Exeter Prison the most  overcrowded in the country
Aug08

Exeter Prison the most overcrowded in the country

Exeter Prison has been revealed to be the most overcrowded jail in the country. However, a spokesman for the prison said it continues to operate well. More than four in five prisoners (83 per cent) at HMP Exeter were forced to share cells designed to hold just one inmate. This form of overcrowding, known as ‘doubling’, is the cause of the vast majority of overcrowding in the prison system. Exeter prison has been more than 80 per cent...

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Rare portraits of Devon women influential in the suffrage campaign
Aug08

Rare portraits of Devon women influential in the suffrage campaign

Rarely seen portraits of influential Devon women, including Nancy Astor, Eleanor Acland and Gertrude Acland, will be on show at Killerton House on 4 August, running until 31st October. The portraits are visiting as part of a touring exhibition, ‘Faces of Change: Votes for Women’, a partnership between the National Trust and the National Portrait Gallery. Their images will be on display alongside rarely displayed portraits of Emmeline...

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Bovey Tracey Carnival Parade
Aug08

Bovey Tracey Carnival Parade

The Bovey Tracey Carnival parade took place last Saturday in glorious early evening sunshine with the Bovey Tracey firemen leading the procession which started from East Street and processed though the town. Hundreds turned out to watch as all manner of floats, bands, bikers, dancers and a life size Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur rampaged through the town courtesy of Jolly Roger models....

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Councillors caught short over toilet budget
Jul25

Councillors caught short over toilet budget

The future of the public toilets in West Devon is still unknown, following a meeting of a borough council committee to discuss ways to make a £50,000 saving from the public conveniences budget. An original recommendation to West Devon Borough Council’s hub committee was to consider four options – closing or devolving six facilities in rural locations to town or parish councils (Brentor, Bedford Bridge in Horrabridge, Chagford,...

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Dartmoor rivers and the effect of climate change
Jul25

Dartmoor rivers and the effect of climate change

By Ken Spalding “It’s no use you two walking up there” said the farmer, clad in green overalls and wellington boots, as he strode down the field towards us. “That river dried up in the summer, so there won’t be any fish.” My colleague and I were on the River Wolf at Broadwoodwidger in the autumn of 1976, about to check the river for signs of salmon spawning, in particular, redds dug by the female in which eggs are laid as the male...

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EXTREME FIRE RISK
Jul25

EXTREME FIRE RISK

Posters warning of EXTREME RISK OF FIRE are now prominent throughout Dartmoor as there has been no significant rainfall on Dartmoor for some weeks resulting in tinder-dry vegetation. Dartmoor National Park Authority, who are behind the poster campaign, have issued the following warning to all visitors to the moor during this prolonged spell of hot weather. HELP PREVENT MOORLAND FIRES During this prolonged period of very dry, hot...

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