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Young lad takes it upon himself to make his town safer

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 A young lad has taken it upon himself to make his area of town a little bit safer by strimming the corner to improve visibility for vehicles.  Before and After - credit Charlie's Gardening Services Charlie Hutchinson, 13, lives in Rack Park Road and his parents mentioned to him that it was getting difficult to see round the corner on Coronation Road because it was so overgrown.  Charlie explained: "Today I had some strimming to do at the Fisherman's Rest in Aveton Gifford, so when I got back home, before I put my equipment away I went and cut the grass." Charlie strimming the area - credit Charlie's Gardening Services People on social media have been quick to thank him for taking the initiative. One person did point out the need to look for baby hedgehogs before strimming overgrown areas, but was reassured that Charlie had cleared the area of rubbish and bottles so no hedgehogs were harmed.  Charlie does strimming and gardening work around his school work and in

A very gentle protest - Extinction Rebellion comes to Kingsbridge

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Extinction Rebellion came to Kingsbridge today, invited by Kingsbridge Climate and Nature Network.  The Cycle for the Planet group - credit Rich Fearon Photography Nationally, Extinction Rebellion, which calls for greater action in the face of the climate crisis the world is facing, is organising protests to disrupt the bank holiday. Here in Kingsbridge, the town's own  Extinction Rebellion group came together with the Kingsbridge Climate and Nature Network for a Cycle for the Planet event to draw attention to climate change and the benefits of healthy, carbon-free travel.  The Cycle for the Planet event drew attention to climate change and the benefits of healthy, carbon-free travel Around 60 cyclists, aged between five and 75-years-old took part in the ride, beginning and ending on the Quay in front of the bandstand. The group formed a 100m-long peloton, carrying flags, wearing patches and blowing whistles, with many more people in attendance on foot to show their support.  The

Kids are looking forward to going back to school, parents trust the staff

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Children across the South Hams start going back to school this week after almost six months, we spoke to local parents about how they're feeling about it.  Most of the parents I have spoken to say their children are really looking forward to getting back to school and seeing their friends.  Bex Trembath, Kingsbridge, said: "My kids are excited about having someone that can actually teach them, not my bodge job, and seeing their friends. At their age, six months is a long time not being able to socialise with their friends." At their age, six months is a long time not being able to socialise with their friends Jenni Dos, Kingsbridge, said: "My eldest is desperate to get back to school. Apparently I don't know anything about superheroes like his pals do. He went back in June as soon as he could as he heard 'reception classes will be one of the first year groups to return' on a briefing and loved it. "His sister also needs him to go back to school, she

Kingsbridge Rugby Club down to the last six for club of the season

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Kingsbridge Rugby Club have made it to the final six in the competition to be Gallagher Rugby Club of the Season.  L-R: Callum (Junior Boys), Daisy (U18 Girls Team) and Jo (Fundraising and Community Interaction) being interviewed by Gallagher for the Rugby Club of the Season competition  Rob MacKenzie, Juniors Chair at Kingsbridge Rugby Football Club, said: "We're really proud to be in the final six. When you see what some of the other clubs are doing, we are really proud to have got this far. Its a bit of recognition and a pat on the back. Especially since we are mostly volunteers at KRFC, its nice to have someone else say we're doing the right thing too.  "If we win, we get some new training gear, but more importantly we get 100 tickets to the Premiership Final at Twickenham! Although if we win those we would have to work out how to choose who got to go, but that would be a nice problem to have. Its very exciting. "We really see ourselves as a community club, s

Storm Francis claims a victim as dead cow is spotted in river

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Storm Francis has claimed a victim as a dead cow is spotted in the river at Bickham Bridge.  The cow in the river - credit Martin Pearse  The cow, which is thought to be a Highland, was spotted from the footpath between Bickham Bridge and Gara Bridge by Martin Pearse.  He is currently looking for the owner, saying: "It could have travelled down river a long way as the river was very swollen this morning."  The local knackerman, Andrew Goatman, has been informed.  credit Martin Pearse  Storm Francis brought rain and strong winds to the South Hams last night and this morning, with winds reaching 70mph.  If you think you might know who owns this poor cow, you can contact Martin via his Facebook page . 

Kingsbridge In Bloom team are back doing what they do best

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The Kingsbridge in Bloom team have, like the rest of us, been stuck in limbo during the coronavirus pandemic, but are back to doing what they do best.  Kingsbridge In Bloom volunteers  The KIB team are feeling a "huge sense of relief" to be able to get out and about again to "keep Kingsbridge looking good". Graham Price, KIB chair, said: "Many of our perennials that require minimum maintenance have really helped us regain some of the time lost during the lockdown." Graham continued: "We continue to stay positive and are a strong team, but unfortunately not everyone appreciates our efforts as there has been a significant increase in bottles, cans and other litter thrown in our beds which is disappointing.  unfortunately not everyone appreciates our efforts as there has been a significant increase in bottles, cans and other litter  "Additionally, there has been a significant increase in anti-social behaviour recently with dedicated trees snapped an

FOUND: Much-loved cow called Harold is missing, feared stolen

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Harold has been found after a week, three miles away from when he started and with a completely different herd of cows. Harold back where he should be - credit Hannah Banfield  Hannah Banfield, his original owner, said: "He is now shut in a shed with extra security while he realises his new home and family are actually really lovely." "I could not be happier right now. I can now sleep. I’ve told the SAS I no longer need them!" she joked.  She thanked everyone who had shared Harold's story or checked in with her about his adventures.  ********* ORIGINAL STORY BELOW ********** A much-loved Highland cow called Harold is missing, feared stolen, from his field in Ivybridge.  Harold the Highland Cow - credit Hannah Banfield Harold, who was only recently sold to his new home in Westlake, near Ivybridge, went missing between 7am and 12noon on 17 August. He is a one-year-old steer with two yellow ear tags ending 700003.  Hannah Banfield, Harold's previous owner who l

KCC alumnus on his way to a glittering career on stage and screen

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A KCC alumnus is on his way to a glittering career on stage and screen after graduating from famous performing arts academy Italia Conti.  Joe Tapper Joe Tapper, 22, has graduated with a First Class Degree in BA (Hons) Acting. He is already well known in the South Hams as part of the cast in many a production from Malborough Amateur Dramatics Group, MAD Kids. He has also performed with Kingsbridge Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) and the Kingsbridge Community College drama club.  The Italia Conti academy course covers a wide range of skills. Joe explained: "The main strands are movement, voice, singing and, of course, acting. You do everything from accents to mask work to radio classes. It’s a comprehensive classical training course designed to prepare you with the skills required to go into a famously unstable industry." It’s a comprehensive classical training course designed to prepare you with the skills required to go into a famously unstable industry Joe and a cast he w

Boat nearly smashed to pieces on the rocks

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A boat has been nearly smashed to pieces by the waves on North Sands slipway.  The boat on North Sands slipway - credit Salcombe Harbour  The boat was reported to be blocking the slipway earlier today, when Salcombe Harbour posted on Facebook to say that the slipway was closed until the vessel was retrieved.  Later a video was shared on popular Facebook page 'Salcombe Mugs' of the same boat smashing against the rocks. Large chunks are missing from the bow and the outboard motor is hanging on by a thread.  Thanks to the person, who wishes to remain anonymous, for permission to use the video The person who videoed the boat said: "I called the Coastguard really early as I was going for a surf and no one got paged to check it out. The D-Class lifeboat could have easily got alongside and towed it away to safety before it was destroyed." People who saw the video were split in their opinions between those who felt sympathy for the owner for a possible slipped mooring, and su

Storm Ellen takes marquee as a victim

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The rain and heavy winds last night claimed a newly erected marquee as a victim, but it will be back! Valley View Cafe's marquee this morning - Valley View Cafe  The marquee had been erected by Valley View Cafe, Loddiswell, just three days before in order to provide more inside space as the main building is quite narrow and restricts the amount of tables that can be used while socially distancing.  The marquee jumped the hedge but left all the chairs and tables in place - Valley View Cafe  Amy from Valley View said: "We decided to buy a marquee so we can have some shelter on these wet days due to our cafe building remaining closed. It’s just too little inside to socially distance and we thought it’s best to remain closed to keep our team and customers safe." When the marquee was blown over, Amy said: "Storm Ellen got the better of our beautiful marquee. Our troops are working super hard trying to reorder parts so we can hopefully put it back in its place (with bigger

Heavy rain causing flooding - stay safe

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Heavy rain this morning is causing flooding across the South Hams, with lots of surface water making driving hazardous.  Flooding on the Bantham lane - credit Paul Gunning  Kingsbridge Police put out a reminder that a severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office, saying "Storm Ellen is here".  A spokesperson for the police said: "Heavy rain and strong southerly winds are forecast. Combine this with the high spring tide and there is a danger of localised flooding. "Please take any necessary precautions. Stay away from coastal paths and be aware of the dangers when close to the sea. No photo is worth your life. "If you see anyone in difficulty at the sea then call 999 and ask for The Coastguard." Stay away from coastal paths and be aware of the dangers when close to the sea - no photo is worth your life Flooding on the Bantham lane - credit Paul Gunning  Hedge slip between Fowlescombe and Kitterford Cross (towards the A38) - credit Emma Sampson A

Police appeal for witnesses after cyclist seriously injured

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was found lying in the road with serious injuries in Yealmpton.  Devon and Cornwall Police  The 61-year-old local man was found lying unconscious next to his electric bike on an unclassified road by Wonnell Barn around 5.45pm on Saturday, 15 August. A spokesperson for Kingsbridge Police said: "He sustained serious head injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital where he remains in a serious condition. He sustained serious head injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital where he remains in a serious condition "We are investigating the circumstances of  the incident and ask any witnesses to contact us via 101@dc.police.uk or by telephone on 101, quoting log number 821 of 15 August."

Van drives off the side of the tidal road

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Kingsbridge Police warned people to not use the tidal road in Aveton Gifford yesterday after a van ended up getting stuck. The van stuck on the tidal road - sent in Thank you to the person who sent us the photo, but wanted to stay anonymous. They said that the van had driven off the side of the road and was stuck in the estuary mud. Kingsbridge Police posted: "High tide is now. It'll start to go out shortly. That'll give the recovery company a helping hand to recover the vehicle from the tidal road at Aveton Gifford. Once the tide has gone out, it'll be blocked whilst the car gets recovered. Please use the main road." I can laugh because I've done it myself! 

KCC Principal expresses "deep anger and frustration" at A-Level results

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Kingsbridge Community College Principal Tina Graham has written to our local MP to express her "anger and frustration" at the way A-Level results have been downgraded. Kingsbridge Community College's Sixth Form Centre   In a letter to Anthony Mangnall MP, she said that the way the A-Level results had been calculated has resulted in "deep injustices for individual students and their families in schools like ours".  the way the A-Level results had been calculated has resulted in deep injustices for individual students and their families in schools like ours Nationally, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is under fire for the way the A-Level results have been calculated, especially since official data  showed private schools increased the proportion of students being awarded top results by more than double that of state schools .  Ms Graham said: "Despite the immense effort and care that went into producing realistic and accurate Centre Assessed Grades, thes

Escaped snake in Kingsbridge, keep an eye out for gentle and aging Doritos

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A snake called Doritos has escaped from a flat in Kingsbridge and his owner is "extremely worried" about the "friendly, docile, loving" snake. Doritos the Carolina corn snake is missing   ZoĆ« Moore said Doritos escaped from her flat above Lidstones Butchers this evening, Thursday, August 13, because it was so hot. He was last seen at the top of Fore Street possibly heading towards Tesco or the top car park.  She said: "I'm really heartbroken, he's my oldest snake out of nine, I've had him most of my life and he's roughly 24-years-old. He's got arthritis in his tail as well.  "Please don't be afraid, he's never bitten anyone and is a very friendly, docile, loving snake. He'll be more afraid of you I promise!" Zoe blames Doritos escape on her landlord not fixing a window in her flat. She said: "I can't open my main window and the painter jammed my top window shut so had to open the bottom window it's been ove

Rebranded, refurbished and relaunched, Duke Street caters for everyone

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Duke Street coffee shop in Kingsbridge has been rebranded, refurbished and relaunched after lockdown and is ready to serve every taste.  Duke Street's new frontage Duke Street, run by Chris and Ashleigh Roberts, is getting a reputation for being the place to get beautiful and delicious sushi, either as a takeaway for lunch or as an evening meal delivered straight to your door.  Alongside the sushi boxes, Duke Street has a wide range of vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options and almost everything they sell in the cafe is homemade.  Duke Street is getting a reputation for being the place to get beautiful and delicious sushi One of Duke Street's beautiful sushi boxes Duke Street has a strong green ethos, getting more and more important by the day, and this means that all of their packaging is plastic free and they produce no waste that isn’t recycled or composted - including their branded coffee cups, which unlike many other brands, are completely compostable.  all

Kingsbridge Food Bank has 15 days to find a new home

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Kingsbridge Food Bank have 15 days to find a new home or they will have to start reducing the support they give to the community. Previous donations to Kingsbridge Food Bank at harvest time - credit Kingsbridge Food Bank The trustees of KFB met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the situation and made the difficult decision to say that if space could not be found to house them, they would have to reduce the number of people they supported and cutting back on the amount of food and products they stock.  Currently the food bank is supporting 55 families, 27 couples and 33 singles every week. This number has fallen slightly as people are able to go back to work, but it is still a large number of people for such a small area.  Currently the food bank is supporting 55 families, 27 couples and 33 singles every week Formerly based at the Horizons building at the top of Fore Street, the food bank grew out of that space with a 500 per cent increase in demand for their services. Since then they hav

Video shows stream of cars parked on double yellows

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A video taken while driving through East Portlemouth shows a stream of cars parked on double yellow lines, blocking emergency access.  A screenshot of the video - credit West Prawle Farm The video was shared on Instagram by West Prawle Farm , alongside the caption: "It's certainly a hot one, and by the looks of it everyone wants to be at the beach. It's incredibly frustrating to see car after car parked on double yellows (in some places double parked on double yellows both sides of the road) everyday.  "[Cars are] also blocking field gateways stopping us from checking on/moving our livestock and generally causing absolute havoc. Praying the emergency services aren't required this summer as they'd have absolutely no chance at getting to an emergency in East Portlemouth. Please, please, please, park considerately." Talking about people parking badly, a spokesperson for West Prawle Farm said: "The gateways isn't want angers me, it's the fact the

Car has to be towed off the beach after bad decisions were made

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 A holidaymaker attempting to pick up a jetski from a beach in Thurlestone was left stranded and angry when his VW Touareg got stuck in the sand.  Having to push the car out of the sand - Edward Griffiths Edward Griffiths, who lives in South Milton, witnessed the whole incident on Leas Foot on Sunday night. Edward, who was just hoping for a "quiet swim" when he went down to the beach, said it all started at about 6.30pm. When some children started laughing at them the wife lashed out  "They drove across private land and a footpath to get there, and when they realised they couldn't leave, some hilarity ensued and they verbally abused a 12-year-old girl amongst others." Edward explained. "When some children started laughing at them the wife lashed out and called a friend's daughter a slag." The jetski they were trying to collect - Edward Griffiths  The party managed to get a friend with a Range Rover to eventually tow the car up the pedestrian access

RNLI rescue two from inflatable mattress - no lifejackets, couldn't swim

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Salcombe RNLI rescued two men from an inflatable mattress on Saturday evening, neither were wearing lifejackets and one couldn't swim.  The inflatable mattress and the oars the two men were using - credit Salcombe RNLI The crew received a call from the Coastguard just after 8.45pm on Saturday evening, the two men had called 999 from an inflatable mattress. They were stranded and couldn't make it back to shore.  A spokesperson for Salcombe RNLI said: "Upon arrival the crew found neither casualty had a life jacket and one was not proficient in swimming. Both casualties were taken back to Salcombe and the ILB returned to station." the crew found neither casualty had a life jacket and one was not proficient in swimming The RNLI is currently running its Respect the Water campaign, which aims to reduce the number of people drowned in UK waters. The website states: "Current drowning figures show a clear gender divide, with men accounting for the vast majority of those w

Woman escapes domestic violence, local police say they will support survivors "every step of the way"

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Kingsbridge Police have been supporting a woman escaping a violent domestic situation and are encouraging others to speak out.  Domestic violence has been increasing in the South Hams, and nationally, during lockdown The woman reached out to the police and alleged that she had been the victim of domestic violence for many years. She had finally worked up the courage to contact the authorities and speak out about her abuse.Her partner was arrested and  later bailed pending further investigations, with conditions not to go anywhere near her or the children. One in three women aged between 16-59 will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives     One in three women aged between 16-59 will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives and i n the year ending March 2019, an estimated 2.4 million adults aged 16-74 experienced domestic abuse in the last year, 1.6 million women and 786,000 men. Sadly, two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in just