Educational course after farming deaths rise
Oct05

Educational course after farming deaths rise

Farming continues to be one of the most hazardous occupations in the UK and last year the South West saw the highest number of deaths. In the year to March 2017, there were seven fatal accidents in South West England, giving it the poorest record in the UK. Many more accidents caused serious and life changing injuries. To combat the grim death toll, the Farm Safety Foundation has been running unique training for students at Duchy and...

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Cycling deaths hit five-year high
Oct05

Cycling deaths hit five-year high

Figures released have shown that cycling fatalities have hit a five year high across the country. Official figures revealed 1,792 people were killed on the roads in 2016 – up 62, or four per cent, according to the Department of Transport. The number of car occupants killed (816) was up 8 per cent, pedestrian deaths (448) rose 10 per cent while cycling fatalities (102) were up 2 per cent. The number of children dying rose 28 per cent...

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Dartmoor is on alert for Asian hornets
Oct05

Dartmoor is on alert for Asian hornets

Beekeepers across the West Country have been alerted after an Asian hornet has been found in Devon. The hornet has spread across mainland Europe devastating bee colonies. The Asian hornet feeds off the honeybees and wild bees which pollinate the plants that provide us with food. Professor Juliet Osborne of Exeter University has said that the Asian hornet can fly long distances and has caused severe problems for French beekeepers: “The...

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Best year ever for Bovey Castle firm
Oct05

Best year ever for Bovey Castle firm

The company behind Bovey Castle has recorded a boost in profits to £27.9million. The Rigby Group, which owns Bovey Castle, Exeter Airport, Capital Air Ambulance and British International Helicopters, has just published its annual results which are the best in the Group’s 42-year history. It has recorded revenue of £2.17bn up 21.2% year-on-year. Earnings (EBITDA) of £57million, up 5.8% year-on-year. Group pre-tax profit of £27.9million...

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UK’s first digital detection sniffer dogs
Sep21

UK’s first digital detection sniffer dogs

Sniffer dogs Rob and Tweed are ahead the game when it comes to detecting digital devices in South Devon like mobile phones, hard drives and computers. The Devon and Cornwall Police duo are the UK’s only hired ‘digital storage detection’ dogs. They join the force’s dedicated Drone Squad in another first for the pioneering two counties constabulary. Tweed, a 19-month-old Springer Spaniel, and Rob, a 20-month-old black Labrador, are the...

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