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Drunk driver jailed for killing RNLI volunteer

Sonny Richards

A drunk driver who killed an RNLI volunteer from Plymouth in a hit and run has been jailed for more than four years.

34 year old Nathan Dale was cycling home early in the morning last month when he was hit from behind. He died in hospital.

24 year old Sonny Richards fled the scene but later returned to tell police what he had done. Breathalyser tests found he was two and a half times over the limit.

Nathan Dale

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Concern for the safety of missing 11-year-old

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of a missing 11-year-old boy.

Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

French student, Robin Godet-Archen was last seen in Plymouth city centre yesterday (19 April) just after 5pm.

He was due to catch a bus in Royal Parade to return to his host family in the Stoke area - but never arrived.

If anybody sees Robin or has any information as to his present whereabouts, they are urged to phone the police on 101, quoting log number 863.

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Royal Navy sailor named top armed forces chef

A Royal Navy sailor who spiced up menus on patrol around the world has been named top chef in the armed forces.

Petty Officer Daryl Hall was awarded Armed Forces Caterer of the Year after he treated the 220-strong crew of HMS Richmond to fine dining and world cuisine despite the challenges of cooking and restocking a warship at sea during a 2015 deployment to the Gulf and Mediterranean.

The 30-year-old from Plymouth was nominated for his hard work during the ship's nine month deployment on on counter-drugs and counter-piracy operations.

He was presented with the award by Lieutenant Colonel Nigel Shepherd, Head of Defence Food Services at the Cost Sector Catering Ceremony in London. Credit: Royal Navy

He re-invented the ship's menu - introducing new tastes obtained during port visits - despite operating across four continents and in extreme conditions, including temperatures exceeding 50C.

This was a just reward for a thoroughly professional caterer who worked incredibly hard throughout Richmond’s nine-month deployment. It is good to see our highly trained Royal Navy caterers being recognised for their achievements.

– Lieutenant Commander Neil Caswell, logistics officer, HMS Richmond

When Daryl was not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, he also served as a member of the ship’s boarding team who were involved in the seizure of millions of pounds of illegal narcotics.

Daryl is now looking forward to his next appointment as a catering instructor at the Defence Maritime Logistics School at HMS Raleigh, Cornwall.

Record number compete in Plymouth Half Marathon

Record number compete in Plymouth Half Marathon Credit: ITV News

A record number of runners competed in the Plymouth half marathon in perfect conditions yesterday.

Nearly 5,000 people crossed the finishing line with Phil Burden winning in one hour and eleven minutes. They were spurred on by thousands of spectators on the seafront.

"This is the 4th year that we've organised it ourselves so we've had about 6,000 people sign up to do their 13.1 miles today, and as you can see it's a glorious day on the Hoe.

It's an amazing event and an amazing challenge to do, and one that will feel very worthwhile once you've done it."

– Jamie Warren, Organiser, Plymouth Half Marathon
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