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Woman injured after being driven at by 'aggressive motorist'

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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.


Death of 8-month-old baby still unexplained

Forensic teams at the scene in Brownhills Road last week

The death of an 8-month-old baby in Newton Abbot is still being investigated by police.

Paramedics were called to a house on Brownhills Road on 15th June. A 27-year-old man was arrested and then released on police bail. Post mortem and toxicology reports have not identified the cause of death. The police say they are now awaiting the results of further examinations.

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Bradshaw calls for Corbyn to resign

Former Labour cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw has called for his leader Jeremy Corbyn to resign.

The Exeter MP issued a stinging attack in an interview with ITV News West Country's Ian Axton. Mr Bradshaw said Jeremy Corbyn was a decent man, but he has no confidence in his leadership.

"His lack of leadership in this campaign has been abysmal. He should shoulder his responsibility and step down. Any leader with any level of human intelligence would reflect on that."

– Ben Bradshaw MP
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