Author: Peter Tremayne

Police use rare powers to evict travellers from Devon – sending them into Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne A group of travellers have moved from Devon to Cornwall after police in Plympton took a much more aggressive approach than usual, threatening to impound vehicles...

Branson’s rocket is on its way to the stars – successful launch sends Virgin into orbit, boosting prospects for Newquay spaceport

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s LauncherOne rocket has successfully ignited its engines and is on its way to deliver three satellites into orbit. The successful flight – only the...

All systems go for 2pm launch, says Virgin Orbit

By Peter Tremayne Virgin Orbit will attempt to reach space at 2pm this afternoon (Wednesday) – a crucial moment for the Newquay spaceport. Richard Branson’s LauncherOne rocket so far...

Devonport dockyard wants to dispose of “radioactive” rainwater in the River Tamar

By Peter Tremayne Devonport dockyard is seeking permission to change the way it disposes of rainwater which might be contaminated by trace amounts of radioactivity, seeking to discharge it...

Virgin Orbit confirms it will attempt satellite launch tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne Virgin Orbit has said it is still planning to attempt a second rocket launch from California tomorrow. Richard Branson’s LauncherOne rocket is due to take off...

Go or No Go? Will Branson’s rocket fly again on Wednesday?

By Peter Tremayne Supporters of the Newquay spaceport are watching anxiously to see if Richard Branson succeeds in launching a satellite on Wednesday (30th June.) The Virgin Orbit LauncherOne...

Body in the reservoir: man jailed for life for murder

By Peter Tremayne A 50-year-old man from Lelant, St Ives, was yesterday (Wednesday) jailed for life for murder. Nigel Honey, of Fore Street, appeared at Truro Crown Court and...

Newquay spaceport: it’s the final countdown (maybe)

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit satellite rocket should take off from Newquay in 12 months, councillors have been told. The tycoon has told the Newquay spaceport team...

Batteries included: electric aircraft to shuttle from Newquay airport to Exeter

By Peter Tremayne A battery-powered light aircraft is to operate experimental shuttle flights between Newquay airport and Exeter later this year as part of a government experiment to cut...

Angry residents demand police action to remove the Rainbow Family from Bodmin Moor

By Peter Tremayne Angry residents on Bodmin Moor are calling on the police to take action against a group of travellers who have set up camp in woodland near...

easyJet now flying from Newquay to Birmingham and Inverness

By Peter Tremayne easyJet is introducing two new routes from Newquay Airport, to Birmingham and Inverness.  One-way fares start at £22.99. The new routes join easyJet routes from Newquay...

Branson’s rocket delayed again

By Peter Tremayne Virgin Orbit has again rescheduled its planned launched of a satellite rocket, delaying take-off by a week.  The LauncherOne had been due to take off from...

Cornwall to keep its Covid street marshals until who-knows-when

By Peter Tremayne Covid marshals will be seen on the streets of Cornwall until at least 19th July, Cornwall Council has confirmed. County Hall says the new “lockdown deadline”...

Competition intensifies in the horizontal launch space-race

By Peter Tremayne The commercial pressure on Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit company has increased after a rival company successfully put a satellite into space from a horizontal launch. The...

Arrests follow G7 “roadblock” protest while alleged “nuisance conspirators” are bailed to 9th July

By Peter Tremayne The VIPs have all gone but the legacy of Cornwall’s G7 Summit will now include how the police and courts deal with more than a dozen...

Newquay Airport flights to Dublin, and Belfast, hit by collapse of Stobart Air

By Peter Tremayne Flights between Newquay and Dublin, and Belfast, have been cancelled with immediate effect following the collapse of Stobart Air, which operated the routes on behalf of...

G7 Summit: Police arrest another 15 “suspected of conspiring to be a nuisance”

By Peter Tremayne Police have arrested another 15 people “on suspicion of conspiring to be a nuisance” at the G7 Summit. The arrests followed a search at Clowance Wood...

G7 police ship in Covid scare

By Peter Tremayne Twelve G7 police officers are self-isolating after one of them tested positive for Covid-19 on board their "floating hotel" cruise ship, anchored off Falmouth. Cornwall Reports...

G7 Summit: police arrest seven at Hayle, suspected of “conspiring to be a nuisance”

By Peter Tremayne Police have arrested seven people on suspicion of “conspiracy to commit a public nuisance” near the G7 Summit. The arrests were made following a search of...

Space race hots up as rival companies attempt horizontal launches

By Peter Tremayne The race to develop a commercially-viable horizontal-launch system for low-orbit satellites is set to intensify this weekend, as the Northrop Grumman space company attempts a “top...