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Dartmoor National Park backs pony contraception trial

A wild hill pony is given the contraceptive. Credit: ITV News West Country

The first UK trial to use contraception on wild hill ponies has been backed by Dartmoor National Park.

The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association have been desperately trying to reduce the number slaughtered each year because there is no market for them.

Now 100 mares will be injected with contraceptives.


80 large animals killed on Dartmoor roads in a year

Ponies on Dartmoor, Devon. Credit: PA

More than 80 large animals have been killed on Dartmoor's roads over the past year. The number includes ponies, cattle and sheep. The National Park Authority says the problem is speeding motorists.

They have clocked drivers doing well in excess of 100mph, with one caught doing 148mph miles an hour near a pub in Yelverton.


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Dartmoor ablaze

Missing Devon man

Martin Hough, from Plymstock, was reported missing on Sunday 16 March 2014 Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of a man from Plymstock who's gone missing.

53 year old Martin Hough is believed to be on Dartmoor.

He was last seen on Sunday morning. He is described as white, 5ft 10-11ins, clean shaven, with a shaven head, of stocky build and walks with a limp. Officers are currently searching the Burrator Reservoir area after his car was found there.

Police are asking people not to approach Mr Hough if they see him but to call police on 101 quoting log 745 of 16 March.

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