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Search for elderly man seen in sea off Torquay

A search has been taking place off Torquay after an elderly man was spotted by the sea wall along Meadfoot Sea Road. Emergency crews were called at 9.30pm last night when a passer-by said he saw large waves crashing over the wall, spotted the man briefly before he disappeared from view.

The Torbay Coastguard Rescue Team, two lifeboats and the rescue helicopter from Chivenor searched the area but found nothing.

The Coastguard says they are waiting for an update from the police and unless any new information comes to light, the search has been stood down.

Fears grow for missing yachtsman

Jeffery has not been seen since mid October Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a man last seen in Torquay.

Jeffery Carl Hewitt has been missing since 16th October.

He had recently bought a sailing boat called "the Louise", which was moored at Torquay. He is believed to have left the harbour between 10 and 11am on 16th October.

The next day "the Louise" was found washed up on a beach west of Lyme Regis, with nobody on board.

Devon and Cornwall Police ask anyone with any information about Jeffery or who might have been in contact with him during his time in Torquay to contact them.


FT: Alfreton Town 4 - 2 Torquay United

Torquay United have slipped out of the Conference play-off places after losing 4-2 at second-from-bottom Alfreton.

Former Gulls striker Karl Hawley gave the hosts an 18th minute lead. Louis Briscoe equalised on the half hour, but Alfreton went in at half-time ahead after a goal from Tom Shaw.

Briscoe levelled for a second time, but Paul Clayton and Hawley added further goals for Nicky Law's side.

Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim

Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim Credit: ITV News West Country

A keeper at a zoo in Torquay has been given the job of teaching a young seal to swim. Normally they learn from their parents but this seal pup is being hand-reared and Libor Mach has had to step in. Apparently she's taken to it like a - well - seal to water.

She was quite scared, actually, the first day. It was quite funny seeing a seal run out of the water, but Li has done a great job and she's found her flippers and she's well away now, and she's really enjoying the water.

– Clare Rugg, Living Coasts Operations Manager


Torquay's Chris Hargreaves hopeful for young team

For United fans last season was a painful one - with relegation from League 2 taking them into the conference.

But as pre-seasons go there's plenty to be optimistic about at Torquay. Striker Ryan Bowman sent United on their way to victory in Saturday's friendly at Exeter City as what is now a new and youthful Gulls side will be very competitive in the Football Conference.

In the latest of our previews of all our main teams, we look at their prospects for the new season. Here is our full interview with manager Chris Hargreaves.

Meet the Torquay Bowlers going for gold in Glasgow

The England Bowls squad are off to Glasgow shortly for final preparations for the Commonwealth Games. Four of them - Natalie Melmore, Jamie Chestney, Sam Tolchard and his sister Sophie Tolchard come from the King's Club in Torquay.

Such domination by one club is unprecedented, and as John Andrews reports, they're all very young.

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