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Stimpson's sister praises 'fantastic' Jodie after gold win

The sister of Jodie Stimpson said it was "fantastic" but hard to watch the end of the race, after her sister won triathlon gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Speaking to ITV News, Carrie Stimpson said she almost missed it, turning around just as sister Jodie crossed the finish line:

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CCTV footage of Blakeley and Jayden on day of murder

CCTV footage of Ben Blakeley and his ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson at two train stations on the day she was murdered was shown to the jury during his trial.

Jayden Parkinson and Ben Blakeley at Oxford train station.
Jayden Parkinson and Ben Blakeley at Oxford train station. Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Jayden was caught on CCTV at Oxford station with Blakeley at 4.06pm on 3 December.

At 4.27pm a security camera recorded the last known sighting of Jayden as she arrived at Didcot station with her ex-boyfriend.

Jayden Parkinson and Ben Blakeley (circled in red) arriving at Didcot train station.
Jayden Parkinson and Ben Blakeley (circled in red) arriving at Didcot train station. Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

She was reported missing shortly after midnight.

Games delegate 'can die happy' after meeting Queen

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh received a warm welcome at the Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock today, where one Games delegate said he could "die happy" after meeting Her Majesty.

Crowds cheered and fought to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they arrived at Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock.
Crowds cheered and fought to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they arrived at Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock. Credit: PA

Solomon Islands chef de mission Ronald Bei Talasasa, who was too small to catch a glimpse of the royal couple when they visited his country in 1974, said: "I love the Queen, I love England. It was a great honour. For me to meet her was a dream. I can now die happy."

The Queen, who was accompanied by Prince Philip, was introduced to athletes and Games volunteers on her visit to the Commonwealth Games Village.

Queen Elizabeth II meets athlete Sally Pearson during a visit to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II meets athlete Sally Pearson during a visit to the Commonwealth Games Village in Glasgow, Scotland. Credit: PA

Australian 100m hurdles champion and London 2012 gold medallist, Sally Pearson, spoke of her conversation with the Queen: "She said 'I think you've brought the weather with you' and I told her that I think it's all due to change next week."

England's Alistair Brownlee wins triathlon gold

England triathlon athlete Alistair Brownlee has won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Jonathan Brownlee grabbed silver, coming in eleven seconds behind his brother at the finish line.

Alistair Brownlee
(File image) England's Alistair Brownlee won gold at London Olympics 2012. Credit: Ian West/PA

Mens triathlon standings:

  • Eng - A. Brownlee 1:48:50
  • Eng - J. Brownlee +0:11
  • SAF - R. Murray +1:31

England have now added more medals to their haul after Jodie Stimpson won gold in the womens triathlon race today.

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Man showed no emotion after guilty verdict delivered

A 22-year-old man who was found guilty of the murder of his 17-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend showed no emotion when the verdict was delivered.

Ben Blakeley.
Undated handout picture of Ben Blakeley. Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Ben Blakeley, who strangled and later buried Jayden Parkinson in a grave at a cemetery, walked to the cells and slammed the door of the dock behind him while his ex-girlfriend's family loudly sobbed.

Judge Patrick Eccles QC told the jury to return tomorrow to continue to consider the case against Jake Blakeley.

He also said Ben Blakeley would be sentenced tomorrow.

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England's Nick Matthew gains 100th cap after squash win

England's Nick Matthew
England's Nick Matthew is presented with a shirt after he reached 100 England Squash Caps. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Team England's flag bearer Nick Matthew won his 100th squash cap today, after a routine victory in the opening session at Scotstoun.

The three-time world champion from Sheffield took just 21 minutes to defend his singles title, with a 11-3 11-3 11-1 win against unranked Xavier Koenig of Mauritius.

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Englands Nick Matthew in action against Mauritius Xavier Koenig. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

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Man guilty of the murder of pregnant ex-girlfriend, 17

Ben Blakeley, 22, was today convicted by a jury at Oxford Crown Court of the murder of his 17-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson, who was strangled and later buried in a grave at a cemetery in December last year.

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Jayden Parkinson was strangled and later buried in a grave at a cemetery in December last year. Credit: .

Boy, 3, crashes family's Subaru Impreza into pub wall

A three-year-old boy drove his family's car down two embankments and into a pub garden - but only ended up with a bumped head.

The boy started the engine on the Subaru Impreza before driving off from the family's driveway in Henley, West Sussex.

Subaru Impreza's are normally used for off road rallying.
Subaru Impreza's are normally used for off road rallying. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA

The car careered down two hills before ending up in the pub garden.

Police were called to the incident before 8am yesterday, but said that the unnamed youngster escaped with just a slight bump to his head.

A Sussex Police spokesman said:

The boy unlocked the Subaru Impreza vehicle, which is an automatic, started it and drove it down the driveway, down two embankments and ended up in the garden of the Duke of Cumberland Arms pub.

He suffered a slight bump to the head after hitting it on the steering wheel.

An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital to be checked out.

No one else was hurt, although the car was damaged.

– Sussex Police

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