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The ‘great train robber’ that got away … and his Devon link Members Public

David PembrokeA when a retired London black cab driver was cremated at the end of 2020, the key to one of the most enduring mysteries of the last century may have died with him. Doting grandfather and family man Danny Pembroke, was strongly believed to have been the ‘great train

Ben Fox
Ben Fox
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Dad who lost two children in horror crash pleads with people not to drink-drive Members Public

Matthew and LucyA father who lost two children and one of his best friends when a drunk driver ploughed into their car on the A38 has given an emotional plea to the people of Devon and Cornwall ahead of Christmas. Steve Kimberley’s eldest son Matthew, 12, and daughter Lucy,

Laura White
Laura White
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Histories & Mysteries: How the theory of natural selection started in Plymouth Members Public

On 27th December, 1831, 190 years ago, British naturalist Charles Darwin set out from Plymouth, aboard the HMS Beagle on a five-year surveying expedition of the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Visiting such diverse places as the Galapagos Islands and New Zealand, Darwin acquired an intimate knowledge of the flora,

Ben Fox
Ben Fox
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The BIG Interview: Actor John Nettles OBE – Star of Bergerac, Midsomer Murders and Poldark Members Public

‘acting is just a way of building a ring road around reality… ’Actor John Nettles © Chris SavilleOver the years, my many interviews with various sportsmen or celebrities who spend the majority of their professional life in the public spotlight have sometimes been a stilted affair. Many spend more time watching

Eric Partridge
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The 2021 Dartmoor Society Conference –Perspectives on Dartmoor Peat Conservation Members Public

Peatland monitoring station on Flat TorPan, Dartmoor, March, 2021By Mike Rego On Friday, 12th November, the Dartmoor Society held their annual conference at the Charter Hall in Okehampton. With over 90 members plus speakers and guests in attendance, the theme of this year’s conference was ‘Hallowed Turf: Perspectives on

Laura White
Laura White
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Histories & Mysteries: Thomas Stukeley – Devon born pirate, double agent, forger and traitor Members Public

Sir Thomas StukeleyThomas Stukeley was a soldier, pirate and adventurer, who was born in 1525 to Sir Hugh Stukeley in Affeton, North Devon. Though there are rumours that still circulate today that Henry VIII was actually his natural father. Stukeley was one of the most colourful characters of the Elizabethan

Ben Fox
Ben Fox
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It’s been a very long journey Members Public

A decade ago, I sat down with a number of key local figures in Okehampton, including Dartmoor Railway’s Operations Manager, to put a campaign plan in place for a regular passenger rail service between Okehampton and Exeter. It was an optimistic discussion to say the least, given that our

Mel Stride
Mel Stride
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Folkmoor: Red Hair Members Public

As I quickly write this column late (sorry Editor Laura!) I note that it is 5th November. As everyone will be considering the Gunpowder Plot and fireworks as being associated with this date, I thought I would instead note that it is also International Love Your Red Hair Day. Stereotypes

Mark Norman
Mark Norman
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