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A trial glass splash barrier on Sidmouth seafront has survived the second major storm in the space of a week – bar two small chips.  The pane withstood a hammering from Storm Dennis on Saturday and Sunday, having escaped Storm Ciara unscathed seven days earlier. An East Devon District Council (EDDC) spokesperson said this morning: “Our glass splash defence test panel at Sidmouth has now survived two major storms: Ciara and Dennis. “We’ll continue to monitor its effectiveness but so far, bar two very small chips, it has been undamaged.” Councillor Stuart Hughes added: “Dennis was one of the most powerful…

Heavy rain and high river levels have seen Storm Dennis flood warnings and alerts issued across East Devon and Exeter this morning (Sunday, February 16). A number of roads have been shut by the wild weather in places such as Sidmouth, Exmouth and the city. Devon and Cornwall Police said earlier today that Maer Lane in Littleham, Exmouth, was closed both ways between The Clinton Arms and Exmouth Beach Rescue Club. Highways bosses also said The Bowd to Station Road in Sidmouth was shut due to flooding. Dunsford Hill in Exeter, near Exonia Park, is also closed due to fallen trees…

Flood warnings and alerts have been issued across East Devon as Storm Dennis continues to batter Britain this evening (Saturday, February 15). The Environment Agency (EA) says the River Otter, River Sid, River Clyst, River Axe and the lower Exe and Exmouth areas are all places of concern. Wild weather is forecast to continue into the night and tomorrow (Sunday) – with huge waves crashing into the coast and roads turning to rivers. Highways chiefs said this afternoon that Woolbrook Road in Sidmouth was shut due to ‘storm drain issues’. Flood warnings have been issued for the River Clyst and…

Police have issued an appeal after a woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash between a car and a van on the A3052 near Branscombe today (Friday, February 14). Officers are seeking witnesses and dashcam footage following the collision between Seaton and Sidford at around 10.25am. The 52-year-old casualty was cut free from her vehicle by firefighters and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. Police are appealing for any witnesses who were in the area at the time of the collision, and may have dashcam footage…The incident involved involved a blue Seat Ibiza and a white Mercedes Sprinter van.…

Vets in Sidmouth treating a dog for a suspected case of Alabama Rot want to reassure owners the disease is rare. Jurassic Vets, in Woolbrook Road, said they have identified a suspected case of Alabama Rot in a patient, and are urging dog owners to wash their pets thoroughly after walking in muddy woodland. This disease is given this horrible name Alabama Rot. It’s actually not that common and I think that’s what needs to be emphasised so people don’t panic…There have been two recent confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in Budleigh Salterton. City Vets Exeter this week confirmed a…

A 31-year-old from Exmouth has pleaded not guilty to murdering a man found dead in a burnt-out caravan in Newton Poppleford. Lewis Finch denied murdering Geoffrey Pearce when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court today, Thursday, February 13, via video link. Mr Pearce, aged 47, was found dead in a scrap yard in the East Devon village on January 9 this year. Judge Peter Johnson remanded Finch in custody and adjourned the case until July 6 for trial. High river flood alerts remain in place for parts of East Devon

Sandbags are available for Sidmouth residents whose homes may be at risk from flash flooding. Sidmouth Town Council said empty sandbags for filling can be collected from its offices during week day opening hours, 9am until 1pm, and from the yard at Woolcombe House, in Woolcombe Lane, at the weekend. The sandbags are being offered ahead of this weekend’s predicted Storm Dennis. Christopher Holland, Sidmouth Town Council clerk, said: “With further storms forecast this weekend, Sidmouth Town Council area residents who think they may be at risk of flash flooding are reminded that empty sandbags can be collected from the…

A pioneering pane of glass being trialled as part of plans to raise the sea wall in Sidmouth survived Storm Ciara ‘unscathed’. The transparent splash barrier withstood a battering from the elements – but faces a further test this weekend. Storm Dennis is expected to wreak more wild weather on the coastline this weekend. Sidmouth is the first place in the UK to trial a glass flood shield next to a shingle beach. District council bosses are testing whether sections of a raised seafront wall can be made of glass. The one-metre-high structure that would span The Esplanade could also…

Police are warning shoppers to be extra vigilant after a series of distraction thefts at a number of supermarkets across Exeter and East Devon. Officers said there had been ‘numerous instances’ in the last few months of people – mainly pensioners – having PIN numbers stolen by someone looking over their shoulders as they pay then being distracted in the car park while their purse or wallet is stolen. We have found that the cards are used almost immediately to purchase high value items using the PIN, or to withdraw cash…In each case the thieves have quickly used the stolen…

An Italian restaurant in Newton Poppleford which has been closed for almost two years has gone on the market. La Rosetta, on the A3052, has been run as a licensed Italian restaurant for around 40 years until it closed in April 2018. Agents Stonesmith said the ground floor restaurant premises is being offered by way of a nil premium lease. Alternatively, the property freehold – with a two-bedroom flat upstairs – is available with a guide price of £225,000. The premises has a main restaurant in two areas, a commercial catering kitchen and off-road parking for staff to the rear. A…

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