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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

Carer found guilty of theft after being caught on camera

Joanna Inch from Bideford was filmed stealing by a secret camera Credit: ITV News

A woman from North Devon has been found guilty of stealing money from a 93-year-old woman she was caring for - after being caught in the act on CCTV.

Joanna Inch from Bideford took £15 from the purse of Nancy Rolfe within seconds of arriving at her home in Abbotsham.

But Mrs Rolfe's son had set up a secret camera, after suspecting his mother was a victim of theft.


North devon's 'Marathon Man' completes 7 in 7

North Devon runner Dan Murdoch has completed his challenge of seven marathons in seven days.

Dan achieved his remarkable feat as he completed his seventh run on Sunday with the Woolacombe marathon. Not only has he raised thousands of pounds for a diabetes charity, but also yesterday's run was his fastest of the week in just over four hours.

Two men rescued from rocks in North Devon

Ilfracombe RNLI has saved two men cut off by the tide near Lee Bay in North Devon.

The men had been walking from Woody Bay to Lee Abbey as the tide was coming in. When they realised they were being cut off, they tried swimming but gave up and came ashore at Crock Point.

Coastguard teams began a cliff descent but it was decided to send in a member of the lifeboat crew, which was standing by. One of the team helped the pair on board the inshore lifeboat, which took them to Lee Bay where they were handed over to representatives from Lee Abbey.

Volunteer helmsman, Duncan Thomson says it is crucial that coastal walkers check the tide times.

It is important to remember that the Bristol Channel has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, and a result of this is that many of the beaches and pathways that are available to walk on during low tide become completely covered as the tide comes in. If you intend to walk along the coast, please do check the state of the tide, and be aware that somewhere you were able to walk earlier in the day may not be available to you upon your return.

– Duncan Thomson, Helmsman, Ilfracombe RNLI

Men in boat accident "were not wearing life jackets"

One man died and another was taken to hospital after a boat capsized in a North Devon estuary. Police were called to an overturned pleasure boat at Bideford Bar at 11.33am after a nearby boat raised the alarm. Paramedics, the RAF search and rescue helicopter and the Coastguard also attended.

A man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are working to contact his next-of-kin.

Devon & Cornwall Police say the other man had only "minor injuries" and was taken to hospital in Exeter.

Two dogs were also recovered, but one died.

Swansea Coastguard watch officer Marc Lancey said the men were not wearing lifejackets.

"The area is a known hazard locally and widely (but) the sea was quite calm with light winds."

– Marc Lancey, Swansea Coastguard
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