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6 hour siege in Torquay

A man ahas been arrested after a six-hour siege in Torquay, Devon. Police were called to a disturbance at 2am where a man was refusing to drop a knife and barricaded himself inside. Police eventually stormed the house just before 8am.

"Due to the nature of the weapon firearms officers were authorised to contain the male and negotiations began with him.

"The incident ended at 7.50am when police were able to enter the property and detain him.

"He was under the influence of some substance and taken to hospital for treatment."

– Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman


Inquest into death of Izzy Dix

An inquest begins in Torquay later today into the death of a school girl from Brixham.

14 year old Izzy Dix was found hanged at her home in September. It's thought she took her own life after being bullied at school and online.

Her death led to calls for the website she used to be shut down.

14 year old Izzy Dix was found hanged at her home in September Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

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Police response to inquest verdict

An inquest into the death of a 16 month old boy has found a suicidal taxi driver deliberately drove into the family's car, killing himself as well.

Oisin Two-mey was on holiday with his family in Devon in July when the crash happened. His father Con died later in hospital. His mother Elber survived but lost the baby daughter she was carrying.

This incident had a devastating impact and led to the loss of four lives.

The effect on those families and the community was enormous as a result.

On this occasion police operated entirely in line with nationally agreed procedures and training.

This has been further evidenced in the independent IPCC report.

We hope the conclusion of this inquest will help all the families concerned gain some kind of closure on what has been a traumatic experience for all concerned.”

– Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, head of operations for Devon and Cornwall Police

Second phase of Torquay facelift

Traders in Torquay are to be consulted on improvements in the town by Torbay Council.

Businesses on Fleet Street will be asked for their views on the second phase of a £2.5 million pound regeneration of the centre.

Work on phase one of the scheme has just been completed.

Traders in Torquay are being consulted on improvements in the town Credit: ITV News West Country

Police officer calls ambulance for 'Halloween' injuries

Torquay Town Centre Police has tweeted about the "comedy moment" when a police officer mistakenly ordered an ambulance for a seriously injured man - only to find out his injuries were Halloween fancy dress.

The policeman requested an ambulance at 3am this morning after he believed the man had sustained serious head injuries following an altercation.

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Panel: Toddler's death 'could not have been predicted'

The panel conducting the Serious Case Review into Keanu Williams' murder agreed his death "could not have been predicted."

However, the report added that in view of his mother's background history, "It could have been predicted that Keanu was likely to suffer significant harm and should have been subject of a child protection plan on at least two occasions to address issues of neglect and physical harm."

Keanu Williams' mother Rebecca Shuttleworth was jailed for life in June. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Keanu, who was born in Torbay, died in Birmingham in January 2011 after suffering a skull fracture and a severe abdominal injury caused by his mother, Rebecca Shuttleworth.

The report made eight recommendations to the organisations involved in Keanu's care, with the review's author saying various agencies were guilty of a "loss of focus" after a core assessment made shortly before the toddler's first birthday.

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