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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,…

The Chancellor has confirmed nearly £3 billion of funding for 2020 to support farmers once the UK leaves the EU. This cash injection will maintain the level of funding for Direct Payments at the same rate as last year and will provide certainty for farmers, giving them confidence for next year. Sajid Javid confirmed the cash will be used to support farmers once the UK leaves the EU next year, allowing them to plan for the future, sow their crops and care for their livestock with confidence. The UK will leave the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Direct Payments scheme, which…

The NFU is urging MPs to recognise the importance of Britain’s high farming standards. It wants an assurance that they will not be sacrificed by the UK’s future trade policy. The message was delivered during one of the first receptions to be staged for politicians by the NFU following the General Election. In this parliament, we will see new legislation that will impact British farming for years to come. These will be landmark moments that will affect us all – Minette Batters, NFU MPs from across the political spectrum attended the reception, along with peers, industry representatives and civil servants,…

A flood alert has been issued for areas around the River Clyst because of rising water levels resulting from Saturday’s overnight rain. The Environment Agency (EA) said ground has become waterlogged after the continuous wet weather and river levels were expected to remain high. The main area of concern is from Broadclyst to Clyst St Mary. Catchments have become saturated following many days of heavy rain and we expect levels to remain high throughout Sunday… The EA has advised against walking or driving though standing water, issuing an alert for possible flooding of the River Clyst and its tributaries. An…

A cold caller drove off in a white van after being caught looking at machinery on a farm near Honiton this morning. Devon and Cornwall Police has subsequently issued an alert, warning farmers across East Devon to be vigilant. A spokesperson said: “Police would advise farms/livery in East Devon to be vigilant following a report of a man in a white van approaching property looking at machinery. “The man drove off when the owner appeared at a farm in Honiton this morning.” The cold caller is described as white, aged in his mid 40s, 5ft 9 with very short light…

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