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North Devon District Hospital closure 'not accurate' says Trust

Rumours circulating online are not true the Trust says. Credit: ITV News

The North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been forced to issue a statement about false information being shared on social media.

According to the Trust, a Facebook post that has been widely shared states that the emergency department and maternity unit at North Devon District Hospital are closing and that staff have been asked not to speak about the closure until after the election.

A spokesperson for the Trust has said:

This is not accurate. The facts are that urgent and emergency, stroke and maternity services are being reviewed as part of the acute services review. This review is one of seven priorities outlined in the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for wider Devon.

– The North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
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The Trust reassures patients that clinicians are meeting regularly to look out how acute services can be delivered and this work has not finished yet.

The acute services review is "ongoing, and any proposals will be shared once they are finalised". Therefore, the Trust says, "any posts on social media that claim to know the outcome of the acute services review are not based in fact".

If the implementation of any proposals would result in significant change, there will be a formal consultation before final decisions are made, in line with our statutory obligations.

– The North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

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Suspected land mine found in Woolacombe

Drama in the busy seaside town of Woolacombe with the discovery of a suspected land mine Credit: PA

Part of Woolacombe in North Devon has been evacuated following the discovery of a suspected unexploded device, thought to be a land mine.

The rusty device was found by contractors at Parade House in Esplanade Road this morning, 7 April.

The contractors have left the site and police have set up a 100m cordon around the area.

The army's bomb disposal unit has been called to the scene.

Fire crews come to the rescue of 'stroke' victim

Crews were called to Estuary View in Yelland after a smoke alarm went off Credit: Google Earth

Fire crews have helped an elderly man who is thought to have had a minor stroke while he was cooking, resulting in a small fire.

Firefighters were called to Estuary View in Yelland, North Devon just after midnight today, 3 March, after a smoke alarm went off. The fire on the stove was out when they got there but they gave the man oxygen until the ambulance arrived.

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Thousands of pounds in jewellery stolen in antiques raid

Some of the items of jewellery stolen Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Thousands of pounds of jewellery has been stolen in a raid on an antiques centre in North Devon.

Then and Now Antiques on the Fore Street in Chulmleigh was burgled overnight between 16 and 17 December.

A number of gold items were taken including pocket watches and rings. In total, around £15,000 of jewellery was taken.

Police have released images of some of the items and would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, or who has been offered any of these items for sale.

  • If you have any information, please contact 101@dc.police.uk or 101 quoting crime number CR/089320/16.

Charity runners aim to cover 200+ miles on treadmills

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Barnstaple High Street charity runners are trying to cover 235 miles on treadmills.

The fundraising challenge is to run the distance between the town and the start line of the London Marathon in Greenwich.

Members of the North Devon Road Runners started at 7am and will run continuously, even through the night, until the distance is covered. Frank Beiderman explains more about the idea behind the challenge.

We just thought this was a great way of keeping the training going and to try to raise as much money as possible for the fantastic charity.

– Frank Beiderman, North Devon Road Runners
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