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The ‘large and loving’ family of a 93-year-old pedestrian who died after a crash in Newton Poppleford have released a photo and statement. Ken Cooper, who lived in the village since 2000, died from his injuries on Boxing Day after he was involved in a collision with a car in Newton Poppleford High Street on December 23. Ken’s family has called for privacy, saying the date for his funeral will be announced. The family statement said: “On the early evening of 23rd December, Ken Cooper, a resident of Newton Poppleford since 2000, was involved in a road traffic accident in…

Thirty Covid-related deaths have been recorded in East Devon in a fortnight – with case ‘clusters’ of the virus identified in all but one of the district’s wards. Devon was today (Wednesday, December 30) moved up to Tier 3 of the Government’s pandemic restrictions. County health chiefs say a rise in cases among all age groups meant the move was ‘inevitable’. Seaton is the only part of East Devon where a coronavirus ‘cluster’ has not currently been identified. Nineteen wards – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Axminster and Cranbrook – currently have three or more Covid…

A further 154 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the East Devon in the last week – with another 111 in Exeter. And ‘clusters’ of the virus remain in all but two areas of the district and all but one of the wards in the city. The new cases recorded in East Devon represent an increase of five when compared to the previous seven days. Exeter’s number is a decrease of 38. Eighteen wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or more coronavirus infections. Clyst, Exton and…

The number of new Covid-19 cases across East Devon and Exeter has dropped in a week – but ‘clusters’ of the virus remain in every ward of both areas. Government figures show a further 180 infections have been confirmed across the district in the last seven days, and 141 in the city. The new cases recorded in East Devon represent a decrease of 64 when compared to the previous week. Exeter’s number is a decrease of 79. All 20 wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three…

Another 69 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in East Devon in the past week – with ‘clusters’ identified in a dozen of its wards.   It means a total of 466 Covid-19 cases have now been recorded in the district, where the infection rate is 318.6 for every 100,000 people. In Exeter, 379 new cases have been confirmed in the past seven days. The city’s overall total stands at 1,442 with an infection rate of 1,097.4. There were 1,133 new cases across both Devon and Cornwall. Statistics are from both ‘pillar one’ NHS data and ‘pillar two’ data from commercial…

A judge has jailed a murderer for at least 22 years for killing a Newton Poppleford loner who he claimed sexually abused him since childhood. Lewis Finch, aged 31, beat and strangled 47-year-old Geoffrey Pearce in the early hours of January 9, 2020, torching his caravan with the dead man inside to destroy the evidence. Finch, of of Briseham Close, Brixham, formerly of Exmouth, was jailed for life at Plymouth Crown Court on Wednesday (October 14). The account you gave them was a carefully-contrived construction of lies designed to minimise the price you would have to pay for this dreadful…

Weekly government figures show 92 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in East Devon – with ‘clusters’ identified in ten areas of the district. Half of the positive tests relate to specimen dates in the past seven days; the rest go back to September. Eleven new cases had been confirmed across the district in the previous week. A total of 397 Covid-19 cases have now been recorded in East Devon, where the infection rate is 271.4 for every 100,000 people. In Exeter, 603 new cases have been confirmed. A total of 1,369 cases have been confirmed in Devon and Cornwall…

A jury has heard how a murder-accused man who killed a Newton Poppleford loner was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from being sexually abused. Lewis Finch is on trial at Exeter Crown Court accused of murdering 47-year-old Geoffrey Pearce in the early hours of January 9, 2020, battering him over the head, strangling him with a cable tie and setting fire to his caravan, to destroy evidence, while the man lay dead inside. Finch, aged 31, of of Briseham Close, Brixham, has admitted killing Mr Pearce but denies murder. He says he lost control, acted in self-defence, and ‘lost his…

A murder-accused man, who battered and strangled a loner in his Newton Poppleford caravan, drank methadone belonging to the victim’s dead dog in the hours before the attack, a court heard. Exeter Crown Court was told Lewis Finch killed Geoffrey Pearce claiming he was ‘a nonce’ – alleging he had been his secret childhood abuser and that he ‘lost his mind’ when he heard him pleasuring himself. Mr Pearce, 47, died from serious head injuries and being strangled when Finch, aged 31, of Briseham Close, Brixham, battered at him least twice over the head then garrotted him with a plastic cable…

A loner who was beaten and strangled to death in his Newton Poppleford caravan survived for at least half an hour after the attack, a court has heard. A post mortem found Geoffrey Pearce, 47, died from serious head injuries and being strangled, when murder-accused Lewis Finch, aged 31, of Briseham Close, Brixham, battered at him least twice over the head then garroted him with a plastic cable tie. The court heard that Mr Pearce was dead before Finch set fire to the scrapyard caravan with the man’s body still inside. Finch is on trial for murder at Exeter Crown…

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