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RUGBY: Six-year-old Harry sings for England

England mascot Harry Westlake belts out the National Anthem at Twickenham Credit: PA

A new star of rugby was born at the weekend - and he's only six years old .

Harry Westlake, from Plymouth was the England mascot for the Six Nations tie against Italy.

He won the hearts of millions with the passionate way he belted out the National Anthem.

We asked him for an encore - and he duly obliged.


Therapy dog in suspected poisoning

Therapy dog in suspected poisoning Credit: ITV News

A therapy dog who visits Alzheimer's patients in a Plymouth hospital has been the victim of a suspected poisoning attack.

Owner Rob Read from Manadon says his pet Charlie Bear was made seriously ill, after a stick of meat laced with what's thought to be rat poison was thrown into his garden on Monday.

Charlie Bear was poisoned with what's thought to be rat poison Credit: ITV News

Mr Read says he can't understand why his dog would be targeted.

He was up Monday night being sick quite a few times, but he's on the mend. We can't understand why it's been done really because he's such a lovely little dog.

– Rob Read, owner

Mr Read says he captured a video of something being thrown over his fence on CCTV which he intends to hand to police.

He's now warning other Plymouth dog owners to be vigilant. Charlie Bear makes regular visits to Mount Gould Hospital where patients can pat and feed him. The dog is now recovering from his ordeal at home.


New Cancer drug could put an end to chemotherapy

Professor Simon Rule trialled the new drug, Imbruvica, at Derriford hospital Credit: ITV News

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital is at the forefront of revolutionary new research that could see chemotherapy treatment for Cancer become a thing of the past.

A new drug that is giving patients their lives back has just become available on the NHS. It's credited with transforming the lives of patients with a rare form of blood cancer.

Tune in tonight at 6pm to see the full story.

New cancer drug approved after Plymouth trial

A Plymouth consultant is the first in Europe to prescribe a new alternative to chemotherapy for certain types of blood cancer.

Professor Simon Rule trialled the new drug, Imbruvica, at Derriford hospital.

It has now been approved for use across the NHS as part of the Cancer Drugs Fund.

We were the first people to use this drug in Europe here in Plymouth and we treated thirteen patients and the thing that struck us very early was that the patients all responded and there were no side effects and that's not something you expect, you normally expect to get effects with at least some side effects and these drugs really are remarkably side effect free.

– PROFESSOR SIMON RULE, Consultant Haematologist at Derriford Hospital/Plymouth University
Imbruvica was trialled at Derriford hospital.

Halfway stage for Plymouth bridge repair

The bridge hasn't been used for nearly 30 years

Work to refurbish Plymouth's disused Laira Rail Bridge has now reached the halfway point.

The £3.5 million scheme will see the former rail bridge restored and converted into a new walking and cycling route over the River Plym.

Built in 1887, Laira Rail Bridge stopped carrying passenger trains in the 1960s and freight trains in the 1980s. It is believed the last train crossed the bridge in 1987 and since then it has fallen into disrepair.

New chairman and board at Plymouth Albion

Plymouth Albion have announced a new board and chairman, Peter Vosper. All members of the previous board resigned yesterday, with the exception of former chairman, Graham Stirling. He will remain on the board.

Other new board members are Roger Harris and Graham Dawe.

"We now need to look to the future. Firstly, in the short term, we need to do all we can to keep the club in the Championship and at the same time prepare detailed plans for all eventualities in the long term. Support has been fantastic in all areas but there is still much to be done. We will keep you informed of our progress."

– Peter Vosper, Chairman of Plymouth Albion RFC
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