Browsing: East Devon

Devon and Cornwall Police has announced officers will be stopping vehicles this weekend to ask drivers if their trips are necessary. The force said the public can expect ‘a highly visible police presence’ on foot and in vehicles. Police will be out in areas where people could put themselves at risk by ignoring government advice to social distance and limit travel. In a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, police will stop drivers of vehicles not considered to be on ‘reasonable’ journeys. The force said officers would use enforcement as ‘a last resort’, adding no penalties had been handed…

Firefighters from Honiton and Taunton were called to Stockland on Friday lunchtime (April 3) after a gas cylinder caught fire. The fire crews were mobilised shortly before 1.30pm along with the Environmental Protection Unit from Taunton, and extinguished the fire and made the area safe. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “On arrival the crews confirmed that there was one propane cylinder well alight and got to work with a hose reel jet and a main jet. “Fire crews extinguished the fire using a hose reel and a main jet and made the area safe.” Firefighters…

A coronavirus community support hotline has been launched in East Devon. The district council scheme is on hand to help residents and organisations access information and support such as shopping. People can also volunteer their time and resources to help their community. The number to call is 01395 571500. We are committed to doing whatever is needed to help people directly and to support our communities – Cllr Ben Ingham East Devon District Council (EDDC) says its Coronavirus Community Support Hub Hotline has received ‘many’ calls from people seeking help and would-be volunteers since Monday (March 30). The service is…

A garden shed was engulfed in flames in an accidental blaze in Musbury last night (Thursday, April 2). Firefighters from Axminster, Colyton and Seaton were called to a home in Axminster Road in the East Devon village at around 8.40pm. They found a shed ‘well alight’ before donning breathing apparatus and using thermal imaging kit to tackle the flames. The cause of the blaze was accidental, says the fire service. On arrival, crews confirmed this was one shed well alight at the rear of the property and got to work extinguishing it with two breathing apparatus, one hose-reel jet and…

A Honiton pensioner on lockdown with lung disease was reduced to tears by HSBC bank leaving her without money for days when she forgot her debit card pin number. Sandra Monk, 70, of Minifie Road, had to borrow funds from friends when the Honiton branch of HSBC closed for three weeks and her phone calls to the bank went unresolved. After East Devon News.co.uk stepped in to help, HSBC staff called Sandra, ordered her a reminder of her pin number, promised to check it had arrived and said the Honiton branch would reopen today (Thursday). Sandra called HSBC’s service a…

Police in Devon and Cornwall says it is ‘not reasonable’ to drive miles to beauty spots to exercise if you can set off from home. Police said discussions on what the new coronavirus stay-at-home lockdown laws allowed took into account if a person’s actions were considered reasonable or not. Devon and Cornwall Police said, so far, officers had not had to use any enforcement and would only do so ‘as a last resort’. The force said officers would use their own judgement on each individual case to decide if someone was complying. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “There…

Council staff in Devon have been abused and accused of spreading coronavirus while supporting vulnerable people, the leader of the county authority has revealed.  John Hart says that hundreds of workers  are operating as ‘another emergency service’ during the virus crisis. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way staff have responded to the crisis in so many different ways over the past few weeks,” he said. We will not tolerate this type of behaviour and we will not hesitate to support the police in prosecuting them – Cllr John Hart “We are in direct contact with the police over…

A blaze that broke out in an attic of a home in Branscombe at lunchtime today (Wednesday) and was put out by firefighters from Sidmouth and Seaton. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said the cause of the fire was accidental. The fire service said one crew from Seaton and two from Sidmouth were called to the property shortly after 1.40pm on April 1. Crews wore breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze. A DSFRS spokesperson said: “One fire engine from Seaton and two from Sidmouth were sent to a report of smoke within an attic of a two-storey…

Fire crews tackled a roof fire in Axminster after smoke and flames were seen coming from a property in Weycroft yesterday evening (Wednesday). Firefighters from Axminster, Charmouth, Chard and Yeovil, and the aerial platform from Yeovil, were called to the property shortly before 6pm on March 31. When the first crew arrived, they found the roof of the property was well alight and requested the attendance of another two fire engines from Chard and Lyme Regis to help tackle the blaze. Honiton fire station was mobilised with its command support unit and Bovey Tracey fire station attended with its incident…

An attempt to achieve the world record for the longest knitted bunting to be displayed at the Devon County Show is going ahead and the message to the public is ‘keep knitting’. The organiser, Deborah Custance Baker, is spending the current lockdown period attaching thousands of already-donated knitted triangles onto 8km of tape to meet the May 16 deadline set by Guinness World Records. The finished knitted bunting will be strung around the interior of the crafts and gardens marquee at the Devon County Show, now scheduled to take place at the end of August at Westpoint, in Exeter. Finished…

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