West Penwith local news

Cornwall’s fishing industry “needs a new course” as report reveals workforce has more than halved in 20 years

By Peter Tremayne The number of fishermen in Cornwall has more than halved in the past 20 years, according to a report to be considered by the Cornwall and...

Isles of Scilly council reveals the public cost of getting Covid patients back to the mainland – and the value of holding meetings in public

By Anne North Seven people have had to be evacuated from the Isles of Scilly, at public expense, because of Covid in recent months. Unlike Cornwall Council, the Council...

Hunt master denies criminal charges connected with the death of a cat

By Peter Tremayne A hunt master is to stand trial after a pet cat was killed by hounds belonging to the Western Hunt earlier this year. John Lanyon Sampson,...

New questions over the future of village pub

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a local community to take over its village pub have been undermined by the owners’ decision to withdraw it from sale. The Prince of...

Kynance Cove “is full” says National Trust

By Rashleigh MacFarlane One of Cornwall’s best-known beauty spots was “full” by lunchtime yesterday (Monday) according to the National Trust, which owns and manages the site. Kynance Cove, on...

Penzance Dry Dock is saved from threat of closure

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Penzance Dry Dock, which had been due to close at the end of May, has been saved after it was bought by a local engineering firm....

Western Hunt master faces criminal damage and dangerous dog charges after death of a pet cat

By Peter Tremayne A hunt master faces police charges after a cat was mauled to death in Cornwall earlier this year by the pack of hounds belonging to the...

Covid-19: Only three areas of Cornwall unaffected, according to latest cluster map

Cornwall’s average daily rate of Covid infection has fallen slightly over 24 hours, from 183.1 to 178 cases per 100,000 population.  The equivalent average number for England is 239...

The Isles of Scilly has a serious problem with its walrus

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Wildlife experts are drawing up plans to evict a walrus from St Mary’s harbour on the Isles of Scilly, after the animal caused thousands of pounds’...

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...

Egyptian vulture visits the Isles of Scilly

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The world of ornithology has been excited by a sighting of an Egyptian vulture, on Tresco, Isles of Scilly.  It is the first sighting in the...

Accidental death verdict recorded after coroner hears how spy writer John Le Carre injured himself in a fall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An inquest has recorded a verdict of accidental death, after hearing how the spy writer John Le Carre fractured his ribs in a fall at his...

Too many Tweets make a Twat: Culture Secretary blunders over Minack Theatre cash boast

By Julia Penhaligon Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has deleted a Tweet in which he incorrectly claimed the government had given financial support to Cornwall’s Minack Theatre. The blunder happened...

Falling pupil numbers force Coverack primary school to consider teaching infants only

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Coverack primary school, on The Lizard, is consulting parents about teaching only infants aged 4-7 because of a steep drop in pupil numbers. The school’s most...

Cornish singer Graham Hart admits inciting racial hatred

Peter Tremayne Cornish singer and disc jockey Graham Hart, 68, has admitted inciting racial hatred.  He will be sentenced in August. Mr Hart, of Penponds, Camborne, was once a...

As Boris Johnson heads for Cornwall to talk about world poverty, St Ives MP Derek Thomas rebels on overseas aid spending

By Julia Penhaligon St Ives MP Derek Thomas has joined a growing band of Conservative rebels who could defeat the government on Monday over cuts to the overseas aid...

Not so fast – Cornwall Council told to withdraw “loos with a view” from auction to give locals a chance

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has been forced to withdraw from auction a former toilet block “with stunning sea views” so that the local community can make a bid...

Tour of Britain: £156 to watch people riding their bikes

By Peter Tremayne People in Cornwall are being invited to pay £156, including VAT, to watch a group of sweaty cyclists pedal furiously at the start and finish of...

Girl dies in West Cornwall campsite accident

By Peter Tremayne A girl has been killed in collision with a vehicle at a campsite in the Helston area. It happened around 12.50pm yesterday (Wednesday.)  The air ambulance...

Another local newspaper for Cornwall as Penzance finds its Voice

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Another new local newspaper launches in Cornwall today (Wednesday) as part of the Voice group, owned by businessman and former Truro football club owner Pete Masters....