Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! I couldn’t quite believe my ears when I heard a news report on the local radio station that shops in Plymouth wanted to curb the number of foreign students in city centre shops to fight crime. Is this the WELCOME sign that we British want to put out to students around the world to encourage students to come and study in the UK?? I found the story in the national press too and I was delighted at the number of people who responded to the article by saying what nonsense it was. Actually, I think the whole story was a bit of a mistake and the plan was never really a plan at all, but an idea from one idiot and then it became public knowledge…..You can read about the story in the national paper The Guardian here. Make sure you read the comments under the story so you know that in Plymouth we’re all very friendly folks!
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