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Protest as hospital closes last patient beds

Protestors staged a vigil outside Seaton Hospital in East Devon today. Credit: ITV News

Protestors staged a vigil outside Seaton Hospital in East Devon today as the site prepares to close its last inpatient beds.

The plans to remove beds from Seaton, Honiton, Exeter and Okehampton community hospitals have been met with strong opposition since they were confirmed in March.

Health officials say they're introducing a new system for more care to be provided at home.

This is the end of an era. This hospital was built by the community with a huge amount of community money in the 1980s. Extensions were paid for entirely by the community in the 1990s. The community put in something like £3 million into this hospital, and now the beds are being closed and we don't know what the future of the hospital is.

– Councillor Martin Shaw, Seaton & Colyton

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Pensioner dies after major crash near Seaton

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A 77 year old man has died following an accident near Seaton.

At around 6.15pm on Friday, the man's blue Honda Jazz hit a red Renault Clio driven by a man in his 50s from Devon.

The crash occurred on a main road between Seaton and Sidmouth, close to the Three Horseshoes junction.

The driver of the Clio was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after sustaining serious chest and leg injuries.

The road was closed for approximately three and a half hours.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Busy weekend for new exhibition celebrating Jurassic coast

A £4million visitor attraction celebrating the Jurassic Coast has had a busy first weekend.

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Seaton Jurassic has been built to teach people about the coast and the natural world.

With 250 million years of history to celebrate, there's a lot to see. The interactive displays encourage people to look and laugh, be surprised and learn.

It's family fun with an ecological theme.

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Queues formed before the doors opened to the public for the first time. Visitors and locals alike were keen to look round this new attraction.

£4m
cost of the new centre

It's been built to teach people about the coast and the natural world.

Millions of pounds has been put towards this centre by a range of organisations including local councils, charities, the heritage lottery fund and Devon Wildlife Trust.

Council abandons controversial auction of Devon beach huts

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Controversial proposals to auction off beach huts in East Devon to the highest bidder have been abandoned.

The district council says it dropped the idea after consulting with the public, although it still plans to raise charges next year.

The plans caused anger among tenants, many of whom have renting the huts for generations.

Controversial beach hut plans to be discussed by councillors

The proposals to auction off the huts have faced public opposition. Credit: ITV West Country

Controversial plans to change the way beach huts are rented out in East Devon are to be scrutinised at a council meeting this evening.

East Devon District Council wants to auction its huts off to the highest bidder. The proposals have brought major opposition from the public.

Future of Seaton's beach huts to be discussed today

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The future of Seaton's beach huts will be discussed by councillors at a meeting today.

East Devon District Council wants to auction the huts on five-year leases.

Tenants are angry, and concerned that the huts could be sold to the highest bidder, particularly after they repaired them from storm damage three years ago.

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