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Thea Bristow steps down as chairman of Torquay United

Thea Bristow has been confirmed as Lifetime President of Torquay United.

Vice Chairman Bill Phillips says Thea’s contribution to the club is " unparalleled" and the Board felt it was important they showed it.

I am very proud of my involvement with the club and will gratefully accept the title of Lifetime President.

This means that I will step down as Chairman with immediate effect. Whilst I made the earlier decision to go at the end of the season, it has become increasingly obvious to me that the interests of the club are better served by allowing the Board to continue the plans for the rest of this season, particularly as they will naturally impact upon next season as well.

I am afraid I will continue to be an ever-present sight and sound at Torquay's matches, waving and ‘clacking’ in what I hope is a Presidential manner.

– Thea Bristow, Torquay United Lifetime President

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Doormen breathalysing clubbers leads to huge drop in crime

Breathalyser Credit: ITV News

A police pilot project where doormen at licensed premises in Torquay town and harbour side breathalysed suspected drunks has seen a 39 per cent drop in violent crime

RU2drunk was piloted during December to see if it helped reduce alcohol fuelled incidents at the town's night spots.

The pilot saw over 800 men and women breathalysed when doormen suspected they were drunk - over a third were then refused entry.

Over a third of people tested were then refused entry Credit: ITV News

Loved ones are the true victims of a smoking habit

Who are the real sufferers from smoking? Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Latest research conducted by Smokefree South West shows:

29% of people had stopped encouraging loved ones to quit because they were scared of starting an argument.

84% of parents said they encourage their child to stop as they don't like to see them harm themselves

67% of people, whose parents smoke, try to encourage them to stop because they're scared of losing them early.

Lung disease sufferer inspires 'Smokefree South West' campaign

Kisrty Vaas from Torquay was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) just over a year a go after one of her lungs collapsed.

She is now constantly short of breath, unable to travel and is supported by her younger daughter.

Kirsty knows this is a result of her smoking habit, but she wants others to learn from her mistakes.

Kirsty now finds it difficult to leave the hosue Credit: ITV News

My smoking illness has caused my whole world to come crashing down. If young people see you smoking then they think it's alright, but they don't understand what it can do to you, so making smoking less visible in public places can only be a good thing.

– Kirtsy Vass

Kirsty has thrown her support behind 'Smokefree South West' which have succeeded in making parts of Bristol smoke free from today.

At the opening there will be a 'take a straw challenge' where people try and breathe through a straw to simulate what it feels like to have a collapsed lung.

It's the same technique Kirsty used to explain her condition to her daughter.

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Lung disease sufferer begs people to stop smoking

Smoking has left Kirsty Vass with chronic lung disease Credit: ITV News

A mother from Torquay has made an impassioned plea for people to stop smoking.

A new campaign by Smoke-free South West is calling on people to consider the impact on their relatives. 33-year-old Kirsty Vass has been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease and emphysema as a result of smoking.

Please give up smoking, because it really is not worth it. Don't end up being like this, it is a prison sentence. Get out there, enjoy it with your family, with your children.

– Kirsty Vass

Police say missing teenager could be near Torquay

Ryan Ranson has been missing since last Tuesday Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are continuing to search for a teenager from Ivybridge who has been missing since last Tuesday.

Ryan Ranson was last seen after he was dropped off at work at Devonport Dockyard. His family say his disappearance is completely out of character.

Officers believe the 17-year-old may be in the Torquay area after his bank card was used at a cash point machine on The Strand on Wednesday afternoon.

Police are urging people to come forward who have any information about Ryan's whereabouts.

He may have used public transport to get to Torquay from Plymouth, and we are appealing to anyone who has seen him or knows where he is now to get in touch.

– Jonathan Ross, Devon & Cornwall Police

Woman assaulted in Torquay soft play

Police want to speak to these women after soft play assault Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A woman has been assaulted while in a soft play area in Torquay.

Police in Devon have released these images of two women they want to speak to after the alleged assaults at The Rainbow Funhouse.

The incidents are believed to have taken place around 1 o'clock back on 22nd November last year.

New direction for Torquay United

Thea Bristow has been subsidising the club over the last three years Credit: Torquay United

More details are expected to be announced this morning about the new team being brought in to help run Torquay United off the pitch.

Kelvin Thomas, who used to be Chairman at Oxford United, will be working closely with Gulls Chairman Thea Bristow. She wants the club to be run in a more sustainable way, after subsidising Torquay for the last three years.

A press conference has been called for this morning.

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