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Special Olympics leaves British athletes with lasting memories

Two athletes from Barnstaple and Plymouth have been competing in the Special Olympics in Los Angeles in America.

Daniel Weston from Barnstaple managed to bag a bronze medal in the cycling, whilst Elizabeth Haywood from Plymouth was batting in the badminton.

Ian Payne reports:

Steven Dodd from Plymouth also had success at the tournament, winning two silver medals in the kayaking.

The slogan of the games has been 'Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave."

The event finished last night but it will certainly leave some lasting memories for those taking part.

Chemistry teacher dies in parachute accident at Devon airfield

Chris Jones was the Head of Chemistry of Wellington School. Credit: Wellington School

A chemistry teacher from Somerset has died in a parachute accident at Dunkeswell Airfield in East Devon.

Chris Jones, 61, was the Head of Chemistry at Wellington School in Somerset.

Headmaster Henry Price paid tribute to him saying he was a "fine schoolmaster and a well-respected colleague".

He was from the Pontyclun area of South Wales.

The British Parachute Association has now opened an investigation into the incident.

We were called at 2.40pm to the death of a parachutist at Dunkeswell Airfield, where he landed on the airfield. The Health and Safety Executive were informed, and an ambulance called. The incident is being treated as a non-suspicious death.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

Missing yachtsman found in water by search teams

The Coastguard have issued the following statement after finding the missing yachtsman in the water:

A search for a missing yachtsman who was travelling from the Azores to Falmouth has now been suspended after a person was found in the water during a search between the Lizard and Coverack. The person was taken to hospital in a very serious condition.

“The alarm was raised with the UK Coastguard at 13.45 today after another vessel discovered the 50ft yacht with its sails up and no-one on board.

“Lizard and Falmouth RNLI all weather lifeboats, Falmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat, a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, the Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team and locals yachts searched an area north-east of The Lizard after the yacht was discovered unmanned and going around in circles.”

– Maritime & Coastguard Agency


Search for missing sailor

Coastguard are tonight looking for a solo yachtsman who has gone missing off the coast of Cornwall.

Philip Walwyn was expected back in Falmouth today after sailing single handed from Nova Scotia. The veteran sailor - who is 68 - has done a number of solo voyages across the Atlantic.

His sister, Susan Walwyn, told ITV News that the boat had been found empty off the coast of Cadgwith and has been towed back to Falmouth.

"We just hope that he made it to shore and perhaps is still there waiting for help. He's such an experienced sailor but of course we are worried. Please, if anyone is out walking their dogs or on the beach between Cadgwith and Coverack tonight, take an extra close look"

– Susan Walwyn

Motorcyclist dies after collision with car in North Devon

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 20-year-old man has died following a collision on the A3125 in Barnstaple.

The collision involving a motorcycle and a car happened on the A3125 roundabout junction shortly after 3.05pm on Sunday.

A 32-year-old man from Surrey were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A 28-year-old woman from Hampshire was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit.

Farmers continue protest in supermarkets over milk prices

A group of farmers have targeted a supermarket in Bideford in protest over milk prices.

A video, posted online, shows protestors removing all the milk from the shelves at Morrison's in the town.

It's the second video posted online in a matter of days, targeting Morrison's.

Over the weekend a number of supermarkets across Bristol were targeted, including one in Yate.

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