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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.


Suicide verdict in inquest into death of mother at Haytor

Katherine Hooper with her two sons

A coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide on a woman from Paignton who's body was found at the bottom of Haytor Rocks in July of last year.

Katherine Hooper was found alongside her five year old son Joshua. A verdict of unlawful killing was recorded on his death. The body of her two year old son Sam was subsequently found at the family home. An open verdict was recorded on his death.

Inquest into death of mother and two sons at Haytor

Katherine Hooper and her two sons died last July

An inquest takes place today into the death of Katherine Hooper who was found at the bottom of Haytor Rocks in July of last year.

The body of her five year old son Joshua was alongside her. The body of her younger son, Sam, was subsequently discovered at the family home in Paignton. He was two years old. The inquest takes place at the Palace Hotel in Torquay.

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."

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