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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


Lorry driver arrested after pedestrian is killed in Exeter

The crash, along with a fatal accident on the M5, caused major delays in the area Credit: ITV News

A man has died after a collision with a lorry on the outskirts of Exeter.

Emergency crews were called to Exhibition Way, Pinhoe at 2.30pm today, 27 January, after reports that a pedestrian was seriously injured. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 53-year-old male lorry driver, from Street in Somerset, has been arrested on suspicion of death by careless driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

The victim's family are currently being traced.

Serious collision closes M5 northbound

The M5 is expected to remain closed for several hours causing major delays Credit: ITV News

A serious collision involving a car and a lorry has closed the M5 Northbound between Exeter and Cullompton.

It's expected to remain closed for several hours causing major delays. The driver of the car has been seriously injured. The extent of the injuries of others involved is not yet known.

The northbound carriageway is closed between junction 30 and junction 28.

Man tasered near Exeter University after allegedly shouting support for IS

Police in Devon have arrested a man who allegedly resisted arrest and shouted support for Islamic State.

He was tasered during a stand-off near Exeter University after officers were called to New North Road on Saturday, January 10.

Nicholas Towler, 34, of Coronation Terrace, Ilfracombe, has been charged with two offences of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and causing actual bodily harm to an officer.

He was remanded in custody by Exeter Magistrates to appear at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday, February 5.

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