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Two charged after schoolboy's ski lift death

14 year-old Kieran Brookes died after boarding a ski lift in France.

A ski-lift operator is appearing in court in France charged with the involuntary manslaughter of a Devon school-boy four years ago.

14 year-old Kieran Brookes was on a school ski trip in the French Alps when his rucksack straps became entangled with one of the lifts. The lift supervisor from France Richard Cettour and his employer are accused of a number of safety failures.


Doctors concerned over losing 'safety blanket' of community wards

Too much too soon?

The New Devon Clinical Commissioning Group which funds NHS services has told Northern Devon Healthcare Trust that it doesn't support its decision to close any wards or units as the process is happening too quickly.

Devon County Council's Health and Wellbeing scrutiny committee also voted 4-3 for a halt in the consultation process. But the decision on closure remains with the Healthcare Trust.

votes for and against halting the consultation process

Not enough beds?

Senior clinicians have also told managers that they have extreme anxiety about the closure of beds.

Doctors and consultants are worried that there are not enough beds at North Devon District Hospital and the community wards have been seen as a 'safety blanket'.

But health bosses believe that they will have strategies in place this winter to cope and that wards at Holsworthy and South Molton can increase beds at short notice if needed due to any crisis.

Vote on ward closures underway

Health managers at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust are meeting now to decide if wards at some community hospitals should close. The Trust had suggested providing a new community ward at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple instead.

Initital consultations looked at halving the number of community beds in North Devon Credit: ITV News

This morning the Trust board is expected to vote on closing wards in Bideford and Ilfracombe. The hospitals would all remain open for other services. A decision is anticipated by 11.30am.

Which wards were considered?

  • Bideford
  • South Molton
  • Holsworthy
  • Ilfracombe

The public consultation found that people preferred the option of keeping open wards at Holsworthy and South Molton. More than half of all respondents to the consultation came from the Holsworthy area.

It's after Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has a budget shortfall of £11 million.

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Two schoolboys missing in Devon

Police in Devon are searching for two schoolboys who failed to return home yesterday evening.

Writing on their facebook page on Monday night, Kingsbridge Police appealed for information about the two unnamed boys.

The pair were wearing their Kingsbridge Community College school uniforms.

We are looking for two 14-year-old lads who bunked off school and have not returned home

– Kingsbridge Police, facebook

The post continued “We believe they are still wearing their KCC school uniform. If anybody knows where they are then could you please call 101 and quote log 583 of today."

Plymouth boy bullied because of cleft lip and palate

A new study into the school experiences of young people who were born with a cleft lip and palate has just begun at the University of the West of England, aimed at improving the support available to them. Ryan Trower from Plymouth doesn't really remember the operations he had to correct his cleft lip and palate. But what has stayed with the16 year old is his school experience. He was bullied for five years because of the condition.

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