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Cheeky night time visitor enjoys fish supper at Ottery garden centre

The mystery of disappearing fish at Otter Garden Centres in Ottery St Mary has been solved after eagle eyed team members spotted an unexpected visitor.

It began after a large Koi carp went missing from the onsite pond in the plant area. Two days’ later, another disappeared. After a third vanished, part of its remains were found hidden nearby.

Otter’s fish expert Jim Walker...

Illegal tobacco seized in raids across the region

Trading Standards has seized illegal tobacco worth more than £31,000 from six shops across Devon, Plymouth, and Somerset.

Supported by Avon & Somerset Police and Devon and Cornwall Police, officers from T he Heart of the South West Trading Standards Service used specialist detection dogs to find the tobacco in a series of raids last month (December).

Some of the tobacco...

Hear! Hear! New hearing centre of excellence opens in Exeter

Hearing specialist, Chime, has opened a new, contemporary hearing centre of excellence in Exeter to mark its 10th anniversary. The state-of-the-art centre provides greater access to Chime’s audiology experts and innovative hearing solutions for people in Exeter, East and Mid Devon.

Open Monday to Saturday, 8:15am to 5:30pm on 21 and 22 Queen Street, people experiencing difficulty with...

Plympton Academy joins successful Thinking Schools Academy Trust

Staff and pupils at Plympton Academy are looking forward to the year ahead after formally joining the high-performing Thinking Schools Academy Trust.

The Academy, located on Moorland Road in Plymouth, is the eighteenth academy to join the Trust which leads successful primary and secondary schools across Medway, Kent, Plymouth and Portsmouth.

Comprising nearly 1,100 pupils,...

Jurassic Fibre proves money can ‘grow on trees’ for Hospiscare

Exeter-based broadband company, Jurassic Fibre, has helped raise money for Devon charity Hospiscare by helping them swap Christmas trees for cash.

The award-winning telecoms company, which is currently delivering gigabit connectivity to overlooked communities across the South West, supported Hospiscare by volunteering staff members and vans to assist in the charity’s Christmas Tree...

Devon Air Ambulance tasked to 1,900 incidents in 2021

Mission statistics for 2021 reveal just how vital the response of the Devon Air Ambulance medical emergency service is to the people of Devon, as they experience their busiest year ever.

Throughout another challenging year for many public services and charities, the crew at Devon Air Ambulance has been tasked to attend over 1900 incidents across Devon and were also called to assist...

What will you see in Devon during the Big Garden Birdwatch?

The world’s largest garden wildlife survey returns, with hundreds of thousands of people watching and counting the UK’s garden birds over the last weekend in January for the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Over a million people took part in 2021, counting 17 million birds – making it the biggest Birdwatch ever! In Devon, nearly 29,000 people joined in.

Over the past year, we’ve...

Cofton scoops Environment and Sustainability title at the Western Morning News Business Awards

Multi award-winning South West holiday park Cofton Holidays has scooped the Environment and Sustainability award at the Western Morning News Business Awards 2021, recognising its sustained conservation efforts during the pandemic.

The family-run business, based near Dawlish Warren, was presented with the award at a black-tie event at Plymouth’s Crowne Plaza. After facing fierce...

South West recycling firm acquires assets of national electrical recycling company as part of strategic UK expansion

The South West’s leading independent commercial waste management firm DCW has acquired the assets of electrical recycling company South West Computer Recycling.

After Somerset-based South West Computer Recycling, trading as WEEE Disposal, went into liquidation, DCW acquired its assets, allowing it to extend the reach of its Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling...

Westward Ho! Post Office opened at new location

Westward Ho! Post Office has opened at a new location - SPAR, 2 Golf Links Road, Westward Ho! Bideford, EX39 1LH, S61 2RP.

The opening hours are Monday - Sunday: 7am – 10pm.

This offers 105 hours of Post Office service a week, making it very convenient for customers to visit.

A Post Office counter is alongside the retail counter of the convenience store.

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