Today (5 February) marks the one year anniversary of the severe storms which battered the Devon coastline, and washed away part of the Dawlish railway line and sea-wall.
Twelve months later, Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ of engineers has rebuilt the railway, enabling train services to run through Dawlish for the past 10 months, and has continued working around the clock to bolster and improve its defences for the local community and businesses alike.
James Luke McDonald, 36, from Dawlish has been charged with the murder of Sophie McDonald and remains in custody to appear at Exeter Magistrates Court tomorrow (Saturday 31st January).
Police were called at around 6.40pm on Wednesday 28th January following reports of a missing person, and an extensive search was undertaken by specialist officers and volunteer search and rescue groups.
Sophie’s body was later discovered at a property in Iddesleigh Terrace, Dawlish at around 3am, Thursday 29th January.
Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a 36-year-old woman’s body in Dawlish this morning (Thursday 29 January).
Police were called at around 6.40pm yesterday (Wednesday 28 January) following reports of a missing person, and an extensive search was undertaken by specialist officers and volunteer search and rescue groups.
A body was later discovered at a property in Iddesleigh Terrace, Dawlish at around 3am today.
Businesses in Dawlish and Dawlish Warren will benefit from plans to extend the 16 mile Exe Estuary cycling trail into the heart of the town along with other improvements in the Dawlish Warren area.
The trail will link up with Dawlish’s railway station, which, with the line itself, has seen significant investment since winter storms in early 2014 dramatically severed rail links with the south west.
Teignbridge Council is offering residents the chance to recycle their real Christmas trees for free.
People can take advantage of the many ‘free tree’ recycling collection points on offer across the district. In Teignbridge last year, over 4,000 real Christmas trees were recycled and turned into compost.
Anybody wishing to dispose of their tree can go to any of the sites below on the dates and times listed.
Ashburton: Edwin Tucker & Sons (Car Park), Fri 9 Jan (8am - 5pm) and Sat Jan 10 (8am - 4pm). Closed Sunday
Rail union RMT has pledged an all-out fight over rail investment in the South West after the Transport Secretary cast doubt on the scale of investment in the Plymouth region’s railways by admitting that just £40million has been promised – despite calls for a £7 billion package.
RMT has branded the move a “complete and utter betrayal of the South West despite all the posturing and promises after the resilience of rail services was exposed in last year’s floods and storms.”
Forty-two schoolchildren from Gatehouse School, Dawlish went on the “Minibeast Trail” on the Riviera Line which links Exeter, Newton Abbot and Paignton.
Two of them won prizes for coming up with the most interesting “Minibeast” names.
Earlier in the year, children from the school had made the “Minibeasts”, which include butterflies, dragonflies, bees, ladybirds and snails, from recycled plastic. The “Minibeasts” were then put on planters at Teignmouth, Dawlish, Newton Abbot, Torquay and Paignton stations and the “Minibeast Trail” was launched.
A new booklet detailing walks in and around the Riviera Line from Exeter to Paignton was launched at Dawlish Station this week.
The free booklet has been produced by the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and brings together a selection of six self-guided walks, all starting from and ending at Riviera Line railway stations. Included are walks from Starcross, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish and Teignmouth stations.
It is part of the promotional campaign being run for the line by the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership as part of the EU Interreg “Citizens’ Rail” project.