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Exeter pledges support for refugees

Refugees and migrants reaching the Greek coast in a rubber dinghy. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

In light of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, closer to home, Exeter City Council have reached out to refugees and people seeking asylum.

The City Council is keen to work alongside the Home Office and other councils in the South West to offer support to refugees.

Council Leader Pete Edwards says talks with the South West Migration Partnership have been taking place since June to "make sure that any new arrivals are welcomed and supported".

Earlier in the year the City Council became one of the Home Office's Dispersal Zones for asylum seekers in the South West.

"It is really important that the South West plays its part in supporting those that are caught up in this desperate situation."

– Pete Edwards, Council Leader

The West Country unites to help refugees

Dozens of people from across the South West are rushing to donate money and goods to refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis.

Support groups are being set up, with people who want to help getting together to organise collections, donations and even journeys to mainland Europe to deliver aid.

Ghee Bowman, works for a group called 'Totnes & Exeter Calais Refugee Solidarity', and is helping raise awareness of the crisis and send supplies:

'Put yourself in their situation', says Syrian refugee

A young Syrian refugee arrives in Europe Credit: Sven Hoppe/PA

A Syrian refugee, who arrived in Plymouth two years ago, has spoken to ITV News about the refugee crisis.

Mohammed Leily, who still has family in Syria, told Ian Axton to "imagine yourself in their situation". He went on to say that they just want to live in a "safe place":

Mohammed and his family are one of the lucky ones. They were fortunate enough to get a plane from Turkey to the UK, but now it is not so easy.

Earlier in the week shocking pictures emerged of a young refugee boy lying face down in the sand. He was one of many trying to reach the Greek coast. It's prompted a national outcry for the UK government to do more.

Mohammed simply says how it is "deeply sad" and that he fears for his remaining family in Syria.

As the immigration debate is set to continue over the coming months, Mohammed finishes the interview by saying what his hopes are for the future - to complete his A levels, to study medicine at university and, to one day, become an eye surgeon.

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Bank worker who robbed elderly jailed for two years

Mark Cooney used his position to siphon off money while working at Halifax and Lloyds. Credit: SWNS

A bank worker who stole almost a quarter of a million pounds from elderly and deceased people has been jailed for two years and four months.

26-year-old Mark Cooney siphoned off the money while working as a customer adviser at Halifax and Lloyds in Plymouth. At an earlier hearing he admitted several counts of fraud by abuse of position - telling the court he had a gambling addiction.

Today at Judge Paul Darlow told Cooney at Plymouth Crown Court that his actions were "a gross breach of trust", and that he had let down his family "in a big way".

Care worker charged with raping patient in hospital

The alleged attack occurred at the Glenbourne unit, a mental health support centre based at Derriford Hospital. Credit: ITV News

A care worker at a psychiatric unit in Plymouth has been charged with raping a patient.

The alleged attack occurred at the Glenbourne unit, an acute support centre based at Derriford Hospital for people suffering from mental health problems, in February.

The 50-year-old is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on 7th October.

Credit: ITV News

WATCH: What's premiering after dark on Dartmoor tonight?

A hike on Dartmoor goes horribly wrong... Credit: Peter Nicholson Films
Credit: Peter Nicholson Films

A psychological thriller set in Devon will premiere on Dartmoor tonight.

Dartmoor Killing tells the tale of two female friends and their closely guarded secrets, who go hiking on the moor and enter a terrifying ordeal. The movie will be screened at Newbridge, with members of the cast and crew on site to meet the audience.

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