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Crowds brave freezing weather in support of Ilfracombe theatre

Performers on the green outside the Landmark Theatre Credit: ITV News West Country

Crowds braved freezing weather in Ilfracombe this afternoon to see a variety show in support of the town's Landmark Theatre. Performers from around North Devon staged the free event following the Landmark's sudden closure last month.

The Queens Theatre in Barnstaple also closed when the trust that owns them went bust, leaving actors and ticket holders out of pocket. It's hoped both theatres could re-open under new management. More details here.

Crowds braved the freezing weather Credit: ITV News West Country


Man charged after residents evacuated in explosives threat

A man has been charged with unlawful possession of explosives after homes in North Devon were evacuated for 24 hours.

Police and a military explosives team were called to an address on Osbourne Road in Illfracombe on Friday. Officers say there is no evidence linking the incident to terrorism or extremism.

A 41 year old man is due in court on Monday.

I would like to thank the residents of Osborne Road and that locality for their patience and understanding over the past 2 days.

We had to rehouse a number of residents for two nights until we were sure that the area was safe. The search was long and painstaking but it was essential that those involved in it had the time needed to ensure no one came to harm. I am pleased to be able to reassure everyone that there is no ongoing risk to anyone in the area.

– Inspector Roger Bartlett


Police hunt suspected raider who wore 'Scream' mask

The suspect was wearing a Scream mask Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police in Devon are investigating an attempted ram raid at a chemists in Ilfracombe in which the driver wore a Scream mask.

A stolen gold Volvo estate was driven into Lloyds Pharmacy on the High Street just before 5 am on Tuesday 31 May.

Officers say the damaged car was found in the area but the suspect has not yet been traced.

Damien Hirst's restaurant criticised by hygiene inspectors

Inspectors said the restaurant had dirty drains and stored raw meat unsafely. Credit: ITV West Country

Damien Hirst's restaurant in Ilfracombe has been criticised by hygiene inspectors who gave it a rating of just one-star.

The Quay in Ilfracombe was told it needs improvement after officials described filthy drains and raw meat being stored unsafely.

The Quay responded to the criticism. Credit: ITV West Country

A spokesperson for The Quay said the issues raised have been resolved.

"We take health and hygiene at the Quay extremely seriously. There were two issues raised during this recent inspection.

First, was a failure to comply with the required paperwork. We have already taken steps to rectify this and are working hard to make sure we keep up to date with paperwork in the future.

Second, was a disused drainage pipe, located in a storage room underneath the kitchen. The drainage pipe had passed previous inspections but we were asked to fill it in, and this has now been done. We were also asked to separate vacuum-packed meat from ready-to-eat food in our freezer, which we have now done."

– Spokesperson for The Quay
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