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Historic tall ships to visit Plymouth

Kaskelot heads to Plymouth Credit: Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

The first of two historic tall ships visiting Plymouth this spring arrives in Sutton Harbour later today.

The Kaskelot will be sailing into the city late afternoon and stay until Sunday, April 12th.

Kaskelot is widely regarded as one of the finest wooden tall ships of its age still in commission today, and a fascinating vessel with an incredible history.

We are delighted to welcome Kaskelot to Sutton Harbour this Easter so people in Plymouth can enjoy the chance to tour this beautifully restored tall ship.

There has already been huge interest in the visit, and we are expecting a lot of people to head down to Plymouth’s waterfront over the Easter weekend to see Kaskelot for themselves.

– Charlotte Malcolm, Sutton Harbour Holdings plc


Thea Bristow steps down as chairman of Torquay United

Thea Bristow has been confirmed as Lifetime President of Torquay United.

Vice Chairman Bill Phillips says Thea’s contribution to the club is " unparalleled" and the Board felt it was important they showed it.

I am very proud of my involvement with the club and will gratefully accept the title of Lifetime President.

This means that I will step down as Chairman with immediate effect. Whilst I made the earlier decision to go at the end of the season, it has become increasingly obvious to me that the interests of the club are better served by allowing the Board to continue the plans for the rest of this season, particularly as they will naturally impact upon next season as well.

I am afraid I will continue to be an ever-present sight and sound at Torquay's matches, waving and ‘clacking’ in what I hope is a Presidential manner.

– Thea Bristow, Torquay United Lifetime President

Alex's Weather Blog: Pack for all occasions this Easter

Alex Beresford has some advice if you're in the South West this Easter.

If you're lucky enough to be jetting off to a sunnier climate then you can skip to the next article, however if you're on a stay-cation or holidaying in the South West of England over the next few days get ready to pack for all occasions as strong winds, rain, showers and sunshine are all in the forecast.

The main feature in the weather this week will be the wind which is set to peak this evening through to tomorrow blowing a gale, especially along western coastal areas where single gust speeds could hit 70 mph. Today's rain won't be lingering for long with winds this strong coming in from the west, although a splattering of showers will follow overnight.


Tomorrow a few showers are likely, but many areas will largely escape with a dry and fairly bright day, and if you can find a sheltered area out of the wind it won't be too bad a day when the sun comes out. On the coast however it'll feel much colder and the seas will be choppy.


If you're up early on Wednesday it'll be much like today. Dry and mostly sunny, however the same pattern will emerge. Cloud piling up and in off the Atlantic followed by rain spreading eastwards during the afternoon.

End of the week

Thursday and Friday will be largely cloudy with further outbreaks of rain or showers at times. The winds will ease, but it'll still be breezy, which in turn will make it feel fresher.

The Easter holiday weekend is still looking changeable, although this could change later in the week - so watch this space for the latest developments.


Katie Hopkins reported to police over race hate accusation

Katie Hopkins. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Katie Hopkins has been reported to police after being accused of inciting racial hatred.

The Devon businesswoman and reality TV star has been accused by a Labour MP of associating the Pakistani flag with the sexual abuse of young girls in Rochdale.

Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale, said he had sent a complaint to the Greater Manchester Police Commissioner asking him to investigate whether a crime had been committed.

Hopkins, 40, tweeted after Danczuk attended a ceremony to mark National Pakistan Day.

She wrote: "Raising a Pakistani flag in Rochdale is not helping community cohesion. it is inflammatory. @SimonDanczuk you & your party disgust me."

The columnist also posted a picture of eight men convicted of child exploitation offences, asking Mr Danczuk if they were his friends too.

Explaining his decision to report Hopkins, Danczuk said:

It is not right that somebody who has little to do with Rochdale incited hatred of this kind ... Rochdale is a very cohesive community - people work well together. Of course there are tensions, like there are in other communities, but people rub together really well and we don't need outsiders like Katie Hopkins to come in and cause trouble just for the sake of causing trouble and creating Sun headlines.

– Simon Danczuk

Hopkins is yet to directly comment on the allegations.

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