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Witness appeal for crash injuring mother and daughter

Torbay Road - where the crash took place Credit: ITV News

Police have made another call for witnesses after a mother and child were seriously injured in a crash in Torquay.

The incident happened when a silver Daihatsu Sirion mounted the pavement and collided with a group of pedestrians on Torbay Road at lunchtime on Sunday November 22.

The woman is in hospital with life-changing injuries, while her six-year-old daughter has serious leg injuries but has been discharged.

The 52-year-old car driver had minor injuries. The investigation into what caused the crash is continuing.

Torbay teacher delivers aid to refugees in Calais

Torbay teacher delivers aid to refugees in Calais Credit: ITV News

A Torbay teacher has taken car loads of aid to Calais this weekend to help refugees.

Katie Cavanna decided to collect donations of unwanted items after the image of the little boy washed up on the beach went viral. She's been overwhelmed by the response from the local community.

Katie delivered aid this weekend with her fiance Jay Spinks and posted this on Facebook:

Whilst in camp, we saw a couple who had just arrived. The man and wife, the same age as me and Jay, had travelled from Syria. They'd arrived in camp with nowhere to sleep and their faces will stay etched on my brain forever. We gave them a tent, sleeping bags and blankets.

Knowing that they were going to sleep in the middle of hell on earth makes me want to wail. Wrapped up together, under a tent for shelter with barely a blanket to keep them warm. Hope kept alive by the thought of getting to the safety of the UK by risking their lives on a daily basis. I could scream for them.

We're so lucky. Me and Jay haven't done anything in our lives any different to that couple, we were just fortunate to be born in the UK.

– Katie Cavanna/Facebook


Dog walkers who don't carry foul bags are to be fined

Dog walkers who don't carry foul bags are to be fined Credit: PA

Dog owners in Devon are to be fined £100 for failing to carry bags to dispose of mess - even if their pet has not fouled.

It's part of a scheme being introduced by Torbay Council in December after successful trials elsewhere. If the on the spot fines are unpaid, they could rise to as much as a thousand pounds if dog owners are then taken to court.

Devon schools get the Rugby World Cup spirit

These pupils in Torbay have come together to build their rugby skills Credit: ITV News

While Rugby World Cup fever has got many of us gripped for at least the next month - the sport is being played by more young people than ever across the South West.

That's partly down to a scheme aimed at getting more boys and girls at secondary schools to take up the game.

Three different schools in Torbay have come together to develop their rugby as part of the All Sports Programme.

Torquay United manager resigns

The manager of Torquay United has resigned after only three months in charge.

Paul Cox has left by "mutual agreement" following an apparent meeting about off-the-field issues yesterday.

Cox replaced Chris Hargreaves, who is on gardening leave after he refused to take a pay cut following the summer takeover by the consortium led by the now director of football Dean Edwards.

Torquay have not won a match for more than a month.

'A wonderful girl': School's tribute after death of missing teenager

The 16-year-old could not be revived after her body was found outside Torquay's Babbacombe Theatre. Credit: ITV West Country

Tributes have been paid to a 16-year-old girl who died after being reported missing two days ago.

She was found outside Babbacombe Theatre in the early hours of Wednesday and despite the efforts of paramedics was pronounced dead in hospital.

She was a pupil at St Cuthbert Mayne School. The headteacher there described her today as "a wonderful girl who was caring and gentle - a very loved and valued member of our school family".


Police watchdog investigate after death of teenager

The 16-year-old was found dead outside Torquay's Babbacombe Theatre. Credit: ITV West Country

The police watchdog is investigating after a 16-year-old girl was found dead just three hours after she was reported missing.

The teen was discovered outside the Babbacombe Theatre in Torquay following a large search involving police and coastguard.

Attempts were made to revive the schoolgirl, who has not yet been named, but she was pronounced dead in hospital a short while later.

Her death is not being treated as suspicious but it has been reported to the Independent Police Complaints Commission due to involvement of officers before she died.

A police statement said officers, the force helicopter and the coastguard searched the local area after she was reported missing at around 11pm on Tuesday.

The Coastguard search team located the teenager outside Babbacombe Theatre at shortly after 1.25am on Wednesday, September 9.

They commenced CPR and she was taken to Torbay Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The girl's family has been informed.

The matter has been voluntarily referred to the IPCC.

– Spokesman, Devon and Cornwall Police

The referral is thought to be standard procedure, and there is no suggestion of any wrong-doing from the force.

We have received the referral and we are currently processing it.

We will carry out an assessment to determine whether any IPCC investigation is required.

– IPCC Spokesman

Body of missing 16-year-old found in Torquay

The 16-year-old's body was found outside Babbacombe Theatre. Credit: Bing maps

Police have confirmed they have found the body of a 16-year-old schoolgirl who was reported missing yesterday evening in Torquay.

Police and coastguard helicopters were involved in a lengthy search - and the youngster's body was found during the early hours of this morning outside Babbacombe Theatre.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

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