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The Tongan team goes out for tea

The Tongan team, who are based at Sandy Park for the duration of the Rugby World Cup, have had a day out with their families in Exeter.

They absolutely had to try a Devon cream tea - though whether they put the jam on first or not was a closely-guarded secret.

The Tongans go out for a traditional cream tea Credit: ITV News
We do like a bit of jam on our scones Credit: ITV News

1,500-strong petition against strict uniform rules

1,500 people have signed a petition against uniform rules at West Exe School Credit: ITV News

1,500 parents and pupils have signed a petition to relax the rules on uniform at a school in Exeter.

New uniform regulations at the West Exe School ban 'aggressive hair' and tight-fitting trousers.

One pupil claims to have been suspended for being 'too blond' after returning from holiday with sun-bleached hair.

The school's head teacher says suspension is a last resort.


Rugby fever: Seth tries to channel Jonny Wilkinson

Our very own Seth Conway tried to channel Jonny Wilkinson last night. As you can see he wasn't very successful! Thankfully we think he'll be on ITV West Country for a few more years yet before England come calling!

Can you do any better? We'd love to see your skills with a rugby ball - can you emulate Jonny's winning kick? Send them in to us -

Commissioner to see how West Country crime victims are cared for

Credit: ITV West Country

Baroness Newlove, the Victim's Commissioner, will be seeing how Devon and Cornwall Police care for those who are affected by crime later.

The force's Victim Care Unit opened in Exeter earlier this year. It provides advice and support tailored to individuals, and can guide people to more than 60 organisations for specialist help.

Police 'very concerned' over missing man

Devon & Cornwall Police say's they're growing "very concerned" about a missing man in Exeter.

60-year-old Richard Beattie was last seen on Wednesday 9th - he left his accommodation in Alphington without any belongings.

Richard is described as 5’10’’ tall, with grey short thinning hair and of slight build. He was formally in the Navy and has spent most of his more recent life living in the Newton Abbot area. He may frequent pubs or other licensed premises.

Please call 999 quoting incident number 319/12/09/15 if seen or with any information.

– Devon & Cornwall Police


Hundreds gather in Exeter to support refugees

Hundreds gather in Exeter to support refugees Credit: ITV News

Hundreds have been marching through the streets of Exeter in support of refugees.

In response to the escalating European refugee crisis campaigners gathered outside Exeter cathedral earlier today.

Money was collected for Refugee Support Devon, a local charity who support refugees and their families to ensure that they are given the protection they need and are able to settle successfully in the local community.

This is truly a community event. It is amazing to see the speed at which individuals and local groups have come together to show that they care about what is happening to the refugees, and to remind the government that these people are not numbers or statistics but our fellow human beings who need our help.

– Christine Singfield, Rally organiser

Ben Bradshaw misses out on deputy leader role

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw, Labour Credit: PA

Exeter's Labour MP has missed out on the deputy Labour leadership.

Ben Bradshaw was up against four other candidates but failed to make it through the first round. Mr Bradshaw got just over 39,000 votes - which was less than 10%.

It was West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson who went on to become the Labour's party deputy leader.

Oops... bit of a rubbish driver

Credit: Irving of Exeter

A red-faced binman demonstrated his rubbish driving earlier when he became wedged in a ford.

The crew were reversing to gain access to homes in Ide when the heavy truck slipped off the side of the road into the water.

They were unable to shift the lorry, and a tow truck was called out to try and free the stranded refuse workers who regularly use the waterway to access homes on The College.

'Mindless vandals' booby-trap pre-school playarea

Redhills Primary School in Exeter. Credit: Redhills Primary School

Police are hunting "mindless vandals" who booby-trapped a pre-school play area with fishing wire.

Staff at Exeter's Redhills Primary School discovered dangerous fish hooks and wire on the equipment used by two-year-olds.

The wire had been taped to the equipment and weighed down. It was cleared away as soon as it was discovered.

The primary school took to Twitter to share their disgust.

Incredibly police say more hooks and wire were found on equipment - this time oranges had been placed into socks to weigh the wire down.

Residents have been urged to be vigilant and contact police if they see any suspicious activity around the school playground, in Landhayes Road.

Headteacher Stuart Busby says he's appalled:

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