Shoppers in Plymouth are set to benefit as a host of exciting fashion brands have become available at the Tesco Extra Roborough store on Woolwell Crescent.

To celebrate, the store held a special relaunch event, when a cheque for £1,000 was presented to the Plymouth branch of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team.

Tesco store manager, Paddy Duggan also presented Whitleigh Primary School with a £500 donation and hessian bags, which have been specially designed by one of their pupils Errol, aged 6 who received a £25 Tesco gift card for producing the healthy eating design.

Thousands of the hessian bags with the special design were then handed out to customers along with champagne, orange juice, celebration cake and mince pies, to mark this special occasion.

Work to improve the shopper experience at the Tesco Extra Store on Woolwell Crescent, includes the addition of the high street clothing brands Evans, Burtons, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis following a partnership between Tesco and the Arcadia Group.

The store have also opened a new, larger Opticians, a larger Phone Shop and new and improved self -service checkouts.

Tesco Extra store manager, Paddy Duggan said; “We are constantly looking at ways to enhance the customer experience and the addition of these popular fashion brands and other improvements are ones which I am sure people will be excited about.

“The response has been positive from customers so far and we would like to thank customers for their patience during the building work.

“We would also like to thank Dave Northcott and members of the Plymouth branch of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team and teachers and pupils from Whitleigh Primary School for attending our relaunch event. We would like to give special thanks to Errol for his wonderful healthy eating design which we hope he likes seeing on thousands of bags around Plymouth.”

The Tesco Extra store on Woolwell Crescent is open 24 hours from midnight Monday to midnight Saturday and 10am to 4pm on a Sunday.



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Swift Water Rescue LIBOR finesSome great news regarding a recent grant the team received!

The team recently applied for, and received an incredible boost to team capability through a grant administered by the Charities Aid Foundation, but originating from major bank fines relating to the LIBOR rate rigging scandal.

In total the team received £21,401.67, given for, and earmarked to improve the kit available for the Swift Water Team.

More than half the team members are specially trained, and professionally qualified to perform swift water rescue, supporting the emergency services in search and rescue operations near swift water, or in flood emergencies locally, regionally or nationally. Recently for example, 10 members of the team attended the national flood emergency at York before Christmas and New year.

The kit includes: An inflatable rescue Boat, rescue Sled, trailer, paddles and bags, Scene Lighting, Hand pump, powered blower, stretcher, boat and sled tethering equipment, Industrial descenders, slings, karabiners, pulleys, floating rope, bags, harnesses and PPE for 20 personnel including floodsuits, undersuits, helmets, gloves, boots, headtorches, search torches, waterproof radios wading poles.

With the addition of this extra life-saving kit, the team will be better prepared for the next emergency, on a local river, a regional flood, or a national emergency in support of the emergency services.



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Local Plymouth MPs Oliver Colvile and Johnny Mercer were invited to inspect the new rescue Centre and take part in a team search and rescue training exercise on Dartmoor.

Johnny Mercer MP, said:

“I was honoured to be able to go out with the hard working and diligent men and women of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth.

“I was hugely impressed with the incredible work ethic and skill shown by DSTRP in undertaking such an invaluable effort to keep people safe while out on Dartmoor. Lest we forget, the DSTRP are all [almost all] volunteers who do this in their spare time making their work that more impressive.

“We are very lucky to have such an amazing natural landscape on our doorstep here in Plymouth, but we need to remember that it is upon ourselves to enjoy it responsibly and safely. However, should the unforeseen occur, there is reassurance in knowing we have the amazing DSTRP to help you out.”

March 2016 Local MPs visit photos



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Postbridge Challenge 2016Many thanks to all those who took part in the Postbridge Challenge on Sunday, helping to raise valuable funds for the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth!

This event was supported by nearly 150 people of all ages, from college students through to the retired. All seemed to have had an enjoyable day out on the hill, and in doing so, raised over £1,700 towards supporting the rescue team.

As a charity, money from events like this enable us to continue to provide the search and rescue service we do, both on the moor, but also in the surrounding remote areas, so thank you for supporting us in this way.

The Postbridge Challenge is a 10 mile circular walk with five checkpoints, which started from Bellever Forest carpark, headed North through the forest to Postbridge, then up to the first checkpoint at Broad Down. The route then headed South West to go over Lower White, Higher White and Longaford Tors. The walkers then dropped down to near Powdermills, before passing through Bellever forest to pass over Bellever and Laughter tors. It was then the final leg back through the forest to the finish at Bellever carpark, where many loitered for well-earned refreshments and a chat about the experience.

The next walking event being arranged by the Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team Plymouth, is a night time walk – the “Midnight Madness”- this will be a ten mile circular route, starting from Princetown, and is planned for the evening of Saturday July 23rd, starting at 21:00.

Further details will be available on our website nearer the time. We look forward to seeing you there!

See a gallery from the walk below:



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Rob and Toohey - Search & Rescue Dog AssociationSearch Dog Toohey becomes fully qualified!

On a wild mountain side in the Brecon Beacons in December, DSRTP team member Rob Heath, and his pet dog Toohey, undertook a gruelling three day Mountain Rescue Search Dog assessment in horrendous weather conditions. This dedication in these conditions appropriately sum up the daily training that had taken place for years including monthly journeys to train with other search dog teams in wild places all over the country.

After 3 years of intensive training, and 2 years of being on the operational call out list he was the only dog and handler team, out of five others from various Mountain Rescue teams in England and Wales, that passed and upgraded to the status of “Full Search Dog”, which is the highest qualification that can be achieved within this voluntary organisation.

Rob and Toohey - Search & Rescue Dog AssociationToohey joins Sunny, our other operational “Full Search Dog” within out team search protocols. Toothy is also available to be called out independent of DSRTP by the emergency services as part of the “Search and Rescue Dog Association” group assisting in life saving search and rescue operations that DSRTP aren’t necessarily involved in. This involves being called into incidents across a very wide area of the south west and nationally where required.

DSRTP would like to thank Rob and Toohey for their dedication during this extraordinarily dedicated training period. As a volunteer, this dedication deserves the greatest recognition. This is also a good time to thanks Alan and search dog Sunny for their years of valuable service to date!

Rob and Toohey will continue their monthly national training weekends, now helping other search dogs and handlers become full trained up “Full Search Dogs”.

Find out more about the great work of SARDA here

See all previous information on our search dogs here



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John Beatty lecture DSRTP

World renowned adventurer and photographer John Beatty came to Plymouth to give an evening lecture on his life and extraordinary journeys told through stories and photography on behalf of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth.

Hosted by team partner and supporter Plymouth University, the delightful evening attracted nearly 100 guests. John recalled pioneering journeys starting in the 1970s taking place up to the current day, exploring all corners of the earth, from seasons spent in Antarctica, pioneering unsupported treks across the Greenland Icecap, and recent trips to Mongolia and the extraordinary Kumbh Mela in India.

John held the audience attention for nearly 2 hours before being thanked by DSRTP chairman Phil and then meeting the guests, and selling some of his fantastic books and diaries. DSRTP team members also were on hand selling their new local walk guidebook published in collaboration with the University, ‘Moor to Sea’.

All proceeds from ticket sales went to DSRTP funds, helping pay for much needed life-saving new rescue equipment. More than £1,000 was raised!

Our team thanks once again go to John for making the journey and taking the time to help us, and also to our Partners at Plymouth University for their ongoing support.

For more information on John, and to purchase his extraordinary book, visit his website at

To purchase our new Plymouth and Dartmoor walking Guidebook or the re-printed book previously published ‘Dartmoor Tors and Rocks’ please visit this page.

Gallery of images from the John Beatty evening lecture



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Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth Book Launch.In collaboration with the students and faculty of our team corporate partners Plymouth University, DSRTP have published a new book called “Moor To Sea Without The Car: Walks From Plymouth Using Public Transport”. The book was officially launch during an event at Plymouth University on November 19th and details 11 walks in and around the city, alongside maps, illustrations and travel instructions on how to enjoy the Devon and Cornwall landscapes without having to drive.

The walks take in picturesque locations such as Mount Edgecumbe, Cawsand, Calstock, Plym Valley, Princetown, Looe and Ivybridge, and all accompanying information was researched and completed by Plymouth students from Illustration, 3D Design, English, Marketing and Business Management, along with a technician from the School of Geography. The walks were devised by DSRTP member Ken Ringwood, who called it a ‘lifelong dream’ to see the book published.

As a member of the University’s community partnership scheme, DSRTP approached the institution about producing the A5 book last year, with a team of business management students devising the initial marketing strategy. Now, after months of hard work from the student working group and sponsorship from Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, the finished publication is ready to go on sale – with all funds raised going towards the DSRTP’s continued rescue operations.

Video presenting the guide book

Professor Iain Stewart, Director of Plymouth University’s Sustainable Earth Institute and patron of DSRTP, wrote the book’s foreword and is keen to highlight its rare value. He said:

“Many of those of us who live, work and play in this corner of the South West are all too aware of what a fantastic natural playground we have on our doorstep. For those devotees, this book is a glorious reminder of the wonderful diversity of landscape and life that lies between our ancient granite high lands and our ever-changing coastal strip. Its engaging text and beautiful images will no doubt lure many more to appreciate just what makes our South West backyard so special, but beyond being a celebration of our remarkable countryside, this is a tour guide that helps us enjoy our natural environment without damaging its magnificence.”

Ken Ringwood from DSRTP said:

“This is our biggest student project yet and their high standard of work has created the ultimate walking guide for fellow students and staff, giving us another unique way to raise funds and continue our rescue work. With the business management students’ expertise we will continue to promote the book, encouraging more students and the public to enjoy Dartmoor.”

Moor to Sea without the Car: Walks from Plymouth using Public Transport is on sale now at all Plymouth University on-campus cafés and on the team website on this page. The £5 sale price goes to DSRTP, which is run solely by volunteers and works to provide a vital all year round search and rescue service throughout South West Devon, East Cornwall and Dartmoor.

Gallery of images from the Book launch



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The autumn 2014 intake of trainees are nearing completion of their 12 month training period. On October 20th they led the team in a pre-planned search and rescue training exercise, locating, treating and extracting 2 stricken climbers on the crags of Sheepstor.

Continued professional training, life-saving technical and medical equipment and emergency vehicles are all required to provide the life-saving service we do. If you can help in any way to help support the team who survive largely due to donations from supporters, partners and our local community, please do. Visit our page on how you can help us to learn more.

See a gallery below of their evening training exercise.




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