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Marine A: legal bid to clear Alexander Blackman's name after Taliban shooting

Alexander Blackman is serving 8 years in prison for murdering a Taliban insurgent.

The wife of a former Royal Marine from Somerset jailed for killing a wounded Afghan fighter is beginning a fresh legal bid to clear his name.

Alexander Blackman is serving life for murder but hundreds of supporters are expected to join his wife Claire who is from Taunton when she applies to have the case referred back to the Court of Appeal.

She says the charge should have been manslaughter because of combat stress.

Marine jailed for Taliban shooting had 'mental illness'

Alexander Blackman is serving eight years for murdering a Taliban insurgent.

A former Royal Marine from Taunton found guilty of murdering a Taliban fighter was suffering from a 'recognised mental illness' at the time that went undiagnosed - according to psychiatrists.

A report found Alexander Blackman was struggling with combat stress and had an 'adjustment disorder'. There is an appeal to reduce his charge to manslaughter. The Ministry of Defence say it has followed the legal process throughout the case.

Plymouth's Palace Theatre to host first concert in 10 years

Palace Theatre in Plymouth Credit: ITV News

The Palace Theatre in Plymouth is set to hold its first concert in a decade. The grade two listed building is currently undergoing a multi-million pound restoration.

Palace Theatre in Plymouth Credit: ITV News

It was formerly on the most endangered buildings list. Now a community chorus and orchestra has been put together for a special Christmas concert at the Victorian venue.

Plymouth swimmer becomes European champion

Plymouth Leander's newest star brought home a gold and silver medal at the Short Course Championships in Israel.

The swimmer helped the Dutch team storm to victory in the 200m Medley Relay where she swam an impressive 29.27 second breaststroke leg - breaking the previous European Senior Record.

She also took silver in the 100m breaststroke individual final, and came painfully close to a medal, finishing in fourth, in the 50m final.

Leander coach Jon Rudd was invited to work alongside Nijhuis on the Netherlands team to assist her over the five days of competition against Europe’s best.

At the same time a further young hopeful from the club was representing Great Britain at the Ontario International Meet in Canada.

Laura Stephens was rewarded with three silver medals in the 50m, 100m, and 200m Butterfly finals.

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Large oil spill on A38 near Plymouth

One of the main roads out of Plymouth is closed due to a large oil spill.

It's on the A38 Eastbound between the B3416 (Deep Lane) and Lee Mill Road and is affecting traffic towards Ivybridge. The diesel spillage is around 500m long.

Police say the road could remain closed for several hours.

Life sentences for the killers of Plymouth builder Tanis Bhandari

The two men who killed Plymouth builder Tanis Bhandari have both been sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 23 years.

Donald Pemberton was found guilty of murdering the 27-year-old on New Year's Day. The other accused- Ryan Williams - had already admitted murder.

Donald Pemberton and Ryan Williams were armed with a knife and axe Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Tanis Bhandari was stabbed to death outside a pub in the early hours of January 1. The jury was told he died a "completely unnecessary death", protecting his friends from two drunk, violent men.

Prosecutor Simon Laws QC told the court Mr Bhandari shows
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