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Robotic hand pioneer wins international prize

Joel Gibbard holds hands with his robotic creation Credit: ITV News

Robotic hand creator Joel Gibbard from Bristol has won second place and a $200,000 prize in an international competition.

Joel, who studied at Plymouth University, has been able to print a prosthetic hand using a 3D printer. He hopes the technique will make prosthetics more affordable.

He had to pitch his idea to a panel of judges at Intel's Make it Wearable challenge.

It has been an awesome experience learning from business experts and the other teams. We're far more customer-focused now and the result is going to be a prosthetic that is perfectly suited to the needs of amputees. With the money we've now won we can complete the development of this device and get these hands on amputees.

– Joel Gibbard, Open Bionics

You can find out more about Joel and his robotic hand here.

First Poppy picnic takes place

Plymouth Military Wives Choir have joined the families of the armed forces at the first 2014 "Poppy Picnic" in Weston-Super-Mare. Credit: PA

Plymouth Military Wives Choir have joined the families of the armed forces at the first 2014 "Poppy Picnic" in Weston-Super-Mare yesterday. It's part of the national campaign to raise money for the Royal British Legion and is the first of a thousand "Poppy Picnics" taking place across the country this year.

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Elite cyclist's death ruled accidental

Junior Heffernan was killed during the Severn Bridge Road Race in March 2013 Credit: Herbalife-Leisure Lakes

A coroner has ruled that the death of a cyclist from Plymouth in a race was an accident.

23-year-old Junior Heffernan was hit by a car during the Severn Bridge Road Race in Gloucestershire in March last year. He was on the wrong side of the road and had been over the speed limit.

Police told the inquest the driver couldn't have avoided the collision.

Vulnerable missing Bristol man 'may be in Plymouth'

Richard Wilson. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are appealing to the public to help find a vulnerable missing 46 year-old man. Richard Wayne Wilson went missing from his address in Eastville, Bristol on Monday 6 January. A search has been carried out in Bristol but it is possible he has travelled to Plymouth.

He usually travels by train and tends to favour guest houses or B&B’s. Richard is 6'2" tall, heavily built, with short, spiky, grey hair. He usually wears trainers and cream coloured trousers. Police would like Richard to contact them.

Police say anyone spotting Richard should not approach him but contact police immediately. Anyone able to help is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police or Avon and Somerset Police, by dialling 101.

Plymouth teenager debates in Parliament

The National Youth Parliament has been in session at Westminster today, where a speech from a Plymouth teenager received a rapturous applause.

Harry Samules is the Member of Youth Parliament for the city. He was taking part in a debate about what the youth parliament should turn its attention to for next year. The 16 year old said he wants to address youth unemployment and bullying.

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