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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.


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.


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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