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Police and Coastguard search for missing junior doctor

Dr Rose Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Torquay, Devon, has not been seen since Friday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A major search operation has been launched for a junior doctor who has gone missing.

Dr Rose Polge, 25, who works at Torbay Hospital in Torquay, Devon, has not been seen since Friday.

Police and coastguard have been searching for Dr Polge after her car was discovered in a car park near Ansteys Cove.

Officers, HM Coastguard and local rescue groups were currently looking for Dr Polge. We are searching the Torquay coastal area around Ansteys Cove trying to find her.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

We are aware that one of our junior doctors is missing. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this very distressing time. We will do whatever we can to support the authorities investigating her disappearance and searching for her, as well as providing support to her colleagues, who are anxious for her wellbeing.

– Martin Ringrose, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

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.

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