• RDoddHerald published How Plymouth is becoming more multicultural than ever before

    A Somalian refugee has praised Plymouth's attempts to embrace multiculturalism during a visit to the city.Amina Khalid came to London from Somalia at the age of 13 and now travels across the UK with Peace Begins at Home, a group she founded which runs conflict resolution dialogues for communities."Sometimes as an immigrant you do feel like, 'Gosh I don't really feel welcome,'" Amina said."I'm going through a strange period because only recently I've started to feel like the UK is...
  • Gayle_Herald commented Watch: Plymouth councillor throws a Nazi salute during important...

    A Plymouth councillor who threw a Nazi salute during a council meeting has been suspended from the Labour group.Councillor Jonny Morris, ward member for Southway, said he became "angry" after Conservative and UKIP councillors cut the debate on the budget short by calling for the vote to be taken.As councillors were asked one by one for their vote for recording purposes, Cllr Morris outstretched his arm in the style of a Nazi salute in the direction of opposing members, prompting...
  • Plymouth Herald published This is the restaurant the Kaiser Chiefs chose for their Sunday...

    The restaurant where the Kaiser Chiefs chose to get their Sunday roast fix ahead of their bug Pavilions gig has been revealed.Staff at Quay 33 on the Barbican told of how Ricky Wilson and the rest of the band turned up for one of the best rated roasts in town - and were an "absolute pleasure".Sally Lux from the Southside Street eatery said: "He was very cool (as were the rest of the band) and although the restaurant was heaving (as always) he was kind enough to take some photos...
  • CErrington published Former Plymouth Argyle defender Adam Barrett retires from...

    DEFENDER Adam Barrett has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 37. It comes 18 years after Plymouth Argyle gave him his debut in the Football League. Barrett has called time on his career after making 12 appearances for Southend United in League One this season. The last of those was in October, though, in a 3-0 defeat away to Rochdale. Barrett clocked up a total of 640 Football League games for nine different clubs, with Argyle the first of them. He was...
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  • Gayle_Herald published Plymouth's biggest council tax rise in almost a decade is...

    Plymouth residents will see the biggest council tax rise in eight years as the council struggles to cope with rising demand for social care services.At a heated budget meeting, which at one point saw a councillor direct a Nazi salute towards opposing members, councillors narrowly voted in favour of increasing council tax bills by 4.49 per cent.The hike means people living in Band D households will see their yearly bills rise from £1,347 to £1,407Leader of the council,...
  • Gayle_Herald commented Plymouth's biggest council tax rise in almost a decade is...

    Plymouth residents will see the biggest council tax rise in eight years as the council struggles to cope with rising demand for social care services.At a heated budget meeting, which at one point saw a councillor direct a Nazi salute towards opposing members, councillors narrowly voted in favour of increasing council tax bills by 4.49 per cent.The hike means people living in Band D households will see their yearly bills rise from £1,347 to £1,407Leader of the council,...
  • Plymouth Herald published Best pancake day recipes: The simple guide to making the perfect...

    There are few things in life as satisfying as making the perfect pancake.But do you go savoury or sweet? How long should you fry them for? When should you toss it?If you don't want to find yourself scraping burnt batter off the bottom of a pan - or worse, the ceiling - then follow these handy tips.Your basic ingredientsFor any good pancake, you need to start with the basics. This recipe will serve four, so just double it if you've got more mouths to feed (or you're really hungry).200g/7oz plain.
  • CGOSLING published Plymouth lad is one of Europe's best young motocross riders - at...

    An autistic teenager who is obsessed with indoor motocross racing has just been crowned one of the best young riders in Europe - at the age of just 14.Cole Davis was diagnosed with having ADHD traits whilst in primary school, but after taking up motocross the same year, he found his focus and flourished.The Year 9 Coombe Dean student recently went head to head at the biggest indoor motocross event in the UK, with 15 other talented youngsters and achieved seventh place in the championship.Cole,..
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  • Herald_NTapp published Plymouth Blitz survivor whose home was bombed turns 100

    A Plymouth Blitz survivor who had to dig through the rubble of her home has celebrated her 100th birthday. There are many stories to tell about Nell Ashman, including rescuing the remains of her family home from rubble after a bomb during World War Two. Nell Ashman became a centenarian on Sunday, February 5, 2017 and the history of her life makes for interesting reading. Nell's claim to fame came when her picture was included in a book entitled, It Came To Our Door, showing Nell and her...
  • sabel published Teenage boys charged with robbery on stolen motorbike

    Two teenage boys have been accused of robbing a man while on the back of a stolen motorbike.A 15-year-old and a 16-year-old have appeared in court charged with a string of offences.They allegedly jointly robbed a man of a mobile phone, a mobile games console and a jacket on February 23.The younger boy is further charged with breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order by carrying out the robbery on the back of a stolen motorbike.He allegedly took a Honda Vision motorbike without the consent of the...
  • Millie_Herald published This Plymouth student is turning dead animals into pencil cases

    A young entrepreneur is literally making a killing – by turning dead animals into pencil cases and selling them online.Plymouth University student Jack Devaney gained worldwide notoriety last week when images of his bizarre creations went viral.It all started when the 22-year-old 3D Design student posted photos of his "homemade pencil case" on the image sharing site Imgur last week.Pictures of the pencil case, which is made out of a real dead rat, have now been...
  • Millie_Herald commented This Plymouth student is turning dead animals into pencil cases

    A young entrepreneur is literally making a killing – by turning dead animals into pencil cases and selling them online.Plymouth University student Jack Devaney gained worldwide notoriety last week when images of his bizarre creations went viral.It all started when the 22-year-old 3D Design student posted photos of his "homemade pencil case" on the image sharing site Imgur last week.Pictures of the pencil case, which is made out of a real dead rat, have now been...
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  • sabel published 'Paedophile was caught after taking computer to shop', court told

    A man was caught with indecent images of children on his computer when he took his tower unit to a shop for repair, a jury was told.Ian Hopkins, aged 48, is on trial at Plymouth Crown Court after denying that he downloaded files showing sexual abuse.He has pleaded not guilty to four counts of making indecent images of children and one of making a prohibited image of a child – a cartoon picture.Deni Mathews, opening the case for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Hopkins took his computer.
  • JLewis_Herald commented Plymouth mum slams Derriford Hospital following her day-old...

    A grieving mum says her child would have survived if Derriford Hospital hadn't fobbed her off over concerns about the baby not moving in her womb. Mason Wilson was just one day old when he died following an emergency caesarean. The baby had suffered from brain damage and organ failure and died on July 13, 2016. But mum Kayleigh Wilson accused staff at the hospital of failing to act on her concerns about Mason's sudden lack of movement prior to the birth. She told the coroner she called the...
  • WMN_MartinF published Scrap universal old age pension and give money to the young

    Birthdays are to be celebrated, but crossing the decade marks in your life (29 to 30 for example) is often regarded as an achievement you would rather not shout about, although failing to achieve these milestones would be of more concern. Fifty sounds a lot older than 49, but I never realised how much there was to celebrate when I recently passed my 60th birthday. Overnight I became entitled to substantial discounts on a wide range of goods and services from cinema tickets to rail fares....
  • WMN_MartinF commented Scrap universal old age pension and give money to the young

    Birthdays are to be celebrated, but crossing the decade marks in your life (29 to 30 for example) is often regarded as an achievement you would rather not shout about, although failing to achieve these milestones would be of more concern. Fifty sounds a lot older than 49, but I never realised how much there was to celebrate when I recently passed my 60th birthday. Overnight I became entitled to substantial discounts on a wide range of goods and services from cinema tickets to rail fares....
  • CErrington published Will David Fox be fit for Plymouth Argyle's home game against...

    PLYMOUTH Argyle will leave it late until making a decision on whether midfielder David Fox will play in the game against Notts County at Home Park on Tuesday (7.45pm). Fox had to be substituted at half-time during the promotion-chasing Pilgrims' 1-1 draw away to Luton Town on Saturday. The 33-year-old suffered an injury to his right ankle in a crunching tackle from Luton's Jordan Cook just before the break. The visit of Notts County is the first of three consecutive games for Argyle in the...
  • CErrington published Grandstand update from Plymouth Argyle chief executive Martyn...

    PLYMOUTH Argyle are on track to submit a planning application for a redeveloped and expanded grandstand at Home Park before the summer. Director Simon Hallett and his wife Jane will fund the £5 million project, which will include a new conference and banqueting centre, with a £4.1m long-term loan and a £900,000 purchase of new shares in the club. The aim is for work, which would increase the capacity at Home Park to around 20,000, to be completed by the end of the 2018/19...
  • CErrington commented Grandstand update from Plymouth Argyle chief executive Martyn...

    PLYMOUTH Argyle are on track to submit a planning application for a redeveloped and expanded grandstand at Home Park before the summer. Director Simon Hallett and his wife Jane will fund the £5 million project, which will include a new conference and banqueting centre, with a £4.1m long-term loan and a £900,000 purchase of new shares in the club. The aim is for work, which would increase the capacity at Home Park to around 20,000, to be completed by the end of the 2018/19...
  • WMNJBayley published How to check if your partner has a criminal history

    A shocked mother only discovered her new partner is a child sex offender after he was busted by border officials when the couple were jetting off on holiday together - but there are ways to check up on those getting people close to you. Stephen Wilson, an ex-army sergeant and former caretaker, was imprisoned in 2007 for sex offences against a young girl. The 59-year-old was banned from leaving the country without letting the authorities know, but after his release he decided to go on holiday...
  • WMNAGreenwood published Parents warned over school 'slime' craze

    Parents have been warned that a new "slime" craze sweeping schools could pose a threat to their children's health.It's emerged that youngsters are inadvertently putting their health at risk by using a hazardous chemical to create a home-made polymer "slime" to trade in the playground.Read more: Schools in Plymouth set to lose £11.6 million in funding by 2019The key ingredient of this new fad is borax, which can cause damage to eyes and fertility if handled incorrectly.Warnings are being...
  • WMNJBayley published Remember when Penny-Farthings were lined up outside Plymouth pub?

    Thanks to Beverley Kinsella who took our Then photograph, mainly because she was intrigued by the Penny-Farthing bicycles here at the western end of Notte Street.Little did she think, in 1993, that there would be quite so many changes here over the next decade or so.Still a landscape in transition, doubtless there are some people around who can remember what this location was like before the post-war redevelopment.Time was when a small but heavily wooded park ran down from...
  • maxc73 published This is when Plymouth road closed for gas leak repair will...

    A Plymouth road that has been closed to traffic because of a gas leak is set reopen on Tuesday.King Street was closed in both directions between, Stoke Road / Clarence Place / Manor Street and Octagon Street / Anstis Street, on Friday.A diversion is in place via Clarence Place and Union Street.Workers repairing the gas leak had been unable to say know how long it would take due to its "complex nature".However, today Nigel Frude, Wales & West Utilities Operational Manager for...
  • Carl_Eve published Man accused of attacking police officer at Plymouth Railway...

    A man charged with attempted murder of a special constable at Plymouth rail station walked out of court on bail after prosecutors downgraded the offence to actual bodily harm.Jonathan Feasey, aged 23, from Downend, East Taphouse in Cornwall, was arrested by British Transport Police on Friday evening at around 7.45pm following an incident on one of the Plymouth rail station's platforms. BTP initially suggested Feasey was charged on Sunday with one count of the attempted murder of an on-duty...
  • Plymouth Herald published The Kaiser Chiefs went for a Sunday roast in Plymouth yesterday

    The Kaiser Chiefs arrived in Plymouth yesterday ahead of their show at Plymouth Pavilions tonight - and tucked straight into a Sunday roast.Where they chose to eat though, remains a mystery.After finishing their show at the Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on Saturday night, the band posted a message on their Instagram account with a nod to their intentions when they arrived in Plymouth.And fans have been quick to try to guess where Ricky and the band ended up.The band are no strangers to Plymouth,.
  • Plymouth Herald commented The Kaiser Chiefs went for a Sunday roast in Plymouth yesterday

    The Kaiser Chiefs arrived in Plymouth yesterday ahead of their show at Plymouth Pavilions tonight - and tucked straight into a Sunday roast.Where they chose to eat though, remains a mystery.After finishing their show at the Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on Saturday night, the band posted a message on their Instagram account with a nod to their intentions when they arrived in Plymouth.And fans have been quick to try to guess where Ricky and the band ended up.The band are no strangers to Plymouth,.
  • Herald_Beren published Plymouth Argyle v Notts County webchat: send in your questions...

    AFTER the comparative success of our first attempt last week, Herald Sport are making themselves available for another webchat in the hour before kick-off against Notts County tomorrow.If you have any questions about anything Plymouth Argyle-related ahead of Tuesday's clash, please get in touch.Whether it's questions about the new signings, contract situations or the latest match action, we want to hear from you.Perhaps you have questions about Notts County and what Argyle...
  • JLewis_Herald commented Parents react angrily after popular Plymouth nursery announces it...

    Parents reacted angrily when it was revealed that a popular nursery would close at the end of March.Catkins Childcare, based at Beechwood Primary School in Southway, is set to wind up at the end of next month amid a dispute over a lack of space to run sessions.A spokeswoman for the nursery, which caters for 80 children under five, said the decision has been taken "with great sadness"."The situation has been forced upon us by circumstances outside our control," she...
  • maxc73 published Schools in Plymouth set to lose £11.6 million in funding by...

    Schools in Plymouth, Torpoint and Saltash face a funding crisis, with the first real-terms cuts to budgetsmore than 20 years, experts warn today. Spending per pupil is set to plunge by an average of 6.5% in the UK by 2019/20, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. However, the website schoolcuts.org shows some schools in Plymouth will see their budgets fall in real terms by as much as 14% if theGovernment does not allocate more money. In total, Plymouth schools will see a...
  • maxc73 commented Schools in Plymouth set to lose £11.6 million in funding by...

    Schools in Plymouth, Torpoint and Saltash face a funding crisis, with the first real-terms cuts to budgetsmore than 20 years, experts warn today. Spending per pupil is set to plunge by an average of 6.5% in the UK by 2019/20, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. However, the website schoolcuts.org shows some schools in Plymouth will see their budgets fall in real terms by as much as 14% if theGovernment does not allocate more money. In total, Plymouth schools will see a...
  • WMNJBayley published The day rock star Sir Mick Jagger came to eat out at Plymouth's...

    It's now 30 years since Jacques Marchall was first awarded a Michelin star for his modest but rather wonderful restaurant in what was then, and still is today, one of the less fashionable parts of Plymouth City Centre - Frankfort Gate.Even with its national reputation it's quite possible that many locals were entirely unaware of its existence – it sported a small simple sign bearing the legend 'Chez Nous' and the property generally was what you might describe as 'unassuming' and yet...
  • WMNJBayley commented The day rock star Sir Mick Jagger came to eat out at Plymouth's...

    It's now 30 years since Jacques Marchall was first awarded a Michelin star for his modest but rather wonderful restaurant in what was then, and still is today, one of the less fashionable parts of Plymouth City Centre - Frankfort Gate.Even with its national reputation it's quite possible that many locals were entirely unaware of its existence – it sported a small simple sign bearing the legend 'Chez Nous' and the property generally was what you might describe as 'unassuming' and yet...
  • CErrington published Plymouth Argyle to use FA Cup cash for more training ground...

    PLYMOUTH Argyle are to make a further investment into improving their Harper's Park training ground. The Pilgrims spent 'a couple of hundred thousand pounds' last summer, which included new drainage. Fencing was also installed to prevent trespassers from gaining access to the site, which is adjacent to Home Park. There had been numerous instances in the past where damage had been caused to the two grass pitches. Club chief executive Martyn Starnes told The Herald's #ArgyleChat podcast...
  • LDanielHerald published Masterchef star Ellie is returning to Plymouth to work in a city...

    Fans of Masterchef: The Professionals could scoop a chance to sample a semi-finalist's cookery skills next week.Ellie Wentworth, the giggly and forthright female chef who was pipped to the post during this year's Masterchef: The Professionals run,is back in Plymouth to work with her old bosses, James and Chris Tanner, for one night only. She is bringing South West Professional Chef of the Year 2014 and kitchen mate at Lucknam Park, Dean Westcar with her and together with the Tanner brothers...
  • WT_Herald published Factories in Plymouth say they are thriving after the Brexit vote

    Confidence levels among Plymouth's manufacturers are sky high despite the current political turmoil – but they fear growing inflation, reports reveal.The latest Business Trends Report by South West accountants and business advisers BDO LLP reveals manufacturing optimism hat hit a 20-month high.And the CBI's quarterly Industrial Trends Survey shows manufacturers are more optimistic about their business situation and exporting prospects, while reporting strong growth in domestic orders over.
  • CGOSLING published Fly-tippers leave EVEN MORE mess behind - including a Coca-Cola...

    Fly-tippers have dumped rubbish in three more places around Plymouth - including a Coca-Cola fridge. Herald photographer John Allen discovered the hat-trick of abandoned waste sites while riding his bike, and said he was "shocked" by the sheer amount that was left both beside the road between Deep Lane and Sparkwell as well as that up on Lee Moor and Hemerdon Moors.He said: "It's amazing that people have the audacity to leave it there."John reported that, as well as the Coke...
  • maxc73 published Police search for missing girl, 14, in South Devon

    Police are hunting for a missing 14-year-old girl last seen in Devon this morning at 8am. Shakira Sampson, from Torquay, was last seen at 8am.Sheis described as white, 5ft tall and of medium build with shoulder-length mousey-coloured hair, hazel eyes, wearing black skinny jeans, white shirt, blue/purple scarf, black cardigan, black trainers and carrying a white jacket over a grey handbag. A police spokesman said: "Please be on the lookout for Shakira, a 14-year-old reported to police as...
  • sabel published Spanish man 'smuggled £100k of cannabis onto a Brittany...

    A Spanish man smuggled cannabis worth more than £100,000 into Plymouth inside the bodywork and spare tyre of his car, a court heard.Carlos Maldonado-Lopez, aged 36, brought more than ten kilos in of the drug from Santander on the Britanny Ferries flagship, a jury was told.Border Force officers found the cannabis in more than 70 packages hidden in five locations inside the Nissan, Plymouth Crown Court heard.But Maldonado-Lopez claimed he knew nothing of the drugs, saying he was just looking
  • StuartJames published Martyn Starnes: My vision for the future of Argyle

    ARGYLE chief executive Martyn Starnes was the special guest on this week's #ArgyleChat podcast and he gave a fascinating insight into the vision ahead for the Pilgrims. Host Stuart James is joined by Martyn, along with podcast regulars Chris Errington and Jak Ball, to discuss Saturday's 1-1 draw at Luton and the forthcoming home games with Notts County, Carlisle United and Blackpool.As well as discussing on-pitch matters, and his and Argyle's hopes and aspirations for the remainder of...
  • StuartJames published Martyn Starnes - Argyle's vision for the future

    ARGYLE chief executive Martyn Starnes was the special guest on this week's #ArgyleChat podcast and he gave a fascinating insight into the vision ahead for the Pilgrims. Host Stuart James is joined by Martyn, along with podcast regulars Chris Errington and Jak Ball, to discuss Saturday's 1-1 draw at Luton and the forthcoming home games with Notts County, Carlisle United and Blackpool.As well as discussing on-pitch matters, and his and Argyle's hopes and aspirations for the remainder of...
  • WMNAGreenwood published LIVE: Plymouth City Council budget decision

    City councillors will today decide where the axe should fall on services while potentially hiking council tax bills by 4.99 per cent – putting £72 on an average Band D property's bill. The council is set to lose millions of pounds in Government funding in 2017/18, including substantial cuts to education and public health, amid increasing pressure on adult and children's social care. Council leaders have admitted to The Herald that balancing Plymouth's finances gets harder every...
  • WMNAGreenwood published LIVE: Decision on council tax rates and 'inevitable' cuts to...

    City councillors will today decide where the axe should fall on services while potentially hiking council tax bills by 4.99 per cent – putting £72 on an average Band D property's bill. The council is set to lose millions of pounds in Government funding in 2017/18, including substantial cuts to education and public health, amid increasing pressure on adult and children's social care. Council leaders have admitted to The Herald that balancing Plymouth's finances gets harder every...
  • WMNAGreenwood commented LIVE: Decision on council tax rates and 'inevitable' cuts to...

    City councillors will today decide where the axe should fall on services while potentially hiking council tax bills by 4.99 per cent – putting £72 on an average Band D property's bill. The council is set to lose millions of pounds in Government funding in 2017/18, including substantial cuts to education and public health, amid increasing pressure on adult and children's social care. Council leaders have admitted to The Herald that balancing Plymouth's finances gets harder every...
  • WMNJBayley published This is how to spot a fake £5 note as Bank of England...

    The new £5 note is apparently 'next to impossible' to forge, but there are new rumours that forgeries may be being produced.The Bank of England is said to have launched a probe following police warnings about attempts to produce counterfeit £5 notes.The bank said it was unaware of any direct forgeries of the new polymer £5 note but admitted the note's design had been crudely copied on to paper in a small number of incidents.
    READ: These are the most valuable £1...
  • WMNJBayley published This is why The Royal Citadel has guns FACING the city centre

    As evidenced on the south-western corner of the Royal Citadel the foundation stone of the impressive structure was laid by John, Earl of Bath, in 1666. The story goes that every man, woman and child then living in Plymouth subsequently laid a stone towards the building – a building that was commissioned by King Charles II shortly after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.King Charles was angered by Plymouth's resilience during the Civil War – it was the largest town in...
  • maxc73 published Man takes goose on a lead for a walk

    Nothing to see here, just a man taking his goose for a walk, on a lead, in Cornwall (where else?).Perhaps it's an attempt to avoid being led on a wild goose chase, but this apparentlytamewaterfowl was the one being led over the weekend.The bizarre sight was captured on camera by Alex Graves in picturesque Polperro in South East Cornwall in Sunday afternoon.He spotted the man walking the bird while visiting his in-laws and said he thought it was just brilliant.Dad-of-two, Alex, from Truro,...
  • maxc73 commented Man takes goose on a lead for a walk

    Nothing to see here, just a man taking his goose for a walk, on a lead, in Cornwall (where else?).Perhaps it's an attempt to avoid being led on a wild goose chase, but this apparently tame waterfowl was spotted goose-stepping out for a waddle over the weekend.The bizarre sight was captured on camera by Alex Graves in picturesque Polperro in South East Cornwall in Sunday afternoon.He spotted the man walking the bird while visiting his in-laws and said he thought it was just brilliant.Dad-of-two,.
  • Herald_Beren published Louis Rooney fighting for every chance to force his way into...

    PLYMOUTH Argyle loanee Louis Rooney impressed again in a cameo from the substitutes' bench for Hartlepool United on Saturday.The 20-year-old played the full 90 minutes in each of United's first two matches since he arrived from the Pilgrims, but he was an unused substitute on Valentine's Day at Luton Town.The Northern Ireland under-21 international missed the visit of Argyle to Victoria Park last weekend because of the terms in his loan agreement, but he finally returned to action on...
  • WT_Herald published 14 troublemakers now BANNED from 100 Plymouth pubs and bars

    Violent troublemakers now face the prospect of being banned from 100 city bars after Plymouth's Pubwatch became one of the biggest in the UK.The organisation, which was relaunched in the city just a year ago, has signed another 59 hostelries, added to the 41 original members.It is thought only Blackpool's Pubwatch scheme, in a town dominated by the hospitality industry, is bigger.The expansion means aggressive pests face being banned from even more pubs.Currently there are 14 people with...
  • maxc73 published Ice warning issued for tonight as cold snap strikes Plymouth

    Motorists heading to or from Plymouth on roads across Devon and Cornwall are being warned the roads could be icytonight and tomorrow morning.The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of ice for much of the South West.The warning, issued at 10.27am today (Monday), covers the period from 6pm tonight until 10am tomorrow.The warning reads: "Ice is expected to form overnight leading to difficult driving conditions on untreated roads and slippery conditions on pavements."The chief...

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