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Police search for missing man from Paignton

Julian Reynolds went missing from his home in Paignton yesterday morning Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A search is underway for a 50-year-old man who went missing from Paignton yesterday morning, 15 February.

Julian Reynolds left his home in the Maldon area of the town in a White Vauxhall Combo Van registration VN51OGV.

He is known to like Dartmoor and areas of natural beauty.

The police helicopter is out searching for Mr Reynolds.


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.

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.

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