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Special service held to remember the crew of HMS Exeter

Special service held to remember the crew of HMS Exeter Credit: ITV News

A special service has been remembering the crew of HMS Exeter which sank in the Far East during the Second World War. Around fifty men were killed as the ship went down. But many more died at the hands of the Japanese in prisoner of war camps.

Window dedicated to HMS Exeter Credit: ITV News

Under a window dedicated to HMS Exeter, the families of the ship's crew gathered to remember their sacrifice and suffering in Japanese prisoner of war camps during world war two.

At Exeter Cathedral today, the widows, children and grandhildren Exeter's crew. Hundreds survived the sinking only to be plunged in to the horror of three and a half years held captive by the Japanese. The families of other Far East Prisoners of War are here too.

They had no trust, their trust and faith had gone when they came home. My husband never believed once he would believe long enough to enjoy enything. He thought the life had been beaten out of them.

– PEGGY COOKE, Widow

This weekend marks the anniversary of the sinking. For six decades there's been a reunion of HMS Exeter's crew and family.

It's because there are a lot that are not with us now, there are a lot that like to be together and to keep the memories going, yes.

– JOYCE Mc CLURE, Widow

Under the ensign from HMS Exeter a chance to chat and to reminisce. To share the memories with some cake and some tea.

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Deaf toddler 'kicked off bus for being too noisy'

Two-year-old Ethan, pictured with dad Kyle, wears two hearing aids. Credit: SWNS

An angry father claims a bus driver threatened to kick his deaf son off - for being too noisy.

Kyle Johnson was on his way back from a hospital appointment with two-year-old Ethan when the toddler got excited and started talking loudly.

Mr Johnson says the driver called him over and said other passengers had complained and he had to quieten Ethan down or get off.

The supermarket cleaner, from Plymouth, said: "I explained to the driver that Ethan was deaf, but his response was 'I really can't do a lot, I've had complaints'."

Ethan wears two over-the-ear hearing aids and suffers moderate hearing loss in one ear and severe loss in the other.

He eventually fell asleep in his pushchair but his dad said: "It's just discrimination against a disabled child at the end of the day."

Ethan's dad Kyle claims it is not the first time it has happened Credit: SWNS

A spokesman for bus company First Bus Group apologised for the "difficult journey" and said all drivers get customer service and disability awareness training.

He added: "As you would expect, we cannot anticipate every situation and we don't have a specific instruction for drivers for the set of circumstances as described by Mr Johnson.

"Therefore, in such rare and unpredictable situations, it is left to driver discretion.

"With Mr Johnson's assistance we would be happy to investigate in detail the incident of 25 February and interpret whether or not our driver acted appropriately.

"We absolutely recognise how important it is that bus services are accessible for all customers, and are currently involved in a number of initiatives to explore specifically how our services can become more accessible for the deaf community."

Best pasty makers in the world go head to head

Best pasty makers in the world go head to head Credit: ITV News

The best in the world are going head to head in a pasty bake off in Cornwall this afternoon.

The World Pasty Championships have been taking place at the Eden Project.

David Rowe from the Eden Project say they have 150 people taking part from as far away as America and Canada with one contestant's pasty costing £230 to make.

Plymouth endurance swimmer tackles world's dangerous swim

Plymouth endurance swimmer tackles world's dangerous swim Credit: Lewis Pugh

An endurance swimmer from Plymouth is carrying out one of the most dangerous swims ever undertaken in the world.

44 year old Lewis Pugh is swimming in temperatures of around minus 2 degrees and in waters with a high number of killer whales. He is carrying out the swim in an effort to have the Ross Sea made a protested area in Antarctic waters.

You can follow his progress here

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Firefighters tackle thatch blaze for hours to bring it under control

Multiple vehicles attended the scene of a fire in the thatched roof of two properties in Yampton.

A specialist crew was also brought in from Somerset. They've pulled the thatch down and used an aerial platform and high volume water pumps to tackle the flames.

Crews even managed to rescue many of the belongings from both homes.

Group Commander Robbie Woods has praised all who helped bring the fire under control:

People out there watching this who own a thatch are probably quite concerned and I would say if you've got any concerns at all, and if you've not got precautions in place, contact your local fire station or look at the website and we'll be able to offer you any assistance that you need

– Robbie Woods, Group Commander for West Devon

Chimney fire spreads to thatched roof in Yealmpton

Chimney fire spreads to thatched roof Credit: ITV West Country

A chimney fire at a house in Devon has spread to the thatched roof of two properties.

On arrival at the address in Yealmpton crews confirmed that 25 per cent of the thatched roof was alight. Just after 5pm crews called for further assistance, and firefighters are still tackling the fire.

10 appliances have been called to help deal with the blaze, including an Aerial platform from Crownhill, a Water Bowser from Plympton, High Volume pumps from Clyst St George and a Command Support Unit from Wiveliscombe.

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