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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.


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)


Sports centre cancels classes amid norovirus worry

A sports centre on the same complex as two schools with suspected norovirus has become the latest to close its doors.

Ashmoor Sports Centre has cancelled its clubs in an attempt to halt the spread of the illness.

Community Sports Manager Tom posted on the club's Facebook page that Gymnastics, Trampolining and the climbing clubs had all been stopped, as well as the evening's spinning class.

The Astro turf pitch is not being treated as an area for concern due to the outside temperatures.

Second Devon school closes after suspected norovirus outbreak

A second school has announced it is to shut after a suspected norovirus outbreak.

The Atrium Studio - which is adjacent to Devon Community College which has also closed its doors - says it will not open until Monday March 13.

Both schools announced on the same day they were to close after staff and pupils came down with the vomiting bug.

The schools share a playground and outside area - which could be how the highly contagious bug was transmitted between the sites.

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