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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



Man has died after being found collapsed by River Torridge

An investigation has been launched after a man died in Bideford, Devon.

Police were called to the River Torridge where the man was found collapsed by the side of the water.

A spokesperson for the police said they could not confirm whether he had been pulled from the river.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to North Devon District Hospital but was pronounced dead.

Residential and day centre to close down its school

A residential and day centre for children and young people with autism in North Devon is to close down its school, with the loss of up to a hundred jobs.

Broomhayes Centre at Bideford says that, after failing to reach high standards of care and education, they will no longer look after children and will concentrate on caring for young adults instead, Seth Conway reports.

Autistic Society promises to work with affected people

The National Autistic Society has promised to work with the people affected by the closure of the Broomhayes autism school.

A statement from the society said: "We acknowledge that there are considerable improvements to be made at Broomhayes, and we are committed to working with CQC and other stakeholders in order to provide the very best support we can to the people in our care."

The Broomhayes Centre Credit: ITV News Westcountry

It added: "Employees at the centre were informed of this decision earlier today. We will be working with staff to agree the next steps and providing them with support throughout this process.

"We know that this is unsettling news and would like to assure all those connected to the Centre that we are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for them."

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