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Woman rescued from River Torridge in Bideford

The woman was found unconscious on the banks of the River Torridge Credit: ITV News

Emergency services rescued a woman who was found unconscious on the banks of the River Torridge in Bideford in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters from the town, as well as a specialist rescue team from Barnstaple, were called to the scene at 2.30am following a request from paramedics.

The woman was pulled from the mud and into a boat. She is now recovering in hospital.

Bideford mud flats alongside River Torridge Credit: ITV News

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:


Calls for action after child bitten by loose dog

Erin shows her aunt her injury Credit: ITV News

A North Devon woman is calling for action after her niece was apparently bitten by a dog from a temporary travellers camp in Bideford.

11-year-old Erin Foyle was left badly bruised after the alleged attack at the Springfield cattle market on Monday (10 August). Police are investigating the incident.

"I understand their dogs are there to help guard them and they're part of their life but they do need to be on a leash, really".

– Lydia Benn, Erin's aunt
The temporary travellers camp in Bideford Credit: ITV News

Farmers hold emergency summit to try and solve milk crisis

More than a hundred people protested at ASDA in Bideford. Credit: ITV News

Farming unions are desperately trying to find a solution to the milk crisis at an emergency summit today, following widespread protests across the West in the last week.

Farmers say they are losing money on every pint they produce. In the latest action, more than a hundred people cleared supermarket shelves at an ASDA in Bideford, North Devon, in protest at the amount they now pay farmers for milk. You can find out more about what happened here.

Union bosses are at the summit trying to find a way forward, ahead of a meeting tomorrow with supermarket chain Morrison's. The supermarket's distribution depot in Bridgwater was targeted for a protest by hundreds of farmers last week.

On tonight's ITV News West Country we'll talking to a dairy farmer who has decided to the leave the industry for good. Tune in from 6pm.

Dairy farmers clear supermarket shelves in Bideford

Trolleys of milk being handed out Credit: ITV News

Around 200 people have taken part in a protest today in Devon over the price of milk.

The dairy farmers have been clearing shelves at Asda in Bideford of cheaply priced milk and handing it out to customers in return for donations to the Children's Hospice South West.

There were also live sheep and pigs outside the store in pens as part of the protest.


Police hunt for missing 14-year-old girl

Police are searching for a 14-year-old who has gone missing from Bideford.

Lydia Robinson was last seen at an address in the town at lunchtime on Tuesday, June 23.

Lydia, who prefers to be called Lill, has strong ties to the Exeter area and could be in the city.

She is white, of slight build, around 5ft 2ins tall, with long straight brown hair. She was last seen wearing a grey hoody, white jeans and trainers. She may be wearing black ripped jeans.

Man charged with attempted murder after Devon stabbing

Two people were stabbed on Friday afternoon. Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder following an alleged stabbing in Westward Ho! which left two people with serious injuries.

28-year-old Asher Roche has been charged following the incident at an address on Westbourne Terrace on Friday afternoon. A 40-year-old man and 65-year-old woman were airlifted to hospital.

Man regains feeling in paralysed arm decade after crash

Craig Stewart has movement in his arm for the first time in years. Credit: Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital

A man from Devon whose arm was severed in a car crash can move it for the first time in a decade.

Surgeons reattached former serviceman Craig Stewart's limb after his accident ten years ago, but it was left paralysed - until now. Over the last three years doctors in Swansea have worked to restore movement.

Pioneering surgery at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery transferring a muscle from his thigh into his arm means he can now raise and bend that arm and move its fingers for the first time in years. You can find out more about the surgery here.

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