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Carer guilty of stealing £75,000 from elderly vulnerable patient

A carer is facing jail after she was found guilty of taking more than £75,000 from a vulnerable pensioner she was supposed to be looking after.

Melanie Harris used Edward Carter's bank account as her own, siphoning thousands of pounds from it, to fund shopping trips.

Melanie Harris denied stealing from a man she was supposed to be caring for Credit: ITV News

Cerebral palsy sufferer Mr Carter, from Bideford, who also had epilepsy and other serious illnesses, has since passed away, but the court was shown a DVD of his statement.

Harris, a carer with twenty years experience, admitted she was guilty of not recording her spending, but denied stealing her client's money.


Do you fancy a pair of Ed Sheeran's undies?

Ed Sheeran's pants and Kelly Brook's bra are up for grabs Credit: Facebook

Celebrities including Ed Sheeran and Tom Daley have donated their underwear for an auction tonight in Woolacombe raising funds for the CoppaFeel breast awareness charity.

The auction is one of a number of events Heather Walters from North Devon has organised in a bid to get more people checking themselves regularly.

You can find the full list of items for auction and details of the event on the campaign Facebook page.


North Devon School closes amidst abuse inquiry

A North Devon school at the centre of an inquiry into physical abuse has given up its licence to operate.

Chelfham Mill near Barnstaple was a boarding and day school for around forty boys with emotional and behavioural problems. It's licence was suspended for six weeks in July while the abuse claims were investigated. Now it's chosen not to reopen.

The County Council says it's working to find alternative places for the school's 14 day pupils. A police investigation is still ongoing.

Hundreds turn out in memory of Barnstaple teenager

Balloons in Katie's favourite colour, purple, are being released in her memory Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of friends, family and supporters of a North Devon teenager have met this evening to celebrate her life.

ITV interviewed Katie Gammon when she was 15 Credit: ITV News

Katie Gammon had a double lung transplant after suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.

The teenager had raised thousands of pounds for charities that had helped her with sponsored walks following the operation. But recently her body began to reject her new lungs and she died on Sunday.

Friends leave messages in memory of Katie, who had just turned 17 when she lost her life Credit: ITV News

Our footage from tonight's memorial starts with pictures of Katie on a fundraising walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

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