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West Country memories of Sir Bruce Forsyth

One of the nation's most well-known entertainers passed away this afternoon, 18 August.

Sir Bruce Forsyth died at the age of 89, surrounded by his family.

He brought laughter to millions of faces and to millions of homes for over three-quarters of a century.

Here is hilarious archive footage of a special guest appearance Bruce made to The Bruce Forsyth Appreciation Society here in Dartmoor, Devon for their annual event in 1997:

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'This one is a goner...': warning as car is swamped by rising tide on Dartmoor

A car has been left almost totally underwater after trying to drive across a tidal crossing on Dartmoor as the waters rose.

Police say the passengers and driver managed to escape from the hatchback before it was submerged at Lopwell Dam.

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If anyone needs reminder not to be stupid enough to drive car through tidal water this is it!

– PC Allen, via Twitter

Spectacular solstice sunrise on Dartmoor

The sun rises over Dartmoor on the longest day. Credit: ITV News West Country

While attention might be on places like Stonehenge for today's summer solstice, a small group of people gathered at Haytor on Dartmoor for the spectacular sight.

It's got to be one of the best places in the country to see in the longest day of the year.

The solstice in Devon has a certain wow factor. Credit: ITV News West Country

Antonia says it was a sight worth getting up for

Search underway for missing person on Dartmoor

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Martin Lewis, who could be near Haytor. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Dartmoor Search and Rescue team have been called out to help in the search for a missing person in the area around Haytor.

It is thought they are looking for Martin Lewis from Bickington who could be on Dartmoor. Police say they are concerned for his welfare.

The search and rescue team is looking for a missing person near Haytor. Credit: Dartmoor Search and Rescue

Man missing after going walking around Dartmoor

Fears are growing for a man who went missing after going walking around Dartmoor two weeks ago.

Police have issued an urgent appeal to find 35-year-old Joel Griffiths - once hailed a hero by police after rushing to the aid of a racial assault victim - who hasn't been seen since April 19.

Joel, from Plymouth, and also known by the stage name J Reaper, had planned to go walking around the Burrator and Sheepstor area of Dartmoor.

Joel disappeared on April 19 Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

It's thought he had been planning to camp without a tent.

Local units, alongside dog units, a police helicopter and Dartmoor Search and Rescue teams, have been carrying out extensive searches of the area.

Joel is described as:

  • approximately 6'0 tall
  • short dark hair
  • walks with a distinctive limp
  • it is not known what he is wearing at this time, but he habitually likes to wear Beanie hats.

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Rescue team assist fallen climber

Credit: Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team in Ashburton were called out to assist the air ambulance with the evacuation of a climber who had fallen from Haytor.

Credit: Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)

They were settling in to a training session in the River Dart at Buckfastleigh yesterday evening, before being called to assist.

Credit: Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)

The team were involved with the transfer of the climber to the helicopter, who was then taken to a hospital.

Watch the air ambulance take off below:

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We hope the climber makes a speedy recovery.

– Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton)
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