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Police search for missing 63-year-old Devon woman

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

Police are appealing for witnesses in their search for a missing 63-year-old woman from Devon.

Cher Maddison was last seen at her Ashreigney home in Chulmleigh around 13:30 BST on Thursday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were concerned for her welfare, and searches were ongoing.

Ms Maddison is described as white, about 5ft 4ins tall, with dark brown shoulder length hair.

She was wearing blue jeans, distinctive blue croc shoes with a pink strap, and was carrying a brown overcoat and high visibility vest.

Anyone who sees Ms Maddison or has any information on her whereabouts is asked to police on 999, quoting log number 0494 of 17 September.

Plymouth sees 40 new cases of coronavirus

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

Plymouth has 40 new cases of coronavirus according to the latest government statistics.

The figure relates to those confirmed in the seven days leading up to 14 September.

In the previous week, Plymouth saw 42 new cases of the virus.

At least two schools in the city have been forced to send pupils home due to emerging cases.

Exeter has experienced 12 new cases up to 14 September, while Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have seen 52 in the same period.

Figures for the remaining South West areas include:

  • Torridge - 6
  • Teignbridge - 7
  • Mid Devon - 4
  • North Devon - 4
  • East Devon - 6
  • South Hams - 3
  • West Devon - 1
  • Torbay - 1

Babcock: 'Less than five' people test positive for Covid

"Less than five" people at Devonport Dockyard have tested positive for Covid-19, Babcock International has confirmed.

A spokeswoman for the firm, which services Royal Navy warships and submarines, said there were "less than five live cases" and they had no connections between each other.

The company said the health and safety of all its staff on the Plymouth site is "our highest priority".

“We have robust protocols in place that are maintained in-line with government guidance to help minimise transmission of Covid-19 at Devonport Royal Dockyard."

It said it emphasises the importance of hygiene, cleaning, social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment with staff.

Responding to reports of an outbreak of the virus at the site, the firm said: "We also mirror the government’s track and trace system, and any individuals affected, and immediate on-site contacts, are asked to undergo testing and self-isolate as required."