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Tickets sell out for MTV Crashes Plymouth

The Kaiser Chiefs headlined the festival last year Credit: PA

Tickets for this summer’s MTV Crashes Plymouth have sold out.

Pre-sale tickets for the music festival went on sale at 6pm last night and sold out in around two hours. Those allocated for general sale this morning were snapped up in just 15 minutes.

See Tickets apologised to customers this morning as music fans rushing to get their hands on the second batch of tickets caused its site to crash.

Plymouth City Council is now in discussions with MTV about the possibility of increasing capacity at the event to give more Plymouth residents the chance to experience the festival.

Drink-driver banned after 'parking' car on two wheels against a van

Daniel Hawkins was banned from driving after leaving his car like this Credit: Plymouth Herald

A drink-driver has been banned from the roads after leaving his car parked on two wheels - against a van.

Daniel Hawkins was disqualified from driving for 40 months after officers arrested him following the incident in Plymouth in the early hours of March 29.

After discovering the grey Vauxhall Astra up on two wheels, resting against a blue van, police quickly located the 29-year-old. He was found to have 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. Almost twice the legal limit of 35.

Hawkins pleaded guilty and, alongside he disqualification, was fined £200, ordered to pay court costs of £85 and the victim surcharge of £20.

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Plymouth parents find out their children's first school

Plymouth City Council say that just over 88% of children will receive a place in their first choice of school Credit: ITV News

Parents in Plymouth will find out today where their child will be going to primary school.

Plymouth City Council say that just over 88% of children will receive a place in their first choice of school - while there is a small increase in the percentage of children not receiving any of their top three choices.

Pensioner charged with historic sex offences

Hinton Sheryn facing 18 historic sex offence charges Credit: Plymouth Herald

A pensioner from Plymouth has been charged with historic sex offences against children.

Hinton Sheryn, who's 67, is facing 18 charges relating to five victims aged between 7 and 14. They took place in South Hams between 1970 and 1980. Mr Sheryn appeared before magistrates this morning where he was remanded in custody to appear at Plymouth Crown Court next month.

Russian warship tracked by Royal Navy as it passes through British Channel

A Russian warship has been intercepted and tracked by the Royal Navy as it passes through the English Channel Credit: ITV News

A Russian warship has been intercepted and tracked by the Royal Navy as it passes through the English Channel.

The vessel was monitored and escorted by the heavily-armed HMS Argyll. The Plymouth-based frigate, which has a crew of 185, intercepted the warship and two other ships as they headed home after a deployment in the Mediterranean.

The 4,900-ton Type 23 frigate used its Lynx helicopter and hi-tech sensors to locate the vessels off the French coast and track them as they entered the Channel.

The MoD say the Royal Navy took over from French surveillance, in line with the Nato agreement.

It is not thought they have entered UK waters.

As part of her routine business as the Royal Navy’s Fleet Ready Escort, Plymouth-based HMS Argyll has tracked and monitored three Russian ships making their way east through the English Channel. No exercises have been observed.

– MOD Spokesperson

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Plymouth City Council step in to repair neglected waterfront building

The Council says the owners of 18 Grand Parade have failed to comply with improvement notices Credit: ITV News

Plymouth Council has had to carry out emergency repairs to the turret of a prominent building on the city's waterfront.

The Council says the owners of 18 Grand Parade have failed to comply with improvement notices, and it's concerned and frustrated by the state of the building.

Missing Plymouth dad was left 20 hours away from Barcelona by taxi

Marc Carn was dumped 20 miles away from his friends Credit: Family

A Plymouth dad who vanished while on a stag weekend in Barcelona was stranded 20 hours away from the Spanish city by a taxi driver.

Marc Carn handed himself into the British Consulate two days after disappearing from his friends.

His relieved family say they received a call telling them Marc had been walking back to Barcelona ever since a taxi driver dumped him "miles away" on Saturday night.

Anna Harvey, his partner Emma's sister says he got into a taxi but the driver took him miles away from where he was staying. When the journey came to an end he was thrown out the cab where he then began to walk back.

It is believed Marc, who had no phone and no money had been walking for about 20 hours.

He was stranded with no phone or money. My sister is so relieved and the family are ecstatic. None of us thought we would ever see him again.

His friends are buying him a flight home tonight (Mon) so he can be back in time for his twin's first birthday tomorrow.

– Anna Harvey

Five Czechs go on trial accused of people trafficking

A trial of five Czechs accused of trafficking men into Britain has started at Plymouth Crown Court.

The five defendants, members of an extended Roma family, allegedly forced Czech immigrants to urinate in buckets, eat outside in winter or do housework to pay off “loans” for their board and their passage into the country.

The men were sometimes threatened with violence or told their families at home were at risk, a jury was told.

A trial of five Czechs accused of trafficking men into Britain has started at Plymouth Crown Court Credit: Elizabeth Cook

Ruzena Tancosova, aged 34, her brother Petr Tancos, aged 35, his cousin Martin Tancos, aged 35, Nela Dzurkova, aged 26, and Katerina Kurejova, aged 35, are charged with people trafficking.

An earlier trial had to be stopped after concerns about one of the interpreters.

The five Czechs were charged following a major police investigation into human trafficking and modern slavery in Plymouth and Cornwall.

They allegedly trafficked individuals into the country for the purpose of exploitation between April 6, 2013, and September 16, 2014.

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