Mars bars, coffee, bylines and adrenaline
Feb09

Mars bars, coffee, bylines and adrenaline

Debut novelist, Holly Watt is a former investigative reporter for national newspapers who has turned the experience into a dark thriller Holly Watt’s first undercover mission involved breaching the security of a company HQ to gain access to their offices. She enlisted the help of an ‘insider’ to sneak her in one morning and then she insinuated herself into the landscape of office life, getting her feet under the desk and access to a...

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Police warning over county lines drug gangs
Feb08

Police warning over county lines drug gangs

Devon and Cornwall Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for vulnerable young people as they could be being used as drug mules for drug dealers. County Lines is what the police are calling the urban drug gangs from major cities such as London, Birmingham and Liverpool who peddle class A drugs such as heroin, crack cocaine and ecstasy. Police now believe there are over 2,000 County Lines, organised drug networks who exploit...

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Independent fire crew to review Royal Clarence report
Feb08

Independent fire crew to review Royal Clarence report

A third-party review of the Royal Clarence Hotel fire report is to be conducted by The West Midlands Fire Service. Exeter’s Royal Clarence Hotel was destroyed in a fire in October 2016. The review comes after a former Fire Officer accused officials of covering up the handling of the incident. Devon and Somerset Fire Service denies any wrongdoing and says it hopes the review will reassure the public. Former Fire Officer David Jones...

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Chinese vase makes £460,000 at Exeter auction
Feb08

Chinese vase makes £460,000 at Exeter auction

By James Bateman Lot 519 was always going to be the star at Bearnes Hampton Littlewood Fine Art sale in Exeter on 30th January. So valuable it had to be kept separately in a secure location during the sale preview, I was lucky enough to be given a private view by resident ceramic expert Nic Saintey. It was a beautiful blue and white baluster vase with a six-character Qianlong seal mark to the base. The Qianlong reign was 1736-1795,...

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Premier Inn  hotels planned  for Dartmoor
Feb08

Premier Inn hotels planned for Dartmoor

National hotel chain Premier Inn are planning new hotels for the Dartmoor area. A council owned car park in Tavistock and a second site in Okehampton could become home to new developments from the budget hotel group. West Devon Borough Council propose to build an eighty bedroom hotel on Abbey Rise car park and lease it to a “well-known hotel chain” to operate. James Anderson who handles Property communications for Premier Inn told The...

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