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A pensioner - with less than two years to live - faces dying in prison after being warned to expect 11 years behind bars for admitting a catalogue of historic sex offences, including rape, indecent assault and child cruelty.

Alma Bridge. Ref shs 8755-10-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

An environment quango has been accused of putting plants and fossils before people after it blocked a bid to protect Alma Bridge.

Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

People are being urged to register to vote in the general election ahead of the deadline at midnight tonight.

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The planning protest in the Knowle, Sidmouth. Ref shs 5750-16-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Residents have a chance to give feedback on a blueprint for future development across East Devon in an eight-week consultation launched this week.

Richard Page competing in 2015's Marathon des Sables.

A former Sidmouth College head boy says he is ‘over the moon’ after finishing among the top 10 per cent of runners in a week-long endurance race across the scorching Sahara Desert.

The Exeter Morris Men performing at Exmouth's Bicton Inn. Photo: Paul Strange.

Morris dancing is one of the most English of pastimes, so it’s only fitting that people attending a St George’s Day festival should have a chance to see it in its full glory.

Barbara Hodge celebrated 20 years with Fields

A hard-working employee and the second of four family generations to work in Fields’ department store has celebrated 20 years’ service.

Ducks are part of a new animal husbandry project at Sidmouth College

Caretakers have vowed to ‘outfox a fox’ after Sidmouth College’s flock of chickens and ducks was decimated by a wily predator this week.

Weather prompts wildfire warning

Friday, April 17, 2015

With the recent warmer weather set to continue, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision in Sidford which left a 65-year-old pedestrian with life-threatening injuries.

District bosses are warning residents about a council tax refund scam.

Labour Party leader Ed Miiband and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon during the BBC Challengers' Election Debate 2015. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

David Cameron has warned of more borrowing and taxes if Ed Miliband does a deal with the Scottish National Party (SNP) to become Prime Minister.

Dan Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1256-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Devon Freewheelers’ founder Daniel Lavery explains what prompted him to sell the family home to start up a charity that would become a vital lifeline throughout Devon

Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1280-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Devon Freewheelers operates ‘hand-to-mouth’, with founder Daniel Lavery checking the daily bank balance through his fingers. Find out how you can help the lifeline charity.

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Devon Freewheeler’s founder Daniel Lavery sold the family home to start up the lifeline charity as a way of thanking the ‘hidden hero’ who saved his wife’s life.

Dan Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1231-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

As a charity, the Devon Freewheelers runs ‘hand-to-mouth’ on a daily basis.

Daniel's wife, Shelley, who needed the help of a 'hidden hero', inspiring the birth of Devon Freewheelers charity

Dad-of-six Daniel, now 44, said: “Shelley was in distress and they needed to carry out an emergency caesarean. They took her to theatre. I was at her head.

Devon Freewheelers’ shopping list

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Here’s how your money can help Freewheelers

Dan Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1256-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Devon Freewheelers’ founder Daniel Lavery’s life changed forever in 2005 when his wife, Shelley, then 34, collapsed while pregnant with their youngest child.

Oakdown tops charts

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Simon Numphud, AA Head of Hotel Services (centre with glasses) presents Oakdown Holiday ParkDoreen and Roger Franks with their Award for of 'Campsite of the Year.

Oakdown Touring and Holiday Park is the reigning campsite of the year after beating more than 900 other entrants from across England, Scotland and Wales.

Prime Minister David Cameron visits part of the work on dualling the A11 at Elveden. Picture: Denise Bradley

Labour will accuse David Cameron of “ducking” the chance to explain how he would fund generous Tory manifesto pledges as his rivals prepare to square up for another televised debate.

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Ottery St Mary Hospital entrance. Ref sho 7454-44-14TI Picture: Terry Ife

Civic leaders are keeping all options open ahead of a decision on the future of Ottery Hospital – including challenging any decision to close the beds in the courts.

The Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth showing the red rocks of Salcombe Cliffs

Towns and villages promote themselves well - but they need to pull together to sell East Devon as a destination.

Nigel Farage (left) and meets Hungarian Ivan Loncsarevity during a visit to hinge manufacturer NICO in Clacton, Essex.  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ukip’s manifesto offers “serious, fully-costed policies” for people who “believe in Britain”, Nigel Farage said as he prepared to launch the party’s detailed programme.

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Stan Bagwell of Sidmouth Trawlers with his wife Mary and Christine Hardy who has written a book about him. Ref shs 2279-14-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A book charting Sidmouth’s maritime history through the eyes of one of the town’s best-known families goes on sale next month - with all of the profits going to charity.

Angela Court in Tipton St. John. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shv 6240-46-10AW

Health officials are taking action against the owners of a Tipton St John nursing home after it emerged inadequate care put residents at risk.

Charity trekker Mick Rogers

A ‘penniless’ charity trekker put his head down at a Sidmouth campsite before he continued on his way to a world record attempt – all the way to Kilimanjaro.

EDDC's Manstone Depot has been earmarked for 20 new homes.  Ref shs 2760-15-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Settlements across East Devon, including Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary, could see less affordable housing in future developments, under new rules announced this week.

Roger Giles

The expansion of East Devon’s ‘growth point’ threatens the ability of the villages to determine their own future.

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Two men charged in relation to alleged Howarth Close, Sidmouth, incident

One of the main routes into the Sid Valley is to benefit from a ‘greatly needed’ £500,000 repair project, it has been announced.

Sidmouth Running Club member John Perratt was one of the team of three runners who were victorious in the British Masters Road Relay Over 75's event on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 2692-21-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

A ‘pivotal’ member of a Sidmouth club has been honoured for his contribution to running in the town.

Kaylee and Lynda Hawkins are running the Paris Marathon on Sunday.

A mother and daughter duo are saying au revoir to Sidmouth to take on the Paris marathon to raise money for two cancer charities.

The district council's 'big belly' bins overflowed on Sidmouth seafront during the bank holiday weekend. Picture: Ian Hosker

An apology has been issued after a ‘misunderstanding with staff rotas’ over the Easter bank holiday left Sidmouth seafront blighted with litter.

Val French

Friends and neighbours joined family in Sidmouth this week in tribute to Valerie French, the much loved matriarchal head of a family of 27 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

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