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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.

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.”

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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