Browsing: Sidmouth

Dangerous drugs gangs, thefts from cars and sheds, antisocial behaviour and serious road collisions have been identified as top priorities for police in four East Devon towns. Neighbourhood teams in Sidmouth, Honiton, Seaton and Axminster have detailed the issues they want to tackle in recently-published Community Connectivity Plans. The documents details of officers’ priorities, who they are working with, and what activities they are doing to reach out to residents. Our priorities are identified by using reported crime trends, issues and concerns you have told us about and other issues that have been identified through our community profile data… Dangerous…

Drugs were seized and speeding drivers shopped when police staged a clampdown on rogue road users in Sidmouth and Seaton. Officers from the Rural East Devon team and special constables carried out safety operations in both towns this week. In Sidmouth on Thursday evening (October 10), drugs were seized when four occupants of one vehicle were searched. Speed kills people and every driver owes a duty of care to drive safely on our roads… Eight drivers were reported for speeding and ‘a large number’ of drivers were informed of various road traffic offences, according to police. In Seaton on Tuesday…

Police are appealing for information following two burglaries in Sidmouth. In both cases homeowners were away on holiday when the break-ins occurred. The properties, located off Sidford Road, were targeted between Tuesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 19. Police have released a full list and photographs of the stolen items. Entry was forced into the addresses and numerous items of silverware, jewellery and cash were stolen, say police. Police are warning the community to be cautious when leaving valuables in properties if they are likely to be left unoccupied for extended periods of time. Detective Constable Lee Perry, of Honiton…

Sidmouth’s former district council HQ has cost a developer £9million. Buyer PegasusLife could net ‘£50million’ from the 113-home retirement community it is poised to build at Knowle, however, the huge figure would not be pure profit. East Devon District Council (EDDC) today revealed exactly how much it will receive for the site – with the public coffers swelling by £1.5million more than originally agreed. The authority relocated to a purpose-built new base in Honiton and a refurbished Exmouth Town Hall earlier this year at a cost of more than £10million. EDDC says the final stage of the sale of Knowle,…

A cycle challenge by Sidmouth College students is under way to help build classrooms for children in Africa. Toby Wells, Sam Harris, Jacob Green and George Anning at the weekend cycled the Coast to Coast route from Barnstaple to Plymouth to raise funds to finance a trip to Kenya where they will help build classrooms for village children. Village communities in southern Kenya have very few of the things we take for granted here in the UK…The students each need to raise £4,320 – a total of around £17,000 – so they can volunteer with Camps International once they finish…

“We really do need the help of the people of Sidmouth and the South West to prevent another fatberg forming.” That is the message from South West Water (SWW) after the ‘autopsy’ of Sidmouth’s giant fatberg, found under the Esplanade last December. Even though the Sidmouth fatberg made headlines all over the world, South West Water has warned fat can still be seen entering the sewer. Andrew Roantree, South West Water’s director of wastewater, said: “Please only flush the 3Ps – pee, paper and poo – down the loo and to dispose of fat, oil and grease in the bin…

Plans for the first phase of a scheme to reduce flood risk to more than 100 homes and businesses in Sidmouth are due to be submitted next week, it has been revealed. Devon County Council is submitting the plans, which aims to provide protection from surface water around The Knowle area of the town. This flood alleviation scheme is extremely important for the town – Cllr Stuart Hughes It has updated Sidmouth Town Council on the latest designs to inform local councillors of the scheme arrangements. Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “Sidmouth has…

Firefighters attending a drill night at Sidmouth Fire Station ended up tackling a real fire. The station’s light rescue pump answered the call when a report came through that a vehicle was on fire outside a shop in High Street. Further information revealed a diesel van had its accelerator stuck in the on position. Writing on social media last night, a station representative said: “On arrival the crew saw the vehicle and the fumes and, while setting up safety systems, the fuel in the van ran out. “Unfortunately, due to the location of the vehicle, one of the High Street…

The wheels have been set in motion on a bid to ban HGVs weighing more than seven-and-a-half tonnes from the road linking Sidbury and Sidford. Councillor Stuart Hughes wants the weight restriction to be imposed on the A375. It would run from Sidbury the traffic lights junction at Sidford Cross. HGVs exceeding the limit would have to follow a diversion route – possibly via Daisymount, says Cllr Hughes. There has been considerable concerns expressed by the local residents…over the increase in HGVs using the A375 route through their communities – Cllr Stuart HughesSuch vehicles would not be prevented from making…

Devon County Council (DCC) has voted against discussing whether it should make any formal response to proposed cuts to the fire service. Councillor Martin Shaw, who represents the Colyton ward which could lose its fire station, put forward a motion to   his colleagues at Thursday’s full council meeting. It called on DCC to urge the Fire Authority not to proceed with any of its seven proposed options. Cllr Shaw asked for his motion to be debated on the day, and to not be first referred to cabinet as is the normal procedure. He said: “I want this to be…

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