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Crowd-funding bid to save Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoo looks after a wide range of wild and exotic animals from tigers to tortoises Credit: ITV News

The man who inspired the Hollywood film 'We Bought A Zoo' is turning to crowd-funding to save Dartmoor Zoo.

Benjamin Mee bought the tourist attraction following the death of his wife Katherine in 2006.

Cinema posters for the film based on the story of Dartmoor Zoo Credit: ITV News

His memoir about how he transformed the fortunes of the dilapidated zoo was later turned into a movie. Now he plans to turn the zoo into a charity - with help from the public.

He has set up a crowdfunding page to help him raise the £1.6million needed. You can find out more here.

4 hour rescue for missing Kayakers

Emergency services involved in 4 hour rescue for missing Kayakers Credit: Dartmoor Search & Rescue

South Devon's emergency services were involved in a four-hour rescue operation last night after two kayakers went missing on Dartmoor. Police were called to the Upper Dart Gorge at around twenty to nine. The kayakers were eventually found around midnight beside the river below Lucky Tor. One had a minor shoulder injury.


Holidaymaker found dead on Dartmoor

Search teams have found the body of a holidaymaker who failed to return from a walk on Dartmoor. Family and friends of the 67 year-old man had reported him missing last night.

The Dartmoor Rescue Group backed by a helicopter from RAF Kinloss made the discovery in the early hours near Scarey Tor, in the Belstone area just a few miles from Okehampton.

Police say there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.

Prisons Minister orders review after prisoners offered suncream

The Prisons Minister has ordered a review after two prisoners who escaped onto the roof of Dartmoor Prison were offered suncream. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) had said the offer of sun lotion was in line with health and safety rules.

"This should not have happened. There should be no policies in place which promote this kind of foolishness and I have ordered an immediate review of this incident to ensure that it does not happen again."

– Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright

Dartmoor prisoners offered sunscreen after getting onto roof

Two prisoners in Devon who climbed on to a jail's roof in hot weather were offered sunscreen by staff. The pair turned down the offer during the incident at Dartmoor prison last week.

It is not clear how the inmates managed to get on to the roof or which building on the site in Princetown was involved.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said the offer of sun lotion was in line with health and safety rules. But a spokesperson from the Prison Officers' Association in the South West, described it as "absolutely ludicrous".


Mum in hospital after snake bite on Dartmoor

Mum in hospital after snake bite on Dartmoor Credit: Siegfried Sammer/DPA/Press Association Images

A mum-of-two is recovering in hospital after she was bitten by a snake on Dartmoor. Ellie Ward, 26, collapsed after the adder bit her while on a family walk yesterday (Sunday). Her brother took a picture of the snake to identify whether it was poisonous and doctors gave her anti-venom.

Her brother Matthew, a throat surgeon said: ""She's stepped on this snake and we heard a scream and I saw this snake was attached to her.

"She kicked it off and it reared up to try to have another go at her so she kicked out again and it went away across the path.

"By the time we got back to the car park, she was really unwell. It was obvious to me she needed urgent medical attention."

Final training weekend for Ten Tors challenge

More than eight hundred youngsters were on Dartmoor this weekend training for the Ten Tors challenge.

It was their last chance to prepare for the gruelling event in a fortnight's time.

More than 800 youngsters were out training this weekend Credit: ITV News West Country

This year the three routes of thirty-five, forty-five and fifty-five miles have been changed for the first time in three decades.

Ten Tors takes place on the weekend of May 10th Credit: ITV News West Country

Inspectors found prisoners felt "unsafe"

Dartmoor Prison Credit: ITV News West Country

Prisoners at Dartmoor Prison felt unsafe and had ready access to illegal drugs, according to a report out today.

An unannounced inspection of the prison took place in December last year. It's thought to be because of low levels of staffing at the prison, which has been earmarked for closure in the past.

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