Police dog Bowser looking for a new home
Dec03

Police dog Bowser looking for a new home

PD Bowser, age seven, is retiring at the end of the year. After many years of loyal service Bowser has a tail or two to tell. The police dog has served with Firearms officers, maintained public order and has even tracked high-risk missing people. “Ideally we would like to re-home him in Devon”, said Alison Cruwys of Devon and Cornwall Police. “We always visit the house to make sure its suitable so keeping him in Devon would be ideal....

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Brexit jargon-buster
Nov30

Brexit jargon-buster

Confused by Brexit? Fear not, you are not alone. Over the last two years a number of confusing words and acronyms have become commonplace. This is your plain speaking and impartial guide to some key aspects in the Brexit saga. The Customs Union This simply refers to the group of EU countries and how they trade with each other, essentially a free trade area with no tariffs. It reduces the need for customs checks at borders with the aim...

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Christmas crisis for Devon Food Banks
Nov30

Christmas crisis for Devon Food Banks

Devon Food bank operators are warning of a surge in usage over the festive period, with the Universal Credit rollout being blamed for increased demand. Figures released by The Trussell Trust who run food banks nationwide show that Devon had the highest food bank usage in the South West region over the last two years, with December consecutively being the busiest month for people in crisis. Matt Mahoney, South West manager of the...

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The fascinating life of Mary Hadow
Nov19

The fascinating life of Mary Hadow

‘Delightful Mary’ as she is known, has had a colourful life. Having been educated at Eton, she was a driving force in the adventures of her former husband, Polar explorer Pen Hadow. She now runs a luxury Bed and Breakfast on the Moor. The road to this solitary house, it seems, has more twists and turns than first meet the eye. “Well hello.” Mary welcomes me into her beautiful home, a remote house that manages to render the satnav...

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Three men in our village survived the First world war
Nov03

Three men in our village survived the First world war

Few writers can match the success of Sir Michael Morpurgo. A critically acclaimed author that has drawn inspiration from Dartmoor, and in doing so, he has lit the fuse of a literary renaissance. From a quiet tea-house in a quaint Devon garden, Michael talks about his early life. “I grew up in both the country near Bradwell in Suffolk but also London near Earls Court. I remember playing in bombsites just after the war because they made...

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