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Firefighters wore breathing apparatus to tackle a car blaze that spread to a hedge at Two Bridges Road, Sidford, near Sidmouth. A crew from Sidmouth was called shortly before 6pm on Sunday (May 23) where they found a Ford Focus well-alight. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “One appliance from Sidmouth was mobilised following reports to the fire service control of a vehicle on fire. “On arrival at the location crew confirmed the vehicle was well-alight and got to work to extinguish it. “One Ford Focus involved was on fire, which had spread to the hedgerow.…

Police have confirmed two further deaths in connection with an outbreak of Covid-19 at a Sidmouth care home. A total of 11 deaths have been reported at Holmesley Care Home, in Fortescue Road near Sidford, since February 25 – with all the fatalities believed to be coronavirus-related and linked to the outbreak. A 57-year-old woman from Sidmouth and a 30-year-old man from Exeter, arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, remain on police bail pending further enquiries. Police said no further arrests were currently planned in relation to the ongoing enquiry. A Devon…

Police have confirmed seven people have died from an outbreak of Covid-19 at a care home in Sidmouth. Some 10 residents of Holmesley Care Home, in Sidford, are in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with the coronavirus. Devon and Cornwall Police, continuing to investigate the circumstances of the outbreak, said officers were focusing on infection control and management at Holmesley Care Home, in Fortescue Road. Police said the investigation was ‘not related in any way’ to the vaccination of the residents living at the home. A member of staff with Covid-19 who was being treated in hospital has been…

Police investigating a Covid-19 outbreak at a care home in Sidmouth say five people are now confirmed to have died. Devon and Cornwall Police said the deaths are all thought to be related to the large-scale outbreak at Holmesley Care Home, in Fortescue Road, Sidford. A further ten residents with coronavirus are being treated at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. And one member of staff from the care home is currently in hospital with Covid-19. Police, continuing to investigate the circumstances of the outbreak at Holmesley Care Home, say there have been five deaths since Sunday March 6, and…

A third person has died at a care home in Sidmouth where police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a Covid-19 outbreak. Police said they are waiting for post-mortem results on one of the deceased, while investigations concerning the other two who have died are continuing. Public health chiefs say the outbreak at Holmesley Care Home, in Fortescue Road, near Sidford, is ‘significant’ but there is no evidence it has spread to the wider community. The force said it was progressing the investigation ‘as quickly as possible’ to safeguard the home’s residents and allay community concern. Chief Superintendent Dan Evans, Devon…

Two residents have died from Covid-19 at a Sidmouth care home where police say they are investigating the circumstances of an outbreak of the virus. Public health chiefs say the outbreak at Holmesley Care Home is ‘significant’ but there is no evidence it has spread to the wider community. ‘Devastated’ owners of the home in Fortescue Road, near Sidford, say the majority of residents and staff have received their first dose of coronavirus vaccine. This is a significant outbreak in a care home, which we know will be very concerning for all its residents and their families, and staff within…

Week-on-week figures show the number confirmed Covid-19 cases in East Devon and Exeter has dropped – with virus ‘clusters’ in 17 parts of the district and every part of the city. A further 152 infections have been confirmed across the East Devon – with another 110 in Exeter. The new cases recorded in East Devon represent a decrease of 69 when compared to the previous seven days. Exeter’s number is a drop of 148. All but three of the wards in East Devon – spanning Exmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, and Cranbrook – currently have three or…

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 woman in her 70s was found dead after a flat caught fire in Sidford in the early hours of Friday morning (December 18). Firefighters were called to a home in School Street at 4am after reports of an alarm sounding, where crews found a small blaze in a bedroom at the ground-floor property. Police said an elderly woman was found dead inside the flat and her next of kin were informed. Officers said enquiries were continuing but the woman’s death was not currently being treated as suspicious. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Officers from Devon and Cornwall…

The Environment Agency has warned of possible flooding in areas of East Devon as a result of heavy rainfall expected to start on Friday afternoon (December 18). Flood alerts have been issued for the areas of the River Axe, Lower Exe, Rivers Clyst, Culm and their tributaries, plus the Rivers Otter, Sid and the Exmouth area. The Environment Agency (EA) said ‘heavy and intense’ rainfall of up to seven centimetres could fall in localised areas within a 15-hour period, beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing until the early hours of Saturday morning. It is warning of possible flooding of low-lying…

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