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Michael Foot memorial unveiled in Plymouth

A memorial to former Labour Party leader Michael Foot has been unveiled in Plymouth.

The memorial, in Freedom Fields Park, was paid for by donations from a public appeal.

The former Labour leader died in 2010 Credit: Seth Conway/ITV News

"The support the appeal has received from Plymouth businesses has been incredible and testament to how popular Michael was" said Luke Pollard, one of the organisers.

Chairman of the Michael Foot Memorial Appeal Peter Jones at the opening of the memorial Credit: Seth Conway/ITV News

Mr Foot served as MP for the city from 1945 to 1955, before going on to win a seat in south Wales in 1960.

"Michael loves benches where he could sit down in a park and read" said appeal chairman Peter Jones.

"It's fantastic that the memorial overlooks Plymouth Sound... he felt that the sea defined the city".

Teenage 'millionaire' sent to jail after conning victims out of £100,000

Sam Cook conned more than £100,000 from unsuspecting clients.

A teenager who boasted about turning £2,000 into £21 million has been sentenced to 26 months in jail.

Sam Cook conned more than £100,000 from unsuspecting clients, after presenting himself as a successful investor and promising to invest his clients' money into stocks.

Instead he took the cash for himself and used it to buy a flat, take holidays abroad and bought himself a fake Ferrari.

He was sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court last week, where the judge told him he should be ashamed of his actions.

You are a man of previous good character, but these offences are serious, so serious that a custodial sentence is inevitable.

It is plain to me that this company you set up was fraudulent from the start.

You used money that was not yours to go on overseas holidays, and present an image of success. You should be ashamed.

– Judge Richard Powell


US warship arrives in Plymouth for five day visit

Navy rocket destroyer USS Jason Dunham has arrived in Plymouth. Credit: Michal Fludra / Demotix / PA Images

The USS Jason Dunham has arrived for a five day visit to Plymouth.

The 300 strong crew on board are planning visits to Plymouth's Mayflower Steps and Stonehenge while they're in the UK.

The ship is on her way home from a major exercise in the Baltic which also involved the Devonport based commando assault ship, HMS Ocean.

She is named after a US Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honour posthumously for saving the lives of his colleagues in Iraq.

Michael Foot memorial appeal raised £40,000

A memorial to former Labour leader Michael Foot will be unveiled in Plymouth later today at 3.30pm, five years after his death.

£40,000 has been raised for a memorial granite bench which will stand in Freedom Fields.

Labour leader Michael Foot on his morning walk. Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Mr Foot who passed away in 2010, was the MP for Plymouth Devonport for many years and was born in a house which overlooked the park.

The Labour leader was also a keen Plymouth Argyle fan.

Plymouth's Tom Daley wins team gold in Russia

Tom Daley is a world champion again. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Plymouth diver Tom Daley has scooped a gold medal in the team event at the World Aquatics Championships.

He was competing alongside fellow British diver Rebecca Gallantree in Russia.

Daley's fourth dive scored a near perfect ten with most of the judges.

It's the first time Britain have claimed two medals at a World diving championship event.


Fire at disused factory in Plymouth

Fire at the former paper converting factory at Southway in Plymouth Credit: ITV News

More than 70 firefighters have spent the night dealing with a huge fire at a disused paper factory in Plymouth.

The fire at Southway could be seen across the city and into Cornwall.

Crews were called in at 9.30pm on 27 July. Devon Fire and Rescue Service received more than 100 calls in the space of 40 minutes.

The incident was scaled down at 3am. Two crews and two aerial ladders remain at the site, damping down and extinguishing hot spots.

Crews at the scene of the fire in Southway Credit: ITV News

Volunteers needed for Parkinson's trial

Derriford Hospital needs volunteers to take part in a trial looking into the early signs of Parkinson's disease.

Around 60 people are needed, both those who have Parkinson's and those who do not.

Sensors are put on the body to monitor speech and movement when doing everyday tasks, such as getting dressed or unlocking a door. By diagnosing the disease earlier, it's hoped patients can be given more tailored treatments.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition that affects movement and speech which affects one in 500 people in the UK.

It's very easy to participate in, there are no drugs involved and potentially it'll be very useful for diagnosing the disease as well as monitoring disease progression as we develop new disease modifying treatments.

– Dr Stephen Pearson, Consultant in Dementia Research
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