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Plymouth Navy ship to aid migrant rescue

Plymouth-based HMS Bulwark is the Royal Navy's flagship.

The Plymouth Royal Navy ship that David Cameron has promised to send to the Mediterranean to aid the migrant rescue could be in the area within days.

HMS Bulwark is currently in Turkey for the Gallipoli centenary commemorations, and could be deployed to the Mediterranean from there. The search and rescue mission forms the main part of the UK's response to the refugee crisis.

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Plymouth dad becomes internet sensation after fulfilling son's beard wish

A Plymouth dad has become an internet sensation after drawing a beard on his sleeping son.

Doting dad Karl Baskott granted son Calum's wish after he told him he would love to have a beard.

Karl then posted a picture on Facebook of Calum with makeshift stubble.

It was picked up by popular social media page The Lad Bible, and has had more than 123,000 likes on Facebook.

'Mystery powder' came from fire extinguisher

Special constables discovered a large amount of white powder at a flat at a house in Beacon Park, Plymouth Credit: ITV News

The 'mystery powder' which led to three people being taken to hospital, has been identified as white powder from a discharged fire extinguisher.

Three people, including two police officers, were taken to hospital after inhaling the fumes.

Special constables discovered a large amount of white powder at a flat at a house in Beacon Park, Plymouth, as they responded to a burglary.

Both officers, and the flat's occupant have now been discharged from hospital.

Plymouth divers' close encounter with a dolphin named Clet

Three divers from the National Marine Aquarium were joined by a special visitor at Firestone Bay in Plymouth Sound - a bottlenose dolphin named Clet.

The divers had been monitoring the growth of seagrass when the popular dolphin circled the team and seemed friendly and inquisitive about what they were doing. Rachel Cole managed to capture on film the few minutes that Clet was with them.

Clet is unusual as he’s a solitary male who roams between Brittany, France and the Isle of Mull in Scotland. He was sighted in Dorset a couple of weeks ago, and in Torbay and Dartmouth more recently.

"I turned around and saw a huge silhouette of what I thought was a seal. It was only when Clet turned and I saw the dorsal fin that I knew it was him! He has joined me on a dive in Brixham before so I was ecstatic to see him again, especially on the first team dive with my work colleagues!”

– Rachel Cole, Community Seagrass Initiative

Mystery powder investigation at Plymouth flat

The flat is at the back of this house in Merrivale Road Credit: ITV News West Country

A property in Plymouth is under police guard after three people were taken to hospital when they inhaled fumes from a mysterious powder. It followed reports of a burglary at the flat in Beacon Park.

An investigation unit specialising in hazardous materials has been called to the flat on Merrivale Road. Two special constables who went there last night following reports of a burglary found a large amount of unknown white powder spread around which caused stinging to the eyes and throat.

The occupant of the flat and both officers complained of minor skin irritation and minor respiratory issues and were taken to hospital. All three have since been released.

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'Perfect running conditions' for Plymouth half-marathon

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Thousands of West Country runners will be waking up with aching muscles this morning after yesterday's Plymouth half marathon.

Around 5000 people took part in the annual event. Runners were treated to fantastic weather conditions for the race, which raises thousands of pounds for charity.

Devon and Cornwall is a huge running area and I think Plymouth in particular has got a lot of big running clubs and there's a huge appetite for it. Last year it was wet and windy so this is a really nice change and I would say it was pretty much perfect running conditions.

– Jamie Warren, Race Organiser

Plymouth Albion relegated to National One

Plymouth Albion have been relegated after losing 29-0 at Moseley.

Plymouth Albion have been relegated from the Championship after losing at fellow strugglers Moseley.

Albion needed a win to have any hope of staying up, but a disappointing 29-0 defeat means they'll be playing in National One next season for the first time in 13 years.

Elsewhere, Cornish Pirates were thrashed 69-8 at home by promotion-chasing Worcester.

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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