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Five drug-drivers arrested in just two days as part of clamp down on motorists

Police cars take to new South Devon Highway Credit: T/CI Adrian Leisk

Police arrested five people for driving while under the influence of drugs as part of a two day operation targeting motorists on Devon's roads.

Officers say the operation was a success, with more than 80 motorists dealt for various offences.

At one point officers from both Devon and Cornwall, and Dorset Police - who had travelled to help their colleagues as part of the strategic alliance - had seized so many uninsured vehicles they were stored in a coach station.

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Drug-drivers.
48
Exceeded the speed limit or were using mobile phones.
17
Vehicles with no licence or insurance.

A full list of the offences dealt with:

  • 48 people exceeding the speed limit or using a mobile phone while driving.
  • 17 vehicles which had no licence or no insurance – which were seized.
  • Five drug-drivers.
  • One drink-driver.
  • Five people who possessed drugs.
  • Three vehicles in dangerous condition – which were taken off the road.
  • One person alleged to have taken a vehicle without consent.
  • One anti-social driver, who was allegedly seen by police to be doing a wheelie on his motorbike at a zebra crossing as pedestrians waited to cross the road - the vehicle was seized.
  • Three vehicles which failed to stop for the police.

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Three courts in the region to close

The Government's announced that three courts in the region will close, despite local opposition.

Crown Courts will no longer sit in Barnstaple or Dorchester, and the magistrates' court in Torquay will be shut by the end of the year as part of a programme to streamline the service. The future of the outdated building had been in doubt, but there had been hopes the court could remain elsewhere in the town.

Torbay's MP says he's worried it will mean witnesses and defendants having long journeys to get to courts in Newton Abbott and Plymouth.

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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.

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