It wasn’t long before television came calling
Sep21

It wasn’t long before television came calling

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Justin Leigh, as one of the presenters of the BBC Spotlight, the South West’s local news programme, has provided the narration to some of the most important moments in the history of our region. Whether it be the Foot and Mouth outbreak, the Boscastle flooding or the bomb in the Giraffe Café in Exeter, many of us will associate these events with the expert broadcasting of Justin and the...

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The Ice Warrior: Jim McNeill
Sep06

The Ice Warrior: Jim McNeill

Jim McNeill started Ice Warrior in 2001 and, since then, has led seven expeditions, training over 350 people to cope with our planet’s most extreme conditions in the process. Jim isn’t an amateur when it comes to these kinds of dangerous explorations, having been involved in literally hundreds of expeditions, multiple plane crashes and was away for 12 weeks as a safety advisor on David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet. His quest, along...

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Massive reform of prison system
Sep06

Massive reform of prison system

David Gauke MP, the Justice Secretary, has announced a £30million package to tackle organised crime in prisons and introduce incentives for good behaviour. New technology will be used to identify, target and disrupt ‘Criminal lynchpins’ who orchestrate gangs from behind bars. As part of action to enhance safety, security and decency across the estate, a new digital tool will enable prisons to build a more detailed picture of the kind...

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Three dead after horror crash
Sep06

Three dead after horror crash

A third man has died following a serious crash on bank holiday Monday at the end of August. At about 5.45pm on August 27th police received reports of a crash between two Jaguars on the B3193 Clay Pitts Way, Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot. The driver from one car, a 27-year-old man, and his passenger, a 17-year-old boy died at the scene. Both have been named locally as Lewis Taylor, 27, and Callum Heath, 17, from Chudleigh.Heartfelt...

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Biggest drug-users in the country are in the South West
Aug22

Biggest drug-users in the country are in the South West

Figures have revealed that one in nine adults in the South West has confessed to taking drugs, making it one of the worst places in the country for illegal substances. New figures show that 11.1 per cent of people admitted taking drugs in the region in 2017/2018, much higher than the national average of nine per cent. Home Office statistics suggest usage rose from 9.5 per cent of adults in the South West in the preceding year....

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