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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RNLI reveals most advanced lifeboat to date

The Shannon is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets Credit: RNLI

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.

Investigation after body found in Ilfracombe harbour

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."

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Council receive Hirst statue plans

North Devon Council has confirmed it has received a planning application for a sculpture by local artist Damien Hirst, to be erected in Ilfracombe.

The 20 metre statue would be located in the pier area of the harbour.

Local people have until July 26th to comment on the application.

This application will be considered as part of our usual planning process.

There will be opportunities for members of the public to comment on the application during the public consultation period.

They can do this either online, by email or by post, before 26 July 2012

– Councillor Mike Edmunds, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Development, Ilfracombe

Damien Hirst plans 65ft pregnant woman statue in Ilfracombe

The architect's mock-up of what the statue will look like Credit: Steve Clements

A 65 ft statue of a pregnant woman holding a sword could be built in a Devon town.

The sculpture is designed by artist Damien Hirst who wants to erect it in a car park at Ilfracombe harbour.

Hirst has told councillors they can have the statue on loan for 20 years if they grant him planning permission.

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