Reliving Dartmoor’s rocket launch

HIGH FLYER STEVE BENNETT GETS READY TO REACH FOR THE SKY ON DARTMOOR.PIC FROM RICHARD LAPPAS. Over 20 years ago, former toothpaste technician Steve Bennett launched his Starchaser 3 rocket from the heart of Dartmoor, near Okehampton. In this week’s spread, we remember that day: Mr Bennett’s space bid in March 1998 ended badly when his £70,000 rocket plunged to the ground seconds after take-off, setting alight two square miles of...

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Red squirrels could return to South West in 2019

Red squirrels could make a comeback to the South West in 2019 – thanks to a new form of contraception for their grey cousins. Conservationists and a number of land owners, including Prince Charles, wants to help reintroduce them back into some isolated pockets of the region. Conservationist Mish Kennaway says the contraception is “a big part of the future for the balance of the two species”. He continues: “It’s amazing...

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Whisky galore

A bottle of Macallan malt whisky distilled in 1950 and donated to the Chagford Recreational Trust back in 1989 is to be sold at auction in London next month and is hoped to raise between £3,000- £6,000. The money will go towards the refurbishment of the club house which will include a new gym and equipment, exercise studio, changes to the bar and a refurbished kitchen. In 1989 three bottles of the malt whisky were given to the trust...

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Chagword Literary Festival line up

The list of authors for this year’s Chagword, Dartmoor’s Literary Festival, is the best line-up yet. Jo Brand opens Chagword on Friday evening at the Jubilee Hall and talks us through her practical guide to life in her new book Born Lippy. The authors for Saturday include TV historians Sam Willis and James Daybell. Also attending will be presenter of Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off Prue Leith, the well-known cook, restauranteur...

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Speedboat fugitive from Dartmoor

Pic shows Jack Shepherd leaving the Old Bailey. Old Bailey hearing of Jack Shepherd, up for manslaughter after killing his date he met on OKCupid while driving a speedboat on the Thames Jack Shepherd could escape justice for glassing a barman on Dartmoor two years after his date, Charlotte Brown, 24, died after a speedboat crash on the Thames. The attack on David Beech occurred in March last year, around the time he went on the run...

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