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THE CAPACITY at the away end of Exeter City s stadium will be reduced for the rest of the season after a crush scare involving fans of Leeds Utd. The move follows a meeting of The Grecian s safety advisory group. A number of Leeds fans had to be helped to

THE CAPACITY at the away end of Exeter City's stadium will be reduced for the rest of the season after a crush scare involving fans of Leeds Utd.

The move follows a meeting of The Grecian's safety advisory group.

A number of Leeds fans had to be helped to safety after scores of latecomers led to overcrowding during the opening minutes of Exeter's 2-0 win over the West Yorkshire side.

Club officials met representatives of the Football Association, emergency services and council officers to review the situation and how it could be handled.

THE NUMBER of people unemployed has fallen slightly in Exeter and the surrounding area, according to latest figures.

The amount of jobless claimants in the city last month was 2,005, a drop from 2,068 in November. However, this is still up on the 1,663 who were claiming jobseeker's allowance in December 2008.

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STAFF at primary and secondary schools in Exeter took 9,249 sick days in the last academic year.

Stress and the behaviour of unruly pupils are being blamed for the large numbers of teachers taking time off work.

The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, represented around seven days were lost per full-time teacher.

Unions have blamed increasing pressures in the classroom for the levels of stress.

They claim that the behaviour of some pupils was, in some cases, making the situation worse.

CHRISTMAS in Exeter was the safest in the city for decades.

Police figures revealed that violent crime had fallen dramatically in the city and the festive season was the quietest for a number of years.

The most significant drop was in the number of sexual assaults which more than halved between Monday, December 14, 2009, and Monday, January 11, compared to the same period in 2008.

FORECASTERS at Exeter's Met Office are predicting cold weather to return, claiming temperatures will plummet this week.

Staff at the office say although snow is not on the radar, ice may return with sub-zero temperatures.

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