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Ex-teacher accused of abusing Kenyan street children

Simon Harris, who used to be a housemaster and Latin teacher at Shebbear College in Devon Credit: ITV News

A man who admitted indecently assaulting boys at a private school in Devon has appeared in court in Birmingham accused of 27 further sexual offences involving young boys in Kenya.

Simon Harris has already pleaded guilty to sex offences committed against three pupils, all aged between 13 and 14, while he was employed at Shebbear College in the 1980s.

Today the court was told how he "preyed" on Kenyan street children as young as six years old. Harris denies the charges.

Simon Harris had previously admitted assaulting boys at Shebbear College in the 1980s Credit: ITV News
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Appeal to help find missing woman from Dorchester

Joan Davis was last seen at her home last night Credit: Dorset Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing woman from Dorchester.

Joan Davis, aged 66, was last seen at her home address along St. Helens Road last night but was reported missing today, Wednesday 21 October 2014.

Joan is described as white, with short grey hair and of medium build and normally wears glasses. She may be wearing denim jeans.

“Concern is increasing for Joan as we believe that she has been upset recently. A thorough search is being carried out in the local area with assistance of the National Police Air Service helicopter. She doesn’t have a car so may be travelling on foot or public transport. We are now becoming very worried for her safety and I urge her to get in touch as soon as possible – we simply need to know that she is safe and well."

– Incident Inspector Roger Robinson

Three rescued from house fire in Cornwall

The house at Menheniot, scene of today's fire rescue Credit: ITV News West Country

Three people were rescued by ladder from a first floor window after a fire at a house in Menheniot this morning.

The incident happened at 6.30am in Lower Clicker Road.

Fire engines from Liskeard, Looe and Saltash were called to the house.

The gutted kitchen at the house in Menheniot Credit: ITV News West Country

Three people were rescued by the fire service from an upstairs bedroom window, after becoming trapped by the fire downstairs.

“All the occupants were rescued unharmed, by firefighters using a triple extension ladder to the window.

“The fire in the property, an end of terrace two-storey building, was extinguished using one hose reel by firefighters wearing two breathing apparatus.”

– Fire service spokeswoman


Urgent action to save Teignmouth Beach

Storm damage to Teignmouth Pier last winter Credit: ITV News West Country

Emergency works to save Teignmouth Beach are to be undertaken by the District Council to build up the level of sand to protect against the sea.

An urgent report on Monday said that the beach profile was lower than the "crisis " level and action was needed to protect the sea wall, the Den and car park. The funding is to come from a grant from the Environment Agency.

Teignmouth beach last summer Credit: ITV News West Country

Town Councillor Don Baldey says the issue is not a new one and claims that dredging by the Harbour Commission and dumping the sand off Holcombe is making the situation worse. He has asked the Environment Agency to take action.

"I welcome the news that action is being taken but this is not a long term solution we must look at the Commissions dredging policy and see if that is effecting the recharge of our beach."

– Cllr Don Baldey
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