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RAF Sea Kings will fly from Chivenor base for one more week

Search and Rescue helicopters have been saving lives from their base at Chivenor for 60 years Credit: ITV News

Our reporter Seth Conway is spending the day with Search and Rescue helicopters in Chivenor and has some breaking news.

The RAF Sea Kings from twenty two Squadron were due to stop running today but ITV has learned they'll continue to operate for another week before the service is handed over to a private company.

It's a slight reprieve but it's still a sad moment for the community.

More on ITV West Country tonight at 6pm.

Statement Chivenor will continue to provide full helicopter search and rescue capability for a further period of around one week at the request of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency who asked for this continuance.

The option to provide a continuance of service has been part of the UK SAR Transition Planning programme for all of the 6 RAF SAR flights in the UK and this request will neither affect the level of SAR service across the region served by Chivenor, nor in any impede the future careers of RAF personnel serving at Chivenor.


Victorious golfer Mullen returns to Devon in triumph

Jimmy Mullen helping GB and Ireland triumph over the USA in the Walker Cup. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Amateur golfer Jimmy Mullen has received a hero's welcome back at his club of Royal North Devon.

Jimmy helped Great Britain and Ireland to a win over USA in the prestigious Walker cup at the weekend. He's now planning to join the professional golf tour.

Mullen is congratulated by his club. Credit: ITV West Country
A hero's welcome. Credit: ITV West Country

No place like gnome: Devon woman's record-breaking collection

People come from all over the world to see Ann Atkin's 2,000 gnomes. Credit: ITV West Country

A woman from Devon is in the Guinness Book of World Records with her collection of 2,000 garden gnomes.

They're gnomes-of-action - motorbiking, helicopter-flying, tree-climbing - and Ann Atkin from Bradworthy says people come from all over the world to see them.

Today our own Kate Haskell was one of them - and tried to keep her gnome puns under control.

Kate finally fits in. Credit: ITV West Country

And if you want to see the forecast Kate mentions just take a look at our weather updates page.

North Devon School closes amidst abuse inquiry

A North Devon school at the centre of an inquiry into physical abuse has given up its licence to operate.

Chelfham Mill near Barnstaple was a boarding and day school for around forty boys with emotional and behavioural problems. It's licence was suspended for six weeks in July while the abuse claims were investigated. Now it's chosen not to reopen.

The County Council says it's working to find alternative places for the school's 14 day pupils. A police investigation is still ongoing.

Farmers hold emergency summit to try and solve milk crisis

More than a hundred people protested at ASDA in Bideford. Credit: ITV News

Farming unions are desperately trying to find a solution to the milk crisis at an emergency summit today, following widespread protests across the West in the last week.

Farmers say they are losing money on every pint they produce. In the latest action, more than a hundred people cleared supermarket shelves at an ASDA in Bideford, North Devon, in protest at the amount they now pay farmers for milk. You can find out more about what happened here.

Union bosses are at the summit trying to find a way forward, ahead of a meeting tomorrow with supermarket chain Morrison's. The supermarket's distribution depot in Bridgwater was targeted for a protest by hundreds of farmers last week.

On tonight's ITV News West Country we'll talking to a dairy farmer who has decided to the leave the industry for good. Tune in from 6pm.


North Devon Show opens its gates to the public

Best in show? Credit: ITV West Country

The gates have just opened for this year's North Devon Show.

With 25,000 people expected at the ground in Umberleigh near Barnstaple.

It's the largest one day agricultural show in the South West and includes a host of livestock classes as well as show jumping, a dog show and other attractions.

Fun and games for all the show ground. Credit: ITV West Country

Police statement on Devon school investigation

Chelfham Mill School in Barnstable has been closed for six weeks while police investigate claims of physical abuse

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.

– Devon and Cornwall Police statement
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