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Ex-teacher accused of abusing Kenyan street children

Simon Harris, who used to be a housemaster and Latin teacher at Shebbear College in Devon Credit: ITV News

A man who admitted indecently assaulting boys at a private school in Devon has appeared in court in Birmingham accused of 27 further sexual offences involving young boys in Kenya.

Simon Harris has already pleaded guilty to sex offences committed against three pupils, all aged between 13 and 14, while he was employed at Shebbear College in the 1980s.

Today the court was told how he "preyed" on Kenyan street children as young as six years old. Harris denies the charges.

Simon Harris had previously admitted assaulting boys at Shebbear College in the 1980s Credit: ITV News
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Driver arrested after teenager dies in car river plunge

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a woman after the car in which she was travelling ended up submerged in the River Parrett.

The male driver managed to escape from the vehicle in the incident which happened near to Martock during the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday 19 October).

The man (21) and woman (19) were in the car which was travelling along Broadmead near to the junction with Hawthorn Hill in the direction of Gawbridge Bow at about 1.10am. The car left the road and entered the River Parrett.

The driver managed to escape but the teenage passenger was trapped in the car. She was declared dead at the scene.

The driver was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been released on police bail, pending further enquiries.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident, who may have information to help their enquiries.


Argus leaves Falmouth on its way to fight ebola

The medical ship RFA Argus has left Falmouth on its way to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against ebola.

The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water but ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of spreading the virus.

The RFA Argus is guided out of Falmouth on its mission to West Africa Credit: ITV News
The ship's company stands on ceremony Credit: ITV News
More than 750 servicemen and women are on board the medical ship, including personnel from RNAS Culdrose Credit: ITV News

RFA Argus will leave Falmouth for Sierra Leone today

RFA Argus will leave Falmouth headed for Sierra Leone Credit: ITV News

RFA Argus, a medical ship with a fully-equipped 100-bed hospital on board, will leave Falmouth today on its way to Sierra Leone, to help Ebola victims.

The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water and has a state of the art casualty unit but Ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of transmission.

Plymouth taxi drivers pay tribute to Alan Henning

About 70 taxis took part. Credit: ITV News/Jacquie Bird

Plymouth taxi drivers took part in a convoy through the city today in solidarity for the murdered taxi driver Alan Henning.

Drivers of all faiths rode alongside each other for the rally, which culminated on the Hoe.

Mr Henning, from Salford, had gone to Syria as an aid worker. He was captured by Isis militants and beheaded earlier this month.

Alan Henning in Syria, prior to his capture. Credit: Family photo
The convoy arrives on the Hoe. Credit: ITV News/Jacquie Bird
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