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Police 'extremely concerned' for missing Kingsbridge man

Mark Carroll was last seen on Friday Credit: Devon and Cornwall

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a 52-year-old man who has gone missing from his home in the Kingsbridge area.

Mark Carroll was last seen in Kingsbridge at 3.30pm on Friday 24 June. Police say they are extremely concerned for his welfare.

Officers have been conducting local searches for Mark, who frequents the South Hams and Dartmoor areas.

He is believed to be driving a blue Fiat Multipla, registration number WJ56 VPL.

Anyone who sees Mark or knows of his whereabouts is urged to contact police on 999.


Cornish man strands himself on island for charity

Lee Hodge stands on Gull Rock Credit: Colin Higgs

A man has stranded himself on a small island to raise money for charity.

Lee Hodge, from Portreath, returned to the mainland yesterday lunchtime after 48 hours on Gull Rock.

Armed with just a cool box, camping stove and a kayak, he says he passed the time waving to passing kayakers and drying out his clothes (it rained both nights!)

Lee's stint on Gull Rock raised £2000 Credit: Colin Higgs

Lee decided he wanted to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care after losing his stepfather to cancer. He raised more than £2000.

He says he hasn't stopped the fundraising and he's planning a skydive next.

Lee Hodge passed the time waving at kayakers Credit: Colin Higgs

Woman injured after being driven at by 'aggressive motorist'

Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 21 year-old woman suffered a broken ankle trying to jump out of the path of a car in Dawlish.

They say the unprovoked assault happened on Saturday evening at around 9.20pm when two men and a woman left the Mount Pleasant Inn and went to use a zebra crossing.

A red Nissan Micra drove at the pedestrians in dangerous manner meaning they had to jump out of the way.

Police say that some 40 minutes later, a red Nissan Mirca and two other cars returned to the scene and a number of men and women chased after and assaulted the same group of people.

One man suffered heavy bruising and a fractured cheekbone. He was taken to hospital by ambulance.

We are investigating this unprovoked attack that appears to have escalated following a near-miss at the pedestrian crossing near Mount Pleasant, in Dawlish.

This was an unprovoked attack on three people returning home after a night out. Whilst i would like to reassure the people of Dawlish that these types of incident are rare, it is important that the local community help us identify those responsible so they can be held accountable for their actions

– Det Con Rich Jones, Devon & Cornwall police


Former NHS chief denies £20k fraud

Paula Vasco-Knight has denied three counts of fraud Credit: Twitter: @SDHCCEO

The former chief executive of South Devon NHS Trust has denied defrauding it by siphoning off more than £20,000 to a company run by her husband.

Paula Vasco-Knight is alleged to have carried out the frauds in 2012 and 2013 while she was in charge of the Trust, which runs Torbay Hospital.

Her husband Stephen has also denied receiving money fraudulently and businessman Habib Naqvi has denied facilitating the offence. The three counts of fraud include payments made to a company run by Mr Vasco-Knight, alleged details of rival bids for contracts being sent to him, and an unauthorised payment of £11,072 for work that was not done.

All three denied the allegations when they appeared at Exeter Crown Court and have now been released on bail before a two week trial in January.

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