Exeter Express & Echo

Mercy for man who armed himself with knife in Exeter Subway shop

A Judge has shown mercy on a mentally ill man who armed himself with a knife while suffering from paranoia.

Bryan Knowles did not produce the knife but told customers at a late night takeaway in Exeter that he had the weapon and staff called the police.

He was found in a nearby ...

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Professional driver cleared of dangerous driving after roundabout crash

A professional driver who crashed on a roundabout has been cleared of dangerous driving. Simon Hookway misjudged the line he took as he drove onto the Lake roundabout on the A361 in Barnstaple and carved up a Mercedes Benz, causing an accident which left both cars damaged.

Hookway works as ...

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Plans to convert Newton Abbot's only hotel to flats given the go-ahead

Plans to restore Newton Abbot's only hotel into a landmark housing scheme have finally been approved.

A scheme to convert the Queens Hotel into 21 apartments has been given the go ahead after the developers and Teignbridge Council came to an agreement over an affordable housing ...

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Crowdfunder for Exeter's The Boat Shed is a success

Within the next 24 hours, an extra £110,000 is hoping to be raised via crowdfunding to get new Exeter venue The Boat Shed off the ground.

A campaign was initially launched a month ago to raise £25,000 to fund a pop-up version of what will eventually be a lively arts hub at Exeter Quay in ...

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In court: Cases heard at Exeter Magistrates' Court

Christopher John Gouldsbrough, 44, was jailed for four weeks after admitting shoplifting. Gouldsbrough, of Church Street, Tiverton stole Star Wars Lego sets, cushions and handbags from tesco and Banburys in December. He pleaded guilty to four offences, including burglary, stealing cushions from ...

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High profile Torquay tourist shelter boarded up after becoming home to rough sleepers

A seafront shelter created as part of Torquay's multi million pound Royal Terrace Gardens improvements has this week been boarded up after becoming home for a group of rough sleepers.

The shelter, next to the Torbay Hotel opposite Princess Gardens, has been closed down by Torbay Council ...

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Turtle Bay to open branch in Plymouth after successful Exeter launch

Caribbean restaurant chain Turtle Bay is to open a new branch in Plymouth following the recent successful launch of one in Exeter.

The restaurant will open at the site of the city's former main post office in St Amdrew's Cross., which closed at the end of last year

A planning ...

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Opinion: Why football fans are foolish to leave games early

Exeter City's stunning comeback on Saturday will live long in the memory of Grecians supporters – if you were there of course.

St James' Park was pretty much half-empty by the time David Wheeler struck home a superb volley, which was surely no more than a consolation. Fans continued ...

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Final approval for Exeter's £75m Princesshay extension - now they need to find someone to build it

The detailed aspects of Exeter's major £75m extension of Princesshay Shopping Centre has received full approval from city planners, and now the developer needs to find someone to build it.

Exeter City Council approved the Crown Estate and TH Real Estate's reserved matters planning ...

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Devon world record holder launches bid to hold three-day paddle fest

Devon's World Record holder Pete Bray, the only man to have kayaked the North Atlantic solo and unsupported, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £6,000 for a South West Paddle Fest event.

Pete of PB Adventures is trying to raise £6,000 to cover the initial cost of the event ...

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LIVE: Public meeting over health cuts to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple

Tonight members of the public are being given the opportunity to put their questions over controversial cuts to the NHS in North Devon to healthcare bosses. The meeting, in Barnstaple Guildhall at 7pm, will be given an update on the proposals by Northern Devon NHS Trust chief executive Alison ...

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Mum turned to drugs when her business failed

A graphic designer mum of three who turned to drugs after her business failed has been spared a jail sentence and sent on a rehabilitation course.

Melanie Taylor became a heroin user after the business which she ran with her long term partner failed and they divorced. She ended up living ...

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Claire Blackman 'overjoyed' after marine husband has sentence reduced

The wife of Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, who fatally shot an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, has spoken of her joy at the prospect of him coming home in a few weeks.

Claire Blackman said she was "overjoyed" after judges sentenced her husband to seven years for diminished ...

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Marine A sentenced to seven years for manslaughter, could be free in weeks

A Devon-based Royal Marine who is in prison for the fatal shooting of a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has been jailed for seven years for the manslaughter of an insurgent in Afghanistan.

The sentence means he could be free within weeks.

Five judges at the Court Martial Appeal Court ...

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Six-figure settlement for Devon builder who had leg amputated after digger fell on him

A Devon builder whose leg was amputated beneath the knee following an accident at work has received six-figure damages.

James Redwood, 31, was using a mini-digger to complete groundworks at a farm near Tiverton when the vehicle started to topple over. James tried to escape from the digger ...

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Final approval for Exeter's £75m Princesshay extension - now they need to find someone to build it

The detailed aspects of Exeter's major £75 million extension of Princesshay Shopping Centre has received full approval from city planners, and now the developer needs to find someone to build it.

Exeter City Council approved the Crown Estate and TH Real Estate's reserved matters planning ...

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Health campaigners fear for the future of community hospitals

Health campaigners fear the saving of beds at Sidmouth's Victoria Hospital might only be a temporary reprieve.

Last month a decision was made to keep the town's community beds open along with those in Exmouth and Tiverton. Those selected for closure by Northern, Eastern and Western Devon ...

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First endangered 'fox on stilts' wolf pups born in seven years at Devon zoo

A litter of three endangered wolf pups have been born at Paignton Zoo. It is believed that the shy pups may already be nearly four weeks old, but have been kept hidden away by their protective parents.

The elusive South American maned wolf is known as a 'fox on stilts' due to its red ...

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Man who drinks 10 bottles of wine a week was three times the limit on the M5

A tree surgeon who drinks 10 bottles of wine a week was caught driving along the M5 while three times over the limit. Police were tipped off by other drivers that a black VW Golf car was being driven erratically 'at some speed' along the A38 from Plymouth to Exeter, Devon, one afternoon in ...

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Who should replace Craig Woodman at left-back for Exeter City?

It appears that Exeter City will be without left-back Craig Woodman for at least a large part of the final run-in to the season after the 33-year-old broke his arm in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Yeovil Town.

It is news that will rock the Grecians, with Woodman's much improved performances ...

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Mansfield Town chairman assures fans over Steve Evans' future ahead of Exeter City six-pointer

Mansfield Town fans have been rocked by rumours over Steve Evans' future ahead of their six-pointer against Exeter City this weekend.

City travel to Nottinghamshire this weekend for a huge game against their play-off rivals which could go a long way to securing their place in the top ...

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