Olympic gold medallist Kat Copeland arrived in a gold-plated Bentley at her rowing club in Stockton, as crowds turned out to a homecoming in her honour. She said how proud she was to be there.
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The operation took around three hours to complete, with the remains being disposed of by a specialist animal by-product company.