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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…

The Tipton Players and Panto Society (TIPPS) is in Detention as the cast and crew’s first production of 2020 promises ‘something completely new’. As these photographs show, rehearsals are well underway for Detention!  – written and compiled by Natalie Anning, directed by Natalie Anning and Claire Devin. The story begins when the children at the village school are in detention, with history teacher ‘Boring Bolton’ in charge. History comes to life for the children as Boring Bolton talks of times gone by. For the audience there is plenty of historical re-enactments, songs, music and the commemoration of two world wars.…

A move to introduce pay and display parking charges in Dowell Street car park, Honiton, is likely to move a step closer early in the New Year. East Devon District Council’s cabinet is being recommended to include the car park in its Off-street Parking Places Order. The inclusion would take place once the facility is leased to the district by Honiton Town Council. There is demand for additional public car parking in the town and at present the use of the car park is unrestricted – report Councillors will hear at a meeting on January 8 that the council is…

A nurse from Budleigh Salterton running the London Marathon for Hospice UK is holding a dedicated fundraising day in town’s new Tesco Express store. Debbie Newson, aged 45, is inviting all to her Hospice UK Day on Saturday, December 14, in Budleigh’s Tesco Express, Fore Street, where visitors can leave a donation for the charity, and be in with the chance to win raffle prizes. Debbie wants to thank those in Budleigh and beyond who have donated raffle prizes for Saturday; The Gentlemens Room, Granny Gothards, Findlay Wines, Something Lovely Pottery, in Sidmouth, and Nikki Smith – Women’s Client Centred…