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Newton Abbott gets superfast broadband

Newton Abbott will be the latest town in Devon to benefit from the arrival of superfast broadband today.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller will be watching the latest connection in the town as part of the multi-million pound programme to improve internet access across Devon and Somerset.

Last week the government announced it was providing an extra £22.75 million to help the project reach some of the area's most challenging locations.

Newton Abbott will be the latest town in Devon to benefit from the arrival of superfast broadband. Credit: PA

Concern for missing Devon woman

Martine Blair was last seen on Friday afternoon, 28 February Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police say they are increasingly concerned for a Devon woman who has been missing since Friday afternoon.

Martine Blair, who is 35 and from Newton Abbot, was last seen at 3.20pm on Friday 28 February in Derriford in Plymouth.

She is believed to be in the Paignton area and officers have been searching but have not been able to trace her. She is likely to be on her own and likes to visit the beach.

Anyone who has seen Martine, or know where she is, is asked to call police on 101 quoting log 759 of 28/02/14 Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police


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.


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
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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.

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

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