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1st shop in Mary Portas scheme opens in Tiverton

The first shop to open under the Portas Pilot scheme in Tiverton has been officially launched today. The town was awarded £100,000 from the Mary Portas fund to help regenerate its high street.

A pop-up shop for local artisans to sell their art and crafts has been opened in the town centre. Another shop is planned in the coming months on the site of what used to be a pub. Sue Griggs is the Chair of the Tiverton Portas Town Team.


Full report: First shop opens under Mary Portas scheme

Tomorrow is the official launch of the first shop in Tiverton to open under the so-called Portas Pilot scheme.

The town was awarded a hundred thousand pounds from the Mary Portas fund in July last year, but has been criticised for taking so long to show any results. So is this the start of a revitalised Tiverton? Bob Cruwys reports.

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Report: Woodlands under threat from disease

England may be known as a green and pleasant land - but our woodland has been under threat in recent years from bugs and diseases which have been killing our trees. And according to people at a forestry conference held in the region, there could be more bad news to come.

More than 100,000 ash trees were destroyed last year in an attempt to stop the spread of Ash dieback. But now larch, pine and even oak trees may be affected by different problems.

Police say cyclist could hold vital clues to Tiverton fire

Police would like to speak to this man. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police in Devon are appealing for a male cyclist who may hold vital clues to a house fire in Tiverton.

Officers say he cycled past the fire in Magnolia Court before emergency services arrived, possibly more than once, and may hold vital information.

The fire started around 4pm on Tuesday and caused extensive damage to four properties.

Police and Fire investigators say it is being treated as suspicious.

A 30 year old local man was arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail until September.

Man arrested after fire damages four homes in Tiverton

Four homes in Magnolia Court in Tiverton were damaged by fire.

Police and the fire service have launched a joint investigation following a fire which damaged four homes in Devon.

The fire, which is being treated as suspicious, broke out at Magnolia Court in Tiverton at around 4pm yesterday, and spread to neighbouring properties. No-one was injured.

A 30-year-old local man was arrested in connection with the incident and was later released on bail until 25 September.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Police on 101, quoting reference KT/13/1196. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online at


Fire damages five homes in Tiverton

Five homes in Magnolia Court in Tiverton have been damaged by fire.

Five homes in Tiverton have been damaged in a large fire this afternoon - one of them almost totally destroyed.

The blaze at Magnolia Court is thought to have started in a garden but it quickly spread because of the breeze.

At it's height 7 fire engines were there - no one was hurt.

High hopes for Tiverton Balloon Festival

The Tiverton Balloon festival starts today Credit: Hugh Rooney / Eye Ubiquitous

Today sees the start of the Tiverton Balloon Festival.

The three day event takes place on the Petroc College and Tiverton High School campus. This year it includes a music festival, with over 35 bands and a comedy stage on the Friday night.

Get more information here.

  1. Bob Cruwys

Full report: Saving our country pubs

Pubs can be crucial to community life but over the past few years, as people have changed their habits and are spending less on going out, many have shut.

But now, more community pubs have started opening, where locals have clubbed together to buy their local and save it from closure.

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