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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…

A six-year-old schoolgirl from Honiton who turned household chores into a charity challenge has raised more than £150 for the Devon Freewheelers blood bikes. Elsie Horn, of George Street, Honiton, a Beaver with 3rd Exeter Air Scouts, was challenged by the group to fill a Smartie tube with 20ps to donate to charity. The youngster exceeded the challenge 14 times over when she spent 12 weeks earning 20p each time she was on dishwasher duty, made her bed, or helped around the home. She celebrated ending her successful challenge when she presented the charity volunteers with £179. Mum Kimberly Vicary said…

An Exmouth woman who flew into violent rages and ‘had to say her piece’ when angry has been found guilty of manslaughter after killing her husband by stabbing him during a drunken row. Tanya Hoskin, aged 52, of Tennyson Way, Brixington, Exmouth, denied murdering husband Nigel Johnston, 54, on the night of night of December 27, 2020. A jury at Exeter Crown Court found her not guilty of murder when they returned their verdict on Monday, February 28. Instead they found her guilty of manslaughter – after hearing evidence at a trial lasting more than a fortnight. The Honourable Mr…

Police investigating an arson attack on a Scout building in Budleigh Salterton are appealing for information and witnesses. Fire crews from East Devon and Exeter, plus the Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR) were called to tackle the equipment store blaze in Halse Hill Lane, Budleigh, on Sunday night (February 20). Police were called to investigate after the fire service said the blaze was started deliberately. The fire completely destroyed the Scout building. Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area at around 10.20pm, when the fire was spotted. A Devon and…

Firefighters from Exeter were called to a property in East Devon on Sunday evening (February 20) after an electrical box caught fire. Crews from Middlemoor and Danes Castle fire stations were called to Brampford Speke shortly before 8.30pm after receiving a report an external electrical box was on fire. Firefighters used a dry powder to tackle the flames and a fan to clear away smoke. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Three fire engines were mobilised following a call reporting that an electrical box outside a property was on fire. “Upon arrival crews confirmed that the…

A mum from Exmouth accused of murdering her husband has told a jury how he would strangle her during arguments to ‘shut her up’, often until she fell unconscious. Tanya Hoskin, aged 52, of Tennyson Way, Brixington, Exmouth, standing on trial at Exeter Crown Court, has denied murdering partner Nigel Johnston, aged 54, on the night of December 27, 2020. Mum-of-three Hoskin told the court she has no memory of what happened when Mr Johnston was stabbed once in the chest with a kitchen knife at the couple’s home. Michael Turner QC, defending, told the jury Hoskin had been previously…

The inside of a garage at Seaton was completely destroyed by fire when a blaze broke out on Sunday evening (February 13). Firefighters from East Devon were called to the town shortly before 7.30pm where they found the premises and its contents were well-alight. Crews wore breathing apparatus and used jets to tackle the blaze, and a thermal imaging camera to check if the fire was out. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Crews from Seaton and Colyton attended a detached garage that was on fire. Upon arrival they confirmed that the garage and its contents…

A woman accused of murdering her husband in Exmouth after she stabbed him during a drunken row was heard apologising and urging him to ’wake up’ as he lay dying on their kitchen floor, a court has heard. Tanya Hoskin, aged 52, of Tennyson Way, Brixington, Exmouth, standing at Exeter Crown Court, has denied murdering partner Nigel Johnston at the couple’s home on the night of December 27, 2020. Mr Johnston was found with three stab wounds to the chest, which Hoskin said was an accident – telling police who arrested her she was acting in self-defence because her husband…

Tickets are on sale and expected to go quickly for the first 2022 production by the Salterton Drama Club, based in Budleigh. Rehearsals are underway as the award-winning group gears up to bring Agatha Christie’s The Hollow to the stage in March. The Hollow opens on Monday, March 7 at 7.30pm, and runs nightly at The Salterton Playhouse, in Playhouse Lane, until Friday, March 11, with a final matinee performance on Saturday, March 12 at 2.30pm. Tickets are £12. The thriller is directed by drama club chairman Penny Hill with co-director Steve Clark, and promises to be ‘another excellent production’…

Struggling East Devon families received a share of more than £57,000 at the end of 2021 to help pay for food and bills. With more than £50,000 help still available in the pot for East Devon residents, any families and individuals needing help to pay for food or household bills are urged to apply for a Household Support Fund grant through East Devon District Council (EDDC), before the March 31 closing date. Recent figures released by East Devon District Council shows the highest percentage of applicants needing extra help at the end of 2021 were from Exmouth (26 per cent),…

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