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Cordon around Royal Clarence shrinks

The cordon around the fire-ravaged Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter has now been reduced, allowing a number of shops to reopen.

The cordon around the hotel has been reduced Credit: Exeter City Council

The High Street is now shut from House of Fraser to the Guildhall entrance. But it has allowed some businesses to reopen this lunchtime.

Exeter High Street today Credit: ITV West Country

Despite the easing of the cordon, some shops remain closed.

Closed shop in Exeter High St Credit: ITV West Country

Pedestrians can now access the whole of Gandy Street, and a new section of the lower end of the High Street.

As a result, the following businesses can now open: Urban Outfitters, White Co, Burton, Evans, Vision Express, Jigsaw, Anne Summers, Whittards, Shoe Zone, Claires, Prezzo, Phone Customise, Triumph, Millets, White Stuff and Halloween Show.

M&S and Tesco remain closed.


Couple marry in Exeter close to Royal Clarence Hotel

Nikki and Fraser had a photo outside the Guildhall with the help of the fire servce Credit: Exeter City Council

Despite the on-going work at the Royal Clarence Hotel Nikki and Fraser Burling-Hobbs were married today at the historic Guildhall close to the fire's location. They managed to get into the Guildhall via the rear entrance and firefighters made sure they were safe for a quick pic out the front.

It’s safe to say it’s a day they will remember for a long time!

Posing with firemen on their wedding day Credit: Exeter City Council


Water discolouration warning as fire rages on

South West Water are warning the public that there may be discolouration in their water supply whilst efforts are being made to tackle a huge fire in Exeter's city centre.

Credit: South West Water

The organisation have altered their network to maximise the amount of water available for the fire service.

As a result some customers in the city centre, and potentially in the Wonford area, could be experiencing low pressure or discolouration in their water.

The Royal Devon & Exeter and Nuffield hospitals are not being affected.

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