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Police search for missing Wadebridge man

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing man Darren Haydon. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing man Darren Haydon.

Darren is from Wadebridge but is believed to have most recently been in Bude when he went missing.

Darren is 45-years-old and is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall, short hair, curly full beard and wearing light blue jeans and a white woollen hoody.


Unfazed toddler beams as he is rescued from locked car

Little Brandon Green beamed as the fire service got to work rescuing him Credit: Kirsty Green

A two-year-old had to be cut out of a car by firefighters after accidentally locking himself in.

14-month-old Brandon Green managed to activate the central locking of the car as his mum was packing away her shopping in Bude.

Members of the public quickly jumped into help - and called the fire service to help unlock the car.

But despite the drama the toddler remained unfazed - and beamed at his rescuers as they opened the vehicle using small tools.

Mum Kirsty Green later posted on Bude Community Fire Station's Facebook page, thanking the crews for all they did.

Thank you to the amazing guys who rescued my cheeky monkey after locking himself in the car today at Bude Lidl!!

He was clearly traumatised by the whole ordeal.

– Kirsty Green
Credit: Kirsty Green

Police launch investigation into sudden death of 21-year-old man in Bude

Police in Cornwall are investigating the sudden death of a man. Credit: PA Images

Police in Cornwall have begun investigations after a 21-year-old man died suddenly at an address in Bude.

They were called to the scene in the Downs View area of the town at around 5.25am on Saturday after being informed by an ambulance crew of concerns for the man's welfare.

The man was taken to North Devon District Hospital where he later died.

His death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious and the man's family have been informed.


Bomb disposal squad called out for washed-up pinecone

Can you spot the difference? Credit: PA

Bomb disposal experts were called to examine an unexploded grenade - which turned out to be a fir cone.

Photographs were sent in to the coastguard over the weekend showing an object which looked like a grenade in a rock pool at Crackington Haven.

Volunteers immediately leapt into action and called the bomb disposal team, who after waiting for the tide to go out found it was just a washed up fir cone.

At the weekend photographs we saw showed something which looked like a grenade so we went down and took a look.

As coastguards we’re not qualified to give an assessment so the bomb disposal from Plymouth were called in as it looked like a suspicious device but it in the end it just turned out to be a pine cone.

– Tim Martindale, Bude Coastguard volunteer

Former teacher jailed for historic child sexual abuse

Former teacher Jeremy Dowling has been sentenced to 7 years in prison

A former teacher has been sentenced to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to historic child sexual abuse.

77 year old Jeremy Dowling from Bude was charged with 15 counts of indecently assaulting a boy under the age of 16 after five former pupils came forward to police to complain that they were victims of sexual abuse.

Dowling was a teacher and senior member of staff at a private boarding school in Bude between 1959 and 1971.

Most of the incidents happened at the school where Dowling lived on site for the majority of his time there.

Numerous witnesses, including former pupils and members of the school, came forward to provide evidence about the abuse that happened between 1959 and 1970.

“Dowling selected and groomed his victims prior to the abuse starting and subjected them to a prolonged and distressing period of abuse.

He was in a position of trust during his time at the school and parents of the pupils had entrusted him, as well as the rest of the school, with the care and well-being of their children.

The victims have lived with this all of their lives, some not even disclosing it to family members up until recently. Others have suffered employment and relationship issues due to the abuse they suffered at the hands of Dowling.

We welcome the sentence and hope it will help to give some closure to the victims and allow them to move on with their lives. This has been an extremely difficult time for those involved who all showed great courage in coming forward. All of the victims and witnesses have played a critical role in bringing this man to justice.

We hope this case shows that we take allegations of historical sexual abuse seriously. No matter how long ago crimes were committed, if the victims have the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will listen and investigate thoroughly. They will also be fully supported by dedicated officers.”

– Detective Constable Grant Mills, Launceston CID
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