Staff shortages and drug problems at Dartmoor Prison
Jan26

Staff shortages and drug problems at Dartmoor Prison

Staff shortages at Dartmoor Prison have led to a range of problems including increasing levels of self-harm among inmates and prisoners being locked in their cells for long periods of time, according to a new report. Difficulties surrounding the import of new psychoactive substances – also known as Spice – and struggles in dealing with the ageing prison population are also highlighted in the latest report by the Independent Monitoring...

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Trains are returning to Dartmoor
Jan26

Trains are returning to Dartmoor

In a paper called Connecting People: A Strategic Vision for Rail, the Department for Transport said the line between Exeter and Okehampton was one of those being looked at. Now passenger trains could also soon be running on a disused rail line from Newton Abbot to Heathfield. The four mile stretch of line was closed in 1959, and in recent years, use of the line has dwindled to just the occasional freight train. But the permission to...

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Gidleigh Park name new head chef
Jan26

Gidleigh Park name new head chef

Chris Simpson has been appointed as Executive Head Chef at the world renowned Gidleigh Park Hotel near Chagford. Chris, from Lancashire, took over the position from Michael Wignall who held the position for two years after taking the place of celebrity chef Michael Caines who has recently opened the Lympstone Manor Hotel. Chris, who was the head chef at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw which has retained two Michelin Stars since 2011 said:...

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Frank’s motor museum nominated for top award
Jan26

Frank’s motor museum nominated for top award

A motor museum set up only a few years ago has been nominated by one of Britain’s top selling classic car magazines as one of the favourite places to take their classic cars. Practical Classics magazine have published a list of 30 places which include museums, castles and tourist hotspots. Moretonhampstead Motor Museum was started by classic car enthusiast Frank Loft in the old bus garage in the town a few years ago. Danny Hopkins,...

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Breakthrough announcement for Dartmoor rail line
Dec01

Breakthrough announcement for Dartmoor rail line

Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, has announced that the rail lines closed during the infamous 1960s cuts are under discussion to be reopened. Mr Grayling said he wants to identify which routes would boost the economy, encourage house-building and ease overcrowding. The most promising part of the announcement was that the route from Okehampton to Exeter has been included in the proposal. The route could provide a vital...

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The story of Fox Halt Farm
Dec01

The story of Fox Halt Farm

Celia Moore published her debut novel, Fox Halt Farm, in November and will be taking her book on a tour of Dartmoor. In the next few weeks she has book signings in Totnes, Crediton, Tedburn St Mary, Okehampton and Widecombe, where she is selling and signing her new book. She says through the book she is meeting new people and catching up with a few friends who she hasn’t seen for years. Celia grew up on a farm midway between...

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