Browsing: East Devon

Police are appealing for witnesses following a spate of late night burglaries in Seaton.  They are hunting a white male aged between 40 and 60. In two of the three reported incidents, the intruder was disturbed. In all cases, the burglar is thought to have left empty-handed. Devon and Cornwall Police say a property in Townsend Road was entered between 11pm on Saturday, September 14 and 1am on Sunday, September 15. The suspect was disturbed and left. Nothing has been reported stolen from the address. A second property, in Seaton Down Road, was entered at approximately 12.30am on Sunday, September…

The first step in Devon’s journey towards becoming carbon neutral was taken yesterday (Monday) when the county’s Net-Zero Task Force met for the first time. The team of environmental experts, academics, community representatives and business leaders have volunteered their time for free to deliver the environmental aspiration. County council bosses have committed £250,000 to deliver the Devon Carbon Plan and a Citizen’s Assembly. It is vital that we work together across organisations and communities to address the biggest challenge of our age… Once completed, the plan will provide a blueprint detailing how the county can accelerate its journey to become…

East Devon Conservatives have vowed to oppose plans to increase to car parking charges by 50 per cent – branding them ‘another nail in the coffin of our high streets’. District council proposals for a price hike at its busiest facilities – and to make free sites pay-and-display – have been slammed as ‘wholly inappropriate’ by local Tories. “There is only so much juice you can squeeze out of a lemon,” their leader exclaimed today. East Devon District Council (EDDC) says changing its tariffs could net the authority an extra £400,000 a year. A 50 per cent rise in charges –…

Charity Abbeyfield has confirmed it is proposing to close its assisted living home in Axminster, saying it has been a ‘very difficult decision’. Discussions are to take place with residents and staff, with a final decision being announced later in the year. The home, in Silver Street, has eight rooms rooms and a one-bedroom flat. It provides residents with meals and activities, along with support when required from staff. Rumours that Abbeyfield House could close started circulating in the town last week. Having considered all options available to us, we have made the very difficult decision to open discussions with…

A heartbroken mum who is raising money to help extend her son’s life has been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and kindness. Sarah Webb, of Axminster, recently launched a campaign to raise £200,000 after her son, Matthew Webb, 28, was diagnosed with an incurable and highly aggressive Stage 4B metastatic adenocarcinoma (cancer), suspected to be of the thymus. We have cried a million tears but I can’t allow myself to think about the future too much. It comes over me in waves when I least expect it and I just can’t breathe with the crushing feeling of it – Sarah Webb…

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…

‘It is often the simple things we need to do which make the difference’. That is the message from a report outlining how the Devon Safeguarding Adults Board is acting to prevent people experiencing abuse, neglect and harm. Over the last year, there has been a 61 per cent increase in safeguarding concerns raised in Devon – with more than 3,500 reports made in 2018/19. The number of enquiries undertaken also rose by around 40 per cent, but the annual report of Siân Walker, independent chairman of the Devon Safeguarding Adults Board (DSAB), says that the level of concerns and…

Body-worn video cameras have now been issued to all frontline police officers across Devon and Cornwall. The force has provided 1,900 cameras in total which are also available for use by other officers and staff. The cameras allow officers’ interactions to be recorded at the scene of incidents and have been credited with reducing complaints. Details of the roll-out of the programme were given to councillors on the region’s police and crime panel. A report said the force is now looking into how the cameras might be used to record interviews instead of taking written statements. A statement on the…

Police are poised to take part in Operation Owl, a national campaign taking place this weekend to raise awareness of the illegal killing of birds of prey. Devon and Cornwall Police say raptor persecution can involve the shooting, poisoning or trapping of protected birds. It can also be linked to the preservation of other interests such as game species or pigeons. Officers across the force will be paying particular attention to rural locations over the weekend and would be happy to speak to anyone who is concerned about suspicious activity – Inspector Andrew Tomlinson Golden eagles, peregrine falcons, buzzards, red…

With just days to make your views known on the proposed cuts, closures and changes to fire stations, cover and crewing in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Honiton, Colyton and Topsham, www.eastdevonnews.co.uk asked Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) to answer some questions about the Safer Together consultation, which ends on Sunday, September 22. Here is what Pete Bond, DSFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said: Q: How can we be Safer Together if we are losing fire stations, fire engines and crew? A: We will be making the best use of our resources by moving them to where the risk…

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