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Falmouth Coastguard co-ordinates Atlantic rescue

Two women from Devon and Cornwall are among a crew of four rowers who were rescued from the Atlantic after their boat capsized. Clare Lanyon from Saltash and Gemma Clark, who is originally from Devon, were part of a team left stranded in the ocean for more than 16 hours.

The Falmouth Coastguard co-ordinated their rescue by a passing ship early this morning, 400 nautical miles off the coast of Africa. The women had left the Canary Islands 19 days ago but were forced to abandon their charity attempt to break the women's speed record for rowing nearly 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to Barbados.

Their ocean rowing boat Fire Ant had capsized several times, causing them to lose the oars and global positioning system and leaving them with no way to navigate or manoeuvre. The quartet, who are said to be "well", were finally rescued at 1.25am by a bulk carrier on its way to Canada.

Wanted Dorset paedophile arrested

David Chadwick handed himself into police in Suffolk Credit: Dorset Police

An on-the-run paedophile has been arrested after handing himself into police. David Chadwick, 58, who was released from prison recently after being jailed three years ago for child sex offences, was being hunted by Dorset Police after breaching his licence conditions.

Detectives said Chadwick surrendered to Suffolk Police in Lowestoft last night. He will be returned to prison. He had been wanted by Dorset Police since Wednesday and was last seen on a train near Weymouth. It was thought he could have been heading to Norwich.

"David Chadwick presented himself to police officers working in Lowestoft Suffolk. He will be immediately recalled to prison. I would like to thank members of the public, as well as the media, for their assistance in this investigation."

– Det Insp Joe Williams, Dorset Police


Lifeboats join search for a missing vulnerable young woman.

Lifeboats have joined in the search for a missing vulnerable young woman in south Devon.

A large search and rescue operation began late last night (12 February) until 2am and then resumed today (13 February) for the woman who is in her 20s.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue teams have joined police and coastguards around the coastline. A coastguard helicopter has also joined in the search for the high risk woman from Torquay who was reported missing yesterday afternoon.

The focus of the search is around Anstey’s Cove in Torbay.

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Manhunt in Dorset for convicted child sex offender

Police are searching for David Chadwick Credit: Dorset Police

Police, searching for a convicted sex offender, believe he is in the Dorset area. The public have been warned not to approach him and dial 999. David Chadwick, 58 and from Weymouth, was recently released from prison, having been convicted of sexual offences against children in 2013. After breaching his licence conditions he is now wanted by police.


School lollipop patrols axed in Devon

Devon has axed funding for school crossing patrols in the county to save money, despite a public outcry.

The county council's own research found in 2014 that there were no accidents when a patrol was present, but 44 accidents where there was none. On Monday an 11-year-old boy was injured after being hit by a car on his way to school in Exeter.

A consultation on the issue found the overwhelming majority of responses were against the proposal.

However conservative council leader John Hart said the proposal must stand as the additional £8.4M funding from Government this year is a one-off payment only.

Opposition councillors have a last chance to save the service at a full meeting of the council next week, but say they are not holding out much hope.

Devon A379 closed as sea wall collapses at Torcross

The recent stormy weather has caused the sea wall to collapse.

The recent bad weather has caused the sea wall at Torcross in Devon to collapse, leading to the A379 being closed.

Structural engineers are inspecting the road to see if it can be re-opened as a single lane.

Video of the damaged sea wall, courtesy of John Walker, Videotechmedia, Dartmouth.

Petition urging council to rethink lollipop crossing decision handed in

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Petitions have been presented to a Devon County Council meeting this morning calling on the authority to reconsider its proposal to axe school crossing patrols.

Cllr Alan Connett, leader of the Lib Dem Group, told the Cabinet it's "not too late" to change their minds, particularly as the Council has received £8.4 million extra from the Government this year than had been expected.

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