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The best of the region was celebrated by thousands of visitors who flocked to the 2021 Devon County Show, hailing the agricultural event a success – becoming the first with livestock to be held in the UK for more than a year. The three-day show this year boasted 18,000 visitors on its first day, keen to sample the delights of Devon after the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 show and prompted a new July date in line with the Government’s relaxation on restrictions. Show organisers said the turnout had been ‘better than expected’ over the 83-acre site, as many of…

Firefighters from two counties were called to tackle a blaze at an Axminster beauty spot on Monday morning (June 14). Crews from Axminster, Chard, and the wildfire pump from Illminster, were sent to a large fire in woodland at Bewley Down shortly after 10am, where a controlled burn was at risk of getting out of control. Firefighters extinguished the 30-metre by 20-metre blaze using hose reel jets, a compressed air foam jet, drag forks, beaters and small tools. The fire service said the cause of the blaze was accidental. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One…

A spate of arson attacks to agricultural property in East Devon has prompted the fire service to urge vigilance from farmers. Over the last fortnight, the fire service has attended three agricultural fires in East Devon. Fire investigators believe it is likely that all three were started deliberately. The fire service said it was concerned someone could be seriously hurt if the arson attacks continued. The fires happened within a mile’s radius of the crossroads at Putts Corner on the A375 – the crossroads link Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary, Seaton. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said crews tackled…

Police investigating what was thought to be a deliberately-started fire in a barn near Sidmouth have cast doubt on an arson attack. Fire crews from Honiton, Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary, plus a water carrier from Danes Castle, in Exeter, were called to Putts Corner, at Sidbury, shortly before 11pm on Monday night (April 26), where a barn was ablaze. The fire service said the cause of the blaze was thought to be deliberate, damaging most of the building. Police said investigations found ‘insufficient evidence’ the blaze was an arson attack. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “Police received…

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2021 Devon County Show after ‘overwhelming’ public support for the event to go ahead. This year’s three-day show, at Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, is due to take place over Friday, July 2, Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. The 2020 show was cancelled because of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Event organisers said more of the show will take place outside this year, in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. County show organisers said the outcome of a survey carried out over Easter to gauge public response to holding the event produced…

Police are investigating an arson attack on a barn in Southleigh, East Devon, which destroyed three antique tractors worth £35,000. Officers believe the culprits could have set fire to the structure in the village near Colyton on Sunday night (April 11) after failing to steal the vintage vehicles. Firefighters from Sidmouth, Seaton and Danes Castle in Exeter tackled the blaze at Wiscombe Farm, off Seaton Road. Three antique tractors, worth more than £35,000, which were stored in the barn, were completely destroyed in the blaze…Seaton’s crew was ‘saddened’ that a police ‘road closed’ sign and blue, flashing warning light –…

A solar farm the size of 79 football pitches has been proposed for an area of East Devon between the village of Clyst Hydon and hamlet, Lower Tale. The plans, put forward by Lightrock Power who develops large-scale solar farms, cover an area of around 64 hectares – approximately158 acres – which could power the equivalent of 15,000 homes or 19,000 electric vehicles. The developer said it will hold an online public exhibition in late spring in a bid to consult the community on the application. The solar farm developer has launched an online information point for early feedback, which…

Police are appealing for information to the whereabouts of a vintage tractor stolen overnight from a farm near Axminster. The 1983 red and white David Brown tractor, worth around £6,000 was stolen from woodland on the Membury Road, sometime between midnight and 2am on Sunday, February 28. Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen the 38-year-old vehicle, or who has CCTV from the area, or dashcam footage. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “It was stolen from woodland near a farm on Membury Road between midnight and 2am on Sunday 28 February. “It is worth around…

Firefighters from Ottery St Mary successfully rescued a calf that fell into a slurry pit in Whimple on Sunday evening (February 21). The East Devon crew, called to a farm on the Talaton Road shortly before 6pm, were joined by officers and the rescue unit from Bridgewater, where they found the stricken animal stuck in an underground slurry pit. The rescued calf was uninjured and reunited with its mother, the fire service said. An Ottery Fire Station spokesperson said: “Crews were mobilised to a large animal rescue for a calf stuck in a slurry pit. “Crews ensured that the calf…

Firefighters brought a tractor blaze under control at Farway, near Honiton, using water stored on the fire engines because of the isolated location. Crews from Colyton and Honiton fire stations were on Monday called to a field where a tractor towing a trailer was on fire. Firefighters urged the public to immediately call 999 if they spot fire, and move to safety. A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said: “The crew from Colyton joined up with the Honiton team to deal with an agricultural vehicle on fire in Farway. “They quickly got it under control using both tanks of water from…

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