THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS: A LOOK BACK AT 2021. SEPTEMBER

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Saturday 8th January 2022 5:00 pm
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Crowds lined the streets of Moretonhampstead as the AJ Bell Tour of Britain rode through.

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A month of protests and pedal power

DISRUPTION to bin collections in Teignbridge is ‘likely to continue’ unless vacancies for HGV drivers are filled.

The councillor in charge of collections has admitted that the shortage has led to some residents not getting their bins emptied.

Staff are working weekends to try to catch up.

CROWDS lined the streets of Moretonhampstead as the AJ Bell Tour of Britain rode through.

The race moved to Wales for Stage Three the next day and finished later in the week in Edinburgh.

The Teign Maritime and Shanty Festival took place this month.

Traditional singers treated revellers to classic Shanties in several venues in the towns.The festival raised money for Alice Cross, Rowcroft Hospice and Teign Heritage.

EXTINCTION REBELLION activists descended on Newton Abbot’s branch of Barclays to encourage public pressure on the bank to stop investing in fossil fuels.

The group donned their aprons and pink feather dusters in the branch demanding that Barclays ‘Clean Up Their Act’.

A CONCERNED parent says she is ‘horrified’ to learn that CCTV cameras had been installed in toilets at Newton Abbot College.

Social media was alive with rumours that the cameras had been installed in the toilets in a bid to cut down on vandalism and vaping.

DRIVERS are being urged not to be ‘greedy’ as high demand for fuel across Teignbridge continues.

Queues built up as motorists flocked to fill up as fears over lorry driver shortages grew despite assurances from the Government.

Filling stations around the district reported deliveries are still coming in as normal but some supplies have run out at times due to increased demand.

OMINOUS letters making bizarre threats to businesses in Bovey Tracey have forced traders in the town to act.

For two years, hand-written and expletive-laden rants making ‘graphic threats’ have been posted through letterboxes on the High Street.

The letters are sometimes posted by hand in the dead of night, with no clues surrounding the identity of the phantom scribbler.

Fed-up traders have decided that ‘now’ is the time to ‘go public’ which will hopefully reveal the identity of the author who is thought to be local.

TEIGNMOUTH’S harbour master has bid a fond farewell as he retires after 13 years of service.

Commander David Vaughan has kept a watchful eye over the Teign estuary since he took on the role at the end of his Naval career in 2008.

NEWTON Abbot said goodbye to its first ever Honorary Freeman, Henry Cole, on Tuesday

His funeral service was held at The Avenue Church, Newton Abbot, followed by cremation.

As a final tribute a lone piper playing a series of Scottish laments led the cortège up through Queen Street where many residents gathered to pay their respects.

A BULL terrier that savaged a six- year-old boy after pulling him from his bike has saved from a death sentence by being adopted by a dog behaviour expert

Caesar was at risk of being put down after attacking the child and his father on the Exeter flood relief towpath last year.

A judge at Exeter Crown Court made a contingency destruction order which means the dog will be allowed to live but not with its previous owner, who admitted owning a dog which was dangerously out of control and was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years.

FIREFIGHTERS from Buckfastleigh rushed to the res- cue after reports of a ‘man lying face down’ in the water – only to find it was a sign that had been thrown into the river.

The Buckfastleigh Fire Station team took it all in their stride.

One cheeky fire crew supporter asked ‘Was the road sign ok?’

PLANS for a new Travelodge hotel to be built in the centre of Newton Abbot have been approved.

The Halcyon Road car park will be converted into a 72-bedroom hotel with a restaurant.

Concerns have been raised about the loss of parking spaces for visitors to the town centre.

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