The Mayor of Ilfracombe has spoken out after hearing constant criticism that the Verity statue in the town endorses teenage pregnancy.
A controversial statue by Damien Hirst is on the verge of being hoisted into position in Ilfracombe
The people of Ilfracombe are now the custodians of a giant Damien Hirst sculpture
Our Devon correspondent Seth Conway is following the operation to put the 22 metre statue by Damian Hirst in place on Ilfracombe Pier. He's sent this report from the site.
Damien Hirst's controversial sculpture of pregnant woman 'Verity' has arrived at Ilfracombe.
The 20-metre high bronze is being unloaded in several different sections, and will be assembled on site.
It's a 20 year loan by the sculptor, who lives in nearby Combe Martin.
RNLI stations in the westcountry are set to receive new lifeboats which are twice as fast as the ones being replaced. Both Ilfracombe and St Ives will benefit from the boats, which are the organisation’s most advanced class of vessel.
‘The Shannon’, as it is known, is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets, not propellers, and can reach speeds of up to 25 knots
The charity will need to build over 50 new Shannons within the next ten years to replace the older classes of lifeboat.
The boat should improve the safety and welfare of the charity's volunteer crews, thanks to its shock absorbing seats and computer monitoring and operating system.
The charity estimates that the 50 plus Shannons will rescue over 56,000 people and save the lives of over 1,500 in its lifetime.
The Shannon class is expected to make up almost a third of the RNLI's all-weather lifeboat fleet.
See footage of The Shannon here.
An investigation has been launched after a man's body was pulled from a harbour.
The alarm was raised today at around 9.30am, after a pleasure boat passing through North Devon spotted a body floating in the water near Ilfracombe harbour.
Swansea coastguard were called and the body was recovered.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said it was a man's body, but that identification had not yet taken place.
He said it was believed the body was not badly decomposed, indicating that it might not have been in the water for long.
He said, "Investigations have started to establish why the body was in the water."
Police have launched an investigation after the body of a man was found on a beach in Ilfracombe. A lifeboat and police helicopter recovered the body after being called to the incident at Beacon Point yesterday afternoon.
Officers are now tryng to establish his identity and cause of death.
An Ilfracombe lifeboat and the coastguard resuce team were called out to a boat that had capsized in Ilfracombe harbour this evening. One man was on board and has now been recovered. The boat is now being pumped for water and an investigation into what happened will begin.