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Exeter prison death will be reviewed

Jason Rose, 24, was found hanged in his prison cell while on remand at Exeter Prison in 2011. An inquest into his death heard he had not been put on suicide watch before he died despite previous attempts to take his own life.

An inquest jury returned a verdict of suicide.

The prison service says the circumstances of Mr Rose's death will be looked at as part of a Government review.

Every death in custody is a tragedy which is why reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths is a priority for the Prison Service.

We have accepted and acted on all the recommendations made by the prison and probation ombudsman following the death of Jason Rose at HMP Exeter.

The circumstances of his death will be looked at as part of the Lord Harris Review into deaths of prisoners aged 18-24 announced by the Government last year.

– A Prison Service spokesperson


North Devon family raising money for heart tests

It's a simple test that can make the difference between life and death for healthy young people.

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome is normally traced to heart defects in teenagers and people in their twenties.

One family from North Devon, who lost a son to the condition, are raising money to ensure more young people get screened.

Seth Conway spoke to Brenda Luckett and John Luckett about their story.

Woman missing from Weymouth

Claire Lawrence who has gone missing from her Weymouth home Credit: Dorset Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of Claire Lawrence, 49 , who is missing from her home in Weymouth.

Claire has not made any contact with her friends or family since last Friday and may need to take medication.

I am appealing to anyone who knows of Claire’s whereabouts or has seen a woman matching the photograph, to contact me as soon as possible.

If Claire sees this appeal, I would urge her to please make contact to let us know you are safe. Your family is very worried about you.

– Police Sergeant Christine Gould, Weymouth police

Enchanted Somerset forest takes action as 'fairy doors' become 'out of control'

Fairy doors at Wayford Woods, Crewkerne Credit: SWNS

Wayford Woods in Crewkerne, Somerset, have issued an appeal to fairy house builders to tone it down, after more than a 100 fairy doors appeared.

The woods, now known as the 'Fairy Woods', have been delighting children for the past few years, after the first little door appeared at the bottom of a tree.

Families have flocked to the enchanted woods to see the doors of the homes of the fairies and leave little messages but there are now concerns about the damage to the woodland area these human visitors are creating.

A group of volunteer trustees is appealing for people not to screw any more doors directly to trees and to avoid over-decorating.

Fairy doors at Wayford Woods, Crewkerne Credit: SWNS


Swan shot in head with metal pellet

Swan shot in the head with metal pellet Credit: RSPCA

A swan has been rescued in North Devon after a metal pellet was found in its head.

The RSPCA caught the adult male swan on Wrafton pond in Braunton last month. Staff found he had an air rifle pellet lodged in his bill.

The swan was then taken to RSPCA West Hatch in Taunton, Somerset, to be treated and has been returned to the pond.

Swan found with air rifle pellet lodged in his bill Credit: RSPCA

This poor swan had an air rifle pellet embedded on the fleshy lump at the base of his upper mandible.

We have been told that this swan is one half of a mating pair and has been for many years and they have reared numerous cygnets together so it is lovely to be able to reunite them just in time for breeding season.

– Deputy chief inspector Anthony Frow

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact the RSPCA inspector line on 0300 123 8018.

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