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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


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.


Pool death boy named

The family were staying at Bicclescombe Grange in Ilfracombe. Credit: ITV News West Country

A four year old boy who died in a swimming pool incident at a luxury holiday home, has been named. Keenan John Walsh, from Uxbridge, had been on holiday with his family at the Bicclescombe Grange in Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Keenan was pulled unconscious from an indoor pool and was taken to a local hospital. He was transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital where his life support machine was switched off on August 24th.

An inquest was opened and adjourned by the Avon coroner and a full hearing will be held after an investigation has been completed.

Full report: Boy drowns in hotel swimming pool

An investigation is underway into the death of a 4-year-old boy who suffered a heart attack after being pulled from a swimming pool near Ilfracombe.

He was taken to North Devon Hospital and transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital where he later died.

The boy was on holiday with his family at Bicclescombe Grange holiday home and had been in the indoor swimming pool.

The police say the circumstances aren't known but don't believe the incident is suspicious.

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