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Police appeal after fatal head-on crash in Devon

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Police are appealing for witnesses after an accident in Devon which left two people dead and another two in hospital.

Emergency services were called to the A358 near Axminster on Monday afternoon, after a van and Citroen Picasso collided head-on.

The 17 year-old passenger and 44 year-old driver of the Citroen were pronounced dead at the scene, and the remaining two passengers were airlifted to hospital. The van driver has been treated for minor injuries.

Investigations are continuing.

New photo released in search for Arthur Heeler-Frood

Arthur Heeler-Frood Credit: Family

The family of a missing teenager from Devon have released a new photo of him, in the hope it may jog some memories.

15-year-old Arthur Heeler-Frood hasn't been seen since leaving his family home in Axminster on the morning of Tuesday 6 September 2016. He failed to turn up at school.

Five weeks on, his parents Caroline and Jeremy Heeler-Frood have made a heartfelt plea for him to get in touch.


Police have set up a dedicated phone line for people to report any sightings of Arthur.



Police increasingly concerned for missing schoolboy from Axminster

Arthur Heeler-Frood has been missing since Tuesday morning. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police say they are increasingly concerned for a schoolboy missing from home in Devon.

Arthur Heeler-Frood is missing from the Axminster area. The 15-year-old was last seen on his way to school early on Tuesday morning.

He is described as a white male, 5ft 4in tall, of slight build with short light brown hair. When he was last seen he was wearing his School uniform and carrying black rucksack.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "This is completely out of character for Arthur and due to his age police consider him vulnerable."

If you see him please contact police immediately and quote incident number 771 of 6th September

Protesters gather in vain save Community Hospitals

Protesters gathered outside a meeting of Devon health bosses this afternoon, in a final attempt to persuade health bosses to save community hospital beds.

But their calls were heard in vain as Devon Clinical Commissioning Group agreed to reduce the number of community hospital inpatient units from 10 to seven.

Community hospitals at Axminster, Crediton and Ottery St Mary will no longer have overnight inpatient beds, although Ottery St Mary Hospital will have 15 overnight stroke rehabilitation beds.

The move was made in an attempt to secure nursing care close to people’s homes and the Group says it will be a platform for further review and reform of community services, aiming to treat more people in their own home where it is safe and appropriate to do so.

The decision also means none of the community hospitals will close. Health and social care hubs with a range of outpatient services, day surgery and other health and social care services will be developed at hospitals without inpatient beds.

Protester Claire Wright has this to say:

The decision was taken at NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s (NEW Devon CCG) Governing Body meeting today.

Police appeal for witnesses to fatal A35 car crash

Police are urging witnesses and drivers to come forward with information after a fatal car crash on the A35 between Axminster and Charmouth.

They are hoping to get in contact with the driver of an articulated lorry, with a white cab, that was travelling eastbound towards Bridport.

The crash happened at around 2.30pm on Sunday March 15 after a silver Toyota Prius, driven by a 63-year-old man, collided with a blue Peugeot car driven by a 28-year-old woman.

A 59-year-old woman from the Lincolnshire area, the front passenger of the Toyota, sadly died at the scene. The drivers of both vehicles suffered serious life changing injuries, and were taken to hospital where they remain in stable conditions.

I believe that a number of vehicles may have driven through the collision after it happened.I am appealing for them to contact me as they may be able to provide vital evidence.

– Police Sergeant Joe Pardey, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit
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