Browsing: Newton Poppleford

A four-year-old girl with autism is the inspiration behind Sidmouth holding its first ever scarecrow competition in July. Mum Amy Roles brought the idea of a competition to Sidmouth, Newton Poppleford and Sidford, thanks to her daughter’s enjoyment of seeing scarecrows on display in Beer when she drove the youngster to nursery. Amy, 37, who lives near The Byes, in Sidmouth, is already looking ahead to next year’s event – she is determined Sidmouth wins the world record for scarecrows, taking the title from Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Married mum-of-two Amy, 37, organised this year’s free-to-enter event to bring the community together…

New figures have shown coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded in all but six of the wards in East Devon – with the highest numbers in Axminster, Seaton, Exmouth and Sidmouth. An updated interactive map has also revealed just one area of Exeter has avoided fatalities due to the virus. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has analysed all deaths involving Covid-19 that occurred between March 1 and May 31, and were registered by June 6. In East Devon, statistics show there have been ten confirmed deaths in Axminster – five of which occurred in April and five in May. There have…

Residents have less than a week left to express their views over a a future vision for development in Newton Poppleford and Harpford.  A public consultation over the Neighbourhood Plan for both villages – which has seven objectives ranging from traffic to medical facilities –  runs until  Friday, May 1. The detailed document will help shape development in the parish over the next decade and beyond. It  aims to protects and enhance its distinctive character, rich heritage and its East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty setting. The plan also states Newton Poppleford and Harpford should become an even better place for…

Farewells, flowers and thanks were given to the fab four leaving Exmouth and District Community Transport. Pastures new and retirement has prompted coordinator Mel Mock, her husband, Tim, who is a relief driver, Mike Passmore, bus driver, and his wife, Wendy, also a coordinator, to bid fond farewells to the charity. Now looking forward to retirement, Wendy has been with the community transport service for 21 years, her husband Mike for 20 years. Mel has been at the charity since 2011 and her husband, Tim, joined five years ago. Mel, who is leaving for a pastoral role with the Methodist…

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

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…

Police searching for a missing girl from Newton Poppleford say she has been found ‘safe and well’. Devon and Cornwall Police launched an appeal today, Friday, February 7, after the 14-year-old was reported missing. A police spokesman said: “We would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter.” Rockfish gets go-ahead for Sidmouth seafront restuarant

Exmouth has been revealed as the parking ticket capital of East Devon – with more fines dished out there than in all of the district’s other towns and villages combined. The seaside resort was in fact the second most prolific place for the dreaded yellow notices in all of Devon last year, behind only Exeter. Penalties issued in Exmouth account for 65 per cent of all parking tickets issued in East Devon – 2,360 more than everywhere else added together. A total of 7,508 fines were dished out in the district; 10 per cent of the 72,805 county-wide total. Figures…

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 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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