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Exeter Chiefs sign former player once more

Lewis Stevenson will play for Exeter Chiefs once more in a deal that lasts until the end of the season Credit: Exeter Chiefs

Irishman Lewis Stevenson will play for Exeter Chiefs once more in a deal that lasts until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old forward - who spent two seasons at Sandy Park between 2007 and 2009 - returns to the Westcountry from Guinness Pro 12 outfit Ulster Rugby.

The move comes following significant injuries to second row players Damian Welch and Mitch Lees.

I’m delighted to be back at the Chiefs. The place is still the same in a lot of ways, but the small differences that have happened are pretty noticeable.

Since I’ve left the club have established themselves as a real force within the Premiership and each year they seem to go from strength to strength.

For anyone on the outside, they are a real example of how to get into the Premiership and stay there.

– Lewis Stevenson

Stevenson has trained with his new team-mates for the first time today and he could well come into the reckoning for Sunday’s Premiership trip to Worcester Warriors.

Custody death trial hears how restraining belts should be used

The trial of three men over the death of a paranoid schizophrenic in police custody in Exeter has today been told how restraining belts should be used correctly.

Thomas Orchard died in police custody in October 2012

32-year-old Thomas Orchard died after being held down and handcuffed with a webbing belt over his face to prevent spitting and biting.

The former head of training for Devon and Cornwall police told the court the belt should always be held loosely around the head.

Custody sergeant Jan Kingshott and detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden all deny manslaughter and the case continues.

The three custody staff deny two charges of manslaughter Credit: Liz Cook
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