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Exeter to get air link with London

The Exeter based airline Flybe is to start running flights to and from London.

New school planned to serve housing developments

A new primary school in Exeter is expected to get outline planning permission today.

Village halls invited to apply for grants

Village halls in East Devon are being offered the chance to apply for funding of up to five thousand pounds.

Waste water plant set for planning approval

South West Water looks set to get planning permission for a waste water plant in Clyst Honiton this afternoon - despite some local objections.

New hospice moves a step closer

Demolition work begins today on the site of a new day hospice for East Devon.

Women's hostel sees rising demand for emergency accommodation

The charity running a hostel for vulnerable women in Exeter says it's seen increased demand for its help, following the closure of the local women's refuge.

Exmouth cruise firm makes national shortlist

Stuart Line heads to Blackpool final of coach competition

Play School was best show ever!

Exeter University chancellor (and former Play School presenter) remembers the programme 50 years on

Busy Bank Holiday for fire service

Cars, sheds, kitchens all in flames on Monday

90 police officers to lose jobs

Fewer job losses than expected under old police authority

Increased risk from unstable cliffs

People going for coastal walks in Devon this weekend are being advised to take extra care, because of the instability caused in many places by the winter storms.

Rise in demand for help from food bank

The number of people needing help from Exeter food bank is continuing to rise.

Inquiry after light aircraft crash kills man

An air accident investigation is being launched after a man died in a microlight crash in east Devon.

Lifeboat charity urges seagoers to wear lifejackets

The RNLI is reminding seagoers about the importance of safety equipment, after it emerged that a man who died yesterday when his boat capsized off North Devon wasn't wearing a lifejacket.

School staff to be helped to spot child abuse

Devon county council has confirmed that it's working with schools to help teachers and other staff identify and deal with suspected cases of child abuse.

Exeter Chiefs expecting a 'real battle' this weekend.

The Chiefs take on Sale Sharks in this Saturday's crunch Aviva Premiership encounter.

Four due in court accused of attempting to murder Exeter woman

21 year old Natasha Clarke, 34 year old Kate Williams, 22 year old Leigh Yeo and 48 year old Ragnar Dunn, all from Exeter, are also accused of robbery.

Police pledge to disrupt Easter raves

Devon and Cornwall police say they're fully prepared to disrupt any illegal raves during the Easter weekend. They're starting special patrols today in areas likely to be targeted.

Bookies predict record-breaking summer for Devon

Bookmakers and weather experts have been slashing the odds on the hottest summer ever in Devon.

Bike accident kills pillion passenger

One person has been killed after a motorbike accident near Topsham yesterday afternoon.

Social services failed to prevent paedophile abuse

A report has strongly criticised the former management of Devon county council's social services - and given details of how a mistake allowed a known paedophile to continue abusing two young girls.

Elderly residents enjoy their Spring chickens

Residents of a Honiton care home will celebrate Easter with some eggs with a difference today.

Council proposes changes to waste collections

Food waste could be collected weekly in Teignbridge - along with recyclable materials - if councillors agree to the change this morning.

Beaches come out top in water quality tests

Water quality at East Devon's beaches has been given a clean bill of health by the Marine Conservation Society.

Theatre 'could bring millions to local economy'

A group campaigning for Exeter to have a new theatre are presenting their plans to interested local residents this evening.

Lorry driver injured in A30 road accident

Police are at the scene on a serious road accident on the A30 near Exeter.

Adoption charity highlights 'overlooked' children

A campaign's being launched in Devon to find adoptive parents for children in care who've been overlooked in the past.

Child abuse survivor calls for better education

An Exeter woman who was abused as a child is calling for better education of staff and children in schools, so that victims find it easier to get help.

Thief mugs elderly woman on footpath

Police are hunting a cowardly thief who mugged an elderly woman for her handbag in Exeter over the weekend.

Storm-damaged Goat Walk to open again for Easter

Topsham's badly damaged Goat Walk should be restored in time for the Easter weekend.

Mid Devon crime rate bucks local trend

Police in mid Devon have achieved a 2.8 per cent reduction in the number of crimes this year - even though the force as a whole failed to meet the 2 per cent target.

Car park overhaul planned to tackle nuisance drivers

Boy racers are being blamed for late-night noise at an Exeter car park.

Council extends solar energy scheme

More buildings in Exeter look set to have solar panels installed - including the Museum and the Corn Exchange.

Lib Dems say Teignbridge plan is a "developers' charter"

Plans for the future of Teignbridge has been described as a 'developers' charter' that will allow huge amounts of new housing to be built in areas including Exminster.

Teignbridge development plan gets official approval

The blueprint for future development in Teignbridge has been given the go-ahead.

MP says Exeter's getting a raw deal over libraries

The MP for Exeter has expressed concern about Devon County Council's plans to stop funding a number of libraries.

Devon County Council urged to reverse care home decision.

Thousands of people have signed a petition objecting to plans to close a number of residential homes.

Principal of Exeter College elected president of a national organisation.

Richard Atkins will take over as head of the Association of Colleges in August and still retain his existing job.

New primary school to open in Exeter.

The county council has approved a new Church of England Voluntary Aided school in the new housing development of Seabrook Orchards in Newcourt.

Exeter University scientist helps develop new MRSA treatment technique

Dr Mario Recker was part of a team from the south west whose research found ways to predict the severity of a case of the infection.

Council to consult on change to library service

Plans to turn many of Devon's libraries over to their communities to run are to be put out to public consulatation.

Donate unwanted tools to a good cause

Exmouth residents are being asked to donate any unwanted hand tools to a scheme that will eventually see them sent to poor communities in Africa.

Crime reduction fails to meet police target

The number of crimes committed in Devon have fallen slightly over the last 12 months, according to police figures released this morning - but they've failed to meet their crime reduction target of two per cent.

Charity says routine eye checks can save lives

A Honiton woman's raising awareness of the medical conditions that can be diagnosed early through eye tests.

Dramatic rise in complaints about councillors

The number of complaints made about councillors in East Devon more than doubled in the last financial year.

Campaign to save youth centres continues

Devon's Youth Parliament are stepping up their campaign against the loss of young people's centres - saying the county council's decision to hand them over to voluntary or community groups is flawed.

Feniton wins battle against housing developments

Three housing developers have failed in their attempt to be allowed to build more than 200 new homes in Feniton.

Man due in court over fatal accident near Tiverton

A motorist is to appear in court in connection with the death of a road worker from Tiverton.

Woman seriously hurt in four vehicle crash

A woman's been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a road accident near Honiton this afternoon.

Man goes missing from Feniton

Police are concerned about the welfare of a man missing from Feniton.

Dawlish rail crisis 'could bring A303 project closer'

With the Dawlish railway line up and running again, there's a call for better road links in the south west.

Bishop continues campaign against food poverty

The Bishop of Crediton's visiting a local charity which distributes food to those in need today, as part of the ongoing campaign by church leaders to tackle the causes of food poverty.

First stage of Guildhall revamp due for planning approval

Plans for the first stage of the Guildhall shopping centre revamp go before Exeter city councillors this evening - and are recommended for approval.

Falconer helps control seagulls in coastal towns

A falconer has been brought in to tackle the problem of nuisance seagulls in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Seaton.

'No room for complacency' on Exeter's economy

An Exeter business leader says the city's economy may be improving, but local companies can't rest on their laurels.

Chiefs celebrate LV win with victory parade

Huge crowds are expected to fill the city centre today as Exeter Chiefs celebrate their LV Cup win with a victory parade down the high street in an open-top bus.

Public asked to help catch Exmouth fly-tippers

There have been some serious fly-tipping incidents in Exmouth and the local council are asking residents if they can help identify the culprits.

Dementia patients take steps to improve wellbeing

The Westbank Community Health and Care centre in Exminster is holding dance sessions for people with dementia and memory loss.

Exeter churches join protest against causes of food poverty

Local church leaders are fasting today to raise awareness of food poverty.

Prime Minister in Dawlish for rail line reopening

David Cameron has declared the south west "open for business" again - now that the rail line at Dawlish is back in action. The Prime Minister was in the town this morning

Exmouth honours councillor with plaque

A plaque has been laid in Exmouth to honour a popular and hardworking town councillor who died last summer.

Later shop opening hours begin today

Many of Exeter's city centre shops will stay open until 7pm on Thursdays from today.

MP slams NHS cuts to mental health funding

The MP for Exeter has challenged the health secretary in the Commons over the cuts to mental health funding by the NHS.

Views invited on new community shopping area

The developers behind a proposed new mini shopping centre in Exeter are asking people living and working nearby what kind of businesses they'd like to see there.

Future of small libraries under threat

It's emerged that the county council is planning to cut its support for 28 of Devon's smaller libraries.

Council urged to defer care home closure plans

Devon county council is being urged to delay the planned closure of Exmouth's dementia care home, to give the town and district authorities a chance to explore the alternatives.

Exmouth to host start of 2014 Tour of Britain

Exmouth and Exeter are to host the start and end of the Devon stage of this year's Tour of Britain cycle race.

TUC highlights low wages in Devon

Nearly a quarter of people in mid Devon earn less than the 'living wage' of seven pounds 65 an hour, according to figures released by the South West TUC today. In east Devon the figure's 22 per cent, and in Exeter just under 15 per cent.

Hopes for reinstatement of women's refuge

Campaigners for Exeter's women's refuge to be reinstated say they're hopeful of making progress.

Streetlamps go off in some residential streets

The roll-out of Exeter's street lighting switch-off begins tonight.

Devon Healthwatch helped delay national database

Privacy concerns mean NHS must rethink automatic 'opt-in' process for medical records

Tag rugby world cup launches

20 primary schools in Exeter and surrounding area 'adopt' countries as part of Exeter's legacy programme as world cup host city

Exmouth mayor marries on historic first day

Standing-room only for Conservative councillor's same-sex ceremony

TV gardener gets on board with station revamp

Dawlish railway station will be full of colourful flowers when it reopens to trains on Friday.

Exmouth unlikely to get Jobcentre reopened

The campaign to get a Jobcentre reinstated in Exmouth seems to have hit a brick wall.

Special meeting to be held to discuss council spending cuts

Controversial spending cuts by Devon county council are to be discussed at a special meeting in May.

New 'land train' to start running in Exmouth

A new land train will link Exmouth town centre to the sea front this summer.

Demonstrators protest in Exeter against badger cull

A self proclaimed 'Badger Army' is marching through Exeter this lunchtime to protest against plans to extend the badger cull.

Exeter man jailed for theft spree on trains

An Exeter man's been jailed for two years, for stealing passengers' luggage on trains.

Man charged with Exeter bank robbery

.A man's due in court today accused of robbing a bank in Exeter high street earlier this week.

New electric car charging points in city

There are now four new charging points for electric cars in Exeter.

Savile inquiry includes former children's home in Exeter

Devon County Council have been asked to look into whether Jimmy Savile abused children at Colleton Lodge in Exeter.

Bicton College to open a zoo

The college is currently applying for a zoo licence.

Plans for wind turbine in Mid Devon withdrawn

The structure at Hawkridge Farm in Coldridge near Lapford would have been more than two-hundred-and-thirty feet tall.

Growing opposition to closure of women's refuge in Exeter

The charity taking over domestic violence services in Devon doesn't plan to reopen the refuge, preferring to enable abused women to stay in their homes by removing the perpetrator.

Claims victims of domestic abuse being failed by Devon and Cornwall Police.

It follows a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Malaysian police take IT lessons from local force

Malaysian Police officers have been in Devon this week learning how the High Tech Crime Unit examines computers for child abuse images.

Teachers' strike leads to school closures

Teachers are taking action over pay and conditions today - with a demonstration in Exeter and strikes at some schools.

Grecians complete derby double over Argyle

Exeter City came from behind to beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 in last night's away match.

Exeter Chiefs player forced to quit through injury

Exeter Chiefs forward Chris Whitehead is having to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect.

Exeter economy on the up, says survey

Latest economic figures for Exeter seem to indicate that the city's moving out of recession. Businesses are reporting better sales and profits.

Free conference for tourism businesses

Free advice and support are being offered to tourism businesses in the Exeter area today, as part of the Government's flood recovery programme.

Meeting takes place on future of Exmouth care home

People concerned about the future of the Exmouth care home Bystock Court are meeting representatives of its owners later to try and find out more about their plans for the site.

Bank robber takes cash in carrier bag

Police are investigating a bank robbery in Exeter city centre.

Pilot receives top bravery award

An RAF helicopter captain from Teignmouth has been given a top military award for bravery - for managing to land a helicopter damaged by enemy fire in Afghanistan and pick up British troops on the ground.

Chickens killed as barn goes up in flames

Around six thousand chickens have been killed in a fire near Aylesbeare.

Robber steals valuable jewellery from antiques shop

Police are investigating a robbery at an antiques shop in Honiton.

Exmouth councillors condemn care home closures

Exmouth town councillors are united in their opposition to the proposed closures of residential homes and day centres.

Police recover body from river Exe

A body has been found in the River Exe in Exeter this morning.

Software giant hands $25,000 to local village school

A local primary school's won funding from IT giant Microsoft to carry out an idea it's had to educate pupils in technology and international business.

EU cash helps rare bird make a comeback

Collaboration between Europe and local wildlife organisations has saved a rare bird from extinction and brought it back to the local countryside, according to a local Member of the European Parliament.

New sports facility in Exmouth

An Exmouth community will have a new multi-use games area within a couple of months.

'Happy memories' project achieves record results

It seems that people in Exeter have a lot of happy memories of life in the city.

Police crack down on stolen metal

An operation to reduce thefts of metal in Devon and Cornwall is being hailed a success.

Flood recovery minister hosts meeting in Exeter

A government minister who's been appointed to make sure flood recovery goes smoothly in Devon and Dorset is holding his first meeting this morning.

Giant pothole to be repaired 'within days'

Villagers near Crediton are being reassured that a giant pothole which has closed a local road will be filled in within the next few days.

Police investigate fatal car collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to yesterday's fatal car crash near Axminster.

Survey probes 'irresponsible' A&E attendance

The increase in people attending hospital A&E departments with minor medical problems is being investigated by Devon's Healthwatch group.

Task force set up to explore railway options

Ways of safeguarding Devon's main railway link, following the severe storm damage at Dawlish, are being examined by a new taskforce.

MP mocks Tories' 'bingo and beer' budget poster

The Labour MP for Exeter has joined the widespread online mockery of a Tory poster focusing on the bingo and beer tax breaks announced in the Budget.

RNLI welcomes arrival of new lifeboat launch vehicle

Exmouth RNLI have taken delivery of the launch and recovery vehicle for their brand new Shannon class lifeboat, due to arrive later this spring.

Budget Day worries of charities helping with hardship

A partnership of charities helping people with money and housing problems in Exeter are concerned that today's Budget will lead to yet more hardship.

Official reopening of canal after repairs

The Grand Western Canal and towpath at Halberton are being officially reopened today, following a major restoration project to repair damage during the winter of 2012.

Firemen set room alight on purpose

Local firefighters will be starting a blaze later this morning.

Recruitment begins for Rugby World Cup volunteers

Recruitment has now opened for a band of volunteers to play a key part in Exeter's hosting of part of the rugby world cup next year.

Academy spreads the word on sign language

Exeter residents are being urged to learn a few simple phrases in British Sign Language by the city's Royal Academy for Deaf Education.

City council backs crackdown on rogue landlords

Exeter city council is supporting a campaign targeting private landlords who fail to keep their properties in good repair.

Lower bills proposed by South West Water

South West Water has announced plans that could see its bills go down by around 13 per cent in real terms by 2020.

Benefit cuts lead to more youth homelessness

Welfare reforms and public spending cuts have led to an increase in youth homelessness in Exeter, according to a local organisation working to prevent it.

Talks continue over closure of women's refuge

Talks are continuing on the provision of accommodation for domestic violence victims when the Exeter women's refuge closes next month.

Victory parade planned to celebrate rugby trophy

The Exeter Chiefs have won a major trophy for the first time in their history, beating Northampton Saints 15 - 8 at Sandy Park to win the LV Anglo Welsh Cup. .

Freedom of the City for ship's company

Members of HMS Defender’s ship’s company will exercise their Freedom of the City of Exeter for the first time this morning.

Sleepout event helps homeless young people

A mass sleep-out's taking place in Exeter tonight to highlight the problem of youth homelessness - and raise funds to tackle it.

Rugby world cup 'could boost economy by £5m'

The Rugby World Cup next year is expected to bring up to five million pounds into Exeter's economy.

Four remanded in custody on attempted murder charge

Four people have been remanded in custody today accused of robbing and attempting to murder a 25 year old Exeter woman.

Distinguished historian receives Royal honour

An Exeter University historian will be at Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE later today.

Care home campaigners stage protest

Campaigners against the closure of an Exmouth care home will be protesting in the town centre this morning (10am)

MP urges council to reconsider youth service cuts

The MP for Exeter has made a last minute appeal to Devon County Council ..... to reconsider proposals to close its three local children’s homes and stop running youth centres, in its latest round of cuts.

Flood planning meeting to take place in Tiverton.

It's to plan the town's response to future incidents of flooding.

Exeter charities join forces to offer a one-stop-shop service.

Six services in the city have got together to be to give out the necessary advice and information.

Devon and Cornwall Police Commissioner appoints new Chief Executive

Andrew White has been selected by commissioner Tony Hogg.

Tourist trade offered expert help after weather problems

Devon tourism businesses hit by the recent flooding are being invited to free conferences, where they'll be offered expert advice on recovering from the problems and marketing themselves effectively.

Shipwreck linked to Sir Walter Raleigh

Tests are being carried out on the wreckage of a ship found off the Cornish coast - which may once have belonged to one of east Devon's most famous sons, Sir Walter Raleigh.

Missing schoolgirl turns up in Cornwall

The Exmouth teenager reported missing yesterday has turned up safe and well in Penzance.

Union condemns potential loss of youth centres

The country's biggest union has joined the criticism of Devon county council's plans to stop running its youth centres.

New NHS non-emergency number replaces other services

The new NHS non-emergency 111 number has gone live in Devon today.

Tree thief sought in Sidmouth

Rare fruit tree popular in Tudor times goes missing from council offices.

Arts project creates 'happiness map' of Exeter

Exeter residents are being asked to add their happy memories of times in the city to an arts project.

Work to start soon on St Lukes campus redevelopment

A 10 and a half million pound redevelopment of part of Exeter University's St Lukes campus has moved a step closer.

Football charity looks set for funding boost

Exeter city council looks set to give nearly 20 thousand pounds to the Football in the Community charity.

Relatives' concerns over care home closure plan.

Campaigners fighting to save an Exmouth care home for people with learning disabilities have launched an online petition and Facebook page.

Bicton animal centre will protect rare breeds

Multi-million pound complex is in iconic building that fits in with prime Devon parkland

Exeter is one of least affordable cities

Average house prices rise £6,000 in 2013

J27 shopping complex welcomed by MP

Exeter's not particularly happy if it takes away shoppers from the city. But a planned complex off the M5 is good news, says Tiverton & Honiton MP

Abuse 'isn't just physical harm', say police

Devon and Cornwall police are carrying out an awareness campaign on abuse ... encouraging people to report it.

Council steps in to repair damaged flood defence

A damaged flood defence wall in Topsham is to be rebuilt by Exeter city council, after the Environment Agency said it could no longer afford to maintain it.

Regeneration cash for two local seaside towns

Two local seaside towns are to benefit from Government funding to regenerate coastal communities.

New Chiefs deal for Hill

Sam Hill has signed a new two-year contract extension at Sandy Park.

Parking facilities could change in Barnfield

A public consultation begins today on arrangements in one part of Exeter where there are currently several free two-hour zones.

Council ask residents to keep streets of Topsham clear

The Council has made the plea as workers will be out and about tomorrow collecting sandbags.

Shops and Police joins forces to cut alcohol related crime

Several supermarkets and retailers in Devon have agreed to work with the region's Police and Crime Commissioner in his battle against booze fuelled incidents.

Modern-day Lent abstinence for cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is giving up its floodlights for Lent.

Police commissioner tackles supermarkets over cheap alcohol

Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner is meeting representatives of major supermarket chains today.. to discuss sales of cheap alcohol and its link to anti-social behaviour and violence.

Moves to reduce noise from waste processing plant

The owner of Exeter's new waste to energy plant in Marsh Barton are taking steps to reduce the noise it's making - after complaints from nearby residents.

Study identifies risk factors in fire deaths

An investigation into fatal fires in Devon and Somerset has identified several factors which crop up again and again.

Storm-damaged rail track to open early

Trains are to start running along the storm-damaged railway line at Dawlish again, two weeks earlier than expected.

Missing Sussex man last seen in Devon

Police are appealing for sightings of a missing Sussex man who may be in Devon.

Remote-controlled helicopter lost in Exeter

A remote controlled helicopter being used to take aerial photos has gone missing after coming down somewhere over Exeter. .

Council may bring in food waste collections

Food waste collections could be introduced in Exeter within the next couple of years... to reduce the amount going to landfill.

Launch of new-look station forecourt

The improved forecourt at Exeter Central station is being officially opened this morning. It's been redesigned to make a better impression on rail travellers.

Work begins to prepare site of new day hospice

Hospiscare's new day hospice in Honiton could be up and running within months.

Emergency bike charity could help shape national service

A charity that transports emergency blood and organs to Devon's hospitals by motorbike has been invited to Westminister to discuss plans to regulate the service.

City MP calls for action on 'disgraceful' roads

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw is calling on the county council to repair the ever-increasing number of potholes in the city.

Public can help police fight drug dealing

Police say the public can help them in their continuing fight against drug dealing in the local area.

Council welcomes fall in fatal motorbike crashes

There's been a welcome reduction in the number of motorcyclists killed on Devon's roads.

Fair Trade produce on offer at market

The main event of Exeter's Fair Trade Fortnight takes place today.

Action group formed on closure of women's refuge

An action group's been set up to explore how Exeter city council will deal with the loss of the local Women's Refuge.

Devon education bosses ask for an end to postcode lottery on school funding.

Education leaders in the county have written to the Secretary of State urging him to take action.

Exeter College rated Outstanding...again

A recent Ofted spot-check judged has rated the college outstanding for the second time running.

Part of the South West Coast Path to remain closed

The section from Ladram Bay to Budleigh has been shut since February 8th and will remain so for at least another 3 weeks.

Good news on broadband in mid and east Devon

Several mid and east Devon communities are to benefit from superfast broadband by the end of July.

Council calls on benefit fraud councillor to resign

Pressure is mounting on a mid Devon councillor who's been convicted of benefit fraud to resign.

Anger at 'undebated' council relocation decision

East Devon councillors fighting the controversial plan to relocate their headquarters to the Exeter Skypark say they were denied the chance to debate it in last night's full council meeting.

Community groups invited to take over city parks

A shortage of funding for looking after Exeter's parks has prompted the city council to invite local community groups to take over their running.

Suspected drug offenders arrested in dawn raids

Police in Exeter have joined forces with the National Crime Agency to target drug dealing and other offences.

Cullompton cob buildings continue to crumble

There's been a further collapse of a cob structure in Cullompton's High Street.

Exeter celebrates Fair Trade Fortnight

Two weeks of events promoting Fair Trade are underway in Exeter.

Devon's roads riddled with pot-holes

Nearly 12 thousand potholes have been reported on Devon's roads since the start of 2014, according to the county council.

Coast path at Budleigh closed

Forget the sea views for now; try the route by the sewage works!

Zero tolerance of begging in Exeter

Prolific thieves also targeted in crackdown in Exeter City Centre

No smoke without fire

Millions of packets of cigarettes have been washed ashore at a East Devon beach, after a cargo ship lost its load.

Mid and East Devon businesses burgled

Spate of thefts in towns across the area thought to be linked

£300,000 cash for child bike safety

A third of a million pounds is to be spent in Devon teaching children to ride their bikes safely

Tiverton pub car park fire

Trout Inn blaze extinguished overnight

MP welcomes flood funding

Neil Parish says grants will help get farmers back on their feet

Council to call for Government action on transport damage

Devon county council is to demand Government action to ensure the area's road and rail links are fit for purpose.

Police investigate spate of vehicle crime

There's been a spate of vehicle vandalism in mid-Devon. Several vehicles have been damaged but nothing was stolen.

It stings!

Device for stopping speeders accidentally spikes innocent tyres

Devon' council tax to rise 2%

Devon County Council has increased its share of council tax by two per cent, which will increase the average bill for a Band D home by £22 a year.

Council urged to oppose badger cull

Devon county council is being asked to prohibit badger culling on any of the land it owns. .

Councillors meet to set austerity budget

Protesters will be targeting County Hall in Exeter this afternoon - as councillors meet to discuss controversial cuts to public services they say are forced on them by inadequate Government funding.

Chefs hope to curry favour from competition judges

There'll be hot competition in Exeter this morning in the battle to win Curry Chef of the Year.

Flood rescue work 'hampered by shortages'

Firefighters in the south west say their rescue and recovery work during the flooding has been hampered by shortages of equipment and staff ... and inadequate training.

Dawlish rail repairs will take until mid-April

Network Rail says repairs to the track at Dawlish will take a month longer than expected, after last weekend's storms caused further damage to the sea wall.

Performers needed for 'The Day We Played Brazil'

Actors, singers and dancers are needed for a community play being staged in Exeter later this year.

'Shock' over plans to close women's refuge in Exeter

Plans to close Exeter's women's refuge will be discussed today - as a worried local councillor asks how vulnerable women will be protected from abusive partners.

Concerns over 'suicide hotspot' in Exmouth

Orcombe Point at Exmouth could get new signs imploring people to call the Samaritans if they's contemplating suicide.

Calls for Exmouth jobcentre to be reinstated

The lack of a job centre in Exmouth will be discussed at the town council this evening.

Plans for Honiton hotel move forward

A new hotel looks set to be built on the site of the old Turks Head Lodge Motel in Honiton, creating 25 jobs.

Local consultation on new housing estate

People in Exeter are being asked for their views on a proposed new housing development just outside Alphington.

More storms batter Devon overnight

Devon is recovering from another night of storm force winds and high tides.

Land to be turned into community park

People living near a neglected piece of land near Exeter city centre are meeting today to discuss how it could be used by the community.

Police and councils call for change in licensing laws

The police and crime commissioner for Devon and Cornwall is calling for local councils to have more power to refuse licensing applications, if they believe that granting them will increase alcohol abuse.

Highest level of flood alert for Exmouth and east Devon

A severe flood warning has been issued for the coast from Exmouth to Lyme Regis.

New online chat service launched by local NHS

The local NHS has launched an online chat service for anyone wanting to get information on local health services, or to give feedback on their own experiences.

Re-route Dawlish railway line, says engineering expert

With speculation continuing over the future of the Dawlish railway line, a top engineer says in his opinion, it should be re-routed inland.

Recruitment launched for Rugby World Cup volunteers

Rugby fans in Exeter are being invited to get involved in the hosting of part of the World Cup next year.

Local MP supports fight against ivory trade

A local MP is supporting efforts to tackle the trade in ivory - which leads to tens of thousands of elephants and rhinos being killed every year for their tusks.

RD&E helps research on unnecessary hospital admissions

Exeter's RD&E hospital is taking part in a study aimed at reducing the unnecessary admissions to wards of people who come to Accident and Emergency.

Conference hears of former building industry 'blacklist'

An engineer who was put on an illegal blacklist by building firms because he highlighted safety problems on building sites is addressing a conference in Exeter today.

Council welcomes change to emergency funding scheme

Devon is to benefit from a change in the Government's system for allocating emergency funding, after incidents such as storms and flooding.

David Cameron visits flood hit Dawlish.

The Prime Minister was in the town as part of his tour of flood hit areas of the region.

More people visit Exeter CAB with debt problems.

The Citizens Advice Bureau is reporting an increase in people needing help with rent arrears, phone and broadband bills, and council tax.

Fund will offer grants to victims of flooding

A fundraising campaign's been launched to help people badly hit by flooding in Devon.

Animated Exeter festival gets underway

Exeter's animation festival begins today with a variety of events happening between now and the 22nd.

Schools highlight risks of cyberbullying and sexting

Schools in mid and east Devon are focusing on the potential dangers of the Internet and social media this week.

A scheme to help vunerable and elderly residents in Devon to be extended.

Neighbourhood Health Watch involves GPs, police and businesses as well as charities. forming a support network for those who might otherwise slip through the net of health and social services.

East Devon District Council could relocate from Sidmouth to outskirts of Exeter.

The council had been considering four locations - Cranbrook, Honiton, Winslade Park and the Exeter Skypark.

Environment Agency denies delaying work on flood defences at Dawlish.

The Daily Telegraph claims agency officials met with Network Rail last month, saying plans to protect the train line at Dawlish were put off so the impact it would have on birds could be looked at.

A welcome blot on the St James Park landscape?

Ground staff at Exeter City have borrowed a special machine to try and remove the standing water on the pitch.

Council leader demands Government help

The leader of Devon county council is calling on the Government to step in - after the latest damage to local transport links.

Academic and support staff at university on strike

Lecturers at Exeter University are staging a third one-day strike today in their ongoing dispute over pay.

'Report rough sleepers during storms' says council

People in Exeter have been asked to help the city council identify anyone who is sleeping rough during the extreme wet and windy weather.

Valuable parachutes stolen in Exmouth

Three parachutes worth £18,000 have been stolen from a van in Exmouth

Young politicians fight youth centre closure plans

Young people in Devon are fighting the County Council's plans to stop running its 34 youth centres.

Storm and tide damage, and more extreme weather to come

Gale force winds and high tides have been battering Devon overnight - with warnings of further extreme weather to come.

Public meeting on community renewable energy project

Exeter residents are invited to a meeting this evening by a local social enterprise - to discuss and get involved with a solar power project in the city.

Crunch match for Exeter City youth team

Live television coverage and national recognition await Exeter City’s under 21 squad, if they can beat Burnley tonight at St James Park.

Big changes to meals on wheels service

People receiving 'meals on wheels' in Devon are to see dramatic changes to the way the service is provided.

Feniton public inquiry resumes

The public inquiry into plans for more than 300 new homes in Feniton reconvenes today.

Council unveils details of day centre closures

Eight day centres used by elderly people in Exeter, mid and east Devon look set to close.

Road closed after serious accident

There's been a serious road accident on the A3052 at Woodbury Salterton

Third man sought in connection with Dawlish robbery

Police are appealing for the public’s helping in finding a man suspected of being involved in the robbery of a Dawlish holiday park last summer.

Former City manager faces abuse allegations

Former Exeter City manager Peter Fox is to face historic charges of abuse at the High Court.

Pub landlord calls for swollen rivers to be dredged

The landlord of a pub on the River Clyst - whose business is hit regularly by flooding - is calling for the Environment Agency to start dredging local rivers again.

Cameras installed in 'dog attack' park

CCTV cameras are to be installed in the Exeter park which has seen two dog attacks.

Boat fire investigation in Teignmouth

Fire crews were called to reports of a vessel on fire near Shaldon Bridge just after 11pm last night.

Research to be carried out into Exeter's housing needs.

The city's university is to carry out a project on behalf of the city council.

New slipway for Exmouth to get the green light.

The old one was closed last year for safety reasons.

Too many mental patients held in police custody

Devon and Cornwall police say they know further work is needed to reduce the number of people with mental health problems being locked up in police cells.

Who you gonna call? Crimebusters?

It's been revealed that Devon and Cornwall police have attended dozens of emergency calls to reports of witches and ghosts in the last three years.

Champion tug of war team seek new 'pullers'

A local tug of war team who're currently the Devon and Cornwall champions are looking for new members.

Community energy scheme could attract Government cash

A scheme in Exeter looks set to benefit from Government plans announced this week, to fund renewable community energy projects.

Beach reopens after landslip

A beauty spot at Shaldon has reopened after work to repair a cliff fall was completed., .

Housing tenants struggle to pay their rent

The number of private and housing association tenants in Exeter who're unable to pay their rent seems to be on the increase.

Fall in rescues by Exmouth lifeboat

Exmouth RNLI thinks a steady decrease in the number of lifeboat launches could indicate that people going out to sea are becoming more safety-conscious.

South west 'lagging behind' in economic growth

The economic recovery being seen in the rest of the country isn't reflected in this region, according to the TUC.

Cannabis 'farm' found on Exeter trading estate

A quarter of a million pounds worth of cannabis plants have been seized by police in Exeter.

More talks held on dog control in Exeter parks

Talks are taking place this week on the future of dog contols in Exeter parks. It comes after a second incident in which a smaller dog was attacked by a bull terrier in Belmont Park.

How to save up to £200 a year on energy bills

There's help at hand this week for anyone in Exeter who's having trouble paying their energy bills.

New scheme will reduce OAPs' admissions to hospital

An initiative being launched in Exeter is aiming to reduce the number of elderly people who're admitted to hospital when they could be cared for at home.

Landslip risk on cliffs and coast paths

People heading out to walk on Devon's coast paths are being urged to take extra care... as the bad weather has already caused a landslip in east Devon.

Warning after burglar strikes in Exeter

Police are warning Exeter residents to be on the alert after a burglar got into a house by claiming his football was in the occupant's back garden.

Benefit cuts 'fuel rise in thefts and disorder'

Crime figures out this week for Devon and Cornwall would seem to confirm the Police and Crime Commissioner's view that welfare reforms are leading to a rise in some offences.

Landslip warning to coast path users

People heading out to walk on Devon's coast paths this weekend are being urged to take extra care... as the bad weather has already caused a landslip in east Devon.

Lifeboatmen create a splash of colour on the roads

A group of Exmouth RNLI volunteers are putting on their bright yellow all-weather gear today - to take to the roads instead of the sea.

Exeter residents encouraged to help maintain their local parks.

Community groups in the city are being invited to take over the management of their parks and green spaces.

Exeter MP criticises the amount of house building on city outskirts

Ben Bradshaw claims East Devon and Teignbridge councils are allowing too much new housing to be built within their boundaries on the outskirts of Exeter.

Police reveal Christmas Drink Drive figures

Devon and Cornwall Police carried out 1,326 breath tests over the festive period.

Good news for library users in Exeter

The date Exeter library-users have long been awaiting has been announced today - for the reopening of the refurbished main building.

University hit by industrial action

Exeter University students face another day of disruption as staff stage a third national strike in as many months, in their unions' ongoing dispute over pay and pensions.

Crime figures show rise in sex attacks

Crime fell overall across Devon and Cornwall last year - but there was a rise in some types of offence including sex crimes.

Chaplains launch new service for city shop workers

Shop workers in Exeter city centre are being offered a new chaplaincy service - to provide a listening ear to any problems they want to talk about..

City could get £4 million watersports 'hub'

A public consultation meeting takes place later on plans for a new watersports centre in Exeter canal basin.

Guildhall centre improvement plans on public display

Designs for the seven million pound facelift of Exeter's Guildhall shopping centre are going on display today.

PCC calls on supermarkets to help fight alcohol-fuelled crime

Shops and supermarkets across Devon and Cornwall are being urged to join the fight to reduce alcohol-related crime.

Company fined over recycling plant accident

An Exeter company has been fined 33 thousand pounds after a man was seriously injured by a vehicle at a recycling centre.

Exmouth for the high-jump?

Councillor calls for new sports facilities if existing running track is lost

Ikea and Morrissons' decision today

City council will decide on planning applications tonight

Developers urged to hire local traders.

People wanting to build new housing or commercial premises in Exeter could be asked to hire local workers for their construction projects.

Historic Exeter graveyard to be restored.

The land off Magdalen Street was used during the 18th and 19th centuries as a resting place for people who'd dissented from the established church.

Police helicopter video footage released via YouTube

Dramatic video footage of police capturing a prolific offender as he tried to flee through Haldon Woods has been released by the force on to YouTube.

Police pursue further leads to smash local crime network

Police investigating a drug supply and money laundering operation will be carrying out further search warrants this week - after arresting two suspects in Exmouth and Exeter.

Plea to Prime Minister over road maintenance crisis

David Cameron has been asked to visit Devon and see the flood damage to the roads for himself - as the county council tries to get more Government funding for repairs.

Public meeting as part of Feniton planning inquiry

A special evening session takes place later for people wanting to take part in the public inquiry into large-scale housing developments in Feniton.

Heroin and cash seized in raids tackling organised crime

Police tackling organised crime have seized drugs and cash after two raids in Exmouth and Exeter. Two men have been arrested.

New 'Men's Shed' opens in Exmouth

Men in Exmouth are being given a new facility for learning new skills, using the Internet and socialising.

Patients want cancer symptoms investigated earlier

People at risk of cancer would like doctors to check out potential symptoms much sooner than the current NHS guidelines suggest, according to a study involving Exeter University medical school.

Rail repairs disrupt train journeys

Rail travellers on the main line between Exeter and London face delays and disruption - as a 15 million pound repair programme takes place.

Two arrested after death in Exeter

Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man found collapsed in an Exeter launderette on Saturday.

Free training to reduce accidents at work

An initiative to reduce workplace accidents in Exeter and East Devon is starting this week.

Road works increase disruption at city bottleneck

Motorists using Exeter's Bridge Road - a congestion hotspot - will face even longer delays for the next few months. .

Police figures show rise in child sex crimes

Worrying figures out today show a large increase in reports of sexual abuse among primary school children in Devon and Cornwall.

Police 'risked own safety' during recent severe weather

Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner has paid tribute to officers who risked their own safety to help others during the recent extreme weather and flooding.

War memorial grants deadline approaches

Communities across Devon are being reminded to get their applications in for grants to restore First World War memorials.

Protest march against 'developers charter' planning policies

A demonstration against national planning policies which leave the countryside vulnerable to development takes place in Feniton this morning.

Residents cross-examined in Feniton public inquiry

It's a key day in the public inquiry into 235 new homes in Feniton.

Praise for work to thwart rogue traders and conmen

Work by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards to crack down on rogue traders and prevent the public from falling victim to conmen has been shortlisted for an award.

Police crack down on unlawful lorry drivers

Devon and Cornwall Police say an operation - aimed at reducing the danger rogue hauliers cause on the roads - has been a huge success.

IKEA store in Exeter moves a step closer

Planning applications for two high-profile developments go before Exeter councillors this evening.

Glass could be banned in Exeter's nightclubs.

Glasses and bottles in late-night clubs and bars could be replaced with plastic drinking vessels in order to prevent a repeat of an attack which left a man with a severe eye injury.

Man in serious condition after crash near Exeter

A van driver has been airlifted to hospital following the collision just before 7am.

Tui leaving the Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs have confirmed that tight-head prop Hoani Tui is to leave Sandy Park at the end of the season.

City young guns to face Clarets

Exeter City have been drawn at home against Burnley in the quarter-final of the Under-21 Premier League Cup, after beating Blackburn two-one at St James Park on Tuesday evening.

Study finds green spaces improve mental health

Research by Exeter University medical school has found that green spaces in towns and cities can lead to significant improvements in people's mental health.

Council urged to ban badger culling on its land

Devon county council's being asked not to let badger culling take place on any of its land.

'Top-slicing' removes cash from local police budget

Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner has expressed his disappointment that the force is to lose two and a half million pounds from its budget next year.

Man in serious condition after attack in Exeter

Two men have been arrested by police investigating a serious attack on a man in Exeter.

Council confirms cuts to mobile libraries

Devon's mobile library service is to be cut to save the county council money.

Approval recommended for solar farm

A large solar farm near Exmouth looks likely to gain planning permission today.

Exmouth attackers may have boasted about assault

Police investigating an unprovoked attack on a man in Exmouth during the New Year celebrations think the culprits may have bragged about what they did.

Local planning appeal 'has national significance'

A public inquiry in east Devon which starts today will be watched closely by developers wanting to build in rural areas.

Further growth predicted for Exeter's retail trade

It's predicted that Exeter's retail trade will continue to do well in 2014 - after a much better performance than the national average last year.

Open meeting for Sidmouth residents to discuss policing

Residents of Sidmouth can discuss any concerns about crime and policing with local officers this morning.

Warning of dangerous waves during high tides

There's a warning of continuing dangerous conditions around Devon's coastlines, especially during high tides.

Crowds flock to cathedral's Christmas services

It's emerged that more than 22 thousand people attended services and concerts at Exeter Cathedral over the Christmas period.

Acclaim and appetite for Street Food market

Exeter's Street Food market in the Guildhall shopping centre has been named as one of the city's top five food destinations on the travel website TripAdvisor.

Woman needs medical treatment after house fire

Two people have been rescued from a house fire in Exeter this morning - one of them needing medical treatment.

Crews deal with 'difficult' chimney fire

Fire crews were called out to a chimney fire in Exeter last night.

New contractor sought for key University building

Work on a 30 million pound new building on Exeter University's main campus is being interrupted so that a new contractor can be found.

Tidal surge lashes Devon coasts

Exmouth sea front has been closed during high tide as huge waves wash over the sea wall.

Devon firefighters join national FBU strike

Firefighters are staging another strike this morning in their ongoing dispute over pension reforms.

Severe flood warning for Devon coast

The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for the coastal area from Exmouth to Lyme Regis, and Dawlish Warren.

More adoptive parents needed for children in care

The latest figures have revealed there are around 700 children in care across Devon.

No major problems during New Year's Eve festivities

Devon and Cornwall Police say New Year's Eve was relatively trouble-free across the two counties - although they did arrest 125 people during the festivities.

Axminster robber photo released

Police have published a CCTV image of a man robbing the Prospect Garage on Christmas Eve

Exmouth's fireworks switch to The Strand

Head to Exmouth's Strand area to enjoy the new year fireworks this year. Safety worries make seafront display too costly.

More details revealed of M5 accident

Police investigating an accident on the M5 near Tiverton on Friday have released further details.

Property market continues to recover in south-west

The gap between the asking and selling price for property is narrowing in Devon, according to a local estate agent.

Design agreed for new-look skatepark

Improvements to Honiton's skatepark have moved a step closer after a design was chosen from four possible options, in a vote by local young people.

Don't rely on breathalysing gadgets, police warn

Devon and Cornwall police are warning New Years revellers not to drive after using a self-testing device to check their alcohol level.

Chiefs 'will learn lessons' from Harlequins defeat

The Exeter Chiefs head coach says valuable lessons will be learned from their crushing defeat by Harlequins at Twickenham on Saturday.

Police prepare for extra calls over New Year

Devon and Cornwall police are preparing for an increase in calls over the New Year period - many connected with trouble caused by people drinking too much.

Workplace injuries rise in Exeter and mid Devon

Figures released today show that three people were killed in workplace accidents in Exeter, mid and east Devon in the year 2012 to 2013 - and a hundred and 39 suffered major injuries.

Cycling and sports facilities boost for Sidmouth

A new cycle route is to be created in Sidmouth. A hundred thousand pounds, from a pot of money contributed to the district council by housing developers, will pay for cycling lanes and facilities in the town, and possibly the first part of a cycle route to Feniton.

CAB expects New Year spike in debt enquiries

Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau is expecting a busy January as people realise they've run up large debts to pay Christmas.

Chinese lanterns often mistaken for distress flares

People near the coast who're planning to launch Chinese lanterns into the sky during New Year celebrations are being asked to let their local coastguard know.

Exeter groups receive money to help fight crime

The Exeter organisation which staged the south west's first conference on knife crime earlier this year is among the groups awarded funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner's small grants scheme.

Devon Greenpeace campaigners return home

The Exeter Greenpeace activist and two other members of the Arctic 30 from Devon are safely back in the UK after their ordeal in Russia.

Police investigate M5 car accident

Police are appealing for witnesses to an accident on the M5 yesterday afternoon.

Seafront traders concerned about Exmouth redevelopment

People running businesses on Exmouth seafront say they still don't know whether they'll lose their livelihoods as a result of the major redevelopment of the area.

Exeter Greenpeace activist flies home from Russia

The Exeter Greenpeace activist Iain Rogers is due to fly home today after being held in Russia for protesting against oil drilling.

Sustainable transport project appeals for unwanted bicycles

A bike recycling project in East Devon is appealing for anyone who got a new bicycle for Christmas to donate their old one to them.

Don't waste festive food, say recycling officers

People across Devon are being urged to do all they can to minimise the amount of food they throw away this Christmas

Domestic violence to increase over festive break

With domestic violence expected to increase in Devon over Christmas, local support services are urging victims to seek help.

Christmas swim is last job for retiring RNLI stalwart

Today's the last day at work for the long-serving coxwain of Exmouth RNLI, Tim Mock. He's been with the lifeboat charity for nearly 34 years.

Register expensive gifts with security website, say police

Exeter Police are reminding anyone who's received an expensive Christmas present to register it with a national property website.

Safety advice on Christmas toys for children

Local trading standards are warning parents to make sure all toys given to their children for Christmas aren't a safety hazard.

High demand and low resources for local youth service

An organisation offering help and support to young people in Devon says the demand is higher than ever.

Police advise vigilance against Christmas present thefts

As local residents finish off their Christmas shopping, police in Exeter are urging them not to fall victim to opportunistic thieves.

Christmas travel hit by bad weather

There's widespread disruption to local rail and road travel, because of the storms and flooding.

Intruder leaves own keys in burgled house

Police investigating a burglary in Exmouth hope items left inside the house may help identify the culprit.

Paedophiles unmasked under 'Sarah's Law'

Devon and Cornwall police have revealed that they've disclosed details of 39 paedophiles since the introduction of a new law in April 2011.

Trading Standards urge care with Christmas lights and candles

Christmas lights, candles and decorations can be a real safety hazard, according to Devon and Somerset Trading Standards.

Alcohol-related incidents increase during party season

The number of alcohol-related incidents dealt with by police in Exeter was nearly 25 per cent higher last December than the same month in 2011.

High Court setback for Budleigh longboat campaigners

High Court rules for East Devon District Council in ongoing dispute about redevelopment of historic seafront building

Prison inspectors' report praises staff and procedures

Exeter gaol has received a broadly good report, following an un-announced visit by inspectors.

Police forces collaborate to save money

Devon and Cornwall police have announced plans for closer collaboration with the Dorset force, in response to continuing cuts in Government funding.

New 'help zone' for late-night drinkers in Exeter

Tonight traditionally sees the biggest Christmas celebrations in Exeter as most people finish work for the festive break - and a new 'help zone' is being set up for revellers.

Five remanded in custody over city murder

Four men and a 17-year-old youth, accused of murdering an Exeter man last month, have appeared at the city's Crown Court and been remanded in custody.

Fallen trees and flooding as storms hit Devon

Parts of Devon are recovering from a battering by strong winds and heavy rain yesterday evening.

Exeter Greenpeace activist could be home for Christmas

The Exeter Greenpeace activist Iain Rogers could be home from Russia soon after the authorities there granted the so-called Arctic 30 amnesty.

School benefits from £2.4 million improvements

Work has begun on a new development at Clyst Vale Community College in Broadclyst.

Christmas trading boost for city centre

Christmas shoppers in Exeter are giving retailers a business boom - and the best could be yet to come.

Diocese of Exeter to sponsor new school.

The primary school is being built in Plymouth.

Repaint job on Kennford cottage deemed too pink.

Earlier this year, Teignbridge District Council ordered Ann Kennedy to tone down the colour of her 17th century home after a complaint.

Exeter City hand teenager professional contract.

Matt Jay is currently a second year scholar at the Academy.

Exmouth Chamber Chairman mentors over 50s

Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise is supported by the Prince of Wales and helps people who're finding it hard to get back into the workplace.

New main road for Cranbrook gets the green light.

Planning permission has been given for an extension to the main road into the new development near Exeter.

Devon firefighters to join national another FBU strike

Local firefighters will walk out on strike for 4 hours from 6pm this evening.

Luke Friend's homecoming

Louis Walsh has the Radio Exe Factor

Man arrested following alleged incident on Exmouth bus

Police are looking into an allegation, said to have happened on Wednesday 4th December.

Exeter Guildhall to get 7 million pound facelift.

Work's due to start next year on what will be the first significant investment in the centre since it opened in 1976.

Exmouth recreation complex gets outline planning approval

The redevelopment of Exmouth's Queen's Drive area into a beachside recreation area has moved another step forward.

New restrictions proposed on usage of bus passes

Elderly and disabled people could face new restrictions on the use of their bus passes, under plans by Devon county council.

MP concerned about social housing sell-off

The MP for Exeter says Government plans to increase the amount of social housing could end up removing people on low incomes from their local communities.

Tiverton residents consulted on Post Hill development

A second consultation has begun on the plans for a major housing and employment development near Tiverton.

New recycling centre opens in east Devon

About five thousand tonnes of household waste are expected to be dealt with each year at a new recycling centre for Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and the surrounding villages - which opens this morning.

MP joins fight against Feniton housing estates

The MP for Tiverton and Honiton has joined the fight against major housing developments in fields surrounding Feniton.

Tisdale to stay at Exeter City

League Two Portsmouth have appointed Richie Barker as their new manager - NOT Exeter City's Paul Tisdale.

Local areas to benefit from superfast broadband

Superfast broadband is to be made available to more local communities in the next few months.

Trading standards warn of fake DVDs and cosmetics

Local residents are being warned about the risks of buying counterfeit goods as Christmas presents.

Charities launch appeal to combat fuel poverty

Hundreds of people across Devon are facing dangerous levels of fuel poverty... as another cold winter approaches. .

Lottery Funding for local food operation

An organisation tackling food poverty in Exeter has won lottery funding to expand its operations.

Flybe routes axed

Flybe has announced this week that three routes from Exeter Airport are to be axed.

Devon in Top 3 for Recycling

Continuing improvements in household recycling rates have put Devon among the three best-performing counties in the country.

Caring students help out in the community

Exeter University students are joining forces with a local care home to offer old people outings to the Northcott Theatre.

EU funding confirmed for Exeter Internet monitoring centre

Exeter's Safer Internet Centre, which plays a vital role in removing illegal online content such as child pornography, is to receive its much-needed European funding for the next six years.

Spate of chimney fires as winter weather moves in

Devon and Somerset fire brigade are warning residents of the danger of chimney fires as the weather gets colder.

Work starts on Haldon travellers' site

Work's begun to create a permanent travellers' site at Haldon, to replace the illegal encampment that's been there for 12 years.

Residents continue fight for parkland's village green status

Campaigners for an area of Exeter parkland to be protected from development by having 'village green' status are continuing their fight.

High-tech company makes Exeter its global HQ

The first big high-tech company has moved into Exeter's Science Park, in a landmark stage for the development.

Ferry death trial hears evidence from safety experts

Exeter Crown court's heard that a flight of steps on the quayside, where an 80 year old woman fell and drowned in the river, had been used with no other accidents for 40 years.

Pig attack

A pensioner from Cofton near Dawlish has spent more than a week in hospital after being trampled by fighting pigs.

Crash closes M5 at Cullompton

The Devon Air Ambulance attends crash on northbound carriageway.

Drivers ticked off by Broadclyst children

27 drivers who were caught speeding chose to explain their behaviour to children in Broadclyst rather than receive a fine.

Crime commissioner wants residents help with binge drinkers

Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner is calling on the public to help fight alcohol abuse and binge drinking.

City council denies breach of law over 'unsafe' steps

Exeter city council has denied that the steps down to a ferry, where a local woman fell and drowned, breached health and safety legislation.

Councillor campaigns for more tree planting

A local councillor's campaign to protect trees in east Devon has led to her being asked to work with the Woodland Trust, to help get more trees planted in the area.

Council plans road maintenance cutbacks

Ways to reduce spending on Devon's highways and traffic management by nearly seven million pounds are being explored by the county council.

Opportunist burglars target homes in Exmouth

Police in Exmouth say there's been a spate of house burglaries in the past month. .

Police charge two more with Exeter murder

Four people have now been charged with the murder of 43 year old Stephen Crook in Exeter.

Police launch Christmas drink-drive campaign

A convicted drink-driver is at the centre of Devon and Cornwall police's Christmas campaign to highlight the dangers of getting behind the wheel when over the limit.

Preparation work starts on Exmouth slipway

Engineering work begins today on Exmouth's Mamhead Slipway, to gain information that will help with the design of its replacement.

Payday loan changes 'don't go far enough'.

Exeter's Citizens Advice Bureau says the Government should be doing more to make payday lenders give borrowers a fair deal.

New outdoor education centre thriving

A new outdoor education centre at Exeter Quayside is on track to train more than 25,000 people in its first year of opening.

Council seek opinion on Devon flood management

Local residents are being asked to give their views on Devon's strategy for managing the risk of flooding.

Free sign language courses for parents of under 5s

Free sign language courses are being offered to parents with children under the age of 5 who are hard of hearing.

Exeter gears up to host a late night march

A 'reclaim the night' event is taking place in the city centre this evening.

Second Man Charged with Exeter Murder

43 year old Stephen Crook was found injured in a house on Alphington Road last Thursday night - he later died in hospital.

Water company announces freeze on bills

South West Water is freezing its charges until April 2015, and says it'll also keep average bill rises below inflation until 2020.

Man arrested after alleged rape in Honiton

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Honiton have arrested a 19 year old man.

More arrests in city murder inquiry

Three more people have been arrested as part of a murder investigation in Exeter.

Partial victory for rights-of-way campaigners

Campaigners for footpaths through land owned by East Devon council to be formally recognised as public rights of way are claiming victory, after a planning inspector overturned a bid to ban public access.

Exeter researchers link poverty with child ADHD

Scientists at Exeter University's medical school have found a link between low incomes and the incidence of child attention deficit disorder.

Credit cards and payday loans will fund Christmas

There's concern that large numbers of people in Devon are planning to run up debts in order to pay for Christmas.

More training and support for jobseekers in Exeter

Unemployed people in Exeter will have a new source of help and training next year.

Man may lose sight in eye after nightclub attack

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered a serious eye injury in an assault in an Exeter nightclub.

Police name fatally-injured Exeter man

Police have named the man who was found with fatal injuries in Exeter last week as 43 year old Stephen Crook.

Girl attacked by man in Exmouth park

Police in Exmouth are investigating an assault on a 13 year old girl.

Road safety campaign launched at airport

A campaign's being launched at Exeter Airport today to urge passengers to plan the next stage of their travel after arriving there - and not risk driving if they're tired or have been drinking on the plane.

Exeter's rugby World Cup games to be shown on big screen

More details are emerging about Exeter's plans to host part of the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Man jailed for child sex offences

A Cullompton man described as a predatory child sex offender is starting a 19 year jail sentence.

Man in court on murder charge

A man's been charged with the murder of a 43 year old man in Exeter.

Adoption activity day allows prospective adopters to meet children

The South West's first adoption activity day took place over the weekend - allowing prospective adoptors and children in care to meet each other to see if they strike up a connection.

Exeter clinic offers 'no questions asked' HIV tests

An initiative in Exeter this week is making it easy for people to get tested for HIV.

Local police receive training in dealing with cases of stalking

A year since new laws against stalking were introduced, it's claimed that systemic failings in the criminal justice system are still leaving victims vulnerable.

Pub's new regulars don't shell out for drinks

A pair of leopard tortoises have made their home in the lounge of a pub in Lympstone.

Hot summer boosts solar panels' output

The solar panels on Exeter City Council buildings have generated more power than expected.

Village welcomes long-awaited traffic safety improvements

New road safety measures are to be introduced in Kenton.

Man arrested in Exeter murder inquiry

Police investigating a murder in Exeter have arrested a 25 year old man.

Exeter CAB sees an increase in people owed money from businesses that close down.

Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau says it's seeing increasing numbers of workers needing help because their former employer has shut down, owing them money.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Initiative in Exeter

Survivors of cyber-stalking will be sharing their experiences today at the launch of Devon's Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.

Body found in hunt for missing Exeter woman

Police in Exeter searching for a missing 78 year old woman have discovered a body. Joan Russell was last seen on Friday 15th November at her home in Exeter.

Exeter Arctic 30 man granted bail in Russia

The Exeter man held in Russia with a group of Greenpeace activists has been granted bail.

Children tackle motorists caught speeding

Motorists caught speeding through a local village today will be invited to face local school children... who're campaigning to get drivers to slow down.

City's Roman baths could be made accessible to the public

The ancient Roman remains which lie under Exeter's Cathedral Green could finally be uncovered and put on show to the public - more than 40 years after they were discovered.

Fire alarm 'saves lives' of Exmouth family

Twenty firefighters were needed to deal with a house fire in Exmouth last night - which destroyed part of the building and left the rest of it damaged.

Figures reveal local impact of 'bedroom tax'

There are calls for the so-called 'bedroom tax' to be scrapped... after research by the National Housing Federation found that around half the households affected are no longer able to pay their rent.

Plans put forward for major development near Tiverton

Developers have put forward proposals for a multi-million pound project near Tiverton. It could lead to the creation of a designer outlet village, a cinema, hotel, regional visitor centre, employment space and housing... but so far the plans are at a very early stage.

Residents urged to check sheds for missing woman

Police are increasingly concerned about a missing Exeter woman - saying her disappearance is completely out of character.

District councillor facing assault charges

A mid Devon councillor who's accused of assaulting two social housing tenants is to go on trial early next year. Seventy-five year old John Squire, who represents the Upper Yeo ward, denies the allegations.

Good news for motorists in Exeter

Parking charges in Exeter could be frozen until April 2015. A report going before city councillors next week recommends no increase in parking tariffs, in view of the financial pressures on traders, residents and visitors.

Broadclyst targets speeding drivers during Road Safety Week

Residents of Broadclyst are carrying out a high-profile campaign against speeding motorists this week. .

Police receive £300K to mete out restorative justice

The Ministry of Justice has announced it's giving Devon and Cornwall police three hundred thousand pounds to help deliver restorative justice over the next two years.

Police search for missing Exeter woman

Police are concerned for the safety of a 78 year old Exeter woman who hasn't been seen since Friday night.

Doctors challenge misconceptions about schizophrenia

Doctors in Devon are backing a national campaign to try and break down some of the myths surrounding schizophrenia.

Around 1,000 join anti-EDL march in Exeter

The organisers of Saturday's march in Exeter protest against the English Defence League demonstration on the same day say they've sent a clear message to supporters of the far right group.

Appeal for Exmouth residents to help pay for Christmas lights.

The local council is paying half the cost but the town has traditionally made up the rest of it from private donations.

Radio Exe joins opposition to government enforced switchover

Radio Exe is joining a coalition of radio groups to protest about the government's plans to enforce a switchover from FM to DAB digital radio for the majority of radio station in the UK.

City's food festival wins gold tourism award

The South West Festival of Food and Drink - held in Exeter - has won a top prize in this year's Devon Tourism Awards.

Devon heroin supply chain leader among 'most wanted'

The leader of a heroin dealing gang who brought large quantities of the drug from Liverpool to Devon is among a list of 'most wanted' criminals, thought to be hiding in Spain. .

MP tackles Health Secretary over NHS walk-in centres

The Health Secretary has been challenged in the Commons by the MP for Exeter over the closures of NHS walk-in centres. .

Cash lifeline for rape crisis service

Devon's rape crisis service has been saved from possible closure by a 20 thousand pound grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner's office.

Council tax could rise to maintain police officer numbers

Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner is hoping local residents will support his proposal to put council tax up again next year.

Pavement warnings for irresponsible dog owners

Dog fouling in Exeter is being tackled by the city council - by spraying warning messages to irresponsible owners on pavements.

PCCs raise concern over police funding cuts

The Devon and Cornwall police and crime commissioner Tony Hogg has joined up with his counterparts in five other force areas to lobby the policing minister over further funding cuts.

County council reviews residential care for old people

Exeter could soon have its own residential centre for dementia sufferers and more supported housing for elderly people, under plans by the county council to adapt care services to changing needs.

Man questioned over sexual assault in Exmouth

Police in Exmouth are appealing for witnesses after a woman from Exeter was sexually assaulted during the weekend.

County council leader visits Exeter to warn of spending cuts

The County Council leader John Hart will be in Exeter later to give a blunt warning to residents about the spending cuts that could be made to services in Devon over the next four years.

Mother of Exeter Arctic 30 activist hopeful for progress

The mother of the Exeter man being held in Russia with a group of other Greenpeace activists says she's now hopeful that progress will be made to secure their release.

Five hundred job cuts at Exeter airline Flybe

The Exeter based airline Flybe has announced a further 500 job cuts, despite reporting a return to profits.

Local residents feature on TV show

Five people from the Exeter area are set to become minor celebrities as their appearances on Channel 4's Come Dine With Me will be aired this week.

Help with social media for companies in Dawlish

Businesses in the Dawlish are who want to make the most of social media can get some free advice this evening.

Public warning over discarded needles in parks

Exeter city council say they're working with police to tackle the problem of drug users' needles being discarded in parks and public spaces. Local residents are urged to be aware of the danger and if they see a needle, NOT to touch it, and to call Environmental Health. Two of the problem areas are Northernhay Gardens and Bury Meadow.

Grants on offer to restore Devon's war memorials

Communities across Devon are being invited to apply for grant funding to restore or improve World War One memorials.

Chef Caines 'most influential person in Exeter'

The chef Michael Caines has been judged the most influential person in Exeter. He was the overall winner of the Power 50 awards, held last night, which rewarded the 50 people who make an outstanding contribution to the city.

Councillors criticise 'lightweight' anti-corruption report

A report on east Devon district council's safeguards against corruption has been criticised by some local councillors - who say it's 'lightweight' and 'takes too much for granted'.

Sadness as Chiefs player is forced to retire

Exeter Chiefs player and former club captain Tom Hayes has announced his retirement from the professional game - because of a troublesome back injury.

Feniton villagers pledge to fight housing developments

Residents of Feniton have launched a fighting fund to appeal against proposed housing developments around the village.

Community groups keen to take on crime prevention work

There's been a good response to the offer of small grants to community groups in Devon and Cornwall whose work helps reduce crime or support victims.

Crackdown on litter louts in Exeter parks

A joint operation's being launched between Exeter College and the city council to tackle litter in two local parks.

Councillor resigns from Tory party after assault allegations

A mid-Devon district councillor has resigned from the Conservative party group after being accused of assaulting two people.

Church introduces 'hot bot' cushions to cut heating bills

A local church is putting its congregation in the hot seat - after introducing heated cushions for its pews.

Council encourages more people to adopt children

Devon County Council's adoption service is campaigning to encourage more prospective adopters.

Exeter probation staff join anti-privatisation protest

Probation staff in Exeter will walk out today as part of a national protest by their union against Government plans to privatise 70 per cent of the service.

Disabled military veterans offered work as trainers

A recruitment drive's being launched in Exeter for former military personnel who can pass on their skills and knowledge to people who're out of work.

Large increase in people seeking help with debt problems

Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau has seen a 37 per cent increase in people needing advice on debt in the three months to September, compared to the same period last year.

Local charity welcomes Alzheimers research

News of the latest research into Alzheimers has been welcomed by the Devon branch of a national charity supporting sufferers and their families.

City 20mph zones under review

Exeter residents have until Thursday to comment on a review of the city's 20-miles-per-hour zones.

University responds to EDL criticism of Islamic and Muslim studies

Exeter University has issued a statement in response to the English Defence League, after learning that it's chosen to stage a national demonstration in the city next month, partly because of the university's Islamic studies and Muslim research centre.

Rugby club appeals for more schools to promote the sport

An Exeter rugby club is working to get more schools involved in the sport in the run-up to the city hosting part of the 2015 world cup.

Budleigh hospital to lose in-patient beds

There are plans to turn Budleigh's community hospital into a community health and well being hub when its in-patient beds are transferred to Exmouth hospital.

Devon firefighters join national FBU strike

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in Devon are striking this evening over pension reforms and the raising of the retirement age .

Exeter 'Arctic 30' man still facing piracy charge

The Exeter Greenpeace activist and his fellow detainees in Russia are still facing charges of piracy.

Local police urge trick or treaters not to cause trouble.

There will be extra patrols out this evening as Halloween events get underway.

Seagull Summit to take place in Sidmouth

Around 50 local traders and other representatives will be attending the meeting.

Rail passengers in South West to benefit from 'touch in-touch out' ticket technology

The government is to invest 3.25 million pounds in modernising the way train passengers travel.

Minister to look into problems with young people's mental healthcare

A Government minister has agreed that it's unacceptable for young people in Devon with severe mental health problems to be sent to adult psychiatric units, after the issue was raised in the Commons by the Exeter MP.

Exeter church leaders hit out at the 'bedroom tax'

There's been an attack on the Govenment's welfare reforms - from local church representatives.

Storm damage puts further pressure on county council finances

Devon county council may have to apply for special funding from the Government to deal with the aftermath of Sunday and Monday's storms and flooding.

Cameron 'will speak to Putin' over the Arctic 30

The Prime Minister has said he's willing to make direct contact with the Russian president over the Exeter man and five other Britons being held there for protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic.

Storm brings down trees across Devon

Devon's waking up to the aftermath of a storm this morning. A weather front causing very strong winds and heavy rain swept across the region in the early hours of the morning.

Local NHS becomes 'health champion' for LGBT people

A project's underway to improve health services for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Devon.

Woman fined for neglecting cat

An Exeter woman's been ordered to pay a fine for causing unnecessary suffering to her cat.

Quad amputee offers support to fellow sufferers

People from the Exeter area who've gone through the trauma of having a limb amputated will get some support today from someone who knows exactly what they're experiencing.

University students launch sustainability projects

Exeter University students are today launching an initiative which will see a variety of sustainability projects taking shape locally, nationally and internationally.

Badgers move into council accommodation

An unusual temporary re-housing project is being undertaken by East Devon district council - for a family of badgers.

Cyclist seriously injured in road accident

Exeter police are investigating an accident in which a female cyclist was seriously injured.

Exeter activist now facing lesser charge in Russia

Greenpeace says it'll continue to fight for the release of 28 activists being held in Russia - including a man from Exeter.

Man faces attempted murder charge after stab attack

An Exeter man's been charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed in a cemetery on Monday.

Exeter Greenpeace activist refused bail in Russia

An Exeter man being detained in Russa for taking part in a Greenpeace protest has been refused bail.

New plan for solar farm in east Devon

A large solar farm could be built near Exmouth.

University boosts wages of lowest-paid employees

Around 280 of Exeter University's lowest paid staff are to get a pay rise... as the University introduces the Living Wage.

More housing association tenants facing repossession

There's been an increase in the number of repossession cases brought against housing association tenants in the Exeter area.

Unions vow to step up activities as TUC relaunches in Exeter

Exeter's trade union movement says it'll be intensifying its campaign for a living wage and fair treatment of workers.... as the TUC relaunches its local branch today.

Investigation finds no fault in council's sale of Elizabeth Hall

An investigation into a complaint about East Devon district council's handling of the sale of Elizabeth Hall in Exmouth has found no evidence of fault.

Council proposes cutbacks to mobile library service

The mobile library service in parts of Devon looks set to be discontinued - because the county council says there are dozens of places it visits which only attract three people.

Pro-diversity group set up in response to EDL demonstration

Dozens of organisations and nearly 200 individuals have pledged support for a pro-diversity group set up in response to the planned demonstration in Exeter by the English Defence League.

March and ceremony for Freedom of the City award

A Freedom of the City ceremony takes place in Exeter city centre today.

City centre cordoned off after suspect package found

Exeter's City Centre went under lockdown for a period on Saturday night - after a suspicious package was found in a shop in Princesshay.

Horse to receive prayer of blessing at Exeter Cathedral

The horse, called Strider, belongs to charity fundraiser William Reddaway.

Search continues for missing Exeter man

Police are still looking for a 51 year old man who's been missing for a week

Churches and CAB promote local credit unions for loans

Exeter residents who need a short-term loan to tide them over are being urged to use a local credit union - not a loan company or bank.

Prime Minister urged to act for Exeter protester held in Russia

The Exeter engineer Iain Rogers - who's among 30 Greenpeace supporters being held by the Russian authorities - has made a heartfelt plea to the Prime Minister to do more to secure their release.

Radio Exe presenter honoured in national awards

The radio industry has been honouring the next generation of broadcasters - including Radio Exe's Ashley Jeary. .

Devon Young Farmers feature in TV documentary

Young farmers from Devon are featured in this evening's episode of a documentary on sexual health.

Firefighters stop attending automatic alarms at businesses

The Devon and Somerset fire service is to stop mobilising crews in response to automatic fire alarms in business premises during the daytime - unless it's been confirmed that there IS a fire.

Concern over loss of trees from 'woodland village'

There are calls for more protection for trees hundreds of years old in an area of Ottery St Mary, to stop them being destroyed by developers.

Police seek man after theft from station

British Transport Police are investigating the theft of a piece of equipment from Exeter Central station.

Too many under-17s being detained in police cells

Five young people under 17 are locked up overnight in Devon and Cornwall Police's cells each week - according to figures from the Howard League for Penal Reform.

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