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'Shocking' failings at Dartmoor prison put public at risk

HMP Dartmoor. Credit: ITV West Country

A report has found "shocking" failings by Dartmoor prison to protect the public from the risk posed by the men it releases.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons found the release of prisoners, a majority of whom were sex offenders, was "unplanned, rushed and poor", while some were released too early.

Out of around 630 prisoners at Dartmoor, 440 were there for sex offences at the time of the inspection in August, making up 70%.

The prison also failed to properly address the behaviours and attitudes of those in denial of their convictions.

Most of those released were also left either homeless or in very temporary accommodation.

Dartmoor residents offered face-to-face advice on energy bills

Credit: South Dartmoor Community Energy

Dartmoor residents will be able to receive face-to-face advice on their energy bills and suppliers today.

South Dartmoor Community Energy are launching their energy advice drop-in sessions, where advisors will help people with their energy tariffs and provide information on switching suppliers.

People will also be able to apply for extra support from energy companies.


West Country memories of Sir Bruce Forsyth

One of the nation's most well-known entertainers passed away this afternoon, 18 August.

Sir Bruce Forsyth died at the age of 89, surrounded by his family.

He brought laughter to millions of faces and to millions of homes for over three-quarters of a century.

Here is hilarious archive footage of a special guest appearance Bruce made to The Bruce Forsyth Appreciation Society here in Dartmoor, Devon for their annual event in 1997:

'This one is a goner...': warning as car is swamped by rising tide on Dartmoor

A car has been left almost totally underwater after trying to drive across a tidal crossing on Dartmoor as the waters rose.

Police say the passengers and driver managed to escape from the hatchback before it was submerged at Lopwell Dam.

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If anyone needs reminder not to be stupid enough to drive car through tidal water this is it!

– PC Allen, via Twitter


Spectacular solstice sunrise on Dartmoor

The sun rises over Dartmoor on the longest day. Credit: ITV News West Country

While attention might be on places like Stonehenge for today's summer solstice, a small group of people gathered at Haytor on Dartmoor for the spectacular sight.

It's got to be one of the best places in the country to see in the longest day of the year.

The solstice in Devon has a certain wow factor. Credit: ITV News West Country

Antonia says it was a sight worth getting up for

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.
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