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Smoke alarm warning after inquest into Honiton fire deaths

An inquest into the deaths of two teenagers and a little boy, who died in a house fire in Devon, has found that they could have been saved if the smoke alarms were working.

17-year-old Rosie Bennellick, her three-year-old brother Harvey and 18-year-old Andy Gunn were killed after a blaze broke out at a house in Honiton last year.

The fire was started by a six-year-old boy playing with a lighter. The inquest was told that the batteries of the smoke alarms had been removed a week earlier. The coroner concluded that neglect was a factor in their deaths, with an overall ruling of accidental death.


Andy Gunn Foundation launches today

The Andy Gunn Foundation will help those wanting a career in hospitality Credit: ITV News West Country

A charity in memory of a man who died in a house fire in Honiton will launch today,

Andy Gunn was killed in the blaze along with girlfriend Rosie and her brother Harvey. The charity has been set up to help people who want to have career in hospitality but do not have the money to do so.

'Lunatic' driver jailed for Devon crash

Emma Walker's car after the crash Credit: Irving of Exeter

A teaching assistant has been jailed for causing devastating injuries to her three passengers when she crashed while driving ‘like a lunatic’ on a country road in Devon. Emma Walker was going at twice the speed limit before the accident.

She ignored pleas by her passengers to slow down and took her hands off the wheel of her Peugeot to change the music on her phone. Walker, aged 22, was taking three friends on a camping trip from South Wales to Honiton when she crashed on the outskirts of Cullompton in July last year.

Front seat passenger Rebecca Nott, aged 20, almost died. She spent five months in hospital with severe brain injuries which have left her permanently injured.

Injured Rebecca Nott and Macauley Eccles outside Exeter Crown Court Credit: Irving of Exeter

Back seat passenger MacAuley Eccles, aged 17, has been forced to abandon his dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. He was left with one leg shorter than the other after suffering horrific injuries including a dislocated hip.

The other back seat passenger Peter Bebb, aged 26, suffered a broken neck and ruptured spleen.

Walker, of Llys Gwyn, Bridgend, South Wales, admitted three offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 16 months by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.


Demolition for new hospice in Honiton

Demolition for new hospice. Credit: ITV News West Country

A house in Honiton is being demolished this morning to make way for a new hospice.

The charity Hospiscare has owned the site since last year and is due to knock down the existing building today.

Work will begin on a new day hospice in the coming weeks. The charity is trying to raise quarter of a million pounds to pay for it.

Shocking CCTV footage

Shocking pictures have been released of the moment a woman was attacked during a robbery at an antiques shop in Devon.

Police hope the CCTV will lead to the identification of the man who carried out the assault in Honiton.

He stole thousands of pounds worth of rings and other valuables from Banwell Antiques on the High Street. Some viewers might find the following pictures upsetting.

John Andrews reports.

Police release CCTV footage of Honiton Robbery

Police have revealed dramatic CCTV footage of a man they would like to trace, after a woman was attacked during a raid at a jewellers in Honiton.

The man entered Banwell Antiques at around 9am on the 22nd of March and grabbed the female staff member from behind and tied her up.

More than three hundred pieces of jewellery were stolen Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police on 101 quoting log number 467.

Police release CCTV following raid in Honiton

Police have revealed CCTV images of a man they would like to trace, after a woman was attacked during a raid at a jewellers in Honiton.

The robber grabbed the woman from behind before tying her up.

The attacker grabbed the woman from behind during the raid Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Although she wasn't physically injured, she was left very shaken by the incident and is now being supported by officers and her family. Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the man in these images.

He was wearing a blue coat, blue denim jeans, black trainers,

beige coloured flat cap and was carrying a blue rucksack and black holdall bag.

Police in Devon want to trace this man Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

More than three hundred pieces of jewellery at Banwell Antiques on the High Street were stolen over the weekend. The robber set upon the woman as she opened up the store on Saturday morning.

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