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Man appears in court after Exeter bank robbery

The Nat West branch in Exeter city centre was raided on Monday. Credit: ITV News West Country

A man from North Devon has has appeared in court charged in connection with a bank raid in Exeter.

Justin Bracken-Lee is accused of robbery at the Nat West bank on High Street on Monday. The 39-year-old from Ilfracombe is alleged to have stolen £3000.

He'll remain in custody until appearing at Exeter Crown Court next month.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Exeter'sChris Martin announce split

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who's from Exeter, have split after nearly 11 years of marriage, they have announced.

Exeter's Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow have announced their separation. Credit: REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino/Johannes Eisele

The online post was entitled "Conscious Uncoupling" but due to high volumes of traffic, the website was initially unavailable.

The statement reads: "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate."

"We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much, we will remain separate.

"We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been.

"We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time.

"We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner."

The couple, who married in 2003, have two children together, daughter Apple, nine, and son Moses, seven.

Bank raid in Exeter High Street

Police are searching for a man after a raid at a bank in Exeter.

A man walked into the High Street branch of the NatWest just after one o'clock this afternoon and demanded cash. He told the cashier he was armed.

The man made off with what Police are calling a 'substantial' quantity of cash - although they're not saying exactly how much was taken.

The cashier was unharmed - but shaken by the ordeal.

Police are now hunting for the man - he's described as white, clean shaven, of medium build, in his late 40s. He was wearing a blue w fleece or jacket - possibly khaki trousers.

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