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Axminster’s police team is tomorrow, Thursday, inviting people along to speak to PCSO Chris Bolsover about any issues or concerns they have in the area. The police community support officer will be at the Dalwood Community Shop for an hour on February 20, from 9am until 10am. He will also have information on Farm Watch, banking or courier fraud, said Devon and Cornwall Police. If you cannot attend but have an issue to discuss, email 101@dcpolice. Axminster Repair Cafe launch success means monthly mend meetings and fix-it workshops

Overnight heavy rain resulting in high river levels has prompted two Environment Agency (EA) flood alerts for East Devon to remain in place. Low-lying land and roads near the River Clyst have been flooded during Thursday and water levels are expected to remain high. The EA issued alerts for possible flooding around the River Clyst and its tributaries, and a separate call for the River Axe area. Flood alerts have been lifted for areas around the River Otter and River Sid and low-lying parts of Exmouth. Many low-lying fields and lanes in the Broadclyst, Westclyst and Poltimore areas were flooded…

Proposals for a café, children’s play area, covered outdoor seating space and car park at an Ottery St Mary farm have been rejected. District council planning chiefs turned down the Knightstone Farm project over fears it could ‘undermine’ and draw people away from the town centre. The blueprints for a wedge of the 500-acre holding, off Sidmouth Road, also included a learning zone for youngsters and adults. Plans stated the bid would ‘protect and enhance the business for generations to come’ and create two full-time and two part-time jobs. Applicant David Lawrence, whose family has farmed the land for more…

Firefighters from across East Devon spent the night tackling a huge barn blaze in Seaton – with a number of cows saved from the inferno. Reports of the straw- and hay-filled agricultural building – measuring 30m by 20m – was engulfed in flames and smoke first came in at around 10.20pm last night (Friday, January 17). One man has been treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation, said the fire service. Crews from Seaton and Colyton were first on the scene. They were joined by colleagues from Sidmouth,  Axminster, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Exmouth, and Tophsam. Firefighters from Crediton, Bovey…

A lifesaving defibrillator has been donated to disabled adults from Exmouth by an East Devon business championing a cardiac arrest awareness charity. Staff at Greendale Farm Shop, on the Sidmouth Road, near Farringdon, presented a defibrillator to Exmouth Gateway Club, a friendship group for adults with learning disabilities, to highlight the work of Jays Aim, a charity raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in the young. The lifesaving equipment will be carried on Exmouth Gateway Club’s minibus, which the group uses to transport its football team to matches, and for group residential trips. After finding out about the Exmouth Tiger…

The farming community in and around Honiton is showing its commitment to improved facilities and standards. East Devon District Council is currently considering the following planning applications: Erection of general purpose agricultural building at The Barn, The Dairy Barn, Combehayes Farm, Honiton Erection of an agricultural building to house cattle on and adjacent Old Wolford Farm, Dunkeswell Erection of roof canopy over existing silage clamps at Lower Luxton Farm, Upottery Construction of dam to form pond on land at Rosshayne Farm, Stockland Use of land for the siting of a residential mobile home to be used as an agricultural worker’s…

Police are reminding walkers to be respectful when using footpaths across farmland. A warning aims to stop discarded balls and dog poo bags from seriously injuring livestock. An alert was issued following reports that incidents are causing problems for local farmers. The reminder applies to footpaths routed through fields. Walkers are being urged to stick to footpaths and clean up after their dogs. A police spokesperson also warned: “Be mindful of lost tennis balls that can end up in the stomach of cattle or farm machinery – that can cause the death of the animal or financial implications to farmer of damaged…

Police are appealing for information regarding the theft of what officers are calling ‘high-value’ iron gates stolen from the entrance of a farm in Woodbury Salterton. Officers at Exmouth are keen to hear from anyone who knows the whereabouts of the gates, stolen overnight sometime between December 18, 2019, and the following day. Karen Capey, a police community support officer at Exmouth, said: “Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after the theft of high-value iron gates were stolen from an entrance of a farm in Woodbury Salterton, Exeter.” Contact police with information by email 101@dc.police.uk or…

A boy who stole a JCB and crashed it into a tractor at Stoke Cannon has written a letter of apology to the vehicle’s owner, say police. Devon and Cornwall Police were called to a property in the East Devon village at around 4am on Saturday, December 28, after receiving reports someone had broken in, stolen a JCB, crashed it into a tractor and gate – then ran off. A 14-year-old boy was questioned by police and apologised for his actions in letters he wrote to the vehicle’s owner, and a witness. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Police…

Ottery St Mary hosted East Devon Hunt’s annual New Year Day’s meet, which attracted crowds of well-wishers and supporters to The Square. East Devon Hunt master Shaun Carter welcomed onlookers, young and old, and wished the crowd a happy new year, thanking them for their continued support. Before they set off Mr Carter reminded the field they were following a previously-laid scent and said they must alert hunt staff immediately to stop hounds if the pack deviated from the artificial trail. Joining the crowd in Ottery to watch the hunt move off was retired huntsman Gerard Noel, of Rockbeare Manor,…

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