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West Country sailors prepare for round the world race

Skipper Darren Ladd says sailing the yacht is a team effort

Four skippers from the West Country will be at the helm of boats during this year's Clipper Round the World Race.

They include Darren Ladd from MIdsomer Norton in Somerset. He'll skipper one of twelve boats uring the year long race. His crew will be mostly amateur sailors who've paid for a place in the race. It starts in August.

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Plymouth Navy ship to aid migrant rescue

Plymouth-based HMS Bulwark is the Royal Navy's flagship.

The Plymouth Royal Navy ship that David Cameron has promised to send to the Mediterranean to aid the migrant rescue could be in the area within days.

HMS Bulwark is currently in Turkey for the Gallipoli centenary commemorations, and could be deployed to the Mediterranean from there. The search and rescue mission forms the main part of the UK's response to the refugee crisis.

Father runs marathon for stillborn baby daughter

Stephen Hunt is running for his daughter Tallulah Credit: ITV West Country

As runners all over the country prepare to run the London Marathon tomorrow, a bereaved father from Devon tells us why this year's race means more to him than just getting a good time.

Stephen Hunt from Exeter is running for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands - which supported him after his daughter Tallulah was stillborn in 2011.

Stephen, who has already raised funds for the charity by completing the Great West Run in 2014, is hoping to reach his target of £2,500 with this 26.2 mile run.

Ever since we collected donations for Sands at Tallulah's funeral, the London Marathon is something that I have wanted to take on, in memory of my daughter, and now's the time. Sands is the only charity I would do this for.

– Stephen Hunt

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Plymouth dad becomes internet sensation after fulfilling son's beard wish

A Plymouth dad has become an internet sensation after drawing a beard on his sleeping son.

Doting dad Karl Baskott granted son Calum's wish after he told him he would love to have a beard.

Karl then posted a picture on Facebook of Calum with makeshift stubble.

It was picked up by popular social media page The Lad Bible, and has had more than 123,000 likes on Facebook.

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