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Exeter City blame low season ticket uptake for PFA loan

Exeter City have today expanded on their decision to apply for a loan from the PFA. It now means the club will be placed under a transfer embargo preventing them from signing players until the debt is repaid.

Today they released a new statement that goes into more detail on why they took the loan.

The Club had budgeted for the summer months as usual, however, due to many reasons; with the postponement of the New Year’s Day fixture v Wycombe, quickly followed by the Morecambe postponement being major elements, along with a lower than expected Season Ticket income through March and April we realised that with limited working capital available, a number of outstanding debts and no ability to borrow from the bank the Club was left with no other option than to take a loan of £100k from the PFA in early June.

– Exeter City Football Club

There will be no impact on the day to day running of the Club as the loan is required only to assist with cash-flow. The budget for the coming season has been set on the basis that we will establish a return to our more usual funding pattern for the year as a whole. The loan will be repaid to the PFA in early August.

Finally, none of the loan will be to assist with the historic return to Brazil in July, which is entirely self-funding, or any other out of the ordinary projects.

– Exeter City Football Club

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The Met Office's vital role in the D-Day landings

We've a fascinating insight now into the role the Met Office played in the lead up to the D-Day landings, which took place 70 years ago this week.

Historic charts in the National Meteorological archive in Exeter show how their forecasting played a crucial part in helping to determine the success of the landings. Richard Lawrence reports.

Thousands stolen from Exeter cashpoint

Police say thousands of pounds have been stolen from a Lloyds TSB bank at Pinhoe in Exeter.

The robbery took place on Sunday night. Staff discovered thieves had entered the bank through the roof.

This appears to be a well planned burglary and we are working with the bank staff and their security teams as the investigation continues.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed any unusual acting or any individuals acting suspiciously in the bank, or around the junction of Main Road and Station Road, in the days before the break in.

– Detective Sergeant Dean Bassett, Devon & Cornwall Police

Computer game to help blind people developed in Exeter

Work being done with partially sighted youngsters at Exeter could help stroke victims as well as others with visual impairment around the world.

Some sight problems are caused by the brain scrambling the signal from the eyes, so a new computer game is being developed to help eyes and brains work better together.

Jonathan Waddington received a research grant to develop the game at the WESC Foundation at Exeter.

Here's John Andrews' report.

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Tributes paid to 12-year-old who died after wall fall

Nicole Hartup, 12, who died after falling off a wall at a youth club in Exeter.
Nicole Hartup, 12, who died after falling off a wall at a youth club in Exeter. Credit: Facebook

Tributes have been paid to a 12-year-old girl who died after falling from a wall at a youth centre.

Nicole Hartup died in hospital following the accident at the Phoenix Club in Burnthouse Lane, Exeter, at around 8.45pm last night.

A memorial event has been planned for the schoolgirl, who was a student at Isca College of Media Arts in Exeter, on Saturday May 31 as family friends took to social media today to pay tribute to a "gorgeous young lady".

Nicole's aunt Sabina Denham wrote on Facebook: "My gorgeous, beautiful niece Nicole Hartup has gone to live with the angels.

"As everyone can imagine the family are absolutely devastated beyond words. Please respect our family's wishes while we are going through this awful grieving stage."

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The exact circumstances of this incident are still being investigated. At this time no other persons are being sought in connection with this."

Girl dies after falling from wall in Exeter

The girl died after falling a wall at the Phoenix Youth Club in Exeter. Credit: ITV News / Richard Lawrence

A 12-year-old girl has died after falling from a wall outside a youth club in Exeter.

Emergency services were called to the Phoenix Youth Club in Burnthouse Lane just before 9pm last night.

She was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital but died from her injuries.

Police are investigating, but said no-one else was being sought in connection with the incident.

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