Devon and Cornwall Police has issued a new statement about the police officer onboard the force accommodation ferry in Falmouth who tested positive for Covid-19.

It said that a subsequent PCR test had now confirmed that result, and the officer was now isolating along with ten others who had come into close contact. 

The statement reads: "As part of a rigorous testing programme for police officers supporting the G7 security operation, during the early hours of June 11, Devon and Cornwall Police identified one officer who had a positive lateral flow test for Covid-19. That officer has since tested positive following a PCR test.

"The officer, plus ten other officers who have come into close contact, are isolating as per Government rules. Throughout the G7 operation, officers committed to the policing the event will be subject to a testing regime in order to minimise transmission of the virus.

"We wish the officer a quick recovery and thank them for their support to this operation."

The force also gave an update on the group of people arrested after police found protest items in the back of a van.

The seven people have been released on police bail. It is after officers carried out a stop and search on a car and a van, near Loggans Road, Hayle, at around 5pm on Thursday.

A search was carried out on the vehicles, which were found to contain items including paint, smoke grenades and loud hailers.

A 30-year-old man from London, a 21-year-old woman from Wales, and a 20-year-old man from Bournemouth were arrested on suspicion of possession of an article with intent to commit criminal damage.

Two men from London aged 25 and 27, a 45-year-old woman from London and a 26-year-old woman from Epsom were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

All seven people have since been released on police bail until July 8 and police enquiries continue in relation to this matter.

A force spokesperson said: "Devon and Cornwall Police will continue to facilitate a lawful and safe protest, but criminal activity and public disorder will not be tolerated."