Dad who lost two children in horror crash pleads with people not to drink-drive
Dec28

Dad who lost two children in horror crash pleads with people not to drink-drive

Matthew and Lucy A father who lost two children and one of his best friends when a drunk driver ploughed into their car on the A38 has given an emotional plea to the people of Devon and Cornwall ahead of Christmas. Steve Kimberley’s eldest son Matthew, 12, and daughter Lucy, 10, died after a Range Rover driven by a drunk man careered into them as they drove home from a football match in Plymouth. Family friend Ben Jewell, 19, also...

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Histories & Mysteries: How the theory of natural selection started in Plymouth
Dec27

Histories & Mysteries: How the theory of natural selection started in Plymouth

On 27th December, 1831, 190 years ago, British naturalist Charles Darwin set out from Plymouth, aboard the HMS Beagle on a five-year surveying expedition of the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Visiting such diverse places as the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand, Darwin acquired an intimate knowledge of the flora, fauna, and geology of many lands. This information proved invaluable in the development of his theory of evolution,...

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Enforcement, prevention and treatment are key to solving South West drug problems, says Commissioner
Dec25

Enforcement, prevention and treatment are key to solving South West drug problems, says Commissioner

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has welcomed the Government’s strategy to dismantle county lines gangs and also focus on the treatment of addicts. The strategy, revealed recently, pledges to dismantle 2,000 county lines gangs as part of a drugs policy overhaul. Policing minister Kit Malthouse said the total funding would be £900 million over three years, including major...

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Christmas Cheer in Sampford Courtenay a resounding success
Dec24

Christmas Cheer in Sampford Courtenay a resounding success

Roof-us the Village Hall Roof Appeal mascot was on hand to welcome visitors to the annual Christmas Cheer event at Sampford Courtenay Village Hall. Over 70 young people and their families came to enjoy the hand-crafted festive displays, based on children’s story books. A merry band of elves, supervised by Mother Christmas, were on hand to go round with family groups and help the young people write letters to Father Christmas before...

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Ashburton Chamber of Trade objects to new planning application
Dec23

Ashburton Chamber of Trade objects to new planning application

An application has been made for a convenience store and four commercial units on Dolbeare Business Park in Ashburton. Ashburton Chamber of Trade, which represents over 60 local businesses, has consulted with its members and has released the following statement: ‘As an organisation we strongly object to the above planning application. Dartmoor National Park’s Local Plan 5.1.4 states that ‘new residential and business development in...

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