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Jail for footballer who attacked referee at Devon match

Referee Don Distin after the attack
Referee Don Distin after the attack by a footballer during a match in Devon Credit: Don Distin

A man has been sentenced to sixteen months in jail for attacking a referee during a football match in Devon.

Grant Hardwick was convicted of assaulting Don Distin in a game between Torre FC and Asburton Reserves in May this year. Hardwick played for Torre. The team subsequently withdrew from the South Devon League.



RNLI rescue boy from beach at Bude

RNLI lifeguards at Crooklets beach in Bude have rescued a young boy who was heard screaming for help. The boy had been dragged away from the beach in a very strong rip current.

Lifeguard Joby Wolfenden-Brown paddled out on a rescue board and grabbed the boy, who was in a lot of distress. He was brought back to shore and reunited with his family following the incident yesterday afternoon.

The RNLI says strong rip currents have formed at Crooklets beach this year. Earlier in the day, six people were pulled from the water after they became stuck in a rip current.

‘If you’re stuck in a rip current do not panic or swim against the current, keep hold of your flotation device and raise your arm and signal for help. If you see somebody in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Rip currents can be very dangerous so it’s best to swim between the red and yellow flags on an RNLI lifeguarded beach.’

– Chris Wafer, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor

Paignton Zoo lion has acupuncture

Lion gets acupuncture
Lucifer the lion getting acupuncture from vet Nicki Grint Credit: Paignton Zoo

One of the lions at Paignton Zoo is being treated with acupuncture following a foot operation. Recent arrival Lucifer had previously had a tumour removed but it had failed to heal properly.

Veterinary anaesthetist Nicki Grint had previously only used acupuncture on dogs. The aim is to reduce pain and improve blood flow to aid the healing process.

Lucifer got his name because his number in the computerised Animal Record Keeping System (ARKS) is 666. He recently arrived in Devon to join two females, mother and daughter Indu and Maliya.

Lucifer the lion
Lucifer - devil of a lion Credit: Chris Rockley
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