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Lewis Pugh to swim the Seven Seas

Plymouth endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh is to swim the Seven Seas to highlight the need to protect oceans around the world.

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Plymouth warship seizes cocaine in the Caribbean

Plymouth warship HMS Argyll
HMS Argyll on counter-narcotic duty in the Caribbean Credit: MoD

The Plymouth-based warship, HMS Argyll, has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of £21 million. It followed a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean.

The Type 23 frigate is on counter-narcotic operations in the region and was tasked to pursue a suspicious boat. The ship used its sea boats and Lynx helicopter to detain the crew and seize the drugs.

Crew of HMS Argyll carry bags of cocaine seized from a suspicious vessel in the Caribbean
The crew of HMS Argyll seized 18 bags of cocaine with a street value of £21 million Credit: MoD

Five people found on board the boat were detained in HMS Argyll and handed over to US justice on Friday (22 August).

The Royal Navy has a hard-earned record of tackling illegal drugs smuggling and we should be extremely proud that HMS Argyll has been involved in a dramatic and very successful operation to disrupt the supply. The operation showed tenacity and professionalism.

– Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois

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More swimming success for Plymouth's Ben Proud

Ben Proud
Ben Proud has won another gold medal - this time at the European Championships. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Plymouth's Ben Proud has won gold at the European Championships.

The double Commonwealth champion was competing in the men's 100 metres relay.

The 19-year-old did two lengths of freestyle - helping Britain to its most successful European swimming championships ever.

Ben Proud wins bronze at European Championships

Proud won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games
Proud won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Double Commonwealth champion Ben Proud has added another medal to his growing collection. It wasn't another gold though. The 19 year-old from Plymouth picked up a bronze in the 50 metre butterfly final at the European Championships in Berlin.

Sheridan hoping to make up for last season

The new football season only kicked-off last week, but there's already a Devon derby to look forward to.

Plymouth Argyle take on local rivals Exeter City at Home Park tomorrow afternoon.

Pilgrims boss John Sheridan wants to build on Tuesday's impressive second half performance against Leyton Orient in the League Cup, where Argyle came back from two goals down - only to lose on penalties.

The manager is also looking to avenge two defeats by the Grecians last season:

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Hundreds take part in Plymouth's Gay Pride

Gay Pride parade in Plymouth
Gay Pride parade in Plymouth Credit: ITV News West Country

Hundreds of people have taken part in Plymouth's Gay Pride this lunchtime. A festival is being held on the Hoe this afternoon which will have stalls, advice shops, and live music. The deputy Lord Mayor and city MP Oliver Colvile officially opened the event.

"We are taking Gay Pride to a new level in the city and bringing our showcase to the city's front garden for all people to celebrate Plymouth's growing diversity and community richness."

"Plymouth has often been regarded as a difficult place to be LGBT - the city has a history of being a garrison town and some attitudes have been slow to change, with incidents of violence and hatred occurring."

"But Pride in Plymouth has connected the diverse group of people who make up the city's LGBT communities and enabled them to take pride in their place in the city."

– Alan Butler, from Pride in Plymouth
The parade will end at Plymouth Hoe
The parade will end at Plymouth Hoe Credit: ITV News West Country
A festival will be held on Plymouth Hoe
A festival will be held on Plymouth Hoe Credit: ITV News West Country
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