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George Osborne visits Appledore shipyard

George Osborne told workers the North Devon Link Road will be upgraded Credit: ITV News

Speaking at Appledore Shipyard the Chancellor of the Exchequer says the South West has been for too long neglected and he's here to say that's now going to stop. The region has backed the Conservatives and it's time for the payback.

George Osborne told workers at Babcock's North Devon base that their work on the new Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carriers has been key for Britain.

Mr Osborne says there will be improvements to the local road network including upgrading the North Devon Link Road.

The Chancellor will travel from here to Cornwall where he will announce that the Conservative's will honour their pledge to get a stadium for Cornwall built.

13-year-old girl hit crossing the road in Devon

Police in North Devon are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash in Appledore.

It took place just after 9.30am yesterday morning (Wednesday 29 October) on the A386 Churchill Way, in Appledore, opposite Appledore Football Club.

A Ford Fiesta car travelling towards Northam, driven by a local woman hit a 13-year-old local girl who was crossing the road.

The girl was taken to the North Devon District Hospital but later transferred to Frenchay Hospital near Bristol where her condition is described as stable.

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Appledore Memorial listed by English Heritage

Appledore Memorial Credit: ITV News West Country

The war memorial in Appledore has been listed at Grade II as part of an English Heritage scheme to list up to 500 war memorials a year over the next five years to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The English Heritage scheme has the backing of Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, who leads for the Government on First World War commemorations.

Appledore Memorial lists more than 70 men Credit: ITV News West Country

Appledore’s war memorial was built by 1923 and lists the names of more than 70 local men. As a coastal community, many served at sea either in the Royal Navy or the Merchant Navy. Among those commemorated, are a number who died under the age of 16.

This includes Sidney Cawsey who served, alongside his father John, on the Schooner Reward.

Big day for Appledore shipyard

Appledore Shipyard today Credit: ITV News West Country

Appledore Shipyard in North Devon is handing over the first of two vessels to the Irish Navy today.

The Samuel Beckett is the first fully completed ship to have been built at the yard in more than a decade.

The shipyard owned by Babcock usually builds the hull of vessels which are then fitted out elsewhere. The €99 million deal was signed in 2010 for two vessels. The James Joyce is still being built.

Speedy lifeboat rescue at Instow

The RNLI lifeboat at Appledore has rescued three crew members from a boat which had run aground off Instow in North Devon.

The Hedrik began listing and taking on water after hitting an unknown object on Thursday evening.

Swansea Coastguard heard Hedrik's faint Mayday emergency call and notified the Appledore RNLI lifeboat. It reached the scene within ten minutes of the Mayday being received and the three crew members on board were transferred to the lifeboat.

This was an incredibly fast and slick recovery operation. The crew members are safe and dry and we are currently assisting an effort to re-float this vessel using its salvage pump. Thank you to all teams involved

– Steve Matthews, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager