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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 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.
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."
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A pigeon found covered in cooking oil has had a much needed bath at RSPCA West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton.
The adult pigeon was found in Ilfracombe harbour in Devon with his feathers coated in vegetable oil - which can be very dangerous.
RSPCA veterinary nurse Natalie Stahl said: “Oil can be incredibly damaging to birds – affecting their plumage and their ability to stay warm and dry.".
Her team used normal washing-up liquid and warm water to help remove the sticky oil - thought it took a number of baths to clean the pigeon up and bring him back to full health.
"This poor pigeon has really been through the wars."
The centre is hoping to release him back into the wild in the coming weeks.
A consultation is underway on proposals to halve the number of community hospital beds in North Devon to help save £11 million.
The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has come up with options, including losing two of the four community hospitals at Bideford, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe and South Molton.
It says it can look after significantly more patients at home than in hospital.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.