Browsing: Exeter

University of Exeter students have been asked not to meet indoors with anyone who is not part of their household for the next fortnight. More than half of Covid-19 cases confirmed in the city in the previous week have been attributed to the university, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. This has mainly from students unwittingly arriving having already been infected elsewhere in the country. Now, following discussions with Public Health England, Devon County Council and Exeter City Council, the university is asking students to take the additional measures to avoid further local restrictions. A coronavirus ‘cluster’ in the Pennsylvania…

Formal identification has now taken place in connection with the suspected murder of a woman from Exeter, police say. Police have confirmed that the body discovered in the city centre in September is that of Lorraine Cox, aged 32, from Exeter. The inquest into Lorraine’s death was opened and adjourned today (Tuesday, September 29) by the Coroner. Devon and Cornwall Police said Lorraine’s family has been kept informed of the updates and are being supported by trained officers. The family has continued to ask for their privacy to be respected. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Formal identification has…

The Deaf Academy in Exmouth has been gifted a batch of transparent face masks after a pupil’s dad turned to his favourite rugby team. Tim Phillips realised his son Oliver, 14, and his fellow classmates would struggle to communicate wearing standard coverings so approached the Exeter Chiefs Foundation. Although, in the scheme of things, it was a small contribution for our charity to make, it is one that will make a huge difference to a lot of people – Tony Rowe OBE Trustees of the club’s charity arm handed over a box of the items – complete with see-through panels…

Traffic has been barred from a ‘dangerous’ Exeter road in a bid to boost walking and cycling in the city. Doctors Walk is the latest route to be closed to vehicles in a move which highways chiefs say has been ‘a local aspiration for years’. Devon County Council (DCC) says the ‘pop-up’ measure is among many boosting safety and providing alternatives to public transport by encouraging active travel. The authority added its newest scheme will reduce traffic for residents in Balls Farm Road. It will also improve pedestrian and cycle access from Ide village to local schools – like West…

A coronavirus ‘cluster’ in the Pennsylvania and University area of Exeter has risen to 41 cases, according to government statistics. The ward is currently the only one in the city and East Devon the be designated as such. A cluster is where there have been three or more confirmed cases in a week. The latest data map includes lab-confirmed positive cases of coronavirus reported by September 24 – with specimen dates between September 16 and 22. Government figures are based on Middle Super Output Areas (MSOA) in England – broken down into zones of around 7,200 people. The Local Democracy…

Eleven new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in East Devon in the past week – with 50 more in Exeter. Government statistics show numbers across Devon and Cornwall have more than doubled in seven days. An overall total of 294 cases have now been confirmed in East Devon and 353 in Exeter, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. Figures published yesterday (Friday, September 25), a total 365 new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed across Devon and Cornwall in the past week. This is compared to 155 in the previous seven days. The numbers come from both ‘pillar one’ data, from…

Exeter City Football Club is to explore whether it should leave its St James Park home of more than a century and relocate elsewhere.  The Grecians have agreed to a feasibility study to examine the benefits and disadvantages of a potential move and what, if any, possible opportunities there are for a new stadium and sporting facility. It is all part of Exeter City Council starting preparations for a new Local Plan which will guide developments over the next 20 years, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. The club has played at St James Park since its formation in 1904 and recently…

This striking new ‘fly-through’ video gives a glimpse of how a £44millon state-of-the-art new leisure centre will look when it opens in Exeter next year. The quality is fantastic, and what we will see at the end of it all will be just breathtaking…Work on St Sidwell’s Point is continuing in the city centre with the structure rising above the hoarding line and the striking curve of the building starting to take shape. It is due to open in the summer of 2021 and will be the first Passivhaus energy efficiency-standard leisure complex in the country. Exeter City Council leader Councillor…

Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist was critically injured in a two-vehicle crash on the M5 in Exeter. Emergency services including the air ambulance were called to the motorway’s Junction 30 southbound on-slip at Sandygate at around 4.10pm yesterday (Friday, September 25). The collision involved a green Royal Enfield motorcycle and a blue VW Scirocco. The road was closed for a number of hours whilst a forensic examination of the collision scene was conducted… A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “The male rider of the motorcycle was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, with critical injures…

Police divers on Friday (September 25) were seen searching part of the River Exe in relation to a murder investigation following the disappearance of 32-year-old Lorraine Cox in Exeter. The Devon and Cornwall Police Dive and Marine Unit was spotted near the Mill on the Exe, as force divers scoured the waters nearby as part of an ongoing investigation. Lorraine was last seen in Exeter city centre in the early hours of Tuesday, September 1, and had initially been treated as a missing person after her friends and relatives raised concerns for her welfare. Specialist officers have been carrying out…

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