A fine day at The Okehampton Show
Aug31

A fine day at The Okehampton Show

A stunning collection of tractors and vintage cars followed. The Cogs and Wheels and Tinners Morris Dancers danced their way through the showground. Crowds were entertained in one of the other rings by North Devon Falconry and Victor Pitts with his trusty sheepdog showed how to herd ducks. Dangerous Steve did dangerous things with fire and chainsaws while being blindfolded – scary. There was something to entertain the visitor...

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Much admired Devon police officer to take early retirement
Aug30

Much admired Devon police officer to take early retirement

Much admired Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant Harry Tangye has revealed he will retire early next year. The armed response vehicle sergeant, who is also a firearms commander and tactics advisor, made the revelation during a live question and answer session on social media. As well as being a vastly experienced officer, Tangye is highly active on social media – he has more than 31,000 Twitter followers and can often be found...

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Drone technology being used to tackle sheep rustling
Aug29

Drone technology being used to tackle sheep rustling

Drone technology is being employed by police during night patrols following the slaughter of sheep on farms. This new move has been seen as the latest move to tackle UK’s worst rural crime wave in seven years. The killing of 80 animals occurred on farms in Northamptonshire. They were then butchered and sold illegally to restaurants and shops. The use of technology by police investigating is indicative of the way policing is going to...

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Wind and rain failed to dampen spirits at Dartmoor Folk Festival
Aug28

Wind and rain failed to dampen spirits at Dartmoor Folk Festival

Words and pictures by Alan Quick Showers of rain and windy weather failed to dampen the spirit of those who attended the 42nd Dartmoor Folk Festival. The festival staged its usual outdoor arena events under cover in huge marquees at South Zeal near Okehampton, following the festival association’s well-tested wet-weather contingency plan. The festival opened with a fantastic concert by Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys, which was followed by...

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Weymouth here we come – by rail
Aug26

Weymouth here we come – by rail

There is to be another trip from Okehampton to Weymouth on OkeRail. Kevin Ball of the OkeRail Forum said: “I can confirm that we have a trip to Weymouth arranged for September 14th.” The Train will leave Okehampton at 8.15am and arrive back at 7.30pm giving almost five hours in Weymouth. The outbound train will stop at Dorchester West to drop off passengers but will not pick up on the return journey. Passengers visiting Dorchester...

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