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Councillor charged with attempted murder

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A senior Teignbridge DC councillor has been charged with attempted murder.

Douglas Helller-Laing (Con), who is the council’s cabinet member for economy, skills and tourism, was arrested after a woman was taken to hospital with serious head injuries following an incident at a property in Clifford Street, Chudleigh, on 29 October.

He was charged with attempted murder on Tuesday and was remanded in custody after appearing at Plymouth Magistrates Court.

Cllr Laing is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on November 30.

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