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Police and Coastguard search for missing junior doctor

Dr Rose Polge, who works at Torbay Hospital in Torquay, Devon, has not been seen since Friday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A major search operation has been launched for a junior doctor who has gone missing.

Dr Rose Polge, 25, who works at Torbay Hospital in Torquay, Devon, has not been seen since Friday.

Police and coastguard have been searching for Dr Polge after her car was discovered in a car park near Ansteys Cove.

Officers, HM Coastguard and local rescue groups were currently looking for Dr Polge. We are searching the Torquay coastal area around Ansteys Cove trying to find her.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

We are aware that one of our junior doctors is missing. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones at this very distressing time. We will do whatever we can to support the authorities investigating her disappearance and searching for her, as well as providing support to her colleagues, who are anxious for her wellbeing.

– Martin Ringrose, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Man jailed for historic child sex offences

Paul McLean is jailed for 22 years. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A man has been jailed for 22 years after being convicted of a string of historic sexual assaults on two young girls.

Paul McLean was sentenced today at Truro Crown Court. The 50-year-old has been charged with a total of 32 sexual offences relating to two young girls that were committed between 1992 and 2007 in Worcestershire and Newquay, Cornwall.

The charges include counts of indecent assault, sexual assault, indecency with a child and attempted rape.

The victims both gave evidence in the six-day trial.

McLean will serve 22 years behind bars.

Police hunting two men who robbed and assaulted a disabled man

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Police are hunting for two men who robbed and assaulted a 42-year-old disabled man on a Plymouth street - for just £10.

The victim, who uses a walking stick, was on Mannamead Road at 10.45pm on 28 January when he was approached by the two men - who demanded cash and then rifled through his pockets.

When he hit one of them with his stick, he was punched in the chest and knocked unconscious when he fell to the ground.

The offenders grabbed £10 from the victim’s jacket pocket before getting away.

Suspect One

  • white
  • mid 30s
  • short mousy brown hair
  • facial stubble
  • wearing a navy blue top and blue jeans.

Suspect Two

  • aged 20 to 30
  • around 5ft 4ins tall
  • a slight moustache
  • possibly bald
  • wearing a cream coloured fleece and blue jeans

This was a cowardly attack on a man with a disability for a small sum of money. The victim was left very shaken by this incident."

– Detective Constable Helen Batten

Anyone who can help with the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or email: quoting crime reference CR/6113/16.


Police chief backs lowering of drink drive limit

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has backed a bid to lower the drink drive limit.

Tony Hogg has added his name to a private members bill being debated in the House of Lords which would lower the legal drinking limit in England and Wales.

It would reduce the current limits from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, to 50mg of alcohol - in line with most other European countries.

England and Wales currently has the highest allowed levels in Europe.

More than three quarters of people polled about drink driving support reducing the limit in England and Wales to the same as Scotland, an alcohol health group has said. Credit: PA

The evidence is clear, the risk of road traffic injury and collision increases rapidly with alcohol consumption.

Yes, we need to ensure there is effective enforcement of laws and I am proud of the strong track record police have in doing that, but the current limits are too generous and should be reduced.

Scotland has led the way on alcohol policy having introduced a lower drink drive limit in late 2014. I would urge parliament to make similar changes for England and Wales.

I am sure the people of Devon and Cornwall would support such a move – despite any impact it might have on their own behaviour or social arrangements.

A lower drink drive limit will help reduce the numbers of people dying or suffering life changing injuries on the roads – and ultimately make our communities safer.

– Tony Hogg
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Police dealing with armed siege in Princetown

Emergency services were called to the incident in Oakery Crescent this morning. Credit: ITV News

Police are at the scene of an armed siege in Princetown near Tavistock after a man barricaded himself into a property with a knife and gas cannisters.

Emergency services were called to the incident in Oakery Crescent, near Two Bridges Road, at 7.25 this morning.

A negotiator is speaking to the man involved, who is believed to be threatening to set his house on fire.

Residents living in the area were evacuated by police at about 8.30am today.

"Police were informed of a disturbance at a property at Oakery Close, Princetown, at around 7.25am today."

"Ambulance and fire are also in attendance as a precaution and police have set up a 100m cordon and road closures are currently in place."

"Police are concerned for the welfare of a man within the property and a police unit and negotiator are currently at the scene."

– Devon and Cornwall Police
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