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Suspected bike thief dies after harbour dive

A suspected bike thief has died after jumping into a harbour in a bid to evade police.

The man dived into Sutton Harbour in Plymouth after being chased by officers following a nearby theft early on Sunday morning, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

He became trapped between a disused fishing vessel and the harbour wall.

The man jumped into Sutton Harbour in Plymouth. Credit: Google Maps

"Two lifeboats and the fire service water rescue team were deployed but were unable to reach the man due to his location," a force spokesman added.

The man's body was later recovered by a Royal Navy dive team, with authorities still working to determine his identity.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, police added.

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Teenager with learning difficulties Tasered by police

A schoolboy with complex learning difficulties has been Tasered by police in the grounds of a school owned by the exclusive Priory Group.

Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Chelfham Senior School near Plymouth, which specialises in children with learning difficulties including behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, after reports of an alleged assault on a teacher.

Police Tasered the boy on school grounds. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The force confirmed officers deployed a Taser during the incident, which involved three boys, a 15-year-old and two 14-year-olds, after reports that knives were brandished at officers.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has not been contacted in relation to the incident.

The alleged victim was treated at the scene by paramedics for chest and head injuries before being taken to Derriford Hospital.

All three boys involved in the incident were jointly charged with affray and will appear at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on 20th December.

Flooding hits the southwest as storm batters Britain

Flooding has hit parts of southwest England and Wales as a storm feared to be the worst Britain has ever seen takes hold.

Cars drive through a flooded road in Plymouth. Credit: ITV News
Waves crash onto the beach at Teignmouth. Credit: ITV News
Highway maintenance men try to clear drains in Plymouth to stop the flooding. Credit: ITV News

Plymouth pubs and nightclub evacuated over gas leak

Revellers were evacuated from pubs and a nightclub in Plymouth city centre as police investigated a gas leak in the early hours of this morning.

The leak was discovered inside the disused Millennium nightclub complex in Union Street, police said. The street was closed to pedestrians and vehicles as a precaution.

Police also evacuated the Two Trees and Crash Manor pubs, Jesters nightclub and local fast food takeaways.

At 4.40am police were able to re-open Union Street to the public after the gas levels had fallen to safe levels.

Plymouth Council bans payday loan advertising

Plymouth City Council has taken the step of banning payday loan websites from advertising on billboards and bus shelters.

The council is also blocking computer access to 50 of the most popular payday loan websites across its network including in libraries and community centres.

Plymouth City Council has banned payday loan websites from advertising in the areas. Credit: PA Wire

Plymouth, where it is estimated that 5000 people have payday loans, is thought to be the first local authority to take the step.

Councillor Chris Penberthy backed the action saying:

"Plymouth's advice agencies are taking calls daily from people who are running up huge debts that are causing stress and hardship to them and their families. We need to protect people and make it difficult for payday loan companies to operate in our city but we do recognise times are hard."

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Plymouth Argyle confirm Luke McCormick return

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed they have re-signed goalkeeper Luke McCormick on a one-year contract.

Plymouth Argyle confirmed former goalkeeper Luke McCormick. Credit: Press Association

The club fired 29-year-old McCormick in 2008 after he admitted causing the death of two children - Aaron Peak, aged ten and eight-year-old Ben Peak - in a car crash and driving with excess alcohol.

The brothers, from Greater Manchester, died in the crash on the M6 in Staffordshire.

McCormick was sentenced to seven years and four months in jail, but served half that term.

Earlier this month he was released by League Two club Oxford United.

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McCormick re-sign: Plymouth Argyle statement

Luke has advised us that, as part of the deal, he will donate a significant sum of money and give his time to support a local children's charity.

– Plymouth Argyle

Although Luke made a dreadful mistake with unthinkable consequences, he has served his time and is totally remorseful.

While I respect others who have alternative views, from a moral standpoint, the Board and I think Luke is entitled to rehabilitation.

John Sheridan wanted to sign him and the club is totally supportive of that.

– James Brent, Argyle chairman

Friend of missing boy will 'never give up hope'

A friend of 16-year-old Jordan Cobb, who is missing after jumping from a ferry into a river, said she will "never give up hope" that her friend will be found.

Jordan Cobb went missing after he jumped from a ferry into a river. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Savanah Rich wrote on Facebook: "Never give up hope. I will search day in day out until I find you Jord.

"I have total faith that your (sic) still out there somewhere, hate being depressed, being sick and deprived of sleep but I'm not giving up on you just yet! Love you so much."

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