Police urge Sidmouth residents to be vigilant after burglary

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 March 2012

(c) Ryan McVay

Detectives have appealed for information following the burglary of a property in Sidmouth. Read this and more.

BURGLARY PROBE: Detectives have appealed for information following the burglary of a property in Sidmouth last month.

Criminals targeted a house in Heydons Lane between 3pm and 11pm on Friday, February 24.

Police have not disclosed what was taken, but have urged residents to remain vigilant.

An alarm at another property sounded last Sunday but officers found all was in order.

DC Vicky Grimwood, of Honiton CID, has appealed for witnesses and also reminded residents to be cautious – especially when leaving windows open in the fine weather.

Contact police by dialling 101, crime reference: KS/12/110.

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TURN OFF: An unlawful lack of indicating by motorists on Sidmouth’s roads saw one irked civic leader turn to police for advice.

Councillor Graham Liverton told colleagues at a meeting on Monday: “People just aren’t indicating; we seem to have to guess which way they are going.”

Neighbourhood beat manager PC Jim Tyrrell confirmed that not indicating was an offence.

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CLUB CANCELLED: A mooted job club for the Sid Valley is “not happening now”, according to civic leaders.

Sidmouth Town Council had awarded the club a £1,000 grant but organisers withdrew their application.

“That’s not happening now,” council chairman Stuart Hughes told colleagues at a meeting on Monday night.

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RESURRECTED: Prayers were said outside official Sidmouth Town Council business for the first and only time on Monday night.

Most councillors- including an atheist – were present when the Reverend Brian Hadfield read a blessing before their monthly meeting began. The Lord’s Prayer was not said, in a break from tradition.

Worship was removed from the agenda in fear of the council falling foul of a High Court ruling.

But civic leaders have been given the power to resurrect prayers as part of their official business from next month thanks to Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles.

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SLEEP OUT: Sidmouth Youth Council members are gearing up to ‘sleep out’ on Sidmouth seafront next Friday night to boost a charity for the homeless.

Around ten young people will brave the elements from 7pm to 7am the next morning on the Esplanade in a bid to benefit Nightstop.

They have raised around £350 so far and hope to increase the amount over the coming week.

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SUSPECT MALE: A resident called police when a suspect man was spotted in a Sidmouth burglary hot-spot. The male – seen in Cliff Road at around 2.30pm on Thursday, March 1 - was 6ft tall, skinny and gaunt. He wore a beanie hat and jeans and had a dirty backpack, said officers.

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POLE-AXED: A telegraph pole was snapped in half and a highway left blocked for hours following an accident in Sid Road. A red Volvo collided with the pole at around 6.25pm on Friday, March 2. Police said no-one was injured in the incident.

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KARAOKE: Sidbury Social Club will hold a charity night on Sunday, March 25, from 8pm in aid of Vranch House and in memory of Jordan Cross. There will be karaoke, disco and prize draw. If you can donate raffle prizes contact: 01395 597430.


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