FOOD bank charity Anode will be able to expand its services thanks to the kind donation of a refrigerated van.
The charity collects food from residents and businesses and re-distributes it to those in the Bay and beyond who are on the bread line or have fallen into the low wage trap.
The Paignton-based charity received the van from the Preston Rotary Club during a special handover.
Tony Barratt, president of the Preston Rotary branch, said: "The demand for food has expanded dramatically.
"A refrigerated vehicle will be required in order to collect and distribute food.
"When Nigel Williams at Anode made his appeal for a refrigerated van, we quickly realised the Preston club alone did not have sufficient resources to finance such a vehicle but that it might be possible if other clubs were prepared to contribute as well.
"Other local clubs were contacted and four of them agreed to support the project. "Several fundraising events were held and a point was eventually reached where a search for a suitable vehicle could be carried out.
"This was procured and handed over to Anode, where it is now in use."
He added: "It has already triggered off some local companies to supply fresh food directly to Anode and further sources are in the pipeline."
Mr Williams, founder of Anode, said he was very thankful for the kind donation and said it would be put to good use.
FIREFIGHTERS were called to a stables block on the edge of Torquay after it caught fire.
Two pumps from the town attended the incident in Daccombe in Coffinswell at 1am on New Year's Day.
A spokesman for the fire service said no horses or people were hurt in the incident.
He added: "We don't know what caused it but we suspect it could have been deliberate."
AN ARREST warrant has been issued against a sex offender after he failed to turn up in court for sentencing.
Alan Dart had been due to appear at Torbay Magistrates' Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to three charges of possessing indecent photographs of children and six further counts of making indecent photographs of children.
The offences date back to April and July 2011.
Dart, 25, from Homers Crescent in Kingsteignton, failed to turn up and the warrant was issued for his arrest.