Increase in rural drug crime
Aug23

Increase in rural drug crime

Exclusive by Ross Bryant and Ben Fox Drug related crime is increasing in rural towns, whilst significantly falling in cities and larger towns in the South West, according to new figures. The new data shows a national trend, with increasing drug related crime in rural towns and villages, with the increase in County Lines gangs thought to be the major driver for the change in behaviour. County Lines is the term used to describe urban...

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Fun in the sun for the ORCs
Aug19

Fun in the sun for the ORCs

Six Okehampton runners enjoyed an evening’s racing over the moors at Merrivale when they took part in the Neolith Fell Race. Organised by Tavistock AC and Tamar Trail Runners, this race is only in its second year, but with the typical relaxed fell race atmosphere and lovely route it will doubtless increase in popularity. The course starts at the end of the Neolithic Stone Row across the road from the Dartmoor Inn and the runners...

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What is a Rochdale Olympic?
Aug18

What is a Rochdale Olympic?

Moretonhampstead Motor Museum has over 140 classic cars and motor bikes and motor paraphernalia from all over. I went to see Frank Loft who owns the museum, looking for the odd motoring story. Frank pointed to a sky blue little sports car in front of us. The car was a Rochdale Olympic; no, I have never heard of it either. The Rochdale company was founded in 1948 by Frank Butterworth and Harry Smith in an old mill building in Rochdale...

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Royal Clarence Hotel  up for sale ‘with sadness’
Aug17

Royal Clarence Hotel up for sale ‘with sadness’

The owners of the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, which was destroyed by fire in 2016 have announced that the site is up for sale. The developers have concluded that they could not viably restore the hotel to its former glory. The Andrew Brownsword Hotels group, who also own Gidleigh Park on Dartmoor, say The Royal Clarence Hotel has undergone “significant” restoration work since the fire. The hotel’s owner, Andrew Brownsword, said he...

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NATURE CLAIMS BACK FOGGINTOR QUARRY
Aug16

NATURE CLAIMS BACK FOGGINTOR QUARRY

Photograph by Myles Pinkney Myles Pinkney is home from university and has been out on Dartmoor with his camera and tripod taking more stunning photographs for The Moorlander. This time Myles, a 20 year old photographer, has been to Foggintor where there once was a vast quarry that employed over 400 people mining granite. Foggintor Quarry was decommissioned over 80 years ago and nature has had time to reclaim her own and turn it back...

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