39, near Truro Credit: ITV News

One man has died following a collision between two cars yesterday on the A39 at Perranarworthal near Truro. The collision involving a Vauxhall Astra and an Audi A4 happened shortly before 4.50am. The road was closed until just before midday.

The passenger of the Vauxhall Astra, a 20-year-old man from the Birmingham area was pronounced dead at the scene and his next of kin has been informed.

The driver of the Vauxhall Astra, a 31-year old man also from the Birmingham area is currently in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, where his condition is described as critical but stable.

The driver of the Audi A4, a 52-year-old man from Falmouth, is currently at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, where his condition is described as serious but not life threatening.

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