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Charging to visit Dartmoor: could it happen and would you pay?

There's been a warning that visitors could be charged to visit Dartmoor National Park if government spending cuts continue.

The national park's budget has been slashed by 40% during the past five years - and it has lost a quarter of its staff.

Chancellor George Osborne hasn't ruled out further cuts over the next four years.

I think it's the zero option, but everything has to be on the table at the moment. We have to see how much the public and government value their national parks.

These are the lungs of this country - we manage 10% of the UK landmass for less than 83p a year per person in the Uk. I think that's incredible value for money.

– Peter Harper, Dartmoor National Park

Teenagers rescued after getting lost on Dartmoor

The teenagers were taking their Duke of Edinburgh Award on Dartmoor. Credit: ITV News

A group of schoolgirls had to be airlifted off Dartmoor last night, after getting lost while taking their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The six teenagers, aged between 17 and 18, raised the alarm when they became separated from their adult leader. Police were called and after an hour of searching, they were airlifted to safety by the police helicopter.

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Young soldier's death could lead to review of military training

Private Cameron Laing was expecting his first child when he died last year. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A coroner says she'll be writing to the Ministry of Defence to review military training methods after a 20-year-old soldier died on Dartmoor.

Private Cameron Laing was crushed to death when he was pinned between a four-tonne trailer and an army truck.

The inquest into his death has heard that the troops on those trucks had been on duty for 15 hours - two hours longer than the army's daily work limit.

New nature reserve and wildlife haven for Dartmoor

Bellever Moor and Meadow could become a haven for wildlife. Credit: ITV News

A forestry site on Dartmoor is to become a new nature reserve.

Bellever Moor and Meadow is owned by the Forestry Commission, but has been leased to the Devon Wildlife Trust to manage alongside its other reserves.

It says it wants to turn the 70-hectare site into a wildlife haven.

Fatigue may have caused death of young soldier, inquest hears

Private Cameron Laing was expecting his first child when he died last year. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The death of a young soldier on Dartmoor may have been caused by fatigue.

20-year-old Private Cameron Laing died after being crushed between a trailer and truck, after a convoy got lost on its way to Okehampton Camp in April 2014.

Today the inquest into his death heard that the troops on the trucks had been on duty for 15 hours - two hours longer than the army's daily work limit.

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Soldier crushed during training exercise was expecting first child

Private Cameron Laing was crushed to death during a military exercise on Dartmoor. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

An inquest has been hearing how a young soldier, who was about to become a parent, died during a military exercise on Dartmoor when he was hit by a unhitched trailer.

Private Cameron Laing ended up being pinned against the truck that had been towing the trailer, suffering severe injuries to his head and chest.

Those at the scene tried to resuscitate him for more than 45 minutes, but the inquest heard that his injuries were so severe that there was never any hope of success. Private Laing was declared dead at the scene.

The inquest is expected to last for three days.

Royal Marine trainee who died on Dartmoor was "incredibly fit"

Gareth Jenkins died last week while training on Dartmoor. Credit: Tony Mottram

The Royal Marine who collapsed and died during a 30-mile training march on Dartmoor has been pictured for the first time.

25-year-old Lieutenant Gareth Jenkins was completing the final commando challenge across Dartmoor last Thursday when he collapsed.

A Royal Navy Spokesperson described him as an "incredibly fit man" who was two-thirds of his way through officer training.

The cause of his death is still unknown, and the Ministry of Defence say it is being investigated.

Royal Marine who died during training exercise named

A Royal Marine who died while completing a 30 mile yomp has been named as Lieutenant Gareth Jenkins.

The 25 year-old from North Wales was completing the final Commando Test across Dartmoor when he collapsed. As a prospective officer he was expected to complete the walk in under seven hours.

A Royal Navy Spokesperson says he was an 'incredibly fit man' who was two thirds of his way through officer training. The cause of death is still unknown.

It is with sadness and regret that we can confirm the death of Lieutenant Gareth Jenkins, a Royal Marine officer under training at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone. The thoughts and sympathies of the Naval Service are with his family and friends at this time. The incident is currently under investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further while that process continues."

– Royal Navy Spokesperson

Royal Marine trainee dies on exercise in Dartmoor

The man died during a 30-mile march across Dartmoor Credit: PA Wire

A Royal Marine trainee has collapsed and died on an exercise in Dartmoor, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

The man - who has not yet been named - was taking part in a 30-mile march across Dartmoor on Thursday when he died.

The cause of death is currently unknown, an MoD spokesperson said.

He was based at the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, Devon.

The so-called "30-miler" march is one of the last major tests undertaken by trainees as part of the 32-week Commando course.

Recruits must navigate the route themselves and complete it within eight hours while carrying safety equipment.

An MoD spokesperson said the man's name and details were not being released at the request of his family.

This incident is being investigated and the thoughts and sympathies of the Naval Service are with the family and friends of this man.

– MoD Spokesperson
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