Prison officers powerless to stop drones
Oct13

Prison officers powerless to stop drones

Prison officers are standing by and can do nothing as high-tech drones routinely drop drugs and weapons into British jails, a senior prison officer said. The drones simply hover in mid-air outside cell windows and prisoners grab the illegal drugs as prison staff watch on CCTV. The shocking revelation comes from a senior prison officer and is further evidence Britain has lost control of its jails – now branded “the most violent...

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The raw beauty of Dartmoor ponies
Oct12

The raw beauty of Dartmoor ponies

On her first visit to Dartmoor, Fi Takács went for a horse ride on the moor. “This decision changed everything: Whilst riding, I was dumbstruck with the wild beauty of the moors and the sense of space; the buzzard’s screech, the gorse, and the bizarre granite outcrops. It got completely under my skin and into my bones. ‘Some ponies approached us as we stopped. I noticed their cheeky ways, entranced by their behaviour. Coming...

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Chagford Film Festival “the biggest yet”
Oct11

Chagford Film Festival “the biggest yet”

Organisers of the annual film festival in Chagford have described this year’s festival as the most successful to date. The event features a number of film screenings in venues across the town, showcasing some the best new releases in cinema. The guest list featured Chris Dickens who has worked as an editor on films such as Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire, Hot Fuzz and the film adaptation of Les Misérables. His latest film was Suite...

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Results from the Big Butterfly Count
Oct10

Results from the Big Butterfly Count

Small tortoiseshell butterfly numbers have dropped dramatically this year despite the hot sunny conditions according to the annual Big Butterfly Count. The much-loved garden butterfly suffered its worst summer in the history of the count, with sightings down by 32 percent compared to last year. Just 23,000 small tortoiseshells were spotted by volunteers over a three-week period during the summer. The long hot summer did lead to a...

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Rally cars leave in a cloud of dust
Oct09

Rally cars leave in a cloud of dust

They arrived with a roar and left in clouds of dust. A Dutch rally known as the Miles of Mystery Rally arrived at Chagford Cattle Market last week, to take part in time trials which involved driving around bollards at speed before crossing a finishing line. Some 50 high performance cars took part which left the area a bit of a mess before the rally moved on to Liverpool. The Miles of Mystery Rally is made up of rich Dutch drivers who...

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