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Somerset fire crews honoured with bravery medal

Many will receive awards for their actions during the M5 crash
Many will receive awards for their actions during the M5 crash Credit: ITV West Country

Firefighters who went to heroic lengths to help victims of the M5 crash in Somerset will be honoured at a ceremony near Exeter this evening.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service has minted a new medal to mark the bravery of the officers at the crash site near Taunton in 2011. Seven people lost their lives. Crew members will also be recognised for their role during the floods last winter.

Annual Culdrose Air Day gets underway

Harrier Jump Jet
Harrier Jump Jet Credit: ITV West Country

The A394 from both the Penzance and Falmouth directions is busy this morning as thousands of people make their way to the annual Culdrose Air Day.

The Gates opened at nine am.

The Air Day is the only day of the year when the public can step into the world of Culdrose and experience the sights and sounds of a working military Naval Air Station.

There are flying displays and an opportunity to get up close to various aircraft on the ground.

With frontline helicopter Squadrons supporting the Navy across the globe, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose is home to a variety of military aircraft including Merlin and Sea King helicopters, Hawk Jets, and the King Air 350 Avengers.

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Ben's success makes Plymouth Proud

Ben Proud celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 50m Butterfly Final,
Ben Proud celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 50m Butterfly Final, Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

He had the almost home crowd in Glasgow cheering him on to his gold medal at the pool last night.

The teenager, who lives and studies in Plymouth, has more than lived up to all the pre-Games hype, and is now being touted as a future Olympic Champion.

Proud winning his second Commonwealth gold
Proud winning his second Commonwealth gold Credit: BBC

Ben Proud's amazing achievements at the Commonwealth Games, two Games Record, two British records, two golds and a bronze have really put him on the map as far as international swimming is concerned. The youngest swimmer in the field last night he took apart the much fancied Australians to storm once again to victory.

University of St Mark & St John celebrate Ben's win
University of St Mark & St John celebrate Ben's win Credit: ITV West Country

Today at the University of St Mark and St John where Ben is studying they were relishing his success.

Ben is studying part time at the University to enable him to continue his training. He's in the pool in excess of twenty hours a week - and that's not including his strength and fitness training and his competitions. Fitting in studying as well is hard.

His storming success in Glasgow over the past week is testament to all the work that's been put in to get him there. It's not just Ben Proud who's become a big name in swimming - Plymouth has too. It must now be the place to come to train.

It's high tech facilities like this that encourage elite athletes to choose the University of St Mark and St John. who knows if one of thes youngsters here today could be the next Ben Proud.

Exeter Chiefs sign Namibian international Chrysander Botha

Chrysander Botha of Namibia (centre) is tackled during Rugby World Cup
Chrysander Botha of Namibia (centre) is tackled during Rugby World Cup Credit: Gabriel Bouys/PA

Exeter Chiefs have signed Namibian international Chrysander Botha from South African Super 15 outfit the Lions. The 26-year-old full back, who was in the Namibia squad at the last World Cup, will be available for the Chiefs three pre-season games, which start with a trip to Cardiff Blues on Friday, August 15.

At 6ft 1in tall and weighing 14st, He will give the Chiefs more options in the No. 15 jersey in the wake of Luke Arscott’s departure to Bath.

The Chiefs start their Aviva Premiership campaign by visiting newly-promoted London Welsh on Sunday, September 7.

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