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Man in hospital after suspected stabbing in Plymouth

BBC Radio Devon

A man has been taken to hospital after a suspected stabbing in Plymouth.

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Police were called to Alexandra Road at about 14:55 to a "report that a man had been stabbed inside a property", said offiicers

The victim had been taken to hospital "with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries".

"Police are carrying out enquiries locally in relation to this matter," said a spokesperson.

Officers have thrown a cordon around the area and traffic is being redirected.

Exeter Royal Albert Museum plans to reopen

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is planning to re-open on Saturday 24 October, bosses have announced.

The museum closed its doors in March as part of the coronavirus lockdown and has remained closed throughout the summer.

Staff said it would reopen with restrictions in place, including a timed ticketing system, a one-way system and reduced visitor numbers.

People would also be asked to do their part by keeping their distance – a giraffe’s stride – apart and using hand sanitiser, they added.

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Students told not to meet 'anyone not part of household'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Students at the University of Exeter are being told not to meet indoors "with anyone who is not part of your household" for the next 14 days in a bid to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.

Public Health England said that, of 116 cases reported in Devon over the past seven days, 67 were in Exeter and over half of those were attributable to the university.

It is one of about 40 universities around the UK with reports of coronavirus cases.

The university said it had agreed with Public Health England, Devon County Council and Exeter City Council to ask students "to take significant additional measures to stop the spread of infection" between students, and to prevent transmission to the wider community.

Such a move was "necessary for us all to avoid further local restrictions, of the type already seen in a number of other universities", it added.

The only exceptions are:

  • When students are attending educational sessions on campus
  • When they are working or volunteering
  • When they are taking part in an organised sporting session
  • If they are required to support a vulnerable member of the community
  • In the case of an emergency where you and others are in danger

The restrictions would be kept "under regular review", it added.

Outside the current household, students should also "observe the Rule of Six and all other social distancing measures at all times".

An online groceries service was to open for students who were self-isolating or quarantining in self-catered halls "should you need to order basic provisions to be delivered to your block", it said.

The university warned that breaking a period of self-isolation was a criminal offence, "punishable by large fines and this will also result in significant sanctions from the university that can include suspension and expulsion".

Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health Devon, said Exeter's cases were "contained" and remained "predominantly in the student population and centred around a small number of households in a small area of the city".

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Developer makes concessions after residents negotiate

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon coastal community which was united in opposition to new clifftop housing has been won round after two villagers decided to try and negotiate with the developers directly.

There were more than 100 objections to the £3m plan to knock down an old hotel in Hope Cove and build new holiday accommodation in its place.

During the tension, two locals living next to the site decided to try and start a positive dialogue.

One of them, Brian Clavin said the developers listened to him and made major concessions.

It's historically an 'us and them' approach. Reaching out to the developer for a grown-up conversation reduces the confrontational nature of property development and perhaps creates a sense of community.

Brian ClavinLocal resident