Carbon neutral action
Feb25

Carbon neutral action

By Peter Embling Many towns and cities are aiming towards being carbon neutral, but Exeter City Council, after declaring a climate emergency, is beating many to the cause by setting out clear and deliverable plans to reach that goal by 2030. Exeter City Futures was asked to work in partnership with the city to create a clear delivery process, setting out the scale of it all plus provide a guide to what actions and investment would be...

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Shakira Pellow’s cousin dealt deadly drugs
Feb24

Shakira Pellow’s cousin dealt deadly drugs

The cousin of 15-year-old Shakira Pellow, who died after taking MDMA, has been found guilty of providing her with the pills that ultimately took her life. Shakira Pellow took high-strength MDMA with friends at her home in Camborne on 6th July, 2018, before collapsing in a nearby park. She was taken to hospital where she died the following morning after suffering multiple heart attacks and organ failure due to the toxic levels of the...

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Ava now stronger than ever imagined
Feb23

Ava now stronger than ever imagined

Tiny orphaned foal Ava is now thriving at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary – but it was touch and go whether she would make it when she arrived last summer. Ava was spotted terrified, starving and alone on Dartmoor after her mother died. She made national headlines when she first arrived at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in Newton Abbot, which has a specialised veterinary and welfare centre called Beech Trees. Weak and with respiratory...

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Miniature  Pony Centre  to re-open
Feb22

Miniature Pony Centre to re-open

Dartmoor’s Miniature Pony Centre, which closed at the end of last season has announced that they have found a buyer for the attraction and it will open its gates again. A very welcome Facebook post read: ‘We are super delighted to have saved The Miniature Pony centre from closure. ⁠ ⁠ ‘We have been incredibly lucky to find a new buyer for the centre so late in the season!⁠ ⁠ ‘Our doors to the public will be opening a little later than...

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Fly-tipping – the ‘new narcotics’
Feb21

Fly-tipping – the ‘new narcotics’

The exponential rise in fly-tipping incidents has been blamed on a new type of organised crime network. The network has even been called the ‘new narcotics’. Experts researching the issue have concluded that criminal gangs are setting up fake businesses to collect waste, before dumping it in hired buildings. The cost to local authorities is said to be almost £60m in clean-up costs since 2012. Recent research has found that, across the...

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The Big Interview with Joe Plant – “I was never going to be blind. No matter  what happened.”
Feb21

The Big Interview with Joe Plant – “I was never going to be blind. No matter what happened.”

It is seemingly quite fitting that someone who has written several substantial books on various historical topics would be situated just a stone’s throw away from the National Trust’s Antony House, in a quaint English cottage dating back to 1601. Joe Plant’s works have included histories on Malaya, National Serviceman and life as a soldier’s wife in the 20th Century, using his mother’s diary as the basis. What is even more impressive...

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