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    • Jobs at risk at pet charity with rehoming centres in Devon

      The national charity says 110 staff are in consultation about possible redundancies after the coronavirus pandemic hit finances. The charity’s work in Devon includes rehoming centres in Tiverton and Torquay, where jobs are understood to be at risk. The Torquay base opened in 1988 and has a cattery with 50 places at Maidencombe.

    • East Devon residents left divided over development in the district

      Residents across East Devon have been left split over how development should take place and the number and location of new homes to be built in the district. Earlier this year, the council went out to consultation on its draft Local Plan Issues and Options report, giving residents the chance to comment on a series of topic based sections around how future development across East Devon should be planned.

    • Fire Service asks for help in shaping future to respond to risks

      Devon and Somerset residents are being asked for their help in shaping the future of the fire service to best respond and manage risk. The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is undertaking its regular strategic review of the risks that the two counties might face in the future and what the future landscape might look like in terms of infrastructure as well as societal trends.

    • Tragic News - Teenage age girl sadly dies after falling at Sandy Bay

      On Friday numerous Emergency services were called to Sandy Bay Holiday Park, following reports of someone in difficulty on the cliffs. Tragically it has been confirmed that a 13yr old girl had fallen down the cliffs and was sadly pronounced deceased.

    • Police appeal for information following shed fire in Colaton Raleigh, East Devon

      Police are appealing for information about a fire at an address on Eden Way, Church Road, Colaton Raleigh, near Sidmouth, on Sunday 11 April. Police were called to the property at around 1am having been alerted to a garden shed being on fire.

    • Property Fire at Redhills, Exeter

      Two appliances from Danes Castle and one from Middlemoor attended a property where smoke was issuing from the ground floor flat in the early hours of this morning (Monday 19th April). It was unknown whether there were persons inside.

    • UPDATE on COVID-19 outbreak at Sidmouth care home

      Two further deaths have been confirmed in connection with an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Sidmouth care home. Eleven deaths have now been reported at Holmesley Care Home in Sidford since February 25, which are all believed to be related to the outbreak.

    • Wild Exmouth is now on the map

      Households in Exmouth will receive their own map of the town that showcases the best of the outdoors. The maps will be delivered by Royal Mail by 24th April. Wild Exmouth, a three year community nature project, has produced a wonderful map to highlight trails and cycle paths along with parks, nature reserves, play areas and community orchards.

    • Work starts on Marsh Barton station which is set for 2022 opening

      Construction work on the new railway station at Marsh Barton in Exeter – which should be open by the end of 2022 – has begun. The proposed station will have two platforms, with the eastern and western platforms served by trains to Newton Abbot and Exeter, respectively.

    • Exmouth RNLI called to kitesurfer in difficulty

      At 11.38am today Thursday 15 April 2021 Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat D-805 George Bearman II was launched having been tasked by H.M. Coastguard to a report of a kitesurfer struggling and apparently in difficulty. He was sighted between Sandy Bay and Budleigh Beach.

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    • Covid hospital numbers fall to lowest total for more than six months

      The number of patients in hospital in Cornwall following a positive Covid-19 test is at the lowest level for more than six months. As of Tuesday morning (April 13), there were just two patients across the county in hospital after a positive test, the lowest number since October 3. But there has been an increase of one in the number of patients in hospital in Devon, up to 15 as of Tuesday with 2 on ventilators at the RD&E.

    • Be sensible' plea to Devon despite Covid rates being among lowest in England

      Devon’s health chiefs and leaders are urging people to ‘be sensible’ as social contact and mixing increases as England moves out of lockdown. The nation moved into step 2 of the roadmap from Monday, which among others saw the opening of non-essential retail, personal care premises, gyms, as well as allowing pubs and restaurants to reopen outdoors.

    • New G7 Policing Website Launches

      Devon & Cornwall Police have launched a new website to provide members of the public with more information on policing and security planning ahead of the G7 Summit. 

    • Violent incident in Newton Abbot - Police Appeal for witnesses

      Police investigating reports of a violent incident in the Buckland area of Newton Abbot at around 6.15pm on Sunday 14 March are appealing for information. Several people were injured in the incident, with one requiring hospital treatment and officers are investigating a number of reports of assault. Police are appealing to members of the public who were around the area at the time of the incident. 

    • Serious assault in Teignmouth - Police Appeal for Witnesses

      Police investigating a serious assault in Regent Street, Teignmouth, at around 4.45pm, on Monday 5 April, are appealing for information. A 56-year-old man suffered a serious injury to his eye and it is not known whether he will recover his sight. Police are appealing to members of the public who were in Teignmouth town centre, close to WH Smith, at the time and may have seen anything, to come forward.

    • Devon and Cornwall Police will be recruiting for Special Constables on the 26th April 2021.

      If you are looking for a new challenge?  Wanting to make a difference in your community?  then consider volunteering as a Special Constable? On Tuesday 13th April we are holding a virtual awareness event which is an opportunity to find out more about the role and hear from some of our serving Specials about what it is like to be a Special.

    • Torbay and North Devon hospitals both have no Covid patients

      Two of Devon’s four hospitals currently have no patients who have been admitted following a positive Covid-19 test. As of Tuesday morning (April 6), there were 14 patients across the county in hospital after a positive test, down on the 19 as of the previous Tuesday – the lowest number since the start of October.

    • Devon residents encouraged to take weekly Covid tests to keep rates low

      Devon’s public health chief is encouraging every adult in Devon to take a rapid, lateral flow test for coronavirus twice a week to try and keep the rates of coronavirus low. Infection rates in Devon are the second lowest of any upper tier authority in England – 11.2/100,000 in the seven days to April 3 – and the lowest that they have been in the county since mid-September and to just five per cent of the infection rates in early January. At a lower tier level, Torridge, South Hams and North Devon are in the bottom ten in England, with no area of Devon currently reporting more than three case

    • Update on the serious house fire in Beacon Heath, Exeter where the 89yr old occupant is sadly still missing

      Extensive fire damage has been caused to the property and the building remains unsafe. The 89-year -old resident is still unaccounted for and in order to locate her, the house will be demolished in a systematic and controlled way over the next few days, with consideration to the family, the local residents and the safety of all.

    • Decision deferred over Devon's largest solar farm plan

      A decision over controversial plans for what would be Devon’s largest solar farm – and bigger than the Vatican City – has been delayed so councillors can go on a site visit. The Langford Solar Farm Application Site would occupy approximately 61 hectares of agricultural land to the east and north-east of the village of Langford.

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      In local Devon and Exeter League football on Saturday...

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      Winger Laura Sheehan admitted that she was “buzzing” after marking her first start in Exeter Chiefs colours with a try, as her side held their nerve to secure a 17-12 victory over Loughborough Lightning in the Allianz Premier 15s.

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    Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh has sadly died at the age of 99 today Friday 9th April 2021


    The Duke of Edinburgh - Prince Philip - has died.

    Buckingham Palace has made the announcement.
    He was 99-years-old.
    The Duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years - dedicating his life to serving the nation at the monarch's side.
    And in 2017 the Duke retired from his own programme of royal duties.
    He spent four weeks in hospital last month, and had a heart procedure.

    He was born a Prince of Greece, in 1921, and first met the then Princess Elizabeth when she was just 13.
    The couple married soon after World War Two, and for seven decades, his commitment to the Queen was unfaltering.
    He saw himself as the moderniser of the British monarchy, orchestrating the first Royal walkabout - but he was also known for his embarrassing gaffes.
    Ill-health meant he missed a number of Royal events in recent years.

    He saw himself as a moderniser of the British monarchy, orchestrating the first Royal walkabout.
    And Prince Philip's concern for young people led him to create the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, which now has members in more than 130 countries.
    But his first role was as companion to his wife the Queen.

    Philip's childhood was a difficult one.
    His family was exiled and fled to Paris before he was sent away to school in Britain.
    His mother was mentally ill and placed in a psychiatric hospital.
    Princess Anne says all this made her father's achievements even more impressive:

    In total, he supported more than 800 charities and good causes - but the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme was probably his biggest achievement.

    Bells have been ringing in London and at Christ Church in Oxford to mark the Duke's death. 

    Prime Minister’s statement
    It was with great sadness that a short time ago I received word from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99. 
    Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and around the world. 
    He was the longest serving consort in history, 
    one of the last surviving people in this country to have served in the second world war at Cape Matapan, where he was mentioned in despatches for bravery and in the invasion of Sicily, where he saved his ship by his quick thinking and from that conflict he took an ethic of service that he applied throughout the unprecedented changes of the post war era. 
    Like the expert carriage driver that he was he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life. 
    He was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable. 
    With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions. 
    We remember the Duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen. 
    Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her “strength and stay”, of more than 70 years. 
    And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today. 
    Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather. 
    Speaking on their golden wedding anniversary, Her Majesty said that our country owed her husband “a greater debt than he would ever claim or we shall ever know” and I am sure that estimate is correct. 
    So we mourn today with Her Majesty The Queen we offer our condolences to her and to all her family and we give thanks, as a nation and a Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer:
    Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, responding to the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, said:
    “The United Kingdom has lost an extraordinary public servant in Prince Philip. 
    “Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country - from a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during the Second World War to his decades of service as the Duke of Edinburgh. 
    “However, he will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to The Queen.  
    “For more than seven decades, he has been at her side. Their marriage has been a symbol of strength, stability and hope, even as the world around them changed - most recently during the pandemic. It was a partnership that inspired millions in Britain and beyond. 
    “My thoughts are with The Queen, the Royal Family and the British people as our nation comes together to mourn and remember the life of Prince Philip.”

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon:

    I am saddened by news that the Duke of Edinburgh has died. I send my personal and deepest condolences - and those of @scotgov and the people of Scotland - to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.

    Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford:

    Following today’s announcement from Buckingham Palace of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford pays tribute
    The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford has expressed his sadness on the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and offered condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal family on behalf of the Welsh Government.
    He said: 
    “It is with sadness that we mourn the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Throughout his long and distinguished life, he served the crown with selfless devotion and generosity of spirit. 
    We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, his children and their families on this sad occasion.
    He will be missed by the many organisations that he supported as Patron or President over many decades of service”.

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