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Devon teddy bear festival

Ahoy there! Sailor teddy on the River Dart Credit: Kingswear Bears

Hundreds of teddy bears will be on show at the Devon Bear Festival being held today at Newton Abbot Racecourse. The event is the second one to be organised by Kingswear Bears of Dartmouth.

Around 25 exhibitors are expected, including retailers of bears old and new together with accessories for home-made teddies. The festival runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Entrance is £2.50 for adults, with children under 14 admitted free.

Police appealing for missing Stephen Walker

Police are concerned for the whereabouts of Stephen Walker Credit: Police

Police are trying to locate the whereabouts of 40-year-old Stephen Walker aged 40years. He was last seen on Fisher Road in Newton Abbot at around 2pm yesterday [Saturday]. Stephen is described as being a white male, of stocky build and approximately five feet ten inches tall.

He has brown/black coloured hair, which is starting to turn grey. He is thought to be wearing jeans, a navy t-shirt, a green/blue tweed coat and green wellington boots.

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Taxi firm takes on Romanian drivers

A Newton Abbot taxi firm has taken on 15 drivers from Romania, claiming it has struggled to find committed staff locally.

Teignbridge Taxis, which has been running for six years and has a fleet of around 30 vehicles, said it had tried to recruit locally, but failed.

"Employing people in the area is like banging your head against a brick wall.

We didn't want to bring drivers in from Europe but we had to. We need drivers who want to do the job and do it well."

– Daniel Hooper, Managing Director
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