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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.