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Vote of no confidence in Torbay's elected mayor

Torbay's elected mayor Gordon Oliver. Credit: ITV News

Torbay council members have voted to support a motion of no confidence against their directly elected mayor Gordon Oliver.

Mr Oliver had already been expelled from the Conservative group.

councillors voting for the motion
councillors voted against the motion
abstained from the motion

It means the Council believes the mayor has failed to carry out his duties.

There is no word yet on whether Mr Oliver intends to resign.

The role of the directly elected mayor is set to be abolished after 2019 anyway - after a referendum in 2016.


Stones thrown at Torbay mosque in suspected hate crime

It happened outside the Torbay Islamic Centre. Credit: Google Earth

Police are investigating after a suspected hate crime at a mosque in Devon.

Officers were called to reports of three men hurling stones and using abusive language at Torbay Islamic Centre in Torquay.

It happened around the time of early prayers on Saturday 27 May at 3:40am.

All three men are thought to be in their twenties.

Police will be reviewing CCTV in the area - and are appealing for any CCTV footage from residents around the time of the incident.


Man suffers life-threatening injuries after major flat fire

The fire spread through three flats and into the roof

A man has been left with life-threatening injuries after a major fire in Torquay overnight.

Up to 40 firefighters tackled the blaze in three flats on Fore Street when flames were seen bursting out the first floor window at around 10pm.

A man was taken to Torbay District Hospital with life-threatening injuries, and was later transferred to Swansea Hospital.

No further injuries have been reported and 12 residents have been re-housed by Torbay council.

Police say there is likely to be traffic disruption due to road closure at Fore Street whilst the fire service investigate the incident.

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