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New help for PTSD sufferers in Devon

A new self-help group for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder has been set up at Newton Abbot.

Ex-service people who've recovered from PTSD are trained to help those who're still suffering the mental scars of combat.

Similar groups are proving very successful at Budleigh Salterton and Barnstaple.

Dan Fielding heads 'Veterans Peer Support'. He's a former Royal Marine who says his PTSD meant his family also suffered:

Jobs axed at Devon tile factory

Part of the Newton Abbot factory was opened by Princess Anne in 2009 Credit: ITV News

Fifty five jobs are being axed at a South Devon tile manufacturer - more than a sixth of the workforce.

British Ceramic Tiles, which is based in Newton Abbot, said the job losses were necessary as it changes its manufacturing operation from low to higher quality products.

The company says the 55 posts will go at their Heathfield factory, with another dozen being shed in West Yorkshire.

The company produces five million square metres of tiles a year Credit: ITV News


Tribute to AP McCoy at Newton Abbot Racecourse

Newton Abbot Racecourse has commissioned a bronze sculpture of jockey AP McCoy to recognise his achievements and contribution to the sport.

The sculpture will be unveiled before the start of the first race today and will go on show in the weighing room at the racecourse.

AP McCoy OBE Credit: Press Association Images

"McCoy provides such excitement at every fixture he attends here at Newton Abbot and we know it's the same at racecourses across the country. He's become synonymous with horseracing and is an example of the determination to succeed in the sport.

We're thrilled to be able to unveil this at our final fixture and recognise McCoy's achievements."

– Patrick Masterson, Managing Director at Newton Abbot Racecourse

The bronze sculpture was created by William Newton, a sculptor based in Wincanton. The unveiling will mark the end of the 2014 racing season at Newton Abbot Racecourse.

Divorced husband jailed for trashing ex-wife's home

Mark Bridgeman was jailed for trashing his ex-wife's home Credit: ITV News

A divorced husband who trashed his ex-wife's home in Chudleigh and tried to blow it up, has been jailed for 18 months.

Mark Bridgeman from Newton Abbot used a large hunting knife to slash furniture, causing almost £6,000 worth of damage. He also switched on all the gas hobs. He did it after he found out she was going to re-marry.

Teenager arrested following Newton Abbot hit & run

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a car hit a pedestrian on The Avenue. Credit: ITV News West Country

A teenager has been arrested after a hit and run in Newton Abbot.

One man is in a serious condition in hospital after a car mounted the pavement and hit him on The Avenue in the early hours of yesterday morning.

An 18-year-old local man has been arrested and released on bail.


94-year-old woman sees off would-be burglar

A man left empty-handed from a home in Newton Abbot after being challenged by a 94-year-old woman in the middle of the night.

She had been asleep in a chair in the lounge on 2 April and woke to find the man searching the room. He left the house in St Mary's Road without taking anything.

Police think there may be a connection to an incident on 28 March when a man was seen trying car doors and walking up drives in the area.

This was a brazen burglary attempted while the elderly resident was at home. She showed tremendous courage by challenging him and he has left the house without anything as a result.

– Detective Constable David Piper, Newton Abbot CID

The suspect is described as white, aged around 30, more than 6ft tall and of large build. He was wearing a dark tracksuit with coloured trims around the collar.

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