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Five drug-drivers arrested in just two days as part of clamp down on motorists

Police cars take to new South Devon Highway Credit: T/CI Adrian Leisk

Police arrested five people for driving while under the influence of drugs as part of a two day operation targeting motorists on Devon's roads.

Officers say the operation was a success, with more than 80 motorists dealt for various offences.

At one point officers from both Devon and Cornwall, and Dorset Police - who had travelled to help their colleagues as part of the strategic alliance - had seized so many uninsured vehicles they were stored in a coach station.

Exceeded the speed limit or were using mobile phones.
Vehicles with no licence or insurance.

A full list of the offences dealt with:

  • 48 people exceeding the speed limit or using a mobile phone while driving.
  • 17 vehicles which had no licence or no insurance – which were seized.
  • Five drug-drivers.
  • One drink-driver.
  • Five people who possessed drugs.
  • Three vehicles in dangerous condition – which were taken off the road.
  • One person alleged to have taken a vehicle without consent.
  • One anti-social driver, who was allegedly seen by police to be doing a wheelie on his motorbike at a zebra crossing as pedestrians waited to cross the road - the vehicle was seized.
  • Three vehicles which failed to stop for the police.



Tributes to teenager killed in Devon speedboat tragedy

Flowers have been left for Emily Gardner. Credit: ITV News West Country

Dozens of tributes to a teenager who died in a speedboat accident have been left at the scene in Devon where she lost her life.

14-year-old Emily Gardner was killed when the boat she was in capsized in Brixham harbour on Saturday.

Police say her life jacket became caught when the boat overturned. Two 15-year-old girls and a 50-year-old man were treated for injuries.

Emily Gardner was 14 years old. Credit: ITV News West Country
Two 15-year-olds and a middle-aged man were injured in the accident. Credit: ITV News West Country

Speedboat death caused by life jacket

14 year old Emily Gardner died in a speedboat accident on Saturday

Police investigating the death of a 14 year old girl from Gloucester in a speedboat accident say the boat was overturned by a wave.

Devon and Cornwall Police say that Emily Gardner's life jacket became caught when she was thrown overboard in Brixham harbour. Enquiries into Emily's death are ongoing.

Enquiries are continuing into the cause of the incident. From the enquiries conducted so far, reports suggest that the boat hit a wave before overturning.

The four people on the boat were then thrown overboard as a result. It appears that Emily became trapped due to her buoyancy aid getting caught on part of the boat.

The other people on the boat and the jet ski riders tried to help Emily but could not free her. The RNLI crew freed her from the boat and took her to the shore.

At this stage in the investigation we are satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances and we believe that this was nothing more than a tragic accident.

– Devon and Cornwall Police
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Family tribute to teenager who died in Devon

Emily Gardner died in a fatal speedboat incident in Devon Credit: Family photo

Emily Gardner's family have paid this tribute to her:

“Our beautiful Emily was a caring loving, gentle daughter and sister. She was full of life and had the world ahead of her. She was our diamond, now shining bright in the sky.

"She will be missed and forever in our hearts."

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Police officially name Gloucester speedboat victim

Brixham Harbour where the tragedy happened Credit: Google Street View

Police have named the teenage girl who died following a fatal speedboat incident in Brixham, Devon, on Saturday as 14 year old Emily Gardner from Gloucester.

Devon and Cornwall Police say Emily was trapped underneath a small speedboat, after it overturned, with three other people on board, just outside Brixham Harbour.

In a statement police say: "Officers were alerted about the incident by the Coastguard at 12.11pm. Lifeboat crews from Brixham attended and released Emily before taking her to shore.

Emily was taken to Torbay Hospital by ambulance in a critical condition but was pronounced dead a short time later. Her family have been informed and formal ID has taken place.

A 50-year-old man and two 15-year-old girls, also from the Gloucester area, who were on board the boat before it capsized, were taken to shore by jet skis before lifeboat crews arrived. They were taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries and have since been discharged.

Two men, aged 18 and 50, from the Worcester area, who were travelling on the jet skis and assisted with the rescue before emergency services arrived, were also taken to hospital for checks but were later discharged.

The group were on holiday in Devon at the time of the incident, and Emily was with a friend’s family.

The 16ft speedboat, which was believed to be privately owned, has been recovered and taken to police premises for examination. The jet skis have also been taken away for examination.

Police and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch are investigating the cause of incident."

Our thoughts are with the family and friends who are affected by this tragic incident.

I would like to thank the public and the emergency services for their assistance in getting the casualties to hospital swiftly.

Enquiries are ongoing and we are keen to speak to any witnesses who have not already come forward.

– Detective Sergeant Andy Turner, deputy Senior Investigating Officer
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