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Your views: should people be fined for feeding seagulls?

East Devon Council are proposing to ban the feeding of seagulls on or near the town's beaches.

If approved they could be one of the first councils in the UK to impose fines for those caught giving food to the birds.

But what do you think of the idea? Join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

Leave them alone, we are the reason they are forced to seek food inshore because we have decimated the fish stocks. Another beautiful and majestic creature to be persecuted by man.

– Richard Huggins, Facebook

This won't make any difference...the gulls will still be there, eating all the food people can't be bothered to put in bins once they've had their fill.

The council should fine folks who drop food in the street, not folks who feed these lovely creatures.

– Tony Moss, Facebook

Stopping feeding them will make them more aggressive and more likely to snatch food from peoples hands. They are a menace.

– Natasha Snell, Facebook

A big fat YES from me, but who would police it?

– Julie Hiscoke, Facebook

Yes, they don't need encouraging - they belong on the coast, not in towns where they are blocking people's chimneys and gas terminals.

– Mike Glover, Facebook

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Tar barrels on fire: The 400-year-old Devon tradition is back

Thousands turned up to the Bonfire Night event. Credit: ITV West Country

Thousands of people turned up to watch what is probably one of the West Country's most curious traditions.

Barrels soaked in tar were set alight and carried through the East Devon town of Ottery St Mary on the shoulders of some of its residents - a Bonfire Night practice that dates back to the 17th century.

Council abandons controversial auction of Devon beach huts

Credit: ITV West Country

Controversial proposals to auction off beach huts in East Devon to the highest bidder have been abandoned.

The district council says it dropped the idea after consulting with the public, although it still plans to raise charges next year.

The plans caused anger among tenants, many of whom have renting the huts for generations.

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Fancy hosting a Rugby World Cup team? East Devon hotel up for sale

An East Devon hotel that will play host to a couple of teams during the Rugby World Cup is on the market.

Woodbury Park Hotel near Exeter has been put up for sale with a guide price of around £12 million. It was previously owned by motor racing champion Nigel Mansell and the complex is still home to his World of Racing museum.

The Woodbury Park Hotel near Exeter Credit: ITV News

Investigation into water tank crash in Devon

The elderly woman was airlifted to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital with severe leg wounds Credit: PA

An investigation is underway into a crash in East Devon in which two elderly pedestrians were crushed by a water bowser.

It came loose from a tractor on the A375 at Sidbury, north of Sidmouth yesterday morning. The tank crashed into the man and woman, leaving them with severe leg injuries. They were taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

Statement from former councillor Graham Brown

In a statement accompanying his resignation to East Devon District Council, Graham Brown maintained that he has not broken the law but had ‘misjudged the situation’. His statement read:

It is with great regret that I have decided today to step down and resign my position as an East Devon District Councillor due to the unbearable media pressure from the Daily Telegraph.

I wish to announce a full apology to my councillor colleagues across the whole political spectrum at East Devon and to the East Devon District Council officers for my disparaging remarks.

I would like to add that I stand by the fact that although I thoroughly misjudged the situation, I remain firm in the knowledge that I have not broken the law and will work to clear my name of any wrongdoing.”

– Graham Brown
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