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Police hunt attackers who wore gorilla masks

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked in a car park by two men wearing full-head gorilla masks.

The 47-year-old victim was approached as he got into a silver Audi estate car in Plympton, Devon, at around 5.30pm on Friday.

The two men were waiting nearby and watched as the man walked across the Chaplins Superstore car park to his vehicle, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The victim, who suffered minor facial injuries, managed to chase off his attackers and they fled on foot from the car park.


Pavey: Kids care more about sports day than gold medal

Record-breaking runner Jo Pavey's young children are more concerned about whether she can beat the other mums at their school sports day, her husband has joked.

Her son Jacob is four, while Emily is just 11 months old - and despite wowing fans by becoming the oldest ever female European champion, the youngsters are barely interested.

Her husband and coach Gavin told ITV News that Emily claps along with the crowd and Jacob cheers - but said he is more concerned that his champion mother comes in first in the annual school 'mums race'.

Family's shock and pride at Pavey's record-breaking win

The husband and coach of four-time Olympian champion Jo Pavey has spoken of his shock and pride after she became the oldest ever female European champion.

Runner Jo claimed gold in the women's 10,000 metres at the opening night of the European Championships in Zurich yesterday.

Her husband Gavin told ITV News that they had expected the Exeter mother-of-two to medal as she had been doing well in training - but said it still came as a "massive shock" when she crossed the finish line in first place.

It came just 10 days after she won bronze in the 5,000m at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.


Minister calls sun cream offer to inmates 'foolish'

An offer of sunscreen to inmates who climbed onto a jail's roof in hot weather was "foolish", the prisons minister has said.

Jeremy Wright said that he has ordered an immediate review into the matter.

The incident happened at Dartmoor prison in Devon. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"This should not have happened," Mr Wright said.

"There should be no policies in place which promote this kind of foolishness and I have ordered an immediate review of this incident to ensure that it does not happen again."

Prisoners who climbed on jail's roof offered sun cream

Two prisoners who climbed onto a jail's roof in hot weather were offered sun cream by staff "in line with health and safety rules."

The duo turned down their offer during the incident at Dartmoor prison earlier this month.

The unnamed prisoners decided not to take the prison staff up on their offer. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It is not clear how the inmates managed to get onto the roof or which building on the Devon site was involved.

The Ministry of Justice said the suntan lotion offer was due to health and safety rules.

Comedy's famous faces gather for Mayall funeral

Some of Britain's most famous comic stars gathered for the funeral of comic actor Rik Mayall in Devon today.

The star of the Young Ones, Bottom and Blackadder died last week at home, aged 56.

Writer and comedian Ben Elton arrives. Credit: Press Association
Writer and comedian Peter Richardson (left). Credit: Press Association
Adrian Edmondson smiles as he leaves St George's Church, Dittisham, Devon. Credit: Press Association
Actor Alan Rickman also attended. Credit: Press Association

Dramatic rescue of baby whose pram rolled into river

A one-year-old girl whose pram rolled into a river during a boating event was dramatically saved from drowning by her mother and a passing rower, who leapt in after her.

A baby who fell into a river after her pram rolled off a quayside was saved by a passing rowing team. Credit: SWNS

Victor Martinez, 51, from the the British Dragon Boat Racing Association, heard the child's mother screaming after her daughter's buggy suddenly tumbled into the water during the British Dragon Boat race in Exeter, Devon, on Sunday.

He immediately dove in to help the unnamed woman lift the child's heavy pram to the surface. Both mother and baby were safely pulled to the quayside.

Mr Martinez said: "I didn't think about it, I just ran and dived straight in the water. I think I hit the water at the same time as the buggy. I didn't think twice.

"The buggy was sinking quickly and I dived down to get under it to try push it to the surface...I was struggling to keep the buggy at the surface when I saw the girl's face for the first time - she was screaming and crying.

He added: "I looked into her eyes, which were full of river water, and just thought that she wasn't going to drown today."

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