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Horror after mutilated cat discovered

Horrified RSPCA workers are appealing for information after they discovered the mutilated body of a dead cat.

The animal - which had been skinned - was found with broken bones and bound by twine, lying behind a multi-storey car park in Tavistock.

The pictures are too graphic to show, so have been pixilated. Credit: RSPCA

The cat was found by a member of the public outside the Cooperative car park at 8:30am on February 27, and the charity were immediately called for help.

RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor attended the grim scene.

This was a very strange and disturbing incident and we would really like to get to the bottom of what happened to this poor cat.

It looks like they may have been a black cat from the fur that you can see but the body has been so badly ripped apart that sadly it’s really hard to tell.

A vet has confirmed that they suffered broken bones and then were skinned and tied up, although the tying up was likely to have happened after they died as the rope was clean and loose.

– Lewis Taylor, RSPCA Inspector


Son Rise Cup takes place in Tavistock

Hundreds of footballers with disabilities are expected to attend Credit: ITV News

Footballers with disabilities will be taking part in the largest football festival in the South West this weekend. The Son Rise Cup is now in its tenth year.

It was started by Allen Lewis to raise money for a special type of treatment for his son, who has autism. More than 100 teams from juniors to senior sides will be competing.

The venues include the all weather pitches at Crowndale, Tavistock College, along with Langsford Park, home of Tavistock AFC.

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A view of the partial solar eclipse from Tavistock, Devon.

A view from West Devon Credit: ITV News

Castle Primary School in Tiverton had fun watching the spectacle.

Credit: Castle Primary School

Rich Wiltshire took this superb photo of the eclipse in Bridgwater.

Credit: Rich Wiltshire

These impressive shots were taken in St Ive, Liskeard, by Paddy Long

Credit: Paddy Long
Credit: Paddy Long

John Habbishow took this one in Barnstaple.

Credit: John Habbishow

Tavistock woman dies in diving accident

A woman from Devon has died and a man is seriously ill following an accident at a Gloucestershire dive centre.

Paramedics were called to the National Diving and Activity Centre at Tidenham in the Forest of Dean on Saturday.

The woman, from Tavistock, was treated by paramedics but died later in hospital. A man was been airlifted to a decompression unit in Plymouth.


Goose fair in Tavistock today

The annual Goose Fair in Tavistock starts today. The festival dates back to the early 12th Century. Market traders come from all over the region to sell their wares and provide entertainment.

Visitors are being asked to make use of the three Park and Ride services in the area to avoid congestion in the town centre.

A number of car parks will be closed during the event to make way for fairground rides.

Credit: Press Association
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