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Man who died on run from police named

A man who died after jumping into Sutton Harbour to escape from a police chase has been named as Darren Wakefield.

The 35 year old died on 12th October after being chased by police on suspicion of stealing a bicycle. He was seen entering the water before becoming trapped between a boat and the harbour wall, and died despite efforts by the emergency services to save him.

The medical cause of death is still to be confirmed. Mr Wakefield was unemployed at the time of his death, and married but separated from his wife.


Friends of the Earth step in to save beavers

Defra says the beavers should be captured to test them for disease. Credit: ITV News West Country

Friends of the Earth has taken the first formal legal steps to prevent the Government from capturing a family of beavers living in the wild in Devon and placing them in captivity.

The campaigners want to challenge licences issued by Natural England to catch the animals.

Defra says the beavers should be captured to test them for disease.

Torquay United's mascot clashes with fans

Gilbert the Gull was heard swearing at fans at the match on Saturday Credit: tephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

A football club’s seagull mascot has been ruffling feathers this week after clashing with football fans—from his own side.

The popular Torquay united mascot Gilbert the Gull was spotted arguing with his own supporters at the home match against Grimsby on Saturday.

Afterwards fans took to the Devon team’s website to complain that Gilbert was using threatening gestures and swearing badly.

Torquay United chief executive Andrew Candy investigated the incident, and reprimanded the employee who was wearing the seagull costume.

Gilbert has been allowed to resume his duties but has been banned from Popside home stand to avoid further clashes with supporters.

A "most unusual" crime: entire garden shed stolen in Devon

Police are appealing for information about the theft Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Police in Newton Abbot are investigating a rather unusual crime; the theft of an entire garden shed.

To add to the bizarre nature of the incident, the thieves emptied the shed completely and left all its contents behind, making off with only the structure, which measures 6ft by 8ft.

The theft occurred at an empty property in Oliver Place, Heathfield, sometime between 17th and 22nd October.

Police are appealing for witnesses as they think that someone must have seen the large shed being carried away.


Statement from Carmel Coaches

Carmel Coaches announce with great sadness that they will cease trading on 14th November having lost an appeal against the revocation of their licence to operate.

Although this marks the end of a family business that has served the Exeter and West Devon area for 30 years,we have to accept the decision made despite its harsh severity.

We can confirm that arrangements are being made for all future contracts and bookings to be honoured and our business at Bristol is unaffected and continues to trade as normal.

We would like to thank our long-serving hard working staff and our loyal customers for their support particularly during this past year which was marred by the tragic and devastating accident on 13th May.

We are working hard to ensure that our staff find continued employment and job losses will be kept to a minimum

– Carmel Coaches
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