Failed probation service risking public safety

A shocking report comes to light A damning report into Devon and Cornwall’s probation service has found serious shortcomings that could have put the public at risk. The firm Working-links which ran the service went into administration last week. The company ran three probation service contracts for the government across the West Country. The report was chaired by Dame Glenys Stacey and has highlighted a number of failings with the...

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Woodland charity looks to branch out
Feb11

Woodland charity looks to branch out

A woodland creation charity based on Dartmoor is looking to substantially increase its output. Moor Trees based in South Brent will soon celebrate twenty years of planting trees throughout South Devon, having planted around ninety thousand new trees since they started in 1999. Their aim is to restore native broadleaf woodland by growing trees from locally collected seed in their nurseries. The year round operation is staffed by three...

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Premier Inn  hotels planned  for Dartmoor
Feb08

Premier Inn hotels planned for Dartmoor

National hotel chain Premier Inn are planning new hotels for the Dartmoor area. A council owned car park in Tavistock and a second site in Okehampton could become home to new developments from the budget hotel group. West Devon Borough Council propose to build an eighty bedroom hotel on Abbey Rise car park and lease it to a “well-known hotel chain” to operate. James Anderson who handles Property communications for Premier Inn told The...

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The Range superstore nears completion in Plymouth
Jan30

The Range superstore nears completion in Plymouth

The Range ‘superstore’ in Plymouth will open next month, providing 80 new jobs for the city. The store will officially open at 9am on Friday, February 8th, with giveaways and competition prizes on offer for the first customers. The completion of the store marks the 30th anniversary of The Range. The site will also double as the company’s new headquarters once completed. The Range was founded by Plymouth entrepreneur Chris Dawson who...

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Holocaust memorial day – Solly Irving’s escape from the Nazis
Jan25

Holocaust memorial day – Solly Irving’s escape from the Nazis

Solly Irving was born on 11th August 1930 in Ryki, Poland. At the age of just nine, Hitler ordered the invasion of his country. It was the first military engagement of World War Two that saw some 1.5 million German troops march into Poland. The rounding up and deporting of Jews began soon after. The Sobibór extermination camp would become the destination for so many innocent Jewish families. Almost a quarter of a million people would...

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