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Chiefs miss out on European Challenge Cup Final

Exeter Chiefs' Henry Slade kicks a penalty. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Exeter Chiefs have been beaten 30-19 by Gloucester in the European Challenge Cup semi-final.

Billy Meakes and Tom Savage crossed for the Cherry and Whites, and although Elvis Taione pulled one back for the Chiefs in the 76th minute, Jonny May immediately restored Gloucester's advantage.

Argyle and Grecians' play-off hopes dented

Today's local football results.

Plymouth Argyle's hopes of securing a play-off spot have suffered a setback. The Pilgrims lost 2-0 at Carlisle this afternoon, which guarantees the Cumbrians their League Two survival. Argyle occupy the final play-off place, but only on goal difference after Luton beat Hartlepool.

Exeter City's play-off ambitions look to be over after losing 1-0 at home to Southend. The visitors scored their winner in the final minute. The Grecians slip to 11th, 4 points behind Argyle.

In League One, already-relegated Yeovil won 1-0 at Swindon. James Berrett scored the only goal, to maintain Paul Sturrock's unbeaten start as Glovers manager.

And Torquay United won 2-0 at Halifax in the Conference, thanks to goals from John Campbell and Kadell Daniel.


Plymouth Albion relegated to National One

Plymouth Albion have been relegated after losing 29-0 at Moseley.

Plymouth Albion have been relegated from the Championship after losing at fellow strugglers Moseley.

Albion needed a win to have any hope of staying up, but a disappointing 29-0 defeat means they'll be playing in National One next season for the first time in 13 years.

Elsewhere, Cornish Pirates were thrashed 69-8 at home by promotion-chasing Worcester.

Mother tells of how she almost had her daughter taken by social services

A mother from Exeter has told ITV how her youngest daughter could have been wrongly taken into care after an anonymous complaint was made about her parenting.

Shona Sibary writes a parenting column for the Daily Mail and shares details of her domestic life.

But two weeks ago she received a phone call from Social Workers asking her to agree to an investigation after an anonymous caller made a string of damaging allegations.

Social services has yet to comment.


Princess Anne visits Lynton and Lynmouth's cliff railway

The Princess Royal has been visiting Lynton and Lynmouth's cliff railway to mark its 125th anniversary.

Schoolchildren lined the route as Princess Anne was given a guided tour. She also met descendants of the original engineer who came up with the mechanism that runs the railway.

Tourists have been able to ride the train for free today as part of the celebrations.

65-year-old pedestrian airlifted to hospital following serious car crash

A 65-year-old pedestrian was airlifted to hospital following serious car crash Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

A 65-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital following a serious crash in Sidmouth.

Emergency services were called to Church Street in Sidford on April 16 after a Vauxhall Corsa collided with the pedestrian.

The man sustained serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital. He is in a stable condition.

The driver, a 41-year-old man from Seaton, was uninjured.

South West bucks national trend as unemployment figures rise

The South West was the only region to see a rise in unemployment Credit: PA

The number of people out of work in the South West has risen in the last quarter - the only region to see a rise in Great Britain.

The South West has bucked the national trend, with the figures revealing unemployment has gone up by 7,000, to 126,000 in the three months to Feb 2015 - an increase of 4.6%.

But, despite the numbers, our region continues to have one of the highest employment rates with 76.8% in work.

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