Browsing: East Devon

Out-of-control bonfires and carelessly-disposed-of barbecues have sparked a flurry of callouts for the fire service, say East Devon crews. The service is currently dealing with lots of out-of-control bonfires and fires caused by carelessly disposed of barbecues… These photos show two such incidents in the district’s countryside the space of four days – at Branscombe today (Saturday) and between Beer and Seaton on Wednesday. A pair of crews from Sidmouth had to extinguish two ‘large’ bonfires in the open this afternoon. One pump was initially called to Branscombe at around 1.45pm, before a second was requested to provide extra water.…

Firefighters from Exmouth are warning against throwing still-hot disposable barbecues in bins after the crew tackled two such fires on the same day. Exmouth firefighters on Friday evening, May 29, extinguished two separate bin blazes caused by hot ashes setting rubbish alight. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) is urging against taking disposable barbecues into the open countryside, or onto the beach. The fire service said disposable barbecues can stay hot long after the food has been cooked and eaten. A spokesman for DSFRS said: “It’s great knowing people aren’t leaving hot barbecues on the beach. Just remember…

A pair of ‘large’ bonfires in the open in Branscombe had to be extinguished by crews from Sidmouth this afternoon (Saturday, May 30).   They were called into action following reports of a blaze at around 1.45pm. Initially one crew from Sidmouth attended, but called for back-up as extra water was required. They tackled the flames to stop them from spreading. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One fire engine from Sidmouth was mobilised to a fire in the open in Branscombe this afternoon. “On arrival the crews requested a further fire engine from Sidmouth to attend…

Pensioners sent a hate letter after clapping for the NHS cried tears of joy on their Exmouth doorstep when paramedics and strangers turned up to applaud with them. Marion and Jock Roberston, of Churchill Road, Brixington, were targeted this week after they left their home for a short seafront drive, returning to find the handwritten note pushed through their front door, calling the couple ‘fu****g pr**ks’ and ‘tw*ts’ for the way they clap on Thursdays. After last night’s clapping had died down, Jock, aged 80, was seen at his window raising a glass to thank the well-wishers who had rallied…

This little and large duo are among seven-strong herd of uniquely-paired animals to find a new home for life at The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth. The adorable group – featuring one of the biggest and one of the smallest breeds – have been taken in by the international charity. The group had clearly been well cared for…I am so glad we are able to give these donkeys a home for life – Tuesday HerbertA change in their owner’s circumstances meant the three large Poitou and four Mediterranean Miniature donkeys needed a new place to live. They are not suitable for rehoming…

The new leader of East Devon District Council (EDDC) says his administration will aim to deliver the ‘reformed and improved’ authority that residents voted for. Councillor Paul Arnott was confirmed in the role this morning (Friday) after talks last night were unexpectedly adjourned when a live stream of the virtual meeting was stopped. The remaining three out of 60 members were today able to have their say on whether to appoint Democratic Alliance leader Cllr Arnott or Conservative Group leader Cllr Andrew Moulding. It is essential that, at this of all times, East Devon has a stable majority leadership. It…

An East Devon councillor has apologised ‘unreservedly’ for swearing after the bad language was unwittingly broadcast to a virtual meeting – causing it to be abandoned. Budleigh and Raleigh representative Tom Wright today (Friday, May 29) said sorry to colleagues, the public and the authority’s staff. I apologise to all councillors, officers and members of the public who were following the events on Youtube and for the harm it did to the democratic process and reputation of the council – Cllr Tom Wright District members were in the process of electing a new leader last night when a live Youtube…

Police investigating assaults on two officers on Seaton seafront are appealing for help to identify this man – as he may have ‘vital information’ to assist their enquiries. The appeal has been issued following an incident in the East Devon town at around 7.20pm on Friday, May 8. Police would particularly like to speak to the man pictured because it is believed he may have vital information that could assist their enquiries… A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “A group of men became verbally and physically abusive to officers, with one of the men grabbing an officer’s body armour…

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has a new leader – despite a virtual meeting this evening (Thursday) being abandoned because of ‘technical difficulties’. Councillor Paul Arnott was on the verge of landing the role when a live stream of the talks – being broadcast on Youtube – ended abruptly. However, EDDC has since confirmed Cllr Arnott, member for the Coly Valley ward, was appointed ‘just prior’ to the extraordinary meeting being adjourned. The authority announced on social media late tonight that it will formally confirm the move in the morning – along with a deputy leader and cabinet appointments. Cllr…

Hand sanitiser is being pinched from recently-reopened public toilets in East Devon – prompting a plea for the stealing to stop. Ten of the district’s 26 loos have been made accessible again with an enhanced cleaning regime as part of the easing of coronavirus lockdown rules. We would ask users to be considerate and think of others when making use of the soap provided…Extra hand gels had to be sourced to allow the conveniences in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton, Axminster and Beer to be back in action. But East Devon District Council (EDDC) said on the day they…

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