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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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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:

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£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.

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