How drones are helping Devon & Cornwall Police
Mar13

How drones are helping Devon & Cornwall Police

Drones are assisting Devon and Cornwall Police’s operations by replacing helicopters on a number of tasks. Missing person searches, aerial crime-scene photography and surveillance at major events such as music festivals have now been successfully carried out with drones. The lightweight drones are powered by battery and are considerably less expensive to run than police helicopters. However, police helicopters are here to stay, Devon...

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Devon hopes for new Patron Saint
Mar12

Devon hopes for new Patron Saint

Bid to to make St Boniface the Patron Saint of Devon moves a step closer Devon County Councillors will later this month be asked to consider a proposal that the Patron Saint of Crediton, St Boniface, is made the Patron Saint of Devon. The County Councillor for Crediton, Nick Way, will present the recommendation to Devon County Council. The recommendation has been prepared by the Boniface Link Association and is supported with the...

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The Big Picture -Murmuration of Starlings – Nature’s free show
Mar10

The Big Picture -Murmuration of Starlings – Nature’s free show

Last Wednesday I was chatting to a friend who said he had spent the previous evening watching thousands of starlings massing near Okehampton Army Camp on Dartmoor near the firing ranges. With little to do that evening I drove up to the area he had mentioned. I arrived just before the sun went down, ending a beautiful day; as the sun dropped below the horizon and the temperature started to drop I saw one or two starlings here and...

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Middle-earth and back again – Alan Lee
Mar09

Middle-earth and back again – Alan Lee

Many of you may have stayed-up a couple of weekends ago to watch the probably the most highly-regarded awards show in the world: the Oscars. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. As you can imagine, it was glitz and glamour galore and the stars turned out in en-masse. Nothing could feel more removed from the modest, quiet and low-key home towns of many of us on Dartmoor. However,...

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Revised plans submitted for Hatherleigh market
Mar08

Revised plans submitted for Hatherleigh market

Revised plans have been submitted for a housing development and new market in Hatherleigh. The plans which have been submitted by developer Kingswood Homes have altered the design of the market after public consultation. Kingswood Homes has revised its scheme with the changes also including a reduction in the number of homes from 123 to 102, the relocation of the market square, and a significant increase in car parking from their...

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Designer chosen for Nancy Astor statue
Mar08

Designer chosen for Nancy Astor statue

An artist has been chosen to sculpt the statue of Nancy Astor, the first female MP to sit in the UK Parliament. A judging panel has chosen Hayley Gibbs as the designer. She said: “I am so honoured and excited to have my design selected for this ground-breaking piece of public art.” Gibbs is an established sculptor based in south London who works in clay, bronze and stone to create both figurative and ornamental sculptures. “I find...

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