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Country's oldest female penguin bows out

Pat celebrated her 37th birthday in January with a sprat cake Credit: ITV News

The Living Coasts zoo in Torquay has announced that its record-breaking penguin has died.

Pat, the oldest-known female African penguin in the UK, celebrated her 37th birthday on 20 January 2015. She was thought to have been the second-oldest penguin in Europe.

She was put down by zoo vets due to advanced arthritis.

“Her quality of life had declined because of arthritis – the only thing to do was to put her to sleep. Pat had a terrific innings thanks to good husbandry, good vet care, good food and freedom from predators. It shows that the English Riviera is great for us more mature types!”

– Phil Knowling, Living Coasts

Pat was hatched at Paignton Zoo in 1978, but lived at Living Coasts ever since it opened in 2003 - we filmed her at her 37th birthday celebrations in January 2015.

Pat has left a strong legacy, having hatched nine chicks in her time and even had three great-grand penguins at Living Coasts.

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.


Tributes paid to man who was murdered in Torquay

The body of a man was found in Warberry Road West in Torquay on Monday Credit: ITV News

The family of a man who was murdered in Torquay last week say they're struggling to come to terms with his untimely death.

The body of David Earnshaw was found at a property on Warberry Road West last Monday. He was 36.

Three people arrested in connection with his death have been released without charge.

Victim formally identified in Torquay murder investigation

Police have formally identified a man found dead at a property in Torquay on Monday 16 November.

He has been named as David Earnshaw, 36, from Torquay. His next of kin have been informed.

Mr Earnshaw's body was found inside the property on Warberry Road West

Police have launched a murder investigation and are following up a number of lines of enquiry.

Three people from Torquay were arrested in connection with the incident. Two men, aged 35 and 43, and a 44-year-old woman were taken to Torquay police station.

The 44 year old woman and 35 year old man have since been released without charge with no further action being taken.

A 38 year old local man was arrested in Torquay during the early evening of Wednesday 18 November and he remains in custody at Torquay awaiting interview.

The 43 year old man also remains in custody.

Three questioned in Torquay murder invesigation

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was found dead at a property in Torquay on Monday 16 November.

The 36-year-old man’s body was found inside the property on Warberry Road West shortly after 11am.

A police guard is in place at the property.

Investigations are underway with house-to-house enquiries.

Formal identification has not yet taken place and police say their enquiries are ongoing to trace the man’s next of kin to inform them and offer them support.

Three people from Torquay have been arrested in connection with the incident and are being questioned.

  • A man, aged 35
  • A man, aged 43
  • A woman, aged 44
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