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Ooh R U kidding? TV chef Rick Stein in Cornish ‘dirty tricks’ row

Fishy goings on: TV chef Rick Stein

TV chef Rick Stein and security services have been accused of mounting a dirty tricks campaign against Cornish nationalists by inventing the return of the so-called Ooh R A terror group.

The ‘Cornish Republican Army’ has claimed responsibility for starting a recent fire at Mr Stein’s restaurant in Porthleven — and also claimed in a blog that it has a female suicide bomber.

But nationalist group Kernow Matters To Us — Kernow is Cornish for Cornwall — claims the blog was faked. It wrote: ‘How come no one has previously heard of the CRA? Perhaps it is a publicity stunt by Mr Stein? Or a construction by special branch to denigrate our own movement?’

Police have dismissed the CRA’s claims, saying the fire was probably an accident.

■ TINTAGEL Castle’s sixth century inhabitants ‘feasted on oysters, roast pork and wine’ out of bowls from Turkey and goblets from Spain, excavations have shown. It shows the castle of Arthurian legend was almost certainly home to Cornish kings who benefited from trade links with the Mediterranean, said Cornwall Archaeological Unit.