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Dinner ladies in Plymouth go head to head

Dinner ladies in Plymouth go head to head Credit: ITV News

It'll be whisks at dawn in Plymouth this morning as seven school dinner ladies battle it out to be crowned the best school chef in the south west.

Their challenge will be to cook a healthy two course meal costing just one pound sixty a head.

The winning chef will compete in the national championships in Birmingham in July.


Deaf toddler 'kicked off bus for being too noisy'

Two-year-old Ethan, pictured with dad Kyle, wears two hearing aids. Credit: SWNS

An angry father claims a bus driver threatened to kick his deaf son off - for being too noisy.

Kyle Johnson was on his way back from a hospital appointment with two-year-old Ethan when the toddler got excited and started talking loudly.

Mr Johnson says the driver called him over and said other passengers had complained and he had to quieten Ethan down or get off.

The supermarket cleaner, from Plymouth, said: "I explained to the driver that Ethan was deaf, but his response was 'I really can't do a lot, I've had complaints'."

Ethan wears two over-the-ear hearing aids and suffers moderate hearing loss in one ear and severe loss in the other.

He eventually fell asleep in his pushchair but his dad said: "It's just discrimination against a disabled child at the end of the day."

Ethan's dad Kyle claims it is not the first time it has happened Credit: SWNS

A spokesman for bus company First Bus Group apologised for the "difficult journey" and said all drivers get customer service and disability awareness training.

He added: "As you would expect, we cannot anticipate every situation and we don't have a specific instruction for drivers for the set of circumstances as described by Mr Johnson.

"Therefore, in such rare and unpredictable situations, it is left to driver discretion.

"With Mr Johnson's assistance we would be happy to investigate in detail the incident of 25 February and interpret whether or not our driver acted appropriately.

"We absolutely recognise how important it is that bus services are accessible for all customers, and are currently involved in a number of initiatives to explore specifically how our services can become more accessible for the deaf community."

Plymouth endurance swimmer tackles world's dangerous swim

Plymouth endurance swimmer tackles world's dangerous swim Credit: Lewis Pugh

An endurance swimmer from Plymouth is carrying out one of the most dangerous swims ever undertaken in the world.

44 year old Lewis Pugh is swimming in temperatures of around minus 2 degrees and in waters with a high number of killer whales. He is carrying out the swim in an effort to have the Ross Sea made a protested area in Antarctic waters.

You can follow his progress here

Plymouth campaigns against using loan sharks

A new campaign aimed at discouraging people from using loan sharks is launching today.

Plymouth City Council is teaming up with the National Illegal Money Lending Team to try to persuade those in need of cash to stay away from unscrupulous lenders.

Posters like these are aimed at raising awareness


Plymouth City Market to get multi-million pound makeover

Plymouth City Council announced the multi-million pound investment this morning Credit: ITV News

Plymouth City Market is to get £3.5 million pound makeover in an attempt to rejuvenate the city's West End, the council has announced.

The Grade two listed building, which is one of the busiest and most successful indoor markets in the country, will also see another £400,000 set aside to make shop fronts more attractive.

Things are looking up for the market after this surprise investment Credit: ITV News

Plymouth City Council discuss budget cuts of 30%

It plans to raise council tax by nearly 2% Credit: ITV West Country

Plymouth City Council is meeting today to discuss cuts of more than 30% in its budget for next year.

It plans to raise council tax by nearly 2% and is promising to maintain services to children and vulnerable people and build 200 affordable homes in the coming year.

The council says grants from central government have seen huge cuts over the past three years, and there'll be further cuts in years to come.

Scoot-a-long charity fights for survival

Scoot-a-Long helps disabled people get out and about Credit: ITV News

A Plymouth charity that provides mobility scooters says it needs to raise £8,000 or it could close.

Scoot-a-long helps 1,000 disabled people a year by taking them out on day trips and providing mobility scooters. It says it's the only organisation like it in the South West.

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