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Search underway for two missing schoolgirls

A major search is underway for two young schoolgirls who went missing in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The pair, aged 14 and 10, were last seen at 2.30am in Tiverton.

Police have not yet released any further details about the circumstances of their disappearance but are currently appealing for information on their whereabouts.

The older girl, Eliza, is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall, slim build with dark brown shoulder length hair. Police believe she is wearing a light pink bomber style jacket with a furry hoody and Nike Air trainers.

Missing with her is Gracie who is 4ft 10ins tall, slim build with waist length curly brunette hair.


Crews fight to contain large fire in business park

Eight fire engines have been called out to a fire in a commercial building in Tiverton.

It's at the Tiverton Business Park.

Crews from Tiverton, Cullompton and Witheridge were originally mobilised - they called for assistance from another three trucks.

Fire fighters say that in a building measuring 100m by 40m over half the industrial units inside were well alight on arrival.

The Aerial Ladder Platform is also being used to tackle the fire.

Further updates to follow...


Woman charged following M5 closure

A woman has been charged with causing a public nuisance after the M5 was closed for more than two hours over safety fears.

The road was closed southbound between Junction 27 and Junction 26 - with traffic tailing back for more than 20 miles.

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Officers later said the woman was "safe and well" and re-opened the road.

But they later said they had charged 25-year-old Abigail Wyatt with causing a public nuisance in relation to the incident.

The woman, from Wellington, has been bailed to appear at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court on September 12.


School teacher spared jail for groping teenage girl

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A public school teacher who groped an 18-year-old girl has been given a nine-month suspended sentence.

Chay Roberts-Jones was working at Blundells School at Tiverton when he assaulted the girl under the guise of giving her a sports massage.

In May 2014, he offered to give his victim a massage after she suffered cramp but went on to lift her top and try to pull down her trousers.

Roberts-Jones, 29, was cleared of sexually assaulting two other girls at a summer ball and a camping trip by a jury in February at Exeter Crown Court.

He was a physics teacher at the £31,000 a year school but now lives in France.

The judge ordered Roberts-Jones to pay £2,500 costs and sign on the sex offenders register. The conviction means he's barred from teaching in the UK again.

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