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Police from four East Devon towns have joined forces in a two-day sting in a bid to tackle rural crime. Officers based in Honiton, Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminster recently teamed up  in marked and unmarked vehicles, to patrol country lanes, farmland and a host of East Devon rural locations. In a clamp-down on crime, police stopped late-night vehicles, agricultural machinery, tractors and motorists traveling along rural roads in a clamp-down on crime. State-of-the art technology was used by police to identify stolen goods and machinery. The police team hailed the sting a success and plan to repeat the action in…

A solar farm the size of 116 football pitches coming to East Devon will power around 15,000 homes, writes local democracy reporter Philip Churm. Plans for a 49-megawatt solar farm in the East Devon village of Clyst Hydon have been given the go-ahead despite more than 340 objections, which included flooding concerns and loss of farmland. The passed plans prompted some East Devon representatives to question the district council’s solar farm strategy. Lightrock Power, bringing the solar farm to East Devon, said the finished site will tackle climate change and ’significantly’ benefit the environment. This site, at Peradon Farm near Clyst Hydon…

Children playing with matches accidentally started a barn blaze, prompting a warning from East Devon firefighters. Crews from three counties were at the weekend called to tackle the blaze at an agricultural building between Axminster and Chard, which destroyed bales and property. East Devon firefighters have urged parents to keep matches and lighters away from children, and teach youngsters about the dangers of playing with them. A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said: “The Colyton crew joined up with crews from Chard, Charmouth and Lyme Regis at the weekend to tackle a barn fire in between Axminster and Chard. “Sadly the…

Hot, dry, weather helped the spread of a barn blaze in East Devon on Monday afternoon (July 18) said firefighters. Crews from Colyton, Axminster and Honiton were called to tackle a barn fire which totally destroyed the structure – as this photo shows. The blaze has prompted the crew at Colyton Fire Station to call for care in the countryside during dry spells. A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said: “This hot dry weather aided in the rapid spread. “To help stop fires starting outside here are a few tips: don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car…

Police are urging East Devon rural residents to be vigilant against thieves after two farms around Colyton were burgled in the space of a fortnight. Devon and Cornwall Police said outbuildings were targeted, and urged farmers in East Devon to lock barns and log property. Anyone spotting suspicious callers or activity around farms or rural property is urged to call 999 and take down any vehicle registration numbers. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We have had a couple of burglaries to outbuildings reported to us from farms in and around Colyton over the last two weeks. “Please review security…

The decision to refuse a highly controversial 100-acre quarry in Ottery St Mary will come before an appeal in October, writes Local Democracy Reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Devon councillors refused the application for Straitgate Farm on Exeter Road, Ottery, last December, following significant concerns about the safety and environmental impact of the project. Council officers had recommended approval for the plans which would have seen up to 1.5 million tonnes of sand and gravel dug up at the site over the course of 10 to 12 years. The materials would have then been transported 23 miles by road to Hillhead Quarry…

An East Devon farmer’s 50 years of volunteering at the Devon County Show resulted in him being named Honorary President of the 2022 event. Tom Hammett, a livestock farmer from Broadclyst, East Devon, began volunteering at the Devon County Show in 1965, and has dedicated his time to the event for more than five decades. In his role as Honorary President, this year Tom and his wife, Sarah, had a jammed-packed three days at the end-of-June show, meeting and greeting visitors and dignitaries, visiting the sections, presenting prizes and hosting events. He said: “Being show president is a big step up…

An evening blaze in a field of cut hay in Newton Poppleford was tackled ‘promptly’ by East Devon firefighters. Crews from Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth were called to Newton Poppleford, near Sidmouth, East Devon, on Wednesday evening (June 16) where they used water stored on the fire engines to extinguish the blaze and stop it from spreading. Firefighters quickly got the blaze under control in a bid to save the remaining cut hay. The crews used a continuous flow of water to douse the flames and made a fire break to protect the remaining area of field. An Ottery…

A charity Land Rover stolen overnight from a garage forecourt in Sidmouth remains missing, sparking a fresh appeal for information. Staff at The Donkey Sanctuary, in Sidmouth, are keen to trace the charity’s green Land Rover Defender, stolen almost a month ago sometime between 5.30pm on Wednesday, May 25, and 8.30am the following morning. The charity said the vehicle, registration WJ51 KZG, was an ‘essential tool’ in caring for the sanctuary’s animals. The Land Rover was stolen while it was parked at the garage overnight ready for a small repair the next day. A spokesman for The Donkey Sanctuary said:…

A trapped campervan driver involved in a crash with a tractor near Branscombe, East Devon, on Tuesday (May 31) was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The emergency services and air ambulance were called to the A3052 at Southleigh at lunchtime, after reports a casualty was trapped inside a campervan. After the man was freed from the vehicle he was taken to hospital as a precaution, police said. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Police were called to reports of a collision involving a tractor and van on the A3052 near Branscombe at around 1pm on Tuesday 31 May.…

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