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4 hour rescue for missing Kayakers

Emergency services involved in 4 hour rescue for missing Kayakers Credit: Dartmoor Search & Rescue

South Devon's emergency services were involved in a four-hour rescue operation last night after two kayakers went missing on Dartmoor. Police were called to the Upper Dart Gorge at around twenty to nine. The kayakers were eventually found around midnight beside the river below Lucky Tor. One had a minor shoulder injury.

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25 year old, who died on M5, to be formally identified

25 year old, who died on M5, to be formally identified Credit: PA

A 25-year-old man found dead on a motorway in Devon is expected to be formally identified this week.

Police were called to the main carriageway of the M5 near Willand following the discovery at 2.30am on Saturday.

It is believed the man, who lived locally, was hit by "a number of vehicles" after falling from a nearby bridge.

Officers closed a section of the motorway near Exeter for around 12 hours, causing "significant traffic disruption".

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the death was not being treated as suspicious.

NFU pleased with badger cull

NFU pleased with badger cull Credit: PA

The six week badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset officially ends today. It's the second year that badgers have been shot to try to stop them spreading TB to cattle. Last year the cull was extended because not enough animals had been killed. Protesters say it's been a failure again this year, but the National Farmer's Union disagree.

I think generally we are pretty pleased with how it has gone. In large parts of the area we are seeing very few badgers left on the ground now. Unfortunately there are one or two areas where we haven't been able to be as effective as we'd like to because of the actions of protesters but largely we are very happy with it.

– Andrew Guest, National Farmers' Union

Footballer, who collapsed and died named as Nick Cole

Footballer, who collapsed and died named as Nick Cole

A footballer who died after collapsing during a game has been named locally as Nick Cole, who worked in Exeter. He was playing for Bow in a match against Thorveton when he collapsed at the weekend. The Devon Air Ambulance was called and he was flown to hospital, but died later.

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Tribute group set up for Katie Ann Bagwell

Tribute group set up for Katie Ann Bagwell Credit: Facebook

A tribute site has been set up for 19 year old Katie Ann Bagwell who died after the car she was travelling in plunged into the River Parrett in Somerset.

"Sadly we lost a beautiful and amazing girl today, the most kindest and unselfish person i know. We are absolutely devastated and there will never be a day that goes by where we don't think about you katie, our lives will never be the same again."

– Facebook tribute page

"gone to soon. rest in peace you beautiful angel"

– Sarah Bayley

"R.I.P Baby'G, brightest star in the sky. Will be missed but never forgotten. Hope that, where ever you are, you're happy."

– Jessicah Louisee Fitch
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