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Exeter food and drink festival gets underway

The annual Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink began today.

The festival - which is in its 13th year - is being held at Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens, with the closing time pushed back to 7.30pm so visitors can enjoy whats to offer as the sun goes down.

Michael Caines and singer Paul Young officially open the Exeter Festival of SW Food & Drink that runs all weekend Credit: ITV West Country

The award-winning festival attracted food and drink producers from across the South West, including traditional ciders, artisan breads and organic meats.

There's also bakery items, cheese, gourmet coffees and street food up for offer too.

Festival champion, and co-founder Michael Caines was joined by 80s singer Paul Young this morning as he kicked off the packed programme of demonstrations.

  • Festival Cookery Theatre. The South West’s finest culinary talents cook up a storm for the crowds
  • Westcountry Bakery featuring Glenn Cosby of the Great British Bake Off
  • The opportunity to discover start up companies with new and exciting South West produce - from Devon grown asparagus to fine teas and hand sliced beef jerky.
  • And children can learn how to make delicious and creative meals too.
  • They'll be a brand new cocktail bar - where concoctions will be served made from specially from South West ingredients
  • And for the peckish among you, the street food stands will offer everything from gourmet hot dogs, homemade wood-fired pizzas and hog roast to pancakes.

School sings happy birthday to The Queen from Exeter

Substituting PE for a practical lesson in the British Monarchy, this school in the West, decided to map out the number 90 in celebration of The Queen's Birthday.

Pupils at The Maynard School in Exeter sang Happy Birthday and the National Anthem to mark the milestone:

'Happy Birthday to you!' Credit: The Maynard School

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Diversions in place along the A38

Traffic is queuing as parts of the A38 are closed Credit: ITV West Country

While investigations continue on the A38 at Haldon Hill, near Chudleigh, police are urging drivers to follow these diversions:

  • Eastbound traffic is asked to follow the solid black diamond diversion symbols.
  • Westbound traffic to asked to follow the solid black circle diversion symbols.
  • Large vehicles are being advised to divert via A382 and A380 via Newton Abbot and Splatford Split.
Diversions are in place while investigations are carried out on the A38 Credit: ITV News West Country

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Man seriously assaulted in Exeter

Police were called to a property in the area of Lower Summerlands and Clifton Road just after 1am. Credit: Bing maps

A man has been seriously assaulted in Exeter early this morning.

Police were called to a property in the area of Lower Summerlands and Clifton Road just after 1am. A man, who is not from the local area, was found with life-threatening injuries.

The victim was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

We are trying to gather information about the movements of a group of six to eight men in and around that location between 11pm on Tuesday 5 April and 1.30am on Wednesday 6 April.

The men are described as having Liverpudlian accents, aged between 18 and 30 and of stocky build. They were wearing tracksuits and trainers.

We would like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything that could assist with our enquiries.

– Devon & Cornwall Police spokesperson
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