Resolve to save the planet

Many people talk about new year’s resolutions at this time of year. I understand it to some degree, but for me, if you see something that you would like to change, do more of, do less of and know it’s something good, then doing it any time of the year is good! I would like to have a look back over 2018 and talk about the environmental successes of those people, projects and organisations who started their campaigns and had, and kept,...

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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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TalkRadio presenter praised for saving Plymouth man’s life

Radio host Iain Lee kept a suicidal caller to his show on the line for half an hour while emergency services tracked him down after he revealed he had taken an overdose. The former I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! contestant worked out where the caller, known only as “Chris”, was by asking him a series of questions after he told him he had taken a cocktail of drugs. The caller, who was incoherent and slurring his words, saying he...

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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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