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New exit checks rules come into force

New exit check rules will not impact Brittany Ferries traveling from Plymouth Credit: ITV news

The Home Office is introducing new passport checks on travellers leaving Britain by rail and sea. It's being introduced to address immigration offenders.

Brittany Ferries says passengers traveling from Plymouth should not notice any changes.

We’re confident that our UK ports of Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth will not see any delays as a result of the new exit checks.

Brittany Ferries has already been swiping passports at check-in for the past 3 years, so the transaction time for each car we check-in will remain largely unchanged.

– Brittany Ferries

Missing man from Plymstock

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of Lawrence Ewart Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 28 year old from Plymstock.

Lawrence Ewart was was last seen in the Plymouth area on Tuesday April 7th at around midday. He may be traveling in a dark blue Ford Focus registration LB10EUN.

Anyone who thinks they may have seen him is being urged to contact police

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Plymouth Albion coach steps down

James Shanahan is leaving Plymouth Albion.

Plymouth Albion have announced that coach James Shanahan is leaving the club.

His contract was meant to expire at the end of April, but he is leaving the rugby club early, and former manager Graham Dawe will take over for the last three games of the season.

Our focus has to be on the future and with a home game coming up on 11th April against Bristol the team will need as many Plymouth fans cheering them on as possible.

– Peter Vosper, Plymouth Albion Chairman

Devon girl gets 3D printed hand

The life of a little girl in Devon has been transformed after advances in technology allowed her to receive an new hand, printed on a 3D printer.

Four-year-old Abbi Jillians now has a specially adapted hand which was just a fraction of the cost of an NHS prosthetic one.

It all started with a conversation Abbi's mum, Julie, had with her mother.

Abbi's mum was helped by the Enabling the Future organisation and is fundraising to provide schools with 3D printers - click here for link.

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Historic tall ships to visit Plymouth

Kaskelot heads to Plymouth Credit: Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

The first of two historic tall ships visiting Plymouth this spring arrives in Sutton Harbour later today.

The Kaskelot will be sailing into the city late afternoon and stay until Sunday, April 12th.

Kaskelot is widely regarded as one of the finest wooden tall ships of its age still in commission today, and a fascinating vessel with an incredible history.

We are delighted to welcome Kaskelot to Sutton Harbour this Easter so people in Plymouth can enjoy the chance to tour this beautifully restored tall ship.

There has already been huge interest in the visit, and we are expecting a lot of people to head down to Plymouth’s waterfront over the Easter weekend to see Kaskelot for themselves.

– Charlotte Malcolm, Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

Court hears how foreign workers never saw their wages in alleged slavery trial

A court has heard how foreign workers in Plymouth were made to work seven day weeks but never saw their wages.

Three women and two men from the Czech Republic are accused of trafficking for the purposes of exploitation.

Ruzena Tancosova, Petr Tancos, Nela Dzurkova, Martin Tancos and Katerina Kurejova deny two charges of conspiracy to traffick for the purposes of exploitation between January 2010 and September 2014. They lived in various addresses in Plymouth.

The group deny two charges of conspiracy to traffick for the purposes of exploitation Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Martin Tancos and Ruzena Tancosova deny acting as a gangmaster between the same dates.

Tancosova and Petr Tancos also deny requiring a person to perform forced labour between March 2010 and 2014.

Today witness Josef Bukovinsky told Plymouth Crown court that one of his bosses Ruzena Tancosova gave him ten pounds every three months.

He told the court at one point he earned £270-320 for a six day week working 12 hour shifts in a local factory.

The trial continues.

How much of that did you get?

– Malcolm Galloway, Prosecuting

Nothing.

– Josef Bukovinsky

What would happen if you didn't go to work?

– Malcolm Galloway, Prosecuting

They threatened to me that they would beat me up and Petr would take me into his garage and beat me up with a baseball bat.

– Josef Bukovinsky
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