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Man named following Barnstaple fatal collision

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Family pay tribute to Des Miles

A pedestrian who died following a collision has been named.

Police were called at around 5.40pm on Monday 5th November with reports of a collision on the A361, at the layby on the approach to Pottington, Barnstaple.

It is believed that the vehicle, a MAN tipper lorry, was travelling from Braunton towards Barnstaple when it was involved in a collision with a pedestrian who was in the area of the layby.

The pedestrian, identified as 58-year-old man local man Des Miles was taken to North Devon District Hospital, where he was later declared deceased.

His family have paid the following tribute to Des:

“Des Miles was the definition of a legend. Every life he touched, no matter how briefly, was always that little bit brighter for knowing him.

“Born in South Molton, he started in his own business in 1982, beginning with his first love – hairdressing. He achieved so much during this time, Devon Champion and South West Champion to name just a couple.

“Throughout his time in hairdressing he accomplished everything he possibly could, meeting some incredible people along the way and becoming well known in Barnstaple.

“He was then able to follow his dreams and turn his passion for the guitar and for music into his career. This was the beginning of the most amazing journey for him and so many other people.

“This has been shown now in the outpouring of tributes and love which have been a true testament to what an inspiring, compassionate, selfless man Des was, who always saw the good in everyone. He strongly believed that if you had even the smallest belief in yourself, you could do anything.

“Every person whose life he was a part of made him so very proud and everyone will continue to do that every day and keep the wonderful memory of him alive.”

Police continue to appeal for witnesses. Any road user who may have dashcam footage that could assist police with the investigation are asked to contact the police on quoting log 658 for the 5th on November.


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