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Investigation continues into Devon speedboat tragedy

An investigation is continuing today into a speedboat tragedy that left a teenage girl dead and three other people injured.

The accident happened yesterday morning at a marina in the Devon fishing port of Brixham, near Torquay, in the area known as "the English Riviera".

Brixham Harbour, where the tragedy happened. Credit: Google Street View

Emergency services were called at 11.44am amid reports that a vessel carrying a father, his daughter and two school friends had capsized.

The rescue operation saw lifeboats, coastguard teams and a helicopter deployed as well as specialist divers.

Police confirmed inquiries into the tragedy were continuing and urged witnesses to get in touch.

Teenage girl dies after speedboat capsizes in Devon

Brixham Harbour where the tragedy happened. Credit: Google Street View

A teenage girl has died and three others needed medical treatment after a speedboat overturned in a marina dubbed part of the "English Riviera."

Emergency services were called to Brixham Harbour in Torbay, Devon, after reports a vessel carrying a father, his daughter and two school friends had capsized.

Mark Criddle, coxswain of Torbay's RNLI lifeboat, said crews arrived on scene and found a 16ft speedboat upside down with a girl trapped in it.

He added: "We located the girl and brought her on board the lifeboat where she was immediately given first aid by a doctor and paramedic who were members of the lifeboat crew.

"We took the girl back to shore where she was handed into the care of paramedics who took her to hospital.

"The three other people who had been aboard the overturned speedboat were also taken to hospital after being treated at the lifeboat station."

The deceased's identity has not been revealed, although officials confirmed her next of kin had been informed.

Police confirmed inquiries into the tragedy were ongoing and appealed for witnesses to get in touch on 101 quoting 326 02/05/2015.

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Halfords apologises after mechanic takes MOT car for 'test drive'

High Street giant Halfords has apologised after a customer caught one of its mechanics speeding in his car while it was booked in for an MOT.

Halfords apologises after mechanic takes MOT car for 'test drive' Credit: David Jones/PA

Shaun Ingram, from Saltash, Cornwall, took his Ford Focus ST in to a garage in Plymouth and unwittingly left his dash-cam running.

The camera, which Mr Ingram said was clearly visible in the car recorded almost seven hours of footage including the mechanic swearing and talking about test-driving the car.

Mr Ingram made an official complaint and Halfords apologised and offered to refund the £255 for the MOT and service.

On this occasion we have let our customer down but we want to reassure all our customers that this is an isolated incident.

We are treating this as a priority. Rest assured that we take issues like this very seriously ensuring that all 300 Halfords Autocentres adhere to all road test procedures.

The mechanic no longer works at Halfords and we are taking this opportunity to rebrief our procedures to ensure that this does not occur again in the future.

– Halfords spokesperson

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Ex-head, 95, in court charged with child sex offences

Jack Mount, from Devon, is expected to enter pleas to a total of 32 charges during a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court Credit: PA

A 95-year-old retired headteacher accused of committing a string of historic sex offences against children will appear in court today.

Jack Mount, from Devon, is expected to enter pleas to a total of 32 charges against against six girls and six boys between 1954 and 1979 at Birmingham Crown Court.

The pensioner, who was born in May 1919, is accused of nine counts of rape, six of gross indecency, nine of indecent assault, and eight other sexual offences.

He worked at the privately-run Brookside School, near Craven Arms, Shropshire but one of the offences is alleged to have been committed in Barnsley, West Yorkshire, in the mid-1950s, while three allegedly occurred in Birmingham between 1957 and 1962.

Twenty eight charges relate to allegations of sexual abuse against boys and girls said to have taken place in south Shropshire between 1967 and 1979.

A previous hearing was told that Mount denies all the charges.

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