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Residents describe shock at alleged pub axe murder

Local residents have described their shock following an alleged axe and knife attack at a pub which left one man dead and several others injured.

A murder investigation has been launched following the attack at The Kings Arms in Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth. Credit: SWNS

One local, who came home after 2am to see the police activity, told the Western Morning News that the incident was "not the sort of stuff you expect in Tamerton".

Another added: "It’s a very close community and everyone says hello to each other and stops to chat. It’s a big shock.”

Phil Edmonds, who has lived in the area for a while, told the BBC: "This is such a lovely little village, it is really shocking, I was gobsmacked really."

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Axe found at scene of Plymouth pub attack

Police have confirmed that an axe has been recovered from the scene of a fatal attack in a Plymouth pub.

A knife, which was also reportedly used in the incident at The Kings Arms pub in the early hours of Thursday, has still not been located, Devon and Cornwall Police added.

We are asking local residents to keep an eye out for anything discarded in their bins or gardens that seems suspicious and to call police if anything is found.

– Detective Superintendent Jim Colwell

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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.

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.

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