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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

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."


Coastguard: Search for teenager who jumped from ferry called off

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 pray for boy who jumped from ferry

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:

Police: '16-year-old boy is high risk missing person'

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.

– Chief Inspector Ian Drummond Smith

The search for the missing teenager has resumed this morning.

Search for boy seen jumping from ferry into River Tamar

A search is under way after a teenage boy jumped from a ferry into a river.

Jordan Cobb, 16, from Plymouth, was spotted jumping from the Torpoint ferry into the River Tamar on New Year's Eve, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Brixham Coastguard received a Mayday distress call from the Torpoint ferry at 9.15pm reporting a man overboard near the ferry's slipway in Torpoint, Cornwall, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said

Police, the coastguard and the RNLI conducted an extensive search for the teenager after he failed to reappear.

Officers are now appealing for information about the incident.

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