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£7m Guildhall development gets green light

What the remodelling would look like Credit: The PR Works Limited

Plans for a new 7 million pound remodelling of the Guildhall Shopping Centre in Exeter have been approved by the city council. Plans include extra space for restaurants and housing. Improvements will also be made to the centres lifts and toilets.

Work will begin on the High Street entrance in August

Eco-friendly cycle-hire scheme celebrates 1st anniversary

Eco-friendly cycle-hire scheme celebrates 1st anniversary Credit: ITV News West Country

An automated cycle-hire scheme running in the west country is celebrating a year of operating this weekend. The bicycles - which are Brompton bikes - can be hired at the docks at Bristol, Exeter St Davids, Reading and Oxford.

They've been designed to make commuting easier, and can be taken anywhere on the train network. Users can also take the bikes overnight as part of the fee.



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TV burglar jailed after he goes back to crime

Derek Bray. Credit: Exeter Court Service

A serial burglar who boasted on television about being a reformed character has been jailed for six years for raiding the homes of two sleeping pensioners.

Derek Bray was watched by millions of viewers on the Channel Four series Thief Catchers as he told how a special police unit had helped him turn his back on a lifetime of crime and drugs.

He moved to Exeter from Bristol to start a new life but soon drifted back into his old ways and has now been jailed for a crime spree in which he raided four homes in the space of a few weeks.

Bray, aged 37, of Blackall Road, Exeter, admitted two burglaries, two thefts, taking a car without consent, handling, and asked for three other offences to be considered.

He was jailed for six years by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court, who was told that Bray has 35 previous convictions dating back to his teens.

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Contest to design the next hit mobile app in Exeter

Could the next Angry Birds game be developed this weekend in Exeter?

Teams from universities throughout the West Country are taking part in a contest this weekend to create a new app for your mobile phone or tablet.

It's part of a worldwide challenge to find the next great use for mobile technology.

Richard Lawrence has been at Exeter University:

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