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Will Ben Bradshaw be backed for deputy leader?

Ben Bradshaw is hoping to stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party Credit: PA

Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw will learn today whether he's secured enough nominations to stand as his party's deputy leader.

Late yesterday he'd won the backing of 25 fellow MPs, still ten short of the number needed. Nominations close at midday.

Replica of Magna Carta goes on show in Exeter

Even a copy of Magna Carta is historically important Credit: ITV News

A copy of the Magna Carta, which is marking its 800th anniversary, has gone on show at Exeter Cathedral.

The replica of one of Britain's most important historical documents is believed to have been given to the city to ensure it was maintained for the future following the loss of one of the original copies in a fire in London.

Magna Carta is regarded as the document which heralded modern democracy.


70 years in prison for organised crime group

Fathi Ahmed, John Gill and Yahya Hashi Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A drugs gang from London and their Exeter-based drugs runners have been sentenced to over 70 years in prison at Exeter Crown Court.

All 15 defendants pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs or the concern in the supply of class A drugs after a 16-month police operation.

Yahya Hashi, 25, of Spicer Road, London and Fathi Ahmed, 29, of Pilgrim Hill, London, were the leaders of the drugs gang who brought cocaine and heroin to the streets of Exeter. Each were sentenced to 8 years in prison.

They were both convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin, along with five other defendants.

Fahad Hassan, 23, of Undine Street, London, was sentenced to 7 years 6 months in prison.

Said Mohamud, 28, of Bromar Road, London, was sentenced to 6 years.

Shafie Afrah, 28, of Kings Road, London, was sentenced to 6 years.

Hassan Abubaker, 23, of West Way, Edware, Middlesex, was sentenced to 6 years.

Sakariye Yasin, 25, of New Park Road, London was sentenced to 6 years.

The local drug runners were sentenced on Thursday 7 May.

Lee Haine, 26, of Birchy Barton Hill, Exeter and Robert Doyle, 34, of College Road, Exeter were both convicted of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin.

Both men were sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. Doyle was also sentenced to an additional 12 months for unrelated theft offences.

The other defendants were convicted of being concerned in the supply of heroin.

Philip Warton, 35, of Park Street, Crediton, was sentenced to three years in prison.

Nicola Martin, 33, of St David’s Hill, Exeter was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Christopher Edworthy, 39, of Heavitree Road, Exeter, John Acres, 44, of Exe Street, Exeter, and Richard Lewis, 52, of Slade Close, Plymouth, were all sentenced to two years in prison.

John Gill, 40, of Howarth Close, Sidmouth was sentenced to five years and seven months. This was the third time Gill has been convicted of similar offences and therefore received a more severe sentence.

Long delays on A38 following multi-vehicle accident

A collision reportedly involving eight vehicles on the A38 is causing long delays in Devon this morning.

At 8.04am police and paramedics were called to the A38 heading towards Exeter at Wrangaton, at South Brent near the petrol station, with reports of eight vehicles involved in a crash.

All lanes have reopened but there are still long delays

100 days to go until the Rugby World Cup

Exeter is one of the cities hosting the World Cup Credit: England Rugby 2015

It's 100 days to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Sandy Park in Exeter is one of 13 match venues.

The games at Sandy Park include:

- Tonga v Namibia, 29 September

- Namibia v Georgia, 7 October

- Italy v Romania, 11 October

It's thought the three matches at Sandy Park will generate £39 million of economic activity to city, create 286 new jobs, increase visitor numbers to the city and wider area and establish a long lasting legacy.

As well as the 100 day countdown to the start of the Tournament, the Webb Ellis Cup starts its journey around the UK and Ireland as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.


Tackle poverty, religious figures tell PM as Parliament opens

Canon Chancellor Anna Norman-Walker said deficit reduction must not come at the expense of the poor. Credit: ITV News

As the Queen officially opens Parliament today, senior religious figures in the South West are urging the government to put tackling poverty at the heart of its agenda for the next five years.

Canon Chancellor Anna Norman-Walker from Exeter Cathedral says it's vital the most vulnerable are not forgotten by the Prime Minister. She told ITV News West Country that economic prosperity must be felt across society.

Exeter's Custom House reopens as a visitor centre

Credit: Exeter City Council

Exeter's famous Custom House has reopened as visitor centre. The landmark building, which for centuries was used to collect taxes on goods entering the city, will celebrate the history of the Quay and Canal.

The visitor centre has relocated from the nearby Quay House just across the road to the 300-year-old Custom House.

Credit: Exeter City Council

Exeter Roman baths project rejected for Lottery funding

Plans to uncover extensive remains of a first century Roman bath house in Exeter have stalled after the venture failed to attract funding.

Exeter Cathedral applied for Heritage Lottery funding to reveal the remains under Cathedral Green, which are believed to be the second most important building of their time in the country.

However the charity, which distributes National Lottery money, says more work must first be done to safeguard the future of the Cathedral itself.

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

We are very naturally very disappointed that our innovative proposal to uncover Exeter's most significant hidden treasure, the extensive remains of a first century Roman Bath house under Cathedral Green, has not been successful in attracting Heritage Lottery funding.

We had worked closely with English Heritage and other key bodies right up to the moment we submitted our bid, and had hoped that the project's vision - one shared by the people of Exeter and its civic and parliamentary leaders - would also inspire the HLF.

– The Very Revd Jonathan Draper, Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral

The Cathedral unveiled details of its Foundations Project in February.

It submitted plans to excavate the remains of the Roman Bath House and hoped 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.

HLF takes its role of investing National Lottery players' money extremely seriously and we only support projects that we are confident can deliver long-term benefits. In this case, we were concerned about the impact the development would have on the Cathedral itself. There was also a considerable partnership funding shortfall.

– Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF
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