Browsing: East Devon

Pride Month is being marked by East Devon District Council (EDDC) in a bid to tackle biphobia and homophobia, locally. The council is celebrating diversity and inclusion through flying the Pride Flag on its Honiton Blackdown House headquarters during June. Councillors in 2020 voted that the flag should annually fly throughout June – Pride Month – to recognise the contribution that the LGBTQ+ community makes in East Devon. Flying the flag is an important example of raising awareness and visibility, celebrating difference and ultimately making discrimination and hate a thing of the past… Councillor Joe Whibley, EDDC ward member for…

Firefighters tackling a tumble drier blaze at a village in East Devon have issued a safety message to regularly clean the machines. Crews from Colyton and Seaton were called to a home in Branscombe shortly after noon on Wednesday (June 9) after smoke was seen coming from an outbuilding. The fire service said the blaze in a laundry room was caused by a blocked tumble drier filter, damaging clothes and the machine. A Colyton fire station spokesperson said: “The fire was quickly got under control using two breathing apparatus wearers. “The smoke was then cleared using a positive pressure ventilation…

Beer Coastguard and the Lyme Regis lifeboat were on Monday evening (June 7) tasked to a report in East Devon of four people being washed out to sea and shouting for help. When the coastguard team arrived, they spotted two people leaving the sea near Axmouth Harbour and discovered no one else was in difficulty in the water. The pair had been snorkelling near the river mouth and within seconds found themselves out at sea, caught on a fast-flowing ebb tide. When it was found no one was in danger the rescue teams stood down and a local boat, who…

Nature photographer Paul Clayden captured these stunning images of otters playing in the river near Sidmouth. Paul, a freelance and event photographer, was lucky enough to spot the creatures hunting for fish in the water, and watched them for around an hour as they played together. The photographer, from Sidmouth, regularly takes his camera along to some of East Devon’s beauty spots in the hope of snapping wildlife and birds in their natural habitat. He took these photos of the otters during the morning at the end of May as they splashed around in the river a short distance from…

A deputy manager of a Honiton transport service dedicated to reducing loneliness has cried happy tears over the generosity of donations made to fund a new electric vehicle. TRIP has been granted £7,500 from East Devon District Council, and £5,000 from Devon County Council to help achieve its Crowdfunding goal of a total of £35,000. The transport group believes the wheelchair-friendly electric vehicle will be the first of its kind to be used by an East Devon community organisation. Councillor Mike Allen, EDDC ward member Honiton St Michael’s, said he ‘wished’ they could add another nought to the sum being…

A Lympstone Royal Marine who volunteers for a charity based in Honiton touched the life of man living with PTSD when a routine Covid-19 swab revealed a shared military passion. Devon Freewheelers volunteer Steve Randell went above and beyond in his role to help when he was called to Jon Jackson’s home, in Lower Crooked Meadows, Okehampton, and spotted a host of Royal Marines memorabilia. Jon, aged 49, who suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) dating back to childhood, held back the tears when Steve – a Sergeant Major in the Royal Marines at the Lympstone Commando training camp when…

Police want to trace two men thought to have seen a fatal car crash in East Budleigh where a teenager died and two were injured. Investigating officers believe two men, one wearing a cream-coloured top, saw the blue Ford Fiesta crash on Budleigh Hill, colliding with a wall, at around 10pm on Wednesday, May 25. Devon and Cornwall Police said the two men left before police arrived, and are appealing for the witnesses to get in touch. Officers also want to hear from anyone who was in the Budleigh Hill area at the time of the crash, who has mobile…

Emotions ran high for an Exeter woman remembering her much-missed dad when a trio of gruelling challenges for Honiton charity Devon Freewheelers came to an end. Mum-of-three Kelly Lawson, aged 43, of St Leonards, in Exeter, this month completed her own Challenge 62, as a tribute to dad David Meyer, from Chelston, in Torquay, who died from coronavirus in March 2020, aged 62. Married Kelly, an accountant, who during April and May celebrated her 62-year-old dad’s life by swimming, running and cycling, has raised more than £1,300 for the Devon Freewheelers charity through a JustGiving page. Fundraising over the last…

A paraglider was left with cuts and grazes after crashing onto the cliff top near Beer on Monday evening (June 1). Coastguards tasked to help shortly after 6.30pm, where they found a paraglider had crashed onto gorse on the cliff edge between Pounds Pool and Beer Head. The man, who crawled to safety, was reunited with his parachute by the Coastguard team, after it became caught in a tree. The rescuers wore harnesses and used specialist anchoring equipment to reach the parachute and cut it free. A Beer Coastguard spokesperson said: “We were tasked to report of a paraglider crashed…

Police are appealing for help to trace the next-of-kin of a 63-year-old East Devon woman who was found dead in Dorset last month.  The body of Lesley Stevens, from Membury, near Axminster, was located in the sea off Lyme Regis on the morning  of Monday 19 April. Lesley is believed to have grown-up in, or lived in, the Kent area and may have next-of-kin there, however, their details are unknown…She had left her home at 7am on the same day and a coroner has determined the cause of her death to be drowning. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Lesley…

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