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Exclusive interview with Ben Proud's family

Plymouth swimmer Ben Proud's family have spoken exclusively to ITV Westcountry of their pride at his ground-breaking gold medal. The 19 year-old became England's first gold medal winner in the pool on Friday night, setting a new Commonwealth and British record. Later, Proud collected bronze in the 100 metre freestyle relay.

A second gold at these Commonwealths is well within Ben's sights now after he qualified third fastest for the 50 metre freestyle final tomorrow.

His mum Sally and big brother Oliver talk below about how proud they are:


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Police say charity collector alerted police to Copeland

Christopher Copeland from Devon has been told he faces a long prison sentence after defrauding the charity Help for Heroes out of £300,000. DCI Mike Robison from Devon and Cornwall Police spoke to ITV Westcountry outside court today and told us it was one of the charity collectors Copeland was using that became alerted the police.

"He used a lot of charity collectors who went all over the country using military vehicles that were liveried with the Heroes livery on them. And the public, seeing these types of vehicles, would have quite legitimately given their money believing it was going to the charity when actually it didn't."

– DCI Mike Robison


Devon man finds lost watch in his dog's stomach

A grandfather from Devon found his missing watch after he heard the alarm going off inside his dog.

Minibus driver Terry Morgan, 66, from Cockwood in Devon heard the ringing sound coming from the stomach of his Newfoundland Charlie.

The dog would have had to undergo an expensive emergency operation, but fortunately he eventually vomited the watch out.

The watch was set to go off at 10:55pm to remind me to call last orders. I rushed him to the vet for an emergency operation and was a bit ticked off because that would have cost me about £1,000. But when Charlie saw the anaesthetic needle he howled with fright and coughed the watch up.

– Terry Morgan, dog owner

Second man arrested in connection with teen's murder

Alex Peguero Sosa
Alex Peguero Sosa

A second man will appear in court in connection with the death of 17-year-old Alex Peguero Sosa in Kingsbridge earlier this month.

Henry Felton, 22, has been charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice. He will appear before Torquay Magistrates' Court on 30th July.

A murder enquiry was launched after Alex's body was found at a bus shelter in Prince of Wales Road on 6th July.

One man, 42-year-old Lee Dent, has been charged with murder.

Two sisters race days after their father's funeral

It's always a very emotional and popular event and this year was no different - thousands of people took part in Exeter's Race for Life yesterday, including two young sisters whose story sums up the spirit of the day.

Chloe and Molly Dundes only went to their father's funeral last Friday and their mother is also battling cancer. Yesterday they joined thousands of others, all running for their own very special reasons.

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