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Olympian Matt Wells brings Team GB rowers home to Hexham

Rower Matt Wells took bronze in Beijing and came fifth in London 2012 Credit: ITV

Ten Olympic rowers, including the gold medallists Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking, will compete in a charity regatta in Hexham on Saturday. The fun day is being organised by one of their GB teammates, Matt Wells. The money raised will go towards his foundation, set up to help talented young rowers.

Homecoming for gold medallist Kat Copeland

Sophie Hosking and Kat Copeland have a stamp in their honour Credit: Royal Mail

Teesside's Olympic gold medallist Kat Copeland will be the guest of honour at a homecoming party in Stockton tonight.

The 21-year-old and her rowing partner Sophie Hosking took the gold in the Women's lightweight double sculls at London 2012.

The celebration for Kat is being held at Tees Rowing Club, where she trains. Members of the public are invited to the riverbank between the Princess of Wales Bridge and the Infinity Bridge.

Kat is expected to show off her gold medal from the balcony of the rowing clubhouse, overlooking the riverbank, at 6:30pm.

Royal Mail 'disappointed' at post box vandalism

Royal Mail has issued a statement after Kat Copeland's gold post box in Ingleby Barwick was vandalised:

“We are extremely disappointed that someone has chosen to vandalise the gold post box painted to recognise the gold medal winning achievement of Katherine Copeland. We have teams around the UK which look after and maintain our 115,000 post boxes and we will repair the damage to this box in the next few hours.”

– Morag Turnbull, Royal Mail spokesperson

Teesside rower's gold post box vandalised

The post box on Apsley Way in Stockton was vandalised Credit: ITV

A post box which had been painted gold in recognition of a Teesside rower's Olympic medal success has been vandalised.

The box on Apsley Way, in Stockton was painted on Sunday morning after Kat Copeland and her rowing partner Sophie Hosking won gold in the Women's lightweight quadruple sculls at London 2012.

However the box was vandalised and has had to be repainted by Royal Mail.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We were made aware of the Olympic gold post box having been vandalised by a member of the public.

"Two girls aged 11 and 15 from outside of the area are believed to be responsible and arrangements are being made by police to speak with them.”

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