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Devon man shot on Christmas Caribbean holiday

Chris Tester was shot in the head on Christmas Day Credit: Crowdfunder/Facebook

A Devon man is in hospital in Antigua after being shot in the head on Christmas Day. Chris Tester, from Torquay, was at his parents' restaurant on the Caribbean island when he was wounded in an attempted robbery.

The news emerged in a Facebook posting from ABS Television in Antigua. Now his family have started a crowdfunding appeal for £90,000 to bring him home. So far it's raised more than £28,000.

"37yrs-old Christopher Tester of the United Kingdom is currently at the Mount St. Johns Medical Center in critical condition, after receiving a gunshot wound to his head during an attempted robbery at Old Road.

"It is alleged that a man approximately 5ft 8 inches in height, slim built, wearing a black hoodie and mask, attempted to rob his family, when a struggle ensued. During the struggle he was shot in his head, and was transported by the EMS to the hospital.

"The incident occurred around 10:30 pm on Sunday. He arrived on the island on December 10th and was due to leave on 29th December. Investigations are currently ongoing into the matter."

– ABS Television Antigua's Facebook page

"Dear Friends Tony and Gill Tester from Boxer Shack were held up at gun point last night. During the attack, their son Chris was shot in the head and critically injured. He is now in Mount St. John Hospital in Antigua but they do not have the facilities or expertise he needs. We need to arrange immediate evacuation by air ambulance to the UK and need your help to fund this. Please, please give anything you can, any amount will help."

– Crowdfunder/Chris Tester Urgent Appeal

Torquay United WILL have new owner

Torquay United will have a new owner as of Monday (December 19) after the board unanimously approved the club's sale.

A 'subsidiary of Gaming International' Riviera Stadium Limited will own the controlling stake of the club.

In an statement they said:

The Board OF TUAFC are pleased to announce that they have today unanimously approved the sale of a controlling shareholding to Riviera Stadium Limited (RSL).

It is expected that contractual terms will be finalized on Monday 19th December, subject only to formal approval to the takeover by The Football Association National League.

A further release will be issued on Monday 19th December.

The TUAFC directors are hoping that the completion of the RSL deal will put an end to a protracted period of uncertainty, and offer the Club the opportunity to develop and succeed, both on and off the pitch.

RSL is a member of the Stadia UK division of Gaming International Limited, a UK-based leisure group.

– Torquay United


Confirmed: there will be no Christmas lights in Torquay this year

It's hoped the display in Union St will be back next year Credit: MGV Productions

Christmas lights will not be strung up in Torquay's Union Street this year.

Torquay Chamber of Commerce confirmed the cancellation "with regret".

A special Christmas Lights group had been asked to rescue the lights from a backdrop of major losses in 2015, but said that they could not overcome some very serious obstacles in time for this year's display.

We will continue with our efforts and intend to bring back the lights next year.

– Torquay Chamber of Commerce

"This was not just an ordinary circumstance of raising funds, there were major infrastructure issues as well, and these were at the roots cause of the problems for this year."

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