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Woman found in sea off Torquay dies in hospital

Map showing the location of the rescue, just off Torquay in South Devon. Credit: ITV West Country

A woman found floating in the sea just off Torquay has died in hospital, according to police.

A passer-by alerted emergency services to a body floating in the water near the steps at Meadfoot Beach in just after 11pm on Friday 21 October.

Police and paramedics pulled her from the sea and treated her at the scene. She was taken to Torbay Hospital but later died.

The woman was in her forties and lived locally. Her next of kin have been informed but police have not yet released her name.

Investigation into police custody death

IPCC is investigating Credit: PA Images

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun an investigation following the death of a 35-year-old man in Devon & Cornwall Police custody.

Initial indications are that officers at Torquay custody suite noticed the man was unwell in his cell in the early hours of this morning (14 September 2016).

An ambulance was called and the man was taken to Torbay Hospital, but he sadly died.

After being notified by the force, the IPCC determined that an independent investigation should be carried out. Investigators are at Torquay Police Station today examining the scene and gathering relevant information.

The man is yet to be formally identified. A post mortem will take place in the coming days.


Three arrested after firearm incident

The Strand was closed overnight as police attended the scene Credit: ITV News

Three people are in police custody after a firearm incident in Torquay.

Police were called at around 9.30pm on Monday 29 August with reports of gunfire being heard and a vehicle being rammed in the Fore Street area.

Police Armed Response Units were called to the scene and one man was found with a number of pellet wounds - believed to have been from an air rifle. He was taken to hospital.

ARV units and police officers, supported by the dog unit and the police helicopter launched a major search across Torquay to locate the suspects.

Police found an abandoned car as the suspects attempted to flee the area. Police dogs tracked the suspects and a 20-year-old female and 18-year-old man was arrested.

Police also tracked another suspect to a property in Falloway Close and a 27 year-old man was arrested at around 5am this morning.

One man was taken to hospital but has now been released. Credit: PA

All three suspects remain in police custody on suspicion of causing GBH; the man who sustained the pellet wounds has already been released from hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who was in the Fore street area of Torquay around the time of the incident.

If you have any information you can:

  • contact police on 101
  • email quoting log number 995 for the 29th August
  • you can also give information anonymously on 000 555 111

Police incident closes road in Torquay

The road is likely to be closed for much of the morning. Credit: PA

Police have closed a road in Torquay as they respond to an ongoing incident.

The Strand (A379) is currently closed in both directions between Victoria Parade (The Clock Tower) and Fleet Walk.

It's after reports of an incident involving a firearm.

The road is likely to be closed for much of the morning.

More to follow.


Hospice staff told jobs are under threat

Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay has told staff that jobs are likely to be lost as the charity has a million pound funding shortfall. It cared for 2,200 people in 2015 either at its facility off Avenue Road or through its community and hospice at home teams.

Acting Chief Executive Jon Hill said that despite making half a million pounds worth of cuts and generating £500,000 extra through its shops and fundraising - a cut by more than half in the amount of money left as legacies has been the major problem.

Paul Sandell's father is currently being cared for at the hospice. He says the family of the patient are also looked after. The charity arranged for his sister to have a wedding blessing at its chapel so their father could walk her down the aisle.

The family of Paul Sandell say they have benefitted from the care provided by Torquay hospice

Like most hospices Rowcroft only gets limited state funding. The NHS does provide about twenty seven per cent of its budget and with money tight everywhere can't help further.

Bosses say the impact of the cuts will be felt by all who use the services.

There will be fewer patients seen on our wards. We are doing everything we can to make it that the community team is not affected. We're doing everything we can to not impact that service.

– Jon Hill, Acting Chief Executive

The hospice is now appealing for anyone who can help plug the funding shortfall to come forward with whatever help they can

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