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Police cracking down on countryside crime are urging public vigilance as officers support rural communities through the coronavirus lockdown. Devon and Cornwall Police has released a list of organisations offering free, impartial, and confidential advice to farmers and those living in rural communities. Officers across Devon and Cornwall say they have received reports of cold callers targeting rural businesses and farms, and the theft of scrap metal, road fuel and heating oil. Thefts of livestock and poultry in Cornwall has prompted police to warn against buying meat from ‘unusual sources’, such as stolen meat or from animals slaughtered unlawfully. The…

Farmers, rural businesses and groups helping in isolated communities during the coronavirus crisis can apply for emergency grants of up to £2,500 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund. A total of £100,000 has been made available to rural support groups giving help to counter the effects of isolation through the pandemic. Applications close on Wednesday, April 15. With thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they: • are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals • are providing support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis…

An attempt to achieve the world record for the longest knitted bunting to be displayed at the Devon County Show is going ahead and the message to the public is ‘keep knitting’. The organiser, Deborah Custance Baker, is spending the current lockdown period attaching thousands of already-donated knitted triangles onto 8km of tape to meet the May 16 deadline set by Guinness World Records. The finished knitted bunting will be strung around the interior of the crafts and gardens marquee at the Devon County Show, now scheduled to take place at the end of August at Westpoint, in Exeter. Finished…

A tractor spotted on fire in a field by a passer-by near Upottery on Friday night was severely damaged by the blaze. Firefighters from Honiton were called to a large field just off the A30 shortly before 9.30pm, on March 27, where they tackled the blaze. The fire service said the cause of the blaze was accidental. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Two fire appliances from Honiton were mobilised after a passing motorist spotted a large fire in a field. “At first it was unclear what was on fire, but on closure inspection, whilst still…

Police have received reports of scrap metal and batteries being stolen from farms and rural properties in Devon, and men visiting to ask for the same items. Devon and Cornwall Police are urging vigilance and warning farmers, and those living in rural spots, to lock up property. Officers want to hear from anyone who has been approached and asked about scrap batteries or metal, and are urging people to make a note of descriptions or vehicle registrations. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We have received reports of males visiting farms and rural properties in Devon asking for scrap…

The MP for Tiverton and Honiton has urged Boris Johnson to cut through red tape when delivering financial aid to the self-employed affected by the coronavirus crisis. Neil Parish asked the Prime Minister to ‘cut through bureaucracy’ at Prime Minister’s Questions this morning (Wednesday). The Prime Minister supported Mr Parish’s concerns, saying bureaucracy was ‘the issue’ in getting the funds to where they were needed most. Mr Johnson told the House of Commons there would be ‘all sorts of benefits’ available for those in rural and coastal industries, including the fishing industry. The Prime Minister said: “That indeed is the…

Rural shops and community stores have been visited by police in a bid to crackdown on customers abusing staff during the coronavirus crisis. Devon and Cornwall Police said officers offered help to any small outlet in the firing line from abusive or angry shoppers. Police said customers supporting rural and community shops should follow the retailer’s current policy or wishes. A police spokesperson said: “The neighbourhood team have been calling in on community stores and rural shops this week. “They are working hard to support our communities and we will support them with any issues they may have with any…

Police investigating an ‘altercation’ at a hunt meet in Brampford Speke on Saturday (March 14) want to hear from witnesses. Officers say they are are investigating suspected actual bodily harm which is said to have happened during an incident allegedly involving Silverton Hunt members,  the public and saboteurs at Upton Pyne Hill. An allegation of criminal damage to a vehicle is also being looked into. A force spokesperson said: “Officers are currently investigating suspected actual bodily harm (ABH) on a 29-year-old man which occurred during an altercation between members of the Silverton Hunt and members of the public, some of…

The Devon County Show has been moved from May until August in a bid to help halt the spread of coronavirus. The Devon County Show’s 125th anniversary event has been postponed until the summer, with the event planned to go ahead over the bank holiday weekend, on August 28, 29 and 30. The board of directors of three major agricultural events in the South West – Devon County Show, The Royal Bath & West Show and The Royal Cornwall Show, today announced the postponement of the trio of events because of the COVID-19 pandemic and risk of virus spread. The…

A flood alert for the River Clyst and its tributaries remains in place after the Environment Agency (EA) said falling water levels were expected to rise again. The EA said river levels would rise again because of Sunday evening’s rainfall. An EA spokesperson said: “River levels will rise again overnight in response to Sunday evenings rainfall. “Flooding to low lying land and roads is possible, though no flooding to properties is forecast and warnings are not expected to be issued.” An alert for the Lower Exe was lifted after the EA said the risk of flooding in the area had…

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