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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…

A horse owner has praised the East Devon firefighters who saved her animal’s life, rescuing the mare after she sank into a muck heap on a farm in Axmouth. Irish cob Gemma was saved by firefighters from Exmouth, Seaton and Exeter on Tuesday evening, June 2, hoisting her free after she broke through an electric fence, climbed onto an old muck heap, sank and got stuck. Seconds after she was rescued, the unscathed 15-year-old mare began eating grass and later was reunited with her field mates. Owner Natalie Bucklar, who cried with relief after the horse was freed, praised the…

A heavily pregnant cow and her unborn calf died after cattle were chased by youths and a dog in Axminster, say police. Officers in rural East Devon have issued a warning over ‘livestock worrying’ after receiving two reports of youngsters distressing animals in the area this month. Members of the public who see the offence being committed have been urged to dial 999 straight away. Should anyone witness such incidents please report on 999 at the time of it happening…A spokesperson for the Rural East Devon Police team said: “Police in Axminster have had reports whereby on both occasions youths…

Car parks on Dartmoor have reopened following a change in lockdown rules that allow people to drive to exercise. From today (Wednesday), people will be allowed to take unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise and drive to other destinations – as long as existing social distancing rules are followed. Dartmoor National Park had closed its car parks in March as part of the coronavirus lockdown. If you choose to come to Dartmoor to exercise, things will be different – you can’t simply do what you did before… A spokesperson said today: “We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Dartmoor. “Our priority…

Firefighters from Exmouth were on Monday morning tasked to rescue a cow stuck in a stream near Exeter. The specialist animal rescue crew from Exmouth joined colleagues from the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team at Clyst St Mary, to help a farmer in Tedburn St Mary at around 10.30am on May 11. The fire service said the cow was freed from the stream unharmed. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Our specialist animal rescue team from Exmouth and a crew from our Urban Search and Rescue team from Clyst St George, were sent to assist…

Devon County Show organisers have announced ‘with great disappointment’ the decision to cancel the 2020 event because of the coronavirus. The pandemic had prompted the annual May event to be rescheduled and held over the August bank holiday, but yesterday it was decided to cancel the 2020 Devon County Show. The show plans to return next year, taking place on May 20, 21, and 22, 2021, said the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA). Organisers said the move to cancel was triggered by social distancing rules and restrictions on large gatherings. Mary Quicke, chair of council for the Agricultural Association said:…

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