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Duck wounded with an arrow in Devon town

George, with the arrow through his body Credit: Alan Gosling

Police in Buckfastleigh are looking for a man after one of the town's resident ducks was injured by an arrow.

George, a male adult muscovy duck, was found on the banks of the river Dart with a two-feet long arrow sticking out of his body.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses.

The description we have is of a white male, in his early twenties, of slim build with collar length light brown hair and wearing a black hoody and jeans. We would like to speak to the man or to anyone who has any information about this.

– Devon & Cornwall police
Local councillor Pam Barrett, holding arrows that have been found near the river Dart. Credit: Cllr Pam Barrett

Easter weekend boost to tourism trade

Easter weekend boost to tourism trade Credit: ITV News West Country

The sunny start to the bank holiday weekend saw a boost to tourism trade across the west country, many of which had suffered from the winter floods.

Pennywell Farm in Buckfastleigh saw it's busiest day in 25 years and The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall saw an 18 per cent rise in visitor numbers this month.


Paralysed jockey gets back in the saddle

A jockey from Devon who was left paralysed from the chest down following a fall is back in the saddle and hoping to complete her longest ride yet - the Dartmoor Challenge.

Sarah Gaisford, from Buckfastleigh, fell at Exeter Racecourse 7 years ago.

She's hoping to complete a 10 mile ride across Dartmoor to raise money for charity.

Francesca Carpenter went to see her in training:

Buckfastleigh ducks in danger after 'duck plague'

Buckfastleigh ducks in danger after 'duck plague' Credit: ITV News West Country

A south Devon town could be in danger of losing its entire population of prized Muscovy ducks.

There are just half a dozen of the birds left at Buckfastleigh`s Millennium Green after an outbreak of so called "duck plague" over the summer and concerns over possible poaching. The remaining birds are believed to be in good health.

Devon woman finds Caribbean lizard in bananas

A woman in Devon says she was left shocked after finding a lizard in a bunch of bananas

Gayle Thorne was unpacking the fruit from a shipment that had arrived at Riverford Organic Farm at Buckfastleigh when she made the discovery.

It's thought the stowaway could have travelled 7000 miles from its home in the Caribbean.

The tiny lizard is now being cared for at Paignton zoo where it'll spend six months in quarantine before being released into the Tropical House.

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