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"Miracle escape" for driver in cliff fall

The car is thought to have fallen 200ft Credit: ITV

The driver of a car which came off the road and plunged down a valley in North Devon has had what the police call a "miraculous escape".

The 53 year old local man was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after his car was discovered at the bottom of what the emergency services believe was a 200ft drop.

He is thought to be suffering only from a few broken ribs, and is being kept in overnight for observation.

Video: helicopter attends crash scene

A major rescue was launched after a car careered off the road and landed 100ft down a valley in North Devon.

The vehicle was spotted off the A399 near Mocham Down Gate. Paramedics discovered the driver was alive but trapped inside the car.

An air ambulance, a Sea King helicopter and firefighters worked to free the driver, who is thought to have life changing, possibly life-threatening injuries.

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Breaking: Car plunges into valley in Devon

A major rescue operation is underway in North Devon after a car was found a hundred feet down a valley.

A man is trapped is a vehicle which came off the road near Mocham Down Gate on the A399 near Brayford.

The emergency services are at the scene and it's understood a Chivenor Sea King helicopter may be brought in to help. It's understood the man has life changing injuries

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.

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.

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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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