Browsing: East Devon

A kitesurfer spotted in difficulty in the water near Budleigh Salterton sparked the launch of the Exmouth lifeboat. Exmouth inshore lifeboat launched at around 11.30am on Thursday (April 15) after a 999 call was made to the Coastguard. The lifeboat crew stood down after the Coastguard said the kitesurfer made his own way to safety. The kitesurfer was seen in the sea between Sandy Bay and Budleigh beach. An RNLI spokesperson said: “Exmouth RNLI volunteer crew members launched their inshore lifeboat this morning following a 999 call reporting a kitesurfer in difficulty off the East Devon shoreline. “At 11.38am today,…

Axminster firefighters have urged vigilance when lighting bonfires after the crew was called to tackle a blaze at the town’s old skate park. The crew was called to a report of a fire on Sunday afternoon (April 11) and when they arrived, they found a lit bonfire left unattended. Firefighters said care was needed when lighting bonfires – including notifying the fire service. The crew said lit bonfires should be constantly monitored until extinguished. An Axminster Fire Station spokesperson said: “We were called to reports of a fire in the open at the old skate park site. “Fortunately, on our…

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2021 Devon County Show after ‘overwhelming’ public support for the event to go ahead. This year’s three-day show, at Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, is due to take place over Friday, July 2, Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. The 2020 show was cancelled because of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Event organisers said more of the show will take place outside this year, in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. County show organisers said the outcome of a survey carried out over Easter to gauge public response to holding the event produced…

A last letter of thanks penned by Exmouth RNLI ‘hero’ coxswain Tim Mock shortly before he died has been shared by his family. Married Tim, who died on April 10 after a short illness, wrote the ‘letter of praise’ with the intention of it being made public after his death. Tim thanked all who had helped him throughout his short illness and urged consideration for those caring for the terminally-ill through the pandemic. Signing his note off with his name, Tim wrote ‘When you read this I will have passed away with the cancer. “This is not an obituary but…

“A fine man and coxswain, and committed to the Exmouth lifeboat station and RNLI.” Tributes have been paid to lifeboat ‘legend’ Tim Mock, a retired Exmouth coxswain mechanic, who died on April 10 after a short illness. His RNLI crew have spoken of their former ‘fantastic’ leader, calling him a true friend, ‘one of life’s great heroes’, who they were ‘proud’ to serve under. They praised his wealth of knowledge at sea and spoke of their ‘confidence’ that Tim would always bring the crew and lifeboat safely home after every shout. Tim’s love for the RNLI and dedication to the…

Police are investigating an arson attack on a barn in Southleigh, East Devon, which destroyed three antique tractors worth £35,000. Officers believe the culprits could have set fire to the structure in the village near Colyton on Sunday night (April 11) after failing to steal the vintage vehicles. Firefighters from Sidmouth, Seaton and Danes Castle in Exeter tackled the blaze at Wiscombe Farm, off Seaton Road. Three antique tractors, worth more than £35,000, which were stored in the barn, were completely destroyed in the blaze…Seaton’s crew was ‘saddened’ that a police ‘road closed’ sign and blue, flashing warning light –…

East Devon councillors have rejected a bid to remove a restriction that only gypsies and travellers can stay at a caravan site in Hawkchurch. The district council’s Planning Committee heard Hawkwell Park has for years been used to house vulnerable and homeless people, breaking existing rules. And members were told the authority has taken enforcement action – despite breaching its own planning policies by utilising the plot for emergency accommodation. Planning consent was originally granted in 2007 to allow Hawkwell Park to be occupied only by people who meet the definition of gypsies and travellers. A retrospective application to lift…

Devon Freewheelers, based in Honiton, has introduced virtual talks during the Covid-19 pandemic for groups and organisations keen to learn about the work of the charity and its volunteers. The virtual talks are in place of the visits by a Blood Bike volunteer, in a bid to continue highlighting the work of the charity throughout Devon to community groups, schools, businesses and other organisations. The tailored talks, in return for a donation, have been proving a success with the charity’s supporters, while raising much-needed funds for the Devon Freewheelers. The pandemic has greatly taken its toll on our fundraising with…

Police are treating the death of a woman – who was found inside a Colaton Raleigh house after officers were called to a shed fire – as ‘unexplained’.   Emergency services discovered the body of a 39-year-old at a property in the East Devon village, near Sidmouth, in the early hours of Sunday, April 11. They had initially attended the address following reports of a blaze in the garden. Her death is being treated as unexplained and a file is being prepared for the coroner… A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in relation to the shed…

Television star Bear Grylls has been spotted in Exmouth filming a fresh challenge with former SAS soldier Phil Campion. Onlookers said former SAS soldier and adventurer Bear was joined on Exmouth seafront by Phil Campion, also a past Special Forces military veteran, and Royal Marine. A spokeswoman for Bear Grylls confirmed it was the wilderness survival expert who had been filming in the town. She said: “They were filming with all Covid restrictions in place.” The TV stars and ex-soldiers were spotted sitting together on the dockside, near Mamhead slipway, at Exmouth, where they were being filmed. Earlier Phil Campion…

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