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West Cornwall beauty spot Treen flooded with police as vulnerable missing man found

By CMScott  |  Posted: December 10, 2013

  • Even single police cars are a rare sight in sleepy Treen

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Tranquil Treen - one of west Penwith's quietest corners - was a hive of police activity today after officers tailed a vulnerable missing man to the end of the line.

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

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

There 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 around 20 homes, many vacant out of season, were shocked to see four at once.

One resident, who didn't want to be named, said: "It was a big surprise to see four police cars but there weren't any sirens or flashing lights.

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

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

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

Insp Phillips said they were alerted by people concerned for the man's welfare at around 10am this morning.

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.

Treen is one of the last villages before Lands End and has a world famous beach, popular with naturists in the summer - and a hardy few in the winter - a popular campsite, as well as one of the area's best known pubs, The Logan Rock.

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