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May 15, 2014

Cornwall police arrest coach driver after two killed in crash

Cornwall police arrest coach driver after two killed in crash

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Police have bailed the driver of a coach which crashed on Tuesday in Cornwall, England, killing two people.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following fatal injury of two elderly women when the coach reportedly hit a wall. A further seven passengers, seriously injured in the crash, were hospitalised.

Devon and Cornwall Police reported being alerted to the incident, about three miles (five kilometres) from the town of Looe, at approximately 1:00pm local time (1200 UTC) on Tuesday. The force arrested the 57-year-old male coach driver from Exeter on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail.

The cause of the crash is not yet known although police say they are investigating the incident, in which no vehicle other than the coach was involved. The passengers were travelling on a coach trip from Exmouth to Looe with Age UK.



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February 25, 2013

Three die in Cornwall, UK caravan park of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

Three die in Cornwall, UK caravan park of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

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Carbon monoxide poisoning is thought to have been the cause of the deaths of three people and one Jack Russell dog in a caravan park in Cornwall in South West England. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) were alerted to the incident in Tremarle Home Park in the town of Camborne at 12:56 UTC on Saturday.

Cquote1.svg We have seen a big increase in the number of carbon monoxide incidents in Cornwall over recent years Cquote2.svg

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Inspector David Eldridge said Devon and Cornwall Police were alerted to the caravan park incident after “a helper had been unable to get a reply from an elderly couple who lived in the caravan”. He said that upon their arrival, “We were able to see that there was a figure sat in a chair but they were unresponsive to knocks at the door.” CFRS workers called to the area “forced entry into the property and found that the three occupants were all dead”, Inspector Eldridge said. A hazardous material advisor was also present at the scene in North Roskear. The Health and Safety Executive is now investigating the incident but the deaths are not considered as being of a suspicious nature.

The three fatalities have been identified as Audrey Cook, aged 86, her husband Alfred, aged 90, and Maureen, their 46-year-old daughter. David Biggs, a member of Camborne Town Council, said the incident came as “a shock” to him; Tremarle Home Park is “a well established facility and is very well run”, according to him. Biggs described the loss of three lives as an “appalling tragedy”.

The incident came five days after Cornwall Council announced its Family Placement Service would launch a joint venture with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service to place carbon monoxide detectors in the houses of foster carers. The programme, entitled ‘Be Gas Safe’, has seen 200 carbon monoxide detectors and 2000 leaflets to raise awareness about carbon monoxide being given to CFRS. Mark Blatchford, Group Manager of CFRS, said: “We have seen a big increase in the number of carbon monoxide incidents in Cornwall over recent years”. He described carbon monoxide detectors as being “as important as a smoke alarm as it provides a valuable early warning”.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, colourless, tasteless and odourless gas which is created when such carbon-based fuels as oil, gas, coal and wood are not completely incinerated. The human body’s capacity to hold oxygen in the blood can be reduced by inhalation of the gas, which in turn may cause death. The Gas Safe Register has said dizziness, headaches, queasiness, lack of ability to breathe, fainting and losing consciousness are all symptoms of a person experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning.



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March 12, 2011

English policeman Nicholas Stone cleared of rape, facing jail for misconduct

English policeman Nicholas Stone cleared of rape, facing jail for misconduct

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Devon and Cornwall Police car — Nicholas Stone was serving with the force at the time.

A court in England yesterday cleared a serving police officer of rape. However, Police Constable (PC) Nicholas Stone was told by the trial judge he faces jail for having sex with the woman — for which he has been found guilty of misconduct in a public office.

Stone was being tried for events from 1999 to 2001, when he worked for Devon and Cornwall Police. He met the woman involved following an arrest of a relative of hers. The prosecution had alleged he had sex with her on duty, and that this represented misconduct. He faced three misconduct charges, but was cleared of the other two by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.

Cquote1.svg The community can find confidence in the fact that police do police themselves Cquote2.svg

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The prosecution case continued that the woman ended the relationship after discovering Stone was married. It was claimed he raped her in 2001 and that this resulted in a pregnancy that she miscarried. Stone had rejected every one of these claims; he accepted he had sex with the woman but not that it was ever on-duty or non-consensual. His wife supported him as he was prosecuted.

Edward Burgess, defending, had suggested to the jury anger at Stone’s lack of support for the woman following the miscarriage motivated the woman to lie about being raped. He told the jury their feelings about Stone’s unfaithfulness towards his wife should not influence their decisions. Judge Graham Cottle had given similar instructions as he sent them out to begin deliberations on Thursday: “What is required of you is a dispassionate assessment of the evidence.”

Stone’s present employers are Avon and Somerset Police, who have suspended him since last June. Cottle has commented that the woman was “extremely vulnerable” and in having sex with her Stone, of Taunton, took advantage of his job and could expect a prison sentence. Avon and Somerset Police commented after conviction that “[t]he community can find confidence in the fact that police do police themselves.”



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December 24, 2009

Two killed, 47 injured in coach crash in Cornwall, England

Two killed, 47 injured in coach crash in Cornwall, England

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Two people have been killed and 47 people have been injured as the result of a coach crash in Cornwall, England. The vehicle, which was carrying 48 passengers as well as the driver, were travelling back from a journey to the village of Mousehole to see Christmas lights. The accident occurred at 2215 GMT yesterday in the village of Townshend, not far from the town of Hayle. Road conditions at the time were icy, which may explain why the accident occurred. The first police car that arrived at the scene lost control on the icy road and crashed into the already overturned coach. The two officers in the car were uninjured, however the earlier crash had caused the deaths of two women. One of them died at the scene of the accident and the other was later killed as a result of the injuries suffered. 47 people were injured, five of them seriously.

The sequence of events that is believed to have happened, according to Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, is that the coach went off the road, collided with a tree, going through a hedge before finally overturning, causing the vehicle to end up on its side. 60-year-old Ann Ellis, who comes from the village of Illogan in Cornwall, was physically involved in the crash. Desribing her experience of this incident, she said: “All I can remember is a big bang and we just went over. I got trapped under somebody else and there was someone on top of me. It was difficult to breathe but two gentlemen dragged me out. I was shaken, really shaken. I think we all were. It was horrific.”

Cquote1.svg I was shaken, really shaken. I think we all were. It was horrific. Cquote2.svg

—Ann Ellis

Derek Smith, lives near where the accident occurred. He said that “[w]e were just going to bed when we heard a knock on the kitchen door. She was covered in mud and had no shoes or socks on and was shaking as she stood there. I could hear this commotion going on.

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She said to ring the police and ambulance as their coach had turned over and there were 50 people in it and some of them were injured. My wife rang 999 and the lady was in a real panic. We gave her some socks and boots straightaway because she was freezing as she had nothing on her feet.”

75-year-old Charles Parker, who is living in St. Agnes in the county, was also injured in the accident, suffering injuries to his leg and his head. “The roads were so icy,” he explained. “I heard a cracking noise and all of a sudden we had turned over. I remember later being helped out of the coach through a window. We were close to a house and they took most of the people in there. Then helicopters turned up. It was very frightening.”

Inspector Matthew Shaw, who comes from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, explained “[i]t seems from initial investigations that the coach has slipped on ice. The road is covered in a sheet of ice, it’s treacherous, it’s difficult to even walk down there.” The amount of time taken to transport the injured passengers to a hospital was four hours.



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December 21, 2009

Man killed in harbour car crash in Cornwall, England

Man killed in harbour car crash in Cornwall, England

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Monday, December 21, 2009

A man has been killed after a car accident in Cornwall, England. The collision involved a vehicle driving off a quay in Porthleven, near the town of Helston in the county and into the sea at around 2100 Greenwich Mean Time on Friday, according to reports from members of the public made to the police and the coastguard.

A major rescue operation was launched with contributions from the harbourmaster, the ambulance service, the police, the fire crews, a helicopter and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. After roughly two hours, a harbour crane lifted the vehicle out of the water that it had crashed into. It transpired that the man was the only occupant of the vehicle. It is believed that no other vehicles were involved in the incident. The man was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, which is situated in Truro, by ambulance. However, on arrival, he was pronounced dead.

Now tributes are being paid to 20-year-old Jamie Hocking after his death. The family of the man have said that he will be “truly missed by all who knew him”, describing Jamie with the words “loveable rogue”. The family also expressed their thanks to people offering sympathy messages and support from others, as well as the emergency services who assisted at the scene of the accident. Devon and Cornwall Constabulary are now asking any people who know of any information relating to the incident to contact them as soon as possible.



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November 16, 2009

Edward Woodward, English actor, dies aged 79

Edward Woodward, English actor, dies aged 79

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English actor Edward Woodward has died today, aged 79. The actor was unwell for several months, suffering from a number of illnesses including pneumonia. He died in hospital in Cornwall, England.

Born in Croydon, London, Woodward was perhaps best known for his role as Sergeant Howie in the 1973 cult British horror film The Wicker Man. The director of that film, Robin Hardy, described him as “one of the greatest actors of his generation” and “an extremely nice human being”. His appearance in the Australian film Breaker Morant was also highly acclaimed.

He began his career in theatre, starting out in 1946. He later worked across the country and internationally, appearing in the West End, London and Broadway, New York. In 1963 he was cast in Noël Coward’s Broadway production High Spirits. Coward described him as “One of the nicest and most co-operative actors I have ever met or worked with. He is the only one who has given me no trouble at all.”

Woodward later appeared in over 2,000 television productions, notably starring in the American show The Equalizer in the 1980s, in addition to Callan on ITV in Britain. Outside of film and television, he recorded three albums of poetry and several LPs.

Despite having triple heart bypass surgery in 1996, and being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003, he continued to work. His final television appearance was in six episodes of the British soap opera EastEnders earlier this year.

“He was a delight to work with, and delivered a characteristically touching and layered performance,” said Diederick Santer, the executive producer of EastEnders. “Our thoughts are with his family.”

Woodward had two sons and a daughter from his first marriage, to Venetia Mary Collett in 1953. All three became successful actors. In 1987 he married the actress Michele Dotrice, with whom he had a daughter.



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June 7, 2008

Wikinews interviews manager of site \’Lose The Game\’

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Jonty Haywood is responsible for the entire site Lose The Game at losethegame.com; a site dedicated to informing the masses about a game called “The Game” which Haywood says is widely spreading and popular game. Wikinews’ Gabriel Pollard talked to Haywood via email while constantly losing The Game.

The rules of The Game are simple and easy enough to remember with only three basic rules. While there are variations of the rules spread across Internet just as The Game itself has spread, Haywood plays by these rules:

  1. Rule 1: You are playing The Game.
  2. Rule 2: Whenever you think about The Game, you lose.
  3. Rule 3: Loss must be announced.

One variation of the rules is including a grace period where a player has a certain amount of time in which to forget about The Game ranging from mere minutes to half an hour. However, Haywood says that a grace period is unnecessary.

Haywood says many people are playing The Game which takes advantage of the White Bear Phenomenon. The Cornwall, United Kingdom-resident has experienced people playing The Game on his worldwide travels, he has even experienced an American announcing loss at a cinema in Bangkok, Thailand.

“When I first went to university in Cambridge, a year after hearing about The Game in Cornwall, many people already knew about The Game, especially people from London.”

“The number of active players is certainly in the millions, if not tens of millions,” Haywood says, based on the fact that he has had 500,000 unique hits to his website, “50,000 members of the biggest Game Facebook group.” Newspaper articles, radio mentions and webcomics featuring The Game are more reasons for the assertions of its popularity Haywood says.

“In my experience The Game spreads among a group of friends, eventually reaching the Internet and makes it to a new group of friends, etc.

“In addition, many people play actively by trying to make lots of other people lose The Game, often by initiating new players.”

Even though many people play The Game, its history cannot be accurately retold. Haywood first heard of the game in 2001 and while there are some Internet posts relating to The Game that date back to 2002, one person from London with claims to being the maker of The Game says he made it in 1996 with the “aim of annoying as many people as possible.” Haywood says this London-origin story is the only claim that has “any kind of evidence”. But he does say that he prefers to think that someone “discovered” The Game, and not invented it. “It’s always been there, just waiting for someone to realise that they are playing, and hence lose.”

Despite running a popular site about The Game – which has something “big” coming up and will be announced in the next few weeks – Haywood himself gets annoyed and irritated at The Game “all the time” and his losses range anywhere from days at a time to mere hours in between losses depending on the social situation. The Game is still fun to play however, he says, because of the distress you can cause on other people. “Although you can’t be aware that you are winning The Game, it is still fun when your friends lose before you, or more than you. Even more fun is when they lose because of something you previously set-up, or an association you tried to make them make.

“I think it’s a much more interesting game than it may first appear. It’s also very abstract and a little thought-provoking, and it’s good to see lots of young people enjoying it.”

And for those who wish to lose less often, Haywood has some “strategies”. “One involves trying to feel very annoyed after losing, with the hope that you will subconsciously learn not to lose like this. The other is to hit yourself when you lose, with a similar purpose,” he says. “Unfortunately, almost every strategy we have tried so far has backfired spectacularly.”



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September 14, 2005

Camel Rock Festival held in Scilly

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The August Bank Holiday weekend, as usual, played host to many festivals and musical events around the UK, not least the Camel Rock Festival held at Porthcressa on the Isles of Scilly. But will it be the last?

Local bands included those formed at the Five Islands’ School, the members of the Steamband under the temporary name Senile Shambles and the rhythm and blues band, Roadrunner. Bands imported from mainland England included Murdoch, from Manchester.

The event, deemed ‘unique’ in the local press, raises money for local musical projects on the islands. It’s future is, as always, in doubt due to the amount of work for organisers and volunteers, especially for the clean-up operation. Organiser Paul Lewis hopes that the event will return next year as long as there are still volunteers.

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July 2, 2005

Live 8 concerts around the world to \”End Poverty Now\”

Live 8 concerts around the world to “End Poverty Now”

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Saturday, July 2, 2005

The Live 8 Concert in Rome, Italy

Massive music concerts took place around the planet under the Live 8 banner in an effort to put pressure on the leaders of the eight richest countries in the world to end global poverty.

All concerts were timed to take place between noon and 10pm local time, with over a million people expected to attend concerts in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, Canada, South Africa and Russia. The events were broadcast to a potential audience of five and a half billion people world-wide.

The largest concert was in the US in Philadelphia where, over the course of 7 hours, hundreds of thousands of people gathered to watch Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Destiny’s Child, Dave Matthews Band, and Black Eyed Peas among others. Philadelphia native Will Smith both performed and was the opening presenter. Peak attendance, the maximum amount of people believed to be watching Live 8 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at a given time, is estimated to have been between 600,000 and 800,000.

In Hyde Park in London, 205,000 people watched acts including Elton John, Madonna, Coldplay, Robbie Williams and Pink Floyd. The concert was opened by Sir Paul McCartney and U2 playing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – the first time the song has ever been performed live by a Beatle. It ended at 11.58pm with all of the acts coming on stage to sing one last time.

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Bill Gates – founder of Microsoft and the richest man in the world (owning $46.5 billion) – appeared on the London stage to discuss the challenges facing the world, before introducing Dido. Later, Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the UN addressed the audience, thanking them for their support.

However, the first concert to open – in Japan – only drew 10,000 spectators, disappointing many.

The concerts follow on 20 years after the Live Aid concert organised by Bob Geldof, which was created to raise money for famine victims in Ethopia.

By contrast, the aim of Live 8 – also organised by Geldof – is not fund-raising but instead to apply pressure to the leaders of the G8 to end world poverty, which claims the lives of 50,000 every day.

The Live 8 organisers are urging the G8 to:

  1. Double the aid sent to the world’s poorest countries,
  2. Fully cancel their debts,
  3. Change the trade laws so that they can build their own future.

The Finance Ministers of the G8 agreed a plan last month to cancel the debt of 18 of the poorest countries to the IMF, the World Bank and the African Development Fund, but are requiring other countries to end political and financial corruption before they become elegible for debt relief.

On Thursday the President of the United States, George W. Bush, announced that the US will double US aid to Africa by 2010 – increasing to $8.6 billion a year. Bob Geldof welcomed the news, saying “This is the first time we have heard this sort of language.

“This is very, very positive indeed.”

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London, United Kingdom

Crowd: 205,000

  • U2
  • Pink Floyd
  • Paul McCartney
  • Coldplay
  • Madonna
  • Sting
  • Robbie Williams
  • Dido
  • Elton John
  • Keane
  • Annie Lennox
  • Mariah Carey
  • Scissor Sisters
  • Joss Stone
  • Stereophonics
  • REM
  • Velvet Revolver
  • Bob Geldof
  • The Killers
  • The Cure
  • Snow Patrol


Berlin, Germany

Crowds at Tiergarten, Berlin

Crowd: 100,000

  • Crosby, Stills and Nash
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Brian Wilson
  • A-ha
  • Bap
  • Die Toten Hosen
  • Peter Maffay
  • Green Day


Philadelphia, United States

Crowd: 800,000 – 1,000,000

  • Will Smith (Host)
  • Bon Jovi
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Stevie Wonder
  • P. Diddy
  • Maroon 5
  • Toby Keith
  • Jay-Z
  • Linkin Park
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Rob Thomas
  • Keith Urban
  • 50 Cent
  • Kaiser Chiefs


Paris, France

Crowd: 200,000

  • Jamiroquai
  • Youssou N’Dour
  • Yannick Noah
  • Placebo
  • Craig David
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Calogero
  • Kyo
  • Axelle Red
  • David Halliday
  • Manu Chao
  • Renaud


Rome, Italy

With temperatures in the 30s, fans went through a lot of water at the Live 8 concert in Rome

Crowd: 100,000

  • Duran Duran
  • Faith Hill
  • Tim McGraw
  • Irene Grandi
  • Jovanotti
  • Nek
  • Laura Pausini
  • Vasco Rossi
  • Zucchero


Several Italian bands really got the crowd going, but foreign bands such as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were poorly received by the crowd.

Moscow, Russia

Crowd: 200,000

  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Spleen
  • Moral Code X

Barrie, Canada

Crowd: 35,000

  • Neil Young
  • Bryan Adams
  • Celine Dion
  • Motley Crue
  • Simple Plan

Johannesburg, South Africa

Crowd: 40,000

  • Oumou Sangare
  • Zola

Tokyo, Japan

Crowd: 10,000

  • Björk
  • Good Charlotte

In Cornwall

Crowd: 5,000

  • Daara J
  • Siyaya
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This was all Afrcan musicians plus Dido, guesting with Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour.

The Eden centre turned out to be an excellent site for TV or rather a web stream.

WOMAD was involved so there may be a record.

There was a weblink to South Africa and a live message from Nelson Mandela.

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