Browsing: Branscombe

Firefighters from Sidmouth called to reports of a vehicle on fire at Branscombe found two alight when they arrived at the location. The crew was called to Berry Hill at around 9.30pm on Friday night, July 3, where they used a dry powder extinguisher, a compressed air foam jet and cutting equipment to tackle the blaze. The fire service said the vehicles were completely damaged by fire. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One fire crew from Sidmouth were sent to reports of a vehicle fire at Berry Hill, Branscombe. “On arrival they discovered two vehicles…

New figures have shown coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in all but six of the wards in East Devon – with the highest numbers in Axminster, Seaton, Exmouth and Sidmouth. An updated interactive map has also revealed just one area of Exeter has avoided fatalities due to the virus. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has analysed all deaths involving Covid-19 that occurred between March 1 and May 31, and were registered by June 6. In East Devon, statistics show there have been ten confirmed deaths in Axminster – five of which occurred in April and five in May. There have…

A pair of ‘large’ bonfires in the open in Branscombe had to be extinguished by crews from Sidmouth this afternoon (Saturday, May 30).   They were called into action following reports of a blaze at around 1.45pm. Initially one crew from Sidmouth attended, but called for back-up as extra water was required. They tackled the flames to stop them from spreading. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One fire engine from Sidmouth was mobilised to a fire in the open in Branscombe this afternoon. “On arrival the crews requested a further fire engine from Sidmouth to attend…

A dog ban has come into force on East Devon beaches today (Friday, May 1) – despite pleas for the restrictions to be suspended during coronavirus lockdown. District council bosses say ‘a number’ of residents had asked for the move to be delayed, however, legislation does not allow for it. They added that coastlines had been ‘very quiet’ during April and the views of those who do not wish to be bothered by canines also had to be considered. Four-legged friends are now not allowed on parts of beaches in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton and Beer.  Suspending this [beach dog ban] part of the…

Police have been told about sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and canoeists flouting COVID-19 lockdown laws in the Sidmouth area. The Beer Coastguard team over the last few days has been tasked to patrol the coast and beach car parks between Seaton and Jacob’s Ladder, at Sidmouth, supporting Devon and Cornwall Police. Beer Coastguard said while some had ignored the lockdown, most people followed government advice and had stayed at home over the Easter bank holiday in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Terry Hoare, Beer Coastguard station manager, said: “The vast majority are following the Government guidelines. “We…

Exmouth has been revealed as the parking ticket capital of East Devon – with more fines dished out there than in all of the district’s other towns and villages combined. The seaside resort was in fact the second most prolific place for the dreaded yellow notices in all of Devon last year, behind only Exeter. Penalties issued in Exmouth account for 65 per cent of all parking tickets issued in East Devon – 2,360 more than everywhere else added together. A total of 7,508 fines were dished out in the district; 10 per cent of the 72,805 county-wide total. Figures…

A would-be base jumper seen sitting on the edge of cliffs on the East Devon coast sparked Beer Coastguard’s first callout of the year. Safety advice was given to the male thrill-seeker after a concerned onlooker dialled 999 when he was spotted on the wrong side of fencing at Beer Head. Rescuers tracked the man down on his way back to a nearby car park – as a strong breeze had seen him abandon the leap. It is apparent that several people saw the man over the fence but only one person dialled 999 – Beer CoastguardThe emergency service team…

The Bulstone Hotel, on the fringes of Branscombe, is for sale with a freehold asking price of £795,000. A substantial detached country hotel, which has been in the same ownership for more than two decades, it is set in around 3.5 acres. Located in a sought-after Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the hotel was originally a farmhouse and is believed to date back, in parts, to the 16th Century with major extensions completed in 1989. A spokesperson for property specialists Stonesmith, which is marketing the hotel, said: “The Bulstone Hotel has been in the same ownership for the last 23…

East Devon’s free car parks will become pay-and-display and charges at busy spots will rocket by 50 per cent under changes proposed by the district council. The authority could raise an extra £400,000 a year by hiking costs at its most popular facilities and targeting those where motorists can currently stop off for nothing. Evening and overnight stay levies will also be imposed at sites where there is presently no cost for drivers at these times. We are under increasing pressure to review our activities and move to a position where we are managing all of our car parking assets…

Coastguard rescuers fetched a stricken dog stuck on 40ft cliffs in Branscombe. Canine Gracie sparked a 999 call after giving her holidaying masters the slip and was spotted roaming the precarious coastline. Her worried owners had been trying to save the pooch for more than an hour before calling in Beer Coastguard. We soon got sight of her on the 40ft cliff, but she kept going along animal tracks east, west and up and down…The crew quickly arrived at the scene – but had difficulty collaring the animal above the river at Branscombe Mouth. “We soon got sight of her…