Failed probation service risking public safety

A shocking report comes to light A damning report into Devon and Cornwall’s probation service has found serious shortcomings that could have put the public at risk. The firm Working-links which ran the service went into administration last week. The company ran three probation service contracts for the government across the West Country. The report was chaired by Dame Glenys Stacey and has highlighted a number of failings with the...

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Okehampton show grit to beat Newent
Feb13

Okehampton show grit to beat Newent

Backed by a large home gathering courtesy of the Vice President, volunteers and ex-players lunch, the Okes kicked off up the slope. Both Okehampton and Newent were missing a few regulars, but it was the visitors who applied early pressure, often courtesy of well placed kicks from their experienced number nine Dean. Newent were to prove a tough adversary throughout and they made their early ascendancy pay when they opened the scoring...

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Farming confidence at all time low
Feb12

Farming confidence at all time low

NFU president Minette Batters New statistics from the NFU show the effect ongoing Brexit uncertainty has had on farmer confidence, with mid-term confidence hitting an all-time low, emphasising the urgent need for clarity regarding the UK’s future relationship with the EU. The latest member survey from the NFU of 732 farmers and growers across the country shows that: • Mid-term confidence has hit an all-time low, since the survey began...

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Woodland charity looks to branch out
Feb11

Woodland charity looks to branch out

A woodland creation charity based on Dartmoor is looking to substantially increase its output. Moor Trees based in South Brent will soon celebrate twenty years of planting trees throughout South Devon, having planted around ninety thousand new trees since they started in 1999. Their aim is to restore native broadleaf woodland by growing trees from locally collected seed in their nurseries. The year round operation is staffed by three...

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The Big Picture – WATCH THE BIRDIES
Feb10

The Big Picture – WATCH THE BIRDIES

Great British bird count this weekend, Photo Montage of birds visiting a feeder in less than one hour… © Richard Austin Tel: 07831 566005 The Big Garden Bird Watch took place last weekend with a record number of people taking part this year. One bird watcher and animal photographer Richard Austin took a number of photographs at Stover Country Park near Bovey Tracey to make this amazing photomontage of garden birds at a bird...

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