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Bank worker who robbed elderly jailed for two years

Mark Cooney used his position to siphon off money while working at Halifax and Lloyds. Credit: SWNS

A bank worker who stole almost a quarter of a million pounds from elderly and deceased people has been jailed for two years and four months.

26-year-old Mark Cooney siphoned off the money while working as a customer adviser at Halifax and Lloyds in Plymouth. At an earlier hearing he admitted several counts of fraud by abuse of position - telling the court he had a gambling addiction.

Today at Judge Paul Darlow told Cooney at Plymouth Crown Court that his actions were "a gross breach of trust", and that he had let down his family "in a big way".

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Care worker charged with raping patient in hospital

The alleged attack occurred at the Glenbourne unit, a mental health support centre based at Derriford Hospital. Credit: ITV News

A care worker at a psychiatric unit in Plymouth has been charged with raping a patient.

The alleged attack occurred at the Glenbourne unit, an acute support centre based at Derriford Hospital for people suffering from mental health problems, in February.

The 50-year-old is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on 7th October.

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WATCH: What's premiering after dark on Dartmoor tonight?

A hike on Dartmoor goes horribly wrong... Credit: Peter Nicholson Films
Credit: Peter Nicholson Films

A psychological thriller set in Devon will premiere on Dartmoor tonight.

Dartmoor Killing tells the tale of two female friends and their closely guarded secrets, who go hiking on the moor and enter a terrifying ordeal. The movie will be screened at Newbridge, with members of the cast and crew on site to meet the audience.

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'Desperate need' for families to adopt older children in Devon

Families often choose to adopt babies and toddlers - but 'Families for Children' says taking in an older child can be very rewarding. Credit: ITV News

A South West adoption charity says it is in desperate need of people willing to adopt older children across Devon.

Families for Children says that there are fewer babies and toddlers up for adoption, but taking in an older child can be very rewarding.

They add that people should not be worried about adoption, as the charity will offer lifelong support and training.

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