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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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.

Boy drowns in hotel swimming pool

The four year old boy died in this indoor swimming pool. Credit: Bicclescombe Grange

It is understood the boy was on holiday with his family.

Police said the youngster was pulled from the swimming pool at Bicclescombe Grange near Ilfracombe on Friday at around 4.30pm.

He was taken to North Devon District Hospital and then airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital, but later died.

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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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