Browsing: East Devon

Saturday’s launch of Axminster’s Repair Café proved so successful the event will now be held monthly, it has been announced. A 50-year-old wooden coat hanger and an antique chair were among items fixed at Axminster’s first-ever repair café, on February 15. Saturday’s event, at the Guildhall, in West Street, raised more than £200 for future events when more than 20 volunteers fixed 46 items brought in for repair by the public, saving them from landfill. As well as monthly meet-ups, Axminster Repair Cafe plans to hold workshops to teach new fix-it skills. The Axminster Repair Café’s launch coincided with the…

Highways teams in Devon have been working ‘flat-out’ over the weekend dealing with ‘a trail of devastation’ left by Storm Dennis. The weekend’s wild weather caused more flooding incidents than those seen during Storm Ciara – and a number of issues are still affecting some local roads. County council crews are out clearing trees, landslips and debris as well as gullies and drains. Flood alerts were issued this morning by the Environment Agency (EA) for the lower Exe area and the River Clyst. Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “Storm Dennis has left a…

Heavy rain and high river levels have seen Storm Dennis flood warnings and alerts issued across East Devon and Exeter this morning (Sunday, February 16). A number of roads have been shut by the wild weather in places such as Sidmouth, Exmouth and the city. Devon and Cornwall Police said earlier today that Maer Lane in Littleham, Exmouth, was closed both ways between The Clinton Arms and Exmouth Beach Rescue Club. Highways bosses also said The Bowd to Station Road in Sidmouth was shut due to flooding. Dunsford Hill in Exeter, near Exonia Park, is also closed due to fallen trees…

Flood warnings and alerts have been issued across East Devon as Storm Dennis continues to batter Britain this evening (Saturday, February 15). The Environment Agency (EA) says the River Otter, River Sid, River Clyst, River Axe and the lower Exe and Exmouth areas are all places of concern. Wild weather is forecast to continue into the night and tomorrow (Sunday) – with huge waves crashing into the coast and roads turning to rivers. Highways chiefs said this afternoon that Woolbrook Road in Sidmouth was shut due to ‘storm drain issues’. Flood warnings have been issued for the River Clyst and…

A bid to boost small businesses in East Devon – by reusing £100,000 of cash earmarked for tackling climate change – has been turned down.  District council chiefs rejected the request, despite it netting previous support, with one member saying: “I can hear Extinction Rebellion banging on our doors now.” Councillor Mike Allen has proposed that money from a fund allocated to a climate change action plan be diverted and used for economic development instead. We have lots of small businesses and have people who have been landlocked in terms of available space. They want to expand but simply can’t…

Police have issued an appeal after a woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash between a car and a van on the A3052 near Branscombe today (Friday, February 14). Officers are seeking witnesses and dashcam footage following the collision between Seaton and Sidford at around 10.25am. The 52-year-old casualty was cut free from her vehicle by firefighters and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. Police are appealing for any witnesses who were in the area at the time of the collision, and may have dashcam footage…The incident involved involved a blue Seat Ibiza and a white Mercedes Sprinter van.…

East Devon is bracing itself for another weekend of wild weather when Storm Dennis arrives on Saturday and Sunday (February 15 and 16). A Yellow Warning for strong winds and rain across the area has been issued by the Met Office for both days. Winds of up to 70mph are forecast for coastal areas, while gusts are expected to be around 50mph inland. Up to 100mm – around four inches – of rain is also possible in some parts of Devon – creating a risk of widespread flooding. The rain that’s forecast for this weekend is expected to be heavier…

Police are warning residents in Exeter and East Devon to be vigilant of phone scams and bogus callers after fraudsters swindled one elderly victim out of £18,000.  Detectives say the areas have seen a rise in reports of cons where criminals – who prey on vulnerable householders – often pose as officers or bank officials. The crooks ask residents to withdraw cash, purchase goods or provide bank card details and PIN numbers for collection by a courier. The fraudsters are extremely convincing and persistent and often target the elderly or vulnerable, resulting in the loss of thousands of pounds -…

A woman has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after crash near Branscombe on Friday morning, February 14. Police, the fire service, and paramedics were called to the A3052 shortly before 10.30am this morning after receiving reports of a crash involving a car and a lorry. Devon and Cornwall Police said the road remains closed and are advising motorists to avoid the area. A police spokesman said: “The female driver of the car has been airlifted to Derriford Hospital with serious injuries. “The driver of the lorry has been taken to hospital to be checked over.” Two fire appliances from…

Vets in Sidmouth treating a dog for a suspected case of Alabama Rot want to reassure owners the disease is rare. Jurassic Vets, in Woolbrook Road, said they have identified a suspected case of Alabama Rot in a patient, and are urging dog owners to wash their pets thoroughly after walking in muddy woodland. This disease is given this horrible name Alabama Rot. It’s actually not that common and I think that’s what needs to be emphasised so people don’t panic…There have been two recent confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in Budleigh Salterton. City Vets Exeter this week confirmed a…

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