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Giant eel caught by Plymouth fishermen

Credit: Plymouth Fisheries
Credit: Plymouth fisheries

This whopper Conger Eel was caught at Plymouth Fisheries in Sutton Harbour this morning. It weighed in at just under 60kg.

These large eels are generally found hiding in the many wrecks which litter the South West or on reefs and rocky ground but they do venture out on to open ground in search of food usually during neap tides or during slack water. Despite their size and power they are not very strong swimmers.

Trial date set for men accused of murdering Tanis Bhandari

Tanis Bhandari died on New Year's Day Credit: Irving of Exeter

Two men have appeared in court charged with the murder of Plymouth builder Tanis Bhandari, who died in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Appearing at Bristol Crown Court, 20-year-old Donald Pemberton from Plymouth pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, three of wounding with intent and one of assault actioning bodily harm.

No charges were put to 21-year-old Ryan Williams, also from Plymouth, who appeared via video link. He could not be arraigned as he has not had a "full conference" with his defence counsel.

Police were called to the The King's Arms pub in the quiet village of Tamerton Foliot near Plymouth in the early hours of New Year's Day. When officers arrived they discovered Tanis with fatal injuries. Four other men were also injured in the attack.

Both the men charged were remanded in custody and a trial is set for November 25.


Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne to open MTV Crashes

It's Plymouth's biggest music event of the year, and the first night line-up for this summer’s MTV Crashes Plymouth is firming up.

Tinie Tempah and Jess Glynne have both been confirmed for the first night of the two-day music festival, which last year saw around 20,000 people descend on the Hoe.

Tinie Tempah will be headlining on 22 July. He had a number one with his debut album Disc-Overy and has since won BRIT Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single, as well as getting two top 10 singles in the UK charts.

The London rapper has won multiple music awards. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

MTV Crashes Plymouth is going to be awesome. It’s so beautiful down there. I can’t wait to get out there and perform by the sea this summertime.

It’s going to be a wicked show!

– Tinie Tempah

He’ll be joined by pop star Jess Glynne, who's had three number ones. ‘Hold My Hand’ held the top spot for three weeks. Her debut solo single reached the top 10 and her first album is expected later this year.

Jess and Tinie Tempay are releasing a new track together next month Credit: Ian West/PA

I’m so happy to be announced for MTV Crashes Plymouth with Tinie Tempah! This is a really exciting year for me with my album coming out later in the year and the summer is going to be mental.

MTV Plymouth, let’s do it!

– Jess Glynne

The event will be broadcast live around the world.

More names for both days will be announced soon.

Plymouth gears up for big Argyle match

It's a big night for Plymouth Argyle: the Pilgrims travel to Wycombe for the second leg of their play-off semi-final.

The winners of the match tonight will make it through to Wembley to play Southend or Stevenage on Saturday May the 23rd.

John Sheridan's men are 3-2 down from the first game, but he says the players are going in to tonight's match feeling positive:

And the city's Smeaton's Tower will be showing its support for Argyle:

The lighthouse on the Hoe will be lit up green tonight.


Woman found dead suffered stab wounds

Gloria Perring was found at her home in Plymnout last Tuesday. Credit: ITV News West Country

It's emerged that a 76-year-old woman found dead at her home in Plymouth had suffered stab wounds.

Gloria Perring was found at her home last Tuesday. Her husband Ted - was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition. Police say they're not looking for anyone else in connection with Mrs Perring's death.

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