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William Shatner apologises for Ilfracombe insult

William Shatner has never actually been to Ilfracombe Credit: Matt Sayles/AP/Press Association Images

Star Trek actor William Shatner has apologised after claiming that a North Devon town is "laced with prostitution".

He mispronounced the name of Ilfracombe when hosting the BBC show Have I Got News For You last month and followed up with the comment.

Ilfracombe town councillor and former mayor Paul Crabb wrote to Mr Shatner's agent to invite him to visit the resort. It was then that the actor emailed to say sorry for singling the town out.