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Soldiers suffer "life changing injuries" in truck crash

The scene of the crash on Salisbury Plain. Credit: Wiltshire Air Ambulance

An army officer and a sergeant have suffered "life changing injuries" to their legs after last night's truck crash on Salisbury Plain, during a training exercise which included Exeter-based soldiers.

As front passengers of the rear truck in the three-vehicle pile-up, they were hurt when their four-tonne truck crashed into the back of another. They were airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.

A further 9 soldiers were taken to Salisbury District Hospital, 6 of whom remain there. Those hospitalised include the driver of the third vehicle, another officer, who suffered leg bruising and head injuries. Police believe around 20 soldiers in total were injured.

Officers carried out a detailed examination of the scene overnight. The investigation continues, although police do not believe mechanical failure played a part in the crash, and are now looking at potential human and environmental causes.

The crash happened at around 6.30pm on Wednesday. Both British and Indian soldiers are believed to have been involved.

Campaign to save Devon's community hospitals

Axminster Hospital is one of the community hospitals under threat. Credit: ITV News

Protestors opposed to plans to close community hospitals and move beds in Devon will hold a demonstration in Exeter this morning.

Councillors are considering referring the consultation process conducted by the Clinical Commissioning Group to the Department of Health. The CCG says the changes are needed because of changing demand and financial challenges.

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Ben Bradshaw joins the deputy leadership race - just

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw WILL stand as deputy leader of the Labour Party after a last-minute scramble to secure support from 35 of his colleagues.

In the end he got the backing of 37 of them - following a late surge in support just before the midday deadline.

Our presenter Ian Axton interviewed him earlier today - about the scramble for support AND his attitude to the candidates for the Labour leadership.

Ian did ask one question that proved slightly awkward - what did Mr Bradshaw think of the hopes of left-winger Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership stakes.

Here, in a nutshell, is the Exeter MP's answer:

Mr Bradshaw is one of five candidates for the deputy leadership. The winner will be announced in September.

Bradshaw gets last-minute support for deputy leadership campaign

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw will stand for deputy leader of the Labour Party. Credit: PA

Exeter's MP Ben Bradshaw will stand for Labour deputy leadership, after getting the last of the 35 names he needed in a last-minute scramble for nominations.

Late yesterday he was still ten short of the number of backers he needed, but managed to get enough to get him over the line by today's midday deadline.

He is one of five candidates for the deputy post, and the winner will be announced in September.

Will Ben Bradshaw be backed for deputy leader?

Ben Bradshaw is hoping to stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party Credit: PA

Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw will learn today whether he's secured enough nominations to stand as his party's deputy leader.

Late yesterday he'd won the backing of 25 fellow MPs, still ten short of the number needed. Nominations close at midday.

Replica of Magna Carta goes on show in Exeter

Even a copy of Magna Carta is historically important Credit: ITV News

A copy of the Magna Carta, which is marking its 800th anniversary, has gone on show at Exeter Cathedral.

The replica of one of Britain's most important historical documents is believed to have been given to the city to ensure it was maintained for the future following the loss of one of the original copies in a fire in London.

Magna Carta is regarded as the document which heralded modern democracy.

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70 years in prison for organised crime group

Fathi Ahmed, John Gill and Yahya Hashi Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A drugs gang from London and their Exeter-based drugs runners have been sentenced to over 70 years in prison at Exeter Crown Court.

All 15 defendants pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs or the concern in the supply of class A drugs after a 16-month police operation.

Yahya Hashi, 25, of Spicer Road, London and Fathi Ahmed, 29, of Pilgrim Hill, London, were the leaders of the drugs gang who brought cocaine and heroin to the streets of Exeter. Each were sentenced to 8 years in prison.

They were both convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin, along with five other defendants.

Fahad Hassan, 23, of Undine Street, London, was sentenced to 7 years 6 months in prison.

Said Mohamud, 28, of Bromar Road, London, was sentenced to 6 years.

Shafie Afrah, 28, of Kings Road, London, was sentenced to 6 years.

Hassan Abubaker, 23, of West Way, Edware, Middlesex, was sentenced to 6 years.

Sakariye Yasin, 25, of New Park Road, London was sentenced to 6 years.

The local drug runners were sentenced on Thursday 7 May.

Lee Haine, 26, of Birchy Barton Hill, Exeter and Robert Doyle, 34, of College Road, Exeter were both convicted of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin.

Both men were sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. Doyle was also sentenced to an additional 12 months for unrelated theft offences.

The other defendants were convicted of being concerned in the supply of heroin.

Philip Warton, 35, of Park Street, Crediton, was sentenced to three years in prison.

Nicola Martin, 33, of St David’s Hill, Exeter was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Christopher Edworthy, 39, of Heavitree Road, Exeter, John Acres, 44, of Exe Street, Exeter, and Richard Lewis, 52, of Slade Close, Plymouth, were all sentenced to two years in prison.

John Gill, 40, of Howarth Close, Sidmouth was sentenced to five years and seven months. This was the third time Gill has been convicted of similar offences and therefore received a more severe sentence.

Long delays on A38 following multi-vehicle accident

A collision reportedly involving eight vehicles on the A38 is causing long delays in Devon this morning.

At 8.04am police and paramedics were called to the A38 heading towards Exeter at Wrangaton, at South Brent near the petrol station, with reports of eight vehicles involved in a crash.

All lanes have reopened but there are still long delays

100 days to go until the Rugby World Cup

Exeter is one of the cities hosting the World Cup Credit: England Rugby 2015

It's 100 days to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Sandy Park in Exeter is one of 13 match venues.

The games at Sandy Park include:

- Tonga v Namibia, 29 September

- Namibia v Georgia, 7 October

- Italy v Romania, 11 October

It's thought the three matches at Sandy Park will generate £39 million of economic activity to city, create 286 new jobs, increase visitor numbers to the city and wider area and establish a long lasting legacy.

As well as the 100 day countdown to the start of the Tournament, the Webb Ellis Cup starts its journey around the UK and Ireland as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

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