Police launch armed robbery appeal

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 04/23/2014 - 1:35pm

Police investigating an armed robbery at a jewellers’ shop in Paignton are appealing for information.

At around 4.45pm on Tuesday 22 April, three people entered the House of Diamonds, 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. The white Peugeot was recovered a short distance away with the two other suspects making off on foot.

Scammers Pretending to be Police take £12,000

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:56pm

Police are urging householders to be on their guard following incidents of a phone fraud where unsuspecting victims are duped by people posing as police.

In the latest incident on Tuesday, an elderly man from Paignton was duped out of £12,000 by someone posing as a police officer from the Metropolitan Police who claimed that someone had been arrested in possession of his bank cards.

This follows another incident in North Devon in March when a Bideford couple were duped out of more than £30,000 by people posing as police.

Police looking to locate missing man from Paignton

Authored by Caitlin Clark
Posted: Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:24pm

Devon and Cornwall Police are looking to locate a Paignton man named Colin Gendall who has not been seen since Sunday 30th March 2014.

Friends of Colin have reported him missing and are keen to check on his welfare. Colin Gendall is a 53 year old male described as a white male of heavy build with short grey hair and a beard. He has panther type tattoos on both forearms.

Please pass any information you may have regarding Colin through non emergency telephone number 101 quoting log number 446 of 31/03/2014.

Paignton Pier on sale for £1.8m

Authored by Huw Oxburgh
Posted: Fri, 11/29/2013 - 3:36pm

Paignton pier is to be sold off for around £1.8m by current owners.

The pier is currently owned by Mitchell Leisure Investments, who have operated the stores and arcade on the pier since 1994.

In this time the company has spent more than £1.8m investing in the pier including an extension of the arcade and a restoration of the pier’s open decking.

Emergency repairs were carried out in 2008 after a major structural fault was found in one of the supporting columns.

Poirot’s Great Gorilla mystery hots up

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 10/14/2013 - 11:08am

There’s increasing interest in the fate of a life-sized gorilla painted to look like Agatha Christie's famous detective, Hercule Poirot.

He is one of the star lots in a grand charity auction that takes place on Wednesday 6 November.

Poirot was created as part of The Great Gorillas Project, marking Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday. Paignton Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “The question now is not so much “Whodunnit?” as “Whowillbuyit?”

Devon-based financial claims management company EMCAS celebrates 10th anniversary

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Thu, 08/08/2013 - 12:18am

Leading financial claims management company, Exeter-based EMCAS, is this week marking ten years since the Devon-based business first opened its doors for business. Since this date it has helped over 530,000 customers reclaim more than £400 million in compensation. Today the business is spearheading a series of campaigns to not only raise awareness among consumers of their rights, but to bring pressure on the financial institutions to clean up their acts and pay back consumers what is rightfully theirs.

Motorcyclist dies after collision with a car in Paignton

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Sun, 08/04/2013 - 4:33pm

Police were called to a road traffic collision which occurred just prior 2am this morning (Sunday 4 August) on Kings Ash Road in Paignton. The collision occurred between a small hatchback car and a motorcycle. The motorcyclist, a 19-year-old man from Buckfast, was treated by paramedics who attended the scene and medical staff at Torbay hospital but tragically died later this morning. 

New CCTV photo of missing Polish woman, Magdalena Krawiec

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Wed, 05/22/2013 - 2:08pm

Police have released a new CCTV image showing the last known sighting of Magdalena Krawiec, the missing 20-year-old Polish woman.

The picture shows a woman walking along Marine Drive near the Redcliffe Hotel in Paignton in the direction of Torquay on Monday 13 May at 8.17pm (it was previously reported that the last sighting had been on Tuesday 14 May). The woman in the photo has been confirmed as being Magdalena.

Police are appealing for any information or sightings of Magdalena after 8.17pm on Monday 13 May.

Police renew appeal to help trace Polish woman missing from Paignton

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Mon, 05/20/2013 - 11:45am

Devon and Cornwall Police are growing more concerned for the safety of Magdalena Krawiec (pronounced Crab-ic), a 20-year-old Polish woman missing from Paignton and are renewing their appeal to the public to help trace her.

Magdalena was last seen on CCTV leaving the place she was staying in Paignton at 8pm on Tuesday 14 May 2013.

Police and family members are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare after she didn’t turn up for work.

Police concerned for missing Paignton woman

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Mon, 04/29/2013 - 4:38pm

Update 30 April: Found: Katherine Hooper has been found safe and well, says Devon and Cornwall Police. She was located in the Paignton area by a member of the public, who alerted police to her location. She was taken to hospital for a full check up. Devon & Cornwall Police thanks everyone for their interest.