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The Nowzad animal charity, founded in Exmouth, has escaped a Kabul airport bomb attack after its planned flight out of Afghanistan was blocked.  Ex Royal Marine Pen Farthing, on a mission to evacuate his Nowzad charity animals and staff from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, has called the situation ‘chaos’. Earlier today former Royal Marine Pen, who trained at CTC Lympstone, revealed his rescue animals faced dying in the Afghanistan heat because the Taliban blocked a mission to load scores of cats and dogs onboard a privately-funded flight out of Kabul airport. Minister for the Armed Forces, James Heappey, said Mr Farthing was…

A young child who fell from a first-floor window in Honiton High Street earlier this month has been discharged from hospital, police said. Police said a local man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of child neglect and released on bail to return on September 2, pending further enquries. Officers were called to a Honiton town centre property at around 11.35am on Sunday, August 8, and a child was airlifted to Bristol Children’s Hospital and treated for a head injury. Police said the child was reported to be in a stable condition and later discharged from hospital. A Devon…

A court has heard how a man who alleges he was sexually assaulted as a child by former Exmouth mayor John Humphreys told police he orchestrated further meetings by waiting at public loos. Humphreys, aged 59, of Hartley Road, is on trial at Exeter Crown Court accused of historic sex offences against two underage boys. He denies ten charges against him, alleged to have taken place between 1990 and 2002. The court has heard Humphreys denied ever having any sexual activity with either of the boys. In a police interview shown to the court on Tuesday (August 10), the first…

A laptop, dashcam and other items were stolen during daylight from a vehicle after its windows were smashed while parked at an East Devon beauty spot on Monday, July 26, police said. The theft at Woodbury Common has prompted Devon and Cornwall Police to warn motorists against leaving valuables in vehicles while parked in remote areas. The vehicle was targeted sometime between 1pm and 2.45pm and police are keen to hear from anyone with information, or who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses and anyone…

An East Devon couple’s May marriage will make history and be televised because it is the first to be held in the 247-history of their wedding venue. Mark Perry and Jemma Page, from Coombe, will marry in Belvedere Tower at Powderham Castle, two years after meeting online. The couple, who got engaged in lockdown March 2020, have revealed their wedding will appear on American television channel Smithsonian TV, who is filming a documentary on romantic British estates and castles when the ceremony takes place. Jemma, who moved 200 miles to East Devon to create a bubble with Mark ahead of…

Police are warning Exmouth residents about reports of a man going door-to-door selling housewares from a backpack. Devon and Cornwall Police said the salesman, described as young and white, has been offering ‘low grade’ items for high prices. Officers are urging against buying any goods, or striking up a conversation with the cold-caller, telling residents to call 999 if he becomes abusive or threatening. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “There are reports of a young white male going door to door in the Exmouth and surrounding areas selling housewares from his back pack. “The items are usually of…

Firefighters from Honiton tackled a bin store blaze in Wilmington on Wednesday night (February 10) after ‘multiple’ calls to raise the alarm were received. When the crews arrived shortly before 11pm they found a bin store well alight. Fire crews wore breathing apparatus and used jets to tackle the blaze. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received multiple calls to a fire at Wilmington, Devon. “Fire control immediately mobilised two fire appliances from Honiton to attend this incident. “On arrival the incident commander confirmed a small fire involving a…

Graffiti vandals in Seaton caused police vehicles to be taken off the road after culprits targeted a force car and van. Vandals hit Seaton Police Station over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, daubing force vehicles and property with anti-police graffiti. Officers appealing for information about the vandalism said the damage could have impacted on the public because the vehicles had to be taken off the road. Sergeant Roy Hutter, of the Seaton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These acts of mindless vandalism have resulted in police vehicles being removed from service, which could potentially be at a cost to innocent members…

Community focused projects in Axminster have been given a cash boost of thousands of pounds thanks to crowdfunding help and council grants. A pair of projects earlier this year launched successful crowdfunding campaigns, which won financial backing from the community, plus district and county councils. The not-for-profit Community Waffle House is celebrating raising £18,040 for its On The Move campaign, which included £5,885 from Crowdfund East Devon and £1,000 from Devon County Council’s community chest. Pippins Community Centre, home to more than 40 groups and organisations, raised almost £8,000 to maintain and repair its building, with the sum of £3,500…

A car fire in Seaton on Thursday night (November 19) is not being treated as suspicious, police said. Seaton firefighters were called to Scalwell Mead shortly before 10.30pm where they found a vehicle well alight. The crew’s fast response stopped the spread of the blaze to a nearby property. Firefighters used a hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze. The vehicle was partly destroyed by the blaze and completely smoke damaged. A Seaton Fire Station spokesperson said: “Seaton’s crew were mobilised to a car fire in the local area last night. “A quick response meant that we were able to…

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