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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.

Man dies after lorry crashes into Derriford Hospital

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. Credit: ITV News

A man has died after a bin lorry crashed into Derriford Hospital in Plymouth this morning.

Police believe the driver of the vehicle, a 57-year-old man, was run over by the truck as it collided with the hospital. It has been suggested that he was trying to stop it rolling away.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police do not believe any other people or vehicles were involved.

HMS Bulwark heads to Libya to rescue stranded migrants

HMS Bulwark heads to Libya to rescue stranded migrants Credit: ITV News

The Plymouth based ship - HMS Bulwark - is on it's way towards Libya in an operation to save thousands of migrants stranded at sea.

Around 14 migrant vessels are reported to be in the open water after fleeing from Libya.

The Ministry of Defence have confirmed that a joint operation is underway which includes the Devon based ship.


14 year old arrested after Devonport fire

Around a hundred people were left homeless after the fire Credit: ITV News

A 14 year old boy has been arrested after a fire at a block of flats in Plymouth that left around a hundred people homeless.

The teenager was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following the fire on Wednesday evening in Devonport.

He has been released on police bail until next month.

Some people were allowed back into some of their homes to collect their belongings but it may be months before they can return home permanently.

“Investigations continue into the cause of this fire and we are working with the fire service to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this incident.

This was a major incident for the city and residents have been left devastated by the loss of their homes and possessions.

However I am impressed and humbled with how residents, businesses and people across Plymouth have come together to support the residents in their time of need. This once again demonstrates the strength of community spirit in Devonport and across this city.

We continue to work with partner agencies, including Plymouth Community Homes and Plymouth City Council, to help affected residents where we can.”

– Chief Superintendent Andy Boulting, Plymouth police commander,

We continue to work with partner agencies, including Plymouth Community Homes and Plymouth City Council, to help affected residents where we can.

Members of the neighbourhood team have been at the scene day and night to offer reassurance and support to affected families and residents.

We have been working with local businesses who have offered fantastic support in the shape of donations of clothing and food to try and minimise disruption to those affected.

The neighbourhood team continues to offer a constant presence within the Mount Wise area to help alleviate residents’ concerns. We would remind people not to try to re-enter any of the affected premises and to approach the police and other agencies with any worries they may have.”

– Sergeant Steve Fleetwood, neighbourhood team leader for Devonport

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Months before families who lost everything in Plymouth fire can go home

95 people, including 58 children, have been made homeless by the fire. Credit: ITV News

Some of the hundred people left homeless by a fire in a Devonport block of flats have been allowed back into their homes to collect their things. However they have been told it could be months before they can return for good.

People have rallied round the affected families. Credit: ITV News

Wednesday's fire has affected 95 people, including 58 children. Staff at Devonport Guildhall are helping them with housing advice and welfare, and say they have been overwhelmed by the local community's generosity towards them.

So much so that they have asked people to stop donating clothes and toys, as they have nowhere to store them. However staff say that in the coming weeks, when families start to be re-homed, they will be in need of pots and pans, and other everyday household items.

Derriford launches new £2m helipad

When it is not in use, the H will be covered with the no fly signal. Credit: Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Trauma victims in the region will be able to get treatment faster as a new helipad is launched at Derriford Hospital today.

The £2 million facility means journeys will be cut by 30 minutes. It will also allow the air ambulance and Search and Rescue Helicopters to land at night.

The letter 'H' has now been painted on the roof, making it clearly visible from the air. When it is not in use, the H will be covered with the no fly signal - a yellow cross with a red square.

Derriford Hospital is the designated major trauma centre for the peninsula and receives around 400 patients a year that need to be transferred by air. The location of the new helipad allows access straight to the doors of our Emergency Department, enabling faster transfer of patients and quicker access to emergency care for major trauma patients.

The helipad has been funded by the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal, which has contributed £850,000. The Hospital Trust has contributed a further £900,000.

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