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Murder investigation launched

A murder investigation has been launched after a 71-year-old man died at a hotel in Devon.

Police were called to the Black Horse Hotel in Sidmouth at about 10 o'clock last night [Thursday].

Despite efforts by officers and paramedics, the elderly man was pronounced dead a short time later.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody in Exeter.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact 101.


A million flowers for Sidmouth

An investment banker has left £2.3 million to a town in Devon - with instructions the money is spent on a million flowers.

Keith Owen travelled the world but always returned to Sidmouth. So when he developed lung cancer, he decided to hand his estate to the civic society to keep the resort "beautiful".

Steve Hardy reports.

Sidmouth's folk week begins today

Morris dancers at Sidmouth's annual folk week. Credit: ITV News West Country

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected in Sidmouth for the town's annual folk week which begins on Friday.

It has taken place every year since 1955 and offers more than 700 events from concerts to dancing and masterclasses.

Organisers promise "something for everyone".

The town puts on a campsite, a dedicated car park and a bus service so that everything runs smoothly.

Sidmouth prepares for the Tour of Britain

Last year's Tour of Britain event Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Professional cyclists will be in Sidmouth tomorrow as Devon County Council prepare for the arrival of the Tour of Britain.

Team UK Youth riders will be promoting the Devon Stage of the race. Sidmouth is the start venue of the stage which will cover 85 miles of Devon before the summit finish at Haytor in Dartmoor National Park. The Tour is in its tenth year.


Body of woman found on Sidmouth beach

A woman has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff on Sidmouth beach. Emergency crews were called to Jacob's Ladder at 1.30 pm today by a member of the public.

Devon and Cornwall Police are working to confirm her identity but her death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

Sidmouth housing protest

Plans for new homes around Sidmouth are proving controversial Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Protests are expected to take place in Sidmouth later as East Devon District Council discuss plans for a new housing development. 170 homes could be built on fields between Seaton and Colyford if proposals are approved. Those opposing the development say other sites are more suitable.

Committee turns down Knowle planning application

Controversial plans to redevelop Council offices in Sidmouth have been thrown out by planners.

East Devon District Council wanted to build fifty homes and a sixty-bed care home on the site of their current headquarters and move to Honiton.

It follows protests by local people who formed the 'Save our Sidmouth' campaign.

Councillors on the Development Management Committee turned down the application, which had been made by East Devon District Council officers.

In a three-hour meeting, six councillors voted against the application and three were in favour of it.

Today’s decision followed an in-depth debate which took in to account the many and varied issues associated with such a unique application. It certainly proves that nothing about this application was a foregone conclusion and the proper process was followed by the council.

Members reached a decision based on clear material planning considerations having listened to arguments for and against.

– Cllr Mark Williamson, Chairman of the Development Management Committee
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