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Derriford Hospital reveals its deficit is expected to grow

Derriford Hospital has revealed its deficit is expected to grow. Credit: ITV News

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital has revealed its deficit is expected to grow to £33million.

In the last financial year it was just under £5million - but today the Board will hear that a loss of one-off sources of funding and underspends not continuing have contributed to the expected increase.

HMS Bulwark rescues hundreds of migrants, including young children

Young children were among the hundreds on the "heavily overcrowded" boat. Credit: Ministry of Defence

Hundreds of migrants - including 50 young children - have been rescued from an "unstable" ship in the Mediterranean sea near Libya, thanks to Plymouth-based ship HMS Bulwark.

The double-decker, wooden-hulled boat was described by the Ministry of Defence as "heavily overcrowded", with 369 people packed on board.

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HMS Bulwark and her crew have once again saved hundreds of lives in the Mediterranean migrant crisis, offering medical assistance, food, water and dry clothes to those in need.

A wider political solution is required to this crisis, but that does not detract from today’s rescue at sea.

– MICHAEL FALLON, DEFENCE SECRETARY

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The West Country celebrates its award-winning wine production

It's English Wine Week and it may surprise you to know that there a 140 vineyards here in the south west.

Wine producers in the region are celebrating the success of a growing reputation, with many becoming well-known brands.

Richard Lawrence reports from one of the most celebrated vineyards in the West Country.

And it's not just Brits who are lapping up our home-grown wine.

Plymouth Argyle part company with John Sheridan

John Sheridan has left Home Park. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive

Plymouth Argyle have parted company with manager John Sheridan.

The club announced this afternoon they've cancelled the final year of his three-year contract after the 50-year-old wanted to return to the north of England for family reasons.

Sheridan took up the reins at Home Park in January 2013, and led the Pilgrims to the League Two play-offs earlier this month, where they were beaten by Wycombe.

John has made a significant contribution to the Pilgrims’ cause, for which we will always be very grateful.

Under his management, Argyle were brought back from the brink of relegation out of the Football League and were subsequently transformed into League 2 promotion contenders.

Reaching the play-offs last season, two years after surviving the drop into non-league on the final day of the 2012-13 campaign, is an achievement of which John, his management team, and the players should rightly be proud.

While we would have liked John to continue to plot Argyle’s course back up the Football League, we understand his reasons for wanting to leave and have agreed a mutual termination of his contract.

Everyone at Home Park wishes John every success in his future career.

The search for a new manager to take Argyle into the eagerly-anticipated 2015-16 season has already begun.

The club will be making no further comment on that process until an appointment is made.

– James Brent, Argyle owner and chairman

Police hunting suspected armed man in Barnstaple

Armed police on the streets of Barnstaple as they search for the suspect. Credit: ITV News

Police are hunting for a man armed with a suspected firearm in Barnstaple town centre.

An alarm was sounded late this afternoon from a jewellery shop on the High Street, where police say a shop assistant resisted the man, however no one is believed to be seriously injured. Firearms officers, a police dog unit and the ambulance service are all at the scene, which is cordoned off.

The man is said to be wearing a khaki or sandy-coloured trench coat and believed to have a bald head.

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