Live updates


Three courts in the region to close

The Government's announced that three courts in the region will close, despite local opposition.

Crown Courts will no longer sit in Barnstaple or Dorchester, and the magistrates' court in Torquay will be shut by the end of the year as part of a programme to streamline the service. The future of the outdated building had been in doubt, but there had been hopes the court could remain elsewhere in the town.

Torbay's MP says he's worried it will mean witnesses and defendants having long journeys to get to courts in Newton Abbott and Plymouth.

Tributes paid to man who died when three-wheeled car crashed

A family have paid an emotional tribute to a 58-year-old who died in a car crash.

John Spurling was driving his three-wheeled car when it collided with a hedge and rolled.

The accident happened on the B3232 between Charlacott Cross and Prospect Corner, near Newton Tracey on January 24.

John, from Barnstaple, was the only occupant, and died at the scene.

His family have now paid tribute to the dad-of-two.

John Spurling Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

John’s tragic accident was whilst driving his three-wheeler DRK car that he had owned for nearly 20 years. He loved using this on fine days, enjoying the North Devon countryside.

Unfortunately he only got to spend four years in the area but he greatly appreciated the way of life here.

John leaves behind his wife Karen, and two daughters Ellie, 15, and Sam, 13, who were the love of his life.

– Spurling family

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the accident, which closed the B3232 for around five hours.


Man dies in car crash

Man has died in car crash Credit: ITV News

A man has died in a car crash near Newton Tracey in Devon.

A member of the public discovered a soft top car and called emergency services. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other cars were involved and no one else was injured. Police are informing next of kin.

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.

Load more updates