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Police appeal following Devonport fire

Fire crews at the scene in Clowance Street on 3 June Credit: ITV News

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses to a large-scale fire in a Plymouth block of flats earlier this month.

A joint police and fire service investigation is being carried out to establish the cause of the fire in Devonport on 3 June.

It began in one of the flats and caused extensive damage to neighbouring homes.

We are keen to ensure that we have spoken to everyone who has any involvement in this incident, including residents and witnesses.

If they haven’t spoken to us or passed their details we would like to hear from them.

– Sergeant Steve Fleetwood, Devon and Cornwall Police

A 14-year-old boy from Plymouth has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He has been released on police bail until 13 July.


Plymouth City Council payments hit by bank problem

RBS has had major issues with its BACs transactions which is having a knock on effect Credit: PA

Plymouth City Council has issued the following statement about problems with direct payments due to a national banking problem.

Many people will have seen the national media coverage around RBS who have had a significant issue with their BACs processing system, and this is also affecting other banks such as Nat West, which are part of the same group.

Unfortunately this is having a knock on effect for Plymouth City Council, in common with many other local authorities. The BACs transactions are not being received by the banks so therefore Direct Payments to some of our Adult Social Care clients are not being received.

It is anticipated that the banks will have the issue resolved by Saturday 20 June.

There is unfortunately nothing the Council can do until the banks have resolved this issue, however, people can contact our Contact Centre on 01752 668000 if they have concerns.

– Plymouth City Council spokesperson

Conwoman on the run from jail arrested in Plymouth

Julie Whitehead (left) and Ian Cotton (right) were on the run from prison sentences. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A convicted fraudster on the run from an eight-year jail sentence has been found in Plymouth, along with the man convicted of lying for her.

53-year-old Julie Whitehead and Ian Cotton, 36, were arrested early this morning, after two weeks on the run.

Whitehead is to be jailed for eight-and-a-half-years for a string of frauds, including conning an elderly and vulnerable woman out of her life savings. Cotton was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for perverting the course of justice.

Vicar banned from teaching for inappropriate behaviour

Canon James Wilson has been banned from teaching. Credit: Irving of Exeter

A vicar from Plymouth has been banned from teaching several years after being found not guilty of child abuse.

Canon James Wilson was cleared in 2010 of abusing children at Pennycross Primary in Plymouth.

Today a teaching panel decided that on balance he had touched five pupils inappropriately when he was a teacher more than 30 years ago.


Derek Adams appointed Plymouth Argyle manager

Former Ross County boss Derek Adams is the new manager of Plymouth Argyle. Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Archive

Plymouth Argyle have appointed former Ross County boss Derek Adams as their new manager.

The 39-year-old Scot replaces John Sheridan, who left Home Park by mutual consent last month after two and a half years in charge.

Adams led County to a Scottish Cup final in 2010 and into the Premier League two years later, but was sacked in August after a winless start to the season.

Lorry driver who died after crashing into Derriford Hospital named

A man who died following a collision involving a refuse lorry within the grounds of Derriford Hospital has been named as 57-year old Lee Jane from Higher Compton, Plymouth.

Mr Jane was declared deceased at the scene and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

He used to work as a Viridor collections services driver and had been with the company as an LGV driver based at Plympton Depot for 9 years.

Viridor is providing support to Lee’s family and work colleagues.

I am sure I speak for everyone in saying how saddened we are by the loss of our colleague in such a tragic accident.

The loss has been deeply felt by the Viridor teams across Plymouth. Our sympathies and thoughts remain with Lee’s family, friends and colleagues

The company continues to work closely with the authorities on the ongoing investigation into the incident.

– Mark Woods, Viridor’s South West Regional Director

Two arrests following blood trail through Plymouth

Police say the blood trail ran between Wingfield Way and Melbourne Street Credit: ITV News

Two men have been arrested after police traced a blood trail through Plymouth.

A man in his 40s was found unconscious with severe head injuries in Wingfield Way early this morning.

Officers followed his trail of blood half a mile to a house in Melbourne Street, where it's believed he was injured.

Armed officers arrested two Plymouth men aged 67 and 52 on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. The victim is in a critical condition in hospital.

Driver killed by his own lorry at Derriford Hospital

The 57-year-old man was killed in the grounds of Derriford Hospital this morning. Credit: ITV News

A lorry driver killed at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth was trying to stop it rolling away, police say.

The 57-year-old man was hitching a trailer onto his skip lorry after collecting building waste when the vehicle started to move. The lorry hit the hospital radio building, but no-one else was hurt.

The man's family have been told and went to the hospital immediately.

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