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The Trencherman's Guide is launched in Exeter

The Trencherman's Guide is launched in Exeter Credit: ITV News West Country

The strength of culinary skill in the West Country will be revealed in Exeter today at the launch of the new Trencherman's guide. It's the longest-standing guide to dining in the region.

Leading Michelin star chefs like Michael Canes and Rick Stein will be at the launch to mark the growth of the industry.


Michelle's death was 'accidental'

The inquest into the death of Michelle Conroy heard she was killed when when storms brought down a tree weighing 10 tonnes onto the tent she was sleeping in.

The 21 year old, who was homeless, suffered an "acute severe head injury" during the accident in November 2012.

Today's inquest at Devon County Hall in Exeter heard "severe weather" - high gusts of wind and torrential rain - at the time of the incident caused damage across the country, with 800 homes flooded.

Dr Elizabeth Earland, coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon, concluded the death had been accidental.

The inquest was told Miss Conroy, who was born in Bournemouth, moved to the south west of England in 2007, after being placed in foster care in Guernsey.

She was believed to be "vulnerable" and given a place at Esther Community, a women's hostel in Exeter, but often did not stay there.

Dr Earland noted that no members of Miss Conroy's family attended the hearing, but extended her sympathies to them.

The Revd Canon Anna Norman-Walker runs a soup kitchen for homeless people in Exeter on Fridays. She says she used to see Michelle every week:-

Inquest opens

The inquest has opened at County Hall in Exeter, into the death of a woman after storms brought down a tree on the tent she was sleeping in.

21 year old Michelle Conroy died and two men were injured when the large spruce came down in Exeter in November 2012.

Emergency services managed to free Michelle, who was sleeping rough, but she later died from her injuries in hospital.

Devon and Cornwall Police said Miss Conroy was in a sleeping bag in a tent underneath the tree when it came down in a "tragic accident".

Tributes were left on Facebook to Ms Conroy, including from her partner David Browning:-

You will always be in my heart but it should never have happened to you.

You were too young we still had a whole life to live together.

And thanks to all my friends for the support and I'm sorry to all Michelle's family and friends.

It was a tragic accident.

– David Browning, Michelle Conroy's partner

Inquest begins into death of woman crushed by tree

Michelle Conroy was sleeping rough under the tree Credit: ITV News West Country

An inquest will start later into the death of a homeless woman who crushed by a falling tree.

Michelle Conroy was sleeping rough in her tent underneath the tree in Exeter when it fell in stormy weather in November 2012. The 21 year old died from her injuries in hospital.


Celebrations as ship's crew gets Freedom of Exeter

The Mayor of Exeter inspects the ship's company. Credit: ITV News/Richard Lawrence

The 200-strong crew of HMS Defender have been granted the Freedom of Exeter, and are marching through the city for the first time today.

The honour celebrates the official affiliation between the city and the state-of-the-art Type 45 Destroyer.

HMS Defender on the River Clyde, Glasgow, where she was built. Credit: PA

100 jobs on offer at Exeter adventure park

The staff are needed for the busy summer season at Crealy Credit: ITV News West Country

100 jobs are being created at Crealy Adventure Park in Exeter. The extra staff are needed to cover the busy summer period. The family-run park recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

A selection process will take place this weekend at the park near Clyst St Mary.

RD&E Hospital faces £2.7million shortfall

Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital faces cash shortfall Credit: ITV News West Country

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital is heading for a £2.7million hole in its budget this year.

It's had to make efficiency savings of £11 million pounds over the past four years despite increasing demand, particularly from older patients. The hospital trust says the deficit is just one per cent of its budget and is not planning major cuts.

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