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New scheme offers help for first-time-buyers

Shared ownership scheme offers hope for first-time-buyers Credit: ITV Westcountry

First-time-buyers in Exeter who can't afford a new property are being offered shared ownership.

Details about shares of up to 80% market value are available at an information session at the Guildhall from 1pm to 7pm today, 25 September.

It's being run by the city council in partnership with the government agency, "Help To Buy South West".

Exeter pound to be unveiled today

The Totnes pound has already been in circulation for some years - soon it could be Exeter pounds off the press Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Exeter Pound will be unveiled today, with a view to launching the currency in autumn next year.

It's based on similar systems in Totnes and elsewhere. It'll be used alongside sterling and aims to focus spending more on independent producers, keeping more money in the local economy.

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FT: Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs' Damian Welch (centre) is tackled by Gloucester Rugby's Ben Morgan (left) and Richard Hibbard. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Exeter Chiefs have picked up their second win of the season after beating Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Despite conceding two early tries, Rob Baxter's men battled back to win 25 - 22.

Ben White scored the Chiefs' only try, with 17 points coming from the boot of Gareth Steenson.

A year until Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter

Celebrations in Exeter a year to Rugby World Cup Credit: ITV West Country/Jacquie Bird

Sandy Park will be one of the 13 match venues for the world tournament in 2015. Exeter will host Tonga during the tournament and there'll be three games in its stadium.

For Chiefs players like Tom Johnson, who could be part of the England line up it's an exciting time. Schools in the city have pledged their support to the five teams who'll be playing there, Georgia, Italy Namibia, Romania and Tonga.

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Countdown to Rugby World Cup in Exeter

It's a year until the first game of the Rugby World Cup takes place on 18 September 2015 Credit: PA

It's a year today until World Cup Fever hits Exeter with the first game of the Rugby World Cup. Exeter will host Tonga and there will be three games at Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park during the tournament.

Schools in the city have pledged their support to the five teams who'll be playing there, Georgia, Italy Namibia, Romania and Tonga.

Help for Heroes speak out against fraudster

Help for Heroes say the public have been shocked by the case of Christopher Copeland from Devon, who has been jailed for stealing £300,000 through fake charity collections.

Copeland deceived the public into thinking they were making donations which would help our wounded. Instead he was stealing from them and using the money for his own personal gain through a deceptive web of fraud which took detectives three years to untangle. We have been astonished by the response of the public. Many of those defrauded by him have contacted us to express shock that someone would use organised and criminal tactics to prevent money supporting the wounded.

– Jo Brookes, Income Protection Officer at Help for Heroes

Man gets four and a half years for defrauding charity

Christopher Copeland sentenced to four and a half years Credit: ITV West Country

A man who gathered £300,000 in donations for Help For Heroes and kept the money for himself has been sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison.

52 year old Christopher Copeland from mid Devon admitted fraud and money laundering at Exeter Crown Court.

He had a team of staff, who believed they were raising money for charity legitimately, who took old military vehicles, branded with the Help for Heroes logo, to supermarkets and shopping centres all over the country. The money raised never reached the charity but was instead used to subsidise Mr Copeland's own business which was in financial difficulty and has since gone into liquidation.

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