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More than 50 new host families are needed in East Devon to provide safe homes for refugees who have fled the war in Ukraine. Around 300 people from the eastern-European nation are already staying in the district since the invasion started a year ago. Council chiefs say hosts are especially required in Exmouth, Cranbrook, Broadclyst, Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth, Honiton, Seaton and Axminster. It has been a tremendous honour to be part of EDDC’s response to this awful human tragedy… Anyone who offers up accommodation such as a house, spare room, annex or Airbnb to guests seeking sanctuary can receive…

Police have arrested five men from the West Midlands in connection with the theft of £150,000-worth of bikes from an Exeter business. Detectives are investigating a ‘substantial’ burglary at The Bike Shed Outta-Town, in Honiton Road, overnight between Sunday, September 4, and Monday, September 5. Some 38 high-quality and high-value bicycles – with a combined six-figure value – have been confirmed as missing. Officers are still appealing for witnesses and would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered a high-value bike for sale… They include several rare and valuable bikes such as a medium-sized Santa Cruz Heckler…

Heading home and already got the festival blues? East Devon News captured some of Sunday’s costumes and fun that can only be found at the Beautiful Days Festival. Peace and love, family-friendly fun and a wealth of live music, plus glorious weather made Beautiful Days Festival 2022, in East Devon, a year to remember. The award-winning Levellers’ independent music festival, organised by DMF Music, set in the grounds of Escot Park, near Ottery St Mary, East Devon, delivered wall-to-wall entertainment for all ages, with plenty to keep children occupied while the packed line-up of bands, comedy, talks and more, catered…

A further 124 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in East Devon in the past week – with ‘clusters’ currently identified in 17 of its wards.   It means the district’s total has risen to 706 Covid-19 cases. In Exeter, 196 new cases have been confirmed in the past seven days. The city’s overall total stands at 1,890. One-hundred-and-sixteen new cases had been confirmed across East Devon – and 252 in Exeter – in the previous week. Weekly statistic show there were 1,662 new cases across both Devon and Cornwall compared to 1,395 in the previous seven days. Statistics are from…

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A 200-strong gathering of youths drinking and fighting on Exmouth beach has prompted a police vow to  ‘do whatever is necessary’ to protect the community from crime and disorder. The message comes from Chief Superintendent Matt Lawler after it was revealed officers had to break up and disperse a mass brawl at Orcombe Point on Wednesday evening, June 24. Some 200 young people gathered on the sand to party and drink, and a fight broke out, causing police to impose a dispersal order to gain control. Ch. Supt Lawler said police would not tolerate a repeat of the youths’ antics…

A pensioner from Broadclyst is more than halfway through her challenge to walk 100 laps and raise £500 for the village charity helping the elderly. Julie, aged 79, has been steadily walking 100 laps – a total of six miles – with the help of her walker on wheels, raising funds for Clyst Caring Friends. The OAP, who began her charity challenge a week ago, has already completed 62 laps, walking a minimum of five a day, and has so far raised more than £240 through her Go Fund Me page. Clyst Caring Friends provides transport to help patients attend…

Wet weather has delayed repairs to new flagpoles for Budleigh Salterton’s seafront and Lime Kiln car park. The traditional flagpole on the seafront became unusable at the end of last year when metal bolts needed to lower and raise flags sheared off. The broken seafront flagpole has been replaced and a second pole for Lime Kiln car park, to display beach awards flags, is under construction. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said all work should be ‘completed shortly’, adding wet weather had hampered repairs. An EDDC spokeswoman said: “The broken pole on the seafront has now been replaced with a new one,…

People in East Devon affected by cancer are being offered a new course in Honiton to help cope with anxiety after a diagnosis. The programme is part of Force Cancer Charity’s support service in Honiton. Sessions in learning to understand and manage anxiety through relaxation will begin at Honiton Hospital on Friday, April 3. The monthly drop-in group will be held on the first Friday of each month from 1-2pm. Run by a qualified oncology support specialist, there will be a continuous rotation of four structured sessions for patients, families and carers affected by cancer. Each session stands alone and…

Tributes are being paid to traveller John Treagood, who died peacefully on Sunday night, February 9, 2020. The pensioner, his horse, Misty, and brightly-coloured caravan, was a familiar sight on the roadside and grass verges of East Devon. A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to raise £3,000 to pay for John’s funeral. Earlier today, Monday, it was announced John Treagood died at 10pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020. His horse, Misty, will be cared for by Sasha Elson, a regular helper over the last few years. John’s dog, Poppy, also has a home. Sasha has set up a fundraising…

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