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Neighbours unable to save elderly man in house fire

Fire crews were called out at around 6.30am Credit: ITV News
Two fire crews attended the scene but were not able to save the elderly man inside Credit: ITV News

An eldlerly man has died in a fire in Plymouth - after becoming trapped in the house.

The fire is believed to have started in the living room early this morning at his home in Efford.

Reports have emerged that neighbours tried to go into the building to help, but couldn't break through the thick black smoke.

Fire Crews were able to rescue the man's wife who remains in a serious condition in hospital. Investigations are underway to find out what happened.

Plymouth Council dismiss claims schools are difficult to get into because of catchment area size

There are claims Morice Town Primary School is one of the most difficult schools in the country to get into Credit: ITV News

Plymouth City Council has dismissed claims that two schools in the city are among the most difficult to get into because of the size of their catchment areas.

According to research by a directory website, last year, Morice Town Primary School and Stuart Road Primary School both had cut off areas of less than 250 metres.

The council says the distance a child lives from the school is only considered if it's oversubscribed. Today is the deadline for applying for a primary school place in September.

"I think parents are incredibly frustrated. Quite often people are putting down 5 or 6 primary schools and they're not getting any and if they re getting one they're getting one at the bottom. "

– Kim Knappett, President, Association of Teachers and Lecturers

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Giant 60ft scaffolding erected for roof repairs

A sight for sore eyes - the structure cost around £2000 to put up Credit: ITV News

Scaffolding which spans 60ft has been erected in Eglin Crescent, Plymouth, for roof repairs.

The logic behind the giant construction is to protect the grassy verge which builders would otherwise be walking over. Instead, materials will be hoisted up 30ft, before being carried to the roof via the scaffolding.

Plymouth's Princess Yachts to axe 350 jobs

The firm marked 50 years in business in 2015. Credit: ITV West Country

Luxury yacht builder Princess Yachts is to axe up to 350 jobs following a meeting with more than 2,000 staff and unions.

The manufacturer, which has sites across Plymouth announced it would start redundancy consultations.

It's believed jobs will go across the company including, in back office and in its development and production divisions.

The luxury yacht makers marked 50 years in business last year and are due to unveil new boats at the London Boat Show next week.

The firm's site in Plymouth has a workforce of 2,000 employees. Credit: ITV West Country

Despite the cuts, the firm say they're looking forward to the new year 'with confidence'.

They say the job losses form part of a long-term plan to improve productivity across the company’s Plymouth facilities.

We have invested heavily in state-of-the-art facilities and product development while our competitors’ businesses have been contracting, and we are proud of our commitment to Plymouth, having maintained a consistently high level of employment throughout the recessionary period.

However, like all successful companies, we need to be able to adapt and adjust the constitution of our workforce periodically.

Today’s announcement of job losses, although not undertaken lightly, is designed to maintain the business in the best possible shape for the next phase in its evolution."

– Chris Gates, Managing Director of Princess Yachts
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