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Teen with severe cerebral palsy sails into Plymouth

Natasha Lambert sailing her yacht, Miss Isle
Natasha Lambert sailing her yacht, Miss Isle Credit: ITV West Country

17-year-old Natasha Lambert has already sailed the channel, and is now sailing from the Isle of Wight to South Wales. Her dad, Gary, was an electrician. He taught himself sailing and electronics to convert the 21ft yacht, 'Miss Isle', for his daughter.

Natasha's sailing coach is onboard, but only as a passenger. He only steps in to reef the sails when it gets too blowy.

Her sailing is just fine actually, we've made it here so that shows it must be good enough. I will admit I take every opportunity to add a little bit of value if I can, a bit of coaching, and see if we can improve what she's doing while we're out on the water. But at the same time we're making passages, clocking up miles so there's an element of relaxing into to it, looking at the scenery and making sure the boat is ticking over.

– Phil Devereux, sailing coach

Natasha discovered a passion for sailing on a visit to the Calvert Trust. She's raising money for the RNLI, the Royal Yacht Association Trust, and round-the-world record breaker Ellen MacArthur's Cancer Trust.

Ben Proud comes home to crowds

Ben Proud meets the crowds at Plymouth's Life Centre
Ben Proud meets the crowds at Plymouth's Life Centre Credit: ITV West Country

Plymouth swimmer Ben Proud has arrived home in Plymouth after winning two golds at the Commonwealth Games.

He received an enthusiastic reception from a young crowd inspired by his success.

He even had time to pose for pictures with his fans, including our reporter Jacquie Bird.

Ben Proud meets reporter Jacquie Bird
Ben Proud meets reporter Jacquie Bird Credit: ITV West Country

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Plymouth Life Centre prepares to welcome home Ben Proud

Youngsters gather at Plymouth's Life Centre to welcome home Ben Proud
Youngsters gather at Plymouth's Life Centre to welcome home Ben Proud Credit: ITV West Country

Plymouth swimming star Ben Proud will be welcomed home to Plymouth tonight.

A crowd are gathering at the Plymouth Life Centre to cheer for the double gold medalist. Youngsters inspired by the successful athlete have made banners to celebrate the occasion.

Crowd gathers to see Ben Proud
Crowd gathers to see Ben Proud Credit: ITV West Country

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.

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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:

First female Navy Commander leaves vessel after claims she had an affair

Commander Sarah West
Commander Sarah West Credit: David Cheskin/PA

The first female Navy Commander is believed to have left her vessel after allegations of having an affair with another officer.

42 year old Commander Sarah West took charge of HMS Portland in Plymouth in May 2012. The Ministry of Defence wouldn't confirm the claims - which if true would be in breach of Armed Forces Conduct - but was aware of a complaint. Commander West is currently on annual leave.

17 injured during car meet in Plymouth

17 injured at 'car meet' in Plymouth
17 injured at 'car meet' in Plymouth

17 people, including ten under-eighteens, were injured when a car ploughed into a crowd of spectators during an unofficial car meet in Plymouth.

The car show gathered a crowd of around 500 people in the B&Q car park off Tavistock Road on Saturday night. The injured were taken to Derriford Hospital. None of the injuries are thought to be life threatening.

Police are appealing for witnesses after car ploughed into crowd of spectators
Police are appealing for witnesses after car ploughed into crowd of spectators

Police were called to the scene at 10pm. A 19-year-old man from South East Cornwall was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He has been released on bail.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision. If you have any information please contact police on 101 quoting log number 1025 26th July 2014.

500-strong crowd gathered to watch unofficial car show
500-strong crowd gathered to watch unofficial car show
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