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Four police cars swoop as missing man is cornered

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

Picturesque Treen.    Scott Hamilton.

Picturesque Treen. Scott Hamilton.

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TRANQUIL Treen – one of west Penwith's quietest corners – was a hive of police activity on Tuesday after officers tailed a vulnerable missing man there.

Four police cars were dispatched to the hamlet after Devon and Cornwall Police located a man reported missing and at risk in the morning.

Blocked in

It is believed officers spotted the man, aged 59 or 60, driving west in a sporty red car and followed him to Treen's privately-owned car park.

Two cars blocked his vehicle in while officers swiftly moved to detain him and grab his car keys.

Locals, who rarely see one police car in the village of about 20 homes, many vacant out of season, were shocked to see four at once.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: "It was a big surprise but there weren't any sirens or flashing lights.

"It might seem a bit over the top to have four cars out here for one man but I think they had to be sure what they were dealing with. There wasn't any fuss.

"A little bit later a lady came and took the red car away."

Inspector Jean Phillips said: "The man was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to Longreach [the mental health unit at Redruth] for assessment."

Inspector Phillips said the force was alerted by someone concerned for the man's welfare at about 10am.

She said: "He is a local man who was born in 1953. We got a call about him this morning and we were concerned for his welfare.

"We essentially treated him as a high risk missing person which is why we responded immediately with every resource available when we were alerted.

"It was not a pursuit. We located the vehicle in Treen and made sure it could not leave by blocking the exit and we made sure he could not leave by getting the keys.


"You do have to work pretty quickly in that situation, he wasn't best pleased to see us but there was no stand-off and no violence."

Police said the man was not armed when they found him at about 11am.

Treen is one of the last villages before Land's End and has a famous beach, popular with naturists.

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