An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Leonne Weeks, 16, who was found dead on a path in Rotherham.
60% Rise In Cruelty To Animals
There's been a 60% rise in the number of people convicted of cruelty and neglect to animals in Devon and Cornwall.
Inspectors have noticed a big rise in the type of cruelty animals are suffering; nationally this includes a dog repeatedly stabbed with a potato peeler, a collapsed and emaciated dog dumped on Christmas Day and a dog which ate her dead mate to survive after being abandoned in a flat.
The RSPCA also want the courts and councils in standing up and getting justice for Britain's abused animals.
They hope this can be achieved with their zero policy approach to animal abusers and that any one causing pain or suffering for profit or pleasure will be tracked down and prosecuted.
The RSPCA also stated that they are facing a financial crisis that is stretching them to breaking point
The headline figures for the South west:
- 204 people were convicted in 2010 - increase
- 60%413 convictions secured - increase 63%
- 259 convictions to cruelty to dogs - increase 51%41 convictions relating to cruelty to horses - increase 57%
- 545 people reported to the RSPCA prosecutions department - an increase of 54%
Below is a video of Scruffy found he was found abandoned by a member of the public at Ascombe near Dawlish - Inspectors are hoping to trace the owner and are appealing for information.
Devon defendants reported 72 defendants convicted 31
Cornwall defendants reported 22 defendants convicted 2
To raise money RSPCA is running an awareness week from 30th April to 6th May.
To help them continue their work by making a donation ring 0300 123 8000 (24 hours) or visit www.rspca.org.uk/donate
Less than a third of youngsters left school last summer having been immunised
Heart's exclusively spoken to a Devon inventor about his Jetstream Lagoon system
Thousands of people across the South West have taken up their free jab
Recently Played Tracks
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
What's happening on the roads where you are?
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart.