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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

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.

Exceeded the speed limit or were using mobile phones.
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.


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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