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VIDEO: Sea King helicopter comes to the rescue

A 72-year-old man has been air lifted to hospital following an incident at the old bridge in Barnstaple.

A Sea King helicopter was called to the scene from RMB Chivenor shortly after 3pm. Crews winched the man on board and he was flown to North Devon District Hospital.

You can see the rescue in this video sent in by Row Richardson - the helicopter's blades dramatically silhouetted by the sun on the building by the river.


Arlington Court prepares for summer season

Visitors play with baby lambs at Arlington Court Credit: ITV News West Country

Final preparations are being made at Arlington Court as they open for the summer season.

After the wettest winter on record, gardeners have been working round the clock to get the grounds ready.

More than 90,000 people visited the house near Barnstaple last year.

Barnstaple pub protesters told to go

People in Barnstaple who've been occupying their former pub for two weeks to try to stop it being demolished, have now been told they must leave.

But today's deadline has come and gone, and locals are vowing to fight on. They've now officially registered a right to buy the pub if the proposed development of flats and houses falls through. Seth Conway reports.

Possible new look for Barnstaple Civic Centre

Artists impression of how the Civic Centre might look Credit: Peregrine Mears Architects

Following North Devon Council's recent decision to vacate the Civic Centgre in Barnstaple, a local firm of architects has come up with a plan to convert the building into apartments.

Barnstaple based Peregrine Mears Architects feel that the property could be put to better use by being tranformed into residential apartments.

Practice director Peregrine Mears commented:

“Whilst there is not a lot of love locally for the civic centre, maybe the time is right to consider an alternative use that will take the building into the 21st century. We believe the building is capable of conversion to residential use."

There are many unloved tower blocks from the 1960’s elsewhere in the UK that have been given a new lease of life by converting them to residential use, so why not here?” "


Pub protestors given deadline to leave

The Borough Arms, Barnstaple Credit: ITV News West Country

The Occupiers of a Barnstaple pub threatened with demolition have been given until today to leave. The residents of the Forches Estate in Barnstaple have been protesting at The Borough Arms for two weeks after plans were approved for flats and housing on the site.

The letter telling the occupants to leave the pub Credit: ITV News West Country

A week on, the Barnstaple pub occupiers are still there

A scene from the outside of the pub building. Credit: ITV News/Seth Conway

The occupiers of a Barnstaple pub want the owner to sell it back to the community. The Borough Arms was given planning permission last week to be turned into homes and flats.

But locals have moved in and now a week on they're asking Chichester Homes Developments to return the building so they can use it for community purposes.

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