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Skeleton World Championships gold for Lizzy Yarnold

Kent's Lizzy Yarnold has completed a career grand slam with victory at the Skeleton World Championships in Winterberg.

Lizzy Yarnold is competing at the Bob & Skeleton World Championships 2015 in Germany Credit: PA

The 26-year-old from Sevenoaks won European gold earlier this year and had been aiming to complete the set of major skeleton medals having previously won Olympic, World Cup and European titles.

Yarnold set a track record in her opening run yesterday and improved her own mark in the fourth and final run today in 57.42 to secure victory with an overall time of 3:49.95.

As with her gold at the Winter Olympics in Sochi last year, Yarnold dominated the race as she led the women’s skeleton field from start to finish.

The 25-year old increased her advantage with every one of her four runs in Germany, going from a slender advantage of 0.01 in the first run, to 0.07 after the second, then to 0.49, before taking gold by the considerable margin of 0.67 seconds.

I can’t quite take it all in - it has been absolutely amazing! It has been a lot of hard work and it’s been a struggle at times and I couldn’t have done it without my team and all my support, I’m not here by myself, but I am so pleased I can say I’m World Champion as well as Olympic Champion & European Champion - it’s all I’ve ever wanted.

– Lizzy Yarnold
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Former police officer jailed over Gerrard blackmail

A former police officer has been jailed for 22 months for her part in a plot to blackmail Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Jones has was found guilty of misconduct in a public office after seizing the CCTV to use as a 'tool for blackmail'.

The 33-year-old illegally obtain CCTV footage of a Formby bar brawl involving Gerrard in August 2013.

Helen Jones will serve a custodial sentence. Credit: PA

Jones got hold of the footage from a local bank after businessman Paul Lloyd had claimed Gerrard and some associates punch and kicked him.

The judge added: "You deliberately created a false impression in the mind of the bank manager that you were investigating a criminal offence.

"In fact you were on a mission to obtain that matter so that you could put it either directly or through an intermediary, who would use it for his own ends, which were nothing whatsover to do with a criminal investigation."


New Footgolf course opens

Some of us are football-lovers, some of us prefer golf but what about those of us who enjoy both?.

Well, that's where 'footgolf' comes in. It's a sport that combines the two games, using footballs instead of golf balls.

And Kent has more footgolf courses than any other county in the UK, with the seventh opening this week.

ITV Meridian spoke to Richard Brown from UK Footgolf.


Risk pays off for all-female crew in sailing race

The only all female crew competing in the Volvo Ocean Round the World Race are finding what could have been a risky decision to navigate in the opposite direction from all but one team - is paying off.

Team SCA have made visual contact with two other teams and we spoke to Dee Caffari on board, in the dead of night, as the team make their way towards the Equator on Leg Four which ends in Auckland early next month.

Calls for improvements to Britain's oldest Velodrome

Preston Park Velodrome Credit: Brighton and Hove Council

More than 3,200 people have signed a petition for improvements to be made to a cycling track in Brighton. The Preston Park Velodrome is the oldest of its kind in the country. It's been closed to racing since last month after British Cycling said it was too dangerous to use for competitive events.

Organisers of a campaign to save the Preston Park Velodrome are to stage a slow-ride around the track to raise awareness. The ride, which is billed as the first of many, will take place on Saturday, 28 February at 11am.

Preston Park velodrome Campaigner Kim Fortescue Talwar said: "It's brilliant to see so much support for the Velodrome"

Since the launch of the petition, the council and British Cycling have had further meetings to discuss the repairs and costs involved, and agree a way forward for the work required.

A spokesman for British Cycling said: "British Cycling recognises the value of the Preston Park facility and we are working with Brighton and Hove Council to find a solution as quickly as possible. Some repairs were carried out by the Council but concerns remain about certain parts of the track where it is thought that safety may be compromised in competitive events. The council has agreed to look into what will be required to bring the track up to standard. Like the hundreds of people in the area who value the facility, we look forward to competitive cycling returning to Preston Park in the near future."

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