Browsing: Seaton

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…

The number of new Covid-19 cases across East Devon and Exeter has dropped in a week – but ‘clusters’ of the virus remain in every ward of both areas. Government figures show a further 180 infections have been confirmed across the district in the last seven days, and 141 in the city. The new cases recorded in East Devon represent a decrease of 64 when compared to the previous week. Exeter’s number is a decrease of 79. All 20 wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three…

Work on a new tramway stop at Seaton Wetlands is set to begin in January ahead of a planned Easter opening. East Devon councillors also heard that plans for a café, a circular route, and improvements to the visitor hub and public toilets are in the pipeline. Proposals for a fourth Seaton Tramway stop – at the wetlands’ existing Swan’s Nest ‘passing loop’ – were approved this month. This will again help to further enhance the visitor experience to Seaton and boost the local economy… East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) cabinet unanimously agreed to enter into the required legal agreements to…

A further 244 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in East Devon in the past week – with ‘clusters’ remaining in all but one of the district’s wards. Nineteen areas – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid infections. The highest numbers are in Exmouth Brixington (23), Exmouth Littleham (19) and Ottery and West Hill (18). In fact, Exmouth’s six wards are in the district’s top seven areas for current infections. Axminster is the only part of East Devon where there is not a ‘cluster’. The new cases…

A car fire in Seaton on Thursday night (November 19) is not being treated as suspicious, police said. Seaton firefighters were called to Scalwell Mead shortly before 10.30pm where they found a vehicle well alight. The crew’s fast response stopped the spread of the blaze to a nearby property. Firefighters used a hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze. The vehicle was partly destroyed by the blaze and completely smoke damaged. A Seaton Fire Station spokesperson said: “Seaton’s crew were mobilised to a car fire in the local area last night. “A quick response meant that we were able to…

A 77-year-old amateur poet from Seaton has been shortlisted in a new national competition which aims to encourage artistic creativity among older people during lockdown. Diane Chorley beat thousands of other entrants in the inaugural King Lear Prizes, launched in March. The competition has attracted more than 14,000 entries in six categories from around 5,000 people across the UK and British citizens overseas. Diane has been shortlisted in the poetry section for ‘Risotto’ and will receive a certificate of commendation. Retired Diane says she first caught the writing bug when she won a prize aged seven in Enid Blyton’s Sunny…

Axe Cliff Golf Club members suffering from ‘no-golf blues’ have found a new way to enjoy their hobby and Seaton greens amid the latest coronavirus lockdown. Former club captain Ron Bragg, 72, has been keeping members entertained with his aerial shots of the Seaton-based golf course, taken with his drone, named Topflight. Ron, who joined the Axe Cliff Golf Club in 1988, with brief gaps in his membership when he moved to Cornwall, is a self-taught drone operator who took up the hobby a year ago. These birds-eye photos of the course show the south west corner of the Axe…

A fundraising appeal has been launched to grant seven-year-old Seaton girl Jaydi Hawker’s wish for a life-changing bicycle. The Seaton youngster, who was born with ligase IV microcephalic primordial dwarfism – a condition affecting her growth – means she cannot ride a bike like other children her age. Jaydi, who resembles a four-year-old in size, has been dreaming of her own specially-adapted trike, telling her mum ‘that looks fun’ when she spots other kids riding bikes near her home. For little Jaydi, an adapted trike to call her own will open up a world of opportunities and allow her to…

Coronavirus ‘clusters’ have been identified in every ward in East Devon – with 217 new cases confirmed across the district in the past week.  All 20 wards in the area – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Axminster and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid infections. The highest numbers are in Exmouth Town (22) and Ottery and West Hill (18). And the new cases recorded in East Devon in the last week represent an increase of ten when compared to the previous seven-day period. There were 189 new cases in Exeter – a small…

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