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Woman who killed mother has sentence reduced

Douglas' sentence has been reduced to a minimum of seven years

A woman who killed her sick mother in what she believed was an "act of mercy" has had her life sentence cut. Angela Douglas held a pillow over the face of Ann Matthews who was housebound at her home in Plymouth.

Douglas was jailed for a minimum of 12 years after being convicted of murder. That's been reduced to seven years after an appeal.

Man who died on run from police named

A man who died after jumping into Sutton Harbour to escape from a police chase has been named as Darren Wakefield.

The 35 year old died on 12th October after being chased by police on suspicion of stealing a bicycle. He was seen entering the water before becoming trapped between a boat and the harbour wall, and died despite efforts by the emergency services to save him.

The medical cause of death is still to be confirmed. Mr Wakefield was unemployed at the time of his death, and married but separated from his wife.


Plymouth named best city for families

Plymouth owes its success in the poll partly to its green spaces - including Plymouth Hoe Credit: ITV News

Plymouth has been named the best city in England and Wales for families to live, according to a report which looks at education, safety and childcare costs to local amenities, affordable property and green spaces.

Rising from fourth place last year, Plymouth owes its success this time around to a lower crime rate and improved exam results.

Young divers talk about their dreams

Diving coach Andy Banks is awarded an honorary degree Credit: ITV News

Plymouth sporting stars have been honoured for their summer of success at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships this evening.

At a special event at the University College of St Mark and St John honorary degrees were given to Plymothian swimming star Sian Davies and diving coach Andy Banks.

Before the event our reporter Jacquie Bird went to meet two young divers who are already successful in the sport and talked to them about their hopes and the pressure they face in the field.

Plymouth young athletes get honorary degrees

Matthew Dixon competing at 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Credit: PA

Some of our countries greatest athletes are in Plymouth today for a 'Celebration of Sport' Awards ceremony.

Among those at the event being held at the University of St Mark and St John this evening will be the Commonwealth double Gold medallist Ben Proud and divers Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow and Matthew Dixon.

Diving coaches Andy Banks and Jon Rudd will also be there. Andy Banks, who helped coach Plymouth diver, Tom Daley will also be picking up an honorary degree.

Also being launched this evening is a charity called 'Making a Difference', a programme set up to provide financial help for Plymouth's, young elite athletes. It'll help promising youngsters and their families with the cost of pursuing their sporting dreams.

"I'd really like to go to the Olympics so twenty sixteen would be amazing but I'd like to aim for twenty twenty as well and just be at the Olympics would just be a dream ".

– Matthew Dickson, Diver


Fatal collision in Plymouth car park

An elderly woman has died after a collision in a car park in Plymouth yesterday evening.

A 77 year old pedestrian from the Plymstock area was involved in a serious collision in the car park at the rear of The University College of St Mark and St John at around 18:40. She died from her injuries.

The male driver of the Vauxhall Corsa involved in the incident was uninjured. A section of the car park was closed whilst Police forensic collision investigators carried out a detailed examination of the scene.

The car park was busy at the time with several teams playing hockey on the adjacent pitches. Police are appealing for any witness who may have seen what happened to contact them on 101 quoting log 708 17/10/14.

Devonport's "nuclear graveyard" fears put to rest

Devonport has not been selected as a site to store nuclear waste from redundant submarines Credit: PA

Devonport Dockyard will not be used as a storage site for nuclear waste from redundant submarines.

The dockyard had been in the running to be an interim storage facility for the waste, sparking concerns that the city could be seen as the country's "nuclear graveyard" but the Ministry of Defence has released a final shortlist of possible locations and Devonport isn't on it.

Vice-chancellor steps up her battle to get her job back

Wendy Purcell is battling to win her job back Credit: ITV Westcountry

Wendy Purcell, Plymouth University's vice-chancellor, has stepped up her legal battle to win her job back, with the case against her understood to include a complaint about her management style.

Professor Purcell is now being represented by a law firm that specialises in discrimination claims. She was suspended three months ago, but has since had her status changed to paid leave. Neither the university nor Professor Purcell has ever disclosed the charges against her.

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