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Suspected land mine found in Woolacombe

Drama in the busy seaside town of Woolacombe with the discovery of a suspected land mine Credit: PA

Part of Woolacombe in North Devon has been evacuated following the discovery of a suspected unexploded device, thought to be a land mine.

The rusty device was found by contractors at Parade House in Esplanade Road this morning, 7 April.

The contractors have left the site and police have set up a 100m cordon around the area.

The army's bomb disposal unit has been called to the scene.

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Police 'increasingly concerned' for missing woman as her car is found

Have you seen Lauren Philips? Credit: Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned about a young woman who's been missing for a week - and are asking the public for help.

Lauren Philips, who's 26, was last seen on Thursday 23 February - she failed to turn up to work in Bristol on Sunday.

Yesterday, her car was found in Woolacombe, Devon.

Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police are assisting with the search to find her along with HM Coastguard, the RNLI and the National Police Air Service.

We really need the public’s help in finding her so if you see her or think you might know where she is, please get in touch.

We’re particular keen for bed and breakfast owners or hoteliers in and around the Woolacombe area to check whether she has booked in with them.

– Detective Inspector Mark Langdon

If you see Lauren please call 101.

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Woolacombe beach voted one of the best in Europe

Woolacombe beach in North Devon has been voted one of the best in Europe.

The huge stretch of sand came out top in a list of beaches in the UK and fourth in Europe in a poll of reviews on travellers' website TripAdvisor.

Weymouth Beach and Porthminster at St Ives were also in the top 20.

Wollacombe was voted the best beach in the UK and fourth best in Europe Credit: ITV News
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