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Plan to boost Torbay region

A local plan for Torbay is being launched this week. Torbay council wants to bring more than six thousand jobs to the area, and revitalise town centres. The council want to hear residents views before the proposals are submitted to the government later this year.

orbay council wants to bring more than six thousand jobs to the area. Credit: ITV News West Country

Public meeting held as Torbay Council look for savings

Public meeting as Torbay Council look for savings Credit: ITV News West Country

A public meeting is taking place this evening to look into how Torbay Council can save money. Local people are invited to have their say on where £22 million could be saved in the next two years. The authority has already saved £19 million over the last two years.


Attempted child abduction in Paignton

Police in Torbay are asking members of the public to be on the look out after a man tried to coax a child into his van.

It follows an incident on New Park Road in the Foxhole area of Paignton yesterday evening at around 5.30pm

A man driving a grey or white van is reported to have drawn up alongside a primary school aged girl and grabbed her arm, telling her to get into his van. She broke free and ran away.

The man is described as white, in his 60s, skinny and scruffy possibly with a Scottish or Irish accent.

He was unshaved, with a moustache, brown eyes and grey, messy medium length hair brushed back at the front with a small pony tail.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a blue short-sleeved t-shirt.

We’re treating this incident seriously and are actively searching for this man.

This type of incident is rare but obviously it’s of concern.

We don’t want parents to be unnecessarily alarmed, but it’s important that people are made aware, so they can be vigilant and keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour.

If anyone believes they have seen a person matching this description please contact us.

I would also add that if anyone sees anyone or a vehicle acting suspiciously please call us so we can take action and make appropriate enquiries.

– Devon & Cornwall police spokesperson

Torbay reveals its budget for next 3 years

Torbay council has revealed that it needs to save more than £20 million over the next two years.

The councils's draft budget proposals are being released today. It's because of a reduction in funding from the government.

Despite the savings needed, the council say they'll spend almost £120 million over the next financial year. Adult social care and child services aren't expected to be affected.

Torbay Council Credit: ITV News West Country

Gorillas going, going, gone

Just a few months ago gorillas were taking over Torbay and Exeter. The colourful statues designed by artists became a major tourist attraction, with thousands of people visiting to take their photographs with them.

Tonight they're being auctioned off for charity at Paignton's Palace Theatre. Our reporter Richard Lawrence went to see them before the auction began.

Parking changes for Torbay

Torbay roads could lose their yellow lines, as the council continue to review parking restrictions in the area.

Parking charges have already been lowered, with the authority wanting Torbay to become more car friendly.

Residents are being given until November to have their say.

Torbay Credit: ITV News West Country


Blind sportsman breaks new record

A new world record has been set in Torbay today. Mike Newman has just secured the new water speed record for a blind person.

Mike is already the holder of the land speed record, having driven at more than 186 mph in a Porsche performance car.

Richard Lawrence went to watch this latest incredible attempt.

Torbay Hospital inspires businesses with new ideas

Torbay Hospital is showing local businesses how far medical equipment has advanced Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Torbay Hospital is showing local businesses how far medical equipment has advanced in the past hundred years in the hope of inspiring them with new ideas.

They will be showing instruments used in the First World War alongside some of the latest robot surgery equipment and a body simulator used in training.

Single-fee all day parking from November in Torbay

All day parking from November 1st for Torbay car parks Credit: Roy Catherall/Roy Catherall

Torbay car parks will charge two pounds from the first of November, the single fee will include all-day parking, although on-street parking charges won't be affected.

The new deal will last for four months, but the council could extend it if it proves popular, and boosts business.

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