Browsing: East Devon

Families can now enjoy a new wildlife-themed sculpture trail at Seaton Wetlands, featuring 11 natural sculptures spread around the nature reserve. Funded by Tesco’s Bags of Help, all the sculptures have been hand-crafted out of natural materials. The challenge is to find all 11 willow and wood sculptures of a crow, hare, snail, willow dragon fly, wooden dragon fly, frog, heron, stickleback, deer, buzzard and snake. The Wild East Devon team has installed the sculptures at locations that will not disturb the resident wildlife. The trail starts near the car park and follows the main path, past Black Hole Marsh…

Police investigating a spate of arson attacks in the Exmouth area are remaining ‘open-minded’ that the latest deliberately-started fire could be linked. Officers made two arrests in connection with the most recent incident, where a car was set on fire in Pankhurst Close, Littleham, at 3.45pm, on Saturday, August 1, where the blaze spread to a derelict building. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “One of the suspects was released, and due to safeguarding concerns, no further details will be issued in relation to the other suspect at this time.” They added: “Officers have confirmed that they are remaining…

Detectives investigating two reports of indecent exposure in Exmouth have made a fresh appeal for public help to identify a man believed to hold ‘vital’ information. Exmouth detectives previously released an e-fit of the suspect and CCTV images of a man they believe could be key to to helping with the police investigation. Devon and Cornwall Police want to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the photographs. Officers believe he could help investigating detectives at Exmouth CID. Police investigating, said the pair of incidents took place within 24 hours of each other, where a male cyclist exposed himself…

A kayaking birthday treat turned into a rescue for two men when they capsized at Axmouth on Sunday morning (August 2) and struggled to swim to shore. The pair capsized after they paddled down the River Axe and were taken by the tide out to sea. The two men, left ‘shaken’ and ‘tired’ by their ordeal, swam back to shore with one kayak, while the other vessel was picked up by Sidmouth Lifeboat. A Beer Coastguard Rescue spokesman urged kayakers to check the tide before paddling through a river mouth. Sidmouth Lifeboat volunteers said the two men’s lifejackets ‘undoubtedly’ helped…

Residents will have to wait until May 2021 before they can vote on a blueprint that will help shape future developments in Otterton.  The Neighbourhood Plan aims to ensure the village continues to be an outstanding place to live, work and visit and to preserve and enhance its historical significance and built environment. It also insists that any new development should meet the needs of the local inhabitants first, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. The document has been declared ‘sound’ by a government planning inspector and a public referendum is needed for it to come into legal force. However, the Coronavirus Act…

Community-backed plans for new homes in the heart of an East Devon village have been approved after a recommendation to refuse them was panned as ‘disgraceful’.  The outline scheme for nine dwellings, office space, a farm office, meeting room, and a village car park at Slade Barton in Payhembury was approved by the district council’s Planning Committee. Officers had advised members to turn it down, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. This is not development-led, this is community-led and I find this disgraceful that we want to refuse this – Cllr Philip Skinner But Councillor Philip Skinner, who represents the…

Proposals for a huge solar farm in the East Devon countryside –  that will provide power for 5,000 homes –  have been given the green light. District council planning committee members unanimously backed the 15MW scheme on land south of Rockbeare Hill, Marsh Green, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. Permission will last for 40 years and, at the end of the solar farm’s, the plot will be returned to agricultural use. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices, but the benefits will outweigh them and we have to make the right decision to approve this – Cllr Tony WoodwardCouncillors heard that, while…

A 79-year-old man reported missing from Budleigh Salterton has been found, police confirmed this morning (Sunday, August 2).  Officers had issued an appeal for help to find the pensioner, who had last been seen at 6am on Saturday, August 1, carrying a Tesco carrier bag. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said today: “A 79-year-old missing person from Budleigh Salterton has been found. “The public are thanked for their assistance.” Group determined to buy Budleigh fire station for the town at online auction, creating a community workshop, has weeks to raise £60,000

Police shut down an ‘unlicensed music event’ in Hawkchurch, near Axminster, and seized equipment in the early hours of this morning (Saturday, August 1). Officers said they responded to complaints in the East Devon village yesterday evening but, despite speaking with organisers, could not stop the festivities. Attempts to negotiate with organisers prior to and at the start of the event failed to prevent the music being halted… They returned later and pulled the plug after the event was declared an ‘unlicensed gathering’. A spokesperson for the Rural East Devon Police team said: “Police responded to complaints about an unlicensed…

A driver suffered serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash on the A375 near Sidbury this morning (Saturday, August 1), police have confirmed.  Emergency services were called to a stretch of the road north of the village, near to Putts Corner, at around 6am. Firefighters had to cut the trapped casualty free and he was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The road was shut for several hours by the incident. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “On Saturday, August 1, police were called to a single-vehicle collision on the A375 just north of Sidbury, Sidmouth. “The male driver…

1 2 3 94