Devon News

    • 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.

    • Exeter’s iconic backpacking hostel could be turned into apartments

      The owners of the Globe Backpackers on Holloway Street have submitted plans to convert the premises into flats as a result of the need to “virus-proof” their business. It is the only hostel in Exeter, and has been run by the owners for the last 22 years.

    • Serious house fire Beacon Heath

      In the early hours of Monday 5th April, firefighters from the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service along with officers from Devon & Cornwall Police, attended the scene of a fire in Beacon Heath, Exeter. Extensive fire damage has been caused to the property and the building assessed as unsafe to enter at this time.

    • Residents and visitors urged to ‘find a bin or take it home’ in new litter campaign.

      As lockdown eases and the warmer months beckon, the multi-agency partnership Clean Devon wants to encourage everyone to take more responsibility for their rubbish whilst enjoying the beautiful moors, beaches, wildlife, countryside, towns and villages.

    • Fire service asks public to avoid disposable BBQs this holiday

      Every year we see so many preventable fires caused by disposable BBQs. They are a not only a fire risk when they’re being used, but also pose a risk when being disposed of, causing bin fires, and further damage to the environment to vegetation that has caught alight. They’re not really disposable at all.

    • Town centres cannot provide enough homes for East Devon's housing growth needs

      Most of East Devon’s future housing growth will have to be built on sites outside of existing town centres, councillors have been told. With the council currently producing a new Local Plan, an Urban Capacity Study was commissioned to assess the potential for development within existing town centres inc. the Magnolia Centre, Exmouth.

    • New dog control rules for West Devon agreed that can see owners fined £100

      West Devon Borough Council on Tuesday afternoon overwhelmingly backed the new Public Space Protection Order for dog control across the district that will come into effect immediately covering Dartmoor, Chagford, Okehampton, Princetown, and Tavistock.

    • Bickleigh bridge work to be brought forward a week

      Urgent repairs on Bickleigh Bridge next month are being brought forward a week. The work, to install new protective kerbstones at Bickleigh Bridge in Mid Devon will now commence on Tuesday April 6.


      The number of patients in hospitals across Devon following a positive Covid-19 test has continued to fall. As of Tuesday morning (March 23), there were 34 patients across the county in hospital after a positive test, down on the 47 as of the previous Tuesday. It is the lowest figure since early October.


      Exmoor National Park is anticipating that 2021 will see particularly large numbers of day visitors – with the pressure ‘particularly acute’ during the Easter holidays. The stay-at-home message from the Government ends, but retail, hospitality and outdoor attractions have yet to re-open, and will not do so until April 12 at the earliest.


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