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December 17 2014


Fesitve fundraising at Ottery eatery

13:45 12 December 2014

An award-winning Ottery St Mary eatery is to host a festive fundraising feast next week in aid of a good cause.

The event at the Rusty Pig on Friday, December 19, will raise funds for Save The Children, with diners asked to get in the Christmas spirit by wearing a jumper festooned with a seasonal motif or decoration.

Robin Rea, chef at the restaurant in Yonder Street, said: "I'm sure we'll be seeing some extra special efforts from creative Rusty Pig diners."

Robin (pictured) will choose his favourite jumper on the night, and the wearer will enjoy their meal for free.

He added: "There's also a booby prize for the worst effort, and I imagine that will be harder to judge!"

For more information, or to book a table, call Robin on 01404 815580.

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It's been a quiet time on the water lately for all at Exe Sailing Club, as the wind has not played ball, writes Rex Frost.

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Exeter City Football Club has announced that, owing to a variety of reasons, the need to secure a loan from the PFA to assist cash-flow over the short term will not now be necessary, writes Richard Dorman.

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There was plenty of excitement at the Cornwall Hunt Club point-to-point, writes Granville Taylor.

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Sidmouth Raiders Under-11s travelled to Mid Devon for their latest outing in the Exeter and District Youth League.

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December 15 2014


New Co-op to open tomorrow

December 14 2014


Golfers tee off for Devon's air ambulance

December 12 2014


Police appeal after home burgled

Thursday, December 11, 2014

9:40 PM

Police are appealing for information after jewellery was stolen from a Sidmouth home.

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Police say the burglary took place at a property in Sid Road on Wednesday, December 3, between 10.30am and 11.40am.

An 'untidy search' was carried out of the property's upstairs, and two silver chains and two silver necklaces were taken.

These included a Venetian silver snake chain, and a silver necklace with heart-shaped links.

A police spokesman said that enquiries into the incident were continuing.

Anyone who may have witnessed or have any information about the burglary is asked to call police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number CR/127317/14.

Residents are also asked to remain vigilant, and to report any suspicious activity they see to police.


December 10 2014


December 08 2014


Police called after Tory ‘cull’ comment

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Stephen Sumner Saturday, December 6, 2014

3:23 PM

A parlimentary candidate for Exmouth and East Devon has been reported to the police after a comment on one of her online posts said ‘cull all Tory councillors’.

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On her website, district councillor Claire Wright, who is challenging for MP Hugo Swire’s seat next May, criticised the Conservative-led authority’s announcement it was ditching its move to SkyPark when one of her readers added his thoughts.

Although she deleted the comment when asked to, Tory whip Councillor Phil Twiss reported her to the police, claiming she had broken the Malicious Communications Act 1988 – but her supporters have leapt to her defence.

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Last week, East Devon District Council (EDDC) cancelled proposals to move their Sidmouth HQ to SkyPark in favour of the cheaper Exmouth/Honiton move.

Cllr Wright blasted EDDC for spending taxpayer cash on the project in a time of austerity and making many of its decisions behind closed doors.

And when her reader spoke up, Cllr Twiss slammed it as ‘threatening, appalling and distasteful’ and called on his colleagues to condemn her for allowing it to be published.

Cllr Wright deleted the comment, but she revealed in another blog that the Tory whip has since reported her to the Devon and Cornwall Police cyber crime unit.

The East Devon Alliance campaign group said Cllr Wright had attracted widespread support for ‘allowing decades of public concern over elements at EDDC to be expressed’ and called on Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish to admonish Cllr Twiss, his former election agent, for a ‘criminal waste of police time’.

Other supporters said that ‘cull’ is in common parlance in political circles and ‘nobody imagines them being chased across grouse moors with shotguns’.

Cllr Twiss told one voter who claimed he had overreacted that it was ‘better safe than sorry’ with threats of violence, and said the police confirmed reporting the post had been the right course of action: “I make no apology for this apparently uncompromising position.”


December 06 2014


Man guilty of road rage stabbing

4 December 2014

Last updated at 17:27

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A man has been found guilty of stabbing another driver in a road rage attack in Cornwall.

Michael Johnson attacked Carl Watson with a knife after their cars clipped each other on the A30 near Launceston on 2 June, Truro Crown Court was told.

Mr Watson, 42, was stabbed within millimetres of the heart, the court heard.

Johnson, 50, of Tiverton, Devon, who denied the charge, was remanded in custody to be sentenced in February.

Blood in car

Businessman Mr Watson told the court he had been returning from a journey to north Devon when a car pulled out to overtake him on the dual carriageway, clipping his vehicle.

He said the cars then pulled over into a disused quarry entrance at Lewannick and, after the men exchanged details, he was attacked during a short struggle.

Mr Watson was airlifted to hospital with a single stab injury to the chest, suffering with a 12cm (4.7in) deep wound which came within 5mm (0.2in) of his heart, the court was told.

He was discharged from hospital the next day.

Judge Simon Carr described the case as "an allegation of a stabbing caused by a road rage incident".

Mr Johnson, an unemployed care worker of Redvers Way, denied knowing anything about the incident but later claimed it was a case of mistaken identity after Mr Watson's blood was found in his car by police, the court heard.

He told the court the assailant was a man he had met in Altarnun to collect an illegal package from. The man later took his car, he claimed.

He said he lied because he was scared of involving people linked to criminal activity and wanted to protect his family.

The jury unanimously found Johnson guilty.


December 04 2014


Fields scoops Best Retailer accolade

Fields of Sidmouth director Trevor Roberts with the department store's Sid Valley Business Award. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 9809-03-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk Fields of Sidmouth director Trevor Roberts with the department store's Sid Valley Business Award. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 9809-03-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk

Stephen Sumner Saturday, April 26, 2014

11:30 AM

Fields of Sidmouth staff are still enjoying the kudos of being named Best Retailer months after the first Sid Valley Business Awards.

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The prize was presented in January by Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce and the Herald in a celebration of the town’s many diverse, independent enterprises.

Trevor Roberts, one of the department store’s directors, said: “Fields were very proud to win.

“By 8.30am on Monday morning the plaque was in the main fashions window and a copy of the certificate placed at all 12 tills.

“Staff received many favourable and gratifying comments from customers.

“Winning was a huge morale booster for the staff, who take great pride in their jobs and professionalism of the company.

“The awards were an excellent medium of bringing such varied businesses together.

“Many people were surprised at the number of diverse enterprises available in the Sidmouth area.”


December 02 2014


Man tries to force way into young woman's property in Newton Abbot

Man tries to force way into young woman's property in Newton Abbot

First published in News

Police are appealing for information after a man tried to enter a property in Newton Abbot last night after following a young woman from her car.

The victim had parked her car in Dyrons car park, Newton Abbot just after 7pm when she became aware of a man following her.

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The woman went inside a property in nearby Ashburton Road but the suspect attempted to follow her inside before fleeing.

He is described as a white man, around 6ft tall and of slim build. He was wearing a baseball cap, dark jacket with a hood and dark trousers. He also had facial stubble.

Police would like anyone with information to contact them on 101 quoting reference 633 of 27th November 2014.


November 30 2014


Teacher acts as girl to 'paedophile'

28 November 2014

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A senior teacher who claimed to be a 13-year-old sex abuse victim in online messages to a suspected paedophile has been struck off the teaching register.

Christopher Stewart Murphy, former deputy head at St Michael's RC Primary School in Abergavenny, sent them via a social networking site in 2009.

His actions were discovered when police investigated the suspected paedophile.

A General Teaching Council for Wales panel struck him off for a minimum of two years.

The panel ruled he engaged in unacceptable professional conduct.

Mr Murphy's details were found by Devon and Cornwall Police on the computer of a suspected paedophile they were investigating in Plymouth.

They included 40 sexually explicit messages, sent over four days, from Mr Murphy who pretended to be a girl who was being abused.

Mr Murphy denied writing the messages and said he had no idea who had done so.

A police case against him was not pursued.

The disciplinary panel concluded Mr Murphy had sent the messages and said his conduct had fallen short of that expected by a registered teacher.

Speaking after the hearing, St Michael's RC Primary School head teacher Rosalind Trigg said there was "absolutely no suggestion" that any children from the school were the subject of the messages.

"Murphy was immediately suspended when these allegations first came to light and the school has never received any complaints about his behaviour," she said.


November 26 2014


Music, singing and hand bell ringing at Mylor Christmas gift fair

Music, singing and hand bell ringing at Mylor Christmas gift fair

First published in Cornwall

Mylor Christmas Gift Fair will be held at the Tremayne Hall on Saturday, November 29, when artisans will exhibit their goods, ranging from pottery, jewellery, bags and basketry to home-made jams, balms, Christmas wreaths and knitwear.

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Music, singing and hand bell ringing will all add to the festive cheer and there will be home-made refreshments available. The event will run from 10am to 4pm.


November 19 2014


Stunning shot of lightning over Mylor wins award

Stunning shot of lightning over Mylor wins award

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A striking image of summer lightning taken from Mylor Yacht Harbour’s Old Quay has won the man behind the lens a top prize, which he has donated to a sailing charity.

However, in a display of generosity, Geoff Squibb, a photography enthusiast from Porthleven, immediately donated his prize of a 2.5, four stroke Suzuki outboard engine from MYH photography competition to Mylor Sailability.

Geoff has previously used his hobby to help charities, including the RNLI and Disability Cornwall, and this time wanted to lend his support to Tracey Boyne of Mylor Sailing School through its new charitable arm, Mylor Sailability which helps people with disabilities to get out on the water.

The charity is currently riding high after securing a £50,000 grant from Sport England via the National Lottery to upgrade its facilities and a £3,000 contribution from Mylor Yacht Harbour itself towards the building of new classroom and changing rooms.

Geoff said: “Mylor Yacht Harbour is such a beautiful spot and it’s always easy to find inspiration for photography here, but I was very lucky to catch this incredible moment when the lightning struck and lit up the sky above the opposite hillside in such an extraordinary way.

“Winning the competition is great – but to be able at the same time to help such a fantastic new charity, which is based just along the quay from where I took my photo, is the icing on the cake.”

Mylor Sailability’s Tracey Boyne added: “We’ve been pretty overwhelmed by the huge support for the charity and whether it’s a large financial injection or an extremely kind gift like Geoff’s it really means a lot. I think people really ‘get’ the extent to which we are helping budding sailors to get out there and have fun on the water and learn a skill – whatever their abilities.”

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November 12 2014


Fire crews tackle Axminster caravan blaze

Callum Lawton Tuesday, November 11, 2014

10:58 AM

Vehicle 'severely damaged' by the fire

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A caravan which went up in flames this morning in Axminster has been extinguished by firefighters.

Officers from Axminster, Lyme Regis and Charmouth attended the scene in Charmouth Road to tackle the blaze at 9.13am.

Upon arrival, the caravan was well alight and severely damaged by the fire, which involved a gas cylinder.

The fire was extinguished by fire crews using two breathing apparatus wearers, four hose reel jets, one ground monitor, a light portable pump and a thermal image camera.

The gas cylinder was confirmed safe by fire crews. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.


November 05 2014


Police warning to stay safe on Bonfire Night

Devon and Cornwall Police are encouraging those celebrating bonfire night to remember that fireworks are explosives and should be respected.

More children than adults get injured by fireworks every year and the police want to stop that from happening.

In particular, sparklers can reach temperatures more than 15 times as hot as boiling water and five times hotter than cooking oil.

By following this advice you can minimize harm to your family and friends.

Devon and Cornwall Police’s tips for staying safe.

• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.

• Never throw used fireworks, paraffin or petrol, on a bonfire.

• Take care around bonfires, especially keeping clothing away.

• Make sure bonfires are out and surroundings are safe before leaving.

• Misfired or partly used fireworks should be soaked in a container of water and the manufacturer should be contacted for advice on disposal.

If you are putting on your own display.....

Only one person should be responsible for letting off fireworks.

Don’t drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks.

Light fireworks at arm’s length, using a taper.

Make sure everyone stands well back.

Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.

Direct any rocket fireworks well away from people.

NEVER go back to a firework that has been lit even if it has not gone off it could still explode.

Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or with a CE mark from a reputable seller. This shows that the firework meets British or European Safety standards. Follow the instructions on each firework and use a torch to read it.

On Bonfire Night, November 5, you can let off fireworks until midnight.

On New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, until 1am.

It is an offence to let off fireworks between the hours of 11pm and 7am on any other day.


October 29 2014


Primark to open in Truro

Popular high street brand Primark will be coming to to Cornwall for the first time as it sets up shop in a 50,000 sq ft store at Lemon Quay in Truro city centre.

Primark, which has agreed a 20 year lease with Schroder UK Property Fund, is aiming to open the store in 2016.

Schroder UK Property Fund bought the 165,619 sq ft Lemon Quay retail parade in Truro in November 2013. In order to accommodate Primark’s arrival at Lemon Quay, they will be moving Fabrics, Peacocks, HMV and Tony Pryce Sports out of smaller units and creating a new unit for O2.

Works will begin in January 2015 to provide Primark with the agreed 50,000 sq ft of space, which will be handed over to the retailer by January 2016 who will then commence internal work ahead of an opening later in 2016.

Harry Pickering, Investment Manager for Schroder UK Property Fund, said: “Having acquired Lemon Quay less than a year ago, we are extremely pleased to be welcoming such a big brand to Truro.

"The letting will significantly boost the city centre’s shopping offer and cement Truro’s reputation as Cornwall’s retail hub. Primark is a really exciting addition for Truro and a popular choice with many of our shoppers and we look forward to welcoming the brand to Cornwall for the first time.”

Loic Rich, Mayor of Truro said: “Truro City Centre is an important retail centre and this will strengthen our position, with more jobs, investment, and a range of benefits to the local community.”

Neil Scott, BID Manager, Totally Truro, said: “Truro’s deserved reputation as the premier retail destination in Cornwall and indeed, one of the best in the south west will be further strengthened with the arrival of Primark.

"The strength of Truro’s retail offer and experience is its unique mix of independent shops and well known high street brands, but there are a few gaps in this mix with Primark being the most talked about retailer that is currently not in Truro. The arrival of their new store in Truro will bring new shoppers into this great little city.”


October 22 2014


Rail flood prevention plans revealed

21 October 2014

Last updated at 06:32

Plans to protect Devon and Cornwall's main rail line in Exeter from repeated flooding have been announced.

Network Rail has named its preferred solution for tackling flooding at Cowley and Stafford bridges in Exeter.

Flooding has resulted in four weeks of disruption over the last two years resulting in delays and closures, loss of profit for businesses in the area and inconvenience to residents.

Business leaders said the work was "long overdue".

Network Rail said it planned to dig out three weirs and dredge the River Exe to improve its flow and a new culvert would be built to divert floodwater.

It also said that new embankments would be constructed to reduce the risk of the river bursting its banks.

Network Rail said such flooding should only happen once every 20 years.

The plans were unveiled at a meeting of the Peninsula Rail Task Force where Network Rail said the work would cost around £15m and start at the end of 2015.

Tim Jones, from the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, said the work was "welcomed" but "long overdue".

"We've got to have some pain before we get the gain, but this is too long," he said.

"This is a vital part of our infrastructure. Rail travel is crucial to the local economy; a lot of business people use that route and they've been unable to do that on a regular basis.

"There's no consistency in the travel and this disruption will continue to happen until this investment is completed."

Joanna Grew, from Network Rail, said: "We are now working with the council and other stakeholders to gather their views on our proposal and will keep the local community updated on our progress."


October 15 2014


Dates announced for 2015 Somersault Festival

Jack Johnson playing at this year's Somersault Festival at Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh. Pic: Andy Casey. Jack Johnson playing at this year's Somersault Festival at Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh. Pic: Andy Casey.

Sarah Howells Tuesday, October 14, 2014

11:03 AM

Somersault Festival will return to North Devon next year with tickets on sale this month.

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The dates have been announced for the 2015 Somersault Festival as it’s confirmed it will return.

The festival, which debuted in North Devon this year, will rbe back at Castle Hill Estate in Filleigh on July 23-27, 2015.

No acts have yet been announced for the festival, and tickets go on sale at the end of this month.


October 08 2014


Eurozone Remains In Question - Ahead Of Wall Street - Nasdaq.com

What all of this boils down to is that the Euro-zone economy not only failed to gain strength in the first half of the year, but may actually have lost some ground. Perhaps the face-off over Ukraine, which is threatening to heat up again following reports of Russian troop movement, isn't so painless for the region after all. The region's economic slide will likely make it all the more difficult for the U.S. government to present a unified Western response to any fresh Russian moves in Ukraine. The stabilization in the Euro-zone economy last year has been one of the bright spots in the global business landscape - and it has been showing up in corporate profitability measures. The overall tone of management commentary about business outlook in the region has been steadily getting better - and that is the overall takeaway from the ongoing Q2 earnings season as well.
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‘Tastes of the world’ in Bideford this Saturday

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2:36 PM

Try tastes from different cuisines in Jubilee Square.

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Jubilee Square will host its second ‘Tastes of the World’ event on Saturday.

Foods will include Indian, Caribbean and Thai street food as well as chocolate brownies.

Tom Watkins, from Seasonal Samosas said: “The last one was amazing, so many people came to support us and try some new fresh world street food.”

The event will run from 4:30pm until 9pm.


October 03 2014


Fasterskier.com ? Stephen Crushes Competition In Blink Festival Opener

Burke called the race both a shock to the system and really tough, but said he was pleased with his effort. I am not in my best shape, but I was really happy with my effort, Burke wrote in an email. It was a great experience to race with some of the best biathlon and cross country athletes on such a challenging course. Maurice Manificat of France celebrates his win in the 2014 Blink Festival hill climb. (Photo: Skifestivalen Blink/Facebook) Bailey agreed, stating that extended uphill races are definitely not my forte but that he was still happy with the race. If nothing less, its a good wake up for the body after traveling, he wrote in an email. Canadian Devon Kershaw also competed and finished in 20th position. TheBlink Festival continues for Stephen Friday with a 10 k criterium race which will take place around a 900 meter loop. She plans to ski aggressive as possible while staying on her feet.
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