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Talks to buy Torquay United break down

Talks to sell Torquay United to an unknown bidder have broken down, the club has said.

In April, current chairwoman, Thea Bristow confirmed she was in formal talks to sell her share of the club after announcing her resignation from the role due to ill health.

Thea Bristow has confirmed she is in formal talks last month to sell her share of the club Credit: ITV News

While this news came as a setback, this is not time for doom and gloom, as talks with other interested parties have already reopened, including a lengthy meeting at the Launa Windows Stadium over the weekend.

The incredible generosity of Thea Bristow has left Torquay United in a healthy position for new people to move this club forward and the hard work of finding fresh investment is well under way.

– Bill Phillips, Torquay United Football Club

The club also revealed it had received an anonymous donation from a supporter.


Care worker charged with sex attacks on elderly

A care worker has been charged with sex attacks on two elderly women residents at a care home in Devon.

Christina Sethi, who's 25 and from Torquay, has appeared before magistrates in the town on three counts of sexual assault. The alleged offences took place at a residential home in South Devon. Ms Sethi has been remanded in custody.

Torquay United confirms it is in formal discussions to sell the club

Thea Bristow has confirmed she is in formal talks to sell her share of the club Credit: ITV News

Thea Bristow has confirmed she is in formal talks to sell her share of the club.

Torquay United made the announcement following last night's 1-0 win against Lincoln City.

The club says they will not comment further until contracts have been exchanged.

There has been a lot of hard work to get to this point, and I travel hopefully that we will be able to conclude this deal.

It is a big decision to announce at this point, but we all know the way that football works and it is very difficult to keep anything under wraps once a few people know, so I felt it was important to inform you all of this milestone myself. That way you know that the work is continuing to find a solution.

It is safe to say that this does not mean we are over the line yet, but it is a major step in the right direction. I am also really pleased that the last few results have been positive and I look forward to the final two games of this season.

– Thea Bristow

Thea Bristow steps down as chairman of Torquay United

Thea Bristow has been confirmed as Lifetime President of Torquay United.

Vice Chairman Bill Phillips says Thea’s contribution to the club is " unparalleled" and the Board felt it was important they showed it.

I am very proud of my involvement with the club and will gratefully accept the title of Lifetime President.

This means that I will step down as Chairman with immediate effect. Whilst I made the earlier decision to go at the end of the season, it has become increasingly obvious to me that the interests of the club are better served by allowing the Board to continue the plans for the rest of this season, particularly as they will naturally impact upon next season as well.

I am afraid I will continue to be an ever-present sight and sound at Torquay's matches, waving and ‘clacking’ in what I hope is a Presidential manner.

– Thea Bristow, Torquay United Lifetime President


Torquay chairwoman will step down at end of the season

Torquay United has confirmed club Chairwoman Thea Bristow will step down at the end of the season.

Thea said she had taken the decision because of ill health, and to allow others to take the club forward. She will continue to fund the club until the end of the financial year and will transfer her loans into shares in order to pass them on debt free.

Thea Bristow will step down at the end of the season Credit: ITV News

She became a member of the board in 2010 after her husband Paul, who helped fund the club after winning £15 million on the lottery, passed away at the age of 59.

Thea, who took up the role of chairwoman in 2013, has been trying to sell the club and has brought in former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas to find a buyer.

I have been thinking about this decision for a while and it is best for me and my family that I step down to allow others to take the club forward.

As I am sure people will appreciate, the role of Chairman can be a stressful one and recently it has had an impact on my health. Therefore, now is the right time to say that I think I have done enough.

– Thea Bristow

Torquay are currently talking to a group thinking about buying the club. Torquay United Supporters' Trust are also reportedly interested in owning the club.

The club can also confirm that Director Alan Bristow will be stepping down at the same time.

Finally, I would like to thank the fans, my family and friends for all the kind wishes and support over the years and I look forward to being a noisy part of the Yellow Army for years to come.

– Thea Bristow

Doormen breathalysing clubbers leads to huge drop in crime

Breathalyser Credit: ITV News

A police pilot project where doormen at licensed premises in Torquay town and harbour side breathalysed suspected drunks has seen a 39 per cent drop in violent crime

RU2drunk was piloted during December to see if it helped reduce alcohol fuelled incidents at the town's night spots.

The pilot saw over 800 men and women breathalysed when doormen suspected they were drunk - over a third were then refused entry.

Over a third of people tested were then refused entry Credit: ITV News

Loved ones are the true victims of a smoking habit

Who are the real sufferers from smoking? Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Latest research conducted by Smokefree South West shows:

29% of people had stopped encouraging loved ones to quit because they were scared of starting an argument.

84% of parents said they encourage their child to stop as they don't like to see them harm themselves

67% of people, whose parents smoke, try to encourage them to stop because they're scared of losing them early.

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