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Argyle ease past 10 man Southend

Plymouth Argyle beat Southend in League Two, while Torquay United were the region's only other winners.

Zookeeper Libor Mach teaching a young seal to swim

Seal pup learns to swim at Torquay zoo

You might think seals are born being able to swim but a zoo keeper in Devon has had to take on the task of teaching a youngster in his care

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Stalker will appeal his life sentence

Joe Willis stalked Helen Pearson for five years before stabbing her
Joe Willis stalked Helen Pearson for five years before stabbing her

A stalker who subjected a neighbour to a five-year campaign of intimidation before stabbing her is trying to overturn his life sentence for attempted murder.

Joe Willis was convicted in April of attacking Helen Pearson from Exeter with a pair of scissors. He stalked her for five years before the attempted murder in St Bartholomew's Cemetery last October.

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Plymouth wreck 'dangerous'

Divers who use a popular wreck off Plymouth are being urged not to swim inside it. A report from the National Marine Aquarium says the Scylla is 'simply too dangerous'. The Scylla was sunk ten years ago to create an artificial reef.

“I will never understand what prompts a diver to try and remove protective bars and bolts that are placed to safeguard their very safety.”

– Richard Stevenson, local diver
The sinking of the Scylla in 2004
The sinking of the Scylla in 2004 Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Plymouth landlord fined for putting mum and child in danger

A Plymouth landlord has been fined after putting the lives of a young mother and her child in danger by failing to install a safe gas oven. Giles Boardman was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after failing to give the council an up to date gas safety certificate.

In April, 2014, an engineer called in by Mr Boardman, found problems with the gas controls that controlled the gas flow for oven and notified HSE. The oven was classified by the Gas Safe registered engineer as Immediately Dangerous, meaning if operated or left connected to the gas supply it could cause an immediate danger to life or property. The oven has now been replaced.

Giles Boardman of Wheatridge, Plympton, Plymouth pleaded guilty to two breaches of gas safety regulations and a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He was fined more than £4,000.

“Landlords have a legal duty to carry out gas safety checks which are there to protect their tenants from death or injury. In this case, Mr Boardman ignored repeated requests to carry out the checks and as a result, a serious fault with the oven went undetected until discovered by an engineer.

– Simon Jones, HSE Inspector

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Devon & Cornwall Police staff reject new pay proposals

Devon & Cornwall Police reject new pay proposals
Devon & Cornwall Police staff reject new pay proposals Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon and Cornwall Police staff have narrowly rejected new pay proposals. 16% of the civilian workforce were due to see their basic pay cut following the assessment of skills and salaries. A handful of cases staff stood to lose more than £10,000 a year. Although nearly 30% would have seen their pay increase. But a union ballot on the proposals saw 51% vote against the move.

Torbay Hospital suspends cataract operations for safety review

Torbay Hospital suspends cataract operations for safety review
Torbay Hospital suspends cataract operations for safety review Credit: ITV News West Country

Torbay Hospital has suspended all cataract operations for NHS patients at the private hospital in Torquay - while a review of safety is carried out. The Hospital took the decision to stop referring patients to Mount Stuart Hospital, following concerns about the treatment given to 19 patients seen on the same day. The issue came to light when two patients went to A&E with eyesight problems after their procedures. A full investigation is now under way.

12 year old named after killed on pedestrian crossing

12 year old Lee Gregory died after crash in Exeter
12 year old Lee Gregory died after crash in Exeter Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A young boy who died following a collision with a lorry on a pedestrian crossing in Exeter has been named as 12-year-old Leo Gregory. Police investigating last Thursday's incident are appealing for a specific witness to get in touch. CCTV footage from the scene shows someone cycling close to the collision just after it has occurred.

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