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Huge queues as fire-damaged Exeter shop re-opens

There were long queues in the centre of Exeter today as a clothing and homeware shop reopened for the first time since the Royal Clarence Hotel fire.

Laura Ashley in the High Street has been closed since the hotel in Cathedral Green burned down at the end of October.

The store is currently offering 60 per cent off its smoke damaged stock.

The shop was one of three still closed in the heart of Exeter - with Costa and Waterstones yet to open.


Armed robbery in Exeter

An investigation is underway after an armed robbery in Exeter.

A man with a large knife entered the Esso petrol station on Cowley Bridge Road at lunchtime yesterday.

He threatened a member of staff and made off with around £400.

No one was injured and no customers were in the store at the time.


  • white
  • late 30s
  • slim build
  • 5ft 10 ins
  • wearing a black hooded jacket with a black scarf across his face, dark trousers, and black gloves
  • thought to have a local Exeter accent.

This is a shocking and serious crime and we are determined to identify and apprehend the man responsible.

The staff at the shop were thankfully unhurt but understandably distressed.

– Detective Inspector Tanya Youngs


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