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North Devon family raising money for heart tests

It's a simple test that can make the difference between life and death for healthy young people.

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome is normally traced to heart defects in teenagers and people in their twenties.

One family from North Devon, who lost a son to the condition, are raising money to ensure more young people get screened.

Seth Conway spoke to Brenda Luckett and John Luckett about their story.

North Devon District Hospital declares 'significant incident'

North Devon Hospital declared a 'significant incident' on Monday Credit: ITV News

North Devon District Hospital had to declare a 'significant incident' this week after filling every bed.

The hospital in Barnstaple experienced a high demand for its services on Monday February 16 which lead to significant pressures on the system.

The major incident was declared after every available bed at the hospital was taken, but people were still people attending A&E.

The alert has now been lifted after additional beds were found and patients who could be discharged sooner revealed.

We remain very busy and are working closely with our staff and partner organisations to resolve the issues as soon as possible. As is usual when we face significant pressures, we have put a number of measures in place to ensure patients continue to get the care they need.

– Darryn Allcorn, director of workforce and development


Former employees of Barnstaple's Leaderflush Shapland open their own factory

Door makers determined not to let a 160-year tradition go to waste have opened their own factory Credit: ITV News

Former employees of Barnstaple's now-closed historic door makers have opened their own factory after they were determined not to let the 160-year tradition go to waste.

Leaderflush Shapland shut its doors in the Devon town two-years-ago bringing an end to more than a century and a half of furniture and door making in the town.

The site is currently being demolished to make way for a supermarket and housing. But, committed to keeping the tradition alive in North Devon, former directors and craftsmen have set up their own door making business. have now set up their own factory.

Principal Doorsets now has around a dozen staff and will increase numbers to thirty this year and to fifty employees the year after.

Market traders issued parking fines while loading and unloading

Traders working at Pannier Market

Traders in Barnstaple say they feel victimised after seeing a massive increase in the number of parking tickets they're receiving.

Stallholders in the Pannier Market say in the past few months Civil Enforcement Officers from Devon County Council have been issuing fines whilst they've been loading and unloading.

Some traders have already handed back their pitch.

There's one here Christmas came in for the first time. She came here, she got ticketed and said she'd never come back again and she hasn't.

It's going to kill the market off; that's what's going to happen.

– Robert Penfold, market trader

Dangerous fake Frozen toys seized in north Devon

Fake toys like these have been seized by Trading Standards in north Devon Credit: Trading Standards

Fake toys containing high chemical levels have been seized by Trading Standards in Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.

The toys, from the Disney film Frozen, could damage the reproductive system and increase the risk of cancer or asthma if they are chewed by children.

Parents are being asked to double check any products they buy for signs they might be fake.

Example of counterfeit Frozen costume Credit: Trading Standards

Barnstaple outlet launches 2,500 calorie burger

Barnstaple outlet launches 2,500 calorie burger Credit: ITV News

A restaurant in Barnstaple has come up with a hamburger with two-and-a-half thousand calories, featuring 15 different types of bacon.

As well as smoked and unsmoked back and streaky, there's mortadella, pancetta, sausage patty, bacon burger and ...

There's bacon crisps in there, bacon dust, bacon salt, cream cheese that's been infused with bacon, there's chicken fried bacon.

It doesn't sound the most healthy thing and it probably isn't the most healthy thing you'll ever eat in your whole life but you know everything in moderation once or twice isn't going to hurt you so you know it's just a bit of fun, you know the name seems to grab a lot of peoples attention as well because of the link with the book and that I think that's why people like it.


At 2,500 calories it's your daily intake, there's even some lettuce. On a serious note it'll raise five pounds per burger for North Devon Hospice when it goes on sale next month.

The film themed bacon bap is making news around the world, even in US burger loving of A.


Inaugural 'Beat the Fox' fun run in North Devon

Runners braving the rain outside The Fox pub in Fremington. Credit: Amy Slaney

Hundreds of runners were up early this morning to run off their Christmas Dinner with the inaugural 'Beat the Fox' 5K chase in North Devon.

The cross country race around the village of Fremington near Barnstaple saw runners in fancy dress attempting to finish before a man dressed up as a fox who set off two minutes after everyone else.

The charity event was expected to raise more than £500 for Children's Hospice South West.

Our Correspondent Seth Conway, dressed as Rudolph, took part in the race alongside his brother-in-law Richard Slaney and wife Laura Conway. Credit: Amy Slaney

Flash Mob in Barnstaple raises awareness of breast cancer

Flash Mob in Barnstaple raises awareness of breast cancer Credit: ITV News

A flash mob appeared in Barnstaple to raise awareness of breast cancer. Heather Walters is supporting the Coppafeel charity by producing a music video featuring the flash mob. She has already supported the campaign by decorating the front of a shop with hundreds of bras.

Around 60 people took part in the event Credit: ITV News
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