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Rapist fails in bid to clear his name

Jakub Tomczak Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police/PA Wire

A Polish student who raped a woman in Exeter and left her paralysed has had a bid to clear his name rejected.

Jakub Tomczak was jailed for life after the assault in 2006 which left his victim brain damaged and wheelchair bound.

The mother-of-one never recovered from her ordeal and died, from an aneurysm, aged 52 in 2010.

Yesterday the 32-year-old, who has since been transferred to a prison in his native country, saw his attempt to challenge his conviction thrown out by the country's top judges.


Chiefs away to Leicester in LV= Cup semi-finals

Tom James scores the Chiefs' second try at Saracens. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Defending champions Exeter Chiefs will be away to Leicester in the semi-finals of the LV= Cup.

They needed to beat Saracens this afternoon to have a home tie, but lost by 35-18. Sam Skinner and Tom James crossed for the Chiefs.

Saracens scored five tries, giving them a home match against Northampton in the last four.

Tourism leaders come together in Exeter

Tourism leaders will discuss wheelchair accessibility Credit: ITV News West Country

Westcountry tourism is a hot topic this week, as industry leaders come together today for a two-day conference in Exeter. They will discuss the South West's economy, and how best to make the region's best loved venues more accessible to people with special needs such as food allergies or disabilities.


Plans for Exeter's Roman remains to be revealed

Some of the greatest Roman remains in the West Country lie buried beneath Exeter Cathedral green Credit: PA

Exeter Cathedral will unveil details of its Foundations Project later today.

It has submitted plans to excavate the remains of a Roman Bath House which lie beneath Cathedral Green and hopes to build an underground visitor centre there.

It is estimated that the attraction would bring an extra 100,000 visitors to the city each year.

Policeman and two civilians appear in court in relation to Thomas Orchard's death

Sgt Jan Kingshott (centre) Credit: ITV News

A police sergeant and two civilian custody detention staff have today appeared at Exeter Magistrates Court to face charges in connection with the death of Thomas Orchard.

Sgt Jan Kingshott along with Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden were jointly charged with the allegation that they unlawful killed Thomas Orchard with the use of unreasonable force.

Simon Tansley (centre) Credit: ITV News

The three accused spoke only to confirm their names and the case was transferred to Bristol Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on Feb 26th.

Michael Marsden (centre) Credit: ITV News

Mr Orchard, a church caretaker, was arrested in Exeter City Centre in October 2012. He was taken to Heavitree Road police station and found to be unconscious in his cell a short while later. Mr Orchard died in hospital a week later.

Mr Orchard's mum Alison Orchard spoke of her frustration at the length of time it has taken for the case to get this far but she said the family were relieved that proceedings were now under way.

Cameron announces £88 million investment in South West

David Cameron visited the Exeter Science Park to announce the growth deal. Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister is on a whistle stop tour of the South West and has announced a £88 million investment into the area.

The money will be spent on various projects including building work, and road improvements and bringing broadband to remote areas.

The government says it will create 22,000 jobs and 11,000 new homes.

The investment will create 22,000 jobs Credit: ITV News
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