Devon cannabis grower jailed
Sep08

Devon cannabis grower jailed

A Devon businessman has been jailed after being charged with running a cannabis factory under his father’s farm. The factory was run from five interlocking shipping containers which were buried under a barn on a farm near Okehampton. Daniel Palmer, 40, of Petrockstowe, Devon, was found guilty of producing cannabis after a trial in August. Police had seized skunk with a retail value of £384,000. Jailing Palmer for six years and three...

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‘I am quite capable of being very robust!’
Sep06

‘I am quite capable of being very robust!’

As someone who has been with The Moorlander since its inception a few years ago, it felt like a serious professional achievement to be scheduled in to talk to Minette Batters, the head of the National Farmers’ Union, in between her interviews with Sky News and Farming UK! Minette runs her own tenanted farm in Wiltshire, but, on top of that, she could not have chosen a more difficult time to become the first female president of the NFU...

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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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Fun in the sun for the ORCs
Aug19

Fun in the sun for the ORCs

Six Okehampton runners enjoyed an evening’s racing over the moors at Merrivale when they took part in the Neolith Fell Race. Organised by Tavistock AC and Tamar Trail Runners, this race is only in its second year, but with the typical relaxed fell race atmosphere and lovely route it will doubtless increase in popularity. The course starts at the end of the Neolithic Stone Row across the road from the Dartmoor Inn and the runners...

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A summer tour coming to a town near you
Aug10

A summer tour coming to a town near you

Springsteen. Jagger. Sheeran. They all do it. Now you can add to the list: Johnson. Corbyn. Swinson. Farage. They’re also on tour this summer and coming to a high street near you. Speeches will be given, babies kissed, letterboxes leafleted, farm animals harassed to the point that the RSPCA gets involved. You have been warned. To show how in touch they are with the people, politicians tour the nation while most of the people are in...

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