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Man dies after hit and run in Newton Abbot

Man dies after hit and run in Newton Abbot

A man has died after a hit and run in Newton Abbot.

Police say the man, thought to be in his 30s was hit by a vehicle minutes after they had received reports of someone walking in the road on the A380 Torquay Road.

It happened at around one thirty this morning.

The road was closed throughout the night as police carried out their investigations.

The man is yet to be formally identified.

"On arrival officers found a male pedestrian having sustained fatal injuries, after being involved in a collision with a vehicle which has failed to stop.

"At this time the man, believed to be aged in his 30s, has not been identified but officers are carrying out extensive enquiries to do so."

– Spokesperson, Devon and Cornwall police

Crews tackle fire at Riviera International Centre

Fire crews are tackling a fire at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay.

It is believed the blaze started shortly after 5.30am in a first floor kitchen before spreading to the roof.

Around nine fire crews arrived at the scene from across Devon and Cornwall. All which helped bring the fire, which is still burning, under control.

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Thousands turn out in Torquay for third leg of Solitaire du Figaro

Thousands turn out in Torquay for third leg of Solitaire du Figaro Credit: ITV News

Thousands of spectators turned out in Torquay on Sunday to see forty sailors set off in the final leg of the Solitaire du Figaro.

Three West Country sailors are taking part in the race which is due to end in France on Wednesday, including Robin Elsey, from Truro, Sam Matson, from Exmouth.

It is one of the most important offshore races in the world, and in France the event is as well know as the FA Cup is in Britain.

"Even if you don't sail in France then you understand that the sailors are going to get on the boat alone and then sail off over the horizon for four days and that seems to strike a chord we've yet to really establish here in the UK."

– Charles Darbyshire, Artemis Offshore Academy

Someone else who's more than grateful for that support is local sailor Henry Bomby.

Originally from Kingswear, he's doing fantastically well. He was 4th at one point but is currently in 17th position - but has a good chance of finishing in the top 15.

This event's been a financial boon for the Bay attracting thousands of visitors. Hundreds took part yesterday in a World Record attempt to see how many people could eat a cream tea in one sitting.

Hundreds take part in Largest Cream Tea World Record attempt Credit: ITV News

From Torquay, the sailors will head out around Land's End before turning round and crossing the English Channel where the race will end in Dieppe on Wednesday night.

Hundreds in Torquay for Solitaire du Figaro

Hundreds in Torquay for Solitaire du Figaro Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of people have turned out in Torquay to see off the sailors in the Solitaire du Figaro. The race restarts at 2pm.

A multi-faith service has been held by Reverend Cannon John Herve, to bless the 39 Solitaire du Figaro skippers and their boats before setting off on the final stage of the race to Dieppe.

Hundreds in Torquay for Solitaire du Figaro Credit: ITV News

Yacht racers flood into Devon's Riviera

Thousands of people will have the chance to see some of the world's fastest and most expensive yachts on Devon's Riviera over the next couple of days.

Boats competing in the prestigious Solitaire du Figaro race have spent the day arriving in Torquay at the end of the third leg. They will be there until Sunday, when one of the world's most gruelling yacht races restarts. Richard Lawrence has more.

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Torquay hire former Mansfield Town boss as new manager

Paul Cox managed Mansfield Town for three-and-a-half years. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has just been announced as the new manager of Torquay United.

Cox's three-and-a-half years at Mansfield saw the club promoted back to the Football League after five years.

Torquay parted ways with former boss Chris Hargreaves in a dispute over pay.

Torquay United closes youth academy

Torquay United has a new board of directors. Credit: ITV News

Torquay United has announced it is closing its youth academy as part of cost-cutting measures.

The club said the "painful and stark reality" was that it could no longer afford to run it while still ensuring a future for the club.

In a statement on its website the club apologised to the "outstanding" and "talented" young footballers who will now be released.

A new board of directors took over the troubled club yesterday. The club's new Director of Football Dean Edwards will explain the decision to close the youth department at a meeting at the Launa Windows Stadium tomorrow night.

"We would like to put on record that we did not create this situation. For months now, the precarious nature of the football club has been obvious and, in truth, this should have been resolved a long time ago.

"The comments made by former vice-chairman Bill Phillips in suggesting the youth department would be retained were both premature and misleading to the young footballers in our structure.

"We are extremely sorry for all the young boys who have been in the system and the dedication shown by these talented youngsters, and their families, has been outstanding at all times."

"Now this decision has been reached, we can confirm that all the Academy and youth-team players are free agents.

"Despite our disappointment at being placed in this position, we are in no way abandoning the culture of trying to develop young players and the future plan involves working closely with local clubs to help nurture talent.

"We are already in discussion with Paul Devlin and his team of coaches in Football in the Community to see how we can play a role in expanding their operation to develop elite pathways for the best young players in our region.

"We will also seek to enhance the scouting network available to Torquay United, with the aim of identifying talented teenagers who we believe can make the step up to training with our first-team squad.

"Finally, Torquay United would like to thank all the coaching staff in the youth department for their tremendous commitment. Geoff Harrop, Robbie Herrera, Kevin Nancekivell, Craig Easton, Matt Scholes, Matt Williams and all the part-time coaches did a superb job and we are very grateful."

– Torquay United Football Club

Torquay United Football Club has confirmed a deal is close

Torquay United Football Club has confirmed a deal is close Credit: ITV News

The leader of a consortium which is trying to complete a takeover of Torquay United Football Club has confirmed a deal is close but needs a final push to get over the line.

Former Torquay player and the Gull's current Commercial Manager, Dean Edwards, says there is just a week to save the club and prove it is financially viable for next season.

Torquay have been looking for a new owner since Lottery-millionaire Thea Bristow stepped down and sold her stake to the current board.

"We're up at the conference this weekend and we've got the documentation to prove that we have funds to go forward into next season.

To get the deal done obviously we've got a meeting on Monday with the consortium, a final meeting to sort of to see if everybody is ready to take the leap of faith"

– Dean Edwards, Consortium leader

Devon businessmen offer to take over Torquay United

A group of Devon businessman, led by Torquay United's commercial manager Dean Edwards has tabled an offer to take over the club.

Former owner Thea Bristow last week passed 80 per cent of her shares in Plainmoor Ltd, to a group of directors and it is that controlling interest which Edwards' group is trying to acquire.

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