Splashdown Quaywest Revels in 2015 Best Tourism Award

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:42am

As Splashdown Quaywest, the UK’s biggest outdoor waterpark, readies to open its doors ahead of an exciting 2015 season, they do so with a spring in their step after being named 2015 winners at the prestigious Herald Express South Devon Business Excellence awards.

Man and woman found dead at Devon home

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 03/12/2015 - 9:56am

Police are investigating the death of an elderly man and woman in Paignton.

Officers were called to a property in Freshwater Drive following concern for the occupants at 9.45pm on Wednesday 11 March.

Officers entered the property and discovered an elderly man and a woman deceased.

The deaths are being treated as unexplained at this time and the investigation into the circumstances is ongoing. 

The next of kin and Coroner have been informed.

Appeal for witnesses following fatal crash

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:51am

A teenager who was involved in a collision with a car in Paignton has died.

The 16-year-old male pedestrian, a foreign student, suffered serious head injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital.

He died in hospital in the early hours of Sunday 7 December. His family have been informed.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision that happened at 12.15pm on Saturday 6 December on Great Western Road, on the one-way system outside Paignton train station.

The driver of the silver Vauxhall Vectra, a 42-year-old local man, was uninjured.

Appeal to locate missing Paignton man

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:13am

Police are appealing for information to help locate a missing Paignton man.

Jonathan Lathey was reported missing from his home in Paignton just before 8am this morning, Friday 19 September.

He is regarded as vulnerable and police are becoming concerned for his welfare.

Jonathan is described as being 32, a white man, 5 ft 11in high with black hair in a pony tail.

If you see Jonathan or have any information regarding his whereabouts please contact police on 101 quoting police reference 156 190914.

Wet and wild fun at Splashdown Quaywest

Authored by Pauline Stent
Posted: Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:34pm

If you’re looking for a wet and wild fun-filled day out then Splashdown Quaywest in Paignton is, without a doubt, the place to head for.

I took my son Sam and his friend Charlie, both 10, for the day recently, and they had had an absolutely fantastic time.

The park offers eight flume rides including the Devil’s Drop - a heart-stopping ride for thrill seekers, the Wild Kamikaze, Tumbling Tyres and The Screamer. For younger children there’s the Submarine Splash and Tiddler fun pool. 

Sam and Charlie’s favourite ride of all was the Tumbling Tyres.

Two double decker buses set on fire in Paignton

Authored by Caitlin Clark
Posted: Sun, 06/15/2014 - 7:47am

Two double decker buses were deliberately set on fire this morning at Paignton Bus Station.

The fire service were called to the incident at 4am, and on their arrival they found two double decker buses well alight.

Crews extinguished the fire using four breathing apparatus wearers, two hose reel jets, one compressed air foam jet, a short extension ladder and small tools.

Both buses were severely damaged by fire and the cause of the fire was deliberate.

Trust closure concerns for Devon Schools

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:02pm

Three Devon academies will need new financial sponsorship after the Department of Education (DfE) confirmed the closue of the Prospects Academy Trust.

The DfE has confirmed that the government are seeking new sponsors for six schools including three in Devon after the Prospects Academy Trust will became the first academies chain to close its doors.

In total the chain operates six schools including Paignton Community & Sports Academy (PCSA) as well as the Curledge Street and King's Ash primary schools both also in Paignton

Everyone is getting involved with Dementia Awareness Week

Authored by Caitlin Clark
Posted: Tue, 05/20/2014 - 9:48am

Imagine feeling confused, forgetful, and unable to perform simple tasks such as getting dressed in the morning. Dementia leaves 800,000 UK sufferers experiencing these symptoms.

This week will see the SW raise awareness of the disease with a whole host of events in aid of Dementia Awareness Week.(18th – 24th May 2014)

Today between 9.30 and 4pm, people are invited to join the Torbay Dementia Advisers in Union Street, Torquay Town Centre, to learn more about dementia and how Alzheimer’s Society can help.

CCTV of Paignton armed robbery released

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 05/02/2014 - 4:11pm

Detectives investigating the armed robbery at a Paignton jewellers have released CCTV of men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

One man, 21-year-old Zico Rawlinson of Barton, Torquay, was last week charged with robbery and possession of an offensive and appeared before magistrates.

Now investigating officers are releasing CCTV film taken at the store in a bid to identify two other suspects.

In the CCTV the men are seen to enter the store wearing hoody-style tops over white painter-and-decorator style disposable overalls.

Man charged for Armed Robbery

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:41am

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a armed robbery at jewellers shop in Paignton.

The 21-year-old from Torquay, named Zico Rawlinson was arrested on suspicion of robbery and later charged with robbery.

The robbery on Tuesday 22 April saw  three people enter the House of Diamonds on  Torquay Road, dressed in hooded tops and overalls.

They were allegedly armed with a baseball bat and a knife.

Witnesses managed to detain one of the offenders whilst another two made off and got into a waiting car.