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Concern after pony shot with cross bow on Dartmoor

Pony shot with a cross bow on Dartmoor Credit: South West Equine Protection

Horse owners on Dartmoor are being warned to check their animals, after a pony was shot in the leg with a cross bow.

The pony was found near Yelverton with an arrow stuck in it's leg on Thursday. Equine Welfare Officers and the pony's owners managed to remove it and treat the animal.

People who may have seen anything or anyone acting suspiciously are asked to contact the police.

South West Equine Protection spokesperson: "We are all very concerned that there is someone out there brandishing a lethal weapon and using it to injure an innocent animal, and then leaving it to suffer unnecessarily. We are now trying to find any information from people that may have witnessed the incident or seen anyone acting suspiciously around the area."

Filmmakers capture a year in the life of Dartmoor

The film captures the beauty of autumn on Dartmoor Credit: Alex Nail & Guy Richardson

The scenery of Dartmoor is some of the most inspiring in the world. Two photographers were so inspired that they created a time-lapse film of the National Park showing its changing face throughout the seasons.

It took a painstaking attention to detail and extraordinary dedication. The results were so good that the eight minute finished film has been bought by the Dartmoor National Park Authority itself.

Our reporter Jacquie Bird has been to meet Alec Nail and Guy Richardson, the men behind the cameras, and find out a little about how they did it.

You can watch her report here:

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Watch: time-lapse of Dartmoor through the seasons

Two filmmakers have managed to capture all four seasons on Dartmoor in a time-lapse film lasting just eight minutes.

Alex Nail from Bristol and Guy Richardson from Exeter spent a year taking photographs of the park to put together the colourful footage.

Take a look at some of the footage in this preview:

Dartmoor National Park will be using the footage to promote the area.

Dartmoor Zoo becomes a charity after crowd-funding campaign

A zoo that inspired a Hollywood film has become a charity.

It comes after an online crowd-funding appeal to raise £1.6m for Devon's Dartmoor Zoo closed on Monday after raising nearly £340,000.

The appeal was boosted by an anonymous gift of £300,000 from a mystery donor. Director Ben Mee said the gaining of the new status meant the zoo's future was "as secure as it has ever been".

Benjamin Mee bought the tourist attraction after the death of his wife Katherine in 2006, inspiring the film 'We Bought A Zoo', which starred Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.

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

Dartmoor farmer allowed cannabis to be grown on land

John Shears has admitted allowing his land on Dartmoor to be used to grow cannabis Credit: Irving of Exeter

A former chairman of the Devon National Farmers Union has admitted allowing his land on Dartmoor to be used to grow cannabis.

John Shears has denied a second charge of producing the drug at his farm and now faces a trial at Exeter Crown Court next year.

Police seized 189 plants at the farm in May - capable of producing drugs worth thousands of pounds.

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Father blames social services over Haytor deaths

Katherine Hooper with her children Credit: Family

A grieving father has told ITV News West Country his two young sons would still be alive if social services had recognised the risks they faced from their mother.

Katherine Hooper killed herself and her five-year-old son Joshua when she jumped from Haytor in July 2013. Her other son Samuel was found dead at the family home a few miles away in Paignton.

A serious case review released today found that the deaths "could not have been avoided" but said the agencies involved in the care of the boys could have worked more closely together.

You can watch Seth Conway's report below.

Haytor deaths "could not have been avoided"

A Serious Case Review has been published into the deaths of a mother and her two children who died in Devon last year. Katherine Hooper killed herself and her five year old son Joshua when she jumped from Haytor with him of her shoulders in July 2013. Police later found her two year year old Samuel dead at the family home in Paignton.

Katherine Hooper with her children Credit: ITV News West Country

Today a report into the handling of the case by Torbay Social Services has been published. It's concluded that the deaths "could not have been avoided" but has highlighted areas from improvement. These include closer working between different agencies and making sure that effective supervision is available for staff involved in Safeguarding work.

The finding have been welcomed by the The Independent Chair of Torbay Safeguarding Children’s Board, David Taylor. He said “This was a very tragic event and I would like to reassure everyone that the Safeguarding Board and all its partners take the recommendations in this review extremely seriously.

“As the review states these deaths could not have been avoided, but we can always improve on what we do. As such, the Board will continue to review and raise the quality of practice in Torbay to ensure partner agencies continue to improve their integrated working." An inquest in September had concluded that Katherine Hooper had killed herself and unlawfully killed Joshua. It returned an open verdict on Samuel.

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 after 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.

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