THE man who has worked tirelessly through the pandemic to keep going Dyrons Journal, the Teignbridge Talking Newspaper for the visually impaired, going has been recognised in the New Year Honours. Brian Smith, from Newton Abbot, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community of Newton Abbot.

RETIRED GP and community paediatrician Dr Jill Diprose, 76, from Dawlish, has received the British Empire Medal for her services to families with children with special needs.

A TEIGNMOUTH woman was included in the New Year’s Honours for her services to physiotherapy. Dr Rhoda Allison, associate director of nursing and professional practice, at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded an MBE in the Queens’s New Year’s Honours list.

POLICE had a strong presence at a location in woodland near Mamhead, just off the A380, on Saturday morning after what locals described as a rave. Nearby residents took to social media to complain of all night music coming from woodland. Police were contacted with reports of an unlicenced music event taking place within Haldon, Mamhead, in the Early hours of New Year’s Day.

ANIMAL charity bosses are devastated after thieves ransacked their honesty donation box, clearing out valuable cash. The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust says money was taken as the box and its cairn were smashed by the thieves.

TWO brothers from Highweek will be leading a special Starlight Walk in memory of their baby sister who was stillborn. Zach and Lucas Reeve with mum Jodie Lywood and stepdad Tom Phillips will be remembering baby Lottie, whose first birthday it would have been. The walk will take place at Highweek Primary School, where Zach, 10, and Lucas, nine, are pupils

FIFTEEN new jobs have been created in Newton Abbot as the Co-op served up its first new store of the year this week in Newton Abbot.

NEWTON Abbot’s MP has hit back after having the Conservative whip removed from her again after voting against the Government. Following her column on energy in the Mid-Devon Advertiser, Ms Morris voted with Labour’s opposition day motion proposing removing VAT on household energy bills. She was the only Tory MP to vote in favour of an opposition day motion which was defeated by 319 votes to 229.

AN INDEPENDENT record store owner is selling his store after 20 years, and hopes someone will take on his well established and popular business. It was with a heavy heart that Will Webster of Phoenix Sound listed his much-loved record store on the market as the industry veteran is set for retirement. ‘I have listed my beautiful shop for sale as it’s time to move on,’ he said.

PARENTS in Dawlish are calling for action to stop speeding motorists driving outside two schools.A petition has already gathered more than 600 signatures in just a few days and follows an accident in which a teenage boy was seriously hurt in a collision.

NEWTON ABBOT railway station hosted a pop-up barber shop on Monday where men (and women) could get a free haircut, a cuppa and a safe space to chat. The pop-up barber shop was hosted by The Lions Barber Collective, a Devon based charity aimed at raising awareness for the prevention of suicide, particularly among men, and was run in partnership with Great Western Railway.

MORE than 100 lunches were delivered to individuals in need on Christmas Day in Teignbridge. The combined effort of Homeless in Teignbridge Support along with the Alice Cross Centre, Volunteering In Health and Kingsway Residents Association saw volunteers deliver the dinners around Teignbridge, including rough sleepers.