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Online mental health support for farmers in Devon hit by the coronavirus crisis is taking place later this month. A free online event to promote mental health and wellbeing in the farming community is being held on Friday, July 31, from 6pm until 8pm, organised by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards. The virtual seminar will feature speakers from The Farm Community Network, The Yellow Wellies Campaign and The National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. Each organisation will focus on the importance of mental health and wellbeing, highlighting what help is available and where to get support. There will be…

Dog owners are urged to keep their pets under control when visiting Dartmoor in a police crackdown on livestock attacks. The message comes from Devon and Cornwall Police after officers from the rural crime team raised awareness of livestock worrying on Dartmoor. Police said some of the highest rates of dog attacks to livestock are reported from the Dartmoor area. Karla Mckechnie, Dartmoor livestock protection officer, said: “Having a dog is a massive responsibility which is further increased when you bring your dog to Dartmoor. “Farmers have witnessed and suffered the consequences of out of control dogs over the years…

The ’difficult’ decision to cancel the 2020 Honiton Gate to Plate was made to protect the public and visitors from coronavirus, the town council said. This week it was announced the outdoor food festival had been shelved, leaving organisers ‘disappointed’ and ‘surprised’ at the cancellation. Honiton Town Council pulled the plug on the 2020 Honiton Gate to Plate, saying public health and safety was paramount. The cancellation came a fortnight after it was announced the food festival was set to return in August with added safety measures, and sanitiser stations, to stop the spread of the virus. East Devon District…

Outdoor food festival Honiton Gate to Plate has been shelved a fortnight after it was announced it would return in August with added Covid safety measures. Organisers Sarah Milner Simonds and Beverley Milner Simonds have spoken of their ‘disappointment’ over Honiton Town Council’s decision to postpone the event until 2021 – after it was announced on June 17 the outdoor food event would go ahead. The street market, backed by Honiton Town Council and East Devon District Council, had been set to return in August with a new layout, extra space and safety measures in place to safeguard visitors and…

Firefighters remain on site after crews tackled a hay barn blaze in Upottery on Monday morning, June 22. Crews were called at 5.45am after a barn storing around 100 bales of hay and machinery was reported on fire. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said crews from Honiton and Chard remain at the scene in a bid to stop any spread. A fire service spokesperson said: “Fire control received reports of a barn on fire in Upottery near Honiton early this morning. “Two fire engines from Honiton, a water carrier from Danes Castle, an Incident Support Unit from Bovey…

Crews from Exeter tackled a tractor blaze when the vehicle caught fire on a main road at Alphington. Firefighters from Middlemoor and Danes Castle fire stations were called to the A379 shortly before 2pm on Wednesday, June 17, where they found the tractor was well alight on the public highway. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the blaze was accidental. A fire service spokesperson said: “The crew got to work to extinguish the fire with the use of one hose reel jet, one compressed air foam jet, one safety jet, one water bowser and a…

Honiton Gate to Plate street market returns for its third year this August, celebrating food and craft produced in East Devon. The annual street market this year will take place on Saturday, August 15, with a new layout, extra space and safety measures in place to safeguard visitors and traders against the coronavirus. The event, from 10am until 4pm, is free to attend and will showcase what Honiton has to offer alongside some of the best food and drink producers in the South West, plus traditional crafts made locally. COVID-19 precautions put in place by organisers include the introduction of…

Convoys carrying wind turbines will leave from the M5 junction at Sandygate, Exeter, on Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting police to warn motorists of disruption. Police said drivers using the M5 Sandygate junction and A30 westbound can expect possible delays tomorrow, June 16, and the following day, June 17, at around 10am when the wind farm equipment leaves Devon for Cornwall. Police will be escorting the convoys carrying wind farm parts on both days as they transport the equipment between the two counties. Tomorrow’s convoy, on Tuesday, June 16, is expected to leave the M5 junction 30 – Sandygate – at…

Cold-calling ex-cons have been knocking on doors of homes near Honiton and Axminster asking residents to buy goods. Devon and Cornwall Police said in the last 48 hours they have received a number of reports of cold-callers in the Offwell and Chardstock areas of East Devon. Police said the men calling at homes told residents they had recently been released from prison and were trying to raise money by selling items door-to-door. Officers yesterday, Wednesday, June 10, received a report that a man knocked on a door in Chardstock at 7pm, offering goods for sale. A Devon and Cornwall Police…

Have you seen this lorry police believe transported a pair of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ cannons stolen from Dalwood?  Officers have released these CCTV images in a bid to trace a vehicle seen in the area around the time the one-and-a-half-tonne items were taken from a farm in the village near Axminster. The cast-iron cannons – stolen sometime between Thursday, May 28, and Monday, June 1, are said to have been used in the blockbuster film Pirates of the Caribbean and are worth a combined value of £5,000. Officers believe the flatbed transporter-type lorry – seen here carrying an item…

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