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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.

The interactive displays encourage people to look and laugh Credit: ITV News

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.

Queues formed before the doors opened in Seaton Credit: ITV News

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.

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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.

Seaton's beach huts could be put up for auction

The future of Seaton's beach huts is due to be discussed this week Credit: ITV News

Councillors meet this week to discuss the future of Seaton's beach huts.

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

Tenants are angry they could be sold to the highest bidder after repairing their huts from storm damage three years ago.

Councillors are due to meet on Tuesday to discuss the plans.

Hospital beds merger halted

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has apologised for failing to consult people about Axminster Hospital Credit: ITV News

Health chiefs in Devon have apologised for failing to consult people about a decision to move beds from one hospital to another.

There was an angry reaction when it was announced that the in-patient unit at Axminster Hospital would be temporarily closed and moved to Seaton Hospital eight miles away to cope with nurse shortages in both sites.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has now halted the move and has started a four-week public consultation over whether the transfer should take place.

We know that within Devon and nationally we have significant staffing deficits, particularly with the nursing workforce, so on a daily basis we need to ensure we have the right staff in the right place to be able to give the right level of care to our patients.

What we clearly haven't done is we haven't been able to express to the public the clarity in the situation that we face.

This process intends to look at how we can get active dialogue to look at the problem we have and what solution we can get to in terms of what future for the hospital could be.

– Rob Sainsbury, Director of Operations, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

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Inquest into the death of Devon teenager who was hit by a train

15 year old George Werb was killed instantly in June last year Credit: ITV News

The inquest into the death of a East Devon teenager who was hit by a train has started today

Fifteen year old George Werb was killed instantly in June last year when he stepped out in front of the train at Seaton Junction.

His father Justin Werb said his youngest son was a very outgoing boy who acted and sang but withdrew into himself as he became unwell a couple of years before he died.

USA thanks Seaton for its D-Day support

The United States of America has today honoured the East Devon town of Seaton for all it did to help US troops stationed there ahead of D-Day.

In this 70th anniversary year the son of one of those servicemen has given the town a plaque to thank local people for making the Americans so welcome.

Thousands of young men left here to become the first to land on Utah beach on 6th June 1944.

Seaton honoured by USA for helping WWII troops

Col. John Rudman (rtd) of the US Army along with Seaton Mayor Cllr Gaynor Sedgwick unveil the plaque. Credit: ITV News / Seth Conway

The United States of America has today honoured the East Devon town of Seaton for all it did to help US troops stationed there ahead of D-Day.

A plaque has been unveiled in the town this afternoon to thank Seaton residents for the support they gave to the young US servicemen who set out from here to Utah beach in Normandy in the first wave of attacks on June 6, 1944.

Memory cafe set up to combat dementia

Dementia is frequently a lonely and isolating experience for carers and those people who are suffering from the condition but through the efforts of volunteers - so called memory cafes are being set up - where people have the chance to talk about the illness - and how it affects their lives.

The latest cafe to open is in Seaton in East Devon and as Richard Lawrence reports is already generating huge interest.

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