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Watch as people take part in tar barreling

The ancient tradition of tar barreling has been taking place in Ottery St Mary since the 17th century, and sees residents running through the streets with burning barrels on their shoulders.

Despite the apparent danger, it doesn't seem to put off the huge crowds that turn-out to watch:


Tar Barrel marshall injured after being dragged along road by a car

The Tar Barrel event is an annual Guy Fawkes tradition Credit: ITV News

A woman marshall at the Tar Barrel event in Ottery St Mary was injured by a car whose driver ignored a road closure.

The marshall was directing traffic at the event when a 43 year old man drove his Audi through the blockade, dragging her along the road and breaking her wrist.

The incident happened at around 5.30pm on 5 November.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting police reference 581 051115.

Decision expected on Devon's beavers

It is thought at least three beavers are living in the wild near Ottery St Mary Credit: PA

A decision is due on the fate of wild beavers living on the River Otter in Devon.

Conservationists think at least three now live near Ottery St Mary. Devon Wildlife Trust hopes to spend five years studying the impact of the beavers on the local environment. It has launched an appeal to fund the project.

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