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Farmer jailed for renting out land to grow cannabis

Edward James decided he could make more money out of drugs than chickens. Credit: Exeter Court Service

A farmer from Barnstaple in North Devon has been jailed after he began growing cannabis and hired out his land to growers.

Edward James decided he could make more money out of drugs than his normal business of rearing chickens.

The 68-year-old was paid rent by two men who set up growing rooms in a lorry container and a barn on View Farm in Barnstaple.

He was jailed for 15 months at Exeter Crown Court today.


Rumours of fly's death greatly exaggerated

The fly that's not as extinct as first thought Credit: Rob Wolton

A fly believed to be extinct for 150 years has been found in Devon.

The insect, Rhaphium pectinatum, has been recorded only once in the UK before in 1868. It was discovered alive and well and living on Devon Wildlife Trust’s Old Sludge beds nature reserve, near Exeter.

I took a recent trip to Devon Wildlife Trust’s Old Sludge Beds nature reserve on the outskirts of Exeter specifically to look for flies. Imagine my surprise when I examined my catch that evening to find it included a fly that was presumed extinct in Britain, not having been seen for 147 years!

Definitely one to add to the list of Devon specialities.

Finding the fly here demonstrates the importance of the work the Devon Wildlife Trust does looking after these unusual and special habitats.

– Rob Wolton, Naturalist

Some people may think the only good fly is a dead one but they are important they are for food for other creatures, pollination... and recycling waste.

800-year-old tiled floor to be uncovered in work on Exeter Cathedral

The floor is thought to have been laid in the 13th century. Credit: Diocese of Exeter

An ancient tiled floor described as the "finest medieval tile pavement surviving in Devon and Cornwall" is to be uncovered for the first time in decades.

It's part of renovations to the Chapel of St Andrew and St Katharine at Exeter Cathedral.

The room above the Chapel was home to the Cathedral's Exchequer Chamber in the Middle Ages. The floor is thought to have been laid in the late 13th century.

The renovations to the Chapel will uncover the floor for the first time in decades. Credit: Diocese of Exeter

Two men jailed for attempting to sell heroin in Exeter

Mohamed Adalla (left) and Abdu Aziz Mohammed (right) were jailed for attempting to sell heroin

Two men have been sentenced to a total of eight years in jail after being caught attempting to sell heroin on Exeter's streets.

19 year old Mohamed Adalla (left) and 26 year old Abdu Aziz Mohammed (right) were caught by plain clothes police officers with just under seven thousand pounds worth of heroin.

They were each given four years in prison. after pleading guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply.


Exeter Airport returns to 2009 passenger levels

Exeter Airport says passenger numbers are back to pre-recession levels Credit: ITV News

Exeter Airport says passenger numbers are back to pre-recession levels.

Latest monthly figures show continued growth with 800,000 passengers in a 12 month period for the first time since 2009.

The increase of both inbound and outbound passengers has been largely driven by the return of Flybe's popular sun routes, their additional domestic services and our Thomson-based aircraft with flights to 15 popular holiday destinations.

– Exeter Airport managing director Matt Roach

The Managing Director says the following changes have also helped

  • Flybe's London City route which started nine months ago
  • Extra services to Manchester with Flybe
  • The return of the Newcastle service
  • The latest route to Deauville Normandy, which started in June
Exeter Airport says the boost is partly down to Flybe's new London City route Credit: ITV News

The company predicts that, with the extension of the Flybe summer season for the Alicante, Malaga and Palma Mallorca flights, the rise in passengers through Exeter will continue.

School children witness real RNLI callout

Visiting schoolchildren cheered as the volunteers made their way down the ramp. Credit: RNLI

Exeter school children had to cut their visit to a lifeboat station short after crews received an emergency callout.

The 48 children from Exminster Primary School were evacuated from the building when pagers sounded to alert volunteers of the incident. As they raced to the boat the school group cheered the team on as it launched into the sea.

The crews then raced to the scene where a 27ft motor cruiser was reporting difficulty having become entangled with a pot buoy. A floating rope, attached to a pot buoy, had wrapped itself around the steering mechanism.

The 27’ motor cruiser in difficulty in the Exe estuary. Credit: RNLI

Bugles sound on in city centre in fox hunt protest

Shoppers in Exeter were transported to the countryside on Sunday as the Devon Coalition to Save the Hunting Act staged a hunt on the High Street.

The stunt comes before a Commons vote on Wednesday to amend the Hunting Act.

Campaigners dressed as hounds, a fox, a huntsman and a spade-wielding terrierman sped down the High Street, culminating with a 'kill' in Bedford Square.

Credit: Devon Coalition to Protect the Hunting Ban.

Webb Ellis Cup inspires West's young rugby players

Credit: ITV News

The Rugby World Cup trophy has been touring the West Country this week as a pre-taste of the tournament, which starts later this year.

Jacquie Bird met some of the young players hoping the trophy brings them luck for their rugby futures - including girls' teams determined to show it's not just a boy's sport.

The cup continues its tour, visiting Exeter tomorrow and Friday.

The tournament itself starts on September 18, with some matches played at Exeter's Sandy Park.

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