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March 4, 2010

The West Briton

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Thursday, March 4th, 2010

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Mini-Roundabout Fury

St. Day resident George Screase was left fuming after recent plans were revealed for the construction of a mini-roundabout outside his house. Screase, 56, who has lived in the area for 56 years, said yesterday: “It’s outrageous. There’s hardly ever been any traffic around here, and any traffic violations normally stem from people parking too near to the junction, preventing me from seeing into the kitchen of the house opposite and causing a danger to vehicles pulling out on to the main road. They should be doing something about that, although they probably won’t, knowing them. Too busy lining their own pockets to worry about the rest of us, I should imagine.

“There’s no need to have any such thing in this village and, if nothing else, it’ll cause a massive eyesore to those of us who have to live here. Plus there’s a danger it would encourage gypsies and immigrants to come through the village.”

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Reader Offer! 5p off a packet of Walkers Crisps!

The West Briton is proud to announce an exclusive reader offer on all flavours of Walkers crisps (excludes salt and vinegar, cheese and onion, prawn cocktail, beef, ready salted and Worcester sauce) – but hurry, this promotion only lasts until this evening, so you’ll need to be quick!

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Happy crisping!

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Traffic News

Motorists travelling on the B3303 this weekend are warned of the likelihood of foreigners and are advised to take extra care in avoiding oncoming traffic when dropping into 2nd gear to overtake them.

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A horse has shed its load across the B3297 towards Four Lanes. Motorists are advised to approach with caution and test their brakes after driving through, and to keep their windows closed until a safe distance away.

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Drivers in Praze-an-Beeble are warned of the possibility of gypsies over the next 2-3 weeks and are advised only to journey if absolutely necessary.

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Cark Park Cruise

McDonalds in Pool are holding a weekly “Car Park Cruise” aimed at youngsters aged between 17 and 18 who drive Peugeots with tinted windows. Participants are encouraged to arrive in as low a gear as possible and to share their music with everyone by turning up their car stereo and opening their windows.

The purchase of food items is not compulsory – however, McDonalds have stipulated that any refuse from food and drink purchased from the outlet can be left on the ground as convenient.

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Anger At Traffic Lights

Local motorists have expressed outrage at a set of traffic lights recently constructed in Pool, after they became stuck on red for over a minute, causing tailbacks over 5 cars long on Thursday 25th February. Driver Perran Uthnoe said yesterday: “It was ridiculous. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And the worst thing was, right, once they’d changed, the lane markings were so unclear that only 3 cars ended up getting past the lights before they changed back again. I was seething.”

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Sport

Cornish Pirates suffered a 6-28 home defeat at the hands of the unfancied Solihull Marks & Spencers B team. Starting the game as firm favourites, the Pirates threw away their home advantage by conceding 3 tries in a sloppy opening 20 minutes, which saw SM&S B’s Mark Peters capitalise on some shoddy defending from the home side to score twice. Daniel Smith then added to Pirates’ woes by scoring the third, before the home side finally found their feet, coming back to finish the first half within reach of their opponents at just 3-13 behind.

The second half started quietly until SM&S B burst into life once again, as Smith and Peters scored a brace apiece to put the visitors firmly in command, and within sight of their first league win since turning professional just over 3 seasons ago. Fred Titze compounded the home side’s misery by scoring another, before a late consolation penalty gave the Pirates something to take away from an otherwise dreadful game.

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After a scintillating 15 days and 11 hours, Matt Pockton finally beat rival Tony Timms in the SW Angling Championships after catching a 5lb tench, dashing Timms’ hopes of fishing silverware for the 3rd consecutive season. Pockton, 48, put his success down to “commitment, patience and timing,” whilst opponent Timms was gracious in defeat, saying: “The better rod won at the end of the day, simple as that.”

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In the West Cornwall Skiffles League, Gulval thrower Gail Qite (pron. “cheet”) managed a clearance on the last “lob” of her “cheese”, ensuring victory in a tightly fought contest over her nemesis Sandra Tersch at the Red Lion pub in St. Just. Tersch scored consistently throughout the evening and the pair were neck-and-neck going into the final “throwdown”, before Qite prevailed in the last leg. Qite was last night said to be “breathless, but overjoyed” after a “tiring and emotional” evening.

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February 11, 2010

The West Briton

(should never have gone to) COURT FILE

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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TONY RUSK, aged 45, of Perranuthnoe, pleaded guilty at Truro court to driving a remote-controlled car under the influence of alcohol. On the night of September 30th last year, Mr. Rusk had had “3 or 4 pints” of lager in his local pub before deciding to drive his remote controlled car along some back roads “since it was quiet”. Mr. Rusk’s vehicle was seen travelling on the wrong side of the road at around 11.35pm before crashing into a parked police vehicle. When breathalysed, Mr. Rusk produced a reading of 56mcg per 100ml – more than 3 times the legal limit. He was banned from operating remote-controlled cars for 12 months.

ABRAHAM VISCOUS, aged 38, of Par, pleaded guilty at Truro court to fleeing the scene of an accident after driving his remote-controlled car into a flower bed outside his local pub. Mr. Viscous had “been out with some friends” and had “drunk a fair few pints, mind” before deciding to take his remote-controlled vehicle “out for a spin”, despite his friends’ objections. Mr. Viscous was apprehended a mile down the road by police and tested at 58mcg per 100ml – just above the legal limit. He was ordered to pay costs of £35.

CHERYL XUX, aged 30, of Plain-an-Gwarry, pleaded guilty at Truro court to littering outside the Redruth branch of Co-Op… Correction, Ms. Xux pleaded guilty to LOITERING outside Redruth Co-Op with the intention of stealing spirits to the value of £14.99. She was ordered to pay costs after testing at 34mcl per 100g of breath – more than 8 times the legal limit.

JESSICA COPYRIGHT, aged 52, of Praa Sands, pleaded guilty at Truro court to waving without due care and attention, causing mild perturbance to a nearby pedestrian on the afternoon of December 13th last year. Mrs. Copyright was found to contain a blood/alcohol level of 44, more than twice the legal limit, and was served with a conditional discharge.

DANIEL INIMINIMAN, aged 27, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Truro court to breaching the rules of Euchre on the evening of Wednesday 4th November last year, after being found in possession of a Farmer’s Hand he had smuggled into the Red Lion pub in Camborne from a foreign deck of cards. The court heard how the pub had since foreclosed and Mr. Iniminiman was ordered to pay costs of £150. He had also been found to have a breath/alcohol vapour content of over 35%, which is more than four times the legal limit. For this he was given a conditional discharge.

February 3, 2010

The West Briton

(should never have gone to) COURT FILE

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

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DAVID PISHK, aged 35, of Perranworthal, pleaded guilty at Truro court to brandishing a twig in an aggressive manner at passers-by in Lemon Quay on the afternoon of October 26th last year and was fined £15 plus costs.

EAMONN JONAS BRYHANT, aged 60, of Camborne, pleaded guilty at Truro court to parking without due care and attention after scratching the bumper of a stationery vehicle, causing £10 worth of damage. Mr. Bryant was ordered to pay compensation of £10 plus costs, totalling £12.85.

THOMAS ARSCANDLE, aged 44, of Hayle, pleaded guilty to furiously bursting a packet of crisps in a built-up area after a row with his partner and was given a conditional discharge for one week.

SHARON PFITH, aged 28, of Perran Sands Caravan Park, pleaded guilty at Truro court to taking a cigarette without owner’s consent. After seeing her neighbour’s open packet of cigarettes left on a table on 31st August last year, Ms. Pfith “took leave of her senses” and “in a moment of madness” proceeded to steal one of the cigarettes, before re-arranging the rest in an attempt to cover her tracks. Unfortunately, Ms. Pfith’s attempt was thwarted after a nearby dog alerted her neighbour by repeatedly barking loudly for several minutes. She was fined £2.50.

DONNA PLYNTH-MATTHEWSON, aged 36, of St. Austell, pleaded guilty at Truro court to protesting at the difficulty of a question on a pub quiz machine by banging her fist against the screen. The court took into account her intoxicated state at the time, and, although no damage occurred, Ms. Plynth-Matthewson’s actions caused a minor disturbance for which she received a six-month conditional discharge.

SIMON BEANBAG, aged 26, of Looe, pleaded guilty at Truro court to going “Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!” in a public place after accidentally dropping his mobile phone in some dog muck on July 22nd last year. He was fined £1.

TREVOR PENIS-JONES, aged 48, of Pool, pleaded guilty at Truro court to incorrect storage of firearms. Mr. Penis-Jones was ordered to pay costs of £15.