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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

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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.

Memorial Service for Christi Kelly

Friends of Christi Kelly gather in Ilfracombe this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

The Police have closed the road alongside the Christian Fellowship Centre in Ilfracombe where the Memorial Service for Christi Kelly is taking place. Belle as she was known in the town died from Malaria while on a volunteering trip to Kenya last month.

So many friends of the Devon Youth Services worker have come to pay their respects that the congregation has spilled out on to roads outside the church.

Friends prepare to enter the church in Ilfracombe Credit: ITV News West Country

The family entered the church to the song Let Her Go by Passenger. Many hundreds of friends and colleagues of the popular Youth worker have gathered for the service following a private cremation ceremony in Barnstaple earlier.

The service was preceded by a private cremation Credit: ITV News West Country

Two men rescued from rocks in North Devon

Ilfracombe RNLI has saved two men cut off by the tide near Lee Bay in North Devon.

The men had been walking from Woody Bay to Lee Abbey as the tide was coming in. When they realised they were being cut off, they tried swimming but gave up and came ashore at Crock Point.

Coastguard teams began a cliff descent but it was decided to send in a member of the lifeboat crew, which was standing by. One of the team helped the pair on board the inshore lifeboat, which took them to Lee Bay where they were handed over to representatives from Lee Abbey.

Volunteer helmsman, Duncan Thomson says it is crucial that coastal walkers check the tide times.

It is important to remember that the Bristol Channel has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, and a result of this is that many of the beaches and pathways that are available to walk on during low tide become completely covered as the tide comes in. If you intend to walk along the coast, please do check the state of the tide, and be aware that somewhere you were able to walk earlier in the day may not be available to you upon your return.

– Duncan Thomson, Helmsman, Ilfracombe RNLI

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North Devon businesses feel the tremor

The 4.1 magnitude earthquake which shook North Devon this afternoon was felt by hotels and theatres in the seaside town.

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