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Disgraced Devon cyclist banned from driving

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been charged with drink driving. Credit: PA

Banned Devon cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has also been disqualified from driving.

The racer cannot cycle competitively until the end of the year, after being found guilty of doping violations by the sport's governing body.

Today he appeared before magistrates charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Plymouth earlier this year.

He has been banned from driving for 17 months.

Bumper scallop season for Plymouth fish market

The South West’s fishing industry is enjoying one of the best King Scallop seasons for many years Credit: Plymouth Fisheries

The South West’s fishing industry is enjoying one of the best King Scallop seasons for many years according to Plymouth Fisheries.

The fresh fish market has reported a record number of visiting scallopers in recent months, as boats journey to the region to fish for scallops.

The King Scallop is the main stay of the UK fishing industry, and the South West is having an especially strong season, one of the best for years.

Over the years, this has proved to be a well-managed fishery and stocks remain healthy, so with no quotas on King Scallops, skippers can generally land as many as they like.

The larger,more powerful vessels are restricted to the number of days each year that they can fish for scallops, and there are various seasonal closed areas on the in shore grounds around the coast which prevent overfishing by the smaller boats.

– Pete Bromley, Manager of Plymouth Fisheries
King Explorer at Plymouth Fisheries Credit: Plymouth Fisheries


Cutting off Cornwall? Businesses angered by roadworks

Works on the Tamar Bridge will continue for several weekends. Credit: ITV News

Businesses in Cornwall feel there's a deliberate bid to cut them off from the rest of Britain.

Just as the summer tourist season gets in full swing, the two main routes into the county have major roadworks, causing serious congestion. It means the bottleneck on the single carriageway section of the A30 at Temple will be worse than ever - with huge tailbacks expected while repairs are carried out on the Tamar Bridge.

John Andrews has been finding out more.

Cornwall Council and Highways England say they regret the disruption.

The work we are doing on the A30 at Temple, and on the A38 around Carkeel and at the Tamar Bridge will ultimately mean better and more reliable journeys into and out of Cornwall.

We appreciate roadworks do inconvenience drivers, and we regret any disruption caused, so we always try to stagger work on key routes, but there are occasions when the nature of the work requires better weather conditions and longer daylight hours. This is the case with these schemes which are collectively part of a significant investment on these roads used by over 70,000 vehicles a day.

– Cornwall Council and Highways England

Wealth of donations sorted for Devonport fire victims

The community has rallied around those who lost everything in the fire. Credit: ITV News

Volunteers are busy in Devonport today, helping sort through a thousand bags of donations.

The gifts are all for families made homeless by the fire in a block of flats on Clowance Street. A 14-year-old boy is on bail after being arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

The community has been overwhelmed by the generosity of those donating.

We have been blown away by the sheer number of donations that have been received. Some of the families affected have been left with nothing. It's important now we sort through what has already been donated to find out things families now need to help them get settled.

– Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Co-operatives and Housing
People have donated everything from tinned food to children's clothes Credit: ITV News West Country

Tamar Bridge works anger West Country businesses

One lane on the Tamar bridge will remain open in both directions during the work. Credit: ITV News

Business leaders in Devon and Cornwall are furious at a 'double whammy' of roadworks they say will seriously damage trade

The main road on the Tamar Bridge will be closed from 8pm Friday until 6am on Monday for the next two or three weekends. A side road will remain open in both directions but it will still cause delays.

To add to the problem, the A38 Carkeel roadworks will still be going on at the same time.

Bridge bosses say the work is vital, but local business people say it's terrible timing.

The timing of the roadworks has been criticised. Credit: ITV News

Flood causes problems at Plymouth eye hospital

An eye examination at the Royal Eye Infirmary at Derriford Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

A flood is causing problems at the Royal Eye Infirmary (REI) in Plymouth.

The flood, on Level 3 of Derriford Hospital, is described as minor but has affected some clinic rooms.

Patients who would be affected are being notified by telephone. Anyone who has an appointment at the REI and has not been contacted should attend as planned.

People concerned about an individual appointment this week should call 01752 439956.

Urgent care is continuing as normal.

Anyone needing emergency eye care should call the Telephone Triage Number 01752 439330.


Princess Anne visits residents of North Prospect in Plymouth

Princess Anne has been meeting long time residents of North Prospect Credit: ITV News

Princess Anne was in Plymouth today for a tea party in North Prospect.

The Princess unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Beacon community hub to mark its official opening and celebrate the regeneration of the area.

She met long time residents, including a woman who appeared in a photo with Princess Anne's grandfather King George VI. Gladys Tapper is now 87.

Gladys Tapper (seen here on the right) met King George VI more than eighty years ago Credit: ITV News

New royal encounter for girl who met King George VI

Gladys Tapper can be seen in the front right of the photo in a print dress Credit: Plymouth City Council

At the age of four, Gladys Tapper appeared in a photo showing the future King George VI at a school in Plymouth.

Today, at the age of 87, she's due to meet the King's grand-daughter when Princess Anne comes to the city.

We'll have a report on that meeting in the West Country Tonight at six.

Plymouth chosen to host National Paralympic Day celebrations

Great Britain Paralympic medal winners Jade Etherington (left) and her guide Caroline Powell (second left) with Charlotte Evans (second from right) and Kelly Gallagher arrive back at Heathrow Airport after the winter paralympics in Sochi. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Plymouth has been chosen to host celebrations for National Paralympic Day.

The city is just one of three who will play a starring role in the celebrations when it hosts a jam-packed day of activity at the Piazza on July 25.

Visitors will be able to enjoy free interactive and fun activities that replicate different aspects of Paralympic sport.

The day runs from 10am-5pm and fans will be encouraged to have a go and test their skills to learn more about some of the extraordinary talents of our Paralympic athletes.

I’m delighted that we are taking celebrations for National Paralympic Day to Plymouth for the very first time.

Anyone is welcome to come along and get involved, and it’s a great way for everyone to find out more about the sports that they’ll be watching in Rio in just over a year’s time.

– Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association
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