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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."


UK woman killed by van in Bolivia during world cycle trip

A British woman on a round-the-world cycle trip has been killed in South America after being hit by a van near Bolivia's border with Chile.

Sharon Bridgeman from Devon died after being hit by a van in Bolivia. Credit: north2northcycletour

Sharon Bridgman, from Devon, had been cycling around the world since June 2012 with her husband Tim.

Robert Szembek, the chairman of Okehampton Cycling Club, which the couple belonged to, said they had been on what was meant to be a "a great adventure".

"It is not what you expect to hear, especially when they went right through Africa and rode through some doubtful areas known for problems and had taken precautions like not camping by the road," he said.

Mrs Bridgman, who is believed to be 38, was cycling a short distance either ahead or behind her husband and another couple when she was hit by the vehicle, Mr Szembek understands.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said it was aware of the death and is providing assistance to the family.

One killed in microlight crash in Devon

A person has died after a microlight crash in Devon, police said.

The light aircraft came down in Colyton, which is in the east of the county near Lyme Regis, Devon and Cornwall Police added.

A spokesman said: "Two people were on board and one person has been confirmed as deceased at the scene."

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