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Police ask for help in finding missing Torquay man

David Cauldwell Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are trying to trace a man from Torquay who's been missing since Saturday night.

39-year-old David Cauldwell, has not been seen since leaving the Artful Dodger pub in Torquay at around midnight on Saturday 21 May.

It is thought he may have travelled to a rave at Haldon Forest but no one appears to have seen him there.

As time goes on we are becoming more concerned for David’s safety. There is no indication that he has been a victim of crime but with no sightings of him and this being so out of character we really want to hear from anyone who has seen or spoken to David or perhaps has given him a lift somewhere.

– Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman


Body discovered in Torquay park

The body was discovered around 3am this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon & Cornwall police discovered a body around 3am this morning (Sunday 22nd May) in Cary Park, Reddenhil Rd.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Enquiries are ongoing and police would like to speak with a group of males aged 18-22 who were in the park at approximately 0200 hours on 22nd May.16.

Police confirm body found in Dorset is Rose Polge

Body found off Dorset coast confirmed as Rose Polge Credit: ITV News

A body discovered off the Dorset coast earlier this month has been confirmed as Rose Polge. The 25 year old junior doctor was reported missing from Torquay on 12th February. Her car was found in Anstey's Cove just after 6pm that day.

Police have today confirmed the body found on 1st April is Rose. She has now been formally identified and her family have been informed.

Body found off Dorset coast believed to be missing junior doctor Rose Polge

Police are currently working on the belief that the body is that of 25-year old missing person Rose Polge, from Torquay. Credit: ITV News

A female body found off the Dorset coast on April 1 is believed to be that of 25-year-old junior doctor Rose Polge.

A massive search effort was launched when her car was found in a car park in Ansteys Cove in Torquay back in January.

On Friday 1 April, a female body was recovered from the sea east of Portland Headland, Dorset.

Devon and Cornwall Police are working with Dorset Police and the Coroner’s Office, and although they await the results of the formal identification, they are working on the belief that the body is that of the missing 25-year old.

Rose Polge's family are aware of this latest development.


Protests over closure of 'lifeline' respite centre

Campaigners are in Torquay this morning to protest against the closure of a local care home.

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Baytree House provides respite care for patients - but the Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust says the ageing building is no longer suitable.

Among those joining the demonstration are a couple whose twin sons rely on the service.

Protesters march to council office in Torquay. Credit: ITV News

The Trust says it will not be closed until a suitable alternative is ready.

Many areas are inaccessible for wheelchair users and the building's age and structural constraints mean it cannot be easily adapted for people who have physical disabilities.

We believe that in the longer term, offering a wider range of services for respite is the right thing to do.


Witness appeal after woman seriously assaulted on a Torquay street

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A woman has been seriously assaulted in the street in Torquay.

Police were called to Hartop Road at 5:50am on Wednesday 23 March after reports of a serious assault involving a man and a woman who were known to each other.

She was taken to Torbay Hospital with life-threatening injuries and has since been transferred to Derriford.

A local man, also in his 40s, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder - he was also taken to Torbay Hospital with life-threatening injuries sustained during the incident.

I would like to reassure residents that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the assault or the moments before it happened.

– Superintendent Dave Thorne, Senior Investigating Officer

Man killed at holiday park named

A man who died following a serious assault at a Dorset holiday park has been named as 36-year-old David Coxon.

Police were called to a report of a serious assault at Sandford Holiday Park along Organford Road at around 2.20am on Saturday March 5. They found David, from Torquay, with serious injuries. He later died at the scene.

41-year-old Jason James, also of Torquay, has been charged with manslaughter.

David Coxon was found with serious injuries at a holiday park in Dorset Credit: Dorset Police

Detectives continue to work on this investigation and I would appeal to any witnesses at Sandford Holiday Park, who are yet to speak with police, to contact us urgently.

It is also important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”

– Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, Senior investigating officer Dorset Police
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