Browsing: East Devon

‘Close-knit’ Exmouth has been praised for its ‘kindness and generosity’ in helping 12 Afghan families who have been given refuge in the town. Town mayor, Councillor Steve Gazzard, has spoken of his ‘pride’ at the hands of the town’s residents and organisations, who have donated supplies and clothes to the refugees, who fled Afghanistan when the Taliban took over. Cllr Gazzard said help was also available for families living locally and urged anyone in need to ‘come forward’. Devon County Council said ‘hundreds of people’ have donated items for the Afghan families, ranging from raincoats, nappies, toiletries and footwear. Councillor…

Firefighters gave first aid to a man after a chip pan accidentally caught fire in a flat in Seaton on Sunday afternoon (September 26). Crews from Axminster, Seaton, Sidmouth and Lyme Regis were called at around 4.30pm to tackle a blaze in a kitchen of a second-floor flat. The occupant was unable to re-enter the property because the blaze caused extensive fire damage to the kitchen and left the rest of the property affected by smoke. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “This was a fire in the kitchen of a second-floor flat, of a…

Tributes have been paid to a ‘devoted’ dad and ‘wonderful’ family man from East Devon who died after a motorbike crash in Dorset earlier this month. The family of 59-year-old Ray Robley, from Seaton, who died on September 7, have spoken of his passion for motorcycles and his love for family and friends, adding: “We cannot even begin to describe the enormity of the loss we are feeling now.” Married Ray, who had been riding his blue Yamaha motorcycle, was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries on the afternoon of September 4, after he was involved in a…

An early-hours theft of tractor GPS equipment from a village in East Devon has prompted police to urge farmers to keep records of serial numbers. The message comes after a tractor guidance system was stolen from Woodbury at around 1.10am on Thursday, September 9. Police said they had received ‘several reports’ of similar thefts and urged farmers to secure and mark their property. Anyone with information that could help police, or CCTV footage from around the village, is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police. A police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection…

Police are appealing for witnesses, information and CCTV footage after a wheelbarrow and fence posts worth around £400 were stolen overnight from a business in Honiton. Devon and Cornwall Police said the culprits targeted a yard in the Border Road area of Heathpark Industrial Estate sometime between midnight and 2.30am on Saturday, September 11. Officers want to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard something suspicious, or knows the whereabouts of the stolen items. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection with a report of burglary to…

Hundreds of hay bales were moved from a barn when fire broke out in an agricultural building near Axminster on Tuesday morning (September 21). Firefighters from Axminster and Colyton, and the water carrier from Danes Castle, Exeter, were called to a barn blaze near Dalwood at around 6am. Around 200 large hay bales were removed from the barn using a telehandler. The cause of the fire was thought to be accidental, the fire service said. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “The fire involved a number of hay bales in an agricultural shed. “Crews used two…

Female footballers in Axminster are making history as the first team from the town to make it to the FA Cup.  The Tiger Way ladies take on Budleigh Salterton Ladies in the second qualifying round of the competition in what will be an East Devon derby on Sunday, October 3. And the side say grass-roots teams like theirs are ‘breaking the glass ceiling’ thanks to women’s football setting new records for attendance, support, sponsors and media coverage. We have exciting times ahead… with the ladies being the first team from Axminster Town to be entered into the FA Cup…Axminster Town…

Firefighters from Clyst St George marked the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York by walking 20 miles in full kit. Ten crew members donned breathing apparatus, helmets and other gear – weighing 30kg – for the challenge which set off from Exmouth Lifeboat Station. They have decided to mark the two-decade date milestone of 9/11, in which 343 firefighters lost their lives, with a series of charity challenges to remember the dead. We were all wearing our fire kit – breathing apparatus, helmet and all – which meant that together we weighed 30kg… Their antics…

Tributes have been paid to a pilot and passenger, both from East Devon, who died in a light aircraft crash in Somerset last month. Jonathan Mann, aged 69, and Margaret Costa, 74, lost their lives when the plane they were travelling on crashed on farmland near Buckland St Mary on August 12. Pilot Jonathan, known as Joe, lived near Sidmouth and was a husband, dad and granddad. The world feels a colder place without his warmth and good humour – family of Jonathan MannHis family said in a statement: “He was a great man and a talented pilot; the world…

Youngsters staying at Ladram Bay Holiday Park near Otterton have been provided with a £250,000 play area designed to promote both fitness and fun. And powering the new facility into action this this month was TV personality Josie Gibson, a This Morning presenter and former Big Brother winner who is also a qualified personal trainer. Josie, who lives in Bath, officially declared the play area open during a special visit she paid to Ladram Bay. It was great that Josie was able to come along and cut the ribbon as she knows well the importance of keeping active… The raft…

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