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Wales and West Utilities 'still not yet able to say' how long it will take to restore gas to part of Exeter.

The IKEA site on the A379 where a gas pipe was damaged during works. Credit: ITV West Country

Wales and West Utilities says it is "still not yet able to say" how long it will take to restore gas to part of Exeter after contractors caused damage.

Darryl Goddard, Wales & West Utilities Area Engineering Manager for South West England says “We would like to thank local people for their patience while we repair the damage caused to the gas network by contractors working in the area.”

Mr Goddard has also given an update on progress in restoring the gas supply.

“We have now visited 90% of affected homes to turn their gas off and are making good progress in repairing the damage to the pipe.

"We will need to visit every customer again to safely turn their gas back on. All our engineers are carrying identification.

“This is a very complex job we are still not yet able to say how long it will take. We have more than 50 engineers working round the clock to get the gas flowing again as safely and as quickly as possible.

“We are giving vulnerable customers in the area alternative heating and cooking facilities if required. If anyone needs assistance or knows of a neighbour who may, contact us on 0800 912 2999."

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Man arrested following stabbing in Exeter

Police have arrested a man following a stabbing in Exeter.

Emergency crews were called to the city centre during the early hours of this morning after a reported stabbing in the Queen Street area.

Sgt Harry Tangye of Devon and Cornwall Police was called to the scene. He Tweeted this image which shows a police dog being deployed in the search for the weapon.

He also credited CCTV with helping in the arrest.

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Roads closed on Great West Run Weekend

The Great West Run is taking place on Sunday 15th October and the city of Exeter will be filled with runners.

As a result, roads will be closed and diversions will be in place.

Take a look below to see if your journey is going to be affected.

A number of roads will be closed this weekend. Credit: The Great West Run

Exeter Coach strike suspended after union members offered new deal

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Hundreds of bus workers in Devon are set to suspend upcoming strike action after management tabled new pay proposals.

The strike action was due to start on Friday 13th October, Tuesday 17th October and Monday 30th October 2017 but has been suspended.

The RMT union has instructed its members to work as normal on those days.

After careful consideration and noting this development, the union’s National Executive Committee has decided to suspend the planned industrial action. The union will now conduct a referendum on the new proposals in the coming days.

This shows yet again what can be achieved when trade union members stand together. It is a tribute to our members that the union has been able to make Stagecoach South West come back to the table with an improved offer.

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary
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