Browsing: Axminster

Police want to hear from East Devon residents who have fallen foul of rogue traders in Axminster, Honiton, Sidmouth and Seaton. The call comes from officers who have received information about a group of men cold-calling at homes in East Devon, offering a range of skills and services. Police are warning that the scamsters quote the cost, carry out the work then claim the figure was for half the job, and demand further payment. The rural police team for East Devon are appealing for information, and urging residents to be aware of anyone calling at the door who drives a…

Police from four East Devon towns have joined forces in a two-day sting in a bid to tackle rural crime. Officers based in Honiton, Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminster recently teamed up  in marked and unmarked vehicles, to patrol country lanes, farmland and a host of East Devon rural locations. In a clamp-down on crime, police stopped late-night vehicles, agricultural machinery, tractors and motorists traveling along rural roads in a clamp-down on crime. State-of-the art technology was used by police to identify stolen goods and machinery. The police team hailed the sting a success and plan to repeat the action in…

A family-run Axminster business is celebrating half-a-century of trading. Axminster Tools was started by brothers Ian and Bernie Styles with their father when they opened a High Street shop 50 years ago. Before long the business outgrew the premises and moved distribution and administration to a large warehouse on the outskirts of the East Devon town. Today, 219 of Axminster Tools’ 267 employees work at the company HQ on the north side of Axminster. A move to mail order has seen has been hailed as a huge factor in the company’s national and global success. Its eight stores around the…

Children playing with matches accidentally started a barn blaze, prompting a warning from East Devon firefighters. Crews from three counties were at the weekend called to tackle the blaze at an agricultural building between Axminster and Chard, which destroyed bales and property. East Devon firefighters have urged parents to keep matches and lighters away from children, and teach youngsters about the dangers of playing with them. A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said: “The Colyton crew joined up with crews from Chard, Charmouth and Lyme Regis at the weekend to tackle a barn fire in between Axminster and Chard. “Sadly the…

A five-day line closure between Axminster, Honiton and Pinhoe in September has been announced by Network Rail so that £5million of ‘delay-busting’ schemes can take place. They include landslip prevention work at Honiton Tunnel – described as ‘one of the most at-risk sites in the south of England’. The stretch of the West of England Line affected also passes through Cranbrook, Whimple and Feniton. Tunnel upgrades and anti-flood work will be carried out between Monday, September 19, and Friday September 23, with the closure allowing workers uninterrupted access to the railway. We recognise the decision to close the line for…

Police have released on bail a man in his 30s who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a male who was found unconscious in Axminster died in hospital. Officers from Devon and Cornwall were on Tuesday morning (July 19) called to help Avon and Somerset Police with enquiries in Axminster relating to a burglary. Enquiries led police to Lyme Road, where they found an unconscious man who was taken to hospital in a critical condition, where he died. Devon and Cornwall Police said a man in his 30s from the Axminster area was arrested at the scene on suspicion…

Hot, dry, weather helped the spread of a barn blaze in East Devon on Monday afternoon (July 18) said firefighters. Crews from Colyton, Axminster and Honiton were called to tackle a barn fire which totally destroyed the structure – as this photo shows. The blaze has prompted the crew at Colyton Fire Station to call for care in the countryside during dry spells. A Colyton Fire Station spokesperson said: “This hot dry weather aided in the rapid spread. “To help stop fires starting outside here are a few tips: don’t throw cigarette ends on the ground or out of car…

A man in his 30s from Axminster is in police custody on suspicion of manslaughter after a male who was found unconscious in the town died in hospital . Officers from two forces were called to the Lyme Road area of in Axminster at around 10.30am on Tuesday, July 19. When police arrived, they found an unconscious man who was taken to hospital in a critical condition, where he died. UPDATE: Police release on bail man who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after death in Axminster Devon and Cornwall Police said a man in his 30s from the Axminster…

A daring duo from a doctors’ surgery in Axminster are gearing up to jump from an aeroplane and skydive in aid of the Honiton-based Devon Freewheelers charity. First-time skydiver Jessica Frances and colleague Rachel Hill have set up a JustGiving page and hope to raise £1,000 for the blood bikes charity. Jessica and dispensary supervisor Rachel, who both work at the Axminster Medical Practice, are keen to highlight the charity’s ‘crucial’ free transport and courier service, supporting the NHS. Healthcare assistant Jessica, aged 26, from Stockland, said: “We both work in doctor surgeries so we both understand the importance of…

Openreach has started work on a new ultrafast broadband network for Axminster – giving residents and businesses in the town access to some of the fastest, most reliable speeds anywhere in the UK.  Openreach said the build was ‘motoring along’, with 30 per cent of the homes and businesses in Axminster already able to order a full fibre service through a provider of their choice. The once-in-a-generation upgrade will enable 1000s of residents and businesses living locally to connect to any platform or device at gigabit-capable speeds. Andy Keast, Openreach chief engineer for the South West, said: “We’re bringing ultrafast broadband…

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