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Campaigners start project to clean up region's beaches

A project to improve bathing water quality at two of the region's beaches has been launched today.

Wildersmouth at Ilfracombe in North Devon and Porth in Newquay, Cornwall are predicted to fail the latest bathing water tests.

The charity Surfers Against Sewage has been working with the Environment Agency on a Cleaner Coastal Catchment Initiative to improve the water standards.

It involves working with local residents, businesses and land owners to change their practices.

The solutions with the cleaner coastal catchment are really simple, it's things like never use the toilet as a wet bin, think before you flush, don't put fats, oils and greases down the sink.

For farmers it's about improving land management practices, so keeping cattle out of streams, and keeping pollution from the run off of the land out of those streams as well.

– Andy Cummins, Surfers against Sewage

With it's central position, the town's Mayor says it's vital to get a good bathing water rating at Wildersmouth or visitors will be put off.

Ilfracombe is here because of the beaches and because of the sea, and if we lose some of the quality of that then we lose a little bit of Ilfracombe. That's the reason it developed in lots of ways because the Victorians found it a wonderful place to come on holiday and lots of other people have as well, so we need it to be clean.

– George Squires, Mayor of Ilfracombe

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Stop pouring fat down the drain, say beach campaigners

Ilfracombe is one of the beaches under scrutiny. Credit: Suzy Harrison/Press Association Images

Campaigners are trying clean up two beaches in Devon and Cornwall to stop them being branded unsafe for swimming.

Ilfracombe and Porth are both predicted to fail strict Environment Agency quality controls next year. Surfers Against Sewage are urging people not to throw items down the toilet and to stop pouring fat down the drain.

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Cyclist killed in crash in Ilfracombe

The crash happened near Berry Down Cross in Ilfracombe this morning, 20 July Credit: ITV News West Country

A cyclist has died after a crash in Ilfracombe this morning, 20 July.

The man, who was in his 40s, was seriously injured after being hit by a car on the A3123 near Berry Down Cross.

He was taken to North Devon District Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A second cyclist, who was travelling with him, was treated for minor injuries in hospital but later released.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the crash, which involved a Skoda Citigo, at 7.30am.

Ceremony to name Ilfracombe's new lifeboat

A 98-year old will have the honour of naming Ilfracombe's new lifeboat. Credit: ITV News West Country

Ilfracombe's new lifeboat will be named at a ceremony this afternoon.

A local 98-year old will have the honour of choosing the name after giving the largest single donation towards the vessel.

In total £150,000 was raised - the money's also been spent on a new launch, recovery system and renovating the lifeboat station.

New lifeboat arrives in Ilfracombe

The Barry and Peggy High Foundation Credit: ITV News

The Barry and Peggy High Foundation arrives at Ilfracombe.

In front of hundred of supporters and well wishers it was transferred onto its new launch and recovery vehicle to be taken into its new home.

The Barry and Peggy High Foundation Credit: ITV News

New lifeboat to be unveiled in Ilfracombe

The Spirit of Derbyshire lifeboat Credit: ITV News

The Spirit of Derbyshire lifeboat in Ilfracombe is soon to be replaced.

The Mersey class vessel is to be moved from the town as a new Shannon class boat is to take its place.

The new lifeboat is expected to arrive this afternoon before crew train on the new equipment for almost a fortnight before it comes into active service.

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Family homeless after Ilfracombe fire

Devon & Somerset Fire Service say they responded to a serious house fire last night within 'normal stated emergency response standards' despite it happening during strike action.

Five fire crews were called to a three-story property in Brookdale Avenue, Ilfracombe just after 1am. The residents had been evacuated but the fire was described as 'developing'. The property was badly damaged but crews managed to stop the fire spreading to neighbouring homes.

This was clearly a serious and developing fire which has devastated a home. Whilst our thoughts are with the residents of the property who have lost their possessions in the blaze we are pleased that they were able to evacuate the property.

A detailed fire investigation will be completed to establish the cause of the fire. The initial investigation is currently underway.

– Area Commander Nick Manning

Plans to build 700 homes near Ilfracombe

plans to build 700 homes near Ilfracombe Credit: David Lock Associates

Plans to build over 700 homes on land owned by artist Damien Hirst in North Devon are to be considered by councillors today.

The proposed development near Ilfracombe will include includes shops, business units, a primary school and a health centre. It's believed the site would be developed over the next 10 to 15 years and create 100 construction jobs each year.

Plans to build on land owned by artist David Hirst Credit: David Lock Associates

Two arrested on suspicion of murder in Ilfracombe

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in Ilfracombe after a man died from a serious head injury last night.

The man, in his thirties, was found at the bottom of a steep slope in the Two Potts area of the town and was taken to North Devon District hospital where he died.

A 47 year old man and a 38 year old man remain in police custody.

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