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Concerns raised over anti-social behaviour on Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

As the warm weather continues and lockdown restrictions are eased, Dartmoor Rangers have seen a rise in irresponsible and abusive behaviour as people visit the National Park.

Barbeques and open fires, despite the high fire risk, piles of discarded rubbish including discarded barbeques, parking blocking people’s drives and farm gates, social distancing forgotten, are just a few of the...

New coalition administration confirmed today for East Devon District Council

Authored by Mary

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has a new administration following an extraordinary meeting of the council today. (Friday 29 May)

The meeting was reconvened this morning following technical issues with the council’s YouTube channel last night.

The Democratic Alliance group, the largest group on the council, has formed a coalition with the Independent Progressive group to...

Smile! It’s National Smile Month

Authored by Mary

Dental practices may be operating differently at the moment, as non-essential routine check-ups are postponed due to coronoavirus (COVID-19).

So parents of younger children are being asked to pay particular attention to their child’s teeth, to ensure that they continue to have good oral health hygiene.

During National Smile Month (18 May to 18 June) Devon Public Health,...

How Does the UK’s Number Plate System Work?

Authored by Mike Page

Number plates are something that most car owners don’t pay active attention to, but they’re an interesting system that actually changes fairly frequently for something of its sort. And while you most probably won’t ever need to understand the meaning behind the combination of numbers and letters used on each plate, it can still be exciting to go down that alley if you’re a car enthusiast. And...

Wildlife charity PTES launches a ‘Stag Weekend’ with a difference

Authored by News Desk

Wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling for people across the UK to take part in their ‘ Stag Weekend’ – a new national effort to help save – and celebrate - threatened stag beetles this summer.

This is a Stag Weekend with a difference, and one that can take place during lockdown too. From Friday 5th – Sunday 7th June, PTES is encouraging anyone with...

The Prince’s Countryside Fund awards 11 emergency grants to rural communities across the South West 

Authored by News Desk

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has awarded eleven emergency grants to farming and rural community support groups across the South West who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Fund supported six organisations across Devon: Community Council of Devon (operating as Devon Communities Together), Dartmoor Community Kitchen Hub...

Warning of fire risk on dry Dartmoor

Authored by Mary

Dartmoor National Park and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have issued a warning for people not to light barbecues and campfires after an increase in wildfire incidents. Soaring temperatures and hot weather, which is set to continue in coming days, means the fire severity risk on Dartmoor is forecast as ‘high’. Anyone planning a trip to Dartmoor for some fresh air, a picnic or a...

SW GPs lead the way by offering Covid-19 research opportunities to their patients thanks to new GP training

Authored by Mary

Research is being placed at the heart of GP training in the South West giving four recently qualified GPs and one GP who is still in training the opportunity to offer the Covid-19 research to their patients.

The PRINCIPLE Trial is a nationwide study into Covid-19 which is being delivered in the community. The study aims to enable researchers to rapidly evaluate different treatments...

Wilko store provides drop-off point for essential items

Authored by Mary

Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services (PDAS) is benefiting from a new drop-off point for essential items, in their local Wilko store.

Shoppers at the Wilko store on Mayflower Street, Plymouth, can purchase items and place them in donation baskets by the tills, which will be given to individuals and families living in PDAS’ refuge. People living at the refuge have often had to flee...

Devon sees demand for mental health support leap by almost a quarter in April

Authored by lilyabsolute

Demand for support for individuals suffering with acute mental health conditions during lockdown has jumped by 23% in Devon in the last month, according to new figures released during Mental Health Awareness Week by Exeter-based mental health support service, Independent Living West Country.

The business, which was set up following the withdrawal of MIND in the region in 2018, has seen...