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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


Royal Horse Artillery exercise on Woolacombe Sands

32 horses on exercise at Woolacombe Sands Credit: ITV West Country/Jacquie Bird

Horses from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery are on exercise in the West Country from London for the first time in three years.

32 horses from Left Section, The King’s Troop, will be staying in the area until Sunday 22 September. They have been exercising their horses in the surf at Woolacombe Sands.

The horses will be staying in the area until Sunday 22 September Credit: ITV West Country/Jacquie Bird

Police helicopter and dogs locate missing man

A thermal image from the helicopter of the missing man. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police's helicopter and dog units have combined to find a missing man in Devon.

The helicopter was flying over the north of the county yesterday afternoon when the crew overheard reports of a missing 55 year old man in the Woolacombe area.

Following 20 minutes of searching the crew located the man in woodland using a thermal camera. The woods were thick and the crew found it difficult to give clear direction to ground units as to how best to get to the man.

The officers in the aircraft teamed up with a dog unit and whilst maintaining a view of the missing person the dog unit was able to navigate through the dense woodland and made contact. The man was found to be safe and was given to the care of the Westcountry Ambulance Service.

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