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Police say suitcases found in Exeter were not explosive devices

One of the suitcases was found on railings in York Road outside a school Credit: ITV News

Police have confirmed that two suitcases found in Exeter containing wires and electronics were not explosive devices.

But they're still being classed as suspicious devices and an urgent investigation is underway as to why they were left in York Rd outside a school and in King William Street.

An air cannon was used to open one of the suitcases which caused a large boom sound but was not a controlled explosion.


Princess Anne visits residents of North Prospect in Plymouth

Princess Anne has been meeting long time residents of North Prospect Credit: ITV News

Princess Anne was in Plymouth today for a tea party in North Prospect.

The Princess unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Beacon community hub to mark its official opening and celebrate the regeneration of the area.

She met long time residents, including a woman who appeared in a photo with Princess Anne's grandfather King George VI. Gladys Tapper is now 87.

Gladys Tapper (seen here on the right) met King George VI more than eighty years ago Credit: ITV News
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Man arrested after knife attacks in Yeovil

A man has been arrested in Yeovil after attacking a number of people with a knife, including a 17-year-old girl who is in a critical condition in hospital following emergency surgery.

Police were called to King Arthur's Drive in Yeovil just before 7.30pm last night, Sunday 28 June where a man had been detained by a member of the public.

The road will remain closed while investigations continue.

This appears to be an unprovoked attack on innocent bystanders in a residential street. I must praise the man who bravely tackled the suspect, even though he had seen the violence of the attacks, and detained him until police officers arrived.

A second man should also be commended for taking the most seriously injured victim to hospital.

– Det Insp Lindsay Shearlock, Avon & Somerset Police

A 29-year-old woman who sustained an arm injury was released from hospital after treatment.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

Six people still in hospital after crash on The Lizard

Six young people remain in hospital today following a crash on The Lizard early on Saturday morning.

Crews were called out after a gold VW Golf with eight people inside left the road near Goonhilly Earth Station.

The car travelled through a wire fence and into moorland where it rolled over.

The crash happened near the Goonhilly Earth Station early on Saturday 27 June Credit: ITV News West Country

A 19-year-old man from The Lizard, a 25-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl from Warwickshire were airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with serious injuries.

The other five were taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. The driver - a 17-year-old boy from The Lizard - and a 21-year-old man from Helston have been discharged.

Three people remain at the Royal Cornwall Hospital - a 17-year-old boy from The Lizard, a 22-year-old woman from Warwickshire and a 22-year-old woman from Leeds, who is in intensive care with potentially life-threatening injuries.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw the crash. They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicle overloaded with passengers travelling around the area beforehand.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 31 of 27/06/15.


Police investigate two suspicious devices in Exeter

Part of Exeter has been sealed off while police investigate the discovery of a suspicious package Credit: ITV News West Country

Police are investigating the discovery of two suspicious packages in Exeter.

The first was found in York Road, near Sidwell Street. A number of road closures remain in place.

St Sidwell’s School has also been evacuated. Road closures at York Road on both the Sidwell Street and Longbrook Street entrances are in place.

At around 9.15am today, Monday, 29 June a second suspect package has been found at the King William Street Car Park in Exeter City Centre.

This has resulted in further road closures in the area and evacuation of a small number of local properties.

Exact road closures are currently being confirmed, but congestion in the area is extensive and motorists are asked to avoid the area if at all possible.

Police Chief Constable faces gross misconduct hearing

Nick Gargan has been suspended on full pay since May last year Credit: PA

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police faces a long-awaited gross misconduct hearing today.

Nick Gargan has been suspended on full pay since May last year following allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female colleagues.

The location of the hearing is being kept secret. It's expected to last 10 days.

New royal encounter for girl who met King George VI

Gladys Tapper can be seen in the front right of the photo in a print dress Credit: Plymouth City Council

At the age of four, Gladys Tapper appeared in a photo showing the future King George VI at a school in Plymouth.

Today, at the age of 87, she's due to meet the King's grand-daughter when Princess Anne comes to the city.

We'll have a report on that meeting in the West Country Tonight at six.

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