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Police 'extremely concerned' for missing woman

It is believe Anne Luddington may have been walking along the coast path. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall police are searching for a missing 60-year-old woman.

Anne Luddington was reported missing on 8 August and police are extremely concerned for her welfare.

Anne is from Taunton but has been staying in Budleigh Salterton for work. She was last seen here at 2pm on Tuesday and it is believed she may have gone out walking on the local coastal path.

Officers, the police helicopter and HM Coastguard, have been carrying out searches for Anne and are asking the public to look out for her and call 999 if she is spotted.

Anne is described as 5ft 2ins tall with shoulder length blond/ginger hair. She sometimes wears glasses and is of a smart appearance.

  • UPDATE: Police say Anne Luddington has been found by emergency services.

Body found in search for missing woman

Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A body found at Budleigh Salterton beach is believed to be missing Jayne Brocklehurst, police have said.

48-year-old Jayne was last seen on August 8 at her family's flat on West Hill.

A member of the public discovered the woman's body shortly before 6pm on August 14, not far from Steamer steps.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the family have been informed.


RNLI save four people from sinking motorboat

Exmouth RNLI leapt into action at the weekend after a motorboat began to sink with four people onboard.

Crews were alerted to the rapidly sinking boat about half a mile off Budleigh Salterton shortly before 3pm. They originally thought the 18-foot boat had broken down, but within minutes a Mayday call for immediate help came in.

Inshore lifeboat, George Bearman crew volunteers stay on scene to watch over the sinking motorboat Credit: Exmouth RNLI

We realised we were on our way to a more serious scenario and once on scene, found four casualties in the water with the hull of their 18 foot motorboat sticking out of the water. Since only one casualty – a 13 year old child was wearing a lifejacket, time was of the essence.

– Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson

Once safely rescued from the water, the casualties, who had swallowed sea water, were taken to an awaiting ambulance at Exmouth Marina.

After returning to the scene, the volunteers established a tow line to the power boat and took the vessel to Belchers Slipway for recovery by the owner.

All-weather lifeboat Shannon class R and J Welburn launches on Exmouth Beach Credit: Exmouth RNLI

Row over the future of historic boathouse in Devon

People in a small Devon seaside town are divided over what to do with an old boathouse - thought to be the last of its kind in the country. The Longboat house in Budleigh Salterton was built in the late 1800s but has been run as a cafe since the 1920s.

Its current owner wants to knock it down and build a bigger, contemporary-looking restaurant in its place but some residents say the building should be preserved. Claire Manning reports.

Full report: Beaches fail water quality test

More beaches in our region than last year have failed water quality tests after the UK suffered the wettest summer for a century.

Across the South West, 177 beaches passed the minimum European standard with 16 fails.117 beaches passed the tougher 'guideline' tests with 76 failing. Our reporter Kathy Wardle has been to one beach in Cornwall which failed both tests.


South West Water blame wet summer for bathing water problems

South West Water have given their reaction to the results of a Defra survey which shows that 16 bathing water beaches in the region have failed to meet the required quality.

Richard Gilpin, the Head of Waste Water for South West Water, told The West Country Tonight that there can be many contributing factors to water quality on individual beaches which failed the test:

South West bathing beaches fail the water test

Summerleaze beach in Bude failed two water quality tests this year having passed last year. Credit: ITV Westcountry

New figures show that 16 beaches in the South West failed to reach the required standard for bathing water in the latest report on quality standards published by Defra today.

Lyme Regis' Church Cliff Beach, Budleigh Salterton and Summerleaze in Bude were amongst the beaches which failed to reach the required standard.

Nationally the figures show that 93 per cent of England’s bathing waters met the minimum European water quality criteria.

Bus driver stabbed in leg in Budleigh Salterton

A bus driver in his 50s was stabbed in the leg when he stepped out of his bus in Budleigh Salterton last night.

It happened at around 8.20pm in South Farm Road.

The driver was out of the Stagecoach bus at the time when he was approached by a man who assaulted him in a completely unprovoked attack. He was stabbed in his right thigh. The offender then ran off.

The victim was taken to the R D & E Hospital where the knife was removed, and he remained recovering in hospital overnight.

The offender is described as a white man, over 25 years of age, with dark shoulder length hair, slim to medium build and wearing a olive green parker style, knee length jacket.

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