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Police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage after a 33-year-old man died following a crash involving a pedestrian and HGV lorry on the M5 near Exeter in the early hours of Tuesday morning (February 1). Officers and paramedics were called to the northbound carriageway of the road, between junctions 28, at Cullompton, and 29, Exeter, at around 4.05am. Police said a local man was pronounced dead at the scene and his next-of-kin were informed. The HGV lorry driver, who stopped at the crash scene, has been helping officers with the investigation. Police want to hear from anyone who may…

LGBT+ History Month is being celebrated in Exmouth throughout February as a host of organisations join forces to promote equality and inclusion. Exmouth Pride said the aim of the different events was to encourage people to try new activities, get together , meet LGBT+ people, and socialise. Al Brown, part of the team putting the programme together, said: “Different things appeal to different people but sometimes we are reluctant to try new stuff that we might enjoy. “We hope that this will encourage people to try something new, get together and meet other LGBT+ people in a welcoming and supportive…

New jobs in the hospitality industry will be created at a 14th century pub in East Devon as part of a £2million refurbishment plan. The Masons Arms Inn, in Branscombe, East Devon, is undergoing a revamp in a bid to ‘enhance the pub’s timeless and charming features’. St Austell Brewery said the redecoration and renovation will create 15 jobs once the pub reopens ahead of Easter. The brewery, now taking applications from prospective employees, is looking to hire front of house and back of house team members, chefs, and housekeepers, giving successful candidates the opportunity to gain experience in the…

These feral kittens were among 10 found on a farm in East Devon who now have new homes, prompting celebrations from Honiton animal sanctuary volunteers. The Cats Protection Honiton branch stepped in to help set some humane traps when a farmer called the charity after spotting three young kittens and some feral cats on land outside Monkton. The branch praised the farm owner for contacting the charity quickly, and as a result 16 cats and 10 kittens were neutered – some found new homes and others were returned. When three young kittens and some feral adults were seen around the…

The Queen has recognised the efforts of a woman from Exmouth who 30 years ago founded a community transport lifeline to help combat loneliness. Jill Elson, who set up the Exmouth and District Community Transport Group in November 1990, last month received the royal recognition when she was presented with an MBE by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon – thanking her on behalf of the Queen for her political and community service in the town. Jill, who received the award at a specially-organised ceremony held at the Lympstone Commando Training Centre after the pandemic halted a 2020 planned…

The Environment Agency (EA) on Friday (October 29) warned of deep flooding in areas of East Devon after a night over heavy overnight rain. Rain falling into the River Clyst area on Thursday night into Friday morning caused water levels to rise, and prompted the EA to warn of flooding to roads. The Environment Agency said there was ‘likely’ to be deep road flooding in the Burrow, Broadclyst Bridge, Clyston Mill, Dymond’s Farm and Sowton Barton areas and flooding to properties and farms between Clyst St. Mary and Topsham, including Newcourt Barton and Cotts Farm. Broadclyst and Clyst St. Mary,…

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…

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