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College pays tribute to murdered student

Alex Peguero Sosa Credit: Hartpury College

The Principal of Hartpury College in Gloucestershire has hailed former student Alex Peguero Sosa as "an extremely popular student and a talented footballer" just days after the 17 year old was murdered in Kingsbridge, Devon.

Police say that Alex sustained a serious wound to the neck which may have been caused by glass, possibly a bottle.

Russell Marchant, Hartpury College Principal, said:

“Everyone at Hartpury has been saddened by the news of the tragic death of Alex Peguero Sosa. An extremely popular student and a talented footballer, Alex had been studying his AS-levels here and was on our elite junior football programme.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Always full of smiles, Alex made lots of friends here among the students and the staff and he will be much missed.

We are, of course, offering support to any of the Hartpury community affected by this sad news and we have opened a book of condolence so that students and staff can share their memories of Alex. “

A 42-year-old man from Salcombe has appeared before Torquay Magistrates charged with murder.

Lee Dent was charged late last night following the incident at a taxi rank in the town early on Sunday. He was remanded in custody until 10th July.

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Shooting helps the west's economy

The pheasant shooting season is starting in the west country. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation says the sport generates £280million a year for the South West economy.

It says wealthy guns come from all over the world, spending money in local hotels and shops, and providing vital jobs in rural areas.

spaniel retrieving pheasant Credit: ITV News West Country

West Country is the biggest retirement hotspot

West Somerset has been named as the UK's second biggest retirement hotspot, with 29% of people living in the district drawing their pension.

East Devon, East Dorset and West Dorset were also popular areas with the UK's 10 million-strong pensioner population.

The historic coastal town of Christchurch in Dorset has been named as the country's retirement capital, with the biggest concentration of pensioners living there in the UK.

Devon teenager missing for 11 days

Charleigh Bindon has been missing for 11 days now Credit: Police

There's growing concern for a Devon teenager who's been missing for 11 days.

Charleigh Bindon is 15 years-old and from the Newton Abbot area. She also uses the surname Robson. Charleigh has family ties around Bath and Bristol.

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Wiltshire swap-shop phone box twinned with Devon

A village in wiltshire is holding a ceremony to twin its former phone box with another 150 miles away.

The traditional kiosk in Marden, near Devizes, was bought from BT for £1. It was fitted with shelves and is now being used as a swap shop for everything from books to vegetables.

Organiser, Lalu Carter, says the Wiltshire phone box will be linked with another redundant phone box in her parents' village in Thurlestone, Devon, and has invited residents to come to Marden to celebrate the pairing.

Lost teenagers followed "correct safety procedures"

The Director of theTen Tors Challenge says a group of teenagers who had to be airlifted to safety whilst training for the event followed the safety procedures put in place by the army.

Brigadier Piers Hankinson says he's pleased that their ethos of 'safety' was upheld.

The 14-year-olds were practicing for the annual Ten Tors trek across Dartmoor when they became disorientated in low cloud yesterday afternoon.

Read the full statement below:

I can confirm that an incident involving a team training for The Ten Tors Challenge 2013 occurred on Dartmoor Training Area at approximately 1500hrs yesterday (Sun 21st April 2013).

The training weekend was an entirely appropriate school-led activity within the guidelines and procedures for Ten Tors training, which is the responsibility of schools and their team managers. With three weeks to go before the event on the weekend 11-12 May I would fully expect team managers to be encouraging greater self sufficiency to teams, provided they have achieved the required levels of competency. This is judgement for the school’s team manager.

In this case the team followed the correct safety procedures as laid down by the Army and local agencies such as the Police and Dartmoor Rescue Group. The team members made the correct decision to seek assistance from the civilian emergency services due to poor visibility.

None of the team suffered any adverse affects.

I am very pleased that our ethos of ‘safety’ was upheld.

– Brigadier Piers Hankinson – Commander 43 (Wessex) Brigade & Director of Ten Tors
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