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 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.
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.
One lane is closed on A380 Besigheim Way northbound between Penn Inn roundabout and A383 Teignmouth Road while bridge repairs take place.
It follows the discovery of structural issues and the lane closure is likely to be ongoing. Drivers are warned to expect delays.
The Government's Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock MP, is in the region today.
One of his destinations will be the new £10m University Technical College in Newton Abbot:
Nearly £10 million is being spent on a new University Technical College in Newton Abbot.
Based at South Devon College, it is one of 13 announced across the country. The academy school will focus on engineering, water and the environment.
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 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.
A taxi firm in Newton Abbot has recruited 15 Romanian drivers, saying it has struggled to find anyone locally. The managing director of Teignbridge Taxis said he worked long and hard to recuit people from the area but couldn't find suitable candidates, as John Andrews reports.
A taxi firm is Newton Abbot has recruited fifteen Romanian drivers, saying it struggled to find anyone locally.
The managing director of Teignbridge Taxis said he worked long and hard to recuit someone from the area, but has no regrets with his choices.
But other taxi operators in the area have been critical of the move, as John Andrews reports.