Devon and Cornwall Special Constables eligible for coronavirus allowance
Jan08

Devon and Cornwall Special Constables eligible for coronavirus allowance

SC Simon Richardson Special Constables who agree to complete a set number of shifts are being financially compensated with an allowance by Devon and Cornwall Police as the force strengthens its response to policing the coronavirus disease pandemic. Until earlier this year, Special Constables – volunteer officers with full police powers – could only apply for expenses incurred while carrying out their duties. Now Devon and Cornwall...

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Teignbridge in lockdown despite lowest national infection rate
Dec13

Teignbridge in lockdown despite lowest national infection rate

The Government has been criticised for ‘lumping’ all of Devon into a Tier 2 lockdown as Teignbridge had the lowest infection rate of COVID-19 in the country in the week before the restrictions eased. Newton Abbot MP, Anne Marie Morris, who voted against the Government’s tiered system last week, called the restrictions as ‘cruelly misjudged’. She said: “Since the first lockdown, I have ardently lobbied against further strict...

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COVID-19 stretching dilapidated Dartmoor prison
Dec12

COVID-19 stretching dilapidated Dartmoor prison

Copyright Myles Pinkney Following an inspection in late September, a report published in November highlighted concerns over the impact of lockdown restrictions on the prison. The inspection was described as a ‘more detailed scrutiny inspection’, and was the first such visit to the prison since the lockdown initially lifted. The condition of the prison was described as ‘dilapidated’ and certain concerns were highlighted including: a...

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Wray Valley Trail extension would benefit environment and local businesses
Dec11

Wray Valley Trail extension would benefit environment and local businesses

West Devon Borough Councillor Nicky Heyworth has stepped up her campaign to extend the Wray Valley Trail, which links Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead via Lustleigh. The extension of the trail to Chagford would be good for the environment as it would encourage people travelling between Chagford and Moretonhampstead to cycle, walk or horse ride, instead of using their car and would contribute to climate mitigation by reducing the use...

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Government unveils path to sustainable farming
Dec11

Government unveils path to sustainable farming

Plans that will deliver a ‘better, fairer farming system’ in England, according to the Government, have been set out. The plans will, apparently, transform the way we support farmers, in the most significant change to farming and land management in 50 years. The roadmap outlines changes that will come into force over a period of seven years to help farmers adapt and plan for the future. Outside the EU and no longer bound by the EU’s...

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Your local shops need you this Christmas
Dec11

Your local shops need you this Christmas

Christmas Lights Tavistock. A steam engine from the Robey Trust sells hot chestnuts infront of Tavistock Town Hall. Copyright Chris Saville 2020 will be a year none of us will ever forget, and as we were warned, Christmas is likely to be a somewhat changed affair this year. But let us remember those local businesses who continue to fight so hard for their livelihoods – those who allowed us to keep some semblance of normality and those...

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