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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.

People come together in memory of Katie Gammon

Katie Gammon died last week after a long battle against cystic fibrosis Credit: Austin Wallas

A gathering is taking place this evening to pay tribute to Barnstaple teenager Katie Gammon. She died on Sunday 23 August, having just turned 17.

People are being asked to meet at the Civic Centre car park in North Walk, Barnstaple at 7pm. A minute's silence will be held at 7.30pm and later balloons will be released in Katie's memory.

You can find out more here.

Katie underwent a double lung transplant in 2013, which meant that she could do much more than before. She campaigned for people to join the transplant register and even took part in the Tarka Walk to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Transplant patients Kirstie Tancock and Katie Gammon taking part in a fundraising walk Credit: ITV News

Katie's funeral will be held at Barnstaple Parish Church at noon on 7 September. One of her last wishes was that everyone should wear purple.


Teenager comes to the rescue of stricken lorry driver

The lorry on its side after having rolled into a field at Shirwell Credit: Barry Pope

A teenager and his father have helped save a man whose lorry tipped over and rolled into a field near Barnstaple earlier today.

This is what Barry Pope from Bath had to say. He, together with his son Cameron came to the aid of the driver.

I was first on top of the lorry followed by Cameron.

The driver was stuck by the steering wheel so it took me and another guy to free him and get him out.

Cameron was a great help as some drivers didn't even stop to help. I had to hang around for about a hour to give statement etc so late for lunch!

Driver taken to hospital in Barnstaple for routine checks but hopefully will be ok.

– Barry Pope
Another shot of the crashed lorry showing the path it travelled Credit: Barry Pope

The A39 at Shirwell near Barnstaple has been closed for much of the afternoon after the crash.

The driver of the HGV was taken to hospital but eyewitnesses said he appeared not seriously hurt.

The vehicle is believed to have been carrying bagged animal feed.

Watch: Our film of the lorry once the rescue vehicle had arrived:

Bideford schoolboy jailed after armed robbery on a jewellers

18 year old Benjamin Barton was jailed for 3 1/2 years

A schoolboy from Bideford has been jailed for three and a half years for carrying out an armed robbery on a jewellers.

18 year old Benjamin Barton tried to rob the shop in Barnstaple in May.

Armed with an imitation handgun, he told owner David Bruce to put money from his till inside a plastic bag, only for the great-grandfather to grab a baseball bat and chase him out of the shop.

Watch CCTV of the moment Mr Bruce chased Barton from the shop below:

Lessons in how to spot phone scams

Lessons will be given in how to spot scam calls in Barnstaple Credit: ITV News

People in Barnstaple will be given advice on how to spot a scam or nuisance caller at Green Lanes shopping centre this morning.

It follows warnings of a new type of telephone scam which has started in our region.

Fraudsters are calling victims pretending to be their bank and are persuading them to tell them their pin numbers.

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