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    Video caption: Divers to clear 1,000 tyres from Plymouth Sound

    Archaeologists have predicted there could be 1,000 tyres on the seabed of Plymouth's harbour.

  2. Judge dismisses slave trader square appeal

    Jenny Kumah

    BBC South West politics reporter

    Sir John Hawkins Square

    A judge has dismissed an appeal against plans to rename a city centre square because of its links to the slave trade.

    Danny Bamping took Plymouth City Council to court over its decision to remove the name of the Elizabethan sailor and slave trader Sir John Hawkins, and replace it with that of the black Plymouth Argyle footballer Jack Leslie.

    Mr Bamping argued that the decision was racist because it was based purely on the colour of Leslie’s skin and was a knee jerk reaction to the death of George Floyd and the Black lives Matter movement.

    He also claimed the council failed to follow correct process.

    District Judge Justice Jo Matson said she accepted evidence from the council that they had complied with the relevant laws and policies.

    She also accepted the council had considered renaming Sir John Hawkins Square before the death of George Floyd.

    Mr Bamping may have to pay more than £7,000 in legal costs.

    He says he will appeal against the court’s decision.

  3. Covid-19 cases falling across South West

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    The number of cases of Covid-19 has fallen in nearly every area across the South West.

    Only in Torridge, where the figures are still relatively small, has the number of cases increased.

    When comparing the week up to 22 November with the week up to 29 November, the number of known active cases fell from 2,087 to 1,490, including:

    • A decrease of 310 to 177 in Plymouth
    • A decrease of 121 to 93 in North Devon
    • A decrease of 83 to 43 in Mid Devon
    • A decrease of 323 to 150 in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  4. Gym users back to working out in Plymouth

    Andy Birkett

    BBC South West

    Fitness fans in Plymouth have headed back to working out in city gyms.

    Boris Johnson announced gyms could reopen from 2 December under the country's three-tier system.

    In Devon, which is in Tier 2, gym-goers were spotted back in action at Total Fitness in Plymouth.

    Total Fitness, Plymouth
    Total Fitness, Plymouth
  5. Changes to NHS 111 to avoid 'unecessary' A&E trips

    BBC Radio Devon

    Changes are being made to the NHS 111 service in Devon to reduce the number of people attending A&E unnecessarily.

    People calling 111 will now get booked into a Minor Injury Unit, a GP or given access to A&E if appropriate.

    But Plymouth GP Dr Dafydd Jones has urged people to continue to call 999 in an emergency.

    He said this includes, but is not limited to, medical traumas such as a heart attack, a stroke, or someone being unconscious.

  6. Vaccine hubs in Plymouth and Truro

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online


    The NHS has published a list of 53 NHS vaccine hubs in England which will co-ordinate delivery of the jabs in their areas.

    The list was set out in a letter to trusts last month from Emily Lawson, NHS England's chief commercial officer, and Sue Harriman, chief operating officer of the Covid-19 vaccination deployment programme.

    In Devon and Cornwall the hubs will be at the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust.

  7. ‘Double number of activations’ for Plymouth speed camera

    BBC Spotlight

    A camera in Plymouth is set to reclaim its title of catching the highest number of speeding motorists across Devon and Cornwall.

    A Freedom of Information request has revealed the camera on the A386 Alma Road catches an average of 28 drivers a day.

    That's almost double the number of activations of any other camera in the two counties so far this year.

    Alma Road, Plymouth
  8. Torridge the only place to record Covid rise

    BBC Radio Devon

    Torridge was the only place in the South West which recorded an increase in new cases of Covid-19 in the week to last Saturday.

    There were 70 new cases, which takes the infection rate per 100,000 to 103.

    East Devon has the highest rate in the region at 123, while Teignbridge, the South Hams and Cornwall are in the lowest 10 infection rates in England.

  9. Eight SW hospital patients with coronavirus die

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    Another eight hospital patients with coronavirus have died in the South West, the latest figures show.

    They include three at Yeovil District Hospital, two in Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, two at Dorset Healthcare, and one each at Dorset County Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

    The latest figures show 578 hospital patients have died in the South West who tested positive for Covid-19.

    They include 317 in Devon and 96 in Cornwall.

  10. 'My advent calendar counted down to the day I go home'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Students at universities in England can start returning home for Christmas from today.

    Under government guidance, they need to test negative for the coronavirus before travelling.

    Zara Clench, in her first year of a social work degree at Cardiff University, said there was some doubt she'd be able to return to Devon for Christmas.

    "Honestly, at one point it felt like it might never come, but this last month's been quite exciting, knowing that we can come home," she said.

    "I had a special way of counting down. I bought an advent calendar, not to count down to Christmas, but to count down until the day I could go home," she added

    The students' return after the festive season will be staggered to avoid a surge in infections .

    Those on more practical courses such as science, medicine and drama will go back between 4 January and 18 January, while those studying subjects like English, history and maths may have to wait until February.

  11. Plans for mass vaccination centre in Plymouth

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plymouth’s public health director has welcomed the approval for the first vaccine against Covid-19 as “brilliant news”.

    Dr Ruth Harrell said the planned roll-out of a mass vaccination programme meant there was “light at the end of the tunnel”, but she warned the full benefits wouldn't be felt before next spring.

    Dr Harrell said that while the second England lockdown had seen a fall in the rate of cases in Plymouth, the relaxation of restrictions on social mixing at Christmas created a risk of increased spread of the disease.

    She gave the city council’s health scrutiny committee an update on developments at a meeting on Wednesday morning, following an announcement of approval by the UK regulator for the vaccine fromPfizer/BioNTech.

    Dr Harrell said the vaccination programme was being led by NHS England. The jabs would be administered at hospitals, by GP practices at community venues, and at a mass vaccination centre which would be set up in the city, all of which would pose "some challenges".

  12. Covid: Do we know vaccines are safe? And other questions

    BBC News

    The first Covid vaccine has been approved by the UK government and could start to be rolled out next week.

    People have been asking the BBC questions about what this means.

    Questions have included:

    • How can we be sure the vaccine is safe with such a short testing period?
    • Are you protected after the first dose of the vaccine?
    • Is the vaccine compulsory?
    • How long will immunity last once vaccinated?

    Find out what we know here.

    Your questions answered
  13. Plymouth Argyle ground could be used for vaccinations

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Plymouth Argyle Home Park

    Plymouth Argyle said it has entered "preliminary discussions" with Public Health England about parts of its Home Park stadium being used for the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

    Bosses said the ground has been "identified as one of very few suitable locations" for the rollout of a vaccination programme in the city.

    They said in a statement: "In line with our vision and values, we feel it is appropriate to try and assist the community wherever possible - as we have done with the NHS, who have occupied parts of the Mayflower Grandstand for phlebotomy and maternity services since the pandemic began."

    The club said it would provide more information if plans developed.