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11 January 2008

Rescue leader will write team's history

A mountain rescue leader says he will write the history of his team when he retires.Garry Rhodes, who received the MBE in the New Year’s Honours, will record the story of the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, which he joined in 1974.

07 January 2008

Ill equipped walker rescued from Devil's Kitchen

An operation involving 40 north Wales rescuers yesterday had a happy outcome.Members of the Ogwen Valley and Llanberis Mountain Rescue teams spent 2½ hours searching for a 66-year-old man who had become separated from his walking partners.He was found near the Twll Du or Devil’s Kitchen, between Y Garn and Glyder Fawr, overlooking the Ogwen Valley.

12 January 2008

Retailer Blacks sheds jobs as profits disappoint

Outdoor retailer Blacks has announced plans to shed up to 60 jobs at its Northampton headquarters following worse-than-expected profits.Despite the Blacks chain posting sales 5.4 per cent up on last year, and its sister shops Millets selling even more – at 7.8 per cent up – its share price fell 10p to 150p on news that its ‘surf’ brands Freespirit and O’Neill had been hit by poor sales.Blacks Leisure, the parent company, issued a post-Christmas profit warning and said it would need to cut £3m from its costs.

16 January 2008

Rescuers on exercise find injured Munro walker

An unconscious walker was found by chance by a Scottish mountain rescue team on a training exercise.The team, from RAF Kinloss, was on Sgorr Ruadh in Glen Carron, Wester Ross, when they discovered the man, who had fallen.

19 January 2008

Naked rambler back in Scots jail

Naked rambler Stephen Gough is languishing in jail once more after a brief taste of freedom.He was released from court last Friday and re-arrested within a few paces of the exit for breach of the peace.

23 January 2008

Climber safe after sea-cliff rescue

A rockclimber was unharmed after being rescued from a sea cliff yesterday.The man was attempting the E4-graded Marmolata Buttress on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast when he became cragfast.

28 January 2008

Crib Goch pair safe after air rescue

Two walkers were rescued by helicopter after becoming stuck on Crib Goch, on the Snowdon horseshoe.The pair were airlifted from a crag by a crew from RAF Valley, using a Sea King helicopter.

28 January 2008

Charity event will open new Peak cycle trail

National park authorities in the Peak District are looking for cyclists to launch officially a new route which cost more than £¼m – and help a charity while they pedal.The Tissington Triangle is a 28-mile route created by establishing an 11-mile missing link between the existing High Peak and Tissington Trails.

28 January 2008

Estate owner's grant cut after poisoning case

A landowner whose gamekeeper was convicted of trying to kill protected birds of prey has had his farm subsidy cut.The Scottish Executive has lopped nearly £8,000 from the European grant due to James McDougal, who employed George Aitken on his Borders estate near the Southern Upland Way.Aitken placed dead pheasants containing poison along with traps holding live pigeons on the moorland at Lauder in Berwickshire.

07 January 2008

Campaigners' thumbs-down to Devon windfarms

Conservation campaigners have backed objectors to two windfarm applications in north Devon.Two separate companies are seeking permission to build wind turbines close to the sites of other planned windfarms.

08 January 2008

Torridon walker safe after night on mountain

An experienced walker is safe after spending a night on a Scottish Corbett.The unnamed, middle-aged man was found by rescuers after being reported overdue yesterday morning.

13 January 2008

Top cop's trek aids mountain rescuers

Mountain rescuers are quids in after an ex-police chief’s mammoth trek round his beat.Former Chief Constable of Derbyshire David Coleman walked the length of his county to mark his retirement – and raised £31,500.

18 January 2008

Cragfast mountaineers rescued from Scafell

Two men were rescued from Scafell at the weekend, after becoming cragfast at a mountain blackspot.Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) took to the hills to help the two, from Liverpool, who had been attempting to ascend Scafell via Lord’s Rake, one of three notorious accident sites listed by the team.The two, in their late 30s and early 40s, called for help around 3.30pm when they could go no further after getting stuck on a rock terrace overlooking Deep Gill.

22 January 2008

Henley footpath dispute rumbles on

The spat between the Oxfordshire dinner-jacket brigade and the waterproof jacket squad continues, after a meeting failed to resolve a footpath dispute.Organisers of the black-tie Henley Festival want to close the Thames Path national trail for prolonged periods over nine days.

25 January 2008

Woman dies after Dorset sea cliff fall

A woman died after a fall on sea cliffs where a climber was also seriously injured.Rescuers discovered the woman about 300m from the stricken climber they had been called out to help.

28 January 2008

Scots' shame as wildlife poisoning breaks record

The Scottish Borders claimed another shameful record in wildlife persecution this week.A record number of poisoned baits was found within a square mile area near Greenlaw, Berwickshire.

28 January 2008

Crib Goch rescued men wore jeans and tee-shirts

More details emerged today about the two young men airlifted from Crib Goch at the weekend.The RAF initially said they did not have any substantial mountain equipment with them.

29 January 2008

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