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A worker at a holiday park suffered serious injuries when an "inadequate" trench he was working in collapsed on top of him. The park's operators have been ordered to pay more than £7,000 after Grzegorz Waluszkowski suffered multiple injuries in July 2010. he 40-year-old was helping to lay a drainage pipe at the park on Lady's Mile Farm, when the wall of the two metre-deep trench caved in. See: ...

Teignbridge District Council (TDC) estimates 14,800 new properties need to be built over 20 years to cope with the growth in population. But protesters, who signed a petition, said figures had been over-estimated and would create a "concrete jungle". The petition was handed to the council as part of a public consultation, which ended earlier. Peter Large, a campaigner from Dawlish, said: ...

A railway tunnel should be built under a hill near Exeter to divert the main line away from a vulnerable coastline route, a Devon MP has said. The line at Dawlish, which goes along the town's sea wall, can be hit by high waves. Plymouth Moor View Labour MP Alison Seabeck said a tunnel under Haldon Hill would lower risks to the line from any climate change and speed up journeys. Network Rail ...

From the young couple looking to take their first step onto the housing ladder to the growing family needing more bedrooms and space – Bovis Homes will have something for everyone at their new developments currently being built across Devon. The national housebuilder has a proud history of building quality new homes in the county and although they have not been active in the area for a while, ...

Three Devon hospitals have been criticised by the health watchdog, following unannounced inspections. Whipton Hospital in Exeter, Langdon Hospital in Dawlish and Penhayes House Hospital in Kenton care for patients with learning disabilities. Following the inspections late last year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found there was often a "lack of patient-centered care". The hospitals' ...

Meet the man who has one of Britain's most unusual job combinations – piano tuner to the stars and fearless firefighter. Robert Porch is a professional piano tuner who is regularly being called on for top musicians such as Elton John, Matt Bellamy of rockers Muse, Shirley Bassey and Chris de Burgh. But uniquely, he is also a retained firefighter attending an average four call-outs a week in ...

Dawlish-based Teignmouth Maritime Services Ltd will attempt to recover one of Teignmouth's best-known trawlers after she ran aground and capsized in waters off her home port. A rescue operation is continuing to refloat the Girl Rona which overturned after hitting a sandbank at the mouth of the River Teign. Her five-man crew — including the owner — were rescued unharmed in the sea drama. ...

Police have issued an urgent appeal for help in tracing a man who may have information about alleged incidents of deception thefts. South Devon detectives want to speak to a man after two pensioners fell victim to a doorstep conman. Police are probing two incidents where a man convinced elderly people to part with their money and bank cards after spinning a story about not having any money and ...

Five Exmouth Harriers took part in the Dawlish Coasters’ organised ‘Oh my obelisk!’ race, writes Dev Eveleigh. The event follows a tough, hilly and off-road 11 mile course that takes runners up out of Dawlish to the obelisk that can usually be picked out at the left hand end of Haldon Forest when viewed from the Wast. Relatively dry conditions made for some very fast times, winner, Michael ...

Colaton Raleigh were edged out by the odd goal in five at Dawlish United In a game dominated by the windy conditions, Raleigh trailed 3-0 at half-time. It was a very different story after the break with Raleigh having the benefit of the elements. Goals from Adrian Parr and Jake Boyland set them up for a grandstand finish. With five minutes to play a Tony Cox cross was dummied by player boss ...

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