Browsing: East Devon

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Porsche crashed on the M5 – causing ‘extensive’ damage and leaving the motorway shut for a ‘lengthy’ spell.  The car’s driver was taken to hospital following the crash on the Exeter-bound carriageway at Junction 28 near Cullompton at around 9pm on Thursday, August 11. ‘Extensive damage’ to the road meant ‘significant’ diversions were put in place. Devon and Cornwall Police would like to thank the public for their patience during a lengthy road closure…A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses following a collision that occurred on the M5…

Police searching for a missing 54-year-old woman thought to be in Sidmouth have found a body near the town. Sarah Buckingham was last seen in Exeter on Tuesday night (August 9) sparking police concern for her welfare, launching a public appeal to help trace the woman. Devon and Cornwall Police said the body of a woman was found at unnamed location near Sidmouth on Thursday (August 11). Formal identification is yet to take place, however the family of missing Sarah have been told of the discovery, police said. Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and a…

This dramatic video and photos capture the moments of a giant cliff fall at Sidmouth, when tonnes of rubble crashed onto the beach below. Police and the Coastguard are warning beachgoers to stay away from East Beach at Sidmouth after a large chunk of cliff collapsed into the sea on Monday morning (August 8). The beach beneath and surrounding the landslide has been closed, and the public is urged to stay away from the area for their own safety. Shortly after the cliff collapsed Sidmouth lifeguards braved the water to check no one was cut off or injured by the…

The hunt has begun for a suitable site in East Devon where a proposed new town with up to 8,000 homes could be built, the district council has revealed. The move comes as the district council announced on Monday (August 8) it has instructed internationally-known consultancy firm CBRE to scrutinise its proposed design and construction for around 8,000 homes and amenities in the north west area of East Devon. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said CBRE is leading a team to pinpoint a site and advise on its practicality, infrastructure, planning, design, environmental measures and construction options. It is hoped…

The Devon Freewheelers’ blood bikes ‘vital’ service has been given a £3,000 boost thanks to a year of fundraising by the Buffs of Beer. The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes’ (Buffs) of Beer chose to support the Devon Blood Bikes as its charity of the year, in recognition of its free transport and courier service that helps the NHS and community at no cost. The Buffs of Beer recently presented £3,000 to the Devon Freewheelers – a total raised thanks to the members of Ye Rattenbury Lodge organising a host of fundraisers, get-togethers and attending community events. The charity thanked…

Honiton residents and traders are urged to donate to a £325,000 campaign to repair a former youth club for community use. Honiton Community Spaces has launched the donation drive in a bid to bring back from ‘disrepair’ the Community Use Building, in School Lane, Honiton, in the hope it can host 100s of people each week. Volunteers keen to see the building fit for the community are calling for donations and urging residents to hold sponsored events and fundraisers, to boost the facelift. Funds raised will be used for ‘vital upgrades’ – installing a new fire escape and disabled ramps,…

A pile of clothes abandoned on a rock on an East Devon beach sparked a coastal search on foot and by lifeboat. Beer Coastguard Rescue Team was on Thursday evening (August 4) alerted to search when a polo shirt and pair of pyjamas was spotted on Seaton Hole beach, East Devon, and no one nearby, or swimming in the sea. The RNLI and two coastguard teams searched the sea and shore but found no sign of anyone in the water or on the beach. A Beer Coastguard Rescue Team spokesperson said: “A pile of clothes were left neatly on a…

Police want to hear from East Devon residents who have fallen foul of rogue traders in Axminster, Honiton, Sidmouth and Seaton. The call comes from officers who have received information about a group of men cold-calling at homes in East Devon, offering a range of skills and services. Police are warning that the scamsters quote the cost, carry out the work then claim the figure was for half the job, and demand further payment. The rural police team for East Devon are appealing for information, and urging residents to be aware of anyone calling at the door who drives a…

Young fans of nature are being offered a free backpack kit in Sidmouth to help them explore the ‘glorious’ Sid Valley. Up for grabs at Sidmouth Library, in Blackmore Drive, are nature explorer backpacks – a new project to encourage children and families to get out and about in the area. Each backpack contains magnifiers, specimen pots and information about the flora and fauna found in the East Devon countryside. The backpacks have been funded thanks to The Keith Owen Fund, Stuart Hughes, Devon County Councillor for Sidmouth, and the Sidmouth Library Friends Group. The hope is the nature kits…

Police from four East Devon towns have joined forces in a two-day sting in a bid to tackle rural crime. Officers based in Honiton, Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminster recently teamed up  in marked and unmarked vehicles, to patrol country lanes, farmland and a host of East Devon rural locations. In a clamp-down on crime, police stopped late-night vehicles, agricultural machinery, tractors and motorists traveling along rural roads in a clamp-down on crime. State-of-the art technology was used by police to identify stolen goods and machinery. The police team hailed the sting a success and plan to repeat the action in…

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