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A public consultation is under way over proposals for a huge new regional park spanning the Clyst Valley in East Devon. The green space will take in Clyst St George, Broadclyst, Poltimore, Killerton, Ashcylst Forest, Cranbrook, Whimple and Bishops Court. Many areas mooted for the Clyst Valley Regional Park are not currently accessible to residents and visitors. A masterplan for the project proposes to restore nature and historic buildings, create trails, and tackle climate change and flooding. East Devon District Council (EDDC) launched a consultation and survey on the scheme on Monday (November 9). It runs until Thursday, January 7,…

An Italian farm worker who strangled an animal-loving 53-year-old veterinary assistant in East Devon has been sent to a high-security psychiatric hospital indefinitely.  Luigi Palmas, aged 27, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court today (Friday, November 13) after he admitted the manslaughter of Katherine Bevan by diminished responsibility. The deceased was a much-loved, caring and responsible member of society, who was at her happiest when caring for the animals she adored – Judge Peter JohnsonThe body of Ms Bevan, who was known as Kate, was found in a cattle pen at Combe Farm, in Gittisham, on…

The 73-year history of the Axe Vale point-to-point, with more than 200 previously unpublished photos, is the focus of a new book. Author Jacquie McCullough tells the story, from the first meeting on April 24, 1947, with contributions from point-to-point journalist Granville Taylor. Proceeds from the self-published book, which has a limited print run, will be donated to the Axe Vale point-to-point. Master of Foxhounds, Ross Wilmington, Axe Vale point-to-point chairman, said: “I am confident that this book will take a treasured place in very many homes and makes a fine tribute to all the individuals involved with the meeting…

A pair of cheeky goats spotted kidding around in a lay-by near Sidmouth were rounded up by police on Friday afternoon (November 6). The pet goats were reported after a concerned member of the public raised the alarm, finding the pair near The Bowd at lunchtime. It is not known how the pair goat there. The animals were moved to a nearby paddock by a farmer after police used a throwline to secure the pair, saying ‘we goat this’. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “We received reports from a concerned member of the public that goats were on…

Police are keen to trace a blue Valtra tractor stolen from land near Ide, on the outskirts of Exeter. Officers said the Blue Valtra T160 Tractor, registration plate number N554GNG, was stolen sometime between Saturday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 3. Police want to hear from witnesses, or anyone who has information about the tractor’s whereabouts. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “The tractor was stolen between Saturday 31 October and Tuesday 3 November, from land near Ide Lane, by the A30 Exeter.” Call police on 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk quoting CR/092772/20. [asp_product id=”17531″] Police fines for Exeter party-goers’ ‘complete disregard’ for Covid…

A backpacking volunteer has admitted killing 53-year-old animal-lover Katherine Bevan at an East Devon stud farm in Gittisham at the start of this year. Luigi Palmas, aged 27, of no fixed abode, on Thursday (October 29) pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to manslaughter by diminished responsibility after medics found he was in the grip of mental illness at the time he killed Ms Bevan. Palmas, an Italian national who spoke to the court through the aid of a translator, will be sentenced on Friday, November 13, after Judge Peter Johnson ordered a further psychiatric report from the doctor treating…

Rural projects in East Devon are invited to apply for a grant of up to £10,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Applications close at noon on November 3, 2020, but if a large number of eligible applications are received the fund could close earlier. Community focused not-for-profit organsiations are invited to apply for a year of grant funding, for projects to be completed by March 31, 2022. The fund is made possible thanks to the Prince’s Countryside Fund and People’s Postcode Lottery. Keith Halstead, The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) executive director, said: “Rural community resilience means different things to different…

A blaze in an agricultural building in Exmouth on Monday morning (October 12) was tackled by two crews from the town. Exmouth firefighters were called to Hulham Road shortly before 7.30am where they found smoke and flames coming from the small storage building. The fire service said half the building suffered smoke damage. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “On arrival crews confirmed that smoke and flames were issuing. “The single-storey building measured approximately eight meters by three meters and was used for storage. “Five per cent of the building was damaged by fire and fifty…

A horse rescued from a ditch after it jumped over a hedge and landed awkwardly was freed by firefighters from Exmouth and Exeter. The crews on Tuesday afternoon (October 6) took specialist rescue equipment to Stocklinch, in Somerset, and joined firefighters from Ilminster to help the horse. The animal was checked over by a vet and left with its owner. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Fire crews from Ilminster along with specialist rescue resources from Exmouth and Exeter were sent to a report of a horse stuck in a ditch. “The owner was attendance with…

Covid restrictions have cancelled annual primestock and agricultural trade show Agrifest South West, due to take place near Exeter in November. Organisers today (Thursday, September 24) announced the cancellation of the 2020 festival, planned for November 11 at Westpoint, Exeter. The committee said the decision to cancel was made with a ‘heavy heart’, prompted by the Government’s announcement this week to tighten coronavirus restrictions, to stop the spread of the virus. Robert Venner, Agrifest committee chairman, said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to cancel Agrifest. “We had really hoped that we could have…

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