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WOMAN IN NAVY BOMB HOAX CASE Warship and shore station evacuated A WOMAN has been charged with making three bomb hoax calls which caused the evacuation of a Plymouth warship and part of Devonport Dockyard.

Rhiannon Leigh, aged 28, is accused of claiming that explosives were on board HMS Northumberland and in the HMS Drake shore base. Plymouth Magistrates’ Court heard that the frigate was evacuated, along with nearby ships. Louise Howard, prosecuting, said the northern part of the dockyard had to be cordoned off. She said the Royal Navy estimated that the total cost of the alarm was about £10,000. Leigh, of Laurel Dene, North Prospect, entered no plea to three charges that she made three calls to different personnel falsely claiming there were explosives on

by STUART ABEL Court Reporter HMS Northumberland and HMS Drake. All the calls were said to have been made on April 8, just days after HMS Northumberland had returned home from a six-month deployment which saw her tackle pirates and deliver humanitarian aid to war-torn Somalia. Miss Howard said of the hoax calls: “It caused a great deal of upheaval.” Leigh, bespectacled and smartly dressed, spoke only to confirm her pleas and give the court her personal details. Plymouth magistrates decided that the case should be heard at Crown court. Leigh was released on unconditional bail to appear back before magistrates on September 10 while her case is prepared. HMS Northumberland was the first vessel to safely escort World

Food Programme ships along the 1,500-mile Somalian coastline, infested with pirates. The crew of the Type 23 frigate

helped deliver food sufficient to fee 2.5 million people to the Somalian ports of Boosaaso, Berbera and Mogadishu.

ALERT: HMS Northumberland, above, and HMS Drake, left, were evacuated after the hoax calls, at a cost the Navy puts at £10,000

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NURSERY worker Vanessa George is to stand alongside two others later this month on a raft of child sex abuse and child porn charges.

The 39-year-old mother of two will appear at court on July 27 beside Colin Blanchard, aged 38, from Littleborough, near Rochdale, and Angela Allen, aged 39, from Bulwell, Nottingham. The directions hearing, at Bristol Crown Court, will be the first time all three have appeared at court together. It is unknown if pleas will be entered. George, of Douglass Road, Efford, last appeared at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on June 11. She has yet to enter any pleas on the seven charges laid against her, which include two counts of sexual assault by penetration, two counts of sexual assault by touching and one count each of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children. Blanchard, who is in custody, is charged with four offences – distributing, making and possessing indecent images of children and the possession of extreme pornographic images. Allen is currently on remand after appearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court charged with 16 counts of distributing, possessing and making indecent images of a child between April 2006 and June 17, 2009. All three were arrested following the discovery of child porn images on Blanchard’s computer in June. Little Ted’s nursery in Laira, where George worked,

was searched as a result of information handed to Plymouth police by officers from Great Manchester. Allen was arrested by Nottinghamshire police.

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Taxi driver pulled knife on rival in fare dispute

A TAXI driver who pulled out a knife in a dispute with a rival cabbie has been warned that he could face jail. Gary O’Connor, aged 41, got the weapon from a car in a rage to slash the tyres of another taxi, a court heard. O’Connor, who claimed that the rival cabbie had stolen his fare, punched him several times through the window. Plymouth magistrates ruled that they did not have enough power to sentence O’Connor and sent him to Crown court to face a judge. Presiding magistrate David Hemmings said: “There is great public concern about rising knife crime.” O’Connor, of Morley Court in the city centre, was warned that he could face jail. He admitted possession of a knife and causing criminal damage to a taxi door, costing £75 to repair, on April 21. Louise Howard, prosecuting, said the victim later told police he had been ‘stroked’ by O’Connor – a trade term meaning he had jumped the queue to steal a fare. She added that the rival taxi driver admitted that he had retaliated in turn by ‘stroking him’. Miss Howard said that the complainant was sitting in his cab outside the Skiving Scholar pub at about 3.30am when O’Connor approached. She added: “O’Connor started throwing punches through the window and he held the door shut and kicked it, causing the damage.” The victim managed to get out of the car and admitted hitting O’Connor back to restrain him, Miss Howard said, but O’Connor went back to his own car, leaned in and pulled out a knife. He began to walk towards the other driver with the weapon but instead handed it over to a doorman from the pub who had come to intervene. O’Connor told police in interview that he intended to slash the tyres of the other taxi and that he kept the knife in his car because he went crabbing. He claimed that the other driver had kicked him through an open window of the taxi. Representing himself in court, O’Connor said that he had ‘just lost it’. He added that he was angry because his own tyres had previously been slashed, but had later apologised to the other driver. O’Connor was released on unconditional bail until he faces sentencing by a judge at Crown court on August 21. Mr Hemmings urged him to see a solicitor.

Community gets a congenial clean-up POLICE and volunteers took up paintbrushes to spruce up a corner of Stoke village. Sgt Bev Havis, neighbourhood sergeant for Stoke, said the past few weeks had seen neighbourhood officers meet residents, local traders and visitors to compile a list of their wants for the local area. She said: “We wanted to find out what they thought was important and what they would like to see improved within the village. “The policing team set up Operation Congeniality, which is looking at the environmental and social improvement of Stoke village.” Earlier this month, as a result of suggestions made by the community, officers and members of the Probation Community Payback Team painted a

number of shopfronts, using equipment and paint supplied by local traders. Sgt Havis said the aim was to give the village a ‘new and improved look’ and the work would be continued by the Community Payback Team every Wednesday with the intention of painting or washing the majority of shops. In addition, as reported in The Herald, the Stoke Youth Forum has also been busy carrying out litter-picks in members’ own free time. Sgt Havis said: “In addition, extra officers are working late Friday and Saturday nights to ensure people who visit the village have a safe and enjoyable experience.” Sgt Havis is shown (back left) with volunteers; front from left are PCSO Elaine Chadwick, Aaron Ford, Mark Dyer Alex Clark and PC Rachel Carnell.

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Train halted in search for tattooed offender

MANHUNT AFTER KNIFE ROBBERY A TRAIN was stopped and searched by police in a manhunt after a tattooed robber threatened the manager of a service station with a knife.

Officers were called to the Vale Service Station in Alexandra Road, Mutley, after reports of an armed robbery. The 49-year-old manager of the service station was at the counter when a bald man, with tattoos on his head, shoulders and leg, walked in and asked for cigarettes at about 7.50am yesterday. When the manager opened the till the robber pulled out a six-inch knife and demanded money. The terrified manager handed over what police have described as a three-figure sum. The robber then ran off up Lipson Hill. Police were on the scene in minutes and a description of the robber was put out to all officers, including British Transport Police. A man matching the description had boarded a train at Plymouth heading for Dundee. Devon and Cornwall Constabulary were able to halt the train at Exeter and the carriages were searched. A man similar in appearance was found but police were able to eliminate him from their inquiries. The man is white and described as thin with short to shaved dark hair. He was aged between 30 and 40 and wore a blue singlet, Union Jack shorts, a black jacket which was initially wrapped around his waist and army-style boots.

by CARL EVE Crime Reporter

He was also carrying a rucksack and had tattoos on his head, neck, shoulder, upper arm and legs. Det Insp Matt Lawrence, who is heading the manhunt, confirmed a First Great Western train was stopped and searched at Exeter

but said the man spotted by BTP officers was ‘not our offender’. “The manager of the service station is still very shaken up by the experience,” DI Lawrence said. “It’s a traumatic incident for any person to experience and we quickly followed up on any potential sightings of our suspect. “This man will be known to

somebody and has very distinctive tattoos over his body. I’d urge anyone who has information to contact police or Crimestoppers immediately.” The police number is 08452 777444. Crimestoppers can be reached on 0800 555111; you do not have to give your name. The police log number is 146 of July 16.

RAIDER: (top and left) Images of the tattooed robber, who wore his jacket tied round his waist, left. Above: Vale Service Station

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ceremony in April 2001. Smartly-dressed PalmerCook, of Arnside Close in Estover, is also accused of making a false statement that he was free to marry in February 2001. Plymouth magistrates have ruled that the case should be heard at the city’s Crown court. He was released on unconditional bail to appear before a judge on September 7.

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AERIAL FORCE: A Chinook helicopter resupplies a patrol base in Helmand province, Afghanistan

In its report into helicopter capability, the committee said: “We are concerned that operational commanders in the field today are unable to undertake potentially valuable operations because of the lack of helicopters for transportation around the theatre of operations. “We are also concerned that operational commanders find they have to use ground transport, when

helicopter lift would be preferred, both for the outcome and for the protection of our forces.” Mrs Gilroy said: “We are not drawing a link between what we are saying there and recent casualties. We are not saying that could have made a difference, because we didn’t.” But she added: “It’s undoubtedly true that it offers commanders opportunities to do things

differently, which undoubtedly reduce the risk.” In their report, Mrs Gilroy and other members said: “We believe that the size of the fleet is an issue, and are convinced that the lack of helicopters is having adverse consequences for operations today and, in the longer term, will severely impede the ability of the UK armed forces to deploy.” Referring to concerns about the military’s ability to protect troops and undertake key operations with current helicopter availability, the MPs said: “We are troubled by the forecast reduction in numbers of medium- and heavy-lift battlefield helicopters, which will make this worse.” The committee also warned that the intensity of the campaign in Afghanistan had ‘stretched the manning of the helicopter fleet’, and plans to refurbish old Puma and Sea King helicopters before a new generation of helicopters was introduced were ‘not the best option, either operationally or in terms of the use of public money’.


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A LACK of military helicopters is undermining the ‘protection’ of troops in Afghanistan, MPs have warned. Shortages have also sparked concerns that vital combat missions cannot be carried out, and led to urgent calls by the Commons Defence Select Committee for more air support. But Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton Linda Gilroy, who sits on the select committee, stressed that no link was being made between the identified shortages and the recent heavy death toll in Afghanistan. The committee’s highly-critical report comes amid a growing row over military equipment following the deaths of 15 UK service personnel in Afghanistan in a fortnight, including 18-year-old Trooper Joshua Hammond, from Plymstock, who was killed while serving with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment. The select committee also warned of the impact shortages were having on vital amphibious training for Royal Marines.

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THE widow of a former Plymouth sailor who died of cancer has said all she wants is for the Government to admit ‘they did wrong’.

Ex-Petty Officer Douglas Atkinson, who died last year aged 75, served as a Leading Cook on board the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diana and the ship was engaged in atomic testing near the Montebello Islands, 80 miles from North West Australia in 1956. Born in Cardiff, Mr Atkinson died at his home in Crownhill, Plymouth on July 7 last year. In January he and 10 other former city servicemen had gone to London’s High Court in a bid to gain compensation from the Ministry of Defence. Legal proceedings are ongoing. Tens of thousands of British servicemen were exposed to the tests in the Pacific in the 1950s and 1960s. Only a few thousand are still alive. Following an open verdict at the inquest into his death yesterday, his widow Kathleen Atkinson said: “I just want the Government to admit they did wrong. He was thinking of the other men suffering and the ones who lost their lives early.” Mrs Atkinson, 71, was accompa-

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by JANE OMARA Herald Reporter nied by the couple’s adopted daughters Carol Huxham and Linda Thomas, the couple having been unable to conceive. “He passed away two days before our golden wedding anniversary,” Mrs Atkinson said. She said her husband had joined the Merchant Navy aged 14 and he joined the Royal Navy in 1951, working on various ships and at HMS Drake and HMS Raleigh. He was medically retired at the age of 49 due to persistent back problems. Mr Atkinson applied for a veteran’s pension and a letter from the Department of Social Security to the Atomic Weapons Establishment in 1990 said he was very close to Montebello Islands in 1956 during the atomic bomb tests, was directly exposed to radiation and drank irradiated sea water. He suffered back ulcers soon afterwards, which resulted in fragmented discs. Responding to the letter in 1991, the Atomic Weapons Establishment said Mr Atkinson was upwind at the time of the tests, at least 179 kilometres from detonation. It said he

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had suffered ongoing spinal problems for years before he retired. “He was a hard-working man who would do anything for anybody,” she said. “He was a family man, a happy person who was always fooling around and making everybody laugh. It’s so quiet now. “It’s lucky he lasted as long as he did in the circumstances.”

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Doctor estimates city’s surgeries already seeing 500 new cases a day Pensioner’s

GP CONCERNS OVER SPREAD OF SWINE FLU Dr Martin Rankin estimated there are currently around 500 suspected cases emerging daily in the city. He also raised questions about a shortage of liquid Tamiflu and “scandalously” inadequate Government supply of face masks for health staff. Plymouth’s public health bosses said the virus is spreading but the vast majority of people experience mild symptoms and fully recover within a few days. Dr Rankin, of Plym River Practice in Plympton, said yesterday: “I have issued about 10 Tamiflu prescriptions this morning. “I think there are about 50 surgeries in Plymouth so if we are representative I would estimate that there are 500 new cases a day in Plymouth. “It will increase dramatically and lives will be lost in the city.” Between 30 per cent to 35 per cent of people could come down with swine flu this winter, according to the Department of Health. Current estimates are that one in 200 people who are ill enough to seek medical help will die as a result of the virus. Estimates range from 3,000 up to 750,000 people nationally. Ordinarily flu kills between 5,000 and 7,000 people in a typical winter – mainly the elderly. Dr Rankin urged people with flu symptoms to phone the helplines and stay away from GP practices to prevent infecting others. He said doctors are under increasing pressure and the number of calls to surgeries has “gone through the roof”. Exact figures are not available as people are no longer being routinely swabbed. Dr Rankin said the NHS has told city surgeries there is a national shortage of Tamiflu suspension – the non-tablet form of the medicine for children between one and five, and adults who have difficulty swallowing the capsule. Doctors have been advised to prescribe children with adult capsules which can be opened and the contents mixed with sweetened liquid. However, Dr Rankin said he believes this may be dangerous if doses are mixed incorrectly. Stocks of Tamiflu capsules and antivirals are said to be plentiful. He said surgeries have not been given face masks and there is a rumour that millions were purchased which had an expiry date of this month. Health authorities have advised GP practices it is their responsibility to provide the equipment. Dr Rankin said it would cost too much, with practices perhaps needing between 50 to 100 masks a day to protect staff. He said: “The failure of the government to issue GP surgeries with adequate face masks is a scandal and that I have communicated to Mr Brown that this needs urgent action. “If frontline staff are not protected some of them will pass infections to patients.

by DIANA PRINCE Health Reporter

There is an overwhelming public health interest to provide GP staff with suitable protective equipment.” A growing number of city schools have reported suspected cases, with advisory letters being sent home to parents. Other places with suspected cases have included Langage Power Station and Devonport Dockyard. So far, 29 people have died after contracting the virus nationally, although it is unclear how many have died as a direct result of the virus and how many had underlying health problems. At risk groups include people with a health condition like asthma, diabetes, heart, liver or kidney disease, or a suppressed immune system. The Government yesterday announced new details of the National Pandemic Flu Service for England, which should be up and running towards the end of next week. The telephone and internet-based service will enable people to get a diagnosis, obtain a unique reference number, and gain access to Tamiflu. The swine flu vaccine is expected to arrive in the UK at the end of August, with a priority list for those most in need.

FIVE Plymouth bands and a DJ are performing at a summer music party and barbecue in Plympton today. Entrance is free to the event at Peacock Meadows, from 2pm to midnight, but the organisers are hoping party-goers will give money for the Marie Curie Cancer Trust. Moostone Meats of Wembury are supplying food for the barbecue, and there will be burger vans. Children’s entertainment will include bouncy castles and face-painting. Francis and the Drakes, PointCounterPoint, Roadside, The Wireless, Change of State and DJ Apache from View 2 club will provide the entertainment.

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FIRE crews attended a fridge which was leaking gas in Devonport. Two fire engines from Camels Head were mobilised to St Aubyn Road, Devonport, at around 1.20pm yesterday. On arrival the crews found the fridge was leaking coolant and took it outside. A woman was given oxygen therapy as a precaution.

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PLYMOUTH’S public health chief says the rise in flu cases is expected and plans for the pandemic are in place. Deb Lapthorne, director of public health for Plymouth, urged people with flu-like symptoms to prevent the virus spreading. She said: “While we are seeing more people with flu-like symptoms this is exactly what we expected and planned for. “I’d like to reassure local people that the vast majority of people who have caught the swine flu virus have experienced fairly mild symptoms and have made a full recovery. “NHS Plymouth has established plans in place to deal with cases of swine flu.” Ms Lapthorne said city GPs are starting to receive more calls from people experiencing flu-like symptoms. She said: “It is quite likely that this

pattern will continue over the coming months although not everyone with flu-like symptoms at the moment will have swine flu as there are a number of other respiratory viruses in the community. “We are also aware that a growing number of schools in the area are reporting a small number of pupils with flu-like symptoms.” She advised anyone with flu-like symptoms to stay at home and phone NHS Direct or a GP for advice. “You must not go into the surgery even if you feel well enough to do so as you may spread the virus to others,” she said. “If your GP thinks that you would benefit from a course of anti-viral medication it will be prescribed and you will be asked to get another person to pick it up for you from a local pharmacy. “The GP will ask you which pharmacy

you want it to be collected from so that the prescription can be faxed to them.” Ms Lapthorne also stressed the importance of the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ advice. This means always carrying tissues to catch a cough or sneeze, disposing of it as soon as possible, and washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of germs. Swine flu symptoms are very similar to other flu strains and include sudden high fever (above 38C), extreme tiredness, aching muscles, diarrhoea or stomach upset, sore throat, runny nose and loss of appetite. NHS Direct can be contacted on 0845 4647. To read the latest official advice visit or call the Swine Flu information Line on 0800 1 513 513. Further information about swine flu can also be found on the HPA website

Restaurant manager to face Saltash councillor’s waste plea judge over £2k theft probe

THE manager of a new Chinese restaurant in Plymouth city centre has been charged with stealing £2,000. Kenton Downs, aged 28, allegedly stole the money from the owners of the Water Dragon in Union Street. Downs, of The Crescent in the city centre, appeared before

Plymouth magistrates to face six charges of theft adding up to nearly £2,000 in January and February this year. Downs entered ‘no plea’ to all of the charges and elected to face a judge at Crown court. He was released on unconditional bail until September 10 for his case to be prepared.

A DATE has been set for the trial of a pensioner accused of allowing his dogs to worry sheep on Dartmoor. Aubrey Fuller, aged 83, from Sheepstor, allegedly had a dangerous dog which was out of control in public near his home on March 6. He is further accused of being the owner of dogs which worried sheep in the same area on three separate occasions during the same month. Fuller has not yet appeared before Plymouth magistrates but his solicitors have entered ‘not guilty’ pleas on his behalf. Magistrates have now fixed a three-day trial starting on November 2.

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CORNWALL Council is setting up a new panel to work out what to do with the county’s domestic rubbish after plans for an incinerator at St Dennis went up in smoke. The council is trying to find a solution to ever-increasing amount of waste now that sending rubbish to landfill sites is heavily penalised by the Government. Cllr Colin Riches, Lib Dem Cornwall councillor for Saltash Burraton, said: “We need to start recycling more and burning less. “Why is a quarter of food bought in this country thrown away?

“In these times of recession we all need to change our mind-set, especially as we have nowhere to put our waste.”

Mr Riches said that an incinerator would not solve the problem, but could possibly minimise it, adding: “We have to look at the incinerator as part of a complete system; we can’t focus on the incinerator alone.” Mr Riches, who is also a Saltash town councillor, has previously spoken out against plans by the Plymouth and South Devon Waste Partnership to build an incinerator at Ernesettle.

CHILDREN from Radford Royal Naval Pre-School are attending a graduation ceremony to celebrate the end of their time there. A donation from the Radford Social Committee allowed the pre-school to order special graduation caps from the USA, and little ones will wear homemade gowns. Each child will be presented with a diploma as an acknowledgment of their achievements and progress. Thirty children will be involved in the ceremony, which was due to take place today.

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PLYMPTON Library is putting on an exhibition of photographs of the area. The display started this week and is expected to run until Saturday. It will be followed by a slide show by John Boulden, called Plympton Then And Now, on Monday at 7.30pm. Admission is by ticket only, available from the library or on 01752 342100.

Road closure

TAVISTOCK Road in Plymouth will be partially closed while telegraph poles are renewed. Parts of the A386 north-eastbound carriageway and bus lane, north of Looseleigh Lane and Sendalls Way, will be closed on August 23. The alternative route is via Looseleigh Lane, Tamerton Foliot Road, Southway Drive and Tavistock Road (A386). It is anticipated that the work will start at 6am and be completed by 6pm the same day.


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30-mile test of strength and stamina in race across rain-lashed Dartmoor

Teams tough it out in moor challenge

AS RACES go, this 30-mile dash across a sodden Dartmoor was ‘epic’ – and the strain on the faces of the competitors tells the story.

Yesterday saw 46 military and civilian teams take up the first Chara Challenge in aid of injured servicemen and the families of those who didn’t make it home from war. The challenge was to race 30 miles in under 10 hours, with each competitor carrying 32lbs of weight on their backs. Lt Col Harry Thomsett, a former Operations Officer with Stonehouse-based 3 Commando Brigade, organised the race, which has raised tens of thousands of pounds through sponsorship. After completing 18 miles before retiring to take up an organising role, he said: “The sunrise first thing was beautiful and lifted a lot of spirits, but by about 10am the rain came and didn’t stop for the rest of the day. It meant everything became very wet very quickly and the ground became very spongy and slippery. “One of the comments which made me laugh was a guy who said he’d done two London Marathons and they were a piece a cake compared to this event. “One of the words which has been bandied about a lot today has been ‘epic’.” The race was won by a team of Royal Marines from 42 Commando’s K Company, bnsed at Bickleigh Barracks. They romped home in just eight hours and 22 minutes. Ben Miller, from the team Dunstan’s

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Yompers, was running in memory of Plymouth marine Neil Dunstan. Ben, 32, from Hartley, is the brother of Neil’s fiancée Kate. “It was shattering,” he said. “You’ve just got to keep going. Marines were saying it’s the hardest 30 miles they’ve done. “It was a great event, really well put together. It was brilliant for the cause. Once you’ve lost somebody, you just clutch at whatever you can do.” A team from The Herald, the Herald Horrors – finished in just over 10 hours. “It was definitely one of the hardest long-distance races I’ve done,” said editor Bill Martin. “The terrain was hard, some of it was very boggy, combined with the weight of carrying 32 lbs; it’s a very heavy pack. It was a great event.” Lt Col Thomsett’s wife Ella, administrator of the challenge, ran 18 miles and estimated around £70,000 had been raised for the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association (BLESMA), Combat Stress and various service benevolent funds, although the figures had not yet been finalised. She said: “There has been such a great sense of pride from everyone taking part and organising the event. It’s really humbling to be a part of something like this.” ■ Comment – Page 10

TREK: Top, competitors set off on the first Chara Challenge. Above, the winning team from 42 Commando based at Bickleigh Barracks, 2nd Lt Jerry Lane, Marine Shaun Clews, Marine Aidan Redman, Sgt John Williams. Above left, Herald Editor Bill Martin with former Marine Ian Perkins. Left, Herald Picture Editor Pete Holdgate with Herald journalist Martin Freeman. Right, Padre David Wylie holds a service for fallen comrades. Below, PC Graham Attwood, from Plymouth dog unit, Sgt Mark Bramley, PC Chris Curnow (Plymouth) and Sgt Tony Whitting

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ACTIVITIES: Kai Gracey, 11, and Ben Downton, 12, enjoy sumo wrestling. Above: Headteacher Chris Watts and project manager Alison Nettleship with pupils. Right: Youngsters strike a pose


Party marks school’s final day

ON BOARD: Demi Mason, 10, rides a surfboard

A BEACH party has been held to mark the closure of a school which has been the hub of the North Prospect community for 77 years, writes Education Reporter Matt Fleming. North Prospect Community School closed its doors for the final time on Wednesday as children broke up for the summer holidays – and pupils and staff said farewell to their historic buildings. A surfboard simulator, sumo wrestling, bowling and a host of other events were held – but the day was really about toasting the school’s rich past. The school was opened in 1932 by the Queen Mother, then the Duchess of York, accompanied by the Duke, later King George VI. It is now to amalgamate with Ham’s South Trelawny Primary School over the summer before they move in together in September to form the new Mayflower Community School, in Ham Drive. North Prospect’s headteacher Chris Watts retired this week after

14 years in his post. Deputy head Alison Nettleship said: “He raised the aspiration of the school. “He came at a challenging time but now we’re renowned for the services we give to children and their families, as well as our work in the community.” Special education needs co-ordinator Cathy Grieve is also retiring after 14 years, and other members of staff are also going, totalling 24 years of service between them. Ms Nettleship herself is moving to Weston Mill Primary School as the new headteacher following current head Lyn Smith’s retirement. Ms Nettleship said: “The beach party was all about celebrating all that North Prospect Community School has achieved with the community since it started. “Former pupils since 1932 were there and there was a commemorative book. “The school has had a difficult time with the challenges in North


A SPECIAL needs school could by KEITH ROSSITER lose a £100,000 Government Political Reporter grant after local people forced it to back down over plans for a new will cause. They don’t want a sports hall like that built at Longcause. sports hall.

Longcause Community Special School has withdrawn a planning application submitted to Plymouth City Council for a £200,000 hall in its grounds. Longcause was made a specialist sports college last autumn, making it eligible for £100,000 of Government money if it built new facilities within a year. The school raised another £100,000 to pay for the hall. Plympton St Mary Conservative councillor Terri Beer attacked the design for the hall, which would have been made of a fire-retardant fabric supported from galvanised steel trusses. It was proposed that the sides and gables would be dark grey and the roof a light-reflecting light grey or white. “The site backs on to two sides of Plympton St Mary conservation area, and the Sir Joshua Reynolds House and Broadreach House, which are both listed buildings,” Mrs Beer said. “No matter where you are in Plympton you will see this sports hall. It will stand out like a sore thumb. “Residents are concerned about the size and the traffic and parking problems it

“It may be that the design may need to change, or be scaled down and use different materials so it fits in better. I think this is the way forward. “We can come to an agreement that we’re all happy with.”” The school has now decided to go back to the drawing board. Headteacher Mike Jelly said: “We’re very concerned about the issues local people have raised and we’ve withdrawn the planning application. “We’re about to begin a redesign and will have a public consultation in September,” he added. “I don’t think the issues are to do with the principle; they’re to do with the design. “This is a major setback for us, but it’s really important that we work closely with the community. “The hall is going to be a community resource and we don’t want to be working at odds with the community.” Mr Jelly said that one of the requirements of being given specialist status was that the school should build improved facilities. At present it had a single hall which

was also used for assemblies and meals, and children were bussed to other schools in the area, such as Plymstock and Ivybridge, to use their sports facilities. “Our specialist status might be under threat, but I hope it doesn’t come to that,” he said. Longcause is the only special needs specialist sports college in the region. Plympton St Maurice Civic Association had also objected to the school’s planning application. “Any further building on the border of the conservation area would have significant damage to the local environment and for local residents and for future generations of residents,” the association Trader Jacks commented . “The proposed sports hall would be a dominant,ugly feature for all to see 11 St Erth Road - Manadon (opposite Morrison’s Supermarket & and not in keepnext door to Emperor Tropical’s) ing with what is Mon-Sat 8am-6pm • Sun 8am-4pm truly a unique Sea-Carp-Coarse-LiveBait historical area Looe Shop Now within PlyOpen Everyday mouth,” it added.


Prospect over the years but it has ended as the beacon that it is. It’s been a very sad time to see it close but, in a positive light, it’s now a new opportunity and a fresh start for everybody.” A special guest at the party was Peggy Radmore. The 84-year-old governor of the school met the Queen Mother on May 24, 1932. She was one of the first pupils at the school. She also met the Queen in 1999, who visited after ‘a fantastic Ofsted report’. “It was a lovely beach party but it was very sad to see it close after such a long time,” she said, “but now the pupils will have lovely new facilities for the future.” RETURN VISIT: Peggy Radmore who helped open school 70 years ago with pupils Kyle Christie, 11, Kelsey Minards, 10, and Kayla Hicks, five

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If you have information about any of the crimes featured in today's Crimefile contact the police on 08452 777444. Alternatively call the Crimestoppers hotline anonymously on 0800 555111

Borrowed art is lost after shop shuts

TEN paintings loaned to a city-centre shop are believed to have been stolen after the shop closed down, police say.

The original paintings, created by four local artists, were loaned to Harmony in Royal Parade. However, the shop was later closed and the artists were left dealing with a Plymouth-based administrator in an effort to get their work back. One of the artists, who has asked not to be named, said they repeatedly contacted the relevant people but were only finally allowed into the building to get their paintings back last week – whereupon they found they had gone. The artist said: “We had been assured they had been put in a safe room and locked while all the legal matters surrounding the store was settled. “However, it would appear they have disappeared, presumed stolen, and all of us artists are wondering where our paintings are. “I was told the shop’s stock was sent to

Artists fear their works may have been sold along with city-centre store’s stock

Exeter to be auctioned off and there’s a chance our paintings were taken as well. “Perhaps someone has bid and paid for our paintings but doesn’t know that they’re stolen.” The paintings were by local artists Chris Wells, Neil Mawdsley, Anita Pierce and Wendy Patey and are original, one-off works with no prints made. Police say there was no evidence of forced entry at the property and can only estimate the 10 paintings, worth more than £1,000, were taken between January 1 and July 9. Anyone who has information about the

theft or the paintings’ current whereabouts is asked to call police on 08452 777444 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number EC/09/7272.

MISSING: Five of the 10 vanished paintings. Their creators spent months trying to recover them, finally gaining access to the premises only to find the pictures they had lent were no longer there

Who is this man?

IN COURT THE following cases have been dealt with by Plymouth magistrates.

CARLEIGH BAMMENS, aged 21, of The Down, Bere Alston: drink-driving – banned from driving for 12 months, fined £100, ordered to pay £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge. GAVIN BOTTOMLEY, aged 30, of Rapson Road, Liskeard: drink-driving – banned from driving for 12 months, fined £230, ordered to pay £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge. ALEX FIELDS, aged 28, of Alamein Road, Saltash: failing to comply with a football banning order – fined £60, ordered to pay £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge. CHRISTELLE GILBERT, aged 21, of Ermington Terrace, Plymouth: threatening behaviour – fined £67, ordered to pay £30 costs and £15 victim surcharge. MICHAEL GOODMAN, aged 46, of Haddington Road, Ply-

mouth: drink-driving – banned from driving for six months, fined £100, ordered to pay £50 costs and £15 victim surcharge. STEVEN GREENWOOD, aged 29, of Carolina Place, Plymouth: possession of cocaine – 16-week prison term suspended for 12 months, with a 12-month supervision order and a requirement to take part in a programme to tackle substance-related offending. Ordered to pay £60 costs. JAMIE HIBBERT, aged 21, of Rothesay Gardens, Plymouth: assault by beating – 12-month community order under the supervision of a probation officer with 42-day curfew. Ordered to pay £50 compensation and £60 costs. ANDREWS JONAS, aged 34, of Beaumont Road, Plymouth: possession of amphetamine – fined £100, ordered to pay £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge. TERRY LAVIS, aged 29, of Devonport Hill, Plymouth: criminal

damage – £80 fine, £60 costs, and £15 victim surcharge. RICHARD MACPARLAND, aged 33, of Devonshire Street, Plymouth: assault by beating – six-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, with 80 hours’ unpaid work and 30-day Alcohol Specified Activity Requirement, ordered to pay £75 compensation, £30 costs and £15 victim surcharge. MARK MATTHEWS, aged 40, of Lipstone Avenue, Plymouth: possession of cannabis – fined £100 and ordered to pay £15 victim surcharge. RAYMOND MCLAREN, aged 27, of Holcombe Drive, Plymouth: driving while disqualified and without insurance – banned from driving for 18 months, fined £700, ordered to pay £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge. KELLY NEHLIG, aged 33, of Wycliffe Road, Plymouth: two thefts from shops and breach of a conditional discharge –

12-month community order with treatment for drug dependency and ordered to pay £24 compensation. DARREN PHILLIPS, aged 20, of Geasons Lane, Plymouth: drink-driving – banned from driving for 17 months, fined £100, ordered to pay £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge. LEE RICHARDS, aged 20, of Admiralty Street, Plymouth: drunk and disorderly in a public place – fined £80, ordered to pay £30 costs and £15 victim surcharge. CHRISTIAN RUSTELL, aged 24, of Henderson Place, Plymouth: assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty and breach of a conditional discharge – 12-month community order with Alcohol Specified Activity Requirement and 100 hours’ unpaid work, fined £150, ordered to pay £90 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

DOES this man look familiar? Police would like to speak to him following an incident outside McDonald’s in New George Street at about 5.30pm on July 6. A couple, both 17, encountered two young men and a young woman and an altercation began which then turned violent. The male victim suffered bruising and a dislocated shoulder, which will need surgery; his girlfriend suffered facial injuries. Anyone who can identify the man is asked to call police on 08452 777444 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting reference EC/09/7325.

If you have a crime story contact reporter CARL EVE at the Herald on 01752 765529 or email ceve@

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Model citizens in spotlight girls who are nervously waiting in the wings ahead of tonight’s glittering grand final. The doors of the Plymouth Pavilions will be swung open to welcome legions of Face of Plymouth fans all ready to cheer on their favourite. And with a foot stomping performance from junk band Big Beat to add to the fashion-forward bill, tonight’s final is promising to be bigger and better than ever before. The fun kicks off at 8pm but if you haven’t got hold of your ticket yet then there is still time. On sale at £10 each or ten for the price of 8, tickets can be bought on the door tonight or through the box office on 0845 146 1460. ■ Turn to pages 16-17 now to take a look at the final four entrants in this year’s hotly tipped final. TALENT SCOUT: Jean Rogers will be on the panel of judges tonight Picture John Allen EH150709_JA01_001

Edd said: “We don’t really know what to expect at all; we’re just heading east, really. “We know we’re going to experience some harsh terrain in the desert, but we’re really looking forward to it.” The men raised £1,000 per team in order to join the rally, and say they hope their two cars will fetch £1,200 each. The money will help Mongolian children who live in dangerous conditions in the sewers of Ulaan Baatar, and to help modernise Mongolia while preserving its heritage. The rally starts from the Goodwood race circuit tomorrow and the boys expect to reach Mongolia in five weeks’ time. You can track their progress by visiting and

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FOUR men from Ivybridge are setting off on a 10,000-mile drive to Mongolia in order to raise money for charity, writes Vicky Meadows. They are taking part in the Mongol Rally, an event which involves teams of two people raising money to buy a car and then making their way to Mongolia. There’s no set route, so there’s plenty of opportunity for adventure. When they reach Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia’s capital city, the cars are auctioned off to raise money for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and Mercy Corp charities. Edd Johns will be heading off with friend Peter Wearden, forming the Baatar Boys team. Tom Savage and Ian Bollans will be joining the adventure under the team name Genghis Express. They will be driving through some harsh landscapes, including the Gobi Desert where they will have to endure 50-degree heat during the day and freezing temperatures at night.

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The talent scout supremo and managing director of Glenbeigh Model and Promotion Agency has been spotting Plymouth’s modelling stars of the future for 20 years. She has been involved with Face of Plymouth since the very beginning using her beauty expertise as one of the competition’s team of judges and she is excited to be part of the panel for this evening’s grand final. “I am really looking forward to the final, the atmosphere is always great,” she said. “There have been a few transformations with the finalists and I will be looking for stage presence and I want their personality to shine through.” One of the top prizes of this year’s competition includes the opportunity to meet Jean in the hope of being signed up as a model with Glenbeigh. And it’s not just the winners who could find themselves on Jean’s books. In previous years finalists who didn’t quite make it on the night found that they had commercial modelling appeal. “They can take part in adverts, TV commercials and editorial work in local and national campaigns,” said Jean. This would be a modelling dream come true for our top 20 guys and


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Tribute to dead helps the living

“THERE is no such thing as insurmountable odds.” Those words must have been ringing in the ears of the 46 military and civilian teams taking part in yesterday’s Chara Challenge. Trudging 30 miles across Dartmoor in less than 10 hours with a 32lb pack on your back was never going to be a picnic. But completing the challenge in yesterday’s miserable rain added a sodden dimension which can only have increased the agony. Unsurprisingly, the challenge was won by a team of Royal Marines who will already have ticked off this route march several times while qualifying and training recruits for their Green Berets. For the civilian teams taking part, the challenge proved particularly tough. One participant admitted it made the London Marathon feel ‘like a piece of cake’: but the Chara Challenge was not supposed to be easy. It was 3 Commando Brigade’s unique way of paying tribute to the colleagues they lost during their recent deployment in Afghanistan. The dawn service which launched the Challenge at 5am yesterday must have been particularly poignant. While those on Dartmoor have been given a reprieve from the front line, other servicemen have taken their place in Helmand, and the last week has seen a death toll which has defied belief and prompted a renewed national debate on Britain’s role in Afghanistan and the equipping of our forces. Fifteen UK personnel have been killed in a fortnight, including 18-year-old Trooper Joshua Hammond, from Plymstock. Besides the death toll comes the hidden number of servicemen badly injured in Afghanistan. Their rehabilitation is a challenge the rest of us cannot even imagine: which is the other reason why so many teams gave themselves a beasting across the moor yesterday. The charities which will benefit from the race include small but longestablished groups set up to help injured servicemen and their families. These small charities do essential work, but do not have the same high profile as Help for Heroes. They include the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association, Combat Stress, the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society and the Royal Marines Benevolent Fund. Sponsorship raised yesterday will be a great boost for them: but the meaning of the Chara Challenge runs much deeper. It is a unique tribute to every last serviceman killed in Afghanistan.

IT IS interesting to read in Your Say all the diverse comments and opinions on the political agenda in Plymouth regarding the likely Citybus sell-off. During an interview on TV’s Politics Show (Sunday, July 12) Cllr Pengelly said: “I have not made a decision to sell Citybus yet, but we can use some of the capital raised from the sale to make good the potholes in the roads, if we do decide to sell.” This statement (though not wordperfect) raises questions that need to be answered. Will other council members have a say in the final Citybus decision? Was no allowance put into the council’s budget for road maintenance? If so, why the need to use some of the profits from the sale of Citybus? Management of the city’s finances and assets appear to be in disarray, while the condition of the roads in Plymouth is nothing short of a disgrace. It appears that no thought has been given to the existing infrastructure of the city, while the sale of more of the city’s assets for short-term gain only bodes ill for the future. Both Labour and Conservative councils’ policies have resulted in the sale of the city’s assets, the income from which, in the past, has been used to subside the council tax paid by its citizens, so we can expect spiralling taxes in the future. Michael Fletcher states in his letter on an elected mayor (Your Say, July 13) that he believe a mayor making decisions on behalf of the people is a good idea. Is that not what Cllr Pengelly is in effect doing, by ignoring the wishes of the electorate? I think it will be another nail in the coffin of democracy, as envisaged by the EU. R ROWE Plymouth

Worth millions

HAVING worked on Citybus from 1947 for nearly 40 years and seen it grow to over 2,000 employees, with 400 vehicles, now seeing its demise to privatisation (note the state of banks, the railway and British Airways under privatisation!) saddens me. From the day I joined ,I was told it was a service and as such it was to provide the city with reasonable, efficient transport for the people. Profit was not the motive. It was to pay its way only, year by year, to enable the city to grow and bring people to work around the city. Thus the Victorians inaugurated public transport services. Having served under a variety of chairmen and managers whose knowledge of transport was zilch, all contributed to this present situation. Privatisation will most certainly lead to the break-up of the present set-up. The railways were butchered by Beeching; then followed a major sell-off. Since then the cost to the taxpayer has more than doubled. Standards, are rock bottom. A rail network that was the finest of any country, the largest economic investment this country has ever made, now a complete mess. Tilling, the private

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points. Our guardians, the planners, ignore pleas for clean air and free-flowing traffic and the police ignore the invasion of bus lanes and box junctions and allow the mayhem to continue (the police were withdrawn a few months ago). Surely the highly-paid bureaucrats can see that free flow of cars means people, money, jobs, low pollution, thus fulfilling the objectives, in part, of the G8 2010. ALEX NEELY Saltash

So long, Gus

1453: The Hundred Years War ended when the French defeated the English at Castillon. 1717: George I, Hanoverian King of England, held a public concert on the Thames for Handel to conduct his hour-long Water Music. The King enjoyed it so much he asked for two complete encores. 1841: The first issue of the magazine Punch was published in London. 1917: At the height of the First World War, the British royal family adopted the surname Windsor in place of the more obviously German ‘Saxe-Coburg-Gotha’. 1955: Walt Disney’s Disneyland was opened in California. 1959: Billie Holiday, jazz singer – probably the greatest of them all – was arrested on her death bed in hospital for possession of narcotics. She died later that day. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The UK’s most senior Asian police officer was to sue Scotland Yard for racism after mediation talks broke down in a row over who would foot the bill. that team had been taken away with a brain tumour. You couldn’t wish to meet a nicer bloke: good-natured, keen to win every match and never a harsh word. If things got heated Gus Thomson was there to calm things down. When I first met Gussy it was in the evening league and he played against Oakfield. His bowling was terrific, and we weren’t talking about a youngster in teens. Gus Thomson, you were one of the best, and a good ambassador for Plymouth cricket. Gussy, mate, you will be missed: and to June, his wife, you had a good one, love, and I’m sure all players back in the day will join me in sending my condolences and wish you well. To Gus: one of the good sportsmen and a good example to all. B CONNELL Plymouth

CLARKE, Doble and Brendon (CDB) commercial printers are now gone, but at the time were one of the best – atmosphere, management and friends – so it came as a bit of a shock to be told by an ex-workmate that friends from then had passed away. It was hard to take in. I suppose (I know I don’t) none of us thinks of dying; we just take each day as it comes. ONE of the objectives of the G8 summit We all have aches and pains but that’s part was to ‘to assist on global action against of getting old so we accept that. HAS anyone else queried this standing global warming’; likewise the EU has set charge on our water bills? My recent bill, The firm, also known as Oakfield Press, emission limits. Fossil fuel emissions are estimated at over 20 per cent higher than ran a cricket club in the P&D League regulated by fuel companies and vehicle the actual reading, had a standing charge (evenings and Saturday) of which I was the manufacturers. We are in the throes of a of 32 per cent of the bill. What’s it for? I first secretary; later I moved on to Fox and recession and less travel causes less cars don’t mind paying my water and sewage Haggart and ran that team for a number of and less pollution. Good news for the charges, high as it is down here, but why years. Sadly both these teams have also world? Well, no. Welcome to Plymouth and are we being ripped off as well? It can’t be gone, Fox and Haggart being a most its planners. Drake Circus, on a wet for meter reading, as it’s estimated. successful club that won a number of shopping day; traffic streams into one car B WOON trophies in both competitions, so again it park, causing gridlock from all compass Plymouth was a shock to find one of the mainstays of

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transport company, ran buses with a ‘No profit, no route’ policy. Now they have gone to another big company with the same outlook.. The buyers of Citybus have their eyes on the Milehouse bus land, about 14 acres of prime building land. It would be no problem to dump the bus depot at Chelson Meadow or Prince Rock, farm out the maintenance, and then the site could be developed for luxury housing, making millions of profit for the owners. We, the people of Plymouth, own the company, and the land is ours, its proper value probably about £20million. Say no to privatisation. Services are for the good of the people, just like the army, navy, police and so on. V R GRAY Plymouth Branch Secretary, Unite Retired Members

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Plan for island isn’t too taxing A FRIENDLY reader (there is one) buttonholed me as we both took refuge in the Civic Centre from a passing deluge. “I’ve got a good idea,” he said. “Why don’t we make Drake’s Island into an offshore tax haven?” Brilliant! Our financial worries solved at a stroke. The world’s leading banks would send top bonus-earners to live and work here. High-end shops and restaurants would boom. Millionaires – billionaires, even – would flock to stash their loot on the island. Demand for five-star hotel rooms would blossom. Plymouth Airport’s new link to London City Airport would thrive. Perhaps this doesn’t need to be as improbable as it sounds at first. The Government must be scratching its head over how to compensate Plymouth for the future loss of our naval base, in all but name and a handful of ships. Turning us into a tax haven would cost the Chancellor nothing, which in hard times must be welcome. Offshore banking havens with British links are already a fact of life; think of the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands. The big four high-street banks have 170 subsidiaries in Jersey alone, so let’s stop pretending that they’re remote and nothing to do with us. Forcing fat cats to travel to foreign parts to get to the cashpoint only adds to their carbon footprint. This shouldn’t be difficult to square with the EU. The Spanish autonomous cities of Cueta and Melilla, and the Canary Islands, region all have special EU-approved tax and duty status. If Europe kicked off about it, Plymouth could simply secede from Brussels. At the last European Parliament elections UKIP got the biggest vote in the city, so there is unlikely to be much opposition. BREAKING eggs to make omelettes springs to mind as we learn more about the plans to give North Prospect a facelift. About 750 out of nearly 1,400 homes face demolition, and undoubtedly a lot of them need it. Most are council houses, but a sizeable 36 per cent are private. The study commissioned by Plymouth Community Homes divided the estate into three areas. The northern sector is where most – though not all – of the demolition will happen. Because this is coloured green on the maps, we’ll refer to it in future as the Green Zone. You have to feel great sympathy for people on the estate. Some who have contacted The Herald are happy that they will be getting a fine new house,

but there are lots more – especially those who have bought their homes – who are quite distraught. People having their happiness sacrificed for the common good is a familiar sight. We saw it at the public inquiry into the North Plymstock area action plan. Several retired people showed me photos of beautiful gardens that would be scythed through to build a new road. ‘Nimby’ is the word commonly trotted out to deride these people, but it’s only Nimbyism if it’s not your garden that’s involved. Protecting the interests of ordinary people is probably the best argument in favour of democracy; dictators are not renowned for being thoughtful, sensitive souls. Devonport Labour councillor Bill Stevens tells me that officers in the city council’s planning department are rowing back on proposals to give more control to elected members. Last week’s full council meeting agreed to let any councillor insist on having any application considered by the full planning committee, he said: but, according to that hawk-eyed constitutional expert Cllr Stevens, the planning department ‘suddenly realised what they were doing and changed their mind’. In recent years councillors have found themselves unable to stop the wind turbines at Coombe Dean School: powerless in the path of mobile phone masts: impotent against operators of lap-dancing clubs. The answer is beyond me, but it deserves a serious debate. Is it right, for example, that Ed Miliband, the Energy Secretary, can have the planning laws changed to make it harder for local people to block new energy farms? We can’t have everything: a growing population and protected countryside, unlimited consumption but no waste incinerators, electric toothbrushes but no power stations. Perhaps you’d like to challenge your local candidates on this one in the run-up to the next General Election. SALTASH Mayor Sue Hooper is launching ‘Stubbies’ in Fore Street tomorrow. Before you reach for your remote control, Stubbies are not a new television programme; they are bio-degradable, disposable pouches that can be used for stubbing out and storing cigarette butts. Some come with a chewing gum compartment. Saltash Town Council will be handing them out as an ingenious way of keeping the streets clean. Now all we need is a version large enough to store the average lager lout.

City drivers will join in national post strike today POSTAL workers in Plymouth joined thousands of their colleagues across the country in a 24-hour strike today in an escalating row over jobs, pay and services. The walkout threatened to bring the worst disruption to deliveries for years. Around 110 drivers from the Plymouth Mail Centre in Plymstock were due to walk out today. They are all members of the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU). Royal Mail and the union have blamed each other for the unrest, which comes as the company continues to modernise. In Plymouth Tony Bouch, branch secretary at the mail centre, said: “The

action seems to be having some effect because Royal Mail has called in the union for some tentative discussions. “We’re up for modernisation, but it has to be done with agreement. Plymouth has already modernised more than almost anywhere else in the country.” Royal Mail said almost all services outside London would be operating normally despite the strike. It added that modernisation and change had been implemented at most offices and was covered by the 2007 agreement drawn up to end the last national strike, calling the CWU’s claim to have offered a threemonth moratorium was misleading.


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CARLESS Lee Alan 07.09.78 - 03.07.09 (Formerly from DHS for Boys 1992-1996) Beloved son of Feriza Bennett/Alan Carless/ step dad Shaun Bennett. Elder brother of Darren, Tom and Christian. Daddy to beautiful Ethan and Sophia. Lee tragically passed away on July 3rd 2009. Treasure him Lord in your Garden of Rest, For whilst on earth he was one of the best.

Funeral service Tuesday July 21st 2009 at 13.30 at St John’s church, Hooe, thence Drake Memorial. Family flowers only. Donations to: Children’s Hospice SW. ..

CARLESS Lee Alan 07.09.78-03/07/09 I have lost a son that I love so much, Oh what I would give to once again touch, My son, my darling Lee, his pictures I now clutch, His jacket I fold in my arms at night, And to and fro rock, Smelling his scent and hope it will always stay, Its hard to believe he has gone away, I didn't get a chance to say goodbye, I didn't get a chance to wipe the tears from his eyes. Loved as you were you will always stay, loved and remembered every day. Rest in peace my darling son. Your broken hearted Mum. Xxx



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Passed away peacefully at Furzehatt Nursing Home on July 11th, aged 83. Loving wife of Ken (deceased), dearest mother of Susan, Kelvin, Richard, David (deceased), Stephen and Joan, mother-in-law of Penny, Carolyn and Colin, dearest nan to her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

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Goodbye Ray, We will miss you so much, but still love you forever. God Bless and Goodnight. All our love Steven, Louise, Georgia and Connor xx

You troubled no-one, your wants were few, You did not deserve what you went through. God saw you were weary, it's time for you to rest, He put His arms around you, He only takes the best. Funeral Service to be held at Weston Mill Crematorium, Friday July 24th at 2.00pm. Flowers welcome, but not pink please. All enquiries to Co-operative Funeral Service, 12-14 Morshead Rd, Crownhill, Plymouth, PL6 5AJ. Tel: 303830.

Ray passed away suddenly but peacefully at Derriford Hospital on Thursday July 9th 2009, aged 64 years. Loving husband to Thelma, dear dad to Jennifer and Samantha, dear step-dad to Steven, Michael, Andrew and Peter, dear father-in-law to Andrew, Louise and Michelle and dear grandad and greatgrandad to 14 grandchildren. Funeral Service to be held at Weston Mill Crematorium on Wednesday July 22nd at 1.00pm. Following the service, the wake will be held at the Pennycross Social Club. Floral tributes if desired or donations made payable to Cancer Research UK can be sent to Co-operative Funeral Services, 152 Albert Road, Devonport, Plymouth. PL2 1AQ. Tel: 01752 565102.

SHORT Ray Fond memories of a dear stepdad and grandad, Always be remembered. Lots of love Michael, Michelle, Dionne, Jason, Danielle, Dan, Andrew, Lauren, Callum, Jack, Lennon and Rio xx

SHORT Ray Dear Ray, We will miss you everyday and we'll miss our friendly debates, We love you Ray, at peace in God's arms,

Suddenly at home on July 12th 2009, aged 88 years. Loving wife of Ernest (deceased), a much loved sister of Phyllis and Denise and a dear aunt to Lesley. Funeral Service to take place at Weston Mill Crematorium on Thursday July 23rd at 2.00pm. Family flowers only thank you, donations if so desired for the Cats Protection League. All enquiries to Co-operative Funeral Service, 61 Exeter Street, Plymouth. PL4 0AH. Tel: 303800.

HILLIER Delphine May Passed away peacefully at Derriford Hospital on July 9th after a long illness. Much loved mother of Susan, Jane and Glyn. Loved grandmother of Hannah, Eleanor and Jason also her nieces and nephews. Funeral service on Thursday July 23rd at 1pm. All flowers and enquiries to Walter C. Parson, St Mary's View, 2 Market Rd, Plympton Plymouth, PL7 1QW. Tel:01752 343848.

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Thank you for the adventure that you gave me in your life, which you lived to the full. You are a kind, thoughtful and a very brave man. I loved you so very much and always will. So goodnight my Darling, your loving wife forever Thelma xx

SHORT Ray Dear Dad, I wish I could have you back here again, there is so much I need to say to you. Thank you for making me the person I am today, I really don't know what I am going to do without you. I love you so much and I will miss you forever, Sleep tight Dad, Love always Jennifer xx We will miss you forever Grandad and always love you, Lots of love Tasmin and Macauley xx

SHORT Ray Dad,

MOORE On July 15th at The Consort Care Home, Elsie. Dearly beloved wife of Ken. Sadly missed by her nieces and nephews. Elsie will be received into St Simons Church on Thursday July 23rd at 4.00pm for a funeral on Friday July 24th at 2.00pm, thence Drake Memorial Park. Either donations direct to a charity of your own choice or flowers may be sent to Walter C Parson, Salisbury House, 11 Tothill Avenue, St Judes, Plymouth, PL4 8PJ.

You went so quick Dad, I never got the chance to say goodbye and tell you how much I love you. Love Sam and son-in-law Andrew xx Grandad, We will miss you so much, you'll always be in our hearts, Love Amy and Sophie xx

SHORT Ray Fond memories we will always keep. Now at peace. Love from brother-in-law Gordon, sister-in-law Doreen and family xx

SHORT Ray At rest after much suffering, so bravely borne, God Bless. Loving sisters-in-law Winnie, Olive, Doris, Christina and Iris, brothers-in-law Reggie, Pete, Terry and nieces and nephews xx

SHORT Ray RIP Ray. Our thoughts are with you Thelma, Love Margaret and Peter xx

VEALE Harry Peacefully at Derriford Hospital on July 13th aged 83. A much loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who will be sadly missed. Funeral Service, Catherine Street Baptist Church, July 23rd, 10.45am, all welcome, thence Weston Mill Crematorium. Family flowers only please, donations if desired payable to British Heart Foundation c/o Walter C Parson, 11 Tothill Avenue, St, Judes, PL4 8PJ.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that family announcements appear in correct order of family priority, this cannot always be guaranteed. WHITE Frederick J. The Worshipful Master, Officers and Brethren of the Erme Lodge No. 1091 regret the passing of their esteemed Worshipful Brother F. J. White on July 13th 2009. Funeral service on July 24th 2009 at St. John's Church, Ivybridge at 2.15pm.

YOUNG Charlotte (Lottie) Passed away peacefully at home aged 84 years. Loving mother of Beryl, loving grandmother to Jason, Kelly, Joanne and Tony. Funeral service to be held at Efford Crematorium on Tuesday July 21st 2.30pm. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to St.Luke's Hospice. All enquiries to Co-operative Funeral Service, 12-14 Morshead Rd, Crownhill, Plymouth, PL6 5AJ. Tel: 303830.

In Memoriam KEMPE John July 17th, 1995 Dear son of Irene and Ken (deceased), loving brother of Thomas, sister-in-law Sandie and family, home and in Australia. With aching hearts we whisper low God bless you John, we love you so. xx

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DRAPER Gordon Mrs M. Draper and family wish to express their appreciation for the very many cards, letters and kind messages received following their sad bereavement, also to everyone attending the Service.

LUCKETT Peter Deep in our hearts your memory is kept, To love, to cherish to never forget. Love always Pete, miss you. Aunty Karen and Hills xx

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WHURR Marion In loving memory of Marion who passed away on July 17th 1991, Sadly missed by her husband Brian, son Derek, daughter-in-law Sarah and grandaughter Rebecca and grandson Samuel. Missed by all the family, God Bless.

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Pioneering legal support service is to get extra funding


A PIONEERING legal scheme to protect victims of domestic abuse has been expanded after a successful pilot in the city.

The Domestic Abuse Advocacy Project, brainchild of Plymouth City Council lawyer Alexandra Boardman, throws a lifeline to domestic abuse victims who do not qualify for legal aid and cannot afford to pay for costly civil court injunctions. Ms Boardman, who spent many years advising abuse victims in her role as a family lawyer in private practice, said the six-month pilot saw such a need that additional funding had now been found to run the project on a full-time basis until March next year. “The number of people who’ve taken up the service over the past six months proves it’s needed and is worth it,” she said. “In many ways there’s no other place for them to go to get advice and legal help without having to pay. “A civil court injunction can cost anything between £2,500 and £6,000, depending on whether it’s contested, and is beyond

Paper is launched on help for forces THE Government has launched a consultation with the declared aim of improving the way the country looks after members of the armed forces and their families. Defence minister Kevan Jones published a green paper, entitled The Nation’s Commitment to the Armed Forces Community: Consistent and Enduring Support, saying it was aimed at ensuring service personnel and their loved ones were not disadvantaged in terms of services such as housing, education and healthcare. The green paper comes after the Service Personnel Command Paper published last July which included a doubling of compensation for the most serious injuries, offering free further education and help to buy a home for those serving in the forces and new specialist mental health treatment centres for veterans. Mr Jones said: “Our armed forces are the best in the world and it is our duty to ensure that we do everything we can to support them and their families.” Chris Simpkins, the directorgeneral of the Royal British Legion, said: “Good progress has been made, but it’s now time to ensure that the welfare of our armed forces and their families is woven into the fabric of Government decision-making.” Options now being considered by the Government include the creation of a charter for the armed forces community, imposing a legal duty on public bodies to support troops and a dedicated armed forces hotline to help service personnel and their families make complaints if they are dissatisfied with the public services which they receive.

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the reach of many victims of domestic abuse,” she said. “Often people who are contemplating leaving an abusive relationship don’t have a lump sum of cash to pay to protect themselves, let alone for the additional accommodation and the essentials of life. “Quite often people choose to stay because they can’t afford to get themselves safe. I’ve seen cases where the woman has only around £30 in her own account because their partner has forced them to sign over all their money. “Another case I’ve seen was where the partner threatened the woman he’d report her for abusing their children so she could never see them again if she left. “Fortunately, having worked as a family lawyer in private practice, and working for the council, means I have links with social services and can advise the woman as to what will really happen, rather than have her believe the threats.

“In my opinion, we shouldn’t have to pay to be safe in our own homes in this day and age,” she said. The advocacy scheme is free to anyone – both men and women – living in Plymouth, who is subject to domestic abuse and not eligible for Legal Aid. The Plymouth 2020 partnership has providing funding to extend the project until March 2010, offering free legal representation to enable people to secure civil court orders protecting them from abusive partners. Morris Watts, Plymouth City Council’s domestic abuse manager and a former Plymouth Chief Superintendent, said: “The Plymouth 2020 partnership has backed this project due to the prevalence of domestic abuse, which affects at least one in four women and one in eight men during their lives. “Two women are murdered each week in England and Wales by a partner or former partner and a project like this gives extra protection.” The full-time lawyer will potentially be able to apply to the civil court for a

non-molestation order, designed to protect the victim from any further form of abuse or harassment. They may also be granted an occupation order preventing their partner from entering the home for six months. In the most serious cases, an injunction can be granted on the very day the applicant seeks help. Orders are served by the police and in the case of a breach, the subject of the injunction can be arrested immediately. City council leader Vivien Pengelly said: “I’m delighted that we’re the first local authority in the country to be offering this invaluable service, together with our police partners. “Domestic abuse is a massive but largely unspoken problem and I just hope this new service will give victims the confidence they need to speak out and seek help.” Anyone interested in making use of the new service should call Alexandra on 01752 306065 or email

Singer Diane’s doggy donation PLYMOUTH’S former Singing Lady Mayoress, Diane James, has handed over a cheque for £500 – to a spaniel. Mrs James raised £500 for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People by selling CDs of a music album she recorded. Jingle, a ‘hearing dog’ owned by Elburton woman Doreen Bell, took a cheque for £500 from Mrs James during a garden fete. The event raised more than £1,200, including the value of Mrs James’ cheque. Despite the weather, about 60 people turned up at the garden fete, together contributing around £400, and an anonymous donor gave £150. Mrs Bell, a committee member of the Plymouth and Torpoint branch of the charity, said Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, founded 27 years ago, received no Government or Lottery funding. Dogs are used to help deaf people in their daily domestic and even work lives. They are trained for tasks such as alerting their owners to alarms and doorbells. The training, which takes more than a year, is tailor-made to match each deaf person’s individual needs. Mrs James, who sang at several council functions during her stint as Lady Mayoress in 2007-08, recorded an album of love songs, entitled Diane With Love. She and her husband David, Conservative councillor for Plympton St Mary, paid for the recording and production, and Conservative councillor Andy Fox designed the CD cover.

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Driver in court for road attack

A MOTORIST enraged that another car had ‘cut him up’ at a junction punched its driver in a road rage attack. Joseph Bugg, who claimed that he had to swerve to avoid a crash, pulled open the 59-yearold’s door and hit him at least twice. Plymouth magistrates heard that he claimed that the driver ‘could have killed’ both him and his one-year-old son who was in the back of the car. Bugg, aged 33, of Taunton Avenue, Whitleigh, was given a community order including 120 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to his victim. Bugg admitted assault by beating on June 5 and possession of a small amount of cannabis on June 24. The court heard that he was found with the drug when police came to arrest him for the earlier offence. Louise Howard, prosecuting, said that the 59-year-old was driving in Crownhill Road at about 9.10am on June 5. He became aware that a car following him was flashing its lights and he got the impression that he had pulled out in front of the car without realising. Miss Howard said that the driver waved his hand in apology, but the court heard that when he stopped at a junction, his door was suddenly pulled open. Miss Howard said: “Bugg said something like: ‘You nearly killed me and my one-year-old son.’ “The driver apologised but he was punched four times.” She said that Bugg claimed in interview that the driver had ‘smirked’ at him. Graham Kinchin, for Bugg, said his client insisted he had punched the driver twice, once in the face and once in the chest. He added: “On this occasion he lost his temper but he came within a hair’sbreadth of a serious road traffic accident. “This driver pulled out into his path causing him to swerve. At the time, behind him in his car seat was his one-year-old son. “There was an element of shock but it does not excuse his actions.” The court heard that Bugg was also suffering at the time from sleep deprivation and had been referred to a clinic for treatment.

Resident rang in fire alarm FIRE crews attended a kitchen fire in Southway. A neighbour dialled 999 to report hearing alarms at Lizard Walk just before 7pm yesterday. Fire engines from Crownhill and Camels Head attended, found the small fire in a ground-floor kitchen was out and inspected and ventilated the property. The cause is believed to be accidental.


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Antony House, Torpoint: Summer Fayre, 11am-4pm Church Hall, Church Road, Plymstock, in aid of Cats Protection: Table Top Sale, 10am-noon Elizabethan House, 32 New Street, Barbican: Open to the public, 10am-5pm Elliott’s Store, Lower Fore Street, Saltash: Open to visitors, 10am-noon Elm Centre, Leypark, Estover: Ballroom & Sequence Dancing with Len Jackman, 8-11pm Mary Newman’s Cottage, Culver Road, Saltash: Open to visitors, noon-4pm Merchants House, 33 St Andrew Street, Barbican: Open to the public, 10am-5pm Methodist Church, Crownhill: Coffee Morning with stalls, in aid of Brikama Methodist Church, The Gambia, 10am-noon National Marine Aquarium, Rope Walk, Coxside: Daily Talks, 11am-4pm Nature Reserve, Forder Valley: Dusk Adventure, 6.30-8.30pm Scout Den, Horn Lane, Plymstock: Children’s Ago-go Swapathon, 10am-12.30pm Smeaton’s Tower, The Hoe: Open to the public, 10am-4pm Tothill Community Centre, Knighton Road, St Judes: Modern Sequence Dance Club, 7.30-10pm Westpoint Arena, Exeter: South West Disability Show, 10am-5pm daily

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CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Davina and Maddy Vosper with Kizzy Jones; Parent Support Adviser Maggie Graham and Chair of PTA Verity Smith get in the Hawaiian mood; Chloe Shaw and Paige Wilkinson get the giggles; PTA mamber Zoe Harrison


A hula lot of fun at Hawaiian day

DESPITE the lack of sunshine and heavy downpours, an Hawaiian-themed summer fayre still delivered fun and frolics.


Store draw for cancer charity

A CHARITY raffle is being held in a Plymouth shop tomorrow to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Relief. The Card Factory, based in Cornwall Street, will be holding the event from 9am to 4pm. Tickets will be available from the store with a giant teddy bear worth £40 as the prize. Tina Kay, the store’s manager, is encouraging people to go along and take part. She said: “I’m hoping we will sell quite a few tickets. We would like to raise around £200 for Macmillan Cancer Relief.”

Parent support adviser Maggie Graham and chair of PTA Verity Smith organised the event for the first fayre in their new buildings at Whitleigh Community Primary School, part of the multi-million-pound Wood View super campus.

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Maggie said: “A lot of people stayed despite the weather. It was nice that it was in our new building. We raised a lot of money; we were very proud of that.” Staff and pupils dressed in Hawaiian costume and the children made some games themselves, managing to raise £54 towards the overall £600 made on the day.





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NAME: Ben Browning AGE: 23 LOCATION: Lipson STATUS: In a relationship OCCUPATION: “I am a waiter/barman at the restaurant chain La Tasca, and a freelance photographer.” LIKES: Photography, film and Parkour. DISLIKES: “Pointlessly rude or aggressive people, and insects.” MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT: “I am

NAME: Ben Browning incredibly clumsy and I have an obsessive need to buy DVDs.” FAVOURITE THING ABOUT PLYMOUTH: “Living by the sea and the friendly, relaxed

environment it offers.” WANTS TO BE FACE OF PLYMOUTH BECAUSE: “As a photographer, it will be an amazing experience to work on professionals shoots.”

NAME: Alexandra Bell AGE: 19 LOCATION: Mannamead. STATUS: Single. OCCUPATION: I am a student and currently studying for a degree in accounting and finance. LIKES: “I have my own horse and enjoy showjumping and also polocrosse which is a little like polo but not as posh.” “Like all girls I love shopping and the colour pink; I swear I spend all my spare time in the Drake Circus shopping mall. “I’m also very fond of tomato ketchup. I have it with almost everything bar cereal. I love hot weather and have been attempting to surf in the last couple of weeks; I say attempting

So, after taking a look at all this year’s entrants, have you decided who’s your favourite? Make sure you see your number one on their big night by grabbing a ticket to tonight’s 2009 Face of Plymouth final at the Plymouth Pavilions. Kicking off at 8pm, the show’s expected to be more spectacular than ever with a fantastic line-up of fashion, music and entertainment for the whole family. Tickets cost £10 each, or 10 for the price of eight. They’re available from the Plymouth Pavilions box offi ce on 0845 146 1460, or drop in for more details. Keep reading The Herald to find out more about our entrants and visit or our dedicated Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest Face of Plymouth gossip.

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NAME: Alexandra Bell because so far I have only managed to get on to my knees. Perhaps I can start a new sport – knee-surfing!” DISLIKES: “Bad drivers and bad manners!” MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT: “I pole-dance and it’s much like gymnastics (not the other stuff)! I can be found at The Art Of Dance just off Mutley Plain training twice a week. It’s so much fun and all the instructors are fab. My flat tummy can definitely be put down to it. I always recommend it to anyone and everyone! Also I successfully ran the Plymouth Half

Marathon last year!”

FAVOURITE THING ABOUT PLYMOUTH: “It has so many things going on. It has beaches, fantastic pubs, clubs and restaurants, the National Marine Aquarium, the fabulous yearly fireworks competition and of course the very lively and historic Barbican.”

WANTS TO BE FACE OF PLYMOUTH BECAUSE: “Plymouth is such a fantastic place; we have so much to offer and I would be honoured to be a part of promoting it!”

NAME: Ashleigh Elmes

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NAME: George Bazil Harman AGE: 18 LOCATION: Stoke STATUS: Single OCCUPATION: “Currently unemployed but frantically job-hunting.” LIKES: “I love music, football and drawing more than anything, closely followed by family, friends and fashion. I like travelling but would love to do more by myself. I play the guitar and piano. I also do a drama class with Norma Blake outside of school and enjoy the beach with friends, sometimes surfing.” DISLIKES:“Liquorice, skin disorders, wasps, heights and

NAME: George Harman bad table manners! There are loads but those five are awful!” MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT: “An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain!” FAVOURITE THING ABOUT PLYMOUTH: “Is its location. We’re surrounded by loads of great things to see and do, like massive neighbouring beaches and Dartmoor.

Everything is so close and when I look at other cities around the country, I realise how much I take for granted.” WANTS TO BE FACE OF PLYMOUTH BECAUSE: “Plymouth is my home and I love living here, so being an ambassador for it in any way would be a great honour.”

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NAME: Ashleigh Elmes AGE: 18 LOCATION: Crownhill STATUS: In a relationship OCCUPATION: Studying beauty therapy at City College Plymouth. LIKES: “Make-up, music, animals, the cinema, dancing, clothes, the sun, going on holiday, concerts and my car.” DISLIKES: “Rain, bees, wasps, flies and spiders.” MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT: “I would like to have my own cats’ and dogs’ home when I’m older. I love animals and hate it when they get treated badly or are left on the streets, so therefore I would like to help them.” FAVOURITE THING ABOUT PLYMOUTH: “It’s where I’ve grown up, and if I didn’t live in Plymouth I would have never have met my friends and my boyfriend. I wouldn’t have my dogs or my car, and I wouldn’t have had this opportunity. I just wouldn’t have the life I have now. And the life I have is more than enough.” WANTS TO BE FACE OF PLYMOUTH BECAUSE: “I think I’m a very good role model for younger girls and girls my age, just to show that if you really want something in life it is possible to achieve it. “I have all the qualifications that I’ve wanted and I tried hard at school and because of that I’m where I am now. I take a lot of pride in what I look like and always try to look my best. When I was in secondary school I used to get picked on a lot so I’m not as confident as I could be, but that’s just made me more determined and made me want to be something and make something of my life. “That’s what I’m doing and I would love to make it greater by winning Face of Plymouth 2009.”


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Big Lunch invitation to party in park A SERIES of community events is being staged across Plymouth on Sunday as part of a national initiative. The Big Lunch is a bring-your-own open-air party organised across the whole country. The Eden Project in Cornwall has been helping neighbourhoods to join in the event, which aims to help people meet, greet and share. One of the major events taking place in Plymouth will be staged at Mutley Park from noon to 4pm. Organised by the Park Pharmacy Trust, based in Thorn Park, the event will feature food, a children’s play area and plenty to talk about. Dr Jan Knight, chairman of the Park Pharmacy Trust, said: “Well the lunch is on. And it’s going to be great fun. “It’s a do-it-yourself outdoor party. Bring food and share. Meet your neighbours. “Some children are dressing up; others are making decorations. We will have tables set up in Mutley Park as well as chairs, but we expect most of the families will prefer to bring picnic blankets. “It will be an opportunity to go on a picnic and be allowed to eat other people’s lunch.” Other events being organised in Plymouth will take place in The Birches in Glenholt, Hartley Park Gardens in Hartley, Hermitage Road in Mutley, Hillside Avenue in Mutley, and St Barnabas Church in Stoke. For details of the Mutley event call Dr Knight on 01752 263501. For further details of other events in Plymouth visit

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Rooftop drama is students’ dance act STUDENTS from Lipson and Stoke Damerel Community College have been dancing on the roof of a landmark city building.

Pupils from both schools performed dance routines on the roof terrace of the Foot Anstey building in Plymouth. The work, choreographed and performed by students between the ages

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of 16 and 18, was part of Plymouth Big Arts Week in conjunction with the Plymouth Summer Festival. It was also supported by The Barefoot Project, an arts education partnership agency for Plymouth that links businesses, schools and artists.

Dance teacher Laura Secker at Stoke Damerel Community College said: “This was an opportunity for the students to create a site-inspired piece of work within one of the most beautiful settings in Plymouth. “Over just two days they worked hard to create a performance that combines a reflection of both the breathtaking views of the skyline structure, the calm waters of the

harbour and the rough, windy appearance of the sea.” Foot Anstey’s Salt Quay House offices are in Sutton Harbour. The buildings offer fine views – particularly from the roof. Julia Green, head of education at Foot Anstey, said: “The young people should be very pleased with themselves. They gave two wonderful performances.”

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Marine laboratory mourns first chairman

STAFF and trustees at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory are mourning the loss of its former chairman, Lord Christopher Kingsland (pictured), who died on July 12, aged 67. Last year Lord Kingsland led the recruitment of the new Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) chief executive, Professor Stephen de Mora. Prof Mora said: “Lord Kingsland will be remembered with much fondness at PML. He guided the laboratory through a transition period with enthusiasm, optimism, gentle manners and dry wit. “In addition to his work for PML he also chaired the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership summits, to help advance a vision of collective marine science and technology in Plymouth. In this role he was much respected and will be greatly missed not only at PML, but by our colleagues throughout the city.”

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MEET Flash Gordon and by WILLIAM TELFORD Flush Gordon – two Herald Reporter boffins with an ener- global warming. They are also gy-saving message for taking part in a British Gas school children and their scheme in which they could win a wind turbine or science gear for parents. the school.

The ecological educators, in reality 12-year-olds Reece Roberts and Matthew Essery, helped present an anti-climate-change assembly at Estover Community College. They provided the fun part of a serious session in which 200 Year 7 youngsters were told all about the dos and don’ts of saving the planet by fellow pupils Luke Elliott and Stevi-Leigh Jackson. The youngsters are members of the college’s Generation Green club, dedicated to combating

By giving out the energy saving message, promoting recycling and conservation, they can earn points – called ‘leaves’ – which can be traded in for equipment. Since September, club members have been doing such things as ensuring lights and taps are not left on unnecessarily, and windows are shut in cold weather around the campus. They have earned 14,000 leaves, but are aiming for 120,000. So the club decided to increase its total of leaves by getting other

children involved on the recent Green Britain Day, sponsored by EDF Energy. Youngsters were given ‘energy saving packs’, which included recycled bags from Asda and Sainsbury’s, recycled pens from Plymouth City Council, energy-saving lightbulbs courtesy of British Gas, information on conservation and recycling and an energy audit form for them to take home. If these are completed by mums and dads, they can attract 100 leaves, which can be given to the school. Science teacher Anthony Dennis said the assembly had been a success and added: “The packs go home to encourage parents to save energy and raise leaves for the school as well.”


In February this year Lord Kingsland retired as chairman after reaching the maximum term for a trustee, handing his mantle to Terence Lewis, former medical director at the Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust, who paid his own special tribute. “Christopher Kingsland’s contribution to PML cannot be overestimated,” he said. “As our first chairman, his wisdom and skill in steering the newly-independent organisation was a major factor in its undoubted success. The model of a competitive, non-government-owned research laboratory run on commercial lines which developed under his leadership is a testament to his vision.” During the last year Lord Kingsland had paid special interest to the passage of the UK Marine and Coastal Access Bill through Parliament, working closely with PML scientists to obtain the best possible scientific evidence, which led to significant revision of the Bill.



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USINESS chiefs were today on tenterhooks after hosting judges from the Government’s Enterprising Britain contest during their whistle-stop visit to Plymouth.

The four-strong panel toured the city and was shown cutting-edge developments at the University of Plymouth. And while the judges told The Herald they were impressed with what they had seen, the city must wait until September to find out if it has won the accolade of the country’s most enterprising city. Judge Maurice Helfgott, from venture capitalists Amery Capital Ltd, said: “We are looking for communities and individuals that consistently show they generate the funds themselves to stimulate successful enterprise, that create new models used as inspiration to others, and THAT what they say and aspire to, they deliver.” And he added: “I have been extremely impressed by the changes being made here: the priority that is being put on the enterprise agenda.” The university is leading Plymouth’s campaign, after being named South West winner in May. It is now up against 11 other regional winners. Mr Helfgott and observers Laurie Jarman, Melody Slinn and James Sandy from the charity Make Your Mark toured the museum, Barbican, Millbay, Devonport’s new dental school and the Theatre Royal yesterday. At the university they were shown its electron microscope, clinical skills lab, the iCUB robot, the Immersive Vision Theatre and

the Portland Square Memorial. The panel then attended a presentation at the Roland Levinsky Building, where they met partner organisations including the Chamber of Commerce, Tamar Science Park and companies such as PR firm Fuel and media organisation GOSS. In a speech, the university’s vicechancellor and chief executive Wendy Purcell called the institution ambitious and worldclass and said it took its inspiration from Plymouth’s heritage as a centre for exploration. She said: “We are developing an enterprising, thriving, creative and successful university in an inspirational and vibrant waterfront city.” Mr Helfgott will only tour one other city, and then meet five fellow-judges in a ‘darkened room’ where they will each describe what they found and decide a national winner. Last year Plymouth, as regional winner, lost

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VISIT: (right) The judging panel tours the University of Plymouth. Pictured, from left, are Melody Slinn, Laurie Jarman, James Sandy, vicechancellor Wendy Purcell and Maurice Helfgott. Above: Listening to speeches out to Scarborough, which went on to be named Europe’s most enterprising location. This year, the university won £10,000 for being named regional winner, investing the cash in ‘supporting the city’s enterprise culture’. But being named national champ is ‘all about the prestige and being a beacon for enterprise’, said Ms Slinn. She said the contest was started in 2004 by the Government with the ‘overall aim of

PLYMOUTH construction company Morgan Ashurst has been named Best School Contractor at the British Council for School Environments (BCSE) Industry Awards 2009. The firm, based at Longbridge Road, picked up the award at a ceremony at London’s Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal FC. Judges commended the business for building strong relationships with clients and putting customers’ needs first. “We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Morgan Ashurst area director Aston Mills. “As one of the UK’s biggest providers of schools, our strategy for winning and retaining business in the current economic climate is to try to be the best at what we do.” The BCSE is a charity and membership organisation made up of schools, local authorities, construction companies, architects, and all those involved in designing learning environments. Morgan Ashurst has been working at Brixham Church of England Primary School to build a AIMING HIGH: Morgan Ashurst area director Aston Mills new classroom extension.

encouraging entrepreneurship’. The charitable Make Your Mark organisation now runs it on behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Andrew Ashley, of Enterprise Plymouth, said winning the competition would encourage investors to visit the city, perhaps in the next three to five years. “If they get a good, positive vibe they will think seriously about investing,” he said.

PR firm driver of golf club image CITY branding and PR agency Formedia has created a new brand and website for Trethorne Golf Club in Launceston. The Tamar Science Park-based firm has developed a new website, logo and brand guidelines plus business stationery and advert templates. Formedia has been involved in branding and PR projects for the Ostar 2009 yacht race, Executive Lets and law firms Woollcombe Yonge and Gill Akaster.

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Fun at the fayre by CHERIE GORDON Herald Reporter

A GROUP of Beaver Cubs and Scouts had all the fun of the fayre raising hundreds of pounds for new outdoor equipment.

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Around 50 youngsters from the 2nd Plymstock Scout Group took part in the summer fayre, which included hook a duck, guess the weight of the cake, tombola and bric-a-brac stalls. More than £600 was raised at the fair, which took place at the Scout Den, Horn Lane, Plymstock recently Leah Burch, parent committee member of the scout group, said the money would be used to buy new outdoor equipment for the children to use during group sessions, day trips and camps. “All the Scout leaders and many parents contributed to the organisation leading up to the event and the preparation on the day,” she said. “Many Cubs and Scouts worked out a rota so that they could run a stall and have an opportunity to join in all the activities too. A fun day was had by all.” TO ORDER THESE PICTURES, AND OTHERS TAKEN, VISIT WWW.THISISPLYMOUTH. CO.UK/PHOTOSALES

Primary earns praise from Ofsted inspectors RAPID improvements have been made at a West Devon primary school over the past year, according to education inspectors, writes Education Reporter Matt Fleming. And, they said in their Ofsted report, it will get ‘even better’ in the future for Horrabridge Primary School as the full impact of initiatives launched this year is felt. Pupils are happy to be at school and ‘keen to learn’ and parents have nothing but praise for its staff, said inspectors in the report. More than two thirds of the parents responded to a questionnaire from the school standards agency Ofsted. Lead inspector Mike Burghart

concluded: “Parents have extremely positive views and are very pleased with the school’s fast growing reputation. “They are confident the school is well run, that teaching is effective and that all staff care for their children.” Horrabridge hosted the inspectors for two days last month. And, in all their key findings on the school, the inspectors judged that Horrabridge was good or satisfactory. Mr Burghart said that acting headteacher John Clarke took over this year after a period of uncertainty. Mr Burghart said: “He is at the centre of the school’s new-found impetus and stability and has the absolute confidence

of staff, governors, pupils, parents and the local authority.” To continue its rapid improvement, the school should build on the good practice already begun to raise standards, especially in writing, and to improve links between subjects, said the inspector. Mr Clarke said today: “I would like to thank the staff, governors, parents and children for the tremendous efforts that have been made by everyone since my arrival. “We are delighted that the school’s capacity to improve further has been recognised and look forward to continuing this progress in September.”

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Playscheme offers lots of fun for kids A CHARITY for children in Plymstock is running a playscheme over the summer holidays. Beckly, a registered charity, is offering ‘engaging, inclusive and enjoyable play and social activities for children and young people’ during the school holidays, which will be based at the centre in Plymstock. The playscheme runs daily from July 17 to September 6, and costs £15 a day for each child. A Beckly spokesman said: “We have places available and are keen to welcome any child or young person with additional or special needs who might like to participate in and benefit from social and play opportunities.”

The Beckly Centre, in Mayers Way, provides play and social activities for children and young people with disability or special needs, from a well-equipped and accessible base.

The spokesman said: “We would like to encourage even more children and young people to come and join us for a varied programme of social and life skills, meet new people, make friends so that they can be included, entertained and most importantly have fun.” Booking forms are available on 01752 484433 or email

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Argyle keeper’s backing for walk by DIANA PRINCE Health Reporter

ARGYLE goalkeeper and cancer survivor Romain Larrieu has given his backing to Plymouth’s first Relay For Life.

The 32-year-old has been given the all-clear by doctors after being diagnosed with testicular cancer not once but twice, in 2006 and 2008. Supporting the Cancer Research event, which is taking place at the Brickfields this weekend, Romain urged others to take part. He said: “I want to convince people to fight. There’s a life after cancer, and sometimes a better one. “The relay is a great opportunity to support survivors and raise awareness. “I would urge anybody to go along and see what the community can do to help such a great cause.” He is unable to take part in the relay because he is on tour over the weekend, but says he hopes to take part in next year’s event, with other Argyle players, to help raise funds for Cancer Research. He said: “Research into cancer is thriving. You can see how many people recover now, but there are still cancers that are said to be incurable and we need to find a way to fight those.” Romain was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 2006 and as a result sat out the opening months of the football season. He said: “I wasn’t even 30 at the time. You haven’t prepared yourself for the word ‘cancer’ when you’re 30. “Nobody should have to start thinking about it that young, but the truth is you

RELAY FOR LIFE factfile HUNDREDS of people are due to take part in Plymouth’s first Relay For Life this weekend. Organisers are inviting everyone to attend the event and support those taking part. The city is the first in the South West to host Cancer Research’s 24-hour walking relay. It will take place at the Brickfields sports ground in Devonport from midday tomorrow to midday on Sunday. The relay aims to bring together local communities, cancer survivors and anyone affected by the disease to celebrate life and raise awareness. Eighteen teams of 10 or more people are taking part. They including cancer survivors, their friends, friends, families, neighbours and colleagues of all ages. There will be a commemorative candlelit ceremony tomorrow night and a range of live entertainment on can be exposed. Your life from one day to the next is changed dramatically and it takes a while to come to terms with it. “The first phase is to fight it and then you have to learn to live with it. “It took me some time to do that, in my job and in my everyday life. “I’ve managed to do it and I feel like a different person, but probably a better person than I was before.” Following an operation to remove the tumour, Romain was told there was a 15 per cent chance it would return.

both days. Anyone is welcome to join the celebration. Each team will try to keep at least one member on the track at all times, while celebrations take part around them. Saturday will include an opening ceremony at 11.45am with Charles Cross Choir followed by a survivors’ first lap and then entertainment from Belly Dance Sisters, the PMZ Youth Band, Junior TJs, Lipson Community College, the Delta Dukes, the Crooked Tempo Junk Band, Tim Somerfield, disco and karaoke and a quiz. Overnight fun includes silent Scrabble, a three-legged lap, relay bingo, a worst relay hair lap and a pyjama lap. On Sunday there will be further entertainment including a ‘wake ‘n’ shake’ session and music from guitarist Mike Swain. For further details visit venues/ plymouth/ In January 2008 he received the devastating news it had recurred. He went through six months of chemotherapy and four weeks of radiotherapy. He was again given the all-clear a year ago and is checked every six months. His latest was last week, when he was given another clean bill of health. Romain said: “In the run-up to the checks, I’m stressing and don’t sleep well, but for the rest of the year I’m absolutely fine and manage to live without thinking about it.”

Barry wants his mummy for Ali Baba show

TOUCHWOOD Musical Company has cast its pantomime Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, which will be staged at the Globe Theatre in Stonehouse in November.

The show was last staged by the company in 2001, with two performers repris-

ing their roles this time – David Bailey as Ali Baba and James Chenery as Professor Jones.

The show’s director Barry Sanigar is looking for an actor and singer aged 25 or older, to play the cameo role of Mustapha

Nana, who can also double up as an Egyptian mummy. Chorus members are also required. For further details plaese contact David Bailey on 01752 600230 or 07975 725788.

THE ASDA store in Plymouth will be providing free sports activities for children during the summer holidays. There are a variety of sessions on offer, including tennis, football, cheerleading and circus skills. They will be available from Monday, July 20, until Friday, September 4, and free sessions in Plymouth include boxing at Mayflower, martial arts at TAGB

club in Plymstock and football at Seymour Road.

To join in free of charge, go to your local Asda store and ask for a Sporting Chance voucher from the checkout. Check the website or call 0113 237 6555 to find a session near you and book a place.

Appeal for witness to smashing of a window

POLICE want to talk to a man they believe saw a window being broken in Torpoint. The incident happened at around 8.15pm on Sunday, July 5, when the window of the ChatLink Advice and Information Centre in Macey

Street, was smashed. Police believe there was a man nearby when the damage was caused and are appealing for him and any witnesses to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference BT/09/446.

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AS SEEN ON TV 8.30pm, BBC1

Steve Jones has come a long way since he first appeared on our screens as a wet-behind-the-ears presenter on T4 in 2006. In As Seen on TV, Steve fronting this new show is joined by team captains Fern Britton and 8 Out of 10 Cats’ Jason Manford. Featuring actors Tina Hobley and Pauline Quirke, DJ and TV presenter Lauren Laverne and interior designer and presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, who are tested on their knowledge of smallscreen trivia over five rounds.



Relations between the Peacocks are so bad at the moment you cut could the atmosphere with a knife. In the first of a double bill, a hungover Ashley wakes up in Peter’s flat and goes home intent on making up with Claire, but she’s still fuming and refuses to let him in. The butcher realises he is wasting his time and goes to work, but as Claire does the ironing with Freddie in his playpen, she suddenly collapses in agony. Thankfully, Lloyd goes round to investigate when he wonders why Claire hasn’t turned up for work. With Freddie crying, he peers through the window and spots her unconscious on the floor.


With Blur, Kings of Leon, Snow Patrol and the Killers among the headline acts, T in the Park 2009 promises to be something special and could rival Glastonbury for NME’s coveted title of festival of the year. Blur will undoubtedly be the band to watch and, fresh from closing Glastonbury, will be eager to kick their comeback tour into overdrive. Edith Bowman, Reggie Yates and Nick Grimshaw present coverage of the three-day festival from Balado in Perth and Kinross, Scotland.


This week, the detectives investigate the death of Alvin Stevens, who was once best known for playing clownish character ‘Skater’ in a popular teen comedy, but his career never recovered after his show was cancelled and he was recovering from a serious drug addiction when he was killed. The medical examiner reports he was brutally beaten then hanged. His best friend Willie Tunis, who also starred in the sitcom, indicates Stevens was working as an ice-cream seller at the time of his death, but when the detective recover his van, they become convinced he was flogging more than 99s.

FARRAH’S STORY 7.30pm, Channel 4

Farrah Fawcett was the Marilyn Monroe of the 1970s, a blonde actress who left an indelible mark on the minds of millions in TV smashes The Six Million Dollar Man and Charlie’s Angels. This intimate film documents Farrah’s fight against bowel cancer, which was diagnosed in October 2006. It traces the actor’s journeys between her Los Angeles home and Germany, where she underwent controversial stem cell treatments to help her combat the disease that claimed her life on June 25.


They may have created a national institution, but in some respects Glastonbury organisers Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily just can’t win. In 2008, there was much muttering over about them giving rapper Jay-Z a headlining slot, while this year’s decision to back classic rock basics and book the Boss prompted more chuntering about the line-up being too ‘middle-aged’. Fortunately, the cynics were largely silenced by Bruce Springsteen’s crowdpleasing set. If you missed it, you can catch the highlights here, including classic tracks like Born to Run and Glory Days.



An imprisoned bank robber is paroled thanks to the scheming of his wife, but the couple now owe a favour to a corrupt sheriff. When the robbery ends in disaster, they realise they have been betrayed and are forced to go on the run from both the police and their partners in crime. Thriller, starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw.

A downbeat cop sets out to escort a prostitute from Las Vegas to Phoenix so she can give evidence in a high-profile Mob trial. However, corrupt officials are bent on ensuring the witness never makes it to court, and subject the pair to a series of traps and attacks. Action adventure directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. With Sondra Locke.





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6.00 Breakfast (S). 9.15 Heir Hunters (S). 10.00 Homes Under the Hammer (R,S). 11.00 To Buy or Not to Buy (R,S). 11.30 Trash to Cash (S). 12.15 Cash in the Attic (R,S). 1.00 BBC News; Weather (S). 1.30 Regional News (S); Weather. 1.45 Doctors (S). 2.15 Diagnosis Murder (R,S). 3.00 BBC News; Weather; Regional News (S). 3.05 CBeebies. 3.25 CBBC. 5.15 Weakest Link (R,S). Anne Robinson hosts the general knowledge quiz.

6.00 CBeebies. 8.00 CBBC. 9.00 Live Golf: The Open Championship (S). Gary Lineker introduces the second day’s play from the Ailsa Course at Turnberry in South Ayrshire, where Padraig Harrington will continue the defence of his title. The Irishman shot a second-round score of 68 at Royal Birkdale last year to move up from a share of 38th place into a tie of fourth, three shots behind halfway leader KJ Choi of South Korea. The commentary team is headed by Peter Alliss.

6.00 GMTV (S). 9.25 The Jeremy Kyle Show (S). 10.30 This Morning (S). 12.30 Loose Women (S). 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News (S). 1.55 Regional News (S); Weather. 2.00 Dickinson’s Real Deal (R,S). David Dickinson helps people in Oxford sort the treasures from their trash. 3.00 Daily Cooks Challenge (S). With guest judge Tina Hobley. 3.59 Regional Weather (S). 4.00 Midsomer Murders (R,S). 5.00 The Fuse (S). Game show, hosted by Austin Healey.

6.05 The Hoobs (R,S). 6.55 Everybody Loves Raymond (R,S). 7.20 Big Brother’s Little Brother (S). 7.55 Big Brother (R,S). 9.05 Will & Grace (R,S,HD). 10.05 The OC (R,S). 11.00 Desperate Housewives (R,S,HD). 12.00 News at Noon (S). 12.30 My Place in the Sun (S). 1.00 Small Railway Journeys (R,S). 1.20 Film: They Who Dare (S,HD) (1954). ●● 3.25 Countdown (S). 4.15 Deal or No Deal (S). 5.00 Come Dine with Me (R,S,HD).

6.00 Milkshake!. 9.15 The Wright Stuff (S). 10.45 Trisha Goddard (R,S). 11.45 House Doctor (R,S). 12.15 House Doctor (R,S). 12.45 Five News (S). 12.55 Wordplay (S). 1.45 Neighbours (S). 2.15 Home and Away (S). 2.50 Wordplay Plus (S). 3.10 Film: Flower Girl (S) (2009). Premiere. Romantic drama, starring Marla Sokoloff and Ardy Fatehi. ●●● 5.00 Five News (S). 5.30 Neighbours (R,S). Miranda realises she has made a mistake.

6.00 Emmerdale (R,S). 6.25 The Montel Williams Show (R). 7.10 Sally Jessy Raphael (R). 7.55 Ricki Lake (R). 9.25 Airline (R,S). 10.00 Airline USA (R). 10.30 Judge Judy (R,S). 12.00 Emmerdale (R,S). 12.30 Holiday Showdown (R,S). 1.30 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R,S). 3.45 Ricki Lake (R). 5.15 Sally Jessy Raphael (R).

6.00 Big Brother Live. 6.25 Smallville (R,S). 7.20 Veronica Mars (S). 8.15 Gilmore Girls (R,S). 9.10 Desperate Housewives (R,S). 10.05 Smallville (R,S). 11.00 Veronica Mars (R,S). 11.55 Gilmore Girls (R,S). 12.55 Big Brother’s Little Brother (R). 1.25 Big Brother (R). 2.35 Friends (R,S). 3.00 Desperate Housewives (R,S). 3.55 The Hills (S). 4.25 Hollyoaks (R,S). 4.55 Friends (R,S).

6.00 Good Morning Sports Fans (HD). 7.00 Brainiac: Science Abuse (R,S,HD). 8.00 Celebrity Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old? (R,S,HD). 9.00 All Star Don’t Forget the Lyrics (R). 10.00 Stargate SG-1 (R,S,HD). 12.00 The Biggest Loser (R,S). 1.00 Top Design (R). 2.00 Lost (R). 3.50 Bite Size Brainiac (R). 4.00 Malcolm in the Middle (R,S). 5.00 Oops TV.

6.00 May to December. 6.40 Just Good Friends. 7.20 The Two Ronnies. 8.20 May to December (S). 9.00 Just Good Friends (S). 9.40 The Brittas Empire. 10.20 My Family. 11.00 As Time Goes By. 11.40 Last of the Summer Wine (S). 1.00 The Likely Lads (S). 1.40 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (S). 2.20 Yes Minister (S). 3.00 One Foot in the Grave (S). 3.40 The Brittas Empire. 4.20 My Family (S). 5.00 As Time Goes By (S). 5.40 Last of the Summer Wine (S).

6.00 Good Morning Sports Fans. 9.00 Khan v Kotelnik Countdown. A look ahead to Amir Khan v Andriy Kotelnik. 9.30 Premier League World. Including a round-up of the latest news. 10.00 Cricket: The Ashes Live (HD). England v Australia. The Second Test continues with day two at Lord’s, where England have not beaten the Aussies in Test matches since 1934.

Only Fools and Horses, 9pm

Cricket: The Ashes Live, 10am

7.00 Top Gear (R,S). Michael McIntyre is the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. 8.05 Doctor Who: Top 5 Christmas Moments (R,S). Festive highlights from the series. 8.15 Doctor Who (R,S). The Doctor saves Rose from a horde of marauding mannequins. 9.00 Torchwood — Children of Earth (R,S). Fivepart sci-fi thriller, starring John Barrowman. 10.00 EastEnders (R,S). Stacey becomes obsessed with Max’s love life. 10.30 My Weapon Is a Dog (R,S). People who train dangerous dogs. 11.30 Family Guy (R,S). Peter decides to become a knight. 11.55 Family Guy (R,S). Lois shows Meg how to have fun.

7.00 World News Today (S); Weather. 7.30 In Search of England’s Green and Pleasant Land (S). 8.00 Dorset Days — A Year in the Life of Longhorn Jim (R,S). Portrait of farmer and Falklands War veteran Jim Armstrong. 9.00 Glastonbury Sessions: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band (S). Highlights from a performance at the 2009 festival. 10.00 Sight & Sound in Concert: Gary Moore (R,S). A concert by the guitarist. 10.30 Guitar Heroes at the BBC (R,S). Featuring Carlos Santana and Mark Knopfler. 11.30 Flight of the Conchords (R,S).

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8 Out of 10 Cats, 10pm

Law & Order: Criminal Intent, 10pm

Shaun of the Dead, 10pm

Supernanny, 9pm

Liar, Liar, 9pm

6.00 BBC News (S); Weather. 6.30 Regional News (S); Weather.

6.00 Regional News (S); Weather. 6.30 ITV News (S); Weather.

6.00 The Simpsons (R,S). 9/22. Homer tries to build a robot. 6.30 Hollyoaks (S,HD). Desperate to earn extra cash, Calvin agrees to take on Ravi in the street fight.

6.00 Home and Away (R,S). Xavier gets his revenge on Angelo. 6.30 Rough Guide to Island Retreats (R,S). 9/15. Zanzibar and the Balearic Islands.

6.00 Judge Judy (R,S). Double bill. Real-life court cases, presided over by outspoken New York judge Judy Sheindlin.

6.00 Big Brother’s Little Brother. George Lamb previews tonight’s eviction.

6.00 Futurama (R,S). 6.30 Futurama (R,S). Leela is thrown into a parallel universe.

7.00 The One Show (S). 7.30 Air Medics (S). The pilots of the Great North Air Ambulance are tested to their limits. Followed by BBC News; Regional News.

7.00 Emmerdale (S). The Bartons move into Butler’s Farm, but are disturbed to find Andy. 7.30 Coronation Street (S). Claire collapses in agony while alone with Freddie at home.

7.00 Five News at 7 (S). 7.15 Cricket on Five (S). England v Australia. Mark Nicholas presents action from day two of the Second Test at Lord’s. Followed by Five News Update.

7.00 All Star Family Fortunes (R,S). With Michelle Collins. 7.45 Creature Comforts (R,S). Animals reveal their romantic rituals.

7.00 Hollyoaks (S). 7.35 My Name Is Earl (R,S). 7.55 Friends (R,S). Phoebe convinces herself she is a walking jinx.

7.00 The Simpsons (R,S). Bart sells his soul to Milhouse. 7.30 The Simpsons (R,S). Mayor Quimby brings election day forward.

7.00 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (S). Bob flouts tradition. 7.40 Yes Minister (S). Jim makes a disturbing discovery.

7.00 Khan v Kotelnik Countdown. A look ahead to Amir Khan v Andriy Kotelnik. 7.30 World Sport. The latest events across the globe.

8.00 Airline (R,S). 2/20. Purser Bob Brain joins a hen party travelling to Faro in Portugal. 8.30 Coronation Street (S). Ashley watches on as Claire is stretchered into an ambulance and rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

7.00 News (S). 7.30 Farrah’s Story (S). Intimate film recorded by the late Farrah Fawcett, her family and close friends, showing the Charlie’s Angels star’s fight against the bowel cancer first diagnosed in October 2006. The programme traces the actor’s regular journeys between her Los Angeles home and Germany, where she underwent controversial stem cell treatments to help her fight against the disease.

8.00 Air Force Afghanistan (S). Sgt Jones travels home to meet his new-born daughter for the first time, while a magazine journalist brings gifts when he visits the team to research a story. Last in the series. Followed by Five News at 9.

8.00 iTunes Festival 2009. Further performances by Placebo, La Roux and Paolo Nutini at the Roundhouse in Camden, London. Presented by Fearne Cotton and Dave Berry.

8.30 Friends (R,S). The gang holds a football match on Thanksgiving. Opposing team captains Ross and Monica relive their sibling rivalry on the pitch, while Joey tries to outflank Chandler.

8.00 Don’t Forget the Lyrics (R). Shane Richie welcomes 36-year-old hairdresser Emma Posner, who hopes to win enough money to re-enrole her daughter in a theatre club.

8.20 One Foot in the Grave (S). Margaret attempts to take Victor’s mind off his depressing situation by encouraging him to attend a fitness class. Comedy, starring Richard Wilson.

9.00 Doc Martin (R,S). 6/7. News of Martin and Louisa’s engagement spreads rapidly through the village, and Aunt Joan is annoyed to hear about it from Dave rather than her nephew. Al steps in to help as Bert struggles to keep the restaurant afloat.

9.00 Big Brother (S). Karly, Noirin, Siavash and Sophie face the prospect of being evicted from the house as the anniversary week comes to an end. Davina McCall reveals an array of extravagant surprises — including a whole new batch of housemates.

9.00 NCIS (R,S). 9/24. McGee tries to help his sister, who believes she may have murdered someone, but is too traumatised and disorientated to remember exactly what happened. Drama, starring Sean Murray, Michael Weatherly and Pauley Perrette.

9.00 America’s Got Talent (S). The third semi-final concludes, with performers including a magician and an opera singer who was passed over in the second season of the show. Jerry Springer presents.

9.00 Supernanny (R,S). Jo Frost meets two kickboxing enthusiasts whose five-year-old son exhibits aggressive outbursts that have seen him lashing out at his mother.

9.00 Liar, Liar (S) (1997). An unscrupulous lawyer finds himself unable to lie following a birthday wish made by his son. Comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Jennifer Tilly and Cary Elwes. ●●●●

9.00 Only Fools and Horses (S). Dodgy dealer Del gets his hands on a consignment of selfinflating rubber dolls — which turn out to be filled with explosive gas. Comedy, with David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

8.00 Cricket: The Ashes (HD). England v Australia. Action from day two of the Second Test at Lord’s, where England have not beaten the Aussies in Test matches since 1934. The sides’ meeting here in 2005 saw Kevin Pietersen make his Test debut, but even his two halfcenturies could not prevent the hosts from falling to a 239-run defeat.

10.00 8 Out of 10 Cats (S,HD). 7/8. Patrick Kielty, Rhod Gilbert and Shappi Khorsandi join Jimmy Carr and team captains Sean Lock and Jason Manford to answer questions based on national opinion polls. 10.35 Big Brother (S). An evening of birthday surprises as the show celebrates its 10th series.

10.00 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (S). 9/22. Logan and Wheeler investigate the death of a former child star, following a trail of clues that leads them to Albanian mobsters and a DVD piracy ring. Chris Noth stars.

11.05 The Simpsons (R,S). 8/22. Homer hires a private detective. With the guest voice of Elliott Gould. 11.35 Russell Brand’s Ponderland (R,S). 6/6. The comedian discusses holidays.

11.00 CSI: Miami (R,S). 3/25. When the daughter of Delko’s therapist is murdered, Horatio must find the killer before his colleague’s darkest secrets are revealed. David Caruso and Adam Rodriguez star.

12.10 4Music: Album Chart Show (R,S,HD). An edition dedicated to Maximo Park. 12.40 4Music: Dinosaur Pile-Up (S). Featuring the Leeds three-piece. 12.55 4Music: 4Play: Buraka Som Sistema (S). Profile of the Portuguese electro-pop group. 1.10 Big Brother Live. 4.00 Bob and Margaret (R,S). 4.25 Beach Volleyball (S). 5.25 Countdown (R,S).

12.00 Quiz Call. Interactive game show. 4.00 The Gadget Show Outdoor equipment, including portable stoves and cookers. (R,S). 4.45 Wildlife SOS (R,S). The work of volunteers at an animal sanctuary. 5.10 Neighbours (R,S). Miranda realises she has made a mistake. 5.35 Home and Away (R,S). Xavier gets his revenge on Angelo.

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8.00 EastEnders (S). Stacey becomes obsessed with Max’s love life. 8.30 As Seen on TV (S). 1/8. New series. Host Steve Jones is joined by regular team captains Fern Britton and Jason Manford for a quiz about all things TV-related. 9.00 Hotel Babylon (S). 4/8. Emily organises a poker tournament, but is shocked to discover her estranged hotelier father is among the players. Their already strained relationship deteriorates further when she discovers he is trying to force Sam into selling Babylon to him.

8.00 BBC Proms 2009 (S,HD). New series. Coverage of the first night of the 115th season, live from London’s Royal Albert Hall. Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with soprano Ailish Tynan, mezzo-soprano Alison Coote, and pianists Stephen Hough and sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque featuring as soloists. Beginning with Stravinsky’s Fireworks, Chabrier’s Ode a la musique and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 3 in E flat, the evening continues with Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos after the first interval.

10.00 BBC News (S). 10.25 Regional News (S); Weather. 10.35 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (S,HD). 24/25. The host talks to Bono and the Edge from rock band U2, Oscarwinning Hollywood actor Anjelica Huston, and Australian housewife superstar Dame Edna Everage.

10.30 Newsnight (S).

11.35 The National Lottery EuroMillions Draw (S). Cat Cubie presents the draw. 11.40 The Getaway (S) (1972). Crime thriller, starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. ●●●● Followed by Weatherview.

11.00 Newsnight Review (S). 11.40 T: Highlights (S). The best bits of the festival held last weekend, including performances by the Killers, Razorlight, Lily Allen, Keane, Lady GaGa and Pet Shop Boys.

10.00 News at Ten (S). 10.25 Regional News (S); Weather. 10.35 Mission to the Moon — News from 1969 (S). 3/5. The astronauts describe the sights as they approach the moon. 10.45 The Gauntlet (S) (1977). A cop sets out to escort a prostitute from Las Vegas to Phoenix so she can give evidence in a highprofile Mob trial. However, corrupt officials are bent on ensuring the witness never makes it to court, and subject the pair to a series of traps and attacks. Action adventure directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. ●●●

1.45 Sign Zone: Mary Portas: Save Our Shops (R,S). How retailers across the nation are handling the recession. 2.45 Sign Zone: Celebrity MasterChef (R,S). Iwan Thomas, Jayne Middlemiss and Wendi Peters compete for the title. Last in the series. 3.15 Sign Zone: Heir Hunters (R,S). 4.00 BBC News (S).

1.40 The Wire (R,S). Colvin tells Burrell about the free zones, Avon refuses to accept Stringer’s advice regarding a truce with Marlo, and Brother Mouzone returns on a mission of revenge. 2.35 The Wire (R,S). Royce’s continuing delay in closing down the free zones alienates Burrell, who leaks the story to Carcetti, and Brother Mouzone forms an alliance with Omar. 3.35 Close

12.45 Nightwatch with Steve Scott: Crime (R); ITV News Headlines. 1.40 Film: The Children of Heaven (S) (1997). A brother and sister go to extreme lengths to conceal the loss of a pair of shoes. Iranian comedy drama, with Mir Farrokh Hashemian and Bahare Seddiqi. ●●●● 3.05 ITV Nightscreen. 5.30 ITV Morning News (S).

Plymouth Heart 96.6/97FM (FM 97, MW 1152KHz) 6.00 Hamish and Maxine. 9.00 Time Tunnel. 10.00 Toby Anstis. 1.00 More Music Lunch. 2.00 Helen Sweetland. 7.00 Club Classics. 12.00 Heartbreakers. 4.00 Paul Hollins. Tomorrow 8.00 Helen Sweetland. 12.00 Neil Bentley. 4.00 Emma Bunton. 6.00 Club Classics. 12.00 Heartbreakers. Gold 6.00 James Cannon and Erika North. 10.00 David Jensen. 12.00 The Afternoon Show. 4.00 Paul Coyte. 8.00 Dean Martin. 12.00 Through the Night. Tomorrow 6.00 Paul Coyte. 10.00 David Jensen. South Hams Heart 100.5/101.9 (FM 100.5-101.9 MHz) 6.00 Chris Batchelor. 9.00 Time Tunnel. 10.00 Toby Anstis. 1.00

Local Radio More Music Lunch. 2.00 Darren Watts. 7.00 Club Classics. 12.00 Heartbreakers. 4.00 Paul Hollins. Tomorrow 8.00 Chris Batchelor. 12.00 Neil Bentley. Hospital 5.00 Classic Hits. 6.00 Adam Winzer and Andrew Moyes. 7.30 Hayley, Sophie and Nikki. 8.00 Jared Pengelley. 9.00 Returning Home. 10.00 Michael Worden. 12.00 Classic Hits. Tomorrow

5.00 Classic Hits. 8.00 Keith Thompson. 10.00 Andrew Hill. 12.00 Neil Grey. Radio Devon (FM 103.4 MHz) 5.00 James Vickery. 6.00 (MW) Matt Woodley. 6.00 (FM) David FitzGerald. 9.00 Judi Spiers. 12.00 Michael Chequer. 2.00 Richard Green. 5.00 Michael Chequer. 6.00 Sport. 7.00 Tiffany Truscott. 10.00 Vic Morgan. 1.00 As Radio 5 Live. Tomorrow 5.00 Howard James. 6.00 Pippa Quelch. 9.00 David Fitzgerald. 12.00 Kirstin Neilson-Hunter. Pirate FM (FM 102.8 MHz) 6.00 Bob McCreadie. 9.00 Allen Fleckney. 2.00 James Martin. 7.00 James Dundon. 12.00 Through the Night. Tomorrow 6.00 Neil Caddy. 10.00 Allen Fleckney.

10.00 Shaun of the Dead (2004). A bored 29-yearold trapped in the job from hell thinks life cannot get any worse when his girlfriend leaves him — until zombies rise from their graves and start stalking the streets of London to feast on the living. Comedy horror, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis and Bill Nighy. Including Entertainment News Update. ●●●● 12.05 Coronation Street (R,S). Claire collapses in agony while alone with Freddie at home. 12.40 Coronation Street (R,S). 1.10 iTunes Festival 2009 (R). With Placebo, La Roux and Paolo Nutini. 2.05 America’s Got Talent (R,S). 2.55 Teleshopping. 5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen.

Radio RADIO 1 6.30am The Chris Moyles Show 10.00 Sara Cox 12.45pm Newsbeat 1.00 Edith Bowman 4.00 Scott Mills 6.00 Scott Mills’ Friday Floor Fillers 7.00 Pete Tong 9.00 Annie Mac’s Mash Up 11.00 Judge Jules 1.00am Kutski 3.00 Radio 1’s Essential Mix RADIO 2 6.00am Sarah Kennedy: The Dawn Patrol 7.30 Wake Up to Wogan 9.30 Ken Bruce Noon Jeremy Vine 2.00 Steve Wright in the Afternoon 5.00 Simon Mayo. Sitting in for Chris Evans. 7.00 The Movie that Changed My Life 7.30 Friday Night Is Music Night

10.00 Wife Swap (R,S). Unconventional Chris Ramsay exchanges with disciplinarian Tracey Green, whose family’s schedule revolves around an Olympic dream for their 11-yearold daughter.

10.40 Road Wars (R,S). Dog handler Darryl gets a nasty surprise when he tries to break up a pub fight in Exeter city centre, and the Ashburton Tactical Aid Group carries out raids on two flats.

10.05 Jonathan Creek (S). Jonathan helps the US government investigate the disappearance of an alien skeleton which vanished from under the noses of the soldiers guarding it. Mystery, starring Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin.

11.05 Big Brother’s Big Mouth. Davina McCall talks to the latest evictee and gives fans of the reality show the chance to question the former housemate.

11.40 Road Wars (R,S). Police officers use unmarked cars fitted with on-board video cameras, offering an insight into vehicle crime and how it can be prevented.

11.10 The Likely Lads (S). Classic comedy, with James Bolam and Rodney Bewes. 11.50 Porridge (S). Fletch is desperate to get out of making fishing nets.

12.05 Big Brother Live. The latest action from the Big Brother house, as it happens.

12.40 Ross Kemp on Gangs (R,S,HD). The actor meets the MS13 gang in San Salvador. 1.40 Road Wars (R,S). Police officers combat vehicle crime. 2.35 Stargate SG-1 (R,S,HD). 3.30 Stargate SG-1 (R,S,HD). 4.20 Airline (R). 4.45 Road Wars (R). 5.10 Brainiac: Science Abuse (R,S,HD).

12.30 The New Statesman. Alan forms a young ladies’ organisation. 1.05 The New Statesman. Alan turns anti-Nazi. 1.40 The New Statesman. Alan is attracted to a Hollywood actress. 2.10 The Two Ronnies. Vintage comedy, with Messrs Barker and Corbett, featuring music from Michel Legrand.

9.15 Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall 9.30 Listen to the Band 10.00 Claudia Winkleman Midnight Mark Lamarr 3.00 Richard Allinson RADIO 3 7.00am Breakfast 10.00 Classical Collection Noon Composer of the Week: Jonathan Harvey Noon News 1.00 Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 2.00 Afternoon on 3 5.00 In Tune 7.30 BBC Proms 2009 10.30 Composer of the Week: Jonathan Harvey 11.30 World on 3 1.00am Through the Night RADIO 4 5.30am News Briefing 5.43 Prayer for the Day 5.45 Farming Today 6.00 Today

8.31 (LW) Yesterday in Parliament 8.58 (LW) Weather 9.00 Desert Island Discs 9.45 (LW) Act of Worship 9.45 (FM) Book of the Week: You’re Coming with Me Lad 10.00 Woman’s Hour 10.45 (LW) Test Match Special 11.00 (FM) Touring Round Torquay 11.30 (FM) Cabin Pressure Noon (FM) News 12.01 (LW) Shipping Forecast 12.04 (LW) Test Match Special 12.04 (FM) You and Yours 12.57 (FM) Weather 1.00 (FM) The World at One 1.30 (FM) Feedback 2.00 (FM) The Archers 2.15 (FM) Afternoon Play: Incident at Boulonvilliers 3.00 (FM) Gardeners’ Question Time 3.45 (FM) The Inconstant Moon 4.00 (FM) Last Word 4.30 (FM) The Film Programme 5.00 (FM) PM 5.54 (LW) Shipping Forecast

5.57 (LW) Test Match Special 5.57 (FM) Weather 6.00 Six O’Clock News 6.30 The Now Show 7.00 The Archers 7.15 Front Row 7.45 The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles. By Esther Wilson. 8.00 Any Questions? With Simon Jenkins and David Cannidine. 8.50 David Attenborough’s Life Stories. The Komodo dragon. 9.00 The Inconstant Moon 9.59 Weather 10.00 The World Tonight. With Robin Lustig. 10.45 Book at Bedtime: To Heaven by Water. By Justin Cartwright. 11.00 A Good Read 11.30 Today in Parliament Midnight News and Weather 12.30 Book of the Week: You’re Coming with Me Lad 12.48 Shipping Forecast 1.00 World Service 5.20 Shipping Forecast

10.00Live Friday Fight Night. Another night of hardhitting boxing, featuring some of the world’s finest fighters.

12.00 Khan v Kotelnik Countdown. A look ahead to Amir Khan v Andriy Kotelnik. 12.30 Cricket: The Ashes (HD). England v Australia. 2.30 Test Cricket. West Indies v Bangladesh. 3.30 Friday Fight Night. Hard-hitting boxing. 5.30 Khan v Kotelnik Countdown. RADIO 5 LIVE 5.00am Morning Reports 5.30 Wake Up to Money 6.00 5 Live Breakfast 10.00 Open Golf 3.00pm Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review. The week’s movies. 4.00 Open Golf 7.00 5 Live Sport: Ashes Review 8.00 5 Live Sport: Track and Field 9.00 5 Live Sport: Boxing 10.00 Aasmah Mir 1.00am Up All Night CLASSIC FM 6.00am Classic FM Brighter Breakfast 8.00 Simon Bates Noon The Classic FM Most Wanted 1.00 Classic FM Requests 3.00 Mark Forrest 6.00 Smooth Classics at Six 9.00 The Full Works Midnight Relaxing Classics 2.00 Howard Goodall On

12.15 Snog, Marry, Avoid? (R,S). 12.45 Snog, Marry, Avoid? (R,S). 1.15 Torchwood — Children of Earth (R,S). 2.15 Being Human (R,S). 3.15 My Weapon Is a Dog (R,S). 4.15 Snog, Marry, Avoid? (R,S). 4.45 Snog, Marry, Avoid? (R,S).

12.00 The Chaser’s War on Everything (R,S). 12.30 Guitar Heroes at the BBC (R,S). 1.30 Sight & Sound in Concert: Gary Moore (R,S). 2.00 Glastonbury Sessions: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band (R,S). 3.00 Guitar Heroes at the BBC (R,S).


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Coffee Break Double crossword

You are going to have to take it easy today as a lack of energy is evident in your chart and you don’t want to peek before your time and miss out on the fun tonight! You could always try making that phone call. Call now to hear why I know you’ll be glad you did.

You don’t seem to know it yet, but you hold the winning hand. Work that you did last year but did not think you would be able to use, comes to hand and saves the day. Call my starline now to hear who wants to give you an apology.


CRYPTIC CLUES: the back (3,6) Across 17. It’s difficult to hold when the top of the fishing tackle is missing (3) 1. Don’t turn your back on the children! (4,3,5) 18. Country where father is caught in immoral action (5) 7. Softly I can somehow produce widespread alarm (5) 19 . What the diplomat needs about one being silent (5) 8. Broken seats are part of the estate (5) 21. The right gear for the match (7-5) 9. Potter’s implement (3) 10. Steel, for example, used for the Down foundation? (4,5) 1. Put a gloss on a European 11. Party’s upset by this food (6) combination! (6-6) 12. Make an opening in part of the 2. Brown to process leather (3) gun, we hear (6) 3. She can somehow realise on 15. Don’t catch up with a convict at investments (6) 1








QUICK CLUES: Across 1. Break up (12) 7. Establish (3,2) 8. Corrupt (5) 9. Globe (3) 10. Liberate (9) 11. Diction (6) 12. Twine (6) 15. In layers (9) 17. Fire residue (3) 18. Strained (5) 19. Declaim (5) 21. Sinner (12)




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Don’t be pushed into a situation just because there is an empty space to fill. Surely it would be far better to wait and bide your time? Stand tall and proud, the stars are behind you. Call me now to hear why impromptu travel is likely to be around the corner.








I know your love life has been less than perfect than late but the stars are about to reward you, as slowly but surely day by day, bridges are built. This is what you’ve been waiting for. Call me now so I can take you to the next stage.

This is a very important day as far as your work is concerned and meetings that take place should bring together all of the work that you have done over the last few months. Call now to hear why I’m so sure you’re set for the big time.

You have won a war of words. Don’t gloat though or you will make them think that you simply caught a lucky break, but show them instead what a true professional you can be. Call me now to hear why it will pay to be there when you mail arrives today.

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Power struggles and office politics make for a demanding and exhausting day. Rewards await as you prove to a face that did not hold any respect for you, just what you are really made of. Call now to hear why family are willing to go all out for you.

This week offers you the opportunity to meet up with a name you have not yet been able to put a face to. A change you have spent many years thinking about is also before you. Call now to hear more about this life changing phase.

You really are acting like a schoolchild. The very person that you want to stay in your life you are being absolutely abysmal towards and if you are not careful then they will soon tire of your behaviour and move on. Call now to put things right again.

A part of your life that you have long since moved on from is back on your mind but the reasons why are creating some very mixed feelings within you and you would be best advised to put thought before action. Call now so that I can help you.

Faces that you have not seen in some time are set to enter back into your life at this time and if they are a Scorpio or a Pisces then they could just have some very exciting news to share with you. Call now for hot gossip on an ex.


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The best choices are in front of you and it is only by keeping your options open that you will get to see them as they stand and not through blurred vision. Old business contact prove worthy adversaries in business. Call now if you want to go for gold.

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Yesterday’s solutions

DOUBLE CROSSWORD: Cryptic: Across: 4 Migrate; 8 Orally; 9 Seeming; 10 Pallid; 11 Louvre; 12 Confetti; 18 Put to sea; 20 Pull up; 21 Claret; 22 Elastic; 23 Wonder; 24 Studies. Down: 1 Compact; 2 Calling; 3 Plaice; 5 Idealist; 6 Rumpus; 7 Tenors; 13 Top price; 14 Astride; 15 Pasture; 16 Bullet; 17 Closed; 19 Tallow. Quick: Across: 4 Lapwing; 8 Abroad; 9 Careful; 10 Quiver; 11 Outset; 12 Exertion; 18 Chastise; 20 Bother; 21 Spring; 22 Journal; 23 Onrush; 24 Dresser. Down: 1 Banquet; 2 Arbiter; 3 Latent; 5 Anaconda; 6 Wreath; 7 Nausea; 13 Increase; 14 Minimum; 15 Lengthy; 16 Colour; 17 Chorus; 19 Supine. WORD SPIRAL: 1. Chip, 2. Perm, 3. Mood, 4. Doom, 5. Mild, 6. Dabs, 7. Slim, 8. Milk, 9. Keys, 10. Sari, 11. Idol, 12. Lava, 13. Ayes, 14. Snow, 15. Waif, 16. Form. Keyword: MERMAID. WORD WHEEL: Nine-letter word: HAMSTRING. WORDWISE: B: Informal evening of song and story. CODEWORD: 1=Z, 2=L, 3=M, 4=A, 5=H, 6=I, 7=O, 8=X, 9=J, 10=C, 11=D, 12=K, 13=T, 14=N, 15=P, 16=B, 17=W, 18=E, 19=S, 20=G, 21=F, 22=U, 23=V, 24=Q, 25=Y, 26=R. SUDOKU 2 4 8 6 1 5 7 3 9

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SUTTON Harbour will step back in time later this month when the marina hosts the popular Sutton Harbour Plymouth Classic Boat Rally.

The event returns to the Barbican harbour for the fourth consecutive year from July 31 to August 4. During the five-day event, Sutton Harbour will host up to 70 classic boats including Gypsy Moth III, the yacht which Sir Francis Chichester sailed into the record books in 1960 as winner of the first single-handed trans-Atlantic race. Classic yachts and working boats from as far back as 1898 will be berthed in

by TRISTAN NICHOLS Maritime Reporter

Sutton Harbour and will also participate in events on the water. The highlight will take place on Sunday August 2 when the boats will race in Plymouth Sound from 12.30pm. Excellent viewing opportunities will be available at Sutton Harbour as the classic boats set sail from 10am and return from 3pm. Each evening of the rally the marina will host live music, starting on Friday July 31 when Irish folk group ‘Diggerz’ will be providing sea shanties to launch the rally in traditional maritime style.

Saturday August 1 will see a performance of the ‘Blue Genes’ providing an eclectic mix of classic rock, blues, funk, smooth jazz and soul. Toe-tapping tunes and Irish gigs will be supplied by ‘Black Friday’ on Sunday night. Entertainment on the final evening of the rally (August 4) will be provided by the Cornish male voice singers ‘Halfway Harmony’ to raise money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Andy Demaine, chairman of the Plymouth Classic Boat Rally, said: “The Harbour is steeped in maritime history and provides the perfect venue to host the Sutton Harbour Plymouth Classic

Boat Rally so we’re delighted to be welcomed back for our fourth consecutive year.” The rally is a key event within the Plymouth Summer Festival. Mark Brimacombe, Sutton Harbour marina manager, said: “We look forward to providing a warm welcome to rally participants and members of the public who can take advantage of seeing such a large gathering of classic boats in one place.” The organisers of the rally are looking forward to welcoming new participants as well as old friends. Retired lifeboats always draw a crowd at a rally and this year’s event boasts three.

One historic boat making its first appearance at this year’s rally will be the LC Isobel. Built in 1936 the Naval motorboat (cutter) took part in the ill-fated Operation Tiger during the preparations for D-day. Another boat taking part in the rally with a wartime connection will be the Western Lady III, which will be used as the event’s committee boat. The 112ft motor Fairmile Class launch was built for the navy in 1942, with the class of boats becoming famous for their role in the raid on St Nazaire. Visit or


CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE: Three get a hole in one; Katana Velosa, Rebecca Wood and Yazmine Howe in facepaint; Fun on the bucking bronco; Corrie Hanton-Dean and Lydia Gannon; More fun on the bronco; Getting stuck in on the bouncy castle; Sammy Hicks, Emily Humphreys and Charlotte Waring with members of the Sealed Knot Group Tina Orange and Maddy Poole

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Pupils learn points win prizes



COOMBE Dean students achieved fun in exchange for top marks and hard graft throughout the academic year. Year nine pupils, aged 14 and 15, at the Elburton school were treated to a day of activities organised by their teachers, designed to encourage them to reflect on previous school years and a chance to get creative, making collages of their memories. And students who had been rewarded by the sticker system, which recognises hard work,


achievement or effort, were given free time on activities such as an inflatable bungee run, a bucking bronco ride and a go in Sumo suits. Teacher at the college Hannah Williams said: “It was absolutely brilliant. “It was a celebration of the year which we were able to carry out as it was a day where we are allowed to change the timetable away from the normal curriculum – what’s known as a collapsed day. “The pupils achieved some brilliant


collages showing their memories of year 7, 8 and 9.” Other events included facepainting, a martial arts demonstration, bouncy castle, inflatable assault course and a display of craft and armoury by The Sealed Knot. Student Kublay Esmer, aged 15, from Peverell, said: “It was really enjoyable and we didn’t know what to expect. Nothing like that has ever been done before.”



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Lots of activities TRETHORNE has something for everyone, whatever the weather. The leisure park has many opportunities for fun and games. There is a programme of activities throughout the day allowing customers to ride ponies, bottle-feed lambs, hand milk cows, and stroke the animals. Winnie the sow has just had a litter of 17 beautiful piglets for you to come and see. Activities in the indoor play area include pillow bash, bungee run, ball pools, assault course, soft play area, climbing wall, slides, trampolines and Jolly Rogers Ball Blaster. There is also a large outdoor park with crazy golf, aerial glide, slides and swings. Have fun in the paddleboats on the lake for no extra charge. The area is enclosed for children’s safety with a friendly supervisor to help. At Trethorne adults can join in the fun with their children on most equipment too. The premier bowl has eight lanes of fully computerised 10-pin bowling providing entertainment for all kinds of occasion. There are ramps and rails to enable the youngest to the eldest to join in whatever their ability. Adjoining the lanes there is a licensed bar and an extended games room including pool tables, mario karts, horse racing and deal or no deal. There is a well-stocked gift shop with a range of merchandise to appeal to all ages. Whenever you come to Trethorne you can be sure of a friendly welcome with helpful service from the team of dedicated staff.

READY FOR FAMILY FUN WHEY-HEY the summer holidays are here and most of us have time on our hands to carry out those trips and activities we have been dreaming about at work.

Living in the Westcountry means we are spoilt for choice for activities. Packing a picnic, towels, bucket and spade and heading for the beach remains a firm favourite with the majority of us – providing the weather allows it. It’s never too late to grab a body board or surf board and jump in the surf to learn how to hang 10! There are plenty of other water-sport activities too, from water-skiing, sailing, canoeing and many, many more. Those of you who prefer to keep their feet dry have lots of other options, great days out include visiting some of the magnificent houses, gardens and grounds open to the public, going for a stroll in forests or woodland, or even jumping on the saddle of your bike and going on a cycle ride. Of course, we’re not all sports-mad, sometimes it’s nice to get out for a gentle walk, followed by a cream tea or ice cream. Other people may be happy to put their feet up and relax, perhaps with a good book or even just to have a snooze. Perhaps the best thing about the holidays is that you’re able to enjoy your days out with friends and family. Most of us can feel frustrated and constrained by budgetary restrictions or by the weather, but it’s worth remembering that the important thing is that you are together.

Celebrate clean seas with South West Water Free tickets for the National Marine Aquarium from the South West Water caravan. Holiday at home this summer with South West Water and the National Marine Aquarium. Claim your free child’s ticket and family discount coupon from the South West Water caravan at: • Wednesday 22 July, Plymouth Place de Brest, 9.30am – 4.30pm • Saturday 25 July, Mid Devon Show, Hartnoll Farm, Post Hill, Tiverton, 9am – 5pm Until stocks last. Offer expires 31 December 2009.

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ANIMAL FRIENDLY FINDING a great day out that is fun and engaging for the children yet safe, clean and friendly on the pocket is exactly what you get when you visit the Miniature Pony Centre on beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Here, families and their children experience animals and fun-filled activities in a family-run haven that prides itself on the care and management of its animals and the natural environment. Home to more than 150 different animals, including the famous miniature Shetland ponies and Mediterranean donkeys, the centre has many friendly animals just waiting to meet you! There are many fun, hands-on activities suitable for all children – you might like to help feed our hungry goats, enjoy our amazing bird of prey display, or operate a real tractor. And during the school holidays this summer there’s plenty of extra activities for everyone to enjoy, including a family entertainer, who will be “on stage” every afternoon from July 20 to September 1, inclusive. Budding young riders can head to our riding arena, and a rosette at the end of every ride is a fantastic memento of your special day at the centre. There are lots of play areas, both indoors and outdoors, where children of all

ages can burn off that excess energy, as well as trampolines (all ages) and mini tractors (for under fives). And if you still have some energy after enjoying a picnic, or lunch in the Paddock View Café, you can take a relaxing stroll around the willow garden, wetlands and ponds.

There really is something for everyone at Devon’s best-kept secret, The Miniature Pony Centre on Dartmoor! A memorable Dartmoor day. Easy to find on the main B3212 road, just two miles west of Moretonhampstead, towards Princetown. Telephone 01647 432400.



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There are plenty of options for fun this summer so take a look at the adverts on these pages for some ideas

BEAT the credit crunch this summer! Bring the kids along to RHS Garden Rosemoor free of charge and enjoy a load of family fun! All children under 16 go free at Rosemoor from August 1-31, so garden entry for a family of four will cost just £13. This summer at Rosemoor there is plenty going on to keep the whole family entertained. You can visit Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Australasia without leaving Devon,

Sarah and Sam Newby, Daisy and Martha Peckham on a log seat and follow in the footsteps of the adventurous continent, Europe and follow the European and fearless global plant hunters! plant hunter trail. Each week, Rosemoor will be featuring a Week 2: AFRICA (Saturday August 1-Friseparate continent, focusing on the various day August 7) plants and gardening influenced by those Follow the African plant hunter trail. continents. Week 3: ASIA (Saturday August 8- Friday There will be ‘Plant Hunter’ children’s August 14) trails, global themed dishes in the restaurant Celebrate the Far East! Follow the Asian and global activities. plant hunters trail. Rosemoor is calling all parents and chilWeek 4: AUSTRALIA (Saturday August dren to join in its family friendly activities, to get their hands mucky, boots muddy and 15-Friday August 21) Follow the Australasian plant hunters faces flushed with good old fashioned outdoor trail. fun. Week 5: AMERICA (Saturday August WHAT’S GOING ON Week 1: EUROPE (Saturday July 25-Fri- 22-Friday August 28) day July 31) For the final week, celebrate America by (Kids go free offer not active this week – following the American Plant Hunters Trail. only under six’s free) For more information on the Global Plant Celebrate all that’s fantastic about our own Hunter events, please call 01805 626800.

Fun for all ages with lots of baby animals to see. We have a new soft play area for 6 years and under plus an automated climbing wall, Jolly Rogers ball blaster, slides, ball pools and much more for older children.

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Fair will aid children’s home by VICKY MEADOWS Herald Reporter

FUNDRAISERS for the Rainbow charity will be taking part in the Antony House Summer Fair in Torpoint tomorrow in an attempt to raise money for Romanian children.

Bee Pugsley visited the Illusia Children’s Home, which is 10 miles outside of Dej, with her sister Jill and their friend Bernie last year. They were horrified to find that the 95 children living there had absolutely no food or medical supplies. She said: “It was awful. There was nothing in the freezer, or the cupboards. There was just one piece of bread on the table, and they had no antibiotics to heal them if they get ill either.” The women managed to provide the children with a limited amount of food, but they are now aiming to raise more money to improve the situation in the home. Thousands of pounds are needed to ensure a continued supply of food and medical aid is sent to the Romanian children, some as young as three. Money is also required to prepare a new home which must be ready to be moved into by September. Speaking of her trip to Romania, Mrs Pugsley said: “It’s been a life-changing experience. I’m really inspired to try and help them more. I’ve got a good team of workers and we will raise as much as we can.” Events at the fair include a bouncy castle, donkey rides, a motorbike display, a refreshments tent and much more. It is being held in the grounds of Antony House and is open from noon tomorrow until 4pm. Admission is £2, but is free for children under 14.

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Community spirit could net £1,000 EXAMPLES of co-operative and community spirit are being sought in Plymouth which could result in grants of £1,000. The Irish dairy farmers who own Kerrygold butter have launched the Kerrygold Farmers Co-operative Awards. Aimed at community groups and individuals, the awards aim to reward those who bring benefits to their local areas.

In light of the current situation in Afghanistan, 50 per cent of photo sales generated from the day, have been donated to Help for Heroes by Angus Mackintosh Photography, www.angus “We wanted to encourage children into the different styles of dance and to let them know it is available in Plymouth,” said Angus.

Awards are available in two categories: Most inspirational community project group and most inspirational young community group. The farmers are looking forward to donating £1,000 to the winners in each category. For details, email or call 0207 535 1352 and request an application form.


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More than 200 turn out for big dance contest

MORE THAN 200 competitors turned out for a Freestyle Competition Trophy Day held at the YMCA Kitto Centre. The event was organised by Andrea Avery from Viva Dance School in Plymouth and was aimed at adults and children alike. Various styles of dance including freestyle disco, street/hip hop and salsa, were performed by contestants.

RAISING FUNDS: Bee Pugsley, left, and (right) pictures from Dej showing a dining area and dormitory


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Warning over work permits for young

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DEVON County Council employment officers have revealed that more than half the school-aged children working for firms in the county last summer did not have the required work permit. They are warning that they will be visiting Devon firms again to check for ‘illegal child labour’ as this year’s school holidays begin. Officers said that last year, in Devon alone, 397 school-aged children were found working in a number of occupations. Of those, 225 did not have the required work permit and so were being ‘illegally employed’, they said. In some cases they were also working in jobs that are illegal for children or outside hours that are permitted by law. Officers said that nearly 60 children in the UK are seriously injured or killed each year while working. Christine Ellison, child employment and performance officer for Devon County Council’s Education Welfare Service, said: “Employers must ensure that they have carried out all obligations in law and also are aware of any risks and other necessary safety procedures before they employ a child.” THE EYES HAVE IT: Devon Wildlife Trust 2008 winning photo of a damselfly by David Chamberlain

Christmas Carols in Chester Cathedral

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Join us for a truly special festive break, as we travel to the lovely City of Chester and the stunning setting of the cathedral for an exclusive carol concert performed by the highly acclaimed Cathedral Choir. As well as recitals by choristers, there will also be traditional carols for all to join in. Price includes: Return coach travel, one night’s bed and English breakfast accommodation in a good hotel in the north-west area, Christmas Carol Concert in Chester Cathedral, shopping in Chester and the services of a Tour Manager.

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Enjoy breathtakingly beautiful scenery and enchanting Yuletide markets on this great value break. Discover Strasbourg’s Christmas market – the oldest and largest in France – and shop for traditional Black Forest handicrafts at Freiburg’s festive market; reputed to be the most beautiful in Germany, it’s a market you’ll not want to miss! Price includes: Return coach travel throughout and Channel crossings, three nights’ bed and continental breakfast accommodation at a familyrun hotel in the Black Forest, visits to the Christmas markets at Freiburg and Strasbourg, a visit to Titisee and the services of a Tour Manager. To book or for a brochure, call local rate quoting code EHP:

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AMATEUR wildlife photographers of all ages and abilities are invited to enter Devon Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) annual competition. The photos have to be taken at one of the charity’s nature reserves, and must be taken before March 31, 2010. The winning photographs will be published in the charity’s magazine Wild Devon, which is sent out to 36,000 members. Selected entries will also be exhibited around the county next year. Competition organiser and DWT volunteer Sandra Willis said there are more than 40 DWT nature reserves around the county, full of interesting subjects to snap. They include numerous reserves on Dartmoor, Andrew’s Wood near Kingsbridge and Wolborough Fen near Newton Abbot. She added: “So whether it is a bird, flower, insect, plant, fungi or a scenery shot of riverside, woodland, heath or meadow why not have a go!” The competition is open to amateur photographers and there are four categories – Under 7, 7-11, 12-16 and adults. There will be first and runner up prizes for each category. The £2 fee for each entry will go towards nature conservation throughout Devon, and the competition results will be announced next spring. For more information, visit and click on ‘2009 Photo Competition’.


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A NEW group dedicated to raising funds for Children’s Hospice South West is holding a teddy bears’ picnic.

A group of 15 friends from Weston Mill have joined forces to support families of children with life-limiting conditions. The team’s first official event will be a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, at the Oak Villa Sports and Social Club’s sports field on August 7. Among the Weston Mill Crew Friends Group are chair Sandra Rickard and her husband Derek. Their daughter Heide died at 10 months old after being diagnosed with a rare blood and kidney disorder. Born in 1971, there were no children’s hospices in the region to support her and her family. Sandra said: “I can honestly say what having a children’s hospice facility in Cornwall would mean to so many children and their parents in Plymouth, which is why we feel so strongly about supporting Children’s Hospice South West.” Inviting local parents to the fun picnic, she said the group will supply blankets and put on old-fashioned games such as egg and spoon and sack races. There will also be a teddy bear raffle and a visit from the famous Mr Fowley, CHSW’s giant Leonberger dog. Children’s Hospice South West (CSHW)

FUNDRAISERS: The Weston Mill Crew Friends Group, from left, back row: Fran, Jean, Doreen with teddy, and Marion; front: June, Derek, Sandra, Judy Pride and Pam provides specialist respite care to families with children who are not expected to reach adulthood. The charity has Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset, and is building Little Harbour near St Austell for families in Plymouth and Cornwall.

Bring your teddy to the picnic on the Weston at 2pm on August 7. Tickets cost £1and are available from June on 01752 363256. Anyone interested in joining a CHSW Friends Group, or setting up their own, can contact Judy Pride at or on 01837 52365.


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City diving duo begin bid for world glory in Rome

INTERNATIONAL divers Tonia Couch and Brooke Graddon begin their quest for medals at the 13th FINA World Championships at Rome later today.

The Plymouth Diving duo test themselves against the world’s best divers in the preliminary rounds of the women’s individual 10m platform event this afternoon, with a place in tomorrow’s final at stake. The pair’s club and Great Britain team-mate Tom Daley must wait until Monday before he makes his debut in the tournament, which is the most keenly-contested diving event outside of the Olympic Games. Daley is chasing medals on two fronts – firstly in the men’s individual 10m platform competition with the finals set for Tuesday afternoon. Then, the following Friday, July 24, the 15-year-old phenomenon, in tandem with dive partner Max Brick, of Southampton, is in action in the heats of the men’s synchro 10m platform event. The synchro finals follow on the afternoon of Saturday, July 25. Daley, like Couch and Graddon, last competed at the FINA Grand Prix at Florida back in May.

by BILL RICHARDS Sports Writer

The British number one and national champion won a gold medal, at individual, and also a synchro silver with Brick at the Fort Lauderdale event. Couch and Graddon did not medal at the Grand Prix, but were both coming back from injury, and, nonetheless, pleased Plymouth Diving and GB coach Andy Banks, who is also on duty in Rome. The World Aquatic Championships, staged at the Foro Italico, runs until August 2 with swimming taking centre stage for the final week. The open water competition runs alongside the diving, from July 19-25, but at a different venue, Ostia. Olympians Couch and Daley, and Graddon, who replaced injured former Plymouth team-mate Sarah Barrow – now at Leeds – are in an 11-strong Great Britain squad. The remainder of the GB diving squad is as follows: Charles Calvert (Leeds), Peter Waterfield (Southampton), Nick Robinson-Baker (Sheffield), Ben Swain (Sheffield), Brick (Southampton), Rebecca Gallantree (Leeds), Megan Sylvester (Sheffield) and Monique Gladding (Sheffield).

TEAM PLYMOUTH: (Left to right) Brooke Graddon, Tom Daley and Tonia Couch who are part of the Great Britain team for the World Championship in Rome; Graddon and Couch (also pictured above) are in action today

Ice ‘n’ easy for Plymouth aces at open event ICE SKATING by KEN DRAPER Sports Writer

MEDAL WINNERS: Plymouth Ice Skating Club members Jonathan King, Jamie Tucker and Alex Gabriel

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THREE young up-and-coming Plymouth figure skaters all won medals at the recent Guildford Open event. Plymouth Ice Skating Club members Jonathan King (12), Jamie Tucker (13) and Alex Gabriel (13), each claimed silver medals in their respective categories. King took second in the Level One Boys’ competition, Jamie Tucker in the Beginner Boys’ category and Alex Gabriel in the Level Three contest. Coach Steve Vincent was proud of his young charges’ performances and their results and revealed they could have been even better. He said: “Jamie actually came joint first but his technical marks we not quite as good as the eventual winner’s, so he had to be content with the silver. “Jonathan led the way in his category until right at the end of the competition when he was pipped at the post by the winner. “Alex skated exceptionally well despite having had a toe operation recently. He is now taking some time out to fully recover.” In August, Tucker and King will take national tests at the Pavilions where they hope to move up to the next levels in their respective categories at future competitions.” Both skaters are now looking forward to the Swindon Open competition in October.

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Promotion-chasing Cornwood head to Barton in A Division with captain Hall hoping for rain A DIVISION CORNWOOD skipper Jason Hall wants it to rain – but not too much. The South Hams team are at Barton on a mission to take another step nearer promotion. A win for fourth-placed Cornwood would put them right up the exhausts of second placed Braunton and Heathcote, who are third. But Hall, who has conceded any possibility of catching leaders Paignton, would be happier if Barton’s pitch took a bit of a soaking. He said: “Barton’s pitch is very dry and turns a long way, so I hope it does rain to give it some moisture so it’s not so biased.” Cornwood are currently promoting a policy of bringing young players through the ranks. But Hall had words of praise for veteran Dave Petherbridge, whose wicket-taking skills are as sharp as ever. Hall said: “Dave is a big part of the club and he’s no mug with a bat, as well as a ball. “It’s great to have someone there with the younger players who can use his experience to steady everyone around him.” Cornwood – in common with the rest of the Devon League – suffered through a washout last weekend. Hall said: “Luckily, there’s been no real damage done, although Heathcoat gained a few points because they actually started their game. Having said that, we need to

A AND B DIVISIONS get going with a win again.” Scott Mansfield and Chris Parker are unavailable, so the ever-improving Adam Goodliffe and Jack Nash are called up. Cornwood: J Hall (capt), K Wilcock, J Nash, D Harris, A Goodliffe, B Warren, M Butterworth, A Cheema, D Petherbridge, J Horgan, A Bees.

B DIVISION LEADERS Tavistock will be hoping the rain gods smile on them for their important home fixture with promotion-hunting Clyst St George tomorrow (2pm). Tavvy’s game with Shobrooke Park was rained off last Saturday, while fourth-placed Clyst did see some play in their fixture with Alphington. However, with the table largely unaffected by the great washout, Tavvy sit 29 points ahead of their visitors. Tavistock (possible): I Gray, A Kaitiff, A Gauler (capt), J Luffman, D Manning, S Luffman, B Hendricks, S Daymond, S Cleave, L Baker, T Cummins.

THIRD-placed Plymstock, also victims of the weather last weekend, go to Axminster tomorrow hoping for better fortune. Plymstock (possible): D Orchard (capt), H Knight, N Lyons, K Pocock, M Parkinson, M Smith, D Wood, I Whalley, J Thomas, S Jordan, A Barnicott.

Bridgers seek double over Seaton C DIVISION IVYBRIDGE can exert pressure on C Division’s frontrunners and achieve a double with victory over visiting Seaton tomorrow (2pm). Andy Johnson’s team lie in third behind leading duo Cockington and Chagford who meet at the former’s Torquay ground. The Bridgers were inactive last Saturday due to the downpour which played havoc with the fixture list. This week, though, the forecast is marginally more optimistic and spokesman Jon Sparkes is hoping for a full session at Erme Playing Fields. “We’ve been playing well this season so far and weather permitting we’ll be aiming to keep the run going against Seaton tomorrow,” said Sparkes. “We’ve already defeated them up at their place back in May (by six wickets) and feel confident of doing the same at our ground. “If we play as well as we did against Stoke Gabriel two weeks ago, we should be fine.” Ivybridge make just one change from the side which claimed a five-wicket win over Stoke, with New Zealander Greg Danks returning in place of Tim Lancaster. The Bridgers are still in with a chance of representing west Devon at the finals day, probably at Axminster, of the exciting,

C AND D DIVISIONS limited-overs tournament, the Corinthian Cup. Ivybridge have to get past neighbours and local rivals Kingsbridge first, though. The eight-ball, 16 over match must be played before the end of July, again, weather permitting.

Ivybridge: A Johnson (capt), G Andrews, K Jacobs, K Prescott, K Trent, G Danks, J Mailling, A Coker, P Veale, A Warden, J Bullock.

ELSEWHERE, Plymouth Civil Service can ease their relegation worries with a positive result away at bottom-placed Bridestowe. Civil actually got some overs – 10 to be precise – in last Saturday, away to Tiverton and Bickleigh, before the rain ended play with the hosts on 51 for two. The visitors, though, pocketed seven points from the curtailed fixture. D DIVISION LEWDOWN will be bidding to pocket more promotion points and bounce back from a recent setback at home to Kilmington tomorrow (2pm). Second-placed Lewdown are in a breakaway group of four teams. Leaders Thorverton (174pts) hold a 23-point advantage over Lewdown, who in turn are five points richer than Hatherleigh, with Yelverton a

further 15 points behind. Last time out, Lewdown lost their moorland derby clash with Yelverton by four wickets. Lewdown shared 12 points with Ipplepen last Saturday as a result of the match being postponed due to heavy rain. For skipper Hughes, tomorrow is all about how his side responds and winning the toss on what is expected to be a wet wicket. “I think that’s going to be the key to tomorrow’s outcome, to be honest,” said Hughes. “We’d obviously prefer to bat second, if the wicket’s soggy, as that will favour the bowlers. “But, if we don’t win the toss and are put in, then I’m confident we can give a good account of ourselves. “It was disappointing to lose to Yelverton last time out but these things happen the main thing now is to respond positively. “Kilmington haven’t won a game this season yet and we don’t want to be the first to lose to them.” Lewdown: K Harris, M Porage, H Geering, M Jordan, J Gliddon, M Witcher, A Weeks, T Street, P Yeo, A Clements, C Hughes (capt).

MEANWHILE, Yelverton travel to Ipplepen bidding to keep alive their promotion chances. At the other end of the league, bottom-placed Whitchurch Wayfarers need the points badly from their match at Ottery.

Minett remains calm despite Plymouth’s slide down table FRANCIS CLARK DEVON LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

by PHIL STONEHAM Sports Writer

PLYMOUTH skipper Luke Minett is refusing to panic over his team’s descent into the Premier relegation zone.

Minett believes the city outfit have the talent and the know-how to escape the drop into the A Division, from which they were promoted just over a season ago. The Plymouth skipper said: “I’d be much more worried if we had been in this position this time last year after we got promoted. “This season, there are five teams within the space of 10 points. “We’re not necessarily in a false position, but if you win one game, you can get out of trouble pretty quickly. “I’m confident that we can do it – as a group we are capable of putting in a good team performance. “But I also think that it’s time people took on the responsibility of producing an individual match-winning performance. “We’re not far off from where we want to be, but that extra 20 runs or extra few wickets would make all the difference.” Minett is unavailable and James Nicholls is injured, so John Meredith and veteran Al Stewart are called up against fourth-placed North Devon at Peverell Park tomorrow (1pm). Minett said: “I’m sure that they will both do a really good job. “North Devon are a good side and I suppose in our position they are no more important than

HIGH HOPES: Plymouth will be hoping that opening batsman Callum Whittaker is among the runs in tomorrow’s Premier Division clash against fourth-placed North Devon at Peverell Park

the game after – but it would be nice to get back to winning ways.” Plymouth: C Whittaker, H Stephenson, J Toms, J Little, S Marks, D Burke, G Stephenson, J Meredith, J Parker, C Hill, A Stewart.

PLYMPTON, joint second with


Bovey Tracey, are not fooled by the league standing of tomorrow’s opponents, Exeter, who are third from bottom. Captain Keith Donohue said: “They are a pretty good side on their day and I don’t think they’re going to be one of the

teams in the bottom two at the end of the season. “It’s difficult to know what to expect, but we’ll be trying to carry on in the same vein as we have been doing.” Spinner




unavailable due to work commitments, so Matt Gregory steps in. Plympton: D Hefford, R Farrer, D Rowbotham, J Williams, D Wrench, K Donohue (capt), C Donohue, C Bunney, L Gregory, N Hussain, M Gregory.

DEVON LEAGUE FIXTURES PREMIER DIVISION Bovey Tracey v Budleigh Salt Exeter v Plympton Plymouth v North Devon Sandford v Bradninch Torquay v Sidmouth A DIVISION Abbotskerswell v Brixham Barton v Cornwood Chudleigh v South Devon Heathcoat v Braunton Paignton v Exmouth B DIVISION Axminster v Plymstock Barnstaple v Clyst Hydon Kingsbridge v Alphington Shobrooke v Bideford Tavistock v Clyst SG C DIVISION Bridestowe v Plymouth CS Cockington v Chagford Ivybridge v Seaton Stoke Gabriel v Feniton Tiverton v Dartington D DIVISION WEST Hatherleigh v Babbacombe Ipplepen v Yelverton Lewdown v Kilmington Thorverton v Uplyme Whitchurch v Ottery E DIVISION Exeter CS v Ashburton Kentisbeare v Countess Wear Roborough v Halberton Whimple v Honiton Woodbury v Dawlish F DIVISION Culmstock v Kenn Hemyock v Chelston Newton SC v Yarcombe Shaldon v Filleigh Topsham SJ v Cullompton Upottery v Kingskerswell SECOND ELEVEN PREMIER DIVISION Budleigh Salt v Bovey Tracey Exmouth v Sandford North Devon v Plymouth Plympton v Exeter Sidmouth v Hatherleigh A DIVISION Bradninch v Paignton Cornwood v Barton Plymstock v Axminster Sidmouth v Plymouth South Devon v Shobrook Park B DIVISION Alphington v Ivybridge Bideford v Chudleigh Brixham v Abbotskerswell Clyst St George v Tavistock Yelverton v Barnstaple C DIVISION Braunton v Heathcoat Countess Wear v Kingsbridge Dart & Totnes v Thorverton Ottery St Mary v Stoke Gabriel Plymouth CS v Ipplepen D DIVISION WEST Ashburton v Whitchurch Babbacombe v Torquay Kingskerswell v Cornwood Plymouth v Cockington Plympton v Roborough E DIVISION WEST Bovey Tracey v Exeter Chelston v Paignton Dart & Totnes v Plymouth CS


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■ THE first, wet night of this year’s Plym Yacht Club races did little to deter the 21 boats who took part in the second series. Close racing took place over a three lap course. In the Fast A Class, Paul Hollet’s D-Tox and Andrew Maltby in Andantino were soon showing the way, but close behind Chris Cload, in Happy Daze, was not to be outdone. Maltby was finished first on corrected time, Hollet was second, with Cload third. The Ballads had their usual very close race with Chris Tyrrell, in Summertime, winning in fine style ahead of Mike Luker in Matui and Janie Smallridge in Duchess taking third. Jason Hamlyn’s Jelly Bean was fortunate in winning the PYA Fleet, on corrected time. Three boats went over the line ahead of the signal. Two returned but Mike Nuttall’s Jos of Avon took off and failed to respond to the horn. Second place went to Stuart Woodger’s Locust with Peter Hamilton’s Larrikin third. In PYB Patrick Chapman in Sixpence, although over the line and having to return, went on to win ahead of John Freeman’s Sirene with Chris Tempest in Whiffler third. Meanwhile, after the disappointment of the two-handed race to Salcombe last month, the forecast for the Royal Western Yacht Club’s race to Fowey was far better. The 25 competitors enjoyed a beat to Fowey No.5 buoy and a run into Fowey to finish at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club line. The usual situation of races being won or lost occurred in the fickle winds in the Fowey harbour. Results on handicap: IRC: Musk-ox (Neville Devonport); Sir Ducktion (Roy Morgan); Ju Kyu (Peter Rowe); PY Quid Non (Nigel Philpott); Mischief (Ashley Crawford) Odalisque (Matthew Shaw).

SPORT brief

Plymouth pair chase trophy SPEEDWAY: Plymouth Devils duo Seemond Stephens and Mark Simmonds will both be in action in next Friday’s Bronze Helmet meeting at Weymouth. The meeting at the Wessex Stadium will see top riders from the National League battle it out over 20 heats. Each rider will compete in five heats with the top two scorers to race for the Bronze Helmet. Both Stephens and Simmonds have a good chance of reaching the race-off.

Rider Line Up: Luke Priest (Mildenhall), Daniel Halsey (Rye House), Scott James (Buxton), Seemond Stephens (DEVILS), Ben Hopwood (Isle of Wight), Danny Warwick (Bournemouth), Jay Herne (Bournemouth), Tony Atkin (Newport), Mark Burrows (Weymouth), Barrie Evans (Mildenhall), Jade Mudgway (Weymouth), Jamie Courtney (Rye House), Mark Simmonds (DEVILS), James Cockle (Weymouth), Karl Mason (Newport), Brendan Johnson (Isle of Wight). Reserves: Chris Johnson (Isle of Wight), Matthew Wright (Weymouth).

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Bowden’s side aim to bounce back at Wildcats

by CHRISTIAN McKEE Speedway Reporter

PLYMOUTH Devils head to Weymouth Wildcats in the National League tomorrow evening (7.15pm) aiming to bounce back from Wednesday night’s mauling at the hands of Bournemouth Buccaneers.

Plymouth were beaten 62-33 to suffer their fourth league defeat of the season in 10 matches. The loss leaves the Devils in third place and in a championship play-off position. But another defeat at Weymouth would put pressure on the city side to remain in the top four with teams below them ready to overtake. Devils chief Mike Bowden has warned his riders they need to start producing the goods or run the risk of being replaced. “We are still in a strong position to reach the play-offs despite the defeat at Bournemouth,” said Bowden. “But another loss at Weymouth tomorrow would put pressure on us and give the teams just below us a boost. “I am confident we will be okay because we have to play host to teams above and around us. “But it would be nice to go to Weymouth and produce a good team performance and, ideally, come away with a win.” Bowden added: “The boys have got to respond at Weymouth from Wednesday night’s defeat. “The riders who didn’t score many points must be aware that their places are up for grabs if they do not show an improvement. “We are a professional speedway team and if riders aren’t producing the goods, then there will be changes. “We are not going to operate with a

WILD ONE: Devils Mark Simmonds in action against Weymouth Wildcats earlier this season when the teams met in the Devon and Dorset Cup

team of three or four riders – we want seven riders all doing a good job for each other and their team-mates.” Bowden is forced to make one change to his rider line-up for tomorrow’s meeting with reserve Josh Dingle unavailable. Dingle, 15, will also miss next Saturday’s Knockout Cup semi-final at home to Bournemouth because he will be competing in the British Under-15 Championship. The Devils chairman has yet to name a

replacement for tomorrow’s match and will make a decision just prior to the start of the meeting. Weymouth will include Jay Herne at number one as guest for the now departed Lee Smart. Herne is joined in the Wildcats side by former Devils duo Tim Webster and Jamie White-Williams. Weymouth team manager Jem Dicken said of Smart’s departure: “Lee Smart’s left the club – he won’t be riding for us anymore.

“It’s a shame because on the track Lee is one of the best riders in the National League. “But one man doesn’t make the team and the rest of the boys are a lot happier now.”

Weymouth Wildcats (probable): Jay Herne, Tim Webster, Matt Wright, James Cockle, Mark Burrows, Terry Day, Jamie White-Williams. Plymouth Devils: Mark Simmonds, Matt Bates, Kyle Hughes, Paul Starke, Seemond Stephens, David Gough, TBC.


Devils trio hoping to help Great Britain to series win

DEVILS trio Kyle Hughes, Paul Starke and Matt Bates will aim to clinch a series win for Great Britain Under-21s in tonight’s Test match against their Australasia counterparts at the St Boniface Arena (7.30pm). The two sides have met three times already with Great Britain leading the five-match series 2-1 following Tuesday’s 56-36 victory at Weymouth. Another triumph tonight in front of what is expected to be a healthy Plymouth crowd would seal the series win for Great Britain. Devils chairman Mike Bowden is expecting each of his three riders to do well on their own track. “Kyle, Paul and Matt have all been going really well at home this season,” said Bowden. “It will be a bit different for them tonight riding for Great Britain and not the Devils. “But if they just go out and ride as they normally do, then I would expect them to score a few points. “It is also a chance for each of them – particularly Paul, who only scored one point against Bournemouth on Wednesday night – to remind everyone of what they can do.” Bowden added: “It should be a cracking meeting when you look at the riders who will be on show. “The series is delicately poised with Great Britain leading 2-1 with two Tests to go. “So, I would advise all city

speedway fans to come along tonight and watch what should be an entertaining and exciting match.” The Devils trio will be joined in the Great Britain line-up by former Plymouth riders Devils Lee Smart and Tim Webster. Completing the line-up will be Brendan Johnson from the Isle of Wight and Bournemouth’s Kyle Newman. For Australasia, they include Sheffield’s Premier League rider Hugh Skidmore, New Zealander Jade Mudgway, who scored six points for Buxton on their recent visit to the St Boniface Arena, and Newport’s National League sensation, Australian Todd Kurtz. Tickets for tonight’s Test match are priced £9 adults, £5 children aged eight to 16, and £6 OAPs aged 65 and over. Children aged under eight are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. A family ticket, which admits two adults and two children, costs £23. Programmes are priced £2 each. Season ticket holders get in free while spectators who attended last week’s abandoned meeting against the Isle of Wight will be able to use their tickets for free admission. Great Britain Under-21s: Lee Smart, Paul Starke, Brendan Johnson, Kyle Newman, Kyle Hughes, Tim Webster, Matt Bates. Australasia Under-21s: Hugh Skidmore, Jake Anderson, Rider Replacement, Shelby Rutherford, Jade Mudgway, Ryan Sedgman, Todd Kurtz.

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: Devils riders Kyle Hughes and Matt Bates will represent Great Britain under-21s at St Boniface Arena tonight

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Player recruitment going to plan

GARY STRONACH has assured Raiders supporters that he is busy rebuilding the squad which was decimated by departures at the end of the season. The club’s head coach said: “Some fans may be twiddling their thumbs and wondering what’s happening. “But I am very close to signing some of the players I want – and I want to tell the fans that we’re looking to put together a team that will grace the Pavilions.” Behind the scenes, Stronach has been racking up hundreds of miles tracking new players for a squad which will bear no resemblance to the outfit which enjoyed its finest moment in 2007 by lifting the BBL Trophy. Raiders supporters are used to winning, especially on their own court and may be ill-prepared for a period of readjustment. Gone are crowd favourites like Gavin Love

(retired), DeAntoine Beasley, Gaylon Moore, Terrence Durham – out for a year with a knee injury – Anthony Martin and probably James Noel. The only recognisable face from recent seasons belongs to Plymouth-born Allister Gall, who has been appointed club captain. But Stronach said he was excited about the challenge of putting together what will effectively be a new squad. He admitted the task of finding new players had distracted him from even closely studying Raiders’ fixtures for the 2009-10 season. But he said: “I’m excited about the new season and about rebuilding the squad. “I am so close to making new signings that I think we can make an announcement about them soon. “Three are American imports and possibly another one on a Bosman.

“Then I expect that we’ll be looking at another Bosman and one or two other players. “What is a pre-requisite for new players is that they come to us in very good shape, because I don’t want to spend a lot of time on their fitness. “During the pre-season we want to see these guys gelling together as a team.” Stronach, despite having his playing budget cut for this season as the recession sinks its teeth into sponsors, remains upbeat. He said: “Other teams have had their budgets cut as well, although there’s probably one or two who have more or are staying the same. “But it’s not something that I want go on about too much, because I want to be positive about this season. “I don’t think it (the recession) makes a lot of difference – if the economy was in good condition, budgets could still be cut. “I’m just really upbeat about this season and getting a new squad together.”

Raiders get ready to face ‘baptism of fire’ PLYMOUTH Raiders coach Gary Stronach has urged city fans to get behind their team, despite not being able to see them at home in a league match until late October.

The city side’s supremo has described their opening fixtures as a ‘baptism of fire’. The Airwaves-backed Raiders play their first three BBL Championship fixtures away from home and will not appear at the Pavilions in a league match until Saturday, October 24. Their season opener is at the ever-improving Worthing Thunder on Saturday, September 26, followed by a visit to last season’s BBL runners-up, Everton, on Friday, October 2. A trio of difficult opening fixtures is completed by a clash at Cheshire Jets on Sunday, October 11. Stronach agreed playing three matches on the road in succession was not the ideal way to open the 2009-10 season. But he said fans would be compensated by a run of three home matches at the Plymouth Pavilions, beginning with London Capital in the BBL Cup on October 17. Stronach, who is rebuilding the Raiders after the majority of last year’s squad decided not to return for next season,


RAIDERS FIXTURES 2009-10 SEPTEMBER 26 (Sat) – Worthing (A) (7pm)

OCTOBER 2 (Fri) – Everton Tigers (A) (7.30pm) 11 (Sun) – Cheshire Jets (A) (5.30pm) 17 (Sat)– Cup LONDON CAPITAL (H) (7.30pm) 24 (Sat) – MILTON KEYNES LIONS (H) (7.30pm) 25 (Sun) – SHEFFIELD SHARKS (H) (4pm)

NOVEMBER 1 (Sun) – NEWCASTLE EAGLES (H) (4pm) 8 (Sun) – EVERTON TIGERS (H) (4pm) 13 (Fri) – LEICESTER RIDERS (H) (7.30pm) 14 (Sat) – London Capital (A) (7.30pm) 22 (Sun) – Guildford Heat (A) (3pm) 27 (Fri) – Newcastle Eagles (A) (7.30pm)

DECEMBER 5 (Sat) – EVERTON TIGERS (H) (7.30pm) 13 (Sun) – Milton Keynes Lions (A) (4pm) 16 (Wed) – SCOTTISH ROCKS (H) (7.30pm) 20 (Sun) – Guildford Heat (A) (3pm) 30 (Wed) – ESSEX PIRATES (H) (7.30pm)

JANUARY 9 (Sat) – Worthing Thunder (A) (7.30pm) 10 (Sun) – Trophy WORCESTER WOLVES (H) (4pm) 17 (Sun) – BBL Cup Final 24 (Sun) – SCOTTISH ROCKS (H) (4pm) 29 (Fri) – Sheffield Sharks (A) (7.30pm)

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also pointed out that Raiders have pre-season friendlies coming up. He said: “The final details haven’t been finalised yet, but we’re looking at three pre-season games at the Pavilions, where the fans will have a chance to look at the new team. “We’ll probably be playing against two BBL sides and the American All Star touring team.” Stronach added: “The three away games is one of those things. “Worthing will be hard, because although they came up into the league last season, they are getting better. “It goes without saying that Everton will be tough – they will be pushing for the title as they did last season. “Cheshire handled us really well last year, so it’s going to be a real baptism of fire for us. “I know that not seeing us in a competition until October is disappointing for the fans, but hopefully they’ll be able to get a good idea of what we’re about during the pre-season.” Stronach said: “A lot of our fans also go to Worthing, a game which I would expect is a good one for our supporters. “Hopefully, a lot will turn up for our opening game and turn the place into a home arena.”


FEBRUARY 6 (Sat) – Worcester Wolves (A) (7pm) 7 (Sun – ESSEX PIRATES (H) (4pm) 13 (Sat) – CHESHIRE JETS (H) (7.30pm) 20 (Sat) – Leicester Riders (A) (7.30pm) 27 (Sat) – London Capital (A) (7.30pm) 28 (Sun) – GUILDFORD HEAT (H) (4pm)

MARCH 5 (Fri) – Milton Keynes Lions (A) (7.30pm) 6 (Sat) – WORCESTER WOLVES (H) (7.30pm) 13 (Sat) – Essex Pirates (A) (7.30pm) 19 (Fri) – LEICESTER RIDERS (H) (7.30pm) 20 (Sat) – CHESHIRE JETS (H) (7.30pm) 21 (Sun) – BBL Trophy Final 28 (Sun) – Scottish Rocks (A) (5pm)

APRIL 10 (Sat) – SHEFFIELD SHARKS (H) (7.30pm) 11 (Sun) – LONDON CAPITAL (H) (4pm) 17 (Sat) – Worcester Wolves (A) (7pm) 18 (Sun) – WORTHING THUNDER (H) (4pm) TBA – League Newcastle Eagles (A) RIVALS REUNITED: Raiders and Milton Keynes Lions will meet again at the Pavilions on October 24 in Raiders’ first home match of the season


Trio of ladies enjoy notable wins

Third place for Widey Court

CITY cuester Stacey Bunney showed the men how it should be done by beating Paul Jasper, the only unbeaten player in the Cues Friday Pool League. In a long, but entertaining match, Bunney led 4-3 when they had to stop play to make way for the next scheduled match on their table. However, any hopes that Jasper had of the one-hour break affecting Bunney’s game soon disappeared when Bunney won the remaining two frames to take the match 6-3. A defeated Jasper said: “I was given a lesson in how to play pool, Stacey was brilliant.” Not to be outstaged, the two other

TAG RUGBY: Widey Court Primary School’s tag rugby aces are officially among the best in the country. The youngsters battled their way through local and regional championships to make it to the schools’ national finals. Widey didn’t win the competition, held at Rugby School in Warwickshire. They went out after losing a pool match 4-3 to Holy Trinity School from north London. Holy Trinity later lost in the final to St Lawrence primary school from Shropshire. Widey Court teacher Sean Boyle said the Plymouth side were unlucky to lose their match with Holy Trinity. He said: “We had a fantastic team, but against Holy Trinity, we made a couple of mistakes. “You need a bit of luck in sport and we didn’t get it on this occasion. But the boys did brilliantly – they were one match and one try away from the final. “And when we worked it out later, they were actually third in the tournament. “Our boys were upset they didn’t win, but finishing third from 18,000 primary schools in the UK isn’t bad at all.”

POOL lady pool players in the league also recorded wins of their own. Lucy Rogerson had a great victory against the much improved Barry Taylor. Despite going in off the black in one frame, Rogerson claimed a 5-4 win. While Heather Jasper gained some revenge on young prodigy Haydon Pinhey who had beaten her in their previous two meetings. Jasper seemed set on making it a tactical affair and after some clever play, she came out on top 6-3.

SMILES ALL ROUND: (Left to right) Lucy Rogerson, Heather Jasper and Stacey Bunney

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Stapleton: My new role and time as chairman

HOW difficult is it going to be for Q you to adjust to your new role as ■ IN HIS FIRST interview since stepping down as Plymouth Argyle chairman at deputy chairman of Argyle?

the start of this month, Paul Stapleton talks to Herald Sport chief football writer

OF course it’s going to be difficult. A I’m walking past people who have called me ‘chairman’ for the last eight CHRIS ERRINGTON about the past, present and future at Home Park. years and they don’t know what to call me

at the minute. I have told them ‘just call me Paul.’ Also, from being involved in the final decision on everything, I’m now part of a process. It’s going to take time to get used to that, and I understand that. Take the signing of Bradley Wright-Phillips this week, for example. We had started that process at the beginning of June. But when it came to the end, the deal got done and I got told the deal had been done, whereas before I would have been the first one to know. But that’s fine because we are all working together. I was very much a hands-on chairman really, who had close relationships with the chief executive and the manager. To be fair, I travelled back from our friendly against Truro City on Monday with Paul Sturrock, on our own, so we had a long chat. Paul still rings me quite often to chat about things and tell me what’s going on. So that’s good. We haven’t had an official first board meeting for the new season. That will happen and it will set things in motion. But I’m here and I’m willing to do whatever I can for the benefit of the football club. ARE you going to have any specific roles as deputy chairman?

I’m walking past people who have called me ‘chairman’ for the last eight years and they don’t know what to call me at the minute. I have told them ‘just call me Paul


I THINK that areas of responsibility A are going to be determined at the first or second board meeting.

There are a number of people on the board, both local, national and international, and there are things that can happen here in Plymouth which might need some input. It may be that I will have a close involvement with youth development. It may be I will still get involved in players’ contracts. When we first took over as a board in 2001, we tried to evolve certain responsibilities for certain directors. I think there will be things specifically to do under the new board, but they haven’t been identified yet. WAS there any point during the negotiations over the transfer of power at Home Park that you considered stepping down as a director? NO, there wasn’t. Whenever I talked to Yasuaki Kagami (Argyle’s largest shareholder) and Keith Todd (one of the club’s new directors) they always said that, at the very least, they wanted me to still be here with them. That was because of the experience and the knowledge I had picked up over the last 11 years on the board of this football club. I appreciated that, so there was never a thought of ‘it’s time for me to go’. This was very much a ‘let’s see if we can work together going forward’. I was happy to be part of that. This is a club I have supported all my life. I had the privilege to be asked onto the board by Dan McCauley in 1998 and the great privilege of becoming the chairman in 2001. Yes, it’s difficult stepping down as chairman, but I’m still involved and I can still have an input into the future of Plymouth Argyle. I’m still young enough to enjoy that, and can give it many more years if necessary. THERE are members of the new board in Plymouth, London and Japan. How are you going to hold board meetings? Will they be done via videoconferencing? THAT’S another thing to be decided as we go along. The talk so far has been that we may have some board meetings in London. Or, to involve Mr Kagami and George Synan, we could use videoconferencing.


He perhaps, with hindsight, changed the bulk of the team a bit too early. But he’s a very nice man and very sociable – I had a number of meals with him. I wish him all the best, but it just didn’t work out at Plymouth Argyle. WHAT about Tony Pulis?

QTONY did a great job for us. He A came in and sorted us out. Some people talked about his style of football but he got us results.

He did what we wanted him to do, which was to make sure we stayed in IN THE PAST: Paul Stapleton and Ian Holloway have put their differences behind them the Championship after a bad start. We didn’t want him to go back to we had a really good chat. The skele- ager, but Paul and I had a great Maybe, that’s because of time presStoke City, and that’s why I fought tons of the past were all laid to rest. relationship in the early days because sures, and other things that have against that, but there was no stopI wished him all the best and he it was new to me. We had some great happened. ping him. wished me all the best. He had re- times and some great celebrations. The club got bigger, my own practice He has done very well since he has gretted leaving Plymouth and didn’t We probably used to meet four times (chartered accountants Parkhurst gone back there, taking them into the realise how good it was. a week, and our families would all Hill) is bigger, and the two families Premier League and keeping them Ian did a great job for us. I thought have a meal together at least once a are older. Perhaps I should get back to there. him and his assistants were very good week, so it was a very close rela- getting inside him and being closer to I wish him all the best, and if Tony on the training ground. tionship. him, if you like. But we still have a ever became available, I would always We played good football and Gary When he left (for Southampton in very good relationship. recommend him for the job of Ply- Penrice was fantastic as a scout for us. March 2004), I knew why he was mouth Argyle manager. He knows the Championship is a He brought us some really good play- leaving so, although it was sad, it difficult league, he knows it’s going to His coaching methods, his diligence ers. didn’t hit me as hard as perhaps some a hard season and he knows he has got and his dedication were first class and It was a period I will look back on of the directors. I have got nothing but praise for Tony with fondness. one year left on his contract. I had been so close to him so I knew Pulis. So he has all the things to fight for, All right, the way he left, didn’t exactly what was happening. Watford IAN Holloway’s departure to endear himself to our fans – par- tried to poach him after the 2001/02 and he is a fighter. He has turned Leicester City in November ticularly after talking about painting title success but, after talking to me, around and said ‘I’m going to get this 2007 caused quite a stir. What are Smeaton’s Tower in green paint. right’. he decided not to go. your thoughts on him? But Ian is man enough now to say ‘I At the end of the day, it’s about how When I had the call from Rupert I DID say to Ian I wanted him to made a mistake’. Lowe (the former Southampton chair- he manages the players, who he be here for five years, as he had I wish Ian all the best at Blackpool man), it was sad in some respects, but brings in and who he lets go. been at his previous two clubs, be- and when they come down this season we managed to get good compensation I think he’s definitely going to get cause it would mean we had both been I hope our fans give him a warm for Paul. them as fit as they used to be when we successful. reception. It was always my wish to get Paul won the two league titles in the early Now, that may go against the grain back at some stage, so when Ian Hol- days. Our team spirit and fitness carI found Ian to be a very engaging, charming, passionate man who, to for some of them, but if they actually loway left suddenly, I got permission ried us through then. some extent, displayed some of the analyse the whole situation, he did a from Swindon Town and asked him to What you need in the Champireturn. passion that I have perhaps when it good job for us. onship, besides those two aspects, is I just hope we can warmly receive comes to football. We had discussed it in detail at a you also need some quality as well. Whenever we scored a goal, he him – before beating Blackpool, of board meeting, and looked at other But as long as you have got those would punch his arm in the air and course. I wish him nothing but the options, but we decided to take Paul other two things – the fitness and the back on. run up and down the touchline. That’s best. my sort of nature. FINALLY Paul Sturrock. He Paul is fresh for the start of the new team spirit – then hopefully you will has twice been the club’s man- season and he has refocused all his get a bit of quality, which will be the I think he always thought there was icing on the cake. the spectre of Paul Sturrock about the ager during your time as chair- staff. He has got a new agenda. man. What is your relationship club, but he needn’t have had. Paul’s ambition now is to push this He knows he has made some misTo be fair, there was a bit of trouble like with him now, after all this takes in the transfer market. football club into the Premier League. time? when he left, but that’s all behind us Whenever I’m with Paul we always He knows the new board have got a now. IN some respects, it’s difficult to have a good conversation but I don’t five-year vision, and that could very He rang me about six weeks ago and talk about the incumbent man- see him as much as I used to. well fit in with his plans.








tential, but it does mean we need the backing of the South West. We need the backing of Plymouth, and we need the backing of our fans to get us there. We, as a board, can talk all you like but we need the fans to embrace this and say ‘hey, something is happening, we are established in the Championship and now we are pushing on’. WHAT are your thoughts on the four men who worked as Argyle manager during your time as chairman? Can we leave Paul Sturrock for the time being and start with Bobby Williamson? BOBBY interviewed for the job brilliantly but was always going to have a hard act to follow after the success of Paul Sturrock and two league title successes.

Don’t forget, Sir Roy Gardner (Argyle’s new chairman) and Keith Todd have run multi-national companies where videoconferencing is normal. It may be that for our monthly board meetings we have to operate that way. I would imagine there will be times when they will come to Plymouth, there will be times when we go to London and there will be times when we use videoconferencing. The key thing is you have to have regular board meetings to run the club successfully. A lot of work is done behind the scenes. HAS there been a meeting of the new board yet? WE had a very quick meeting after the press conference on July 2, which was to officially ratify Sir Roy becoming chairman and me becoming deputy chairman.


It lasted about 30 minutes and gave us a chance to introduce ourselves to each other and to say ‘let’s look forward to the future.’ Obviously, Mr Kagami wasn’t here but Tony Campbell was his representative.

That was, technically, our first board meeting, but it was more a getting-to-know-you chat. We haven’t planned a date for the next one. I think Sir Roy is away for a fair bit of August, but we will soon set the dates in place. When Keith Todd comes back from his holiday next week, I reckon we will start to get those things in place because he seems a very organised person. WHAT emerged from the press conference on July 2 is that you have known Keith Todd for some time. Could you talk more about that? KEITH was the best man for a close friend of mine, Doug Fletcher. My wife, Kim, and Doug’s wife, Nadine, are really close friends. I think it was about three or four years ago that Kim invited the Fletchers into the boardroom for a match and they brought Keith with them. We then got to know Keith and it was a progression from there which led to me introducing him to Mr Kagami. That widened the approach from it being a Far East takeover to a part-


nership of local, national and international directors. Keith is also a keen fan. He used to ring me when we played away to Doncaster or Nottingham Forest and say ‘that was poor today’. I knew he was totally engaged in supporting the football club. WAS it important to you to have someone like Keith Todd, a lifelong Argyle supporter, involved in the new board of directors? I’M very pleased there is someone who has the same passion for the team as me.



I can’t really explain to anyone how I felt after we won 1-0 away to Wolves last season. There were four minutes of stoppage time and it seemed an eternity. It was getting towards the end of the season and that game was so important for us. I had tears in my eyes at the end of it. Now, I’m not decrying anybody who gets to love their team, but I know that Keith, from being in Hyde Park Primary School, has only ever supported Plymouth Argyle. So it did mean a lot to me that he

became part of the new board. He has the same feelings that I have. WHAT strengths are Sir Roy Gardner going to bring to the position as Argyle chairman? I HAVE only had a very quick board meeting with him, but I think he’s going to bring a lot of experience.


He’s going to bring a no-nonsense, common sense approach, and a business attitude to everything we do. He will look at everything in that manner. And, of course, he has the experience of being the chairman at Manchester United. I can tell you this much, from my two or three chats with him before this deal was finalised, he’s ambitious to get this football club into the Premier League. Having been there already as a chairman, I know he’s very focussed and very keen to get Plymouth there. To be fair, we have always been treated as a bit of a sleeping giant by the outside world. The word ‘potential’ always crosses people’s lips when they talk about Argyle. It’s time now we realised that po-



Luggy stays quiet on Arnason ARGYLE manager Paul Sturrock has refused to rule out a move for Iceland international midfielder Kari Arnason. The 26-year-old played the second half of the Pilgrims’ 2-0 pre-season win at Truro City on Monday. That was after Arnason impressed in a match for trialists at Argyle’s training ground on Sunday. The 6ft 3in midfielder was released by Danish

Superliga club at the end of last season. He is no longer training with Argyle, but when Sturrock was asked whether Arnason could return to Home Park, he replied: “We will just have to wait and see.” Arnason has been capped 15 times by Iceland and spent part of last season on loan to another Danish Superliga club, Esbjerg. ■ THE Plymouth Argyle Shareholders’ Association

are holding their annual general meeting at Home Park on Thursday, July 23. Neil Jones, secretary of the West Devon Referees’ Association, will be the guest speaker. The meeting is taking place in the Vice Presidents and Players’ Lounge and starts at 7.30pm.

WAITING: Argyle boss Paul Sturrock


Sport in Brief Aussies want Flintoff CRICKET: Australian state side Queensland have admitted their renewed interest in trying to sign Andrew Flintoff following his decision to retire from Test cricket. The Bulls were in negotiations with the England all-rounder 12 months ago to play in the Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition, only for that deal to fall flat because of his England commitments. And while Queensland Cricket boss Graham Dixon revealed the Bulls were already in discussions with another international player, he admitted Flintoff’s Test retirement has put the 31-year-old back on their radar. “We are in negotiations with a world-class international player but if that falls through we certainly haven’t ruled out approaching Flintoff,” Dixon told The Courier Mail. “We have a good contact for him in Stuart Law – they used to play at Lancashire together and if the circumstances are right we may yet approach him again.” Should Queensland decide to take their interest further their coach, Trevor Barsby, is well placed to speak to Flintoff as he is currently in England in his role as Australia assistant coach. Queensland are one of just two states yet to confirm their marquee signing for the Big Bash competition, with each state allowed to sign in one overseas player as Cricket Australia seeks to increase the profile of the competition. There have already been a host of big-name signings with Chris Gayle (Western Australia), Dwayne Bravo (Victoria), Lasith Malinga (Tasmania) and Ajantha Mendis (South Australia) set to play in the league. Flintoff made just four runs for England in yesterday’s second Test against Australia at Lord’s. He faced just 10 balls and hit one boundary before being caught by Ricky Ponting off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus.

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RAIDERS FACE HOME WAIT Stronach’s side face three away trips at start – Page 49

STAPLETON BACKS SIR ROY’S REGIME New Argyle chairman endorsed by his predecessor PAUL STAPLETON has given a glowing endorsement to Sir Roy Gardner, his successor as Plymouth Argyle chairman.

Gardner took over the role from Stapleton on July 2, after a transfer of power in the boardroom at Home Park. Gardner and his long-time business associate Keith Todd teamed up with Argyle’s Japanese director Yasuaki Kagami to buy a 51 per cent controlling interest in the Pilgrims. As a result, Gardner was appointed as Argyle chairman, and Stapleton will be his deputy. In a wide-ranging interview with Herald Sport, Stapleton outlined the qualities he believes Gardner will bring to his new position. Stapleton also conceded it would take him time to come to terms with his new role at the Championship club. And he revealed how he and former Pilgrims’ boss Ian Holloway had made their peace. Holloway’s decision to leave Argyle for Leicester City in November 2007 sparked uproar, not only among supporters but also within the boardroom. However, Stapleton and Holloway spoke recently and the events of the past have been put behind them. Stapleton believes Gardner is capable of continuing the progression Argyle have made over the last eight years. “He’s going to bring a no-nonsense, common sense approach, and a business attitude to everything we do,” said Stapleton. “He will look at everything in that manner. “And, of course, he has the experience of being the chairman at Manchester United. “I can tell you this much, from my two or three chats with him before this deal was finished, he’s ambitious to get this football club into the Premier League. “Having been there already as a chairman, I know he’s very focused and very keen to get Plymouth there.” Stapleton’s new position at Argyle has thrown up one specific problem for staff at Home Park. He said: “I’m walking past people who have called me ‘chairman’ for the last eight years and they don’t know what to call me at the minute. I have told them ‘just call me Paul’.

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“Also, from being involved in the final decision on everything, I’m now part of a process. It’s going to take time to get used to that, and I understand that.” Holloway was appointed Blackpool boss in May and Stapleton has wished him well at his new club. Stapleton said: “To be fair, there was a bit of trouble when he left, but that’s all behind us now. “He rang me about six weeks ago and we had a really good chat. The skeletons of the past were all laid to rest. “I wished him all the best and he wished me all the best. He had regretted leaving Plymouth and didn’t realise how good it was.” The full, candid interview with Stapleton is on pages 50 and 51. Meanwhile, an Argyle squad will leave this lunchtime for their week-long training camp at the University of Stirling. On the way to Scotland, they will stop off in Lancashire to play part-timers Skelmersdale United tomorrow (3pm). The pre-season friendly was arranged as part of striker George Donnelly’s transfer to Argyle from the Unibond League First Division North club earlier this year. But Donnelly will miss out the match because of a hamstring injury, although he will travel to the Westgate Interactive Stadium for the match, before returning to Plymouth to receive further treatment. Argyle winger Craig Noone, another former Skelmersdale player, is set to play against the Lancashire part-timers. Argyle manager Paul Sturrock was announcing today which of his players would be travelling to Skelmersdale, and then on to the University of Stirling the following day. The Pilgrims will be based in Scotland until Friday, July 24. They will play cash-strapped Scottish League Division One club Livingston, probably at their Almondvale Stadium, on Monday, July 20. Argyle will then take on Romanian champions FC Unirea Urziceni on Wednesday, July 22, at a venue still to be confirmed.



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