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People in Bideford rally round to help family who lost everything in house fire

The fire has destroyed the ground floor of the property in Bideford and almost all of the upstairs. Credit: ITV News

People in Bideford are rallying around to help a family who lost everything in a house fire.

Two adults and four children escaped just before midnight on Monday.

Trolleys at the local supermarket are being filled with provisions.

The fire has destroyed the ground floor of the property and almost all of the upstairs.

Family rescued from fire in Bideford

Two adults and four children escaped from the burning house in Bideford Credit: ITV News

A family have been rescued from a house fire in Bideford.

Two adults and four children escaped just before midnight.

The fire destroyed the downstairs of the property and almost all of the upstairs.

The rescue came just a few hours before a 24 hour fire strike began.

The house in Bideford has been destroyed by the blaze Credit: ITV News

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Carer found guilty of theft after being caught on camera

Joanna Inch from Bideford was filmed stealing by a secret camera Credit: ITV News

A woman from North Devon has been found guilty of stealing money from a 93-year-old woman she was caring for - after being caught in the act on CCTV.

Joanna Inch from Bideford took £15 from the purse of Nancy Rolfe within seconds of arriving at her home in Abbotsham.

But Mrs Rolfe's son had set up a secret camera, after suspecting his mother was a victim of theft.

Driver dies after A39 crash

A woman has died after a crash near Barnstaple.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the two-vehicle collision between a Ford Focus and an HGV on the A39 near Barnstaple.

The driver of the Ford Focus, a 49-year-old woman from Bideford, has now died as a result of her injuries.

Still no justice for Scarlett Keeling, six years after she was killed in Goa

Scarlett Keeling was killed in Goa six years ago Credit: ITV News

It's hard to believe that the trial of two men accused of causing the death of North Devon teenager Scarlett Keeling is still going more than four years after it began at Goa's Childrens Court. To make matters even worse for her mum, Fiona MacKeown, she's had no contact from the Indian authorities to let her know how the case is progressing and when it might end.

Fiona says: "I think it's ridiculously bizarre you know my daughter was murdered in their country. You'd think that they would have some kind of duty to inform about what's happening but they don't."

Fiona MacKeown says the family are still waiting for justice Credit: ITV News

The two local men are accused of drugging and assaulting Scarlett and a version of manslaughter for leaving her on the beach, where the authorities say she then drowned. It's not just a mother's grief that refuses to accept this version of events - Fiona says the evidence proves it was murder - but the Indian police have never identified the others believed to have been there the night Scarlett died.

"I don't think it's going to be a hundred per cent satisfactory because they still use the phrase left on the beach to die when that wasn't the case. She was held face down in the water forcibly, I've seen the bruises on her body and that would be the hundred per cent satisfactory outcome to find whoever did that to her, and see them go to prison for a long time. But the men that they've got have got some involvement so I don't know, I'll have to wait, waiting is what I've done."

The Childrens Court only sits a couple of times a month and has many cases on its books so trials run side by side over many years.

"It's appalling there's very little support from the countries that it happens in, they really don't seem to care much, they seem to care how it affects the tourist industry rather than the people themselves. All the people that I've spoken to that has had somebody murdered in Goa says the same thing. The hardest thing is the way that the country has treated us, it's hard enough to lose somebody but to be treated like that is appalling."

And so the wait goes on for Scarlett's family, justice as far away as ever

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Men in boat accident "were not wearing life jackets"

One man died and another was taken to hospital after a boat capsized in a North Devon estuary. Police were called to an overturned pleasure boat at Bideford Bar at 11.33am after a nearby boat raised the alarm. Paramedics, the RAF search and rescue helicopter and the Coastguard also attended.

A man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are working to contact his next-of-kin.

Devon & Cornwall Police say the other man had only "minor injuries" and was taken to hospital in Exeter.

Two dogs were also recovered, but one died.

Swansea Coastguard watch officer Marc Lancey said the men were not wearing lifejackets.

"The area is a known hazard locally and widely (but) the sea was quite calm with light winds."

– Marc Lancey, Swansea Coastguard
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