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Inaugural 'Beat the Fox' fun run in North Devon

Runners braving the rain outside The Fox pub in Fremington. Credit: Amy Slaney

Hundreds of runners were up early this morning to run off their Christmas Dinner with the inaugural 'Beat the Fox' 5K chase in North Devon.

The cross country race around the village of Fremington near Barnstaple saw runners in fancy dress attempting to finish before a man dressed up as a fox who set off two minutes after everyone else.

The charity event was expected to raise more than £500 for Children's Hospice South West.

Our Correspondent Seth Conway, dressed as Rudolph, took part in the race alongside his brother-in-law Richard Slaney and wife Laura Conway. Credit: Amy Slaney

Funeral of Jeremy Thorpe takes place in London

The funeral of Jeremy Thorpe was held today Credit: ITV West Country, Bob Constantine

The funeral of Jeremy Thorpe took place in London today.

The MP, who represented North Devon for 20 years, died earlier this month at the age of 85, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The service will be held at St Margaret's Church in Westminster. Party leaders past and present attended, as well as Sir Nick Harvey, who inherited Mr Thorpe's North Devon seat.

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Party leaders to attend Jeremy Thorpe's funeral

Jeremy Thorpe with his wife during the 1974 General Election campaign Credit: PA

The funeral of former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is due to take place in London today.

The MP, who represented North Devon for 20 years, died earlier this month at the age of 85, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The service will be held at St Margaret's Church in Westminster. Party leaders past and present will attend as well as Sir Nick Harvey, who inherited Mr Thorpe's North Devon seat.

West Country MPs pay tribute to Jeremy Thorpe

Tributes have been pouring in for former North Devon MP and Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe who died yesterday after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Jeremy Thorpe leaving the press conference in 1977 in which he talked about his acquaintance with Norman Scott Credit: PA

His political career never recovered after details of an alleged affair with an acquaintance - Norman Scott - became public in the 1970s.

Among those paying their respects to the charismatic politician are St Ives MP, Andrew George and Nick Harvey - who represents Mr Thorpe's old constituency.

Jeremy Thorpe: "An amazingly charismatic politician"

Liberal leader and North Devon MP Jeremy Thorpe with his wife on walkabout in Barnstaple during the 1974 General Election campaign Credit: PA

As politicians across the country reflect on the life and times of Jeremy Thorpe who died today, Lord Steel - who took over from him as leader of the Liberal Party - has described him as an amazingly charismatic politician.

He told our Political Correspondent Bob Constantine that he remembers the moment Mr Thorpe became MP for North Devon - and all the trials he went through too.

You can watch the interview below:

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Tributes paid to Jeremy Thorpe

Tributes have been paid to former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe.

His son Rupert said the politician had been a "devoted husband" to his two wives Caroline and Marion who had stood by him "through everything".

He added: "His grandchildren and great grandchildren will miss him dearly, as will I."

Liberal Democrat former minister Sir Nick Harvey, who represents Mr Thorpe's former constituency of North Devon, described him as a "towering force in shaping the political landscape of the late 20th and early 21st centuries".

He said: "Jeremy Thorpe was a colossal figure in the revival of the Liberal cause in post-war Britain and today's Lib Dem politicians continue to feast on his legacy."

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Former North Devon MP Jeremy Thorpe has died

Tributes have been paid to former North Devon MP Jeremy Thorpe, who has died aged 85.

Thorpe, who also headed the Liberal Party party in the 1960s and 1970s, had been battling with Parkinson's Disease for more than three decades.

"He had a genuine sympathy for the underprivileged - whether in his beloved North Devon where his first campaign was for 'mains, drains and a little bit of light' or in Africa, where he was a resolute fighter against apartheid and became a respected friend of people like President Kaunda of Zambia."

– Lord Steel of Aikwood
Jeremy Thorpe has died at the age of 85 Credit: ITV News

Wind farm owners told to reduce noise levels

The wind turbines at Fullabrook in North Devon. Credit: ITV News West Country

The owners of a wind farm in North Devon have been told they are breaching planning requirements and must reduce the noise levels.

The council's report claims seven out of eight locations at Fullabrook are breaking acceptable levels.

ESB International who operate the wind farm have been given 28 days to outline how they will ensure the turbines don't breach the permitted levels any further.

This has been a long, drawn out process and we are sorry for the length of time this has taken to get to this stage.

However, it was important that we pushed for this monitoring to be vigorous, which ultimately reveals the wind farm is breaching noise levels, as set out in the original planning permission.

We will now be striving to get an outcome from ESB International to make sure these levels are stopped, which in turn should address some of the concerns highlighted by residents.

– North Devon Council Leader Brian Greenslade
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