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Gordon Oliver remain Torbay Mayor

Gordon Oliver remain Torbay Mayor Credit: ITV NEWS

The final election result this evening was a victory for the Conservatives in Torbay as their Mayor, Gordon Oliver will continue for a second term in the position.

The Liberal Democrat candidate came in a close second, just six hundred and twenty one votes behind.

Gordon Oliver says he hopes Torbay's economy will continue to grow:


£47 million investment for South West companies

Plymouth University will be receiving a share of the £47 million Credit: ITV News

£47 million pounds will be invested into companies in the South West from the Regional Growth Fund.

To mark the announcement MP Simon Hughes will be visiting Torbay later today.

The government hopes the universities and local firms which benefit from this investment will use the money to expand and create more jobs.

Since the fund was launched in 2010, a total of £240 million has been invested in 50 projects across the region.

Police hunt Torquay man wanted for recall to prison

Gary Ward was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police are looking for a man from Torquay who is wanted for recall to prison after breaching his prison licence conditions.

Gary Ward who is 32 was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving,

He is believed to be in the Exeter area and also has links to Torbay and Ilfracombe.

Officers say people should not approach him but ring 101 quoting police reference EN/148763/14.


Torbay's elected Mayor loses vote of no confidence

Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver deselected as Conservative Group Leader for Torbay Council Credit: ITV West Country

Torbay's elected mayor has been deselected as leader of Torbay council's Conservative Group.

Over a thousand people signed a petition calling for a vote of no confidence in Gordon Oliver - which he lost this evening. This does not effect his position as Mayor.

Trading of illegal tobacco to be targeted in Torbay

Campaign begins to target illegal tobacco sales on Torbay Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

A new campaign targeting illegal tobacco sales in Torbay is underway. It's estimated that more than one in five of smokers in the area use illegal tobacco. Now Torbay Council is to work alongside the Police, Trading Standards, HMRC and Smokefree South West to tackle the crime.

The partnership has been out talking to people in local community about the negative impact of illegal tobacco, encouraging the public to pass on information, anonymously if they prefer, about illegal tobacco trading in their area.

West MP joins call for ban on animals in circuses

A West Country MP has joined calls for a ban on live animals in circuses.

MPs from the three main parties are backing a private member's bill being debated today to introduce such a ban. Adrian Sanders says a recent visit to Torbay by the Moscow State circus shows animals are not necessary.

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