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Lessons in how to spot phone scams

Lessons will be given in how to spot scam calls in Barnstaple Credit: ITV News

People in Barnstaple will be given advice on how to spot a scam or nuisance caller at Green Lanes shopping centre this morning.

It follows warnings of a new type of telephone scam which has started in our region.

Fraudsters are calling victims pretending to be their bank and are persuading them to tell them their pin numbers.


Motorcyclist dies after collision with car in North Devon

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 20-year-old man has died following a collision on the A3125 in Barnstaple.

The collision involving a motorcycle and a car happened on the A3125 roundabout junction shortly after 3.05pm on Sunday.

A 32-year-old man from Surrey were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A 28-year-old woman from Hampshire was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit.

Police statement on Devon school investigation

Chelfham Mill School in Barnstable has been closed for six weeks while police investigate claims of physical abuse

Police are investigating claims of current and historic physical abuse at Chelfham Mill School in North Devon. The school caters for children with behavioural and emotional difficulties between 7 and 18 years.

Devon and Cornwall police are currently involved in an investigation into claims of physical abuse at Chelfham Mill School, Barnstaple.

We are working closely with partner organisations including social services as this investigation takes place.

– Devon and Cornwall Police statement

Police investigate abuse claims at North Devon school

Chelfham Mill School in Barnstable has been closed for six weeks while police investigate claims of physical abuse Credit: School website

Police are investigating claims of physical abuse at a school in Barnstaple.

Chelfham Mill School caters for more than 50 children with emotional and behavioural difficulties between the ages of 7 and 18.

It is closed for six weeks while the investigation takes place. The school has issued a brief statement:

Chelfham Mill school is closed for an initial period of six weeks pending an investigation by external agencies. We are committed to supporting the investigation process.

– Katy Roberts, principal


Fire breaks out on board boat in Barnstaple

Fire crews are tackling a fire on board a boat on the River Taw Credit: Chris Smith

Three fire crews are dealing with a fire in a boat on Barnstaple's riverside. Emergency services received multiple calls shortly after 9pm.

The boat is next to North Devon Leisure Centre and can often be seen with smoke coming from its funnel.

It's thought homeless people stay in a number of abandoned and derelict boats on the banks of the River Taw. It's not yet known if anyone has been hurt in the fire.

Beating the heat when you can't eat: Heatwave hits Ramadan

Muslims spend Ramadan fasting and giving more money to charity. Credit: ITV News

The recent hot weather has coincided with Islam's holiest month of Ramadan, and Muslims across the region are spending daylight hours fasting.

People will also spend the month giving extra money to charity and praying more often.

Barnstaple restaurant owner Ashraf Shah invited us to see the end of the day's fasting - and gave us an insight into how to beat the heat when you can't eat.

Man due in court over attempted raid on jewellers

Armed police were called to Coopers Jewellery in Barnstaple after an attempted robbery on 28 Credit: ITV News West Country

A man is due before magistrates this morning, charged in connection with an attempted armed raid on a jewellery shop in Barnstaple.

18-year-old Benjamin Barton from Bideford has been charged with attempted armed robbery and possession of an imitation firearm in connection with a raid at Coopers Jewellery on 28 May.

Police release image of man in connection with Barnstaple armed robbery

Police want to speak to this man Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they'd like to speak to in connection with an attempted armed robbery in Barnstaple.

Officers investigating the unsuccessful raid on Coopers Jewellery say the man or anyone who knows him should come forward so he can be ruled out of the enquiry.

Nothing was stolen and nobody was injured in the raid after an employee fended the suspect off with a baseball bat.

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