Breakdown of Cranbrook crimes March 2017

To the respondent to the previous post who queried the crimes in the Bluehayes Road area of Cranbrook:

15 antisocial behaviour
1 bicycle theft
1 criminal damage and arson
1 public order
3 shoplifting
4 violence and sexual offences

If this is incorrect, the correspondent should take the matter up with Devon and Cornwall Police who provided the above information on their interactive crime website.

Cranbrook street in top ten for crime

“Among the street areas with the highest levels of recorded crimes were:

Union Street area, Plymouth – 43
The Strand area, Torquay – 33
Northernhay area, Exeter – 32
Little Castle Street, Exeter – 30
Barnstaple High Street area – 27
Market Avenue area, Plymouth – 26
Bluehayes Lane, Cranbrook – 25

British air pollution worse than Mexico, Brazil and US

“People in the UK are 64 times as likely to die of air pollution as those in Sweden and twice as likely as those in the US, figures from the World Health Organisation reveal.

Britain, which has a mortality rate for air pollution of 25.7 per 100,000 people, was also beaten by Brazil and Mexico – but it trailed far behind Sweden, the cleanest nation in the EU with a rate of 0.4 per 100,000.

The US rate per 100,000 was 12.1, Brazil’s was 15.8 and Mexico’s was 23.5, while Argentina was at 24.6.

The figures are revealed in the WHO World Health Statistics 2017 report, published on Wednesday, which says substantially reducing the number of deaths globally from air pollution is a key target. …”

With a recent judicial review announced for the effect on air pollution of a new town, one wonders if Cranbrook would have been one of those cited in the current (toxic) climate.

Main tactical voting site endorses Claire Wright (Ind) as only credible choice to challenge incumbent Swire

“Claire Wright, Independent Parliamentary candidate for Devon East has been endorsed by the chief tactical voting site Tactical2017 as the only candidate who can defeat the Conservatives. Ms Wright is the only Independent candidate in the country to be endorsed so far by the site.

This follows odds of 9/2 from William Hill who confirmed that they see Ms Wright as the official opposition in East Devon and the only credible alternative to the Conservatives.

Commenting on her listing Claire Wright says:

“I’m absolutely over the moon to be endorsed by Tactical2017. The momentum behind my campaign now is incredible. My boards and posters are appearing all over the constituency and my team continue to be deluged with offers of help, as my manifesto is hand delivered across East Devon by my army of helpers.”

“People’s generosity and faith in me is astonishing. Crowdfunding has reached around £7500 in just 10 days with 100 separate donations. This is half the amount we fundraised in a whole year during the 2015 General Election campaign.

“Thank you so much to everyone who is working so hard to elect me as East Devon’s MP. You are doing a sterling job!”

The tactical voting endorsement comes as Claire Wright launches her manifesto in Sidmouth tomorrow (Thursday) evening with clear statements on her policy ideas from health, education, small businesses, young people and the environment as well as Brexit.

Introducing the manifesto Ms Wright says: “On health I will fight to protect community hospitals and other local health services from cuts and work cross-party to achieve more NHS funding to keep pace with demand. I will press for more funding for social care, which is still significantly lower than it was in 2010. I will also strongly oppose plans that disadvantage our NHS, such as the creation of NHS Property Services which seeks to sell off hospitals and health centres.

“In education I will support local schools and parents and work cross-party at a local and national level to gain a realistic and fair level of funding for East Devon’s education system. I will listen to headteachers views on local education provision and represent these views in parliament.
“For small business I will work to reverse the recent increase in business rates, listen to small businesses and their requirements and work to achieve a better deal and be a champion for independent traders, especially those working in tourism.

“For younger people I will work towards giving 16 year olds the right to vote; help young people to have a voice in improving their communities and work for improvements to underfunded mental health services, counselling and pastoral support in schools.

“On the environment, I accept that we need some development, especially for younger people and those of us on low incomes and I will work to amend the permissive National Planning Policy Framework so it is less about growth at any price and more about balanced communities.
“In East Devon nature, as elsewhere in the country
, is in serious trouble due to habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change.
“I will listen and act upon local people’s views on protection of the countryside and nature and urge government ministers to do all they can to comply with vital climate change targets.

“I am asking the people of East Devon to listen carefully to what I am saying and use their vote to elect a hardworking and effective MP to represent them in parliament.”

Event Diary
Thursday 18th May, Claire’s Manifesto launch at Sidmouth Community College, Primley Road, Sidmouth, EX10 9LG, from 7.30-8.30 in the main hall.

Sunday 21st May, Q&A with Claire at the Grapevine Brewhouse, 2 Victoria Road, Exmouth, EX8 1 DL, 7pm.”

Tory Party chairman rallies the faithful – all 14 of them!

“Tory Party chairman Patrick McLoughlin has been in Devon rallying party faithful. The former transport minister was in Paignton and Exeter on Wednesday ahead of the party announcing its manifesto on Thursday for the General Election. …”

You can be sure if there were more of them, they would have been in the picture!

General election: how do we protect our NHS? Choose your candidate carefully


Claire Wright, the only credible alternative to Hugo Swire has not only made this pledge she has actively campaigned as Devon County Councillor to scrap it and start again with a clean sheet and full public and health service input.

Hugo Swire, who voted for the Health and Social Care Act 2012 that inevitably leads to cuts and privatisation has not. He still channels Jeremy Hunt and witters on about the “elastic” £10 billion for the NHS.

A critique of NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans

A really good (short and readable) explanation of why they are simply vehicles for undemocratic cuts to the NHS (apologies for long link):

Not a single general election issue covered in today’s Midweek Herald!

One short letter supporting Claire Wright, a front page about chaos at Honiton Town Council – and that’s it! Though there are a lot of pages about gardening, good works and homes for sale.

Has anyone told them there’s a general election and local newspapers are expected to inform us about, well, local news.

Or maybe someone has and that’s how they have decided to deal with it.

Well, at least it’s free.