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Police appeal for missing Devon man

Police are concerned for the welfare of 66-year-old Michael Ferchuck. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of 66-year-old Michael Ferchuck who is missing from Dunstans Road, Salcombe, Devon.

Michael was last seen on Sunday 24 September by a neighbour and is described as white, 6ft tall, slim, with greying dark brown hair and wears glasses.

He is believed to be driving a blue Suzuki Alto, registration WJ10 HNZ.

Anyone with information regarding Michael’s whereabouts is urged to contact the police.


Nearly half of Britain's 'most expensive' seaside towns are in the South West

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Nearly half of Britain's "most expensive" seaside towns are in the South West - according to a new survey.

Salcombe in Devon, which was the priciest seaside town in 2015, came in second on the annual Halifax survey this year, with an average home there valued at £617,743.

During the last 10 years, the average house price in Britain's seaside towns has increased by 25%, from £181,060 in 2007 to £226,916 in 2017.

That equates to an average increase of £382 per month.

So what are the most expensive seaside towns? (With average house price in brackets)

  • Sandbanks, South West (£664,051)
  • Salcombe, South West (£617,743)
  • Aldeburgh, East Anglia (£526,689)
  • Lymington, South East (£441,357)
  • Padstow, South West (£422,916)
  • Dartmouth, South West (£391,775)
  • East Wittering, South East (£384,434)
  • Brighton, South East (£374,622)
  • Shoreham by Sea, South East (£373,056)
  • Bigbury on Sea, South West (£372,105)

How can I commemorate the Salcombe Disaster?

The volunteer team at Salcombe RNLI lifeboat station will be holding a service to mark the centenary of the 1916 lifeboat disaster.

Here's what you need to know if you want to take part:

Service of Commemoration

A Service of Commemoration will take place at Salcombe Holy Trinity Church led by the Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt Rev Nick McKinnel.

During the service, between 10.30am and 10.40am (the time the lifeboat capsized in 1916) a maroon will be fired to mark the beginning and end of a one minute silence.

The Bishop of Plymouth will also dedicate a plaque in the church as a permanent memorial to those who perished in the disaster.

Wreath laying ceremony

A wreath laying ceremony will take place from aboard the Salcombe all-weather lifeboat The Baltic Exchange III on the Salcombe Bar.

A small arms detachment from the Britannia Royal Naval College will fire a 13 gun salute as the wreaths are laid. They will fire from a position in the gardens of The Bolt at South Sands.

A Maritime and Coast Guard Agency rescue helicopter will join all participating lifeboats as they proceed up the harbour to Whitestrand with a lone piper aboard Salcombe’s all-weather lifeboat The Baltic Exchange III.

We have been very committed to marking this momentous anniversary appropriately and ensuring we pay our respects to the brave 13 crew who paid the ultimate sacrifice when trying to help others at sea.

We hope many people in the community will turn out mark the occasion and pay their respects to these brave lifeboatmen.

– Simon Evans, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager

A warning that traffic may be very busy in the town owing to half term and the memorial event.

Dead fisherman named as 51-year-old Gary Steere

A fisherman pulled from Salcombe harbour has been named as 51-year-old Gary Steere.

Police say they are treating his death as non-suspicious.

Mr Steere, from Kingsbridge, is believed to have gone fishing early on Thursday and was reported missing at around midnight.

Both the Coastguard and a helicopter from Chivenor were involved in the search.

A body was discovered near Gara Rock at around 3.20am and was later taken to Derriford. Family have been informed and formal identifdication of the body has taken place.

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