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Image of man released in connection with Exeter assault

Detectives would like to speak to this man in connection with an attack Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Detectives in Devon have released a picture of a man they want to speak to in connection with an attack in Exeter.

A 25-year-old man, from the Exmouth area was left with serious injuries after he was assaulted on the 7th of February in the city. Anyone who recognises this picture is being asked to contact police.

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Slade to train with England squad

Henry Slade joins England squad Credit: PA: David Davies

Exeter Chiefs Henry Slade is joining the England squad preparing to face Scotland this Saturday in the 6 nations rugby.

The Devon born fly half is included after Saracens centre Brad Barritt's injury means he's been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.

Six new free schools announced for the South West

The Government has today said six new free schools will open in the South West - part of 49 being announced nationwide.

All three are planned for Devon, with one in Plymouth, one in Exeter and one in Newton Abbot.

Six new free schools have been announced for Swindon Credit: PA

Today's announcement, the final wave of free schools to be approved before the election, brings the total number of open and approved free schools to more than 400. It has created around 230,000 new school places.

The Government claims 72 per cent of free school heads say they are having a positive impact on schools in their local area – driving up standards and ensuring more parents have a great school in their neighbourhood.

Over 40,000 pupils are already attending free schools, with more than two-thirds rated good or outstanding. 72 per cent are located in areas with a shortage of places.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan Credit: PA

Today’s announcement sends a clear sign that children for generations to come will be able to benefit from a place in a free school. With already more than two-thirds being rated good or outstanding, today’s news will reassure parents that standards will continue to rise.

– Nicky Morgan

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Exeter travellers stop play for 600 footballers

14 football matches have had to be cancelled at King George V playing fields in Exeter Credit: ITV West Country/Jacquie Bird

600 footballers haven't been able to play in Exeter this weekend after travellers set up camp next to their playing fields.

14 football matches have had to be cancelled by the Central Youth Football Club after around 10 caravans parked at the King George V playing fields car park on Friday.

The site is owned by Exeter City Council. A spokesperson said they have attended for an initial inspection.

Exeter prison death will be reviewed

Jason Rose, 24, was found hanged in his prison cell while on remand at Exeter Prison in 2011. An inquest into his death heard he had not been put on suicide watch before he died despite previous attempts to take his own life.

An inquest jury returned a verdict of suicide.

The prison service says the circumstances of Mr Rose's death will be looked at as part of a Government review.

Every death in custody is a tragedy which is why reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths is a priority for the Prison Service.

We have accepted and acted on all the recommendations made by the prison and probation ombudsman following the death of Jason Rose at HMP Exeter.

The circumstances of his death will be looked at as part of the Lord Harris Review into deaths of prisoners aged 18-24 announced by the Government last year.

– A Prison Service spokesperson

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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