Increase in rural drug crime
Aug23

Increase in rural drug crime

Exclusive by Ross Bryant and Ben Fox Drug related crime is increasing in rural towns, whilst significantly falling in cities and larger towns in the South West, according to new figures. The new data shows a national trend, with increasing drug related crime in rural towns and villages, with the increase in County Lines gangs thought to be the major driver for the change in behaviour. County Lines is the term used to describe urban...

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Royal Clarence Hotel  up for sale ‘with sadness’
Aug17

Royal Clarence Hotel up for sale ‘with sadness’

The owners of the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, which was destroyed by fire in 2016 have announced that the site is up for sale. The developers have concluded that they could not viably restore the hotel to its former glory. The Andrew Brownsword Hotels group, who also own Gidleigh Park on Dartmoor, say The Royal Clarence Hotel has undergone “significant” restoration work since the fire. The hotel’s owner, Andrew Brownsword, said he...

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Fundraising for local man severely injured after fall
Aug15

Fundraising for local man severely injured after fall

Local couple Craig and Chloe Dennis’ lives have been dramatically altered by an accident which has left Craig with life changing injuries. 25-year-old Craig, who lives near South Tawton, fell from a roof whilst helping on his parents’ farm, sustaining multiple injuries. An emergency CT scan at RD&E revealed the devastating extent of his injuries which included a severe bleed to the brain, multiple fractures to his skull, major...

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Devon’s last stand in the fight for ‘local’ radio
Aug14

Devon’s last stand in the fight for ‘local’ radio

Your local radio station may not be all it seems. There is a good chance that the regional version of the radio station you listen to, may have quietly packed their bags and moved hundreds of miles away. Almost all local commercial radio stations are now being produced a considerable distance from their listenership. With companies like Global (who own stations such as Heart, Smooth, Classic and Capital FM) who decided that they would...

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Plans for Ashburton Premier Inn shown to the public
Aug01

Plans for Ashburton Premier Inn shown to the public

Artist’s impressions Only – for illustrative purposes only Plans for an 80 bedroom Premier Inn hotel to be built in Ashburton have been unveiled to the public. The plans include a full restaurant and a car park to be built on the Dolbeare Meadow Business Park, adjacent to the A38. Planners estimate that the development would give a £2m boost to the local economy. The three-storey hotel would create around 30 new jobs, with some...

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