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An author from Seaton whose partner was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease has released a series of short stories to raise funds to help young people with the hereditary genetic disorder. Bruce Harris has published Fallen Eagles, which includes a story about a Scottish boy who loses his idolised mountaineer father in an accident and blames his uncle to such an extent that he contemplates murder. Other stories take the reader to the French Revolution, the First World War and to more contemporary situations, such as coming out, shaking off the parental yoke and exploring old and new love. Fallen Eagles,…

Graffiti vandals in Seaton caused police vehicles to be taken off the road after culprits targeted a force car and van. Vandals hit Seaton Police Station over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, daubing force vehicles and property with anti-police graffiti. Officers appealing for information about the vandalism said the damage could have impacted on the public because the vehicles had to be taken off the road. Sergeant Roy Hutter, of the Seaton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These acts of mindless vandalism have resulted in police vehicles being removed from service, which could potentially be at a cost to innocent members…

Baby Harry gave home delivery a new meaning when the tot took ten minutes to arrive, surprising his Seaton parents. Earlier this month Ellie Walker, aged 31, and husband Sam, 30, had a special delivery when their baby boy was born minutes before the emergency services could arrive. The two-week overdue baby put in appearance and was delivered by dad shortly after Ellie went into labour suddenly at their Pebble Beach estate home. Ellie said: “We were planning a home birth, and I was two weeks over due, but things escalated very quickly when I finally went into labour. “My…

Thirty Covid-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon in a fortnight – with case ‘clusters’ of the virus identified in all but one of the district’s wards. Devon was today (Wednesday, December 30) moved up to Tier 3 of the Government’s pandemic restrictions. County health chiefs say a rise in cases among all age groups meant the move was ‘inevitable’. Seaton is the only part of East Devon where a coronavirus ‘cluster’ has not currently been identified. Nineteen wards – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Axminster and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid…

The risk of flooding has reduced in areas of East Devon after rain-swollen river levels fell during Saturday (December 19). The Environment Agency (EA) said the risk of flooding from the Rivers Clyst, Culm, Axe, Otter and Sid had reduced after water levels dropped below the level of concern. Water levels in the Lower Exe area remain high but have peaked and will continue to fall overnight, the EA said. And a flood alert for the River Exe, at Exeter Quay, has been removed. An EA alert for the Rivers Otter, Sid and the Exmouth area was downgraded after it…

The Environment Agency has warned of possible flooding in areas of East Devon as a result of heavy rainfall expected to start on Friday afternoon (December 18). Flood alerts have been issued for the areas of the River Axe, Lower Exe, Rivers Clyst, Culm and their tributaries, plus the Rivers Otter, Sid and the Exmouth area. The Environment Agency (EA) said ‘heavy and intense’ rainfall of up to seven centimetres could fall in localised areas within a 15-hour period, beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing until the early hours of Saturday morning. It is warning of possible flooding of low-lying…

‘Essential’ work to the Seaton Tramway level crossing at Colyford will see a stretch of A3052 road shut for nine days next month. Existing tracks will be removed and new rails and foundations put in place under and across the carriageway between January 4 and 12. All versions of a road closure have been explored but we want to ensure the works are done right and survive the next 40 plus years without further disrupting the A3052…The project and road closure have been given the go-ahead by Devon County Council (DCC). A Seaton Tramway spokesperson said: “We are pleased that…

Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre and Seaton Community Hospital are the first East Devon locations where the coronavirus vaccine will be given to local people. Doctors are beginning the roll-out in eight places around Devon – serving some 49 GP practices – from today (Tuesday, December 15). Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff will be helping to vaccinate people aged over 80 and care home workers who have been identified as ‘priority groups’. More centres will open in phases over coming weeks. The LED-run sports hub in Withycombe Village Road, Exmouth, will see patients from ten local practices vaccinated…

A further 154 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the East Devon in the last week – with another 111 in Exeter. And ‘clusters’ of the virus remain in all but two areas of the district and all but one of the wards in the city. The new cases recorded in East Devon represent an increase of five when compared to the previous seven days. Exeter’s number is a decrease of 38. Eighteen wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more coronavirus infections. Clyst, Exton and…

A 56-year-old Seaton man armed himself with a hockey stick and killed a seagull after mating birds kept him awake, a court heard.  Mark Tims, of Harepath Road, then put the herring gull in a bin liner and stood on it, magistrates were told. The water worker admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and was handed an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year. Exeter Magistrates’ Court chairman Simon Routh told Tims: “It was a very nasty attack. It was a deliberate attack. You used a hockey stick as a weapon.” Michaela Rose, defending Tims, said: “Gulls are…

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