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Police sent to Dawlish after report of child ‘dangled over…

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Police were called to Dawlish Warren after a parent was seen to dangle their child over the perimeter wall of the railway line.

No one was found at the scene when officers arrived at around 4pm.

British Transport Police condemned the ‘stupid’ actions of the parent who prompted the call.

The wall between a footpath and the line at Dawlish is low and there have been serious accidents caused by people on the tracks in the past.

Improvements were made to the security of the track between Teignmouth and Dawlish after the 2006 death of Debbie Rathbone.

The 42-year-old died when she was hit by a train. She had been trying to save a pet dog after it jumped over the wall and on to the line. Her family campaigned for the improvements after her death, and dedicated a bench to the Teignmouth resident but the line remains accessible in many areas.

British Transport Police also said today they remained concerned about a high tide due this evening. The line is regularly swamped by waves at Dawlish, causing train disruption and damage.


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‘Fawlty Towers’ hotelier Shirley Bothroyd held after police…

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Hotelier Shirley Bothroyd was detained by police after an incident at her £1.5m Bay Hotel in Teignmouth on Wednesday night. According to witnesses she was seen hurling rocks, rubbish and glass from a window of the waterfront hotel.

Miss Bothroyd, who is 59 and a former barrister, had spent the day in front of Torbay magistrates, fixing a date for her trial on seven assault charges, all of which she denies.

Police were called early on Wednesday evening to the Bay hotel. They arrived at the scene off Powderham Terrace at 6.50pm with police response cars and vans.

A spokesman said: “A woman at the scene has thrown items from the window of the hotel including rocks, glass and other items into the street.

“She has now been detained by officers at the scene.”

There was no official confirmation that Miss Bothroyd had been the woman involved, but pictures taken at the scene appeared to show her confronting police.

Ms Bothroyd is well known for running the hotel dubbed Devon’s real-life Fawlty Towers and was due to stand trial in October charged with seven assaults and a number of other offences.

After an hour-long hearing to fix a trial date, Torbay magistrates remanded the former barrister on unconditional bail on Wednesday.

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Bothroyd, 59, denies all of the charges, and will appear at Newton Abbot magistrates’ court on October 2.

She is charged with one common assault; four assaults by beating; two assaults on police officers; one use of threatening behaviour and failing to answer bail or surrender to police. She denies all of the charges.

Her court appearance came on the same day she was served with a notice by Teignbridge District Council revoking her premises licence for the Bay Hotel.

Warning after thief distracts shop workers to steal money in…

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Police are warning business owners in South Devon to be ‘vigilant’ after a man entered two commercial premises and distracted shop workers while he stole money from the till.

The man went into Shaldon Bakery in Teignmouth and told the lone member of staff that his grandmother had left her walking stick in the shop.

When the member of staff went to look for the walking stick, the man proceeded to take all of the £20 notes from the till.

A similar crime is believed to have occurred in a craft shop in Dawlish, and it is believed that the same offender committed both crimes.

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The suspect is described as white, tall, bald and wearing glasses. He wore soft shell black coat and jeans.

A police spokesman said: “Please be vigilant and do not leave shop floors unattended.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting log number 544 of 11/08/2017.

Police appeal after attempted theft of a dog in South Devon

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Police received a report of what is believed to be the attempted theft of a dog in Teignmouth on Saturday, and are appealing for information from anyone who might have seen anything suspicious.

At 9pm on Saturday, a local fisherman left his Cocker Spaniel tied up to railings at Den Promenade in the town while he retrieved some items from the beach. When he returned, he found a man trying to untie the dog.

The fisherman retrieved his dog, but now police are appealing for anyone with information or CCTV in the area to get in touch.

A police spokesman said: “The male suspect is described as white, late 20’s, wearing a shirt, dark coloured hair and of medium build. He was in company with two other males.

“We ask for anyone with information or CCTV in the area to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting crime CR/067847/17.”

Drug debt enforcer and his hired thug jailed after biting off…

A drug debt enforcer and his hired thug have been jailed for an attack on a father whose nose was bitten off at a Christmas party.

Andrew Pile and henchman Dayle Rees attacked victim Richard Sachaidac in front of young children just minutes after he had returned from a Santa Experience train ride.

Pile was trying to make him pay a £1,000 drug debt owed by his son and when the two men ambushed him at a wine bar in Teignmouth.

They set on him when he refused to pay and Rees hit him with a hammer while Pile dragged him to the ground and bit off a 50 pence sized piece of his nose.


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The group of men fell into the Christmas tree at the No 9 Bistro, where staff tried without success to save Mr Sachaidac’s nose by packing it in frozen peas.

The attackers fled when the victim fought back with a bottle and a customer in the bar shouted out the name of Rees’s employer, which was written on the high visibility tabard he was wearing.

Pile went to a friend’s house and deliberately inflicted a cut on his own head so he could claim he had acted in self-defence, but he was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court in June.

Pile, aged 32, of Mill Lane, Teignmouth, was found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Rees, aged 32, of Greenway, Exeter, admitted the same charge and gave evidence against Pile at the trial.

Pile was jailed for eight years with a three year extended licence and Rees was jailed for four years by Recorder Mr Edward Burgess, QC.


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He said: “This was a short but vicious attack which took place in front of two young girls aged five and ten, who were plainly distressed, although they were ushered away into the kitchen.

“Pile was trying to enforce payment by Mr Sachaidac of a debt and had made persistent demands for payment. He had been to the wine bar at lunch time when Mr Sachaidac was not there and made it clear he intended to claim £1,000 that day.

“It is clear he brought Rees to enforce the payment and he was, in the words of the prosecution, hired muscle. There is no doubt Pile used his teeth as a weapon with which to inflict injury.

“This was an attack by the two defendants on a single man and the intention was to cause more serious harm than was actually suffered.

“It happened in a public bar and restaurant where members of the public were congregated including two young girls. Threats had been made previously by Pile, who had said what he wanted to do to Mr Sachaidac.

“He was plainly the lead offender. I conclude he is a dangerous offender.”


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During a week-long trial the jury heard from Mr Sachaidac how he received threats the day before the attack and on his mobile phone while he was with his daughter on the Santa Experience in December last year.

Pile was demanding he pay a £1,000 debt allegedly run up by his son 22-year-old son Liam Hill for drugs. He told him it was nothing to do with him and he would not pay.

He was with a group of friends and family at the bistro in Northumberland Place at about 3.30 pm when Pile came in with Rees, who he had never met before.

Mr Sachaidac, aged 51, said he used a beer bottle to fight for his life during the attack in which he believed Pile had a craft knife.

He said: “I had to defend myself with the bottle. You’d do the same if two people came at you, one with a knife and one with a hammer. Do you think I wanted all that with a five-year-old and a ten-year-old at a Christmas dinner?”

Pile chose not to give evidence. His barrister Mr Adam Vaitalingam, QC, said he has a supportive family and has been a hard-working man for several years.

Rees claimed he had been duped into taking part in the attack and used a hammer to hit Mr Sachaidac to stop him hitting Rees with the bottle.

Mr Barry White, for Rees, said he deserves credit for helping the police and giving evidence against Pile at the trial. He said he would not have been wearing his easily identifiable work tabard if he had been anticipating violence in the wine bar.


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Woman taken to hospital after being injured by falling tree

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A woman was injured by a falling tree at a home in Teignmouth on Sunday afternoon.

Fire and Rescue Service crews from Teignmouth were sent to an address in Bligh Close at 12.51pm following reports of a person trapped under a fallen tree.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “On arrival crews discovered a female casualty with a tree that had fallen on her. She had head, arm, neck and shoulder injuries. The casualty was removed to a safe location using small tools and chocks.”

The end of Bligh Close where the incident happened

A different spokesman added that the ambulance service had requested the crews’ attendance but upon their arrival the woman was not physically trapped. The crews cut up the tree, which was ‘not a big one’. He added that he could not say how the tree came to fall.

Bligh Close residents told DevonLive that the woman had been taken to hospital and had possibly suffered a concussion. One said: “It wasn’t a serious incident. She was really lucky.”

The ambulance service was unavailable for comment.


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Police warning after pensioner falls victim to scam in South…

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A pensioner has been scammed after calling a telephone number on a leaflet advertising gardening works in South Devon.

The elderly occupant of a house in Teignbridge called an 0800 number advertised on a leaflet that came through his door, and the people that attended and carried out the work overcharged him by £1,000.

Cash also went missing from the pensioner’s bedroom during the scam.

Now, police are warning residents to never invite strangers into their homes, and to spread the message to vulnerable and elderly neighbours.


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A police spokesman explained: “The elderly occupant of a property in the Teignbridge area called the 0800 number on a leaflet put through the letterbox for gardening work to be carried out.

“An Asian man aged between 30 and 40-years-old with tidy hair arrived to carry out the work with a child aged about 7-years-old, and is believed to have driven a white open back truck.

“The occupant believed the price quoted was £700 but upon work being completed was asked for £1,700.

“The occupant went to the bank for more money leaving the man in the property, upon their return another man was in the property, it was later discovered that cash was missing from a bedroom.”


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The message from the police is for residents to stay vigilant to this kind of scam, and also to tell other residents to make them aware of this kind of incident.

The police spokesman added: “Residents are asked to be aware of this incident, works carried out are often of poor quality and very costly, never invite/leave a stranger in your home.

“If you need works carried out to your house /garden speak to a family member or trusted neighbour before calling unknown companies/contractors and always obtain a written quotation.

“If you feel you are pressured to hand over more money than first agreed call the police. Recipients of Community Messaging are asked to make your more elderly and vulnerable neighbours aware of this incident.”

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Anne Marie Morris suspended from Tory Party after using the…

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Anne Marie Morris has had the whip withdrawn by Conservative party chiefs, it has been confirmed. Prime Minister Theresa May has suspended the whip from her after she was recorded using the N-word at a meeting of eurosceptics in Central London.

Ms Morris described the UK leaving the EU without a deal as a “real n*****r in the woodpile” at the launch of a report into the future for the UK’s lucrative financial sector after Brexit.

Ms Morris, who is the Tory MP for Newton Abbot and has been since 2010, has apologised for the remarks.

She told Devon Live: “The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”

But she has had the whip suspended meaning that although she remains an MP, she is no longer a Conservative MP.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I was shocked to hear of these remarks, which are completely unacceptable. I immediately asked the chief whip to suspend the party whip. Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society.”

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An urgent investigation into the remarks had been launched by the Conservative Party. A spokesman for CCHQ said: “We are aware of these reports, this kind of language is completely unacceptable, and we are urgently investigating.”

The Party have now confirmed Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris has had the whip suspended after describing the prospect of leaving the European Union with no deal as “the real n*** in the woodpile”.

Theresa May said: “I was shocked to hear of these remarks, which are completely unacceptable I immediately asked the Chief Whip to suspend the party whip.

“Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society.”

Ms Morris made the remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019.

After saying just seven per cent of financial services in the UK would be affected by Brexit, Morris, who campaigned to leave the EU, said: “Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom.

“Now we get to the real n****r in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?”

It comes just after she was forced to distance herself from comments made by her electoral agent and partner at a hustings who claimed ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.

During the debate around education and fair funding of schools, a member of the public stood up and said: ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.

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Anne Marie Morris has apologised after she was recorded using the N-word at a meeting of eurosceptics in Central London.

Ms Morris described the UK leaving the EU without a deal as a “real n*****r in the woodpile” at the launch of a report into the future for the UK’s lucrative financial sector after Brexit.

Ms Morris, who is the Tory MP for Newton Abbot and has been since 2010, has apologised for the remarks.

She told Devon Live: “The comment was unintentional and I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”


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An urgent investigation into the remarks has been launched by the Conservative Party. A spokesman for CCHQ said: “We are aware of these reports, this kind of language is completely unacceptable, and we are urgently investigating.”

Ms Morris made the remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could struck with Brussels after 2019.

After saying just seven per cent of financial services in the UK would be affected by Brexit, Morris, who campaigned to leave the EU, said: “Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom.

“Now we get to the real n****r in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?”

Calls have been made by other MPs for Anne Marie Morris to lose the Conservative whip.

Tim Farron, the outgoing Lib Dem leader, called for Morris to lose the Tory whip.

“This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our parliament,” he said.


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“The Conservative party should withdraw the whip from Anne Marie Morris and they should do it today. Every hour they leave her in place, is a stain on them and the so called ‘compassionate conservatism’ they supposedly espouse.

“I am utterly shocked that this person represents the good people of Newton Abbot. Even if she misspoke this is the nastiest thing I’ve heard an MP utter since Lord Dixon-Smith uttered the same awful phrase a few years ago.”

Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green party, also called on the Tories to remove the whip.

One person at the Brexit event contacted the Guardian because he was so shocked about what he had heard Morris say.

“I attended in a professional capacity with a colleague,” he said. “I work in financial services and was there to hear about the report on enhanced equivalence being published.

“I was completely taken aback after hearing such a vile and offensive phrase being used by someone in public life, who should be campaigning against such language being used, not dispensing it herself.”

Marie Chadwick, who was the Liberal Democrat candidate in Newton Abbot at the General Election in June, has called for her resignation and said that she has shown her true colours with the remarks.

Mrs Jenkins said: “She should resign and she needs to resign. She has a history of associating herself with people who hold dubious views and now she has shown that not only does she hold those views, she is not afraid to speak about them.

“You simply cannot have people who hold these views representing residents in parliament.

“It is worrying for the constituents that she is the MP who represents them and she has shown with these comments that she is simply not up to the job and she needs to resign.

“I will be calling on Theresa May to sack her but if not, she needs to resign as she was shown what her true colours her.”


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It comes just after she was forced to distance herself from comments made by her electoral agent and partner at a hustings who claimed ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.

During the debate around education and fair funding of schools, a member of the public stood up and said: ‘that the crisis in education was due entirely to non-British born immigrants and their high birth rates’.

Roger Kendrick and Anne Marie Morris

The person who made that remark was Roger Kendrick, who is both Anne Marie Morris’s partner and her electoral agent.

In response, Anne Marie Morris told DevonLive: “I don’t share the views expressed by Roger Kendrick.”


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