A Police and Crime Commissioner has apologised to a harbour master after she suggested drug smugglers should target his port because of a lack of security. Sue Mountstevens made the comment at a public police forum, where she stated that if she was a drug dealer she would avoid Dover. She said that instead, she would smuggle her drugs from Lyme Regis, Dorset, or "somewhere like that." Ms Mountstevens, PCC for Avon and Somerset, was criticised by the people of Lyme Regis, who say their town is not a hub for drug smuggling. Ms Mountstevens spoke at the meeting held in Bristol, and said: "Our colleagues at the border agencies do phenomenal work and they work very closely with our crime units. "But if you look at all the ports that are around, we're an island. So if I was a drug dealer, I probably wouldn't go to Dover. "I would go down to Lyme Regis or somewhere like that." In response John Wright, clerk for Lyme Regis Town Council, said: "It is unfortunate the police and crime … [Read more...] about Drug smugglers should target Lyme Regis, police and crime commissioner says
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Packed full of history, Devon boasts some of the UK's very best coastline views, beaches and walks. Blow away the cobwebs while rambling along coastal paths or take a stroll through beautiful countryside - and don't forget to keep an eye open for buzzards, otters, dolphins, seals and basking sharks. So whether you're here on holiday or just enjoying a day out with the family, pull on your wellies and head out for an invigorating stroll. Devon has lots to see, whatever the weather. THE ENGLISH RIVIERA The Agatha Christie Mile The world's best-selling crime writer Agatha Christie was born in Torquay and this fascinating heritage walk is a must for all her fans. Pick up the free trail leaflet at the English Riviera Visitor Information Centre and use your sleuthing skills to find the seven unique plaques on display. You'll see some of the places on Agatha's Riviera that were inspirational in her life and works. Complete the trail with afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel , the site of … [Read more...] about 51 of the best winter walks to take in Devon
Everybody loves a bargain, whether in the shops or in the property market, however there are some features of this Devon home which are just too terrifying to justify. Despite being a four-bedroom property in the desirable seaside resort of Ilfracombe, and also having an asking price of just £45,000, Number 1 Coburg Villas has one obvious drawback - it's covered top to toe in bird poo, according to Devon Live. For those that can look past the enormous amount of renovation it needs though, the property does have some appealing features, such as it's size, outdoor space and simply spectacular views over the Bristol channel. There is a shocking twist though, concerning a past resident on the third floor. See if you can spot it in the virtual tour window below. A number is issues besides the poo blight the property, reflected in it's low asking price. First is the absence of any windows, no staircase to the first floor, rotten floorboards throughout and caved in ceilings. Despite … [Read more...] about Can you spot the hidden feature in this poo-covered property?
London, with its world-class transport, lively nightlife and endless green parks, is a great place to live. But sometimes, all we need is a little break from the hustle and bustle of our capital city. Yet, if you live in London it’s likely you don’t have – or don’t have access to – a car to take you to a country escape. Luckily, here in the UK we’re pretty fortunate to have well-connected transport links to make a weekend getaway easy. Below, we’ve rounded up the best weekend breaks around the UK that you can get to from London by train. Margate Time on train: 1 hour and 27 minutes from St Pancras International. One of England’s first seaside resorts, Margate mixes seaside culture with historic architecture. With a beach to rival Brighton’s, Margate has become the new go-to beach day for Londoners in recent years so extend that day trip to a weekend break this year to make the most of the pretty town. Where to stay: The … [Read more...] about The best weekend breaks less than two hours from London
Despite being bombed heavily in World War Two, Swansea is still home to many notable landmarks and buildings, which give clues about the city's rich history. But the stories behind Wales' second city are also revealed through several lesser-known conservation areas across the city. From grand town houses built to house workers to areas where people have settled for more than 30,000 years, to an 18th Century lighthouse and traditional Welsh cottages - these areas document the vast history of the city. Conservation areas are areas of special architectural or historic interest. A decision to designate an area a conservation area is made after an appraisal of the area. Swansea Council said this often extends beyond just the buildings, with the road layout, street scene, and green areas all contributing factors. Designation gives special protection to the character of an area, and means the council has extra controls over demolition, minor developments and the protection of trees. Swansea … [Read more...] about The protected areas of Swansea and Gower and their fascinating history