Browsing: Exeter

Police investigating a robbery in the Exeter catacombs, where a man was attacked, are appealing for information. Devon and Cornwall Police said the victim, a man in his 20s, was punched to the ground and kicked repeatedly while he was on the floor. Officers said the attack happened in the Exe Street area of the city between 6pm and 6.30pm on Thursday, July 2. The victim’s mobile phone and blue rucksack were stolen and he suffered bruising and a chipped front tooth. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “It is believed the assault involved four suspects who ran off…

A city council watchdog is to review whether the 115-year-old statue of General Buller in Exeter is ‘still appropriate’.  The future of the controversial landmark, on the corner of New North Road and Hele Road, was discussed by the authority’s executive last night (Tuesday). I want to make it perfectly clear, we are not putting Buller on trial or trying to rewrite history or wipe it away… Members agreed a scrutiny committee should look into whether the monument’s ‘prominence is still appropriate’ to the people of Exeter. And a temporary information board is being prepared with details on its history,…

Plans to temporarily pedestrianise part of Topsham town centre have been scrapped due to a lack of public support.  The mooted measure in Fore Street had been aimed at boosting business and keeping shoppers safe following the coronavirus lockdown. Full pedestrianisation at this stage isn’t wanted by the traders and we respect that… But traders and residents feared the move could turn Topsham into a ‘ghost town’. A snap poll took place last week and, following the results, the proposals have been halted. Representatives and officers will now explore if there are any alternative safety measures that can be brought…

Police have thanked the public in Devon for ‘playing their part’ in stopping the spread of the coronavirus during Super Saturday. Devon and Cornwall Police said the region experienced an influx of visitors, with traffic on the M5 at Exeter at a standstill, when pubs, hotels and campsites were given permission to reopen on July 4 – dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ – some three months after the coronavirus lockdown. The force said police had not needed to use their powers to close any venues on Saturday. Jim Pearce, Devon and Cornwall Police Assistant Chief Constable, said: “As we had anticipated it…

Patients needing scans and tests for cancer and other treatments will be seen at the Exeter Nightingale Hospital until the building is needed by coronavirus medics. This week it was confirmed there was no immediate need to use the newly-built Nightingale hospital for COVID-19 patients so it would support local GPs and medics to offer faster access to tests and CT scans. The hospital, in Moor Lane, Sowton, will remain ready to receive coronavirus patients if the number of cases in the region rises significantly. Across the UK thousands of patients have had NHS treatments stopped, or delayed, and scans…

Cash from a £500,000 ‘fighting fund’ is to help tackle alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour on Exmouth seafront and in Exeter. Orcombe Point and the city’s quay and cathedral are among 20 locations that will benefit from funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. The extra money aims to make popular beauty spots safer and cleaner this summer with a surge of visitors expected from Saturday (July 4) as lockdown is eased further. It can be spent on street marshals, CCTV, volunteer schemes like street pastors, and the provision of temporary toilets. Booze-fuelled mass brawls on Exmouth beach…

Plans have been submitted to demolish the shut Clifton Hill Sports Centre in Exeter and replace it with 44 new homes. The city council scheme would see 11 flats and 33 houses constructed on the site, its parking area and an adjacent rifle range building. A golf driving range, ski-slope, and Belmont Park green space would remain untouched. The townhouses reflect the character of the Newtown area in particular, the area surrounding Belmont Park, and offer much-needed family living space in the heart of Exeter… Applicant Exeter City Living wants to construct homes ‘of the highest quality and environmental standards’. Plan…

Exeter High Street needs to be more than just a shopping hub in order to survive in a post-Covid-19 world, a retail roundtable has suggested.  Some 100 traders and representatives took part in the event which heard the city centre must adapt to carry on thriving after the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has seen city centre footfall drop while online shopping has increased further. Only ten per cent of those who took part in the Exeter City Futures-hosted roundtable were ‘very confident’ that the retail sector can continue to thrive. Some 25 per cent were ‘confident’, with 46 per cent…

The fate of controversial plans to install a 5G mast at the St Thomas Shopping Centre in Exeter will be decided tomorrow (Monday, June 29).  Proposals for the 20-metre-high telecommunication monopole in Cowick Street have been recommended for approval. Applicant and mobile network operator Hutchison 3G UK Limited – commonly known as Three – says there is an ‘acute need’ for such a structure. The visual impact is considered to be outweighed by the substantial public benefit arising from the provision of 5G services…The scheme has attracted more than 150 objections and just five letters of support. Concerns expressed include safety…

A ship’s mast measuring 53 metres will be transported in a convoy along the M5 at Exeter on Friday morning, June 26. Police will be escorting the large convoy carrying the 53-metre mast, measuring 2.55 metres wide, along the route from Exeter to Cornwall, with the group expected to leave Exeter at 9.30am. Devon and Cornwall Police warned motorists to expect some disruption as the load is transported towards Falmouth. A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Police will be providing a full escort to the convoys and drivers can expect some disruption and possible delays during this time.” Under-construction…

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