Police are investigating claims of current and historic physical abuse at Chelfham Mill School in North Devon. The school caters for children with behavioural and emotional difficulties between 7 and 18 years.
Devon and Cornwall police are currently involved in an investigation into claims of physical abuse at Chelfham Mill School, Barnstaple.
We are working closely with partner organisations including social services as this investigation takes place.
Police are investigating claims of physical abuse at a school in Barnstaple.
Chelfham Mill School caters for more than 50 children with emotional and behavioural difficulties between the ages of 7 and 18.
It is closed for six weeks while the investigation takes place. The school has issued a brief statement:
Chelfham Mill school is closed for an initial period of six weeks pending an investigation by external agencies. We are committed to supporting the investigation process.
Tributes are being paid to a young school teacher from Devon who died yesterday after a car accident.
24-year-old Charlotte Simpson was an English teacher at Shebbear College. The school said Charlotte was incredibly popular, and worked closely with boarding students.
She was a keen sports coach and was also very committed to the Territorial Army. Charlotte died at Derriford Hospital yesterday, following Friday's accident on the A3079 at Cookworthy Buddle, Halwill, near Beaworthy.
She was a star, respected and loved by everyone at Shebbear for her wisdom, professionalism and warm-heartedness. We are absolutely bereft by her loss and our thoughts are very much with her parents and sister at this terrible time.
A teenager who suffered PTSD and depression after a traumatic experience has shown a remarkable change after helping train a puppy.
Liam Landymore from North Devon even tried to take his own life. His family felt unable to help him, until they bought him a vulnerable little puppy called Charlie.
Though the family already owned three other dogs, Charlie relied entirely on Liam - and it was looking after him that helped Liam gain confidence and self-esteem.
Devon charity Dogs Helping Kids have helped Liam train Charlie to help other younger children, and the two have formed a real bond.
Charlie has made a huge difference from when I was really low to how I am now and I can't wait for the next day and to spend time with all our dogs, Charlie and Sprout, Fly and Menace.
To think back then - when I didn't want to be on this planet anymore, didn't want to go out, didn't want to leave my room - and now I just want to go everywhere, explore, yeah it's just amazing.
The pair have worked together to help children in schools, where dogs can help calm boisterous pupils, boost concentration and confidence, and even help with reading - as our reporter John Andrews discovered.
Liam has spoken at university conferences about his experiences, and he and Charlie will soon be tackling the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the charity which has helped them so much.
Find out more about Dogs Helping Kids here.
The Princess Royal will visit Lynton and Lynmouth's iconic cliff railway today to begin its 125th anniversary celebrations.
Princess Anne will meet descendants of the Marks family and the Jones brothers - the funicular's original design engineer and builder. The counter-balanced railway has become a popular attraction - and will carry tourists up the cliff for free tomorrow as part of the celebrations.
The Princess Royal first visited in 2006 after hearing about it from her father, Prince Phillip.
Villagers in North Devon have marked Good Friday with their tradition of raising a cross this morning.
Locals in Swimbridge carry the wooden cross from St James Church up to the highest point in the village.
It can be seen from miles around as Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus.
More than 200 North Devon businesses have raised £107,000 to help towards marketing the district this year.
Most councils across the region have withdrawn funding for tourism marketing from this season and so North Devon has formed its own Marketing Bureau paid for by local businesses who've stepped in to fill the gap.
The Bureau was launched this morning in Woolacombe, voted the UK's best beach by Tripadvisor reviews.
A lorry has also been decorated with a large image of Westward Ho! at sunset which will advertise the area as it travels around the country.
It's a simple test that can make the difference between life and death for healthy young people.
Sudden Adult Death Syndrome is normally traced to heart defects in teenagers and people in their twenties.
One family from North Devon, who lost a son to the condition, are raising money to ensure more young people get screened.
Seth Conway spoke to Brenda Luckett and John Luckett about their story.
A swan has been rescued in North Devon after a metal pellet was found in its head.
The RSPCA caught the adult male swan on Wrafton pond in Braunton last month. Staff found he had an air rifle pellet lodged in his bill.
The swan was then taken to RSPCA West Hatch in Taunton, Somerset, to be treated and has been returned to the pond.
This poor swan had an air rifle pellet embedded on the fleshy lump at the base of his upper mandible.
We have been told that this swan is one half of a mating pair and has been for many years and they have reared numerous cygnets together so it is lovely to be able to reunite them just in time for breeding season.
Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact the RSPCA inspector line on 0300 123 8018.
North Devon MP Sir Nick Harvey says there are secret plans to drastically cut the number of soldiers in the army
The Former Defence Minister says as many as 20,000 could lose their jobs as the Ministry of Defence considers an army of just 60,000.
The service already been slashed from 100,000 to 80,000.