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Torbay residents vote to scrap elected mayor

Mayor Gordon Oliver pictured in 2015 Credit: ITV News

Residents of Torbay have voted to scrap their elected mayor.

The referendum result was passed by a majority of more than six thousand votes. It means when existing mayor Gordon Oliver vacates his role in May 2019, there will be no replacement - instead Torbay Council will elect its own leader.



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.

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