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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.
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.


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."

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

Police: Masked gunman used 'imitation pistol'

Plymouth police has said a gun used by a masked armed robber, who collapsed and died in a betting shop yesterday, appeared to be an imitation pistol. Police commander Chief Superintendent Andy Bickley issued a statement:

Last night's events resulted in the tragic death of a Plymouth man. The deceased is a 50-year-old man from the Honicknowle area of the city. A forensic post-mortem has been carried out today but formal identification has not yet been completed.

I can also clarify that there were four people in the shop at the time of the incident and they have all supported our inquiries. I can confirm that no one has been arrested in connection with this death, nor has anyone been questioned under caution as a suspect at this time.

I can share with you that the firearm has been initially examined by a police firearms officer and it appears to be an imitation pistol, though this still needs to be verified.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact the police on 101 or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police watchdog notified of gunman death

A gunman who died after being restrained by customers in a bookmakers in Plymouth has been identified.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said

It quickly became clear the man was unresponsive and an ambulance was immediately requested by police who carried out CPR until they arrived.

A few minutes later three paramedics arrived at the scene and continued to carry out further CPR. Around 20 minutes later the man was declared dead at the scene by the paramedics.

This incident has been voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

The man has been identified but next of kin have not yet been informed, police said.

Ladbrokes declined to comment when contacted this evening.

Police: Masked gunman dies after being restrained

A masked armed robber collapsed and died after being disarmed and pinned down by customers in a bookmakers in Plymouth, police said tonight.

The man, in his 50s, was believed to be wearing a gas mask and holding a gun when he stormed into a branch of Ladbrokes shortly before 7pm.

Customers disarmed the man, Devon and Cornwall Police said, and held him on the floor while others raised the alarm.

Police arrested the man, who was already unconscious, upon arrival but he was declared dead a short time later.

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), has been informed of the incident.

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