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  1. Boxing coach jailed for pulling gun on Torquay gym manager

    A martial arts coach has been jailed after he went back to a gym where he had been banned and threatened the manager with a handgun.Colin Freel went to the gym in Torquay to confront the owner, who he suspected of seeing his girlfriend, but ended up being caught on CCTV as he pulled a gun on the man's brother.He also threatened to stab victim Giuseppe Nicotra during the fracas outside the Peak Physique gym in Union Street, where Freel worked as a Thai Boxing coach.Mr Nicotra thought he was…
  2. Sexual predator jailed for 19 years for raping child aged 12

    A child abuser who raped two different girls has been jailed for 19 years after a judge told him he had done untold damage to his victims.Handyman Adrian Jewell raped his first victim more than a decade ago when she was just 12 at her North Devon home where he was working. He raped the girl three more times.He went on to rape an 18-year-old girl after walking her home from a pub after she got so drunk he could barely stand up. She was sick when she got home and he stayed with her,…
  3. Retired doctor appeals for witnesses after crash with tractor...

    A retired doctor is appealing for help after a tractor reversed into him in a Devon town, causing more than £1,000 of damage to his new car.Mike Miller, who is in his 70s, was driving along South Street in South Molton, North Devon, when the incident happened on Tuesday, May 9, at approximately 1.05pm. A blue tractor, thought to be a Holland, with a plough on the back was indicating to turn right onto Mill Street and Mr Miller was waiting behind the tractor, also planning to turn…
  4. Drugs gang jailed for bringing £2million of high grade...

    A gang of drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 20 years for bringing more than £2 million of hard drugs into Devon from the Midlands.The three men were monitored by police as they made the last of 16 deliveries and a kilo of high grade cocaine was seized near the centre of Exeter.The drugs were being bulked out with the mixing agent creatine when police raided a flat in Old Tiverton Road in November last year.They also found ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis which had been…
  5. Case investigated as miscarriage of justice described as "Devon's...

    A legal charity specialising in wrongful convictions is investigating the conviction of a man convicted of attempting to murder a Newton Abbot restauranteur.Roger Khan was jailed for attempted murder in 2011 for a vicious attack that left a man's skull shattered and his brain exposed.The Centre for Criminal Appeals says its review suggests that the conviction of Roger Khan is unsafe.He had no lawyer representing him in court and is dyslexic and had no legal knowledge.Roger, who comes…
  6. Seaton police station saved from closure

    Seaton's police station has been saved from closure and the town is set to benefit from more cash for local policing. In October 2015, Seaton Police Station was one of a number of stations across Devon that was due to be closed as part of a £54million cost cutting measure. However, the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, have come up with a scheme that has given the station in Queen Street a reprieve. Seaton Police Station comprises two properties, 76…
  7. Someone has stolen three goslings from a Devon home

    Police are appealing for witnesses after someone stole three young geese from a Devon home.The incident, in which offenders entered a farm and stole three goslings from a bolted shed, happened overnight on Tuesday 23 – Wednesday 24 May.The crime took place in Gidcott.Read more: Champion bobsledder to open shop in ExmouthPolice have reminded residents to make sure that their outbuildings are secure and regularly checked. Follow this link to the Devon and Cornwall Police website for…
  8. Internet pervert stored cruel sex abuse of children on computer

    A pensioner has been convicted of downloading hundreds of pictures and movies of child sex abuse.Malcolm Hocking, 65, of Foxhole Road in Paignton, spent more than a year searching the internet for the most serious types of indecent images.Police found 951 images of child abuse on his computer and 30 movies. Ages of the children involved were between four and 14.He was given a suspended sentence when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court. The court was told it would be better for society if he…
  9. Manager of deaf care home in the dock for £40,000 petty...

    The manager of a care home in Newton Abbot has appeared in court accused of fiddling the books to pocket more than £40,000 for himself.Richard Godfrey, 58, was the manager of Pippin House, a care home for deaf adults in Keyberry Park.But when he was taken ill an investigation found the amount spent on groceries appeared far higher than was needed, Exeter Crown Court was told. It turned out Godfrey had been deliberately putting the wrong amount in a ledger.Godfrey admits fraud by…
  10. Car window 'smashed with a rock' in South Devon town

    A car in a South Devon town has been left damaged after one of the windows was smashed with a rock, and police are appealing for information. Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after the vehicle was criminally damaged in Kingsteignton. The incident happened between 10pm on May 22 and 6.50am May 23 along Greenbank Avenue. A police spokeman said: "The front driver side window was smashed with a rock. "Officers are reminding members…
  11. Man appears in court charged with murder of missing woman with...

    A man has been remanded in custody after appearing he appeared in court charged with the murder of a missing 32-year-old woman with links to Torquay. Dean Nigel Lowe, 32, of St Elmo, Marazion, is accused of murdering Kirsty Noden, also known as Kirby, who has not been seen since January this year. Ms Noden, who was living in Marazion, Cornwall, was originally treated as a high-risk missing person after friends and relatives raised concerns for her welfare on Thursday, May 18. Read…
  12. Police appeal after items stolen from a car in South Devon

    Police are appealing for witnesses and urging members of the public not to leave valuables on show after items were stolen from a car in Torquay. The incident took place between 8.00am and 4.40pm on May 22 along Solsbro Road, and thieves stole an iPod and a TomTom sat nav. A police spokersperson said: "Officers are reminding members of the public not to leave valuables in their vehicles – thieves know all of the hiding places. We would also advise car owners to park…
  13. Teenager in custody, after girl, 17, slashed across face with...

    A 19-year-old man remains in police custody after two teenagers were stabbed in Teignmouth on Tuesday night - one of whom were slashed in the face with a bladed object. Police were called to Bitton Park Road in Teignmouth at around 6.30pm on Tuesday, after reports of a serious assault. Officers attended the scene and found a 17-year-old girl received a facial injury with a bladed object, and a 19-year-old woman had a wound to her hand. A male was also located close by with a stab…
  14. Police crackdown after 34 drivers caught speeding on Dartmoor

    During a recent police crackdown on Dartmoor over 30 drivers were caught speeding; some of the drivers were clocked doing more than 70mph. This has prompted the police to put speed camera stings in place during the days, evenings and weekend over the coming weeks. Following complaints from local people, Peninsula Road Safety Partnership officers cracked down on speeders. Over the course of one day in May, 34 drivers were caught on camera travelling over the 40mph limit - with…
  15. Devon police warning over new ransomware cyber attack

    Police across Devon have issued a warning over a new online scam which preys on computer users' fears of a new ransomware attack. Using their Neighbourhood Alert email system, Devon and Cornwall police have issued a warning of scammers targeting local households.They say their Action Fraud section has received reports of scammers claiming to be from Microsoft's technical support team who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack.One victim fell for the scam after…
  16. Man arrested after two stabbed in Teignmouth

    One man is in police custody after two people were stabbed in Teignmouth on Tuesday night. A heavy police presence was seen in the West Teignmouth area at roughly 8pm last night, and the police helicopter was also believed to have been called to the scene. DS Andy Turner, of Newton Abbot CID, confirmed on Wednesday morning that one man was in police custody and that there were two victims of stabbing incidents. DS Turner said: "We can confirm that we have one man in police…
  17. Man had no idea what 'overpowering stench' in car was, court told

    A man caught in a car allegedly shipping three-quarters of a kilo of cannabis from the North into Devon told police he couldn't smell the 'overpowering stench' of the drugs because his nose had been broken, and he doesn't know what marijuana smells like. Nawdar Mahmoud,aged 30, told police he had no idea the drugs were at his feet while he was traveling in the back of the Ford Fusion being driven through Devon by Heersh Mohammed, 28. Prosecutors claim the two men, along with Dana…
  18. Hero wannabe policeman William, four, saves the day

    A four-year-old boy who wants to be a policeman when he grows up has been hailed a hero after finding a stolen handbag in a bush - and making sure it got back to its grateful owner.William Whiting found the bag, belonging to an Exeter University trainee nurse, while playing in a park in Plymouth. William showed the bag to his mum, who called her policeman brother-in-law in Newton Abbot, and the bag was reunited with student Samantha Townshend - saving her coursework.Mum Victoria Whiting, a…
  19. Police seize drugs after raids in Brixham

    Police have seized large amounts of cannabis and class A drugs after raids in Brixham.On Monday evening officers from the Brixham policing team arrested a male on suspicion of drugs offences and subsequently searched an address on Milton Fields, Brixham.A police spokesman confirmed that a cannabis cultivation was located and seized and that one male occupant is currently under investigation.Read more: Police search for missing 11-year-old from TotnesThen at 10am on Tuesday morning officers…
  20. Boarding school housemaster from Devon jailed for vile sex abuse...

    A former housemaster at a Devon boarding school has been jailed for more than seven years for sexually abusing vulnerable and lonely boys in his care.Steven Joyce, 66, groomed and assaulted children at the Marland School near Torrington during a decade of abuse during the 1980s.He would stalk the dormitory at night coaxing children from their beds to his own sleeping quarters where he carried out the sex attacks, Exeter Crown Court was told. On one occasion he cornered a victim in the…