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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.

New college for South Devon

The University Technical College will be based at South Devon College's Newton Abbot campus Credit: ITV News West Country

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.


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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