Author: Peter Tremayne

Cornwall’s Covid-19 numbers compare well with other council areas, but there are now fears that the slowly emerging care home data is just “the tip of the iceberg”

Above: data for confirmed cases, per 100,000 people, suggests Cornwall is "safer" than average; below, expected deaths by population size

Covid-19: Cornwall now has 274 confirmed cases

By Peter Tremayne The number of new Covid-19 cases in Cornwall continues to rise, but the rate of new confirmed infections now appears to be slowing – up 6%...

Cornwall’s police get tough with visitors – and are cheered by locals on social media

By Peter Tremayne Police in Cornwall say they chased and arrested the occupants of two cars for defying the Covid-19 emergency regulations. It is not known if the occupants...

Don’t come to Cornwall or we will fine you, police warn holidaymakers

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police have issued fresh advice to would-be tourists planning to head west for the Easter weekend.  Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew said that...

EXCLUSIVE: 120 extra beds to help Cornwall fight Covid-19, a decision on Nightingale field hospital this week, drive-through testing to start in Plymouth

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has recruited four more hotels to convert into temporary care homes, easing the pressure on acute beds at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro. The...

Covid-19: confirmed cases in Cornwall reach 198

By Peter Tremayne The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall has increased by 11 in the past 24 hours, one of the smallest daily increases for nearly a...

Debenhams Truro department store will not re-open

By Peter Tremayne Debenhams is to close its Truro department store, with the loss of around 50 jobs.  The Truro shop is one of 50 nationwide which will not...

No surfing: Devon & Cornwall police say they will continue to challenge motorists who are on their way to exercise, despite new national advice

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police have said that they have not yet had to use any “enforcement” measures in pursuit of the Covid-19 lockdown.  So far they...

Easter will be allowed in Cornwall, but not in North Yorkshire – police told to be consistent in the way they interpret their Covid-19 emergency powers

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police have said they have no plans to ban the sale of Easter eggs during the Covid-19 crisis. The force was responding to...

Some Cornish hotels to become temporary care homes, as health chiefs prepare for surge in Covid-19 cases and search for extra hospital beds

By Peter Tremayne Some Cornish hotels are to become temporary homes for people discharged early from hospital, as health chiefs prepare for a surge in Covid-19 cases in the...

Keep off the beaches or we will arrest you, say police

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police are ramping up their use of a social media account to advise about what the force considers to be “acceptable” reasons for...

Covid 19 lockdown: Everything which is not compulsory is forbidden, and everything which is not forbidden is compulsory. In Devon & Cornwall, that includes garlic bread and chewing gum

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police appear to be stepping up their efforts to keep people indoors, at least if the tone and frequency of their Covid-19 social...

Have you ever worked for the Devon & Cornwall police? Recruits to help fight Covid-19 wanted before 5pm today

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police are hoping to recruit former officers and support staff to help them deal with the Covid-19 crisis. The police are asking people...

Newquay Airport now closed until further notice, and calls on the government for a bail-out

By Peter Tremayne Newquay Airport has now closed, indefinitely, because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. All scheduled flights to and from the airport are now suspended.  In recent weeks...

Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry tolls suspended to protect staff during Covid-19 crisis

By Peter Tremayne Charges to cross the Tamar Bridge or use the Torpoint Ferry have been suspended for at least three weeks because of the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis. Cornwall...

I’ll fire my rocket on 30th April, says Branson

By Peter Tremayne Richard Branson’s reputation for unshakeable optimism has received a boost after he announced that he now plans the first launch of his rocket on 30th April....

From zero to hero: how the government changed its tune on migrant farm workers

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s farm labourers – many of them EU migrant workers – have within only one month gone from being “unskilled workers” to “key workers” whose children...

Falmouth University suspends face-to-face teaching because of Covid-19

By Peter Tremayne Falmouth University has suspended face-to-face lectures and studio work because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. Some students have been sent home and told they can work...

Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone cost Cornwall’s council taxpayers more than £200,000 last year

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council wrote off more than £200,000 in business rates at the Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone last year, according to new figures. A County Hall report...

Where have all the passengers gone? New figures reveal it was getting quiet at Newquay Airport, even before Flybe collapsed

By Peter Tremayne The difficulties facing Newquay Airport following the collapse of Flybe have been thrown into sharp relief by the publication of new figures which show an 11%...