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West Country double in women's gymnastics

Gymnast Claudia Fragapane, who is from Portishead, won gold in the women's individual all-around event Credit: PA

There has been more West country success at the Commonwealth games. In gymnastics, Portishead's Claudia Fragapane won gold in the women's individual all-around event.

Ruby Harrold from Bristol claimed silver and Hannah Whelan bronze as England filled every step on the podium.

England gymnasts Ruby Harrold (silver), Claudia Fragapane (gold) and Hannah Whelan (bronze) claimed every step on the podium on Thursday night Credit: PA

RNLI rescue man in yacht from Bristol Channel

A lifeboat crewman was forced to jump into the Bristol Channel to rescue a man whose yacht had run aground.

The man got into difficulty on Sunday afternoon in the strong winds off Clevedon beach.

When crews arrived, there was only one metre of water around the yacht so a crew member had to get out and swim to it to tow it out of danger.

It soon became clear that yacht was in serious danger of being turned on to its side. It was clear that the yacht was now crashing down directly on the sea bed. The volunteer crew had to work quickly and professionally to decide the best way to assist the person on the yacht. This was going to be a tricky manoeuvre for the volunteers.

– Dave Herbert, Lifeboat spokesman

The yacht was towed to Portishead Marina where it was handed over to the Portishead Coastguards.


Carol Vorderman unveils charity plaque in Portishead

Carol Vorderman unveils charity plaque in Portishead Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Carol Vorderman will unveil a charity plaque in Portishead today.

It's part of the campaign aiming to raise two million pounds for the Linac Radiotherapy Appeal for Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre.

The commemorative plaque will be show at the Mezze Restaurant who have made a commitment to help the appeal.

Police centre fire was 'arson'

Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed a fire at a new training centre that was being constructed at Black Rock Quarry in Portishead was started deliberately.

Very soon after the fire was discovered, we began a detailed and thorough investigation. We brought in a forensic scientist with specific expertise in the field of arson to work closely alongside our own crime scene investigation and forensic teams to get to the root cause of the fire. Together, they have concluded that the building was deliberately set alight.

Our searches for forensic evidence have been carried out in the most meticulous way despite the devastation caused by the fire and our examination of the scene continues still. We are under no illusions about the scale of the task we face and are likely to remain at the scene for some time but we will do everything in our power to ensure that whomever is responsible is brought to justice.

– Detective Superintendent Andy Williams, Head of the Major Crime Investigation Team.
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