Some local (and otherwise) news


News courtesy of Kevin Foster

(MP for Torbay)


Missing Junior Doctor

This week the news in the bay has been dominated by the search for missing Junior Doctor Rose Polge.

After a week of searching by Coastguards and the Emergency Services she has still not been found. The Herald Express has produced a summary of the news so far and you can find it by clicking here.

How Happy are South Devon Rail Passengers?

The results of a recent survey of passenger experiences has just been published and it reveals that one in three passengers had been delayed on a recent train journey. You can read more on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Planning A Trip to London?

If you are planning a trip to London later this year that will involve going by train, it is worth noting some major planned disruption to Tube Services at Paddington.

From Saturday 2 April until mid-August, Bakerloo line trains will not stop at Paddington Tube station. This is closures is due to a project to renew both escalators and carry out work to prepare for Crossrail.

For the Bakerloo line, please use other lines from Paddington and change where necessary. Alternatively, please follow the signed walking route or use local buses to nearby Edgware Road Tube station.

Police Ask For Information After Vicious Attack

Torquay Police are asking residents to contact them with any information they may have in relation to a vicious attack on a pensioner in Torquay on Saturday night.

The victim was walking home along an unlit pathway between Hele Road and Pendennis Road when he was assaulted. A 27-year-old man from Torquay has been arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent and released on bail until March 16 pending further police inquiries You can read more on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or email: quoting crime reference CR/8103/16.

Harbour Kiosk to Move

It is safe to say that one of the smallest buildings in the bay, the Coffee Kiosk on Torquay Harbourside, has generated a large debate since it was installed last summer.

It was first granted a licence to trade by the Council, but then refused Planning Permission to be there.

It has now been announced that the kiosk will be moved to a less prominent location. You can read more on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

A Maritime Adventure

Have you ever wished you could follow in the footsteps of a great maritime explorer from the past?

If so then this message from a London based producer that was forwarded to me by the DSA might be of interest:

My name is Ben and I am an assistant producer at Windfall Films, a TV production company based in London. 

I’m working on an exciting, new adventure series for Channel 4 in which we are going to recreate an epic, historical maritime voyage. We are searching across the UK for a diverse range of people to become part of the crew and we’d love to get our message and flyer (attached) out your sailing community. We’re looking for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities

He can be contacted on

South Devon Beach One of The Best

A beach in South Devon has been named one of the top 25 rated beaches in the country.

Bigbury-On-Sea with its famous beach tractor across to Burgh Island was named 21st in the list produced by TripAdvisor in the 2015 travellers’ choice awards. You can read more on the Herald Express website by clicking here.

Whilst not surprised to see this Beach receive national recognition what is surprising is that the list of the Top 25 did not include one of the many beaches in the bay.

Rowcroft Hospice Newsletter

Rowcroft Hospice provides some of the best care available anywhere in the UK to patients and families going through difficult times.

If you want to find out more about their work a new edition of their “Hospice Matters” Magazine is now available to read online. Just click here to be taken to the relevant section of their website.

Bar Raided

Last week came the news that Police in Torquay had raided a bar in Abbey Road suspected to be selling illegal substances.

The raid was reported by the Herald Express, along with the bar owners claim that they were actually selling so called “legal highs”. You can read the full report here.

The new law making “legal highs”, illegal highs will come into effect on 1stApril. After that date those found supplying these substances could find themselves facing substantial prison sentences.


Sat 20 Feb: 10am-12pm, Celebrating Torbay, Local History Group. Torquay Library. Free.

Sun 21 Feb: 11.00am-3.30pm, Devon Pottery Collector’s Meeting, St Anne’s Hall, Babbacombe, Torquay

Sun 21 Feb: 3.00pm-5.30pm, Spectacular Pirate Show, Palace Theatre, Paignton Tickets £9 child, £13 Adults, £11 Concessions

Tues 23 Feb: 6.00pm-8.00pm, GeoOpera, Local Torbay Music Hub HQ, Bishops Place, Paignton. Join in 14-35 year olds getting involved in the opening ceremony at the Geopark Conference.

Sat 27 Feb: 7.30pm, Under One Roof, Doorstep Theatre in aid of Leonard Stocks Homeless Centre

Sun 28 Feb: 11am-4pm, Open Wedding Day, Cockington Court. Visit the wedding rooms and meet local suppliers

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