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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.

Driver jailed for deliberately running over woman

James Clarke was the driver of the vehicle, he's now been jailed. Credit: Exeter Police

A driver has been jailed for deliberately running over a woman in a stolen car and leaving her with a broken ankle.

23-year-old James Clarke took his ex partner's car from her home in North Devon, and used it to run over a woman passenger as she got out of the car in Bideford.

A off duty policeman spotted the incident and witnessed Mr Clarke running over passenger Donna Owen, who had just got out.

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