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A man stranded on a sandbank in the River Exe on Monday night (May 9) was rescued by Exmouth RNLI. The inshore lifeboat launched at around 8.45pm after scores of 999 calls were made to the Coastguard, in a bid to raise the alarm. The uninjured man was taken back to shore, where he was met by the Coastguard team from Dawlish. An Exmouth RNLI spokesman said: “The casualty was helped on board the lifeboat and taken to the safety of shore where he was seen by the Coastguard Rescue Team. “He was uninjured and did not require medical attention.…

Responsible dog ownership in East Devon falls under the spotlight with a series of monthly roadshows designed to tackle a host of canine concerns. East Devon District Council is hosting the Responsible Dog Owners’ roadshow across five locations between May and September, in a bid to educate, inform and tackle any issues surrounding the pets. The roadshows, which began this week in Exmouth, will also be held once a month in Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer and Sidmouth. An EDDC spokesperson said: “East Devon District Council will be holding events between May and September to inform and educate dog owners who…

Blood bike volunteers battled blisters to walk 21 miles and raise £200 in aid of the Devon Freewheelers charity, based in Honiton. Married Amy and Anthony Ewens, volunteers for Devon Freewheelers, recently walked the Tavistock and Plymouth Drakes Trail, raising funds for the blood bikes service, which supports the NHS and community for free. The Plymouth couple, who were joined by ex and serving military friends, completed the trail in eight hours and were ‘hobbling’ with blisters when they limped across the finish. Amy, aged 29, said: “It’s the furthest I have ever walked in my life. My legs started…

A blaze which spread beyond three gardens in Seaton on Thursday evening (April 29) was tackled by fire crews from across East Devon. Firefighters from Seaton, Colyton and Axminster were called to Scawell Lane at around 6.30pm where they found ‘large amounts’ of smoke in the area. The fire was thought to be accidental, destroying areas of each garden involved. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “Fire crews from Seaton and Colyton were mobilised to a fire in the Scawell Lane area of Seaton last night. “Upon arrival, crews requested the attendance of a third…

Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat volunteers rescued two boats reported to be in distress over the Easter weekend. Crew on exercise off Exmouth were on Saturday (April 16) diverted to help a 20-foot motor boat that was unable to make headway because of a ‘fouled propeller’. And on Sunday (April 17) the inshore lifeboat launched to rescue a motor cruiser run aground with engine failure at the entrance to the channel. Harry Griffin, lifeboat helm, said “On both occasions we were able to assist the vessels in difficulty and help them to safety without further damage or risk to their occupants.”…

Slow worms found on a development site in East Devon have been rehomed to the Seaton Wetlands nature reserve. East Devon District Council (EDDC) said the move of 15 of the protected species to the award-winning nature reserve would play a ‘crucial role’ in its survival. Also recently relocated to the nature reserve were some of Devon’s rarest plants, the divided sedge (Carex divisa) – currently only found on the banks of the lower River Otter, near Budleigh Salterton. Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC portfolio holder for coast, countryside and environment, said: “I had to search online to find out what Carex divisa…

Police and paramedics were called to a crash in Honiton on Thursday morning (March 31) after a Mini and Vauxhall Astra collided in Exeter Road. An ambulance was called to the scene, where the driver of one of the cars was treated for whiplash by paramedics. The crash, involving a Mini and a Vauxhall Astra,  took place in Exeter Road, Honiton, at around 11.30am. Police said a broken-down Mini involved in the collision will remain at the roadside until its owner can arrange its recovery. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “A collision took place at around 11:30am on…

Police are appealing for information in connection to an allegation of the rape of a man in Exeter city centre in the early hours of Tuesday morning (March 29). Devon and Cornwall Police cordoned off an area around St Sidwell’s Church, Exeter, after it was reported a man was raped between 4am and 5.15am. A 20-year-old man from the Exeter area was arrested on suspicion of rape and he remains in police custody, the force said. Investigating officers want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson…

Staff and pupils at a primary school in Exmouth are celebrating a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating after inspectors praised the youngsters’ behaviour and attitude. The Ofsted team spent two days in February at Brixington Primary Academy, speaking to staff and children, where they noted the school’s values of friendship, respect, honesty, endeavour and sportsmanship, ‘permeate the school’. Headteacher Stuart Dyer spoke of his ‘pride’ in his staff and 359 pupils, crediting their positive approach in helping the school achieve Ofsted success. He said: “I’m extremely proud of the children and staff here at Brixington. Their positive approach and belief in the…

Hundreds of East Devon residents living in Exmouth, Honiton and Axminster have been given grants by the council to pay for food and bills. People in full-time employment, homeowners and pensioners were among the hundreds across East Devon to apply for financial help. East Devon District Council (EDDC) is urging individuals and families struggling with the cost of living to apply for help from the Household Support Fund, which closes on March 31. The council said it has so far helped 648 East Devon families,  with total grants of £128,849 – more than 79 per cent of the £162,286 available…

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