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Jobs at risk at travel insurance firm in Plymouth

There are job fears at Moneycentre in Plymouth Credit: ITV News

Workers at Plymouth's Moneycentre have been warned their jobs could be at risk. It is thought up to 420 posts could be affected.

Staff at the travel insurance company have been told redundancies may be necessary because of current trading conditions. Its parent company says the firm is exploring a number of ways to reduce costs.

Police hunt after man left with fractured eye socket

Do you know these men? Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police are hoping to trace these two men after a man was left with serious facial injuries.

The 26-year-old was punched in the face during the unprovoked assault outside the old Plymouth Snooker Club in Union Street.

He was treated at Derriford Hospital for serious facial injuries including a fractured eye socket.

Detectives are now keen to identify the two men pictured in connection with the incident and ask anyone who recognises them to contact them.

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Man left with facial injuries after stranger threw pool cue at him

Do you have any information to help the police? Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault in a pub left one man with several fractures to his face.

It happened at The Dog and Duck on Mutley Plain in Plymouth around midnight on Saturday 10 September.

A 27-year-old man was sitting with friends in the pub when an unknown man threw a pool cue at him. The stranger then approached the victim, punching him in the face.

The victim sustained several fractures to his eye socket, jaw and cheekbone as a result of the attack.

Police are asking for anyone with information to call them on 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk.

Flash flooding hits the West Country

Flash flooding caused problems across the West Country last night.

Services were cancelled on the Great Western Railway between Par and Newquay in Cornwall and there were a series of incidents in Plymouth.

One of our viewers, Phil Morgan, sent in these pictures:

Dedication beyond the call of duty? A takeaway delivery cyclist braves the floods Credit: @PhilMorgan1987
Flooding at the appropriately named junction at Lake Road in Hooe Credit: @PhilMorgan1987
Making a splash in Plymouth Credit: @PhilMorgan1987
Lightning colours the sky during last night's storms in Plymouth Credit: @PhilMorgan1987

What it's like to live in slavery: one man's story

An organised crime gang in Plymouthhave been found guilty of using a group of men as slaves and exploiting them.

This is the first prosecution of its kind brought by police in Devon and Cornwall. But that doesn't mean this is an isolated problem - either here or elsewhere.

13,000
estimated possible victims in the UK
884
cases were referred to the National Crime Agency in the 12 months to April
117
resulted in successful prosecutions

Kylie Pentelow has been talking to one of those people whose case hasn't resulted in a conviction.

After coming to work in the UK, he struggled to find a job and ended up living in appalling conditions. He's asked us to protect his identity:

At the scene: Organised crime gang guilty of using men as slaves

An organised crime gang in Plymouth have been found guilty of using a group of men as slaves and exploiting them.

The victims were promised a better life in the UK. In fact, what they were given was modern day slavery.

A succession of Czech nationals were brought over to Plymouth and then set to work. They were beaten, punched and told they would be killed if they tried to escape.

The Charges

Credit: Elizabeth Cook
  • Ruzena Tancosova - charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation, requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour and acting as a gangmaster
  • Petr Tancos - charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation, requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour
  • Nela Dzurkova - charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation
  • Martin Tancos - charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation and acting as a gangmaster
  • Katerina Kurejova - charged with conspiracy to traffic for the purpose of exploitation

The Verdict

Claire Manning was at Plymouth Crown Court for the verdict and sent this report:

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