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The aftermath of the fire that destroyed almost the entire property of the Best Western Falmouth Beach Hotel - photo credit Jay Wicks

Falmouth Beach Hotel gutted by fire, guests all accounted for

By Peter Ruddick

A large fire that started at the Best Western Falmouth Beach Hotel yesterday afternoon has been brought under control and all missing guests have now been accounted for but Best Western has confirmed the building is almost entirely destroyed.

'Pasty Tax': The closure of a VAT loophole that had allowed some operators selling Cornish pasties and sausage rolls without VAT will go ahead despite significant opposition in Parliament

'Pasty Tax' gets go-ahead despite opposition in Parliament

By Peter Ruddick

The so-called 'Pasty Tax' will be introduced as planned after a last-minute amendment to the Budget proposals for VAT changes on hot takeaway food was narrowly defeated by 35 votes in the House of Commons last night.