Warning over strike action at school and more news

The headteachers of Otterton, Drake’s and St Peter’s Primary Schools have warned parents to have a ‘contingency plan’ in the event of a strike on Wednesday. Read this and more.

MUSIC ROOM: Drake’s Primary School is a step closer to building a dedicated music room.

A craft fair organised by the PTFA raised �850. This year, the PTFA’s big project is fundraising for a dedicated music room.

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POPPLEFORD FIRE: An oven fire on Sunday evening at a home in Newton Poppleford was attended by two fire applicances.


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The fire was at Lower Farthings, just before 5.30pm. Firefighters found the small fire was already out, so made the area safe before leaving the property in the owners’ care.

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STRIKE WARNING: The headteachers of Otterton, Drake’s and St Peter’s Primary Schools have warned parents to have a ‘contingency plan’ in the event of a strike next Wednesday.

Balloting has started for teachers, learning support and administrative staff over public sector pensions.

Otterton and Drake’s head Carron Saunders has told parents that union correspondence suggests industrial action could still be avoided, if some of the issues were solved in the ongoing negotiations. Mrs Saunders and acting St Peter’s head Malcolm Elliott said: “It would be advisable for you to have a contingency plan for the in the event of the whole or partial closure of the school.”

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PHONE ROBBERY: Witnesses are being sought by police following an alleged robbery of a mobile phone in Budleigh Salterton.

It is understood there was a confrontation between two pairs of male teenagers during which some money and an iPhone 4 were taken. The incident happened on Tuesday, November 8, at about 7.15pm in Station Road. Anyone with any information should contact PC Randall on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting reference number KE11/2920.

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DOG APPEAL: Newton Poppleford has been labelled as one of the worst places in East Devon for dog poo and the parish council is urging dog owners to be more responsible. The Playing Field and walkways in Webbers Meadow are two of the worst areas. A parish newsletter stated: “Please refrain from leaving dog poo (either in or out of bags) anywhere where people walk, or where contractors have to cut with strimmers, as it gets all over their machines and clothes.”

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