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Devonport Naval Base evacuated after suspicious package found

The nearby HMS Vivid was also evacuated Credit: ITV West Country

Devonport Naval base has been evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious package.

Police and bomb disposal experts were at the scene, near Granby Gate entrance, where a cordon has been set up.

Police received a call alerting them to the package at around 11am this morning.

The nearby HMS Vivid, Royal Naval Reserve unit associated to Plymouth, was also evacuated as a precaution.

  • UPDATE: Bomb disposal experts confirmed the suspicious package was “benign” and did not pose a threat to anyone.

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Police appeal for wanted man

Police are searching for a 25 year old man from Devonport for failing to keep to his licence conditions following his release from prison.

Tommy McTighe was charged for robbery and wounding in 2011. Police are asking for help in locating him.

Appearance

  • McTighe is described as white
  • 5ft 7ins tall
  • Medium build
  • Short light brown hair and a local accent
Tommy McTighe Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Brazen thief steals phone from side of police station

The wall box phone from Devonport Police station has been stolen.

The crime was publicised by local PC, Dan Box, on Twitter - who urged those who knew anything to contact police.

The phone is on the side of the station and allows passerby's to contact staff quickly.

The station in Fore Street is home to officers from all the main strands of policing, including emergency response officers, the local neighbourhood team and the crime investigation department.

A Google Street View of the phone Credit: A Google Street View of the phone

Plymouth crew exercises freedom of Welsh town

The crew of HMS Monmouth exercises the Freedom of Monmouth Credit: Royal Navy

Devonport-based HMS Monmouth has made a return visit to her "home town" for the first time in three years.

The ship was given the Freedom of the town of Monmouth in 2004 and on Sunday (21 March) the crew exercised this right by parading through the town in the traditional style, bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying. They were cheered by hundreds of residents.

The ship leaves Cardiff on Thursday (24 March) to return to her base port of Plymouth for routine maintenance ahead of intensive operational training in the summer.

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