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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:

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The Exeter pound: the city's new currency set to help local traders

The new currency will help support local traders Credit: ITV News

Exeter is to follow Totnes and have its own currency. The Exeter pound is being introduced to support local traders by diverting more of the money currently spent in chains.

Pounds Sterling spent in national businesses leave the city, but by spending Exeter Pounds more money will circulate in the City.

"I think Exeter people are very proud of their City and they want to see it thrive they want to see Exeter grow in the UK so I think people will be really excited to use Exeter pounds."

– Shop owner

Make it to the top or plunge into the quay: Climbing with a splash in Exeter

Climbers either make it to the top or plunge into the water. Credit: The Quay Climbing Centre
Climbers in Deep Water Solo do not use ropes. Credit: The Quay Climbing Centre

The UK's only climbing wall event on water returns to Exeter this weekend - Deep Water Solo 2015.

As this film from The Quay Climbing Centre shows, climbers from across the country will compete on a wall built over the city's quay.

They don't use ropes - and either make it to the top - called 'topping out' - or fall into the water below.

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Growing concern for missing man from Cornwall

Police believe Paul Johnson may be in the Exeter area. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are appealing for help from the public to find a missing man from Launceston in East Cornwall.

Paul Johnson, 63, was reported missing from his home on Monday 17th August.

He is described as a white man, 5’ 8” tall, of slim build with grey thinning spiky hair. He has a distinctive Glaswegian accent and a few tattoos to his upper arm.

Paul was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt, a white cardigan and white canvas bumper boots.

It's believed he may have travelled to the Exeter area.

Rugby World Cup 2015: One month to go until kick-off

The Webb Ellis Trophy has been touring the West Country, inspiring young players. Credit: Hannah McKay / PA

Today marks exactly one month to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup - and the UK hosting it.

Exeter's Sandy Park stadium is holding three matches in the competition, with Tonga, Namibia, Georgia, Italy and Romania all making their way to Devon.

The Webb Ellis Trophy has been touring our region ahead of the tournament's start, going on show and inspiring young players.

More than 50 firefighters tackle large fire at Exeter farm

4,000 litres of diesel were in the barn Credit: Malmesbury Fire Service

Up to fifty fire fighters were called to tackle a fire at a farm just outside Exeter this morning - which contained 4,000 litres of diesel.

It broke out at 2 am at Clyst Honiton.

Fire crews from as far away as Wiltshire were called in to help tackle the fire which took 6 hours to get under control.

An environmental protection unit was also called to the incident due to asbestos.

Fire crews from as far away as Wiltshire were called in to help tackle the fire Credit: Malmesbury Fire Service
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