Browsing: Ottery St Mary

A tractor on fire on the road near Ottery St Mary was completely destroyed by the blaze and its trailer carrying a load was damaged by smoke and flames. Firefighters from Ottery, Middlemoor Fire Station and Danes Castle, in Exeter, were called to Fairmile at around 1.45pm on Wednesday (June 9) where they found the agricultural machinery well alight on the road. The cause of the blaze was accidental, the fire service, said. The blaze totally destroyed the tractor and left its trailer and grass load fire and smoke damaged. Around 25 metres of hedgerow was also damaged by fire,…

A fridge blaze in the kitchen of a Sidmouth home prompted a callout for firefighters from the town and Ottery Mary. Crews were called to the property in Baker Close at around 2.15pm on Thursday, May 27. They donned breathing apparatus and used thermal imaging kit and a hose-reel jet to tackle the flames. The cause of the fire was accidental and nobody was hurt. The fire involved the fridge in the kitchen and was put out using two breathing apparatus, one hose-reel jet, one safety jet, one thermal imaging camera, and a gas monitor… A Devon and Somerset Fire…

Police are warning shopkeepers and businesses in East Devon to be vigilant after a man tried to swap fake cash in Ottery St Mary, amounting to hundreds of pounds. Devon and Cornwall Police received a report of a man attempting to swap £700 of fake Scottish notes for Sterling at Sainsbury’s, in Hind Street, Ottery, on Monday (May 24). Police are urging anyone faced with a similar scam to call the police immediately on 999. Officers are urging business and shop owners to be on their guard and tell their staff of the latest scam attempt. A Devon and Cornwall…

Seasonal flower displays in East Devon parks and green spaces are being scrapped in favour of wildlife-attracting blooms and plants that will return year-on-year. The district council is sowing seeds of change in the way it manages beauty spots in a bid to be more environmentally-friendly. Plans involve a reduction in seasonal bedding displays to include more permanent planting designs. We understand this won’t be to everyone’s taste, however, we have had a real buzz around this…East Devon District Council (EDDC) says it is on a mission to take ‘positive steps’ to reduce its carbon footprint, utilise resources more sustainably…

This is the magic moment a beaver rescued from a muddy estuary near Exmouth was released back into the wild in East Devon. The fit-again creature can be seen swimming off down the River Otter after being nurtured back to health at a specialist RSPCA wildlife centre. It had spotted collapsed and covered in mud by a boat owner before being saved by Wild Woodbury. The animal was then treated at the RSPCA’s West Hatch centre near Taunton – where it was the first-ever beaver to looked after by staff. RSPCA West Hatch’s wildlife vet Dr David Couper said: “The…

A gold badge and certificate has been presented to seven-year-old Tiana Sheward, pictured here, who is celebrating reading 100 books at Ottery St Mary. The youngster recently completed the Devon Libraries Book Track award at Ottery Library. The seven-year-old gained a further award, presented by her school, for reading a total of 250,000 words. An Ottery Library spokeswoman said: “The staff at Ottery Library have all enjoyed hearing about the books that Tiana has read – both in person at the beginning of her BookTrack journey and then via e-mail during the pandemic.” Keen reader Tiana completed the challenge over…

An indoor cycle challenge dreamed up by a 98-year-old gran from Ottery St Mary is under way to raise funds for the homeless charity set up by her great-grandmother more than a century ago Diana O’Flynn, from West Hill, this month got stuck into her around-the-sitting-room-in-80-days quest, fundraising for West London Mission (WLM), a charity set up in 1887 by her great-grandmother, Katherine Price Hughes. From her sitting room, Diana, a retired teacher in prisons, aims to cycle daily for around half an hour each day, finishing her personal challenge at the end of June. The 98-year-old, who recently broke…

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus to tackle a blaze in a garage in Ottery St Mary on Thursday evening (April 15). Crews from the town and Honiton fire station used a hose reel jet to put out the flames and a thermal imaging camera to check for hot spots. An Ottery St Mary fire station spokesperson said: “Upon arrival, the Ottery crew got to work using a hose reel jet, thermal imaging camera and breathing apparatus wearers to enter the garage and extinguish the fire. “Not long after committing the breathing apparatus team, the fire had been extinguished and all contents…

Plans to build 13 new homes in the grounds of the Salston Manor in Ottery St Mary – so the ‘famous’ former hotel building can be restored – have been approved.   A unanimous go-ahead for the scheme means a total of 26 dwellings will be created at the site. The green light was also given for a two-home extension to be constructed on the existing listed building, which already has consent to be converted into 11 flats. The history of the building is vital for Ottery. This will be a massive job and, while it is a departure from…

A suspected blaze in a chimney at a property in West Hill turned out to be a small fire involving guttering and timber cladding. Ottery St Mary firefighters were called to Brackendown at around 5pm on Friday, April 2, after a member of the public raised the alarm. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “On arrival, the Incident Commander confirmed a small fire involving guttering and timber cladding on the property and got crews to work to extinguish the fire using a 10.5m ladder, a hose reel jet and small tools to extinguish fire. “The fire…

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