A month of shaggy dog stories

VOLUNTEERS from Ashburton’s Dartmoor Search and Rescue team assisted Devon and Cornwall Police in a searching for a dog and its owner who had both gone missing near Dawlish.

The team were deployed to The Obelisk at Mamhead just after 7.30pm on following reports that a man was missing after he had in turn been searching for his canine chum who had fallen down a steep wooded slope and subsequently got well and true stuck.

A second dog walker had raised the alarm after his companion failed to return after an hour.

STAFF at Kingsteignton town council are fighting a daily battle with vandals who have been damaging public areas and daubing graffiti.

The latest incidents have forced the town council to remove benches from Oakford Lawn and close the History Garden at least until next spring.

Continuing anti-social behaviour has focused on Oakford Lawn, the Fountain and Clifford Park.

The ongoing problems are said to be down to just a few youths.

But the issues have been described as ‘relentless’.

MORE than 50 dachshunds of all colours and sizes met in Teignmouth for the first Dachshund Day.

Organised by owner Nicky Roy and her dog Ziggy, the event saw the dogs meet up on The Den before heading off for a walk along the seafront.

The dachshunds were blessed with sunny and warm weather for the morning get together.

Nicky said: ‘It was brilliant, I was really really pleased.

‘We had such a good turn out, 54 dogs in total, and we had such positive comments from lots of people, thanking me for arranging it.’

BIDS have been submitted for aircraft to appear in next year’s Teignmouth Air Show. But the small organising team will have to wait until early next year before they know which planes have been allocated for the 2022 show.

Fundraising has started in earnest to pay for the event which is due to take place on the rst weekend in July.

It will cost about £50,000 to pay for the aircraft alone.

The whole event is expected to cost at least £75,000.

The first, and last, air show was held in 2019 as the Covid pandemic meant the team were unable to run events in the last two years.

Last year’s show had to be cancelled which was ‘devastating’ as they had been allocated the iconic Red Arrows.

FORGET Hollywood and Elstree – movie-making headed to Newton Abbot last weekend.

It was a case of lights, cam- era and action in the majestic surroundings of Seale-Hayne when award-winning Devon production company JPC Film were on location to film their debut short film Bad Beat.

ANYONE wondering why there are ponies out on Dartmoor this autumn with green paint on their manes might be interested to know that it has in fact nothing to do with Halloween.

They are in fact part of a mare contraceptive scheme which is being run on the moor by the Dart-moor Hill Pony Association, who are working to regulate the number of pregnancies among the mares to make sure that those that are born will be wanted and loved.

A DOG walker was rescued after becoming trapped in mud in Newton Abbot.

Firefighters were alerted when the woman rang 999 last Wednesday after she was trapped up to her knees on an area of land near Chercombe Bridge at Bradley Barton.

One crew from Newton Abbot, the specialist rescue team from Exmouth and environmental protection unit as well as a support pump from North Tawton went to the scene.

The woman, who was walking two dogs, had become trapped in the mud in a field which contained 20 cows who had surrounded her and were only about five feet away.

Fire control staff remained on the phone to the woman to keep her calm and help guide firefighters to her location.

After 25 minutes, the woman had been freed from the mud by crews using a salvage sheet and wading poles.

‘I BELIEVE people are dying...’ These are the stark words of a Teignbridge paramedic who spoke to the Mid-Devon Advertiser this week about the problems of ambulances queuing as they wait to get their patients into A&E at our general hospital.

A DESPERATE mum from Bovey Tracey is finding it impossible to find an NHS dentist for her six-year-old son.

Sabrina Sharp, 38, who is studying for a degree and is relying on the local food bank and Universal Credit to survive, has discovered there are no dentists in the whole of Devon and Cornwall who are prepared to take on NHS patients. This applies to children as well.

Sabrina’s son James had been suf- fering from toothache but when she took him to a local dentist, she was charged £27 for the consultation and X-rays and then informed it would cost £70 for each filling.

James, who loves fruit, needed four fillings.

She said: ‘It’s been a nightmare.’