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US warship arrives in Plymouth for five day visit

Navy rocket destroyer USS Jason Dunham has arrived in Plymouth. Credit: Michal Fludra / Demotix / PA Images

The USS Jason Dunham has arrived for a five day visit to Plymouth.

The 300 strong crew on board are planning visits to Plymouth's Mayflower Steps and Stonehenge while they're in the UK.

The ship is on her way home from a major exercise in the Baltic which also involved the Devonport based commando assault ship, HMS Ocean.

She is named after a US Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honour posthumously for saving the lives of his colleagues in Iraq.


Michael Foot memorial to be unveiled in Plymouth park

A memorial to former Labour leader Michael Foot will be unveiled in Plymouth later today at 3.30pm, five years after his death.

£40,000 has been raised for a memorial granite bench which will stand in Freedom Fields.

Labour leader Michael Foot on his morning walk. Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Mr Foot who passed away in 2010, was the MP for Plymouth Devonport for many years and was born in a house which overlooked the park.

The Labour leader was also a keen Plymouth Argyle fan.

Cornish MP welcomes decision to approve Stadium

Last night a decision was made by Cornwall Council to approve plans for a supermarket, which will fund a brand new Stadium for Cornwall on the outskirts of Truro.

The local MP for Truro and Falmouth Sarah Newton says the Stadium will benefit the whole community:

Cornish Pirates 'absolutely delighted' about Stadium approval

Cornish Pirates say they are "absolutely delighted" that Cornwall Council has approved a planning application for a shopping centre which will pay for the new Stadium.

The Stadium will be the new home of the Championship team and will give them a facility "that can showcase the game as a great spectacle".

From a Pirates perspective, the Board can now begin to view the future with clarity over where we will be playing and begin the process to build on our existing great supporter base and to attract new sponsorship incomes.

We can now plan to progressively build the playing squad to compete at the top end of the Championship, within a facility that can showcase the game as a great spectacle but for our players also to showcase their own individual skills in a perfect setting.

We will be working with the other Stadium partners to progress the development of the plans that will bring real benefit to the community across the whole of Cornwall.

– Ian Connell, Chairman of the Cornish Pirates


Stadium for Cornwall approved

Cornwall Council has approved a planning application for an out of town shopping centre which will pay for the new Stadium for Cornwall.

Permission had already been granted for the stadium on the outskirts of Truro - but the money to build it depended on permission for a shopping development at West Langarth, about four miles from the city centre.

That's just been approved, against the recommendation of council officials.

The stadium would be home to the Cornish Pirates Credit: Artist's impression

'Apprentice' star Stuart Baggs found dead

Stuart Baggs - who memorably called himself 'Baggs the Brand' on the TV show 'The Apprentice' - has been found dead.

Police found his body at his home in Douglas on the Isle of Man.

The 27-year-old - who was born in Plymouth - ran a telecoms company on the island.

A police spokeswoman said the cause of death was "unknown" but not thought to be suspicious.

Stuart Baggs Credit: Isle of Man Constabulary/Press Association Images

Lord Sugar, who 'fired' Mr. Baggs from the 2010 series of the BBC One show, paid tribute to him on Twitter.

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