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They should not make old people sleep outside,

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Calls for a specialist hostel for those with drink,

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Tonight, we are live in Truro - a community campaigning for action.

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Also tonight, the discovery of two bodies at house in Devon.

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A police investigation is underway after a husband and wife were found

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This will be the straw that breaks the camel spikes have a lot of

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businesses and the tone. We speak to some who

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are welcoming a fall. And world's apart - the small

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coastal community offering sanctuary for refugees

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fleeing Syria. The chronic lack of support

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for homeless people with drink and drug addictions in Cornwall

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is fast becoming a huge problem Rob Nolan is now calling

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for a specialist hostel in the city. Addaction, a drug and alcohol

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charity, says it saw a 20% rise in referrals to their Cornish

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service last year. Our reporter Clare Woodling has been

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speaking to rough sleepers, who say they have been

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turned away from shelters, due to their alcohol

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or substance abuse. Good evening. During the day, the

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cold streets here seem enchanting, but during the evening, they can be

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very uninviting. The middle of winter fuel is even worse when you

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have been turned away from a shelter due to dependency on drink or drugs.

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It is thus getup that the people they have been speaking to want see

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closed. Sonia is used to getting

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by on the streets. It is not the only

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habit she has, though. If we did not drink,

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we would be housed within a week. Any of us who have lived

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here a long time, we get put to the back of the queue,

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cos they just think She is not alone in not finding

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shelter due to addiction problems. They see it and they

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choose to ignore it. Or they go, "It will be OK,

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it will sort itself out. Of course it is not

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going to sort itself out. The shortage is something the Mayor

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of Truro wants to see We have a desperately urgent need

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for some sort of provision. Some sort of shelter with four

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people with drug and alcohol issues. There are some shelters, but people

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with drug and alcohol issues, they cannot go into the shelters at night

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in the end up sleeping on the streets. This has been going on for

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three months. The only setting up tents. They are no setting up home.

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That cannot happen. The midst be somewhere they can go up meet and be

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looked after. As the late feeds, the cold weather comes in and that is

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where the big risk comes. There is bigger chance of hypothermia. Also,

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just frustration from people on the street. How do you feel about it?

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Absolutely disgusted that human beings can treat homeless people

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like this. Being an old lady myself, and another, it is terrible. We

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understand that temperatures here could fall as low as five Celsius

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and the people in that package, the rough sleepers, will be expected to

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bed down on hard floors out on the city tonight. I am joined by the

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director of operations for each charity in the city which helps

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people find shelter. Is this a problem you recognise? We have to

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remember that each individual rough sleepers a human being and a person

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on the loan rate. They all have very different needs which very complex.

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There are pressures over drug use, alcohol and mental health. It is not

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just one issue. Trying to find solutions has become increasingly

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difficult. What needs to change? Is there sufficient coordination

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between the various services? We need to see what works for certain

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things. What works for mental health does not necessarily work for a

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rough sleepers. We need to sit down together and find new solutions.

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Other complicating factors in that? Austerity plays a big part. There

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has been a lot of cuts across many services. Everyone is trying to do

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far more with far less. It is becoming very difficult. The society

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has said it will work with other services offering help for rough

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sleepers. Police are investigating

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whether the bodies of a man and a woman found at a farmhouse

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in Devon are the result of a murder, The married couple have been named

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locally as Nicola and Michael Beck. Scenes of crime officers

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and police search teams have been at the scene,

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near Dunkeswell, all day, Remote, rural and tonight this is

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the scene of a major police investigation. After being contacted

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by someone with concerns, the body of a man and a woman were found at

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this farmhouse. The news of the deaths have shocked those living

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close by. It is a tremendous shock and surprise. It is something you do

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not expect on your doorstep. We have make them socially. We found them a

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very nice couple. Very pleasant and courteous. I am feeling rather

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numbered by it. It was such a shock when we have the news. Officers say

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they are looking into via whether this was a model followed by a

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suicide. The couple involved where named locally as Nicola and Michael

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Beck, who had lived at the property for around two decades. We have been

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searching the properties for evidence. We are dealing with family

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members of the two individuals. We have trained family liaison

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officers. Neighbours say the couple had been intending to sell the house

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and move on. Police say they are not looking for anyone else in

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connection with the deaths and are asking anyone else with information

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to come forward. Now a round-up of other news

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from around the South West. Cornwall Wildlife Trust

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is investigating claims that a member of its staff fired

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a shotgun over the heads of these The hunt says four shots

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were fired between Blisland and Bodmin Moor, spooking horses

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and frightening a child. Police say no crime

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has been committed. Councillors will tonight begin

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examining what could be a complete transformation of Dorset's system

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of local government. There are plans to replace nine

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local authorities currently serving The first of the meetings,

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which are open to the public, will take place in Poole

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in the next hour. A meeting is being held tonight

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to discuss calls for Cornish firefighters who died

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in the Plymouth Blitz to be listed on a war memorial

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in their home town of Saltash. Leslie Tibbs and Bernard Jasper

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were among a crew of six killed in 1941, but their

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names are missing. Penzance has been named

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by the New York Times as one of The newspaper says the best thing

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to see, aside from the scenery, It is one of Europe's last saltwater

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lidos and re-opened last year, As the authorities in France begin

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slaughtering up to a million ducks, to try and halt the

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spread of bird flu. Poultry keepers here

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in the South West are facing All poultry must now be kept indoors

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until the end of February, Strict controls have already been

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in place for a month and our Environment Correspondent

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Adrian Campbell has been assessing the impact

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of the ongoing restrictions. The different streams of easy in

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influential of all had the chance of causing great problems. Some suspect

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all of the open weeks could be linked to lower hygiene standards

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out with this country. There is a worry about the transfer from boards

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from outside the United Kingdom coming into the country.

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We are trying to take sensible precautions to limit the risk

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of spreading this virus, so we are not going into

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the henhouse, but Jane has kindly agreed to film her hens,

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My girls have been kept in their henhouse for the last month

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and it has been a case of keeping them, sort of, entertained as best

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I can, with various chicken treats and nice clean bedding

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I have to said, they're coping extremely well, but they'd much

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If that is what we have got to do then that is simply what we have to

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do and the inconvenience is much less inconvenient than an outbreak

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of avian flu. As well as caring for her hens,

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Jane is also the founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust,

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which has rehomed more than 500,000 She understands the importance

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of these continued high It is not so much that the hens are,

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you know, vulnerable to mixing with wild birds.

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It's actually them moving around on ground where wild

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birds have defecated, so that's where the spread of

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disease is at risk, the risk exists. The H5N8 strain of the disease has

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been confirmed in recent weeks at a poultry farm in Lincolnshire

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and in Wales and it's also been Still to come tonight,

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the local football club giving away Find out why this Argyle player has

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been running around Plymouth today. Traders in one Cornish town

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are warning that a major shake-up of their business rates could be

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the final straw for many of them. From April, some shops in St Ives

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will have to pay hundreds But while the changes will leave

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some paying extra, others Tamsin Melville has been to meet

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some of the winners and losers. Packed out for the New Year,

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but there are some stark warnings from shop owners in St Ives,

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facing bigger business-rate This will be the straw that breaks

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the camel's back for an awful lot of businesses in the town that

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are struggling already. The tax is based on the yearly rent

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for which a property could be let and the so-called rateable value

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is reviewed by the government every five years, to reflect changes

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in the property market. In St Ives town centre,

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it is leading to some big rises. Neil has owned this fish

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and chip shop just back His business-rate bills will be

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going up by around ?400 a month. They perhaps see that St Ives

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is the jewel in the crown of Cornwall and so it's

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buoyant and rich. It's very quiet in the

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winter months still. A lot of businesses, you know,

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will struggle to survive. And at this restaurant just down

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the road, it means finding The people owning these

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properties are not having It's the business owners

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that are paying them, so it's a win-win situation

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for the owners of the properties and a lose-lose situation

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for the business owners. Businesses here in St Ives

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are losing out, but it's definitely In fact, the government

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says three-quarters of businesses are either

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going to stay the same Like here in Torquay,

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where a general fall in the amount businesses are paying

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is being welcomed as a John's rates bill should be

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going down by ?300 a month, meaning he can keep price

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rises in check. But he has got every sympathy

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for those facing increases. It's the one tax you

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have no control over. It does not link in any way,

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shape or form to your performance, so your business performance,

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and so it is a cost. The government says there

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will be transitional help In St Ives, there are plans

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to oppose the changes. It may not be on the scale of some

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parts of the UK, but the South West has a long history of welcoming

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families from countries In the 1960s, Spotlight reported

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on a small group of people from Poland who had made a new life

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at a camp near Newton Abbot, having been deported from their

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homes during World War II. In the late '70s, families

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fleeing the Vietnam War We followed some of them,

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as they got used to And now, as John Danks reports

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from Bude, the South West is The war Syria in has been going for

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more than five years and claimed more than 250,000 people. The images

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of suffering have travelled all over the world. And no Greek community in

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Cornwall is hoping to help some of them. Seeing these awful pictures

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last year of all the migrants droning that really made me feel we

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must do something. Merely runs a refugee support group. They are

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helping to resettle to community families under the community

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sponsorship scheme, launched by the government last year. The people

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they do not all of them towns and cities. We think it is one of the

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most beautiful places to live. It is a very healing place. The people are

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nice here so they will get a warm welcome and be well supported. Like

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always god knows how desperate the situation can get for those fleeing

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war-torn countries. He recently volunteered on a boat helping to

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save migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. I have helped these

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families out in the ocean and for them to be welcomed into my home

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community, I am very cloak proud and pleased. Enough money has been

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raised to settle one family Syria from. If all goes well, the family

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could be here by Easter. It is easy to forget that, before

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the days of television, the only way of knowing what Britain looked

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like was either to visit the towns and villages yourself or look

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at photos and artwork. But those still images can

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be just as revealing. Here is a very quiet Lyme Regis,

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nowhere near as busy as it is today. There are carts, not

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cars, here in Polperro. And what about a donkey

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ride in Clovelly - These are the works

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of a South West painter. John Shapland was prolific and, yet,

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forgotten - until now. Andrea Ormsby has been having

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a flick through a new book, Exeter's Lost Artist,

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which is the culmination of 40 years The life and work of John Shapland,

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recorded forever in this book. Shapland, his wife and their 12

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children lived in Exeter. What you're looking at is just

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a small collection of some of the items that was actually found

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in the John Shapland studio. Across the floor was paintings,

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etchings, picture frames, For years, the artist

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and his family travelled all over the country in an open-top

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car, painting hundreds and hundreds of scenes.

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He called them brunotypes. These are what you would

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really need to see. This was the end result

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of the family's work. What you're looking at here,

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with the brunotypes, nobody knows of their existence.

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This is a revelation. We are seeing scenes

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that will have changed beyond all recognition,

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some of them, so they are very nostalgic.

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They are also historic. The work will go on show

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at an exhibition in March at the newly-opened

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Exeter School of Art. John Shapland was the headmaster

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of Exeter School of Art back in the turn of the century,

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so rediscovering all the works and having all of the artefacts that

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Peter has unearthed and presented in his book and at the exhibition

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is going to be a really important and exciting connection

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with the past, as we look For those interested in art,

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the author says this book will be a revelation and can be considered

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as quite a coup for the South West. Good to see he is getting some

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recognition at last. Plymouth Argyle finally appear

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to have the funding for their It may please the fans, who rely

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on the increasingly out-of-date 1950s stand, and it could

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also help to transform But it is not the first time such

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an announcement has been made, as our business correspondent

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Neil Gallacher explains. Three saves a modern stadium, fourth

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side terracing which cannot be used understand from the 1950s. This area

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finally all accept that redevelopment which could transform

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Plymouth Argyle. Not just the bigger stand, but conference facilities, as

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well. We should bring income even on non-match days. Today's announcement

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is possible because of further investment from the most important

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overseas supporter. I first came here in 1966. I stood at that end. I

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left at the age of 18 to go to university. I have been following

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the mother since. This is a labour of love. This has been a long time

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coming. We have been planning this ever since we took over the club

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five years ago, so it is a very important day. The club chairman has

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not only been planning it, he is also announced that before. There is

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an aspiration to finish off the stadium. We will start work in

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autumn this year. We will be in a position to do that and that is what

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we are certainly planning. I am not going to make the mistake of

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committing to another date. Their skin never took least because it

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relied on income from commercial outlets which never took place. This

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is being funded by additional investment. In other words, you can

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see where the money is coming from? Exactly. I am an investment

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professional by trade. The new investment today is clearly not been

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made on commercial terms. This is being made on soft terms. This is my

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contribution to Plymouth Argyle and to the city. A few years ago, all

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that matters was for it to survive, first as a business and then as a

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weak side. Both of these objectives have no been achieved and this could

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be the moment that opens a door into a greater future for the club into

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the 21st century. A new stadium is something

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for Pilgrims fans to look forward to in the longer term,

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but more immediately excitement is building for their FA Cup match

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against Liverpool this weekend. Tickets for the game are now

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highly sought after, so when one of the players,

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Paul Arnold Garita, decided to hide five of them around the city today,

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it prompted a frantic search. Here are the magic tickets. Good

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luck, everyone. And we will meet some of the winners

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lucky enough to find the tickets Did you know that was one head in

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here? I did not, as Charlie! Now, it might not be spring yet,

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but spring has certainly sprung This ewe has given birth to quads

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on a farm near Truro. Farmer Treve Gay knew there

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were four on the way after a scan. And it is not the first

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time, either. Last year, the same ewe had five

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lambs all in one go, Now, we can catch up

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on the latest weather outlook. Good evening. There are clear skies,

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and that means temperatures will be following.

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There is some cloak, which will bring in some outbreaks of rain.

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Although Weill, we have weather fronts trying to approach from the

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West. That somewhat takes the sting out of these areas of low pressure.

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The high pressure is pushed out of the way for the middle of the day

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tomorrow. At the time we get into the "Mother had a pleasurable

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re-establish itself. There will also be a lot of cloud with it. Quiet

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conditions going into the weekend. The wind will freshen going into the

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head of this band of rain. It will bring higher temperatures but a lot

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of cloud. You can see the structure of that cloud, thickest to Cornwall.

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We had a lovely sunset. Of course, it gets down pretty early at this

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time of the year. A lovely view of the crescent moon. The sun has set

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and the cloud will continue to approach from the West. Later in the

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night, the cloud just taking off from the odd bit of drizzle.

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Generally drive for most of us. High temperatures to the West 7-9 C. To

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the east, temperatures just dropping down below zero. A rather cloudy day

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tomorrow. That will produce a few sports of rain and drizzle.

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Temperatures finally inching up towards double figures. Here is the

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forecast for Scilly. He ran the water claims. Not much for people

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who like surfing. There are in the coastal waters forecast. The outlook

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for the weekend is quite and also slightly warmer. That doesn't sound

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too bad. We are back with headlines

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at eight o'clock and the late news at 10.30pm.

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Bye for now. We're looking for someone

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who can sing, someone who can move. Someone who can keep an audience

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on the edge of their seat.

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