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One woman dies after car crash near Braunton

Woman dies after car crash near Braunton Credit: ITV News

One woman has died and two others injured after a crash near Braunton. The incident happened just after 5:30pm on Friday.

Emergency services were called to a crash involving a BMW and a Toyota Yaris on the A361 Knowle between Braunton and Mullacott Cross.

A 26 year old from the Ilfracombe area, who was a front seat passenger in one of the vehicles, died at the scene.

The two drivers were both taken to North Devon District Hospital and were treated for their injuries. The road was closed for around 7 ½ hours whilst an investigation took place at the scene.

Devon surfer's sixty foot wipe-out

Dramatic footage has emerged of a surfer being engulfed by a 60ft wave as he attempted to break a world record.

Andrew Cotton from Braunton in Devon escaped with a minor injuries when he fell and lost his surfboard in Nazare in Portugal on Saturday.

He was hit by a second wave, which he described "like being hit by a truck", before eventually being pulled to safety.

Cotton wants to be back in the water in the next fortnight. He is hoping to beat the current world record for the biggest wave ever surfed, which was set in Nazare in 2011 with a wave measuring 78ft.

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Lydia & Millie Cross become meningitis ambassadors

A North Devon schoolgirl is raising awareness of an infection that almost cost her and her sister their lives.

Lydia Cross from Braunton and her younger sister Millie are now ambassadors for the Meningitis Research foundation.

Lydia has made national news in recent years for dealing so well with her prosthetic legs after having both legs amputated below the knee. Millie, though, was the more seriously ill at the time.

Braunton meat cleaver robbers jailed

Two men who attacked a 65-year-old woman with a meat cleaver as they attempted to rob the shop she was working in in North Devon have today been sentenced.

Lee Prowse who asked for 15 other offences to be taken into consideration was jailed for seven years. While Jamie Latta was given a six year sentence.

Richard Lawrence was at Exeter Crown Court:

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Full report: Grandmother dies of brain haemorrhage after doctors fail to spot symptoms

A grandmother who died from a massive brain haemorrhage could have been saved, were it not for a catalogue of errors from two of the region's biggest hospitals. Christine Smith from Braunton had symptoms which should have alerted doctors.

But Derriford in Plymouth and North Devon District in Barnstaple both failed to spot the seriousness of her condition. She died three days before a scheduled hospital appointment.

"We took this incident very seriously" say NHS

I absolutely understand how devastating this must have been for the family and would like to apologise once more for the failure to diagnose in this very sad case.We took this incident very seriously and carried out a full internal investigation, sharing the outcome face-to-face with the family in 2010.

– Dr Alison Diamond, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

NHS Trusts apologise for failings

In a joint statement, the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust apologised to Mrs Smith's family.

Both the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust are committed to the highest standards of healthcare and all those involved with the care and treatment of Christine Smith profoundly regret that opportunities were missed to provide her with the care she required.

– Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust & Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
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