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Last updated: Wednesday 26th November 2014, 9:42am
Man dies after collapsing at the wheel in Lyme Regis
A LOCAL man died yesterday after collapsing at the wheel of his car and crashing into a shop window in Broad Street, Lyme Regis.
At about 3pm on Tuesday a blue Ford Focus was travelling from Silver Street into Broad Street when the 70-year-old man collapsed at the wheel and crashed into the window of Love & Wonder, opposite the Co-operative, hitting two pedestrians. His 75-year-old wife was in the passenger seat; both she and the pedestrians received minor injuries.
Staff from Lyme Bay Dentistry further down Broad Street and local fire chief Virgil Turner were first on the scene and attempted to resuscitate the man in the doorway of the neighbouring Tenovus charity shop.
Three ambulance vehicles, two fire engines from Lyme Regis and Charmouth and police also attended the scene. The road was blocked for several hours and a screen was erected in front of the incident while paramedics treated the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The road remained closed for several hours while an investigation was carried out.
PC Richard Winward from Lyme Regis Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “On a personal note we here would like to pass on our sympathy to the family, and realise that this was, and still is, a very distressing time for them.
“Also, many people helped at the scene in many different ways, without any thanks. It is amazing how people pull together when a situation like this occurs.”
Tuesday 25th November 2014, 4:25pm
EDDC set to scrap SkyPark move
DISTRICT COUNCIL LOOKS SET FOR
HONITON MOVE RATHER THAN EXETER
EAST Devon District Council looks set to abandon plans to relocate to SkyPark, near Exeter, and instead go back to the initial option of Honiton.
No decision has been made, but officers will recommend EDDC's Cabinet to reverse the SkyPark plan and instead focus on a move to Honiton.
The surprise announcement was in a statement issued by EDDC this afternoon (November 25th).
The Cabinet will meet on December 3rd, and the statement said: "Cabinet will hear the latest developments since it was last reported in February and how changing market conditions mean that SkyPark is no longer the preferred option.
"Whilst SkyPark has been the leading contender as the relocation site, the council was very clear that no decision was going to be made on the final location until all the facts and figures were known with other key pieces in what is a complex jigsaw slotting in to place.
"Instead, recommendations to cabinet are to retain the council-owned Heathpark site in Honiton and potentially combine East Devon Business Centre with a new headquarters. This will allow existing tenants of the business centre to remain."
Tuesday 25th November 2014, 2:46pm
Pedestrian killed in collision near Ottery
A 42-YEAR-OLD man has died following a road collision near Ottery St Mary last night (Monday).
The incident happened on the B3180 near Daisy Mount, outside West Hill Nursery shortly before 10pm.
Police say the local man, who had been walking along the road at the time of the collision, died at the scene.
Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information about the incident, which involved a blue Ford Mondeo car.
A spokesperson for the force said: “Police would like to hear from anyone who may have been driving in the area at the time, may have seen the man before the collision or may have witnessed the incident.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact police by calling the 101 non-emergency number, quoting log 819 from Monday, November 24th.
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