Live updates

Carer denies swindling vulnerable pensioner out of thousands

Melanie Harris has denied stealing from a man she was supposed to be caring for. Credit: ITV News

A woman from North Devon has denied taking thousands of pounds from a vulnerable pensioner she was supposed to be looking after at a Bideford care home.

Melanie Harris is accused of using Edward Carter's bank account as her own, and taking more than £75,000 from it. The court heard that she used the money to fund shopping trips.

Cerebral palsy sufferer Mr Carter, who also had epilepsy and other serious illnesses, has since passed away, but the court was shown a DVD of his statement.

The trial continues.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Protest over ward closure within minutes of decision

Protestors calling themselves 'A March to Save Hospital Beds' have rallied outside Bideford hospital this lunchtime within minutes of the news that the impatient ward there is to shut.

It's after Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has a budget shortfall of £11 million Credit: ITV News

It's after a unanimous decision by board members of Northern Devon Healthcare Trust to close hospital wards in Bideford and Ilfracombe.

The protestors rallied within minutes of the vote Credit: ITV News
Load more updates