UK: Have you seen 78 year old Joan Russell still missing from Exeter, Devon – 191113 1640z

Police in Exeter are continuing to search for a 78-year-old woman who has not been seen since 9.30pm on Friday 15 November.

Joan Russell was last seen at her home address in the Emmanuel Close area of Exeter. Because of her age and her condition she is considered vulnerable and police are concerned for her welfare.

Joan has limited mobility and walks with the aid of a walking stick. The stick was left behind as well as her money, medication, bus pass and other personal belongings.

She is believed to be wearing a grey skirt and a green light weight jacket. She is about 5ft 4ins and has grey wavy hair to her ears.

It is believed she may be in the St Thomas or Exwick area of the city.

If anyone believes they have seen her or has any information that could assist, please call police on 101 quoting log 261 of 16/11/13.

City bees


A little dated, but still worth a look……

Who Killed The Honey Bee? (BBC Documentary)

Published on Nov 19, 2012

Bees are dying in their millions. It is an ecological crisis that threatens to bring global agriculture to a standstill. Introduced by Martha Kearney, this documentary explores the reasons behind the decline of bee colonies across the globe, investigating what might be at the root of this devastation.

Honey bees are the number one insect pollinator on the planet, responsible for the production of over 90 crops. Apples, berries, cucumbers, nuts, cabbages and even cotton will struggle to be produced if bee colonies continue to decline at the current rate. Empty hives have been reported from as far afield as Taipei and Tennessee. In England, the matter has caused beekeepers to march on Parliament to call on the government to fund research into what they say is potentially a bigger threat to humanity than the current financial crisis.

Investigating the problem from a global perspective, the programme makers travel from the farm belt of California to the flatlands of East Anglia to the outback of Australia. They talk to the beekeepers whose livelihoods are threatened by colony collapse disorder, the scientists entrusted with solving the problem, and the Australian beekeepers who are making a fortune replacing the planet’s dying bees. They also look at some of the possible reasons for the declining numbers – is it down to a bee plague, pesticides, malnutrition? Or is the answer something even more frightening?

Alarming decline of bees makes the cover of TIME

Philip Strange Science and Nature Writing

Bees are now being kept in the most unlikely of places, including the roofs of busy city centre shopping complexes.   I recently visited the bees high over Exeter’s Princesshay shopping centre.  Here is the article I wrote about these city bees for the Marshwood Vale Magazine.  I also wrote another article on the same topic but with a different slant, for Occam’s Typewriter.

Princesshay bees 1

It’s been a tough time lately for the bees in this country. Last summer’s poor weather followed by a long winter and a late spring meant that winter losses of honeybees were higher than normal. The South West was particularly badly affected with up to half of the region’s honeybees failing to make it through the winter. Whether there are fewer bumblebees and solitary bees is unclear, but the plight of the bees should concern us all because of the important role these insects play in…

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2nd International Space Apps Challenge at Exeter

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Over the weekend, the Met Office hosted the NASA led International Space Apps Challenge. Months of planning and challenge selection culminated in a global event with over 480 organisations and more than 9,000 people taking part in 83 cities.The Met Office hosted events at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter and Google Campus in London, which saw over 150 participants work on challenges using open data.

Teams at the event in Exeter participated in a number of challenges including the Arduhack challenge which looked at extending the functionality of the ArduSat with a Raspberry Pi computer and steerable web camera to send images of the Earth to mobile phones.

The judges were extremely impressed by the collaboration of the teams and the progress made on all of the challenges. The two winning solutions, decided by a panel of judges from, Mubaloo, Dundee University and Tangerine Bee, were WebRover1 and Arduhack. These will now be judged…

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UK: Missing teenager Caitlin Andrew is found safe and well – 160413 1205z


The family of a missing 14-year-old girl from Weston are continuing to appeal for information about her whereabouts. – See below FOUND

Caitlin Andrew was last seen at her home address in Pembroke Close, Bournville at 7.30am on Sunday.

Her family are continuing to appeal for information via a Facebook page Help Find Caitlin Andrew.

The page has received more than 5,000 Likes since being set up yesterday.

An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesperson said: We are continuing to conduct enquiries to identify a missing 14-year-old girl from Weston-super-Mare. Anyone who has seen her since she went missing should contact police on 101.

Caitlin, who is 5ft 1ins tall and has long dyed black hair, was last seen wearing grey jogging bottoms.

Her mother said she has not taken her phone, purse, handbag or clothes. She is believed to have been alone.

Her family says she could be anywhere in the Cornwall, Devon, Bristol or Exeter areas.

Members of Caitlins family have posted messages on the Facebook page: Still no news unfortunately everyone. Still concentrating on the Exeter and surrounding areas so please keep an eye out let hope today is the day again many thanks for your support but please help myself and Claire Andrew keep our inboxes for information only many many thank with your continued support xxxxxx.

A message posted yesterday read: Caitlin,Please Come Home,You Are Not In Any Trouble,Everyone Is Worried SickPlease Contact Someone Just To Let Them Know You Are Ok xxxx.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the police on 101.

Update 17 April 2013:

“A 14-year-old girl who went missing from Weston earlier this week – prompting an appeal for people in the Burnham area to look out for her – has been found safe and well.

Caitlin Andrew had not been seen at her home address in Bournville, Weston since early on Sunday, leaving her family worried about her welfare.

But she was found safe and well on Tuesday, police said.

A member of her family posted on Facebook: “Just like to say Caitlin is back with her family now. Thank you so much for your support. Our families cannot thanks you enough for your support time and effort for bring her home.” “-

Flybe announces two year roadmap to return the business to profitability and further exploit European potential

Wales Air Forum

Difficult decisions taken in the UK based business but network and routes remain unchanged


  • Flybe made a major corporate announcement to the London Stock Exchange this morning at 07:00
  • As part of this announcement Flybe confirmed:
    • Medium term operational profit targets for the Group.
    • A revised strategy to focus on two key sectors of the market – its UK scheduled services business, and the growing European contract flying market.
    • Confirmation that there would be no change to its current route network, and that consumers will still enjoy the same choice of routes and airports.
    • A cost reduction plan for its UK business and associated support activities which targets cost reductions both internally and externally.
    • As part of the proposed cost reduction plan for the UK business, it is expected c300 roles will be made redundant.
    • The total annualised benefit of the cost reduction plan will reach £35m.
    • A review…

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Flybe puts Cardiff Airport operations under review

Wales Air Forum

By Rhodri Evans

FLYBE today put its network of regional bases under review, as the airline announced plans to axe 300 jobs and take £35m of costs out of the business.

The group, which flies from airports including Cardiff, Bristol, Doncaster, Edinburgh and East Midlands, said that all 13 UK bases were being put under review and said it will give further details in the summer.

The Exeter-based carrier announced plans to cut around 10% of its 3,000-strong UK workforce and is considering outsourcing further support functions, including ground handling and onboard catering.

Support and production roles such as human resources and IT will be affected by the jobs cull, while around a fifth of its management team is being cut.

Flybe, which outsourced its call centre last month in a move impacting 55 jobs, slumped into the red by £1.3m in the six months to September 30 against profits…

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Devon: Woman, 83, injured in Exeter robbery, Police appeal for information – 170113 0900z

Police appeal following robbery, Exeter

Associated ImagePolice in Exeter are appealing for information following a robbery.

The incident occurred between 9.30am and 10.00am yesterday morning (Wednesday 16th January) in Willey’s Avenue, off Alphington Road, Exeter.

The victim, a woman aged 83 years had just got off a bus and was walking to her home address when she was approached, pushed to the floor and had her handbag and contents stolen.

The lady suffered a suspected fractured femur and lacerations to her face and head and was conveyed to the R D & E Hospital for treatment.

Police are keen to identify a young man who was seen on a pedal cycle, possibly a BMX bike who was in the area at the time.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or anyone who has any information regarding it is asked to contact police on 101 quoting police reference DE/13/507 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online at


Police today issued a warning and image of a suspect following an assault in Exeter

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Police have today issued an EVOFIT image of a suspect following an assault in Exeter.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident along The Quay in Exeter on the evening of Friday 7 December 2012.

At about 7.50pm a woman in her thirties was running along the canal path between The Port Royal pub and Trews Weir Bridge when she was approached by a man from behind and pushed against a wall. She screamed and the man ran off.

The suspect is described as Indian or Asian in appearance, aged approximately 28 to 30 years old and of a slight build. He has thick wavy dark hair which is short and distinctly has bushy eyebrows. He was wearing dark clothing and a scarf around his neck that also covered his lower face.

Police are urging the public to take care when out alone and to take some sensible precautions, such as running with a partner, particularly during the hours of darkness and always carry a mobile phone.

Anyone who recognises the suspect or has any information please contact police on 101 quoting reference DE/12/12155 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.