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Climate change campaigners on the march in Bideford

Climate change campaigners have delivered a letter to Conservative MP Geoffrey Cox's office to complain about the reduction in subsidy for renewable energy technologies.

They say that local installers are going out of business as a result.

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It's ahead of a national climate change protest taking place in London on November 29.

There were some hecklers at the march, but people stood firm on why they were campaigning.

Our reporter Seth Conway joined them in the wind and rain:

Three airlifted to hospital after crash

Three airlifted to hospital after crash near the Milkyway Adventure Park Credit: Google Maps

Three people have been airlifted to hospital following a head-on collision which closed the A39 in North Devon for most of the day.

It happened this morning west of Bideford between Higher Clovelly and Buck's Cross when a BMW carrying a family of four was involved in an accident with a Vauxhall Astra.

Two children were hurt in the crash. Their injuries are not thought to be serious.


A39 near Clovelly closed after serious accident

A39 closed between Clovelly Roundabout and Buck's Cross Credit: Google Maps

One of the main roads joining Bideford and Clovelly is closed in both directions after a serious accident. The incident has involved two vehicles between the Clovelly Roundabout and Buck's Cross (Bideford Bay Caravan Park).

Police are on scene near to the Milkyway Adventure Park and say they expect the road to be closed for most of the afternoon.

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.

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