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  • 27 June 2014, 23:04

Armed Cops Hunt Missing Elvis Impersonator

Police are warning people not to approach an Elvis impersonator wanted in connection with a firearms alert that closed a Cornish school.

Armed officers were called after a domestic-related incident at Derrel Weaver's home in Widegates at 9.30pm on Thursday.

The nearby Trenode Church of England Primary School was closed as a precaution and police are urgently trying to trace the 60-year-old man amid fears he may have a gun.

Officers say it is unclear whether he is armed but it is a possibility as he is a licensed firearms owner.

Devon and Cornwall Police tweeted a photo of Mr Weaver of Higher Widlake Farm.

The caption read: "Have you seen this man, Derrel Weaver, 60, #widegates Looe, if you see him please ring 999 and do not approach."

Another tweet added: "Police are doing everything possible to maintain public safety, but we ask local people to be patient during this time."

Authorities have asked air traffic to stay clear of the area so the search is not hampered.

Superintendent Jim Pearce said: "We would ask the public to be vigilant at what is obviously a disturbing time for local communities.

"There is currently significant enquiries ongoing to locate Mr Weaver and this includes the chance he may be in possession of a firearm.

"There is currently no suggestion that Mr Weaver is any risk to members of the public, but we need to locate him as soon as possible."

Firearms officers are on patrol in the area.

Mr Weaver's Google+ page says he owns a tree surgery business and is also a "rock n roll singer".

Local resident Ann Chudleigha said Mr Weaver was a well-known member of the community.

"He's a friend of mine - he's been my neighbour for a long time," she said.

"He would shoot rabbits - he had a licence. You'd hear him shooting sometimes. He was also teaching some of the locals to paint - he paints lovely pictures."

The decision to close the school was made by its headteacher in consultation with police.

A police spokesman said: "This unusual decision has been taken as a precautionary measure for safety reasons and because of the ongoing police activity in that area.

"We do understand that this will cause some significant inconvenience for some parents and local residents and this decision was not taken lightly, but public safety is the most important concern of the school and police."

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