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A farm worker has been handed a suspended jail sentence for dangerous driving after a cyclist was left brain-damaged by an unsecured hay bale which fell from a trailer in East Devon. Matthew Shapcott, aged 39, from Silverton, was convicted on Tuesday, January 12, after entering a guilty plea at Exeter Crown Court. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 140 hours of unpaid work. Shapcott admitted dangerous driving by loading a trailer with the round bales and failing to secure them – although he had ratchet straps in his vehicle. While driving along…

An ‘ethical supermarket’ that launched in Branscombe last year amid the pandemic has branched out to offer home delivery across East Devon. After two years of planning, In My Back Yard (IMBY) began in April 2020 during the first coronavirus lockdown, sourcing as many products as possible within a 30-mile radius of its East Devon hub. Now the cooperative business, which is run largely by volunteers, is offering home delivery to customers living within a 15-mile radius of the ‘ethical supermarket’. A spokesperson for the cause said: “In My Back Yard – also known as IMBY – is a local,…

A public consultation has been extended to give people more time to consider plans for a huge new regional park spanning the Clyst Valley in East Devon. The closing date for the Clyst Valley Regional Park public consultation has been extended by more than a week to 9am on Monday, January 18, 2021. The extension has been made to give people more time amid coronavirus restrictions to comment on proposals for the large green space. The green space will take in Clyst St George, Broadclyst, Poltimore, Killerton, Ashcylst Forest, Cranbrook, Whimple and Bishops Court. Many areas proposed for the Clyst…

The risk of flooding has reduced in areas of East Devon after rain-swollen river levels fell during Saturday (December 19). The Environment Agency (EA) said the risk of flooding from the Rivers Clyst, Culm, Axe, Otter and Sid had reduced after water levels dropped below the level of concern. Water levels in the Lower Exe area remain high but have peaked and will continue to fall overnight, the EA said. And a flood alert for the River Exe, at Exeter Quay, has been removed. An EA alert for the Rivers Otter, Sid and the Exmouth area was downgraded after it…

The Environment Agency has warned of possible flooding in areas of East Devon as a result of heavy rainfall expected to start on Friday afternoon (December 18). Flood alerts have been issued for the areas of the River Axe, Lower Exe, Rivers Clyst, Culm and their tributaries, plus the Rivers Otter, Sid and the Exmouth area. The Environment Agency (EA) said ‘heavy and intense’ rainfall of up to seven centimetres could fall in localised areas within a 15-hour period, beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing until the early hours of Saturday morning. It is warning of possible flooding of low-lying…

Devon has the highest horse death rate in collisions with vehicles in the UK, county councillors have been told. More than half of crashes involving equines and traffic in the South West happen in the county – with the region’s figures higher than anywhere else in the country. Devon reported 104 incidents, one human and 33 horse fatalities within a year. This is a very important campaign for a rural county like Devon, and the new accident figures for our local area are truly shocking…Statistics were given to the December meeting of Devon County Council (DCC). Councillor Rob Hannaford, ward…

Police received reports of sheep loose on the road in the area of Colyford, near Colyton, on Tuesday lunchtime (December 8) at around 1.45pm. Devon and Cornwall Police urged farmers or smallholders in the area to check their livestock and fencing. A police spokesperson said: “We received a report of sheep being loose on a road in the area of Colyford, Colyton at approximately 1.45pm on Tuesday 8 December 2020. “Please can owners make checks.” Anyone with information about the animals is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 463 8 December 2020. Seaton and Colyton fire crews tackle…

An overnight weather warning for snow has been issued for Dartmoor and other areas of high ground across Devon. Devon County Council said snow of up to 14cm could fall on Dartmoor on Thursday night (December 3), and gritters fitted with ploughs will head out to moorland roads later this evening. The county council will be monitoring conditions overnight from its new control centre at Sowton, in Exeter, and teams will be ready to respond with additional gritter treatments if conditions change. The council is warning motorists to be aware of potential icy roads on Dartmoor on Friday morning, as…

I’m a Celebrity…Get Me ‘Hat’ of Here! A countryside clothing business based in Exeter was the one-stop shop for television producers kitting out the latest stars of the ITV show. The Farmers Friend, in Cowick Street,  St Thomas, Exeter, has supplied wax hats to the 2020 contestants of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! The hats have been seen on the set of the 2020 show, filmed in North Wales at Gwyrch Castle, worn by long-distance runner and Olympian Mo Farah, television presenter Vernon Kay, Strictly dancer AJ Pritchard, Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard, EastEnders actor Shane Ritchie and…

Fans of the Devon County Show can expect its return in July 2021 as organisers have announced dates for a summer event. The Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA) on Tuesday (November 17) announced the 125th Devon County Show will take place at the Westpoint showground on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 2-4, 2021. Show organisers believe the summer dates will allow for the easing of coronavirus restrictions and the introduction of a public vaccine. The new summer dates aim to spread the number of visitors across the weekend, allowing for social distancing. Mary Quicke, DCAA chairman said: ‘We are absolutely…

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