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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.


Duke of Edinburgh due to visit Devonport

The Duke of Edinburgh is due in Plymouth today Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Duke of Edinburgh is due to meet with Royal Marines at Devonport today.

He'll be presenting long service and good conduct awards, as well as meeting injured servicemen and women. Prince Philip will then officially open the new Mercury building at the naval base.

As part of his visit, the Duke will view amphibious craft equipment, including landing craft and raiding craft.

The Duke will see landing craft and raiding vessels as part of his visit Credit: ITV News

Teenage boy due to be sentenced over Devonport fire

A hundred people were affected by the fire, which caused millions of pounds worth of damage. Credit: ITV West Country

A 14-year-old boy is due to be sentenced later, after destroying a block of flats when he built a homemade bunsen burner in Plymouth.

Twenty families were unable to return to their homes, following the fire at flats on Clowance Street in June.

The teenager has admitted starting the fire, which caused millions of pounds worth of damage


£500 million to Plymouth's rival dockyard

The money will go to Faslane near Glasgow Credit: ITV News

Plymouth has been left out of a government plan that will see £500 million go to one of Devonport's rival dockyards - Faslane on the Clyde.

Alongside Portsmouth and Devonport, Faslane is one of three major naval hubs, and is the home of Britain’s Trident nuclear deterrent.

The money will go towards a 10-year infrastructure project which is expected to begin in 2017. The plans include building sea walls and jetties, and will create thousands of jobs.

Two submarines from Devonport will also be moved up to Faslane in 2020.

Have you seen these teenagers? Police release efit after pregnant woman attacked

Police efit of two teenagers suspected of attacking a pregnant woman. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are looking for two teenagers after an attack on a pregnant woman in Plymouth last month.

The 24-year-old woman, who was 17 weeks pregnant, suffered back and internal injuries after she was pushed in the stomach and had her purse grabbed.

The attack happened on Evelyn Street, in the St Budeaux area of the city late on Friday July 31st.

Both suspects are described as being 14 or 15.

“I would like to reassure residents that this is an unusual and isolated incident which is rare for this quiet residential area of Plymouth.”

– Detective Constable John-Paul Eccles

Cameron commits to defence workers in Devonport

Prime Minister David Cameron visited Devonport Navy base this afternoon Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister has promised there won't be any further cuts to our defence budget on a visit to Devonport Navy base this afternoon. This comes at a time when the number of warships in our navy has fallen to a record low.

The number of ships and the numbers of people working at the naval base has been in steady decline for decades. The fleet has shrunk hugely since the end of the Cold War. Twenty years ago there were around fifty major warships, in the surface fleet - including three aircraft carriers. That's now been cut to two, only one of which will operational.

In terms of staffing, the number of people in the Royal Navy has dropped below thirty thousand. That means a lot less work for Babcock, and the civilian dockyard workers where numbers have falled from twelve thousand twenty years ago to fewer than four thousand now.

But today the Prime Minister told ITV News the defence budget won't go below two per cent of GDP, Britain's total earnings.

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