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Bugles sound on in city centre in fox hunt protest

Shoppers in Exeter were transported to the countryside on Sunday as the Devon Coalition to Save the Hunting Act staged a hunt on the High Street.

The stunt comes before a Commons vote on Wednesday to amend the Hunting Act.

Campaigners dressed as hounds, a fox, a huntsman and a spade-wielding terrierman sped down the High Street, culminating with a 'kill' in Bedford Square.

Credit: Devon Coalition to Protect the Hunting Ban.

Webb Ellis Cup inspires West's young rugby players

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The Rugby World Cup trophy has been touring the West Country this week as a pre-taste of the tournament, which starts later this year.

Jacquie Bird met some of the young players hoping the trophy brings them luck for their rugby futures - including girls' teams determined to show it's not just a boy's sport.

The cup continues its tour, visiting Exeter tomorrow and Friday.

The tournament itself starts on September 18, with some matches played at Exeter's Sandy Park.

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Rugby World Cup arrives in the West Country

The Webb Ellis Trophy visits the West Country as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour Credit: Hannah McKay/PA

The Webb Ellis Trophy is in the West Country today as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

It'll begin its journey at the Eden Project before heading to Perranporth Beach. It then moves east - taking in Haytor on Dartmoor, Sandy Park in Exeter and Weymouth.

Sandy Park is hosting three games during the competition which is due to kick off in September.

Meanwhile the fixtures for next season's premiership campaign have been revealed. Exeter Chiefs open their season away at Bath on October 17th. Their first home match is against London Welsh on October 24th.

Exeter suspicious devices were "old computer materials"

A bomb disposal squad examined the packages yesterday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The suspect suitcases which brought Exeter to a standstill yesterday contained "old computer materials and electrical wiring".

Police say one person left the suitcases in a skip, and somebody else took them, but abandoned them on York Road and King William Street with "no malicious intent".

The nearby primary school and the surrounding area were closed for around seven hours, with hundreds of homes evacuated, while a Royal Navy bomb disposal squad examined the devices.

Man responsible for Exeter bomb scare left packages "innocently"

A bomb disposal squad examined the packages yesterday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police have found the man responsible for a bomb scare which brought Exeter to a standstill yesterday.

He is described by police as a "local hoarder", who left the two suitcases containing wires and electronics in York Road and King William Street "completely innocently".

The nearby primary school and the surrounding area were closed for around seven hours, with hundreds of homes evacuated, while a Royal Navy bomb disposal squad examined the devices.

Hundreds of homes in Exeter were evacuated yesterday. Credit: ITV News

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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.

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