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MP investigating after Devon mental health patient kept in cells

A man with mental health issues was held in police cells in Devon over the weekend. Credit: PA

Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer is meeting with Devon and Cornwall police and healthcare providers after a man with mental health issues was held in cells at the weekend.

The Conservative politician got involved after he thought the man from Exeter was being held in Plymouth. He has said he wants to make sure people arrested with mental health problems are looked after properly, despite the particular case not being in his constituency.

Mental Health patients kept in Devon police cells

Mental Health patients kept in Devon police cells Credit: PA

A Devon MP has today promised to investigate why mental health patients are being kept overnight in police cells after the Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police took to social media highlighting the problem.

Paul Netherton tweeted that once again no beds were available across the region so patients were being held in cells with support from nurses.

Back in November last year ACC Netherton highlighted the same problem when a 16 year old girl suffering from mental health problems was held for two days in a police cell in Torbay, because there was no suitable bed for her to go to.

Plymouth Healthcare release statement Credit: Plymouth Healthcare


Growing concern for missing man from Cornwall

Police believe Paul Johnson may be in the Exeter area. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are appealing for help from the public to find a missing man from Launceston in East Cornwall.

Paul Johnson, 63, was reported missing from his home on Monday 17th August.

He is described as a white man, 5’ 8” tall, of slim build with grey thinning spiky hair. He has a distinctive Glaswegian accent and a few tattoos to his upper arm.

Paul was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt, a white cardigan and white canvas bumper boots.

It's believed he may have travelled to the Exeter area.

Young busker raises over £50,000 for children's hospice

10-year-old Madison Glinski has raised the money in just over a year. Credit: ITV West Country

A 10 year old busker from St Ives has raised over £50,000 for a local charity.

Madison Glinksy has been playing her violin in the streets of Cornwall since April 2014.

She set a target of raising £50,000 for the Children's Hospice South West after hearing about the work the charity does for life limited children.

But Madison has now gone over her target and has handing over a cheque for £52,006 to the charity today.

I feel overwhelmed and really happy that I've finally reached my target. I've had to do lots and lots of busking but it's gone by really quickly because I've enjoyed every single moment of it. My mum wants me to rest now but I want to keep fundraising.

– Madison Glinkski
Madison hands over her cheque to Children's Hospice South West. Credit: ITV West Country

Its overwhelming to think that one young lady is so inspired by the needs of other children, I can't believe what she's done in such a short space of time.

– Mary Murfin, Children's Hospice South West

Red Arrows cancel display at Fowey Regatta

Due to challenging weather conditions, the Red Arrows have tweeted that the bad weather had put a halt to their plans to fly at Fowey Regatta.

The news will come as a disappointment to many who were hoping to watch a spectacular display at 6pm.

The Arrows also had to cancel their planned appearance at the fireworks championships in Plymouth last night.

Red Arrows doing their best to fly at Fowey Regatta

Due to challenging weather conditions today, the Red Arrows have tweeted that they're "putting plans in place" for two displays to happen at Fowey Regatta.

But bad weather meant the Arrows had to cancel their planned appearance at the fireworks championships in Plymouth last night.

And they are still unsure whether they will be able to take to the skies at 6pm.


Red Arrows at the Fowey Regatta: thousands expected

The Red Arrows performing in a display earlier this year. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Thousands are expected in the Cornish town of Fowey later as the Red Arrows, perform at the regatta.

Bad weather meant the Arrows had to cancel their planned appearance at fireworks championships in Plymouth last night - but all being well they will be soaring across West Country skies today.

Fowey's week-long event is one of the most popular in the sailing calendar. Local Troy yachts will be racing - only 28 of which have ever been built.

Eden Project named one of the world's top destinations

The Eden Project has been rated one of the world's must-sees. Credit: Dave Thompson/Route One Photography

The Eden Project in Cornwall has been rated one of the 500 best places to visit in the world.

Travel guide Lonely Planet has put the iconic biomes at number 281. The number one spot was taken by the temples of Angkor in Cambodia.

The Ultimate Travelist is being published today, and has a reputation as a dream to-do list for many travellers.

Lifeguards at Chapel Porth and Porthtowan rescue five people in one day

Chapel Porth lifeguard Tom Evans rescuing the boy Credit: Sarah Bunt

Chapel Porth and Porthtowan RNLI lifeguards were involved in three rescues in one day on Wednesday (12 August).

They rescued five young people, three who became caught amongst strong rip currents and two who were cut off by the tide.

Conditions at Chapel Porth have been challenging throughout the summer with a strong rip current and Wednesday was no exception.

The lifeguards patrolling Chapel Porth spotted a father and son drifting across the water on their bodyboards due to the strong rip current. Senior RNLI Lifeguard, Tom Evans, quickly responded on the rescue board and headed over to the scene.

On arrival he placed the young boy onto the rescue board and bought him safely back to shore, whilst the boy’s father was assisted back by local surfer, Jimmy Pinfield. Both father and son walked away uninjured.

Chapel Porth lifeguard Tom Evans rescuing the boy Credit: Sarah Bunt

Over at Porthtowan beach, lifeguards Mark Evans and Kian Harris were patrolling the beach in the Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) when they noticed two young children, just outside of the red and yellow flags, also caught amongst the rip current. They quickly placed the two children on board the IRB and bought them back to shore uninjured.

Later on in the day, Mark and Kian were driving the IRB towards Chapel Porth when they noticed two children unable to get back to Porthtowan due to the tidal cut off.

Both children were brought back to the shore safely and reunited with their father.

We want everyone who visits the beach this summer to have fun, but stay safe whilst doing so.

In order to do this, always listen to the lifeguard’s advice and swim between the red and yellow flags.

If you become caught amongst a rip current on a bodyboard, stay with your board, wave one hand and the lifeguards will quickly come to assist.

– Drustan Ward,Lifeguard supervisor RNLI
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