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The adorable penguin who made friends with a scuba diver

A scuba diver from Devon has acquired an unusual swimming partner in the form of an 18-month-old penguin.

Yoyo the penguin took his first swim at just three months old.

Over the last year he has formed a friendship with Derek Youd, the diving supervisor at Torquay's Living Coasts.

Mr Youd runs the zoo's penguin dive experience and over the last year the pair have formed a very close friendship.

Police hunt Torquay man wanted for recall to prison

Gary Ward was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police are looking for a man from Torquay who is wanted for recall to prison after breaching his prison licence conditions.

Gary Ward who is 32 was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving,

He is believed to be in the Exeter area and also has links to Torbay and Ilfracombe.

Officers say people should not approach him but ring 101 quoting police reference EN/148763/14.


Blue plaque unveiled in Torquay for comedian Peter Cook

Peter Cook was born in Torquay in 1937 Credit: PA

Peter Cook, who was a pioneer of British satire in the 1960s, had a blue plaque dedicated to his memory in Torquay today.

The comedian, described by Stephen Fry as “the funniest man who ever lived”, was born in 1937 in Middle Warberry Road, in the Wellswood area of Torquay. He died in 1995.

Cook’s daughter, Daisy, and his sister, Elizabeth, were at today's ceremony, which was organised by Torbay Civic Society.

Search for elderly man seen in sea off Torquay

A search has been taking place off Torquay after an elderly man was spotted by the sea wall along Meadfoot Sea Road. Emergency crews were called at 9.30pm last night when a passer-by said he saw large waves crashing over the wall, spotted the man briefly before he disappeared from view.

The Torbay Coastguard Rescue Team, two lifeboats and the rescue helicopter from Chivenor searched the area but found nothing.

The Coastguard says they are waiting for an update from the police and unless any new information comes to light, the search has been stood down.

Fears grow for missing yachtsman

Jeffery has not been seen since mid October Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a man last seen in Torquay.

Jeffery Carl Hewitt has been missing since 16th October.

He had recently bought a sailing boat called "the Louise", which was moored at Torquay. He is believed to have left the harbour between 10 and 11am on 16th October.

The next day "the Louise" was found washed up on a beach west of Lyme Regis, with nobody on board.

Devon and Cornwall Police ask anyone with any information about Jeffery or who might have been in contact with him during his time in Torquay to contact them.

FT: Alfreton Town 4 - 2 Torquay United

Torquay United have slipped out of the Conference play-off places after losing 4-2 at second-from-bottom Alfreton.

Former Gulls striker Karl Hawley gave the hosts an 18th minute lead. Louis Briscoe equalised on the half hour, but Alfreton went in at half-time ahead after a goal from Tom Shaw.

Briscoe levelled for a second time, but Paul Clayton and Hawley added further goals for Nicky Law's side.


Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim

Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim Credit: ITV News West Country

A keeper at a zoo in Torquay has been given the job of teaching a young seal to swim. Normally they learn from their parents but this seal pup is being hand-reared and Libor Mach has had to step in. Apparently she's taken to it like a - well - seal to water.

She was quite scared, actually, the first day. It was quite funny seeing a seal run out of the water, but Li has done a great job and she's found her flippers and she's well away now, and she's really enjoying the water.

– Clare Rugg, Living Coasts Operations Manager
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