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Roads closed on Great West Run Weekend

The Great West Run is taking place on Sunday 15th October and the city of Exeter will be filled with runners.

As a result, roads will be closed and diversions will be in place.

Take a look below to see if your journey is going to be affected.

A number of roads will be closed this weekend. Credit: The Great West Run

Exeter Coach strike suspended after union members offered new deal

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Hundreds of bus workers in Devon are set to suspend upcoming strike action after management tabled new pay proposals.

The strike action was due to start on Friday 13th October, Tuesday 17th October and Monday 30th October 2017 but has been suspended.

The RMT union has instructed its members to work as normal on those days.

After careful consideration and noting this development, the union’s National Executive Committee has decided to suspend the planned industrial action. The union will now conduct a referendum on the new proposals in the coming days.

This shows yet again what can be achieved when trade union members stand together. It is a tribute to our members that the union has been able to make Stagecoach South West come back to the table with an improved offer.

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary


Exeter City Council to clamp down on dog fouling

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People in Exeter who don't clean up after their dog will face fixed penalty fines in the future.

The City Council says it is planning to clamp down on offenders over a 12-month period.

The move is part of a pilot project to tackle dog fouling and littering problems across Exeter.

Like many cities, Exeter faces issues with dog walkers not using the correct bins for waste. Credit: ITV West Country

Former Exeter Police constable sentenced for indecent images offences

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A former Exeter police constable has been sentenced for indecent images offences.

Devon and Cornwall Police say Jonathan Fulcher, 34, has been sentenced to eight months in jail suspended for two years, given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the sex offenders register for making indecent images of a child between June 2010 and October 2016, and possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate.

Fulcher, from Crediton, was a serving police officer in Exeter but was suspended from duty at the start of the criminal investigation.

Police say a Special Case Hearing was held on 3 July 2017 and Fulcher was dismissed from the police service without notice.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton says Fulcher acted in "a wholly inappropriate and criminal manner".

Devon and Cornwall Police expects the highest ethical and professional conduct from all officers and staff operating within the Force, and robustly investigates misconduct and allegations of criminal offences.

The vast majority of our staff demonstrate commitment on a daily basis to these professional standards and the Force’s obligation to instil public confidence in the police service. Fulcher’s actions have fallen well below these standards and his behaviour has let the police service and the public down.

– Russ Middleton, Assistant Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall Police


Pigeons 'being captured for food' in Exeter

Pigeons on a city street. Credit: PA

A Police Community Support Officer working in Devon says she's had reports that people have been capturing city dwelling pigeons - in order to eat them.

Sarah Giles was patrolling Sidwell Street in Exeter when she heard news of people capturing the birds.

She says she's looking into the matter.

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The RSPCA have been informed.

M5 reopens following serious collision

Holiday traffic was gridlocked on the M5 in Devon this evening after the motorway was completely closed following an accident. The M5 southbound has now fully re-opened with the traffic beginning to ease but there had been approximately three miles of queuing traffic.

The Devon Air Ambulance landed on the motorway. Credit: David Rote

Police held back drivers to allow an air ambulance to land on the southbound carriageway following the crash, believed to involve just one vehicle. The northbound carriageway was shut for a while safety reasons.

The scene earlier. Credit: ITV West Country
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