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Anti-helmet MP breaks arm cycling in Exeter

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

An Exeter MP, who refuses to wear a helmet because he believes it gives cyclists a false sense of security, has fallen off his bike and broken his arm.

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw tumbled from his bike when cycling over 'heavy drizzle' in his constituency.

Bradshaw only went to hospital a day later when an x-ray revealed he had broken his arm.

It was Friday night and there was a heavy drizzle which made the road very greasy and the bike just went over. I didn't think I was hurt so I cycled home and the next day was out canvassing. But when I returned to London I went to the minor injuries unit and they found I had fractured my right hand and my elbow. The nurse said I must have a high pain threshold."

– Ben Bradshaw MP

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Driver charged after 10 year-old boy dies in collision with van

10 year-old Samuel Crocker Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A driver has been charged with causing death by careless driving after a 10 year-old boy was killed on Saturday afternoon

Samuel Crocker was taken to the Royal Exeter Hospital after being hit by a van. He later died of his injuries.

Cameron Trivett has been detained by police and will appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Monday 2nd March.

Special service held to remember the crew of HMS Exeter

Special service held to remember the crew of HMS Exeter Credit: ITV News

A special service has been remembering the crew of HMS Exeter which sank in the Far East during the Second World War. Around fifty men were killed as the ship went down. But many more died at the hands of the Japanese in prisoner of war camps.

Window dedicated to HMS Exeter Credit: ITV News

Under a window dedicated to HMS Exeter, the families of the ship's crew gathered to remember their sacrifice and suffering in Japanese prisoner of war camps during world war two.

At Exeter Cathedral today, the widows, children and grandhildren Exeter's crew. Hundreds survived the sinking only to be plunged in to the horror of three and a half years held captive by the Japanese. The families of other Far East Prisoners of War are here too.

They had no trust, their trust and faith had gone when they came home. My husband never believed once he would believe long enough to enjoy enything. He thought the life had been beaten out of them.

– PEGGY COOKE, Widow

This weekend marks the anniversary of the sinking. For six decades there's been a reunion of HMS Exeter's crew and family.

It's because there are a lot that are not with us now, there are a lot that like to be together and to keep the memories going, yes.

– JOYCE Mc CLURE, Widow

Under the ensign from HMS Exeter a chance to chat and to reminisce. To share the memories with some cake and some tea.

New centre for dementia research in Exeter

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK

A specialist centre is being created at the University of Exeter to research dementia and its causes.

The Medical School will look at things like blood supply to the brain and the connections between epilepsy and dementia.

It's part of a £5 million project to encourage more scientists to study diseases such as Alzheimer's.

There are various different causes. The biggest is Alzheimer's disease. We know some of the things that go wrong in the brain and we can see some of those things for example with MRI scans and electrical measurements. And we know some of those underlying processes but we don't understand how the jigsaw comes together.

– Prof Andrew Randall University of Exeter Medical School

Reaction from the Devon derby

Reuben Reid hit a hat-trick as Plymouth Argyle were victorious in the Devon derby over Exeter City on Saturday.

He became the first player to score three goals in a derby for nearly 80 years:

The 3-1 success at St James Park was the Pilgrims' fourth straight win. Manager John Sheridan said his team fully deserved the three points:

The Grecians are now without a win in six games. Boss Paul Tisdale accused his side of committing some suicidal defending:

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Princess Anne opens new specialist paramedic facility

Princess Anne opened a new facility for specialist paramedics in Exeter Credit: ITV News

The Princess Royal has opened a new facility for specialist paramedics in Exeter.

The base at Sky Park will be home to the Hazardous Area Response Team which deals with major incidents. The unit played an important role during last year's floods and is one of just two in the South-West.

A training exercise saw Princess Anne witness the role the service would play in the event of a terrorist attack.

Rapist fails in bid to clear his name

Jakub Tomczak Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police/PA Wire

A Polish student who raped a woman in Exeter and left her paralysed has had a bid to clear his name rejected.

Jakub Tomczak was jailed for life after the assault in 2006 which left his victim brain damaged and wheelchair bound.

The mother-of-one never recovered from her ordeal and died, from an aneurysm, aged 52 in 2010.

Yesterday the 32-year-old, who has since been transferred to a prison in his native country, saw his attempt to challenge his conviction thrown out by the country's top judges.

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