Browsing: East Devon

Beach huts in East Devon will reopen from Saturday, July 4, in line with the Government’s relaxation of lockdown rules. The 417 iconic seafront structures in Beer, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth, Seaton and Sidmouth have been off-limits since March. Some 20 chalets in Exmouth, which can be used all-year-round, will also be made accessible again. The ability to sit by the seaside is an oft-overlooked pleasure and will allow us to return to some sense of normality whilst recognising – at all times – that the virus still exists – Cllr Paul HaywardThe district council will put up social distancing signs…

East Devon care teams are celebrating being named among the top 20 best home help services across the South West. Home Instead Senior Care (HISC), with offices in Budleigh Salterton, received top marks for its service by care review website homecare.co.uk. And Bluebird Care Exmouth said it was ‘excited’ to be recognised for the third year running. The HISC care service, supporting the elderly in their own homes, said it was the fifth successive year it had ranked and been recommended. Vanessa McGlade, HISC director, thanked the clients for leaving positive reviews of the service. She said: “We are incredibly…

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will remain temporarily closed to visitors despite the lifting of some lockdown restrictions from Saturday, July 4. The international charity says huge numbers of people flocking to the attraction from across the UK poses a ‘heightened risk’ to staff who care for its famous animals. We are continuing to monitor the situation on a local, regional and national level, and when it is safe to do so, we will reopen our public centres and welcome visitors back to our site…Its HQ in East Devon welcomes around 400,000 visitors every year. Faith Burden, executive director of equine…

Exmouth seafront is flying the flag in celebration of the VE Day 75th anniversary and the British Olympic team, thanks to a Union Jack made entirely from flowers. Members of Exmouth in Bloom planted the floral tribute once coronavirus lockdown restrictions were lifted, in honour of the VE and VJ 75th anniversary and British athletes who had been due to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, before events were cancelled amid COVID-19. Exmouth in Bloom, chosen to represent the South West in the 2020 national Britain in Bloom competition until it was cancelled due to the coronavirus, said members were…

Rare footage of pod of ‘show off’ dolphins was last week filmed by an Exmouth man and his partner when they jet-skied off Dawlish. Andrew Mann, 56, and his partner Anna Reichel, 45, spotted the pod of around 20 dolphins in the distance and took this video when the mammals turned to follow alongside the jet-ski for around half an hour. The couple, who were jet-skiing a mile off between Dawlish and Teignmouth when they were joined by the dolphins, said they had been amazed at the animals’ antics. Andrew, of Manchester Street, Exmouth, who controlled the jet-ski while Anna…

A trapped casualty had to be cut free from a car which left the road and overturned in Colaton Raleigh yesterday evening (Saturday, June 27). Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to Exmouth Road in the East Devon village at around 5.35pm. The vehicle was found upside down in a ditch. Firefighters from Sidmouth, Exmouth and Middlemoor in Exeter used hydraulic cutting equipment to free its occupant before the casualty was taken to hospital. Crews worked alongside ambulance paramedics to free the casualty, using hydraulic cutting equipment, who was then transferred to hospital… A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue…

Police say a man pulled from the sea in Exmouth on Saturday morning was pronounced dead at the scene. The emergency services were called shortly before 9am on June 27 to an area of beach between Sandy Bay and Rodney Bay after concerns were raised for the welfare of a person in the sea off Exmouth. Devon and Cornwall Police said paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. His next of kin were informed. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said officers were not treating the man’s death as suspicious. The spokesperson said: “Police were notified just before 9am…

Police will monitor public loos in Manor Gardens, Exmouth, after a mum claimed a man approached her child while he was inside the toilets. Officers were called at around 3.20pm on Thursday, June 25, with a report a man had been behaving suspiciously at the loos, in Chapel Hill, at around 9.30am that morning. Police said no offence had been committed, logged the incident and promised to monitor the area. The incident has been logged and officers will continue to monitor the area… A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “Police were called at around 3.20pm on Thursday 25 June…

Police are warning further ‘unacceptable’ anti-social behaviour on Exmouth seafront will be dealt with ‘robustly’ after fighting youths spat and swore at officers. CCTV and social media footage is being examined by police in a bid to identify culprits causing fights and scuffles at Orcombe Point on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when crowds of young people descended on the beach. Devon and Cornwall Police promised to step up patrols over the weekend and have issued a fresh 48-hour dispersal order for Orcombe Point and Exmouth seafront, giving officers powers until Sunday lunchtime, June 28, to break up any large groups…

A mass mob of youths ignoring an Exmouth beach ban spat and swore at police when officers broke up fights for the second evening running. Police were called Orcombe Point at around 8pm, on Thursday, June 25, to break up a group of around 50 youths who were fighting on the beach. Devon and Cornwall Police said a 15-year-old boy from Exeter has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in a public place. He was taken into custody and later released under investigation pending further enquiries. Devon and Cornwall Police said there will be an ‘increased presence’…

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