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Plymouth swimmer wins silver in Russia

Plymouth teenager Ruta Meilutyte, who's from Lithuania competing at the World Championships in Kazan Credit: Giuliano Bevilacqua/ABACAPRESS.COM

Plymouth Leander swimmer Ruta Meilutyte has taken a silver medal at the World Championships in Kazan.

The talented teenager and Olympic Gold Medallist, who attends Plymouth College, was just short of her best in the 100m breaststroke final.

Inquest held into the death of a man in Plymouth flat fire

Fire crews at the scene of the fire in Union Street. Credit: ITV West Country

An inquest into the death of a man who died in a flat fire in Plymouth on New Year's morning, will be heard today.

George Somers, 43, died in the early hours as fire raged through his top storey flat in Union Street.

The former nurse was set to marry his partner Bart Somers, who managed to escape from the flat fire.

The inquest was formally opened in January when evidence of identification was given.

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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.

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

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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.

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