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Police say suitcases found in Exeter were not explosive devices

One of the suitcases was found on railings in York Road outside a school Credit: ITV News

Police have confirmed that two suitcases found in Exeter containing wires and electronics were not explosive devices.

But they're still being classed as suspicious devices and an urgent investigation is underway as to why they were left in York Rd outside a school and in King William Street.

An air cannon was used to open one of the suitcases which caused a large boom sound but was not a controlled explosion.


Police investigate two suspicious devices in Exeter

Part of Exeter has been sealed off while police investigate the discovery of a suspicious package Credit: ITV News West Country

Police are investigating the discovery of two suspicious packages in Exeter.

The first was found in York Road, near Sidwell Street. A number of road closures remain in place.

St Sidwell’s School has also been evacuated. Road closures at York Road on both the Sidwell Street and Longbrook Street entrances are in place.

At around 9.15am today, Monday, 29 June a second suspect package has been found at the King William Street Car Park in Exeter City Centre.

This has resulted in further road closures in the area and evacuation of a small number of local properties.

Exact road closures are currently being confirmed, but congestion in the area is extensive and motorists are asked to avoid the area if at all possible.

Anyone for ping pong?

Ping pong tables have taken over parts of Exeter for the summer Credit: ITV News

Ping Pong tables are popping up all over Exeter. There are tables in places like Princeshay and the Cathedral Green for through the summer. They're free for people to use.

Today there are master classes from experienced players.

It's the sixth year of the event. Tables are also being placed around Plymouth.

Shocking images show destruction caused by army truck crash

Credit: Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

These shocking images from Salisbury Plain (from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue) show the extent of the destruction caused by a crash during army training involving soldiers from Exeter.

Police, fire crews, paramedics, air ambulance teams, emergency response doctors and military personnel worked together to help those injured, including 11 soldiers who were hospitalised.


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.

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.

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