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A charity based in Honiton has adapted its service since March 2020 – stepping up its help to meet the needs of the community amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  While the revenue of the Devon Freewheelers continues to be hit, as scores of fundraising events have been cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions, the service has gone the extra mile whenever needed. Nick Newby, Devon Freewheelers Operations Manager, said the coronavirus had brought a host of fresh challenges to Devon Freewheelers volunteers since the start of the pandemic. We have seen a drop in charity donations because we have been unable to take…

A man accused of murdering Lorraine Cox in Exeter put parts of her dismembered body in a sports hold-all then took a taxi to remote woodland to hide them, a court heard. Jurors have been told Azam Mangori, aged 24, wrapped other pieces of Miss Cox’s remains in bin bags and dumped them in an alleyway. Mangori, also known as Christopher Mayer, is standing trial at Exeter Crown Court where he denies murder. He has admitted preventing the lawful burial of Miss Cox’s body. The court has heard how Mangori ‘homed in’ on a drunken Miss Cox as she walked…

Men across Devon taking part in an annual walk for Hospiscare can toast their efforts with special anniversary beer. The charity’s Men’s Walk, on Saturday, March 20, has this year been adapted because of Covid-19 social distancing rules, inviting those taking part to choose their own routes near home. The charity, which is facing a £1million fundraising loss because of the coronavirus, is celebrating the walk’s 10th year, handing out its own unique beer to chaps taking part. The anniversary beer is an Avocet ale, designed and produced by Exeter Brewery, and donated to Hospiscare. Alan Collyer, owner and MD…

A man accused of murdering a woman in Exeter, cutting up and dumping her body, looked at online amputation information while she lay dead in his room, a jury has been told. The trial of Azam Mangori, aged 24, of Mary Arches Street, Exeter – also known as Christopher Mayer – began on Tuesday (March 2) at Exeter Crown Court. Mangori, originally from the Kurdish area of Iraq, denies murdering Lorraine Cox in the early hours of September 1, 2020. He has pleaded guilty to preventing the lawful burial of her body. Simon Laws, prosecuting, said: “She had been out…

Overhead drone images have captured the moment a World War Two bomb was detonated in Exeter. Aerial footage taken by police drone experts shows a birds-eye view, overhead inside the cordon and exclusion zone, as the 1,000kg ‘Hermann bomb’, found on a building site in the city, was blown up. The controlled explosion, carried out by the Royal Navy bomb squad, was carried out at the Glenthorne Road building site at 6.10pm on Saturday (February 27). Scores of evacuated residents – and university students – living within the 100-metre cordon were yesterday (Sunday) told to stay away from their homes…

An ambulance was called for a woman suffering with smoke inhalation after a fire started in a living room near Topsham on Sunday night (February 28). Firefighters were called to Ronald Gardens, Exeter, shortly before 8pm after a member of the public raise the alarm. The fire service said the blaze was thought to have started accidentally. Crews wore breathing apparatus and used jets to tackle the fire. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “On arrival, the Incident Commander confirmed that there was a fire in the living room of the property and quickly got…

Councillors have unanimously approved proposals totalling 240 new homes for the ‘Topsham gap’. Exeter City Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead to a trio of separate applications for plots on the edge of the town. They include outline blueprints for 61 residential units on land at Broom Park Nurseries and Five Acres off Exeter Road. Also backed were outline plans for 24 homes at an adjacent site. And councillors also granted permission to detailed proposals for 155 new homes in Clyst Road. The reserved matters application was supported only after the authority’s initial decision to reject initial outline plans was…

Plans to turn a shut Exeter pub into a children’s home have been given the go-ahead. City councillors approved proposals for The Globe Inn, in Clifton Road, saying the hub will be a haven for ‘some of the most vulnerable’ youngsters. They voted by nine to one in favour of the scheme. Applicant Central and Southern Homes Ltd has been working with Devon County Council (DCC) to create an eight-bed facility in Exeter called The Globe. It will cater for young people between the aged between eight and 18 with emotional and behavioural difficulties who may have suffered traumatic experiences.…

The detonation of a 1,000kg Nazi ‘Hermann bomb’ unearthed in Exeter has caused structural damage to some nearby buildings, police have revealed. Thousands of evacuated residents have been told they cannot yet return home following the controlled explosion of the World War Two device in Glenthorne Road on Saturday evening. Assessments of the area are continuing today. Smashed windows and cracks in brickwork have been reported within a 100-metre radius of the blast. Residents should not return to their homes until further notice… A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Structural assessments of surrounding buildings have resumed this morning (Sunday…

Evacuated Exeter residents have been told not to return home this evening (Saturday, February 27) after the controlled explosion of a World War Two bomb. The detonation of the 8ft device – unearthed on a building site in Glenthorne Road – has left a crater ‘the size of a double-decker bus’. Police say the impact of the blast has been ‘significant’ and a 400-metre cordon must remain in place ‘until further notice’. UPDATE: Buildings suffer structural damage after controlled explosion of 1,000kg Nazi ‘Hermann bomb’ in Exeter The 400-metre cordon will remain until further notice, so residents should not return…

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