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Man dies trying to rescue dog

A man has died after falling into a fast-flowing river in Devon whilst trying to rescue his dog.

The 46-year-old was swept away by the water in the River Lemon in Newton Abbot this morning.

Officers and paramedics carried out CPR on the man after retrieving him from the river near the Tucker Maltings site on the Brunel Industrial Estate.

An air ambulance then rushed the man to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His dog escaped from the water unharmed.

The incident near the town's Asda store, took place while the man's family were inside shopping.

Police are warning people to stay away from fast-flowing water.

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Girl in critical condition

Police say a 12 year old girl is critically ill after being hit by a car in Newton Abbot yesterday.

She's being treated for a head injury at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital after the incident on Highweek Street yesterday afternoon.

Detectives are asking any witnesses to the collision, involving a grey/blue BMW 323i to get in touch.

Many school children also saw the accident happen.

Noisy Christmas roadworks

Residents in Kingskerswell near Newton Abbot are being warned to expect noise and disruption over the Christmas period, as the new South Devon link road is constructed.

Engineers say the work to demolish the Torquay Road railway bridge can only be carried out over Christmas Day and Boxing Day when trains have stopped running.

People are being warned to expect expect noise and disruption over Christmas as the new South Devon link road is built Credit: ITV News West Country

Full report: five years in prison for rogue Devon builder

A rogue builder who conned a pensioner from South Devon out of more than £100,000 has been jailed for five years. It's the second time Johnathon Mills has been sent to prison for this type of crime.

His victim lost most of her life savings for repairs and improvements that were charged at five times the normal rates.

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Cowboy builder sentenced to five years in jail

A cowboy builder from Newton Abbot, has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to unfair trading and fraud offences following an investigation by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service.

Exeter Crown Court heard how Jonathon Mills cheated an elderly Devon resident out of nearly £120,000 by overcharging her for various building works at her property, including some work which was also unnecessary.

Mr Mills, who was sentenced to three years in prison in 2001 for similar offences, gained the trust of his elderly victim after she contacted him having seen his advert in a local publication. Over the next two years he then issued her with forty invoices totalling charges of £119,722.14

Two 'seriously injured' after Haytor fall

Two people have sustained serious injuries after falling from rocks in Haytor, near Newton Abbot.

A number of emergency services have been called out to deal with the incident, which happened earlier this morning.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) was tasked to an incident at Haytor, Newton Abbot, on Friday 12 July 2013.

The first call was received by the Trust’s 999 control centre in Exeter at approximately 11.52am reporting two patients, a male teenager and a female in her 20s, had fallen from Haytor.

A total of seven resources were deployed to the scene including both of the Devon Air Ambulance helicopters and the SWASFT Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

Police and the Dartmoor Rescue Team also attended.

– SWASFT statement

Newton Abbot college approved

Newton Abbot college approved Credit: ITV News West Country

Newton Abbot is to get a brand new ten million pound technology college.

Plans for the site, which will offer places for up to 600 teenagers, have been approved by the Department for Education today.

Students aged between 14 and 18 will be recruited from a 30-mile catchment area which includes Teignbridge, Torbay, Exeter and the South Hams.

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