Pensioner fined £4,700 for illegal haul of wild bird eggs

A Devon pensioner has been fined £4,700 after amassing an illegal lifetime collection of hundreds of wild bird eggs.

William Beaton, 73, from Yelverton, appeared before Plymouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday [10 November] and admitted to stealing the eggs from around the UK, including Devon and Cornwall.

He pleaded guilty to five offences under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside...

97-year-old's home ransacked in burglary

Police are seeking mindless burglars who vandalised the home of a 97-year-old man in Plymouth while searching for valuables.

Offenders broke into the property in Landulph Gardens, Barne Barton, sometime between Thursday 18 February and Saturday 20 February while the elderly man was not at home.

They smashed the back door to get inside before searching every room and causing a...

Plymouth pensioner, Anne Scarfe is 'Pride of Britain'

A Plymouth pensioner has been awarded a national 'Pride of Britain' honour.

86-year-old Anne Scarfe volunteers as a street pastor in the city, working tirelessly around Union Street until the early hours of the morning, helping late night revellers emerging from the pubs and clubs. Additionally, she runs a lunch club for the homeless and works at two soup kitchens.

Nominated as...

Pensioner charged with GBH over North Devon stabbing

A 72-year-old North Devon woman has been charged with violently attacking a 79-year-old man in Northam in North Devon.

Anne Tucker, from the Bideford area, has been charged with grievous bodily harm, after the man was found with a number of stab wounds to his neck, hands and leg.

Ms Tucker been released on police bail to return to Barnstaple Magistrates’ Court on 11 October...

Council warning to public after Plymouth pensioner caught in computer scam

Plymouth City Council Trading Standards Service is warning people to be wary of rogues who rip people off by offering to fix computer problems that do not exist.

One city pensioner paid nearly £1,400 to someone claiming to be from Microsoft who offered to renew his licence as well as carry out repairs. The scam is being highlighted as part of Scams Awareness Month which is a joint...