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Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter

The Webb Ellis Cup will be on display at Exeter's Guildhall and Sandy Park Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The Rugby World Cup comes to Exeter tomorrow (Saturday). The Webb Ellis Cup will be on display at Exeter’s Guildhall and at Sandy Park, one of the 13 venues for Rugby World Cup 2015.

The visit comes as up to one million tickets go on general sale for all 48 matches at Rugby World Cup 2015. This includes tickets for Tonga v Namibia, Namibia v Georgia and Italy v Romania which will both be played at Sandy Park. People can have their picture taken with the Webb Ellis Cup Trophy at the Guildhall on the High Street from 10.00am until 12noon.

The Trophy will then make the short journey across the city to Sandy Park to celebrate the reopening of the stadium after it’s summer re-development. Fans attending the Exeter Chiefs’ first home game of the season against Leicester Tigers will also be able to see the Trophy and have their picture taken with it, between 1pm and 3pm.

Having the Webb Ellis Cup in Exeter for such an exciting day was a too big to miss. The development work that has taken place at Sandy Park over the summer has been outstanding and Exeter is very proud to have such a forward thinking Rugby club within the city.

– Cllr Rosie Denham Lead Councillor for Economy & Culture


Researchers in Devon join forces to beat dementia

Dementia researchers in Exeter and Plymouth have been brought together in a new bid to beat dementia.

Alzheimer's Research UK is donating £50,000 over ther next two years to create a centre of excellence. The investment is part of the charity's £100m Defeat Dementia fundraising campaign.

Stalker will appeal his life sentence

Joe Willis stalked Helen Pearson for five years before stabbing her

A stalker who subjected a neighbour to a five-year campaign of intimidation before stabbing her is trying to overturn his life sentence for attempted murder.

Joe Willis was convicted in April of attacking Helen Pearson from Exeter with a pair of scissors. He stalked her for five years before the attempted murder in St Bartholomew's Cemetery last October.


Work begins to widen access road to Exeter Airport

Work to widen the access road into Exeter Airport has begun. Credit: ITV News West Country

Passengers flying from Exeter Airport are being urged to allow more time for their journey after roadworks on the access route began today.

There are traffic lights on the main road into the airport while work starts on a project to widen the road.

It's due to finish in March, but the traffic lights will only be there until October.

Exeter custody suite reopens after Ebola scare

A police custody suite in Exeter has reopened after an Ebola scare.

The centre at Exeter's Heavitree Road was closed on Thursday night after a 29-year-old African women was arrested and shown symptoms associated with the Ebola virus.

She was treated in hospital and the custody suite was given a thorough clean before it reopened. She later tested negative to the virus.

Exeter City's transfer embargo lifted

Exeter City have signed former Preston striker Graham Cummins. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Exeter City's transfer embargo has just been lifted after the club repaid a short-term loan.

City have been unable to sign and register any players this summer after the Professional Footballers' Association provided help with running costs.

But they've already moved fast and signed former Preston striker Graham Cummins who could play in tomorrow's Devon derby against Plymouth Argyle.

We’re pleased to report that the funds have been put in place and that both the PFA and Football League have confirmed that the embargo can now be lifted.

It won’t mean an influx of players to St James Park but it will mean the manager will be able to do a little bit of business.

It has been achieved and everyone at the club is delighted, and now we need to move on.

– Vice-chairman Julian Tagg

Exeter City's Chief Executive resigns

The football season gets underway tomorrow for all of our professional sides - and today we look at the hopes for Exeter City.

It's been a turbulent summer at St James Park. The club has run out of cash, and been banned from signing any new players.

Today the Chief Executive resigned - following other senior management out of the door - as the season begins in crisis.

Seth Conway reports:

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