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Police say missing teenager could be near Torquay

Ryan Ranson has been missing since last Tuesday Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are continuing to search for a teenager from Ivybridge who has been missing since last Tuesday.

Ryan Ranson was last seen after he was dropped off at work at Devonport Dockyard. His family say his disappearance is completely out of character.

Officers believe the 17-year-old may be in the Torquay area after his bank card was used at a cash point machine on The Strand on Wednesday afternoon.

Police are urging people to come forward who have any information about Ryan's whereabouts.

He may have used public transport to get to Torquay from Plymouth, and we are appealing to anyone who has seen him or knows where he is now to get in touch.

– Jonathan Ross, Devon & Cornwall Police

Chancellor to set out economic plan for South West

George Osborne will set out the economic plan for the South West Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

George Osborne is in the South West this morning and is expected to unveil his long term plans for the the region.

The Chancellor who is meeting with fishermen in Newquay will be joined by The Prime Minister later on today.

The plan will set measures to get over 150,000 more people into work, and increase the size of the regional economy in real terms by £6.4bn by 2030 (the equivalent of over £1000 per person). He will also announce £10m of funding for projects across the region through the coastal communities fund. The Chancellor will say that by working through a long term plan 'the future is bright in the south west'

– HM Treasury Spokesperson


Hundreds take part in vigil at Tamerton Foliot

Hundreds take part in vigil at Tamerton Foliot Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of people took part in a moving candlelit vigil to pay tribute to Tanis Bhandari, who died after an alleged axe attack on New Year’s Day in Devon.

Around 300 friends, relatives, villagers and strangers walked silently down the steep hill from Tanis’s family home in Tamerton Foliot, near Plymouth, to the meadow next to the Kings Arms public house, where the 27-year-old had spent the evening seeing in the New Year.

They were led by his family and close friends.

Two men are due to stand trial later this year accused of his murder.

Tanis Bhandari is remembered in a candle light vigil Credit: ITV News

Concern after pony shot with cross bow on Dartmoor

Pony shot with a cross bow on Dartmoor Credit: South West Equine Protection

Horse owners on Dartmoor are being warned to check their animals, after a pony was shot in the leg with a cross bow.

The pony was found near Yelverton with an arrow stuck in it's leg on Thursday. Equine Welfare Officers and the pony's owners managed to remove it and treat the animal.

People who may have seen anything or anyone acting suspiciously are asked to contact the police.

South West Equine Protection spokesperson: "We are all very concerned that there is someone out there brandishing a lethal weapon and using it to injure an innocent animal, and then leaving it to suffer unnecessarily. We are now trying to find any information from people that may have witnessed the incident or seen anyone acting suspiciously around the area."

Woman assaulted in Torquay soft play

Police want to speak to these women after soft play assault Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A woman has been assaulted while in a soft play area in Torquay.

Police in Devon have released these images of two women they want to speak to after the alleged assaults at The Rainbow Funhouse.

The incidents are believed to have taken place around 1 o'clock back on 22nd November last year.


It's time to count our feathered friends

The House Sparrow was the most common bird spotted in West Country gardens last year. Credit: PA

The RSPB is asking people to take part in its annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey this weekend.

The charity wants us to go outside for an hour and record the wildlife we see.

Last year in the West Country, House Sparrows and Blue Tits were the most common birds spotted.

Each year around 600,000 people take part. This is the survey's 36th year.

Vigil to take place for murdered Plymouth man

Tanis Bhandari was killed in an alleged axe attack on New Year's Eve Credit: Irving of Exeter

A vigil will take place tomorrow (Saturday 24 January) to remember Tanis Bhandari.

The 27-year-old died in an alleged axe attack in Tamerton Foliot in Plymouth on New Year's Eve.

Friends and family will walk through the village and light candles to celebrate his life.

Two men have been charged with his murder.

Tributes to Tanis Bhandari in Tamerton Foliot Credit: ITV News
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