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Young divers talk about their dreams

Diving coach Andy Banks is awarded an honorary degree Credit: ITV News

Plymouth sporting stars have been honoured for their summer of success at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships this evening.

At a special event at the University College of St Mark and St John honorary degrees were given to Plymothian swimming star Sian Davies and diving coach Andy Banks.

Before the event our reporter Jacquie Bird went to meet two young divers who are already successful in the sport and talked to them about their hopes and the pressure they face in the field.


Torbay's elected Mayor loses vote of no confidence

Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver deselected as Conservative Group Leader for Torbay Council Credit: ITV West Country

Torbay's elected mayor has been deselected as leader of Torbay council's Conservative Group.

Over a thousand people signed a petition calling for a vote of no confidence in Gordon Oliver - which he lost this evening. This does not effect his position as Mayor.

Cornwall's Monkey Sanctuary welcomes a new baby

The youngster is keeping a close hold on its mother Maya Credit: Monkey Sanctuary

Staff at the Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall have welcomed a new baby - even though it wasn't planned.

The sanctuary has a non-breeding policy - it is more about rescuing animals from the pet trade - but contraception does not always work and yesterday Maya, the woolly monkey gave birth at 22 years old.

Keeper Kim Archer was lucky enough to witness the birth: “I can’t believe that I have had the luck to see Maya have her baby. There are only a handful of people who have seen a woolly monkey born-what a privilege!”

Woolly monkeys are native to the rainforests of South America and live in complex social groups, ranging from 10 to 45 individuals. There are five different species of woolly monkey but their long-term survival is seriously threatened

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Brother and sister pay tribute to tragic teenager

Luke and Laura Bagwell arrive at the scene to pay tribute to their sister Katie Credit: ITV News

The brother and sister of a teenager who died when a car plunged into a river in Somerset at the weekend have described how they heard the news.

19 year-old Katie Bagwell was a passenger in the vehicle when it came off a country road and crashed into the River Parrett near Martock. Two other people escaped unhurt.

Luke and Laura Bagwell have paid tribute to the young woman they say was the life and soul of the party.


4 hour rescue for missing Kayakers

Emergency services involved in 4 hour rescue for missing Kayakers Credit: Dartmoor Search & Rescue

South Devon's emergency services were involved in a four-hour rescue operation last night after two kayakers went missing on Dartmoor. Police were called to the Upper Dart Gorge at around twenty to nine. The kayakers were eventually found around midnight beside the river below Lucky Tor. One had a minor shoulder injury.

25 year old, who died on M5, to be formally identified

25 year old, who died on M5, to be formally identified Credit: PA

A 25-year-old man found dead on a motorway in Devon is expected to be formally identified this week.

Police were called to the main carriageway of the M5 near Willand following the discovery at 2.30am on Saturday.

It is believed the man, who lived locally, was hit by "a number of vehicles" after falling from a nearby bridge.

Officers closed a section of the motorway near Exeter for around 12 hours, causing "significant traffic disruption".

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the death was not being treated as suspicious.

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