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Gareth Meadows: Police concerned for missing man

Have you seen Gareth Meadows? Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police say they're concerned for the welfare of a missing man from Crediton.

48-year-old Gareth Meadows was last seen on Thursday 27 July at around 10.50 in the evening.

He was wearing a black polo shirt, a blue V-neck jumper and jeans.

Gareth is believed to have his car with him - it's a white Toyota Granvia MPV with number plate; R629 VOD.

Anyone who sees Gareth or knows where he is is asked to call 999.

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Three men arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A 35-year-old man, was allegedly attacked in an alleyway in the early hours of Saturday morning. Credit: ITV News

There are reports of an attempted murder in Crediton after a man suffered life-threatening injuries at the weekend.

A 35-year-old man, was allegedly attacked in an alleyway at The Burrowe in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The victim from Crediton suffered neck and facial injuries and was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he is reported to be in a stable condition.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and have been taken into custody at a police station, Exeter.

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses.

Enquiries are ongoing into this isolated incident. We are keen to speak to any witnesses who were in the area at the time and anyone who has any knowledge of how the injuries were sustained.

– Simon Davey, Detective Sergeant

Crediton on skunk alert

A skunk like this one has escaped in Crediton Credit: PA

A town in Devon has been put on alert for an escaped skunk.

Bella the black and white pet went missing in Crediton and was last seen behind a local Tesco Express.

The owners have asked staff at the town's St Boniface veterinary clinic to help in the search.

"Bella, the skunk, has gone missing from the Crediton area. If seen, please contact the practice."

– Spokesperson, St Boniface veterinary clinic

Anyone who spots Bella is asked to contact the clinic on 01363 772860.

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'We are relieved that justice has been done' say family

Cameron Trivett has been sentenced to four years in jail after killing a ten year-old boy when he was drink driving Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The family of 10 year-old Samuel Crocker say they are relieved that justice has been done.

It follows the sentencing of Cameron Trivett, who will now spend four years in jail after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

As a family we are relieved that justice has been done and it means we now have closure of this part of the horrendous situation. Although the length of sentence makes no difference to us and will not bring Samuel back, at least it may prevent another family going through what we have.

The events of that day have affected the lives of so many and we are grateful to everyone who has given us help and support over the last five months and those who continue to do so.

We now begin the task of picking up the pieces of our shattered lives without him.

– Family statement

Drunken driver jailed for killing 10-year-old boy

Samuel Crocker died after being knocked down by a van in Crediton Credit: School photo

A drunken van driver who killed a 10-year-old boy in a hit and run in Devon has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Samuel Crocker was knocked down by a van in Crediton on 28 February 2015.

Cameron Trivett, who is from Crediton, had earlier admitted causing Samuel's death while under the influence of drink and drugs, failing to stop at an accident and driving without insurance.

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.

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