Browsing: East Devon

Businesses from across East Devon and Exeter teamed up to make the ‘difference-of-a-lifetime’, raising £14,500 for Hospiscare. During December more than 20 firms and traders rose to the challenge set by the charity to make a difference to families facing terminal illness over the holiday period. Hospiscare thanked the 24 businesses who signed up to the charity’s 12 Days of Care campaign, where firms sponsored a period of care on the hospice ward. Ruth Wills, Hospiscare nurse and ward manager, said: “The holidays really have the power to bring happiness and to give people the chance to make memories to…

A farm worker has been handed a suspended jail sentence for dangerous driving after a cyclist was left brain-damaged by an unsecured hay bale which fell from a trailer in East Devon. Matthew Shapcott, aged 39, from Silverton, was convicted on Tuesday, January 12, after entering a guilty plea at Exeter Crown Court. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 140 hours of unpaid work. Shapcott admitted dangerous driving by loading a trailer with the round bales and failing to secure them – although he had ratchet straps in his vehicle. While driving along…

An ‘ethical supermarket’ that launched in Branscombe last year amid the pandemic has branched out to offer home delivery across East Devon. After two years of planning, In My Back Yard (IMBY) began in April 2020 during the first coronavirus lockdown, sourcing as many products as possible within a 30-mile radius of its East Devon hub. Now the cooperative business, which is run largely by volunteers, is offering home delivery to customers living within a 15-mile radius of the ‘ethical supermarket’. A spokesperson for the cause said: “In My Back Yard – also known as IMBY – is a local,…

Maternity services at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) have come out top in a survey of new mums across England. The hospital was rated highly in the 2020 New Mothers’ Experiences of Care Survey, a fresh study carried out in response to the Covid pandemic. Some 107 mums who were cared for by RD&E midwives during February 2020 were asked for feedback on the trust’s maternity services found at Wonford Hospital, Honiton, Tiverton and Okehampton. When the annual NHS Maternity Survey 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic, the new study was developed in a bid gain feedback while…

A casualty showing signs of hypothermia who was washed ashore and cut off by the tide near Budleigh Salterton was saved by rescuers. The cold, wet and disorientated leisure fisherman was washed ashore on the eastern side of the Otter Mouth at around 6pm on Monday (January 11), with a possible dinghy puncture. After the casualty was located by Exmouth Coastguard, Sidmouth Independent Lifeboat crew carried out a tethered rescue, swimming across the river mouth to bring the man to safety. Exmouth Coastguard said the fisherman’s vessel was flooded, and had a possible puncture. The boat and its contents were…

Police are appealing for witnesses after a caravan was last week stolen under the cover of darkness from the Aylesbeare area. Devon and Cornwall police are keen to hear from anyone with information about the theft, which took place sometime between 8pm and 9pm, in the Sidmouth Road area of Aylesbeare. Anyone with information or CCTV footage of the area is asked to contact police on 101. A police spokeswoman said: “We are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection with a report of theft of a caravan from the area of Sidmouth Road, Aylesbeare, Exeter. “The caravan…

Cranbrook will get a town centre boasting a Morrisons supermarket, shops, youth centre and library after council chiefs finally struck a deal with developers. The ‘hard-fought’ agreement to bring forward multi-million-pound plans also features land to provide a range of other community, leisure and business spaces. Town council offices will also be built – and a leisure centre is still possible as well. East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) cabinet gave the package the go-ahead at its January meeting. Members also agreed a way forward for a sports pavilion to be delivered at Ingrams which will see developers working with Cranbrook…

Devon and Cornwall Police has received 885 Covid-related calls in six days since a third national lockdown came into force – dishing out 36 fines. Officers have taken some form of action in relation to 699 of the reports, a spokesperson revealed today. Fixed-penalty notices have been given for indoor and outdoor gatherings, people leaving their homes without a reasonable excuse, and after more than 800 stop-checks on the roads. The constabulary has long championed an ‘engage, explain and encourage’ stance on the Government’s coronavirus restrictions, with enforcement previously described as a ‘last resort’. Thirty-six fixed penalty notices have been…

Firefighters were called to a property near Honiton on Sunday evening (January 10) after reports of a chimney blaze. The crews from Honiton were sent to the road from Holmsleigh Cross to Four Cross, Cotleigh, shortly before 7pm, where they found a fire involving a wood burning stove. Firefighters used chimney gear to extinguish the blaze. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “Crews from Honiton were sent to reports of a chimney fire. “On arrival they discovered a chimney fire involving a wood burning stove. “Crews gained access to the chimney and used chimney gear…

An author from Seaton whose partner was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease has released a series of short stories to raise funds to help young people with the hereditary genetic disorder. Bruce Harris has published Fallen Eagles, which includes a story about a Scottish boy who loses his idolised mountaineer father in an accident and blames his uncle to such an extent that he contemplates murder. Other stories take the reader to the French Revolution, the First World War and to more contemporary situations, such as coming out, shaking off the parental yoke and exploring old and new love. Fallen Eagles,…

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