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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.”

Travellers set up camp in South Devon town

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Travellers have arrived in Kingsteignton, where they have set up camp on an area of green space in the town.

The group arrived on green open space in Sandygate Mill on Tuesday night, and Teignbridge District Council have said they will take the ‘necessary legal action’ to move them on.

A spokesman from Teignbridge District Council said: “We can confirm that late last night travellers arrived on a green open space at Sandygate Mill, Kingsteignton.

“The Council is following procedure and will take the necessary legal action to have the travellers moved on.”

Travellers have previously used the same space to set up camp, and in July 2015 when they previously set up on the green space police investigated a violent clash between travellers and local people in the town.

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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South Devon Highway speeding, village rat run closure and…

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Speeding on the South Devon Highway, an experimental traffic order for Highweek, and changing the speed limit and redesigning a junction on the Milber back road will all be discussed by councillors this morning.

The Teignbridge HATOC is meeting in Newton Abbot to discuss and approve a range of highways issues relating to the District.

The meeting will include a presentation from Devon and Cornwall Police on how they are enforcing the 50mph on the South Devon Highway, which follows concerns raised by councillors at the last meeting that the average speed on the road was 66mph.

A bid to end a South Devon village rat run also goes before councillors on Thursday as the committee is being urged to approve a range of measures to end traffic chaos in Highweek, one of which is stopping traffic from turning into Whitehill Road from Exeter Road.

But a suggestion to cut the speed limit on St Marychurch Road from 40mph to 30mph and to redesign the junction at Aller Brake Road has not been backed by officers and to redesign the junction at Aller Brake Road, who say it is not necessary.

Follow all the action from the meeting live in the blog below.

South Devon dad with double hip replacement completes 14 mile…

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A man from South Devon who has had a double hip replacement has completed a 14-mile sponsored walk to raise money for an animal charity.

Kenny Carter, and his daughter Michelle, walked from Starcross to Teignmouth and raised £335 in aid of the homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs at the Animals in Distress Rescue Centre in Ipplepen.

Michelle, who is from Starcross where her dad also lives, said: “We made it in the end, we are both suffering a bit now! My dad was struggling on the way back, but we did it and all for a fantastic cause.

“Thank you to Animals in Distress for bringing our 2 amazing cats into our lives, we will be forever grateful. Well done dad Kenneth Carter so proud of you, you were amazing today a real inspiration!”

A spokesperson from Animals in Distress added: “We are so grateful to Kenny and Michelle for all they have done for the animals in our care. We’re in awe of what they have achieved for the animals.”

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