Damien Hirst's 'Verity' statue unveiled in Devon

A new Damien Hirst statue is erected in Devon Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A controversial 65ft Damien Hirst statue of a pregnant woman has been unveiled in Ilfracombe, the seaside town in Devon where the artist lives and owns a restaurant.

The 20-tonne piece of art named "Verity" depicts a naked woman, with a baby visible in the womb, wielding a giant sword.

The statue, loaned to Ilfracombe for 20 years and described by Hirst as a “modern allegory of truth and justice”, has attracted criticism from local residents and traders.

Its stance is taken from Edgar Degas’ statue "Little Dancer of Fourteen Years".

ITV News Special Correspondent Geraint Vincent spoke to students at Ilfracombe Arts College and other locals to get their take on the artwork: