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Man dies after being found unconscious with head injuries

A man has died after he was found unconscious on a Devon road.

Police were called after the man was discovered in the middle of the road on Pitt Lane in Bideford just after 6am on Christmas Eve.

The 64-year-old sustained head injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital in a critical condition.

It's unknown how he was injured.

Sadly, the man died at Derriford on Boxing Day.

His next of kin have been informed and a file is to be prepared for the coroner.

Police are currently treating this death as unexplained and are appealing for witnesses.

They're keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Pitt Lane in the early hours of Saturday 24th of December, and saw anything.


Large fire destroys hairdressers in Bideford

The fire has completely gutted the ground floor of the building. Credit: ITV News West Country

Firefighters have been dealing with a large fire in Bideford.

Crews were called Clippers hair salon in Bridgeland Street just before 3pm this afternoon.

The ground floor of the building has been completely gutted by the blaze.

The fire is now under control, but the road is expected to remain closed for several hours.

4 fire engines from Bideford, Barnstaple and Torrington are at the scene. Credit: ITV News West Country

Seclusion room 'routinely' used in care homes

The four defendants Credit: ITV News
The company was founded by Paul Hewitt, 69, a former mental health nurse Credit: ITV News

A court has heard how a so-called seclusion room which should have only been used as a last resort was routinely used at two care homes in North Devon.

It's alleged each of these care homes had a room which was used to falsely imprison some of its residents between 2010 and 2011.

Five staff members, including the founder of the care company, Paul Hewitt - are accused of falsely imprisoning seven adults with learning disabilities.

All the accused deny the charges against them.

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