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East Devon Hunt met at Broadclyst on Saturday morning (December 7) with a strong turnout of supporters. The meet was held at The Red Lion where the hunt was welcomed by owners Richard and Claire Jenkins, and their staff. Riders and hunt supporters fueled up on refreshments served by pub staff ahead of the meet setting off. Hounds set off on an artificial scent and trail laid earlier in the morning by hunt staff. All photos © www.eastdevonnews.co.uk Send your club news, photos and events to newsdesk@eastdevonnews.co.uk Trailers among items stolen by crooks targeting farms and rural communities

Trailers, agricultural equipment and plant machinery have been stolen from farms and rural locations in East Devon over the past week. Now PCSO Bolsover, of Axminster Police, has urged potential victims to ‘please be vigilant and ensure that your property is protected’. In an alert issued by Devon and Cornwall Police, he said: “If you notice anything suspicious, or if you have any information about these crimes, please notify the police via 101, either on the phone or email – 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk. “For advice and information on rural crime prevention please click on the following link: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-community/stop-rural-crime/ “Remember crime prevention is…

Two free tree planting initiatives have been launched by Devon County Council. The council has teamed up with the Woodland Trust and the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum to encourage communities and landowners to plant more trees. It’s vital for us to massively increase the amount of new tree planting across Devon to counter the huge environmental challenges that we face – Peter Chamberlain Ten trees were planted in the grounds of County Hall last week by pupils from St Leonard’s Primary School and members of the Devon Youth Parliament as the Council marked National Tree Week and joined the…

The NFU is calling for the new General Licences regime to be fit-for-purpose, more transparent and accessible for farmers – as the Government consultation on the future of the licences draws to a close. With temporary measures expiring in February, the NFU gathered evidence from its members that told how the current system prevents damage to crops costing thousands and horrific attacks by crows on livestock, particularly lambs. We are clear that farmers across the country need effective General Licences that are fit-for-purpose and simple to use – NFU The evidence forms part of the NFU’s response to the Defra…

Efforts are under way to help farmers protect themselves from travelling crooks. ‘No cold callers’ signs are now available from the police. Rural crime officers from Devon and Cornwall Police say they recognise that farmers are vulnerable from travelling criminals who cold call at farms. Good security and vigilance is crucial, however clear signage will aid farmers to avoid the cold calls – Police They have been working with the NFU and Trading Standards to try and tackle this. A spokesperson said: “Good security and vigilance is crucial, however clear signage will aid farmers to avoid the cold calls.” Farmers…

A spate of rural thefts over the past 10 days has prompted a police warning. Eight thefts have been reported from locations including Honiton, Axminster and Colyton. Every form of security creates another barrier – don’t give them an easy opportunity to steal your property -Police Missing items include plant equipment, livestock trailers, diggers, and machinery. Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Please be vigilant. Lock and secure all farm and plant machinery and consider all forms of security. “Every form of security creates another barrier – don’t give them an easy opportunity to steal your property. “If you see any…

A man has died following a single vehicle collision on farmland near Sidmouth, police have confirmed. The fatally injured man has not been named but was aged 73 and local to the area. No other vehicles or persons were involved in the collision, which happened in the Salcombe Regis area yesterday afternoon (November 25). Emergency services were called at 5.50pm and police have said the incident involved a John Deere Gator all-terrain vehicle. Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Alliance roads policing officers attended the scene and carried out a forensic collision investigation and a report will be prepared for the…

Point-to-point report and results. Dunsmore Club, Silverton. Sunday, November 17. A new season, a new course, and a newly-formed club meeting gave a fresh feeling to the launch of the 2019/20 British point-to-point season at Dunsmore near Silverton, Devon, writes GRANVILLE TAYLOR. Clerk of the course Norman Chanin, and his team, had worked hard to combat the recent bad weather to get the course ready.  They were rewarded with a good-sized crowd and commendations about the track and the fences from jockeys. Even the sun made an appearance The Dunsmore Club meeting hosted runners from far and wide, but it…

Fraudsters who swindled vulnerable farmers out of their life savings in long-running cons – leaving them suffering in silence – have been jailed. Irishmen Dennis McGinley, John Maughan and Luke Connors targeted men in rural communities and duped their victims into falsely believing they had become caught up in criminal activity. McGinley, aged 57, and Maughan, aged 56, each admitted two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud. Connors, aged 39, pleaded guilty to four charges of conspiracy to commit fraud. All three men were jailed at Exeter Crown Court on Friday, November 15. The group acted in an organised and…

Plans for a café, children’s play area, covered outdoor seating area and car park at an Ottery St Mary farm have been unveiled. The proposals for a wedge of 500-acre Knightstone Farm, off Sidmouth Road, also include a learning zone for youngsters and adults and a fresh milk vending machine. Blueprints say the scheme will ‘protect and enhance the business for generations to come’. It is felt that diversification in such a project would protect and enhance the business for generations to come…The scheme could create two full-time and two part-time jobs. Applicant David Lawrence, whose family has farmed the…

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