The statue looks out to sea from the harbour at Ilfracombe in North Devon.

Damien Hirst's sculpture yarn bombed

Photos of Damien Hirst's sculpture 'Verity' have appeared showing her sporting some eighties leg-warmers for April Fool's Day.

Mayor defends Verity statue

The Mayor of Ilfracombe has spoken out after hearing constant criticism that the Verity statue in the town endorses teenage pregnancy.

Verity rising?

A controversial statue by Damien Hirst is on the verge of being hoisted into position in Ilfracombe

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Ilfracombe lifeboat rescues stricken vessel

Safe in harbour - potting vessel Nemo with lifeboat crew Credit: RNLI/Ilfracombe

Volunteer crew members from Ilfracombe RNLI rescued a fishing boat this afternoon in strong winds and a heavy ground swell. The potting vessel Nemo had lost power approximately one mile off Lee Bay. The lifeboat Spirit of Derbyshire assisted her back to harbour with a tow line.

Coxswain Andrew Bengey said Nemo was a well-maintained boat run by professional fisherman, making the circumstances of the call-out unusual.

Hirst's 'Verity' almost finished

The sun rises on Damien Hirst's controversial 'Verity' statue Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Three months after she was craned into position, Damien Hirst's controversial 'Verity' statue should be open to the public in Ilfracombe later this week. Work to complete the base of the sculpture, including the laying of 30,000 slate tiles had been delayed due to the bad weather.

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Wolf man's study centre plans dashed

A Devon man who's lived with a wolf pack in the wild for two and a half years wants to set up a study centre near Ilfracombe.

Shaun Ellis has kept a pack of wolves at Combe Martin for several years, but he's been refused permission. The district council has rejected the application because of worries about noise, traffic, and because it's in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Verity to be lit up in style

Verity, Ifracombe's controversial statue is being lit up tonight. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Ilfracombe's newest lady is being lit up tonight. Verity, the controversial statue by Damien Hirst was installed on the pier last month.

Now energy-efficient LED lights have been put in. The switch-on will be followed by a firework display and other entertainment.

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