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Lives potentially put at risk after rescue boat engine stolen

A vital boat engine was stolen from the RNLI Credit: PA

Lives were potentially put at risk in Devon after a vital part of a rescue boat was taken from an RNLI storage unit.

The unit at Bigbury-on-Sea was locked by lifeguards who finished their beach patrols at 6pm. It's believed it was then broken into around 11pm.

"We take great pride in our work and the equipment we use to keep beachgoers around the coast safe.

Our inshore rescue boats allow our lifeguards to respond quickly to rescue people in trouble at sea and it’s a real shame that the engine to this vital piece of kit has been taken.

Thankfully we’ve been able to keep our inshore rescue boat on service and our patrols have not been affected. We’d like to thank the local community for all of their support."

– Rebecca Fox, Lifeguard Supervisor for the South Hams

The charity’s lifeguards across the south west dealt with 7,982 incidents, assisting 10,080 people in 2017.

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Progress of Sherford town construction captured over a year

To mark one year since the first brick was laid, developers of a new town in Devon have shared a timelapse video capturing the progress of its construction so far.

Sherford town, in Plymouth and South Hams, is set to be host 5,500 new homes and over 80,000 m² employment and retail space.

Three primary schools and a secondary school are also being built at the site, as well as a variety of community facilities including a town hall, youth centre, health centre, library, theatre, sports centre and a community park.

Not many of us will have the opportunity to witness the development of a new town at close range. Existing towns have an established, hidden infrastructure and it is these preliminary stages which the short video shows. The icing on the cake is that the visual evidence of Sherford, i.e. the houses etc, will be the result of careful design and quality construction.

– Cllr Michael Hicks, South Hams District Council’s Lead Member for Sherford

Devon A379 closed as sea wall collapses at Torcross

The recent stormy weather has caused the sea wall to collapse.

The recent bad weather has caused the sea wall at Torcross in Devon to collapse, leading to the A379 being closed.

Structural engineers are inspecting the road to see if it can be re-opened as a single lane.

Video of the damaged sea wall, courtesy of John Walker, Videotechmedia, Dartmouth.

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Cliff collapse closes coast path in Devon

Council officers are due to inspect the scene of a cliff collapse at South Hams in Devon.

Falmouth Coastguard described Sunday night's landslip at Butter Cove in Bantham as substantial. You can see the scale of it in this photo taken by the police helicopter, which was called out to survey the fall. The coast path is closed in the area for safety reasons.

The police helicopter took this shot of the cliff collapse at Butter Cove Credit: NPAS Exeter

Human face appears on Devon cliff after rock fall

The picture shows the stone and surrounding grass forming a bearded face Credit: Toad Hall Cottages

The face of what looks like an old man with a beard has appeared in cliffs at Hope Cove in South Devon.

The image was captured by Toad Hall Cottages, based in the South Hams.

Local Darren Bines said: "No one has ever noticed it before, it's really weird. Something to do with weathering, the grass and a minor rock fall has literally brought the face to life."

Toad Hall Cottages confirmed they didn't alter the image to make it look any more real.

South Hams to introduce new council tax system

Some residents in South Hams could find themselves paying council tax for the first time. As part of the Government's welfare reforms, councils must design their own council tax reduction scheme for working-age people who are not working, or are on a low income.

Reduced funding means that all claimants will have to make some contribution. The scheme was approved after an 8 week consultation with residents, and will begin in April 2014.

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