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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 July, 2004, 07:03 GMT 08:03 UK
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Motorcyclist dies

A motorcyclist has died in a road traffic accident in west Devon.

The man was riding a blue 650cc Suzuki motorcycle on the A390 from Tavistock to Gunnislake when it was in collision with a green BMW at 2015 at Gulworthy Cross.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. He has yet to be formally identified.

The 21-year-old car driver from Bere Alston sustained minor injuries.

Leg trapped

Firefighters have had to free a young girl who got her leg caught under a playground roundabout in Tavistock.

Two fire crews from the town were alerted at 1800 on Monday after the youngster became trapped in Meadows Park in Plymouth Road.

Devon Fire and Rescue says she was taken to hospital.

Her condition is not known.

Roebuck returns

Devonport based HMS Roebuck is returning to port on Tuesday after her first deployment across the Atlantic.

The coastal survey vessel had been taking part in Exercise Rapid Alliance off the east coast of the United States.

She was involved in reconnaisance work on a number of landing beaches ahead of the arrival of most of the boats.

Four arrested over attack

Four people have been arrested in connection with an alleged assault which has left an Exeter man with serious head injuries.

Police say the 19 year old is still in a critical condition at Derriford Hospital following an attack in Fore Street on Friday night.

Three men in their twenties from Exeter have been released on bail.

Another has been released without charge.

Scarecrow torched

Residents at Cremyll, near Torpoint say they are angry and upset their entry for this year's scarecrow competition in south east Cornwall has been stolen and burned.

The police are investigating the incident, which is similar to an arson attack on a scarecrow at East Taphouse last year.

The organiser of the competition insist villagers will not be intimidated by the arsonists.


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