Live updates

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

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.

Dramatic CCTV of attempted robbery at Barnstaple jewellers

Police have released CCTV of an attempted armed robbery at a jewellers in Barnstaple last month.

The suspect, who was wearing a latex mask, fired what is thought to be blanks but made off when he was tackled by staff.

Officers believe he may have injured his shoulder, head and arm.

This video shows the moment the shop owner sent the armed robber packing by grabbing a baseball bat and warning: "You've picked the wrong guy".

71 year old David Bruce was alone behind the counter when the suspect stormed in waving a gun.

But he was bravely seen off by David, a black belt in martial arts, who bashed him with a baseball bat.

Rugby legend and surprise Barnstaple player Jerry Collins dies

Jerry Collins once turned out for Barnstaple. Credit: Reuters

An international rugby superstar who once made a shock appearance for Barnstaple's second team has been killed in a car crash.

Jerry Collins, 34-year-old former captain of New Zealand's All Blacks, died in a crash in southern France between his car and a bus early this morning, along with his wife. Their three-month-old daughter is in a critical condition in hospital.

In 2007 Collins was staying with friends in North Devon. A chance meeting with Barnstaple's director of rugby meant he ended up coaching the team's young players one night and playing for the second team at Newton Abbot the next day - in a game they were winning until it was abandoned due to an injury.

The All Black later wore his red-and-white Barnstaple socks in an invitational against then World Champions, South Africa.

Barnstaple Rugby described Collins as a "wonderful man" with a "heart of gold" in an emotional tribute on Facebook today.

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device.

Load more updates