Browsing: Sidmouth

Police searching for a missing 54-year-old woman thought to be in Sidmouth have found a body near the town. Sarah Buckingham was last seen in Exeter on Tuesday night (August 9) sparking police concern for her welfare, launching a public appeal to help trace the woman. Devon and Cornwall Police said the body of a woman was found at unnamed location near Sidmouth on Thursday (August 11). Formal identification is yet to take place, however the family of missing Sarah have been told of the discovery, police said. Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and a…

This dramatic video and photos capture the moments of a giant cliff fall at Sidmouth, when tonnes of rubble crashed onto the beach below. Police and the Coastguard are warning beachgoers to stay away from East Beach at Sidmouth after a large chunk of cliff collapsed into the sea on Monday morning (August 8). The beach beneath and surrounding the landslide has been closed, and the public is urged to stay away from the area for their own safety. Shortly after the cliff collapsed Sidmouth lifeguards braved the water to check no one was cut off or injured by the…

Police want to hear from East Devon residents who have fallen foul of rogue traders in Axminster, Honiton, Sidmouth and Seaton. The call comes from officers who have received information about a group of men cold-calling at homes in East Devon, offering a range of skills and services. Police are warning that the scamsters quote the cost, carry out the work then claim the figure was for half the job, and demand further payment. The rural police team for East Devon are appealing for information, and urging residents to be aware of anyone calling at the door who drives a…

Young fans of nature are being offered a free backpack kit in Sidmouth to help them explore the ‘glorious’ Sid Valley. Up for grabs at Sidmouth Library, in Blackmore Drive, are nature explorer backpacks – a new project to encourage children and families to get out and about in the area. Each backpack contains magnifiers, specimen pots and information about the flora and fauna found in the East Devon countryside. The backpacks have been funded thanks to The Keith Owen Fund, Stuart Hughes, Devon County Councillor for Sidmouth, and the Sidmouth Library Friends Group. The hope is the nature kits…

Police from four East Devon towns have joined forces in a two-day sting in a bid to tackle rural crime. Officers based in Honiton, Sidmouth, Seaton and Axminster recently teamed up  in marked and unmarked vehicles, to patrol country lanes, farmland and a host of East Devon rural locations. In a clamp-down on crime, police stopped late-night vehicles, agricultural machinery, tractors and motorists traveling along rural roads in a clamp-down on crime. State-of-the art technology was used by police to identify stolen goods and machinery. The police team hailed the sting a success and plan to repeat the action in…

A World War Two bomb found by on Jacob’s Ladder beach at Sidmouth was blown up at sea by the Royal Navy. An eagle-eyed member of the public earlier this week spotted what they believed to be a bomb, and swiftly took photos of the device to send to the specialist maritime centre where incidents are coordinated. The images were seen by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team and the metal item was quickly identified by the bomb squad at Plymouth as a Spigot Mortar – an anti-tank weapon left over from WWII, more than 70 years ago – and…

Plans to upgrade two tired Sidmouth play parks in time for the school summer holidays have been further delayed until the autumn. Sidmouth Town Council announced the change of plan on Thursday (July 21), stating the existing Ham and Long Park play parks will stay open as they are during the summer holidays. The council said it was ‘disappointed’ a shortage of ‘key materials and elements’ for both parks meant the work to replace outdated slides, swings and play equipment would have to wait. It is expected the Long Park upgrade, near Manstone Lane and Arcot Road, will start in…

Sidmouth is gearing up for its annual folk festival, from July 29 until August 5, where music will ring out from every corner of the town. The torchlit procession to bring the festival to a close begins at 10pm on Friday (August 5), followed by fireworks. The procession, along the seafront,  begins at Glen Road to the lifeboat station. It will take in the esplanade and go onto the beach, where the torches will be dipped into the sea – signaling the end of another folk festival. Organisers of the Sidmouth Folk Festival 2022 have announced the full line-up of…

Long-awaited new sea defences in Sidmouth are set to cost an extra £5million. Estimates for the scheme have soared from £14million to £19million – with rocketing material and diesel prices, Brexit and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine blamed for the rise. A ‘hybrid option’ includes an extra rock island off the town and a 120-metre groyne at East Beach. Driving forces behind the bid are seeking extra cash from the Government. It is hoped construction work can begin in spring 2025. The estimated uplift in costs is most worrying…these works must proceed urgently to protect Sidmouth from increasing risk from predicted…

The speed limit is to be slashed by 10mph along a stretch of main road in East Devon after repeated lobbying prompted by ongoing safety fears. The speed limit through Cat and Fiddle near Clyst St Mary will be reduced following repeated requests from councillors, writes local democracy reporter Ollie Heptinstall. Currently the stretch of the A3052 Sidmouth Road has a 50mph limit, despite two previous attempts to lower it. The village contains a retirement community, a pub and Exeter City Football Club’s training ground. The county council’s ruling cabinet this week agreed, subject to funding, to extend the current…

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