Flooding has hit parts of southwest England and Wales as a storm feared to be the worst Britain has ever seen takes hold.
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 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, 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 have confirmed they have re-signed goalkeeper Luke McCormick on a one-year contract.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The search for a teenage boy who is believed to have jumped from a ferry into a river near Plymouth last night has been called off, a spokesman for the Coastguard said.
Jordan Cobb, 16, from Plymouth in Devon was spotted jumping from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar last night.
The initial search was called off in the early hours of this morning and resumed later this morning.
Friends of a teenager missing after he jumped from a ferry into a river were today hoping he is found alive.
16-year-old Jordan Cobb from Plymouth was spotted jumping from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar last night. His friends have taken to social networking sites to pray for his return:
Praying for Jordan Cobb to be safe, can't believe what's happened to him, wasn't that long ago when I spoke to him! love you Jordan xxx
Going sleep hoping to wake up to good news about jordan cobb,thoughts are with you mate
thoughts go out to Jordan Cobb and his family hope he's alright. xx
We are treating Jordan (Cobb) as a high risk missing person and we are working with the coastguard to try and locate him.
The river was extensively searched by air and sea for several hours, but there remains a possibility that he managed to swim ashore, and I would ask anyone with information to call the police on 101.
The search for the missing teenager has resumed this morning.