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Teenager dies after collision in Paignton

The accident happened outside Paignton train station Credit: Bing maps

A teenage pedestrian, involved in a collision with a car in Paignton has died.

The 16 year old foreign student suffered serious head injuries after the incident on Great Western Road outside Paignton train station at 12:15pm on Saturday. He was air lifted to Derriford Hospital where he died yesterday morning.

His family have been informed.

Father blames social services over Haytor deaths

Katherine Hooper with her children Credit: Family

A grieving father has told ITV News West Country his two young sons would still be alive if social services had recognised the risks they faced from their mother.

Katherine Hooper killed herself and her five-year-old son Joshua when she jumped from Haytor in July 2013. Her other son Samuel was found dead at the family home a few miles away in Paignton.

A serious case review released today found that the deaths "could not have been avoided" but said the agencies involved in the care of the boys could have worked more closely together.

You can watch Seth Conway's report below.

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Haytor deaths "could not have been avoided"

A Serious Case Review has been published into the deaths of a mother and her two children who died in Devon last year. Katherine Hooper killed herself and her five year old son Joshua when she jumped from Haytor with him of her shoulders in July 2013. Police later found her two year year old Samuel dead at the family home in Paignton.

Katherine Hooper with her children Credit: ITV News West Country

Today a report into the handling of the case by Torbay Social Services has been published. It's concluded that the deaths "could not have been avoided" but has highlighted areas from improvement. These include closer working between different agencies and making sure that effective supervision is available for staff involved in Safeguarding work.

The finding have been welcomed by the The Independent Chair of Torbay Safeguarding Children’s Board, David Taylor. He said “This was a very tragic event and I would like to reassure everyone that the Safeguarding Board and all its partners take the recommendations in this review extremely seriously.

“As the review states these deaths could not have been avoided, but we can always improve on what we do. As such, the Board will continue to review and raise the quality of practice in Torbay to ensure partner agencies continue to improve their integrated working." An inquest in September had concluded that Katherine Hooper had killed herself and unlawfully killed Joshua. It returned an open verdict on Samuel.

Suicide verdict in inquest into death of mother at Haytor

Katherine Hooper with her two sons

A coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide on a woman from Paignton who's body was found at the bottom of Haytor Rocks in July of last year.

Katherine Hooper was found alongside her five year old son Joshua. A verdict of unlawful killing was recorded on his death. The body of her two year old son Sam was subsequently found at the family home. An open verdict was recorded on his death.

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Inquest into death of mother and two sons at Haytor

Katherine Hooper and her two sons died last July

An inquest takes place today into the death of Katherine Hooper who was found at the bottom of Haytor Rocks in July of last year.

The body of her five year old son Joshua was alongside her. The body of her younger son, Sam, was subsequently discovered at the family home in Paignton. He was two years old. The inquest takes place at the Palace Hotel in Torquay.

Centipede challenge fails in Paignton

Centipede challenge fails in Paignton Credit: ITV News West Country

An attempt to break a Guinness World Record failed in Paignton today. Organisers were hoping to break the record for the longest human centipede, Participants were asked to walk 30 meters with their legs tied to each other. Unfortunately the world record which stands at nearly three thousand people was never in doubt, as just over a hundred people turned up.

Well obviously we didn't get the numbers here which is a shame but at least we raised some money for Save the Children which is you know is really important.

– Ian Coulton, Organiser

Appeal for witnesses to burns victim on Devon beach

Police in Torbay are appealing for witnesses after a man in his 30s, who was found on a Devon beach with serious burns, died from his injuries in hospital.

The alarm was raised around 12.40am on Sunday at Hollicombe Beach, Paignton.

Paramedics treated the man who was then taken to Torbay District Hospital before being transferred to Swansea Burns Unit, where he died from his injuries around 3.30pm the same day.

He is described as white, in his 30s, 5ft 11ins, of slim build, with dark short hair. He was wearing a black t-shirt with a white motif, blue jeans and light-coloured shoes.

He was possibly in the Preston area of Paignton earlier that evening carrying a petrol container.

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