Browsing: Sidmouth

These photos and video show the extent of the smoke from this morning’s blaze which spread to Rousdon Car Centre’s workshop after a fuse box caught fire at a property in the East Devon village. Firefighters from two counties tackled the blaze at the three-storey building in Rousdon, used as a bakery, garage, workshop and rented flats. The fire spread to Rousdon Car Centre’s workshop. Staff this evening thanked everyone for their messages of support, saying no one was injured and praising the ‘great work’ of the fire service Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of…

Firefighters from across East Devon spent the night tackling a huge barn blaze in Seaton – with a number of cows saved from the inferno. Reports of the straw- and hay-filled agricultural building – measuring 30m by 20m – was engulfed in flames and smoke first came in at around 10.20pm last night (Friday, January 17). One man has been treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation, said the fire service. Crews from Seaton and Colyton were first on the scene. They were joined by colleagues from Sidmouth,  Axminster, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Exmouth, and Tophsam. Firefighters from Crediton, Bovey…

An animal charity based in Sidmouth has donated £10,000 to feed and water donkeys in drought-hit and fire-ravaged Australia. The Donkey Sanctuary’s one-off donation was made in response to an urgent request for help from The Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary (GSDS), which is running out of food for its animals because of drought and bushfires. The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth agreed to pay for 21 tons of barley straw and fund two weekly water collections until the end of April 2020. Simon Pope, spokesman at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “We have all seen the utterly heart-breaking scenes unfolding in Australia…

Sidmouth will next week become the first place in the UK to trial a glass flood shield next to a shingle beach. As part of work to progress the Sidmouth and East Beach Management Plan, a temporary glass splash defence test panel will be installed sometime next week, January 20, on top of Sidmouth’s existing sea wall, mid-way between the York Street and Fore Street road junctions. The glass panel will for three months, until April, be exposed to the elements to see if it is a sufficiently robust form of flood defence for Sidmouth, said East Devon District Council…

A developer has officially taken ownership of East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) former HQ at Knowle in Sidmouth after forking out £9million. PegasusLife – now known as LifeStory – sealed the deal for the site shortly after 1pm yesterday (Tuesday, January 14). The firm is now set to redevelop the plot into a 113-home retirement community. EDDC says the full purchase price was £9,019,605. The authority also accepted around £38,000 as a penalty for the late payment of the money. PegasusLife had been under contract to complete the transaction by December 18 but failed to meet that deadline. This prompted…

Huge waves slammed into Sidmouth seafront as Storm Brendan lashed Devon with wind and rain this evening (Monday). And this video shows the wild weather giving a van an impromptu wash after it stopped off on The Esplanade. The footage was captured by professional photographer Simon Horn, who said: “You could feel the thump through your feet as the waves crashed into the sea wall. It was even wilder at Jacob’s Ladder.” Residents across Devon are being urged to take extra care when travelling as the extreme elements are forecast to continue into Tuesday (January 14). You could feelthe thump through…

A 30-year-old accused of the murder of a man in Newton Poppleford made no application for bail when his case went before Exeter Crown Court today, Monday, January 13. Lewis Finch, of Briseham Close, Brixham,  represented by solicitor Caroline Salvatore, did not appear in court. There was no application for bail and Finch has been remanded in custody. Finch, who was charged by police on Friday, January 10, is next due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on February 13. He has been charged with the murder of 47-year-old Geoffrey Pearce following a caravan fire at a scrapyard in the…

A would-be base jumper seen sitting on the edge of cliffs on the East Devon coast sparked Beer Coastguard’s first callout of the year. Safety advice was given to the male thrill-seeker after a concerned onlooker dialled 999 when he was spotted on the wrong side of fencing at Beer Head. Rescuers tracked the man down on his way back to a nearby car park – as a strong breeze had seen him abandon the leap. It is apparent that several people saw the man over the fence but only one person dialled 999 – Beer CoastguardThe emergency service team…

A 30-year-old accused of the murder of a man in Newton Poppleford refused to attend a court hearing this morning (Saturday, January 11) – because he was ‘too tired’.  Lewis Finch, of Briseham Close, Brixham, was due to appear before magistrates sitting in Exeter. Finch has been charged with the murder of 47-year-old Geoffrey Pearce following a caravan fire at a scrapyard in the East Devon village early on the morning of Thursday, January 9. Finch did not appear in the dock at Exeter Magistrates’ Court and the case was continued in his absence. A dock officer told the JPs:…

A 30-year-old has been charged with the murder of a man in Newton Poppleford following a caravan fire on Thursday morning (January 9). Police have said Lewis Finch, from Exmouth, is due to appear before magistrates sitting in Exeter tomorrow morning (Saturday, January 11). Finch is charged with the murder of 47-year-old Geoffrey Pearce, who was from Newton Poppleford. Given this is now subject to formal court proceedings, we would remind everyone that contempt of court rules apply. It is therefore essential that no-one speculates about the investigation, particularly on social media – Detective Inspector Lee Nattrass Detective Inspector Lee Nattrass,…

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