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Former Devon estate agent pleads guilty to fraud

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 02/20/2016 - 8:13am

Russell Baker, 57, of Ilsington, near Newton Abbot, today pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to nine offences of fraud in relation to his former estate agency business, in a case investigated by the Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service.

Investigators found that Baker had bought a well-known Estate Agents business called Ashby’s.

A significant part of his business was the letting out of properties on behalf of landlords, and the investigation originally related to tenants deposits, and whether they had been paid into a government approved scheme.

However a...

Devon tech cluster grows

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 02/11/2016 - 10:10am

Tech City UK, the UK government backed organisation tasked to accelerate the growth of digital businesses, and innovation charity Nesta, today launch the Tech Nation 2016 report in partnership with core data partner, GrowthIntel.

The most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s Digital Tech Economy, Tech Nation 2016 finds that it has a strong impact on employment nationwide and is creating highly paid job opportunities, accounting for 1.56 million jobs across the UK. Tech Nation 2016 demonstrates the growth of the Exeter & Newton Abbot cluster, with the turnover of digital tech...

International award for Devon life coach

Christopher Catt is celebrating receiving the Coaching for a Cause Award which was presented to him at the International Coaching Awards 2015, held a few weeks ago in Buckinghamshire.

The Awards were hosted by the UK’s leading coach training provider, The Coaching Academy.

Christopher was nominated by Plymouth Music Zone for his innovative work with members of their management team using a blend of Business Emotional Intelligence and coaching in leadership and development.

In 2012 Christopher Catt set up The Life Coach Station in Newton Abbot with its mission of...

Devon war memorials to be listed

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:10am

Devon war memorials are among hundreds to be listed over the last year through Historic England’s pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018, marking the centenary of the First World War.

  • Sidmouth War Memorial, Church Lane, Sidmouth
  • War Memorial in the Churchyard of the Church of St John the Evangelist, Bovey Tracey
  • Newton Abbot War Memorial, Queen Street, Newton Abbot
  • Meavy War Memorial, West Devon

Built by communities in the years following...

Devon woman's eight stone weight loss

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 01/29/2016 - 6:11am

A 26-year-old engineer from Newton Abbot has lost eight stone after her doctor warned her she was 'a heart attack waiting to happen'.

Rachel Coppen, whose weight loss journey started in March 2014, has dropped from a dress size 28 to a size 12 from XXXL to a small.

Rachel said: “I had known for a long time that I needed to lose a serious amount of weight, but it never seemed to be a real priority for me. I was always playing the ‘Happy Fat Girl’ and making jokes about myself to try and deflect the looks and whispered comments.

“In February 2014, I had been engaged...

Do you know Warren and Evelyn?

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 12/23/2015 - 8:43am

Update: Police have reported a happy ending to the unclaimed Christmas presents case as the rightful owners have been located.

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Police are appealing to the public following Christmas presents being handed in at Newton Abbot Station that are so far unclaimed.

The gifts have tags stating “To Warren from Dad” and “To Evelyn from Dad” and were initially left outside a house on Sandringham Road, Newton Abbot before being handed into the police.

A police spokesperson said: “This is an odd case and we are hoping that the public can help us identify...

Devon woman, 28, killed in crash

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 12/21/2015 - 10:33am

A 28-year-old woman from Devon has been killed in a crash.

Poice were called to the collision involving two vehicles, a blue Renault Megane and a silver Toyota MR2, at the top of Kingston Hill, Dorset at 6.33pm on Sunday 20 December 2015.

The 28-year-old, from Newton Abbot, died at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed and the coroner has been notified.

A 49-year-old man and a 44-year-woman sustained serious injuries and two 11-year-old children were slightly injured. All are from the Barnstaple area of Devon and were all taken to Dorset County Hospital for...

Teign leisure centres to open bank holidays

Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, Broadmeadow Sports Centre and Dawlish Leisure Centre will open their doors on bank holidays from now on, giving people more choice about when they visit the centres to use the gym, swim or take part in fitness classes.

Cllr George Gribble, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive member for recreation and leisure, said: “We are delighted to offer the extended service which will help members stay healthy and achieve their fitness goals as well as getting even better value for money. Our memberships are reasonably priced and with a wide range on offer,...

Free Sunday parking in Newton Abbot

Teignbridge District Council is opening Newton Abbot’s multi-storey car park to provide extra free Sunday car parking in the festive run-up to Christmas.

The 296-space long stay car park will open on Sundays of December 6, December 13 and December 20 and won’t cost a penny to park in.

The move was introduced in response to a request from traders and is aimed at giving shoppers more choice to park for free as well as supporting shops and businesses during the busy Christmas shopping season.

Cllr Doug Hellier-Laing, Teignbridge District Council’s executive member for...

A380 diversion for link road work

The constructor of the new A380 South Devon Link Road, Galliford Try, has announced the next phase of works which will impact on road users travelling towards Newton Abbot.

Devon County Council and Torbay Council, along with Galliford Try, are thanking all road users and residents for their continued patience as the project enters the critical final phase of activity, before opening to traffic.

An essential diversion near to Hanson’s Quarry entrance and Aller Roundabout is required to facilitate works which need to be completed before opening the road. This phase of traffic...