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An amphetamine user has been jailed for attacking a tourist with an axe in a completely random attack as he filmed flower displays at a seaside resort.

Independants Matt Booth,David Barratt,John Dyson,Dawn Manley,Tony Cox,Cathy Gardner and Marianne Rixson. Ref shs 3689-09-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Standing up for the valley, safeguarding the town’s hospital and voting against the development of Knowle are among the elements of a Sidmouth charter drawn up by seven district council hopefuls.

Straitgate quarry plans aerial view

One of the UK’s leading suppliers of construction and infrastructure materials says it is looking to secure jobs in Ottery and East Devon, ahead of consultation meetings about its development of a new quarrying operation at Straitgate Farm.

Independants Matt Booth,David Barratt,John Dyson,Dawn Manley,Tony Cox,Cathy Gardner and Marianne Rixson. Ref shs 3689-09-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Independent candidates are to make an unprecedented challenge for all seven of Sidmouth’s district council seats in a bid to dethrone the ruling Conservative establishment.

The Reverend Sam Connolly.

Tributes have been paid to ‘a wonderful mission man’ and Methodist minister, who was so popular that two services were held in his memory.

Newton poppleford resident, Danielle Howlett, will be running this year's London Marathon. Ref shs 7475-07-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A youth worker from Newton Poppleford will finally have the chance to take part in one of the world’s most iconic races – after five years of trying to secure a place.

Mow Mow is pictured in the arms of Paul with his wife Chie and their son Li Xian at their Sidford home this week. Ref shs 8310-09-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A family had already started mourning their missing cat before people power pulled together to reunite them.

40 Acts of kindness.

A pair of churchgoers took it upon themselves to whitewash over ‘cruel’ graffiti on a long-empty Sidmouth shop as part of a drive to do good this Lent.

Save our Sidmouth group at the Knowle gardens in 2012. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 1477-36-12TI To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24

A final decision on controversial district council plans to sell its Knowle HQ and move away from Sidmouth will be made by the end of March.

Premiere is a glitzy affair at Radway

Friday, February 27, 2015
The 50 Shades of Grey premiere benefited Sidmouth Hospiscare and Hospiscare Exeter

An evening of glitz and glamour netted nearly £1,200 for charity when the silver screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey made its dazzling debut in Sidmouth.

Felicity Jones stars in The Theory of Everything

The buzz surrounding an Oscar- winning film has helped a loving husband to raise more than £1,000 in the fight against motor neurone disease in memory of his late wife.

Emergency services from across East Devon are tackling a major blaze in Honiton.

NHS logo

Campaigners fighting to ‘save the NHS’ from cuts and privatisation will take to the streets in Sidmouth tomorrow (Saturday).

Patients, Hospiscare staff and volunteers relaxing in the comfy, homely lounge.

A warm welcome greeted patients arriving at East Devon’s new £1.2million Hospiscare Kings House Day Hospice in Honiton, after it opened last week.

Shams Uddin from the Star of India on Mill Street. Ref sho 8286-09-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

‘Less spice and more taste’ proved a winning formula for an Ottery curry chef, who has gained recognition as East Devon’s finest.

District bosses freeze council tax

Thursday, February 26, 2015

East Devon’s share of residents’ annual council tax will not increase in the next year, after district leaders announced a freeze this week.

Ticket machine in car park prang

Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Manor Road car park was damaged by a vehicle

This Sidmouth ticketing machine took a wallop when a driver accidentally reversed into it.

Trio step up as Sidmouth Town Council hopefuls

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Town council candidate Matt Booth

A trio of community-minded citizens are ‘answering a call to action’ and standing as civic representatives when Sidmouth goes to the ballot box in May.

Food bank volunteers gave out 22 festive hampers and 23 goodie bags over Christmas. Ref shs 3448-50-14. Picture: Simon Horn.

Organisers of the Sid Valley Food Bank have praised the generosity of residents whose donations allowed the service to help more than 860 people last year.

Brian Ludford at the Boxing Day swim 2014. Ref shs 3657-53-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Friends, family and Freemasons have all helped boost a Sidmouth Boxing Day swimmer’s fundraising total to nearly £1,500.

Dementia cases are rising.

Patients are being urged to check their prescriptions as Sid Valley GPs reveal that ‘vast’ quantities of unwanted medicines are destroyed every week.

Sidmouth Lifeboat. Ref shs 4525-02-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

A £92,000 appeal to replace Sidmouth Lifeboat’s tractor got off to a flying start before it was even announced – when a substantial bequest arrived ‘out of the blue’.

What appears to be the entrance to a cave in the cliffs. Ref shs 7259-08-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A gaping hole on Sidmouth’s eastern cliffs will keep expanding if nothing is done to protect the seafront, according to one of the town’s last fishing families.

Otter Rotters scoop awards

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Otter Rotter recycling collection operative, Rufus Duffin (centre) who won a recycling award, with his colleagues Jay Mallon, Paul Bastyan, Dean Mallon and Paul Darlow. Ref mhh 8110-08-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Members of Otter Rotters’ eco-team have been hailed ‘recycling heroes’ after receiving recognition for working against the odds to protect Devon’s environment.

Graffiti in Ottery

The exploits of vandals risking life and limb to deface property in Ottery have been condemned as ‘disgraceful’.

The next step in the process to complete a blueprint for future development in East Devon is unlikely to take place until after May’s elections, according to the district council’s leader.

Geoffrey Burnand died while resident at Arcot House in Sidmouth

The death of a retired banker at a Sidmouth residential home could have been prevented if he had received the correct professional care, a coroner has concluded.

John and Gildor, in the summer of 2014

Funds have been pouring in for traveller John Treagood, after the sad death of his much-loved horse, Gildor. John is appealing for help to find a new wagon; sentiment is preventing him from using Gildor’s equipment. Can you help?

Sidmouth library hosts a monthly police surgery. Carol Pentacost from the library with Janet Quinn from Trading Standards and PCSO Chris Bolsover. Ref shs 7749-07-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Dog fouling, boy racers and cycling in the dark with no lights were some of the concerns Sidmouth residents voiced at the first ‘Have Your Say’ surgery.

Damaged flood wall in Ottery

‘Ottery’s flood barriers will work as designed’, the Environment Agency assured residents, after it was revealed some of the defences failed recent inspections.

Marlene Coachman and Helen Gibson-West with their camper vans. Ref shs 3484-08-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A campervan driver with mobility problems is campaigning against ‘draconian’ parking measures that ban the vehicles from Sidmouth’s town-centre car parks.

Candidates clash over cutbacks

Monday, February 23, 2015
Councillor Claire Wright and East Devon MP Hugo Swire

The pre-election war of words has begun after independent candidate Claire Wright accused incumbent Tory MP Hugo Swire of ‘not standing up’ for East Devon.

Zeeland fishermen from around 1900

Fishermen in bygone days sported sweaters to identify them if their bodies were washed ashore – a morbid necessity organisers want to pay homage to when Sidmouth Sea Fest returns on May 1 and 2.

Handel Bennett of The Sid Vale Association with professor Brian Golding who was invited to talk to the group about the history of Sidmouth street names. Ref shs 8471-08-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A few years ago, Ann Liverton came up with the idea of making a record of the origins of the street names of Sidmouth, at about the same time that I had started collecting interesting names.

Toilet seat toddler

The mum of a West Hill toddler, who was rescued by firefighters after getting a toilet seat stuck around his neck, has been forced to defend her actions in dialling 999.

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