Neighbours hear alarm
SMOKE alarms stopped a kitchen fire spreading in Paignton.
Two fire crews were sent to Occombe Valley Road just after 4pm on Sunday.
They were alerted by a neighbour who heard the alarms and saw smoke. The owners are thought to have been out walking their dog at the time.
The small fire had started from a gas cooker within the ground floor kitchen and is believed to be accidental.
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Library flooded by vandals
A CLEAN UP operation is under way after vandals targeted the newly refurbished Passmore Edwards Centre, Newton Abbot, causing thousands of pounds damage on Saturday.
The landmark town centre building, which recently had a £3million refit, had to shut on Monday because of the vandalism.
The centre, which has only been open for four months, was flooded when someone deliberate blocked two sinks in one of the public toilets on the first floor.
Staff arrived for work to find the ground and first floor under water after taps had been purposely left running since Saturday afternoon.
Large fans were bought in to help dry out the affected areas as quickly as possible.
The cost of the clear up is unknown as the extent of the damage will need to be assessed in the coming weeks, but is expected to be in the thousands.
Much of the water seems to have run behind walls or under floors, so checking the safety of the electrical equipment is a priority along with monitoring any cracks and splits which may appear.
The hub had undergone extensive redevelopment to turn it into a modern 21st century library and community facility.
It reopened on Tuesday, but some services are still affected.
Cllr Gordon Hook, Devon County Council's member for Newton Abbot South, said: "This is a truly scandalous act, and I hope that the perpetrator is brought to justice."
A SERIES of successive falls in the number of jobless in Torbay has come to an end with latest figures showing a slight increase bucking the national trend.
The Bay saw its unemployment total rise slightly by 17 last month to 3,429 according to data from the Office for National Statistics. It follows consecutive falls over the last six months.
And the figure for those receiving Jobseekers Allowance is still down on the 3,457 recorded for September last year. In the South Hams the figures increased from 691 to 723 last month but in Teignbridge fell from 1,491 to 1,474, and in Mid Devon from 967 to 946.