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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.

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CCTV shows masked gunman at Barnstaple jewellers

CCTV from the raid at Coopers Jewellers in Barnstaple last Thursday. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police have released CCTV images of a masked gunman following an armed raid at a jewellers in Barnstaple last Thursday.

The man, who fled empty-handed after being tackled by staff, could have injuries to his hand and head.

Officers are also looking for the mask, which may have been thrown away nearby. They say they are following up a number of leads but would like to hear from anyone with information.

CCTV of the armed man. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The offender is wearing a mask in the photo; it is possible that this may have been discarded by the offender leaving the scene.

If any member of the public comes across the mask we’d ask that they contact the police. Also whilst the coat appears darker in the images, witnesses describe it as a light sandy colour.

The offender may well have received injuries as a result of this incident and it is likely that someone in the community knows who is responsible. I’d encourage them to come forward.

We are actively pursuing a number of enquiries and are keen to hear from any member of the public who may know the identity of the offender and anyone who may have seen them without the mask.

I would also like to reassure the public that we are fortunate that we live in a safe part of the country where incidents of this type are rare.

– Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Praveen Naidoo, Devon & Cornwall Police

Police hunting suspected armed man in Barnstaple

Armed police on the streets of Barnstaple as they search for the suspect. Credit: ITV News

Police are hunting for a man armed with a suspected firearm in Barnstaple town centre.

An alarm was sounded late this afternoon from a jewellery shop on the High Street, where police say a shop assistant resisted the man, however no one is believed to be seriously injured. Firearms officers, a police dog unit and the ambulance service are all at the scene, which is cordoned off.

The man is said to be wearing a khaki or sandy-coloured trench coat and believed to have a bald head.

Bra-staple shop front comes to an end

The campaign was started by Heather Walters after she discovered she had breast cancer. Credit: ITV News

A shopfront that has led a North Devon town to be known as Bra-staple is coming to an end.

The campaign was started by Heather Walters after she discovered she had breast cancer and has caught the public's imagination.

Almost 2,000 bras and men's pants have now been donated.

The Sling It campaign has also raised £11,500 so far for the Coppafeel breast cancer awareness charity. Credit: ITV News

The Sling It campaign has also raised £11,500 so far for the Coppafeel breast cancer awareness charity. Heather's parents shop Youings on Barnstaple High Street was undergoing renovation work and the scaffolding provided a perfect location to display the bras.

Heather chose today to take down the clothing as she underwent her last session of radiotherapy treatment yesterday.

Almost 2,000 bras and men's pants have now been donated. Credit: ITV News

Hundreds take part in Barnstaple's Vintage Velo

200 cyclists take part in Vintage Velo Credit: ITV News

Barnstaple stepped back in time this morning as around 200 cyclists set off on a vintage bike ride.

Participants had come from across the country to take part in the 7th 'Vintage Velo' as it's known.

From Penny Farthings and Pithe helmets to the war time look this was the first time the event had been held in North Devon.

200 cyclists take part in Vintage Velo Credit: ITV News
200 cyclists take part in Vintage Velo Credit: ITV News


Cameron and the West Country issue - jam or cream first?

The Prime Minister had a straight choice this morning on one of the region's biggest issues - and got it wrong.

When trying to recall whether, in Devon, cream goes on the scone before or after the jam David Cameron guessed jam first and was quickly put right!

David Cameron was quickly put right on how to have a Devonshire cream tea Credit: ITV News

Mr Cameron did get it right though when eating his early morning cream tea just an hour later in Barnstaple after a meeting with party activists.

The Prime Minister even paid the bill!

Chemotheraphy unit opens in North Devon after four-year community campaign

A Devon community fundraised for four years so cancer patients could have better facilities. Credit: ITV News

After four years of fund raising North Devon's new Chemotherapy unit will open later on today.

The centre at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple has been paid for by the community at a cost of more than £2 million.

Cancer patients will now have more spacious facilities. Credit: ITV News

It'll provide patients with their own purpose-built unit. Up until now cancer patients had to cope in cramped facilities or travel elsewhere for treatment.

The centre is based at North Devon District Hospital. Credit: ITV News
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