Browsing: Exeter

Work on the latest section of a new cross-city walking and cycling route in Exeter has been finished in Pinhoe. The stretch of the E4 link, from Pinhoe Road to Exhibition Way, is now open and connects it to the first phase of the project running from Cumberland Way, onto Redhayes Bridge, over the M5 and on to the east of Exeter. It includes shared paths along Pinhoe Road and priority crossings, while a two-way cycle route – with a ‘buffer’ zone segregating riders from the road – has also been developed along part of Exhibition Way. Exeter is fast…

Crews from two counties have spent the night tackling a large blaze at an East Devon business park after a 500-tonne pile of wood caught fire. The fire service received several calls alerting them to blaze at EMS Waste Services, Blackmore Road, Hill Barton Business Park, on the Sidmouth road, opposite Crealy. Crews from across Devon and Somerset worked through the night to bring the blaze under control, with firefighters still on scene and tackling the blaze at 10am. Crews are expected to remain on-site throughout Friday, damping down the area ahead of the clear-up. The fire service reported the…

Police are warning residents living in the Pinhoe area of Exeter of rogue traders cold-calling at homes offering roofing services. Devon and Cornwall Police warned against agreeing to work carried out by unwanted doorstep sellers, and urged residents to report rogue traders. Anyone feeing intimidated by a doorstep caller should contact the police, the force said. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Intelligence suggests rogue traders may be operating in the Pinhoe area of Exeter and surrounding areas, offering roofing services. “Do not agree to work offered by unsolicited doorstep callers. “If you want work doing in your home…

Hospiscare has launched a free digital service for care home staff in Exeter, Mid and East Devon, offering virtual clinical appointments, specialist phone advice and on-line meetings with end-of-life care and palliative medicine teams. The announcement coincides with the charity’s new-look website, to make access to help easier to find for patients, their families, and healthcare professionals. The charity, for people across Exeter, Mid and East Devon, said almost 1,000 people were supported digitally at the height of the coronavirus crisis. The free digital service for care home staff offers virtual clinic appointments and multi-disciplinary team meetings with Hospiscare’s specialist…

Police are warning Exeter businesses to be aware of two men who have duped shop staff out of handing over cash in a ‘ringing the changes’ scam. Officers said two men have been going into shops in the Exeter area, asking to change notes, muddling the transaction and leaving with more cash than they handed over. Shop owners are being urged to warn staff of the scam and contact the police immediately on 999 if anyone is seen committing the crime. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We have received a report of persons attempting the ‘ringing the changes’…

Extra funds are available for Covid-hit businesses in Exeter who did not qualify for financial help from the Government. Businesses in Exeter are being encouraged to apply for a Discretionary Business Grant, aimed at firms who have high on-going fixed property costs. The grants, launched last month and restricted to four categories, have been extended to include all types of businesses provided they meet set criteria. Qualifying businesses have until 5pm on Tuesday, July 21, to apply for a grant in the second round of funding. Exeter City Council (ECC) said qualifying businesses must: Have fewer than 50 employees –…

Firefighters saved the life of a man who fell into the River Exe, In Exeter, in the early hours of Monday morning (July 13). Crews from Danes Castle, Exeter, and a specialist water rescue team from Exmouth Fire Station were called to the city at 1.46am after it was reported a man had fallen into the water. The man was pulled conscious and breathing from the river and was checked over by paramedics. A Danes Castle Fire Station spokesperson said: “A man’s life was saved after he’d fallen into the River Exe in the early hours of this morning. “On…

Police investigating a robbery in the Exeter catacombs, where a man was attacked, are appealing for information. Devon and Cornwall Police said the victim, a man in his 20s, was punched to the ground and kicked repeatedly while he was on the floor. Officers said the attack happened in the Exe Street area of the city between 6pm and 6.30pm on Thursday, July 2. The victim’s mobile phone and blue rucksack were stolen and he suffered bruising and a chipped front tooth. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “It is believed the assault involved four suspects who ran off…

A city council watchdog is to review whether the 115-year-old statue of General Buller in Exeter is ‘still appropriate’.  The future of the controversial landmark, on the corner of New North Road and Hele Road, was discussed by the authority’s executive last night (Tuesday). I want to make it perfectly clear, we are not putting Buller on trial or trying to rewrite history or wipe it away… Members agreed a scrutiny committee should look into whether the monument’s ‘prominence is still appropriate’ to the people of Exeter. And a temporary information board is being prepared with details on its history,…

Plans to temporarily pedestrianise part of Topsham town centre have been scrapped due to a lack of public support.  The mooted measure in Fore Street had been aimed at boosting business and keeping shoppers safe following the coronavirus lockdown. Full pedestrianisation at this stage isn’t wanted by the traders and we respect that… But traders and residents feared the move could turn Topsham into a ‘ghost town’. A snap poll took place last week and, following the results, the proposals have been halted. Representatives and officers will now explore if there are any alternative safety measures that can be brought…

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