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Squirrel bites swimmer after getting into leisure centre pool in Torquay

Squirrel bites swimmer after getting into leisure centre pool in Torquay Credit: / AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

A squirrel sparked panic today after it dashed into a busy leisure centre before leaping in the pool and biting a swimmer on the finger. The rodent (similar to the one pictured above) ran inside the Riviera Centre in Torquay, Devon, before heading towards the pool area.

When lifeguards tried to coax him out the creature leapt into the water and paddled around the deep end for several minutes. A swimmer tried to fish the squirrel out of the water but was bitten on the finger before then animal scampered off through a fire exit.

Jacquie Lovett, swimming instructor at the Waves Leisure Pool, said: "I came in to do a lesson and was told by the lifeguards that there was a squirrel on top of the wave chamber.

"The squirrel then decided to run out. One of the lifeguards tried to chase it out and it went into the curtain. Then it jumped into the swimming pool."

"It was doing a few strokes, going under the water and then coming up for air. It looked like a drowned rat."


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UKIP party conference held in Torquay

UKIP is holding its spring conference in Torquay. Hundreds of delegates have descended on the town amid intense media attention. The party has the South West firmly in its sights, looking to increase its presence on local councils and the number of seats it holds in the European Parliament.

UKIP Conference in Torquay

UKIP's Spring conference takes place in Torquay today. It's the second time the seaside town has played host to the anti-EU party. It was last held there in 2011. Leader Nigel Farage will follow the conference with a free public meeting on Saturday.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage will be at Torquay for his party's annual conference today. Credit: PA

Major search for missing Torquay man

David Facey was last seen in Torquay on Wednesday evening (12 February) Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The coastguard and the Devon and Cornwall police helicopter have been out searching for a man from Torquay who has been missing since Wednesday evening.

David Facey, who is 55, was last seen in Windsor Close. Police say they are increasingly worried for his welfare.


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
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