A veteran councillor lost his seat in Fremington and UKIP won two seats in Bideford in the county council elections.
All the results for the election are now in.
The Conservatives retained overall control of Devon County Council for another four years.
With 600,000 people eligible to vote the overall average turnout across the county was 32.9%.
The Conservatives now hold 38 of the 62 seats available (a net fall of 3 seats on 2009) after receiving a 35.6% share of the vote.
The Liberal Democrats hold nine seats (a net fall of 4 seats) after gaining two seats but losing six others with a 15.9% share of the poll.
Labour gained two seats in Exeter to take their numbers at County Hall to seven after receiving 13.3% of the overall vote.
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) took a 23.2% share of the overall vote to gain four seats on the council for the first time.
The Green Party, took one seat in Totnes, while Independent candidates took three seats.
In Bideford there was success for two UKIP candidates as Robin Julian won Bideford South and Hartland and Gaston Dezart took Bideford East.
Barry Parsons, Conservative leader of Torridge District Council, said the rise of UKIP hadn’t made him less hopeful about the district elections in two years.
He said: "We will see what the UKIP councillors are made of. Some of them are new to politics.
"I am hopeful for the district elections and I will be incredibly disappointed if the Conservatives don't retain control, given our credibility."
In Barnstaple, Conservative candidate John Mathews took Liberal Democrat Chris Heywood's seat with a 131 majority.
Des Brailey, Conservative leader of North Devon Council, said he wasn't concerned by UKIP's strong showing and said he's confident his group can control North Devon Council after the next local election.
He said: “"We don't believe UKIP have done quite as well as people thought.
"They did well, don't get me wrong, but statistically the swing wasn't as huge as people seem to think."
Elsewhere, there was an upset in Fremington as Frank Biederman defeated long-serving councillor Rodney Cann by 622 votes.
Mr Biederman shocked many by winning emphatically, ousting veteran county councillor Mr Cann, who was the man who first got Mr Biederman involved in local politics.
Mr Biederman thanked his supporters and fellow candidates, particularly Mr Cann, “for many years of support for the area”.
Gracious in defeat Mr Cann said: “I’ve got a record to be proud of and I would challenge Frank to match it. He’s very popular and his community work has scored a lot of points. I say good luck to him.”
Results in full (* denotes the winner):
TORRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL AREA:
Bideford East: David Brenton (Labour) 557; Gaston Dezart (UKIP) 862*; John Hextall (Green) 175; Trevor Johns (Lib Dem) 393; Sam Robinson (Conservative) 827
Bideford South & Hartland: Alison Boyle (Conservative) 794; Anne Brenton (Labour) 261; Colin Heal (no description); Colin Jones (Green) 128; Robin Julian (UKIP) 944*; Adam Symons
(Independent) 774 Bob Wootton (Lib Dem) 138
Holsworthy Rural: Keith Funnell (Green) 203; Viv Gale (Labour) 197; Penny Mills (UKIP) 1548; Barry Parsons (Conservative) 1912*; Sandra Willetts (Independent) 201
Northam: David Berryman (Lib Dem) 258; James Craigie (Labour) 303; Andrew Eastman (Conservative) 1616*; Peter Hames (Green) 329; Chris Leather (UKIP) 1475
Torrington Rural: Andy Boyd (Conservative) 1285*; James Conabere (UKIP) 955; Adrian Freeland (Lib Dem) 531; Cathrine Simmons (Green) 299; Gillian Tesh (Labour) 264
NORTH DEVON COUNCIL AREA:
Barnstaple North: Mark Cann (Labour) 262; Brian Greenslade (Lib Dem) 959*; Simon Harvey (Conservative) 672; Ricky Knight (Green) 526; Michael Pagram (UKIP) 603; Tom Prideaux
(Independent) 59; Gerrard Sables (Communist) 53
Barnstaple South: Rosemary Haworth-Booth (Green) 184; Chris Haywood (Lib Dem) 824; John Mathews (Conservative) 955*; Geoff Moody (Labour) 285; Christopher Turner (UKIP) 759
Braunton Rural: Valerie Cann (Labour) 305; Caroline Chugg (Conservative) 1073*; Stephen Crowther (UKIP) 742; Jooley Fowles-Smith (Green) 165; Elizabeth Spear (Lib Dem) 680
Chulmleigh & Swimbridge: John Baglow (UKIP) 731; Richard Edgell (Conservative) 1482*; Mark Haworth-Booth (Green) 228; Marion Mason (Labour) 212; David Worden (Lib Dem) 846
Combe Martin Rural: Scott Burrows (Green) 174; Andrea Davis (Conservative) 1452*; Rodney Hawes (Lib Dem) 274; Andy Norden (UKIP) 718; Heathcliffe Pettifer (Labour) 138
Fremington Rural: Joanne Bell (no description) 73; Frank Biederman (Independent) 1526*; Rodney Cann (Independent) 904; Caroline Crowther (UKIP) 514; John Himan (Conservative) 203;
Danny Neary (Labour) 72; Liz Wood (Green) 50
Ilfracombe: Paul Crabb (Conservative) 747; Mike Edmunds (Independent) 851*; Marianna Holdsworth (Labour) 253; Alan Whittle (UKIP) 482
South Molton Rural: Matthew Bushell (Lib Dem) 933; Hilary Greenfield (Labour) 167; Brian Hockin (UKIP) 696; L'Anne Knight (Green) 90; Jeremy Yabsley (Conservative) 1419*
WEST DEVON BOROUGH COUNCIL AREA:
Hatherleigh & Chagford: William Douglas-Mann (Green) 383; Alan Gross (UKIP) 1195; James McInnes (Conservative) 1981*; Irene Wareing (Labour) 401
Voting turnout across North Devon yesterday:
In the Torridge area there were 17,271 votes cast in the wards it is responsible for counting.
That figure includes postal votes and represents a turnout of 29.3% of the total 59,043 who were eligible to vote.
Across North Devon, 32.19% of eligible voters turned out to register their opinion.
There are 75,829 voters registered in the area and roughly 5,500 of them voted ahead of the election, having registered for a postal vote.
Full breakdown of voting turnout:
Barnstaple North – 28.88%
Barnstaple South – 29.38%
Braunton – 31.31%
Chulmleigh and Swimbridge – 36.9%
Combe Martin – 33.26%
Fremington – 38.96%
Ilfracombe – 25.21%
South Molton – 34.94%
Chief Executive of North Devon Council Mike Mansell said the turnout in North Devon was a “little bit disappointing” but suggested it could’ve been due to people going away for Bank Holiday weekend.
For everything you need to know regarding the Devon County Council election visit www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/dccelections2013.