Browsing: East Devon

A woman from Exeter has been arrested by police on suspicion of being a loan shark, after equipment and paperwork was seized from an address in the city. Devon and Cornwall Police on Wednesday (April 24) arrested a 46-year-old woman in the Pennsylvania area of Exeter. She was taken into custody by police, questioned by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT), and later released on bail pending further investigations. A spokeswoman for the IMLT said: “A 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of illegal money lending following an operation in Exeter today. “The England Illegal Money Lending Team, working…

A cyclist was airlifted to hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries after crashing with a parked car in Sidmouth, prompting police to appeal for witnesses. Police were called to Salcombe Hill Road, Sidmouth, at around 3.30pm on Tuesday (April 23) after reports a man in his 20s on a bicycle had been involved in a crash with a parked-up Toyota Yaris car. The man, from Hampshire, was airlifted to hospital with what police have described as ‘potentially life-threatening injuries’. The road was closed for several hours while the crash scene was examined, reopening shortly before 7pm. Police wasn’t to hear from…

Plans are delayed to demolish an ‘old and poor’ hotel in Exmouth to make way for a new one, alongside blocks of flats and affordable homes. Controversial plans to redevelop Exmouth’s Devoncourt hotel remain in the balance after a marathon session failed to decide its fate, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. More than two-and-a-half hours was spent at East Devon District Council’s planning committee hearing objections from the public and local Councillors, as well as concerns about the proposals for the Douglas Avenue site. Applicant Azim Lalani wants to demolish the existing building and replace it with a new…

Multiple grassed areas in Sidmouth are to be left to grow wild for six months each year without being cut or mown, the district council has revealed. East Devon District Council (EDDC) has named 14 grassy areas that will be ‘allowed to grow to help wildlife and nature flourish in Sidmouth’. While EDDC said the majority of grass areas owned or managed by the district, or Sidmouth Town Council, would be cut regularly in the growing season, and ‘perhaps more frequently if growing conditions demand it’, the district council has outlined areas ‘identified for nature’ across the Sid Valley it…

Water pipe investigations in Exmouth includes coloured dye being poured into the sea off the beach at Maer Rocks this week, it has been announced. Dye will be poured into the water off Exmouth this as South West Water carries out a series of tests, writes local democracy reporter Guy Henderson. The water company is reassuring local people that the substance is harmless and will not affect any wildlife in the area. The dye is being used as part of investigation work at Maer Rocks, following discussions with the local community. The aim is to confirm the location of pipework,…

Attacks on two men in Exmouth town centre has resulted in police arresting a teenage boy from Exeter. Police said a man aged 65, and a 56-year-old, were injured in separate attacks on Monday, April 15, at a shop in the Magnolia Centre, and inside the town’s indoor market. A 14-year-old boy from Exeter was arrested on suspicion of assault by beating and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has been released on conditional police bail until July 18, 2024, while enquiries continue. Grant Leitch, Exmouth’s new Inspector, said the town’s police ‘refuses to accept or allow such behaviour’. Police…

East Devon MP Simon Jupp’s campaign manager has admitted he bought websites that redirected supporters of the political rival to his boss’s site. Earlier this month the pressure was on Conservative Simon Jupp to explain why the web addresses – RichardFoord.co.uk, RichardFoord.com and RichardFoord.uk – sent users to Mr Jupp’s website. Detective work by Liberal Democrat Tiverton and Honiton MP, Richard Foord – who in the next general election will stand against the East Devon MP for the new constituency of Honiton and Sidmouth – found the web domains had been bought and registered by Oliver Kerr, Mr Jupp’s campaign…

News in brief: Community stories and photos from across East Devon, what’s on, crime and more from Exmouth, Seaton, Honiton, Beer, Axminster, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth. Exmouth Storm damage in Exmouth has resulted in a seafront building being demolished after it was found to be too ‘dangerous’ to remain. The district council, currently working to replace parts of damaged the sea wall, said a building used by the Exmouth National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) had to be pulled down, saying it was ‘severely undermined and unrepairable’. Recent storm damage also battered the Harbour View slipway, which will be temporarily repaired in time…

East Devon will face ‘difficult decisions’ surrounding its leisure and sports facilities as it prepares to kick-off a review into what it can afford to keep running, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. It looks set to hire external consultants Strategic Leisure to explore what actions it might need to take to protect existing services. Liz Taylor, a consultant from the company, noted that the council had an “ageing stock of facilities” and that many were in schools, which “brings its own challenges.” She told East Devon’s leisure strategy delivery forum: “There’s also been recently an affordability issue with the…

Questions have been raised if basic criminal checks brought in to weed out law-breakers keen to serve on the district council in East Devon will go far enough to protect the community. Criminal checks of East Devon’s Councillors are to go ahead, writes local democracy reporter Bradley Gerrard. The district council has agreed the need for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which discloses unspent convictions and cautions. While Councillors must consent to the check, because the requirement is a formal protocol in the council’s constitution, failure to comply could amount to a potential breach of the code…

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