Browsing: East Devon

Firefighters raced to sheltered accommodation in Axminster – when the contents of a microwave overheated. A crew from the town attended a flat at Minster Court, in West Street, at around 6.30pm yesterday (Monday, January 20). They were called by Careline, which monitors the alarms for the premises. The overcooked contents of the microwave were plunged into a bucket of water and nobody was injured. Residents were offered safety advice. Not only were the contents of the microwave 100 per cent damaged by fire, but the appliance sustained 50 per cent fire damage, too A Devon and Somerset Fire and…

Police say a 46-year-old man reported as missing and last seen in Exmouth has been found. Devon and Cornwall Police said they have located missing man, who was last seen yesterday afternoon in Exmouth, on January 19. Officers thanked the public for helping to highlight the police appeal. VIDEO: Exmouth passenger films ‘massive wall of water’ moments before waves break train window 

East Devon’s MP has told fire service chiefs that stations in Budleigh Salterton and Topsham should not close until new crewing arrangements in Exmouth are agreed. Simon Jupp met with bosses on Friday (January 17) and has vowed he ‘won’t rest’ until he is ‘satisfied’ the changes will keep his constituents safe. Under the controversial plans, Budleigh Salterton Fire Station will close and be sold – with affected crews responding from Exmouth instead. Topsham Fire Station will be relocated to the service’s HQ at Clyst St George until an on-call crew can be established at Middlemoor in Exeter. Conservative Mr…

East Devon residents and traders with energy-efficient buildings could pay less in council tax and business rates, if a £50,000 research project proves successful. The Government-funded study is under way in the district to see if discounts could incentivise people to improve their properties in the fight against climate change. A sample of households and businesses in the Exe Valley are being asked about their attitudes to energy-efficiency and renewable energy. Councillor Ian Thomas, East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) portfolio holder for finance and chairman of the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone board, said: “As part of our work…

Firefighters from across East Devon spent the night tackling a huge barn blaze in Seaton – with a number of cows saved from the inferno. Reports of the straw- and hay-filled agricultural building – measuring 30m by 20m – was engulfed in flames and smoke first came in at around 10.20pm last night (Friday, January 17). One man has been treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation, said the fire service. Crews from Seaton and Colyton were first on the scene. They were joined by colleagues from Sidmouth,  Axminster, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Exmouth, and Tophsam. Firefighters from Crediton, Bovey…

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash in Colyton where a cyclist with serious injuries was airlifted to hospital. Devon and Cornwall Police want to hear from anyone who saw a collision involving a Suzuki car, a Ford Fiesta and a man on a bicycle, which happened at around 10.25am on Thursday, January 16, on New Sidmouth Road, Colyton. Officers said the cyclist was taken by ambulance to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with serious injuries, then airlifted to Derriford Hospital. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “The collision is believed to have involved a Suzuki and…

Firefighters cut free a man trapped in a vehicle involved in a crash at Clyst Honiton on Thursday evening. Crews from Middlemoor and Topsham were called to the A30 shortly before 5.30pm on January 16, where they used cutting equipment to free the casualty. The man was left in the care of paramedics, the fire service said. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “The fire service were called to assist other agencies with a road traffic collision where persons were believed trapped. “One crew from Middlemoor and one crew from Topsham attended. “On arrival the crews…

A man believed to have fallen from a lorry after becoming ill at Rockbeare on Thursday, has died police have confirmed. Devon and Cornwall Police said a man in his 60s had a ‘medical episode’ at around 12.30pm on January 16, and was flown by air ambulance to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Officers said the death was not being treated as suspicious at this time. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to reports that a man  in his 60s had a medical episode at around 12.30pm on 16th January in Rockbeare. “The air ambulance…

A cyclist was taken to hospital by air ambulance suffering neck, back and leg injuries after they were rescued from a ditch at Colyton following a crash. Firefighters from Colyton and Seaton were on Thursday, January 16, called to New Sidmouth Road at 10.45am, where crews helped paramedics move the casualty. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Fire appliances from Colyton and Seaton were mobilised to assist with the rescue of a cyclist from a ditch following a road traffic collision. “Crews assisted paramedics to remove the casualty from the ditch on a stretcher, who was…

Axminster’s former department store has been sold and will be turned into modern retail space to encourage shoppers to the town. The sale of Trinity House was confirmed this week by Axminster Property, who handled the purchase and will be responsible for building’s future. The plan is to sub-divide the now-empty large department shop floor into three retail units which can be used by a variety of businesses. Work will start very soon on a facelift for this classic building that we sincerely hope will form a new centre of excellence in retailing… Axminster Property, who will manage the building…

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