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Concern grows for missing Plymouth teenager

Missing Plymouth teenager Joshua Hawker
Missing Plymouth teenager Joshua Hawker

Police are looking for a teenage boy who has gone missing from his home in Plymouth.

16-year-old Joshua Hawker, who also goes by the name of Joshua Byrne, was last seen by his family on August 13th, although he has made intermittent contact through social media.

Joshua is described as white, of slim build, around 5’ 5” with short dark hair and blue eyes. He has a pierced left ear. Joshua has links to Liverpool and Exeter.

Police are growing increasingly concerned about his safety, and are asking anyone with information to call police on 101.

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Corn dolly record attempt

Audrey Rolfe is attempting to weave the world's longest corn dolly
Audrey Rolfe is attempting to weave the world's longest corn dolly Credit: ITV Westcountry

A pensioner from Bridport is hoping to weave the world's longest corn dolly.

Audrey Rolfe's efforts will be on show at this weekend's Dorset County Show. She's aiming for it to be 60 feet long.

Corn dollies are plaited to celebrate the harvest. She's chosen a design known as a Welsh fan.

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Plymouth wreck 'dangerous'

Divers who use a popular wreck off Plymouth are being urged not to swim inside it. A report from the National Marine Aquarium says the Scylla is 'simply too dangerous'. The Scylla was sunk ten years ago to create an artificial reef.

“I will never understand what prompts a diver to try and remove protective bars and bolts that are placed to safeguard their very safety.”

– Richard Stevenson, local diver
The sinking of the Scylla in 2004
The sinking of the Scylla in 2004 Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Divers warned off the wreck of the Scylla

The sinking of the Scylla in Whitsand Bay in 2004
The sinking of the Scylla in Whitsand Bay in 2004, sending it to the seabed as Europe's first artificial diving reef Credit: PA

Divers are being told not to dive on the Scylla after a survey found it could be hazardous due to corrosion.

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, which has been involved in managing the wreck since it was sunk in 2004, says only external diving around the wreck is safe.

A local diving company has condemed divers 'vandalising' the wreck - saying they've removed bars and bolts intended to ensure safety.

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