Funding boost to tackle gang culture in the South West

A pioneering project that helped bring down an emerging culture of gangs and violence in young people in South Devon will continue its good work thanks to a £900,000 investment by the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner. This is the first of a series of prevention programmes being supported by the new Prevention of Serious Violence initiative. The Turning Corners Project was a government-funded scheme that ended earlier...

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The Big Picture –
Aug25

The Big Picture –

‘The Passing of Time’ This photo was taken in the deer park in Chagford and features part of the sculpture ‘Passage’ by Peter Randall-Page.by Sarah Clarke – www.sarahclarkephotography.com Sarah and her family moved from Tuscany to Chagford 11 years ago and it was then that she fell in love with Dartmoor. Whilst she is primarily a people photographer, the beauty of the Dartmoor landscape has taken her in a different direction and...

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Beekeepers on alert for deadly hornets
Jul29

Beekeepers on alert for deadly hornets

Devon’s beekeepers are being asked to watchout for sightings of the deadly Asian Hornet. The hornet, or vespa veluntina, is an invasivespecies which preys on honeybees and candecimate colonies. It first arrived in the UKfrom France in 2004, possibly in a consignmentof pottery from China, and poses a constantthreat to hives in this country.Martin Hann, a former inspector with theNational Bee Unit who now works in the BeeDepartment at...

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BT phone boxes across Dartmoor set for axe
Jul29

BT phone boxes across Dartmoor set for axe

West Devon Borough Council has been informedby British Telecom that 17 public payphonesin the region have been identified for potentialremoval on the basis of low usage, with tenlocations falling within the boundaries ofDartmoor itself. The proposals are not cut and dried quite yet,however, as BT are obliged to observe a 90 dayconsultation period as outlined by communicationsregulator Ofcom. Objections are considered ontheir...

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Climate change inaction will cause devastation
Jul14

Climate change inaction will cause devastation

Members of the public in and around Dartmoor, as well as across the country as a whole, stood up to be heard on Thursday, 25th June, to demand that the climate emergency that has been declared is not forgotten. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently released their report to the government assessing the progress made so far in reducing emissions. Yet, despite the report making it very clear that the Government needs to act...

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Memorable moments of 2019
Dec29

Memorable moments of 2019

It is almost surreal to look back at all the issues we have produced this year. The Moorlander has been all over the county, taking photos and reporting on news that concerns us all. Back at the beginning of the year, Devon County councillors were asked to consider St Boniface as the first Patron Saint of Devon. Mel Stride continued his support for the Okerail project to link Okehampton to Exeter by rail. In April we were nominated...

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