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Good evening from Spotlight. so it's goodbye from me.

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Tonight, Devon and Cornwall Police are heavily criticised for letting

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They've been rated inadequate after failing to report more than 17,000

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We'll speak to the man in charge of sorting it all out.

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Also tonight: a breath of fresh air is often the best medicine.

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We'll find out how patients are benefiting after being

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You wait ages for one and then 30 come along at once.

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Millions of pounds are invested to provide new bus

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Primary school children have been considering the biggest

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High Speed two I think the meaning of life is, some people say it's to

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have children, but I think is to be happy and make a difference.

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Some of the most serious crimes are not being properly recorded

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In a highly critical report, inspectors say victims are being let

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down and the force has only made limited improvements

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Senior officers have told Spotlight they accept the report's

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conclusions and insist victims are "at the heart" of their work.

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We'll hear from a deputy chief constable in a moment.

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First, here are the key findings of Her Majesty's

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Emergency, which service? Call the police to report a crime, but in too

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many cases, staff don't treat the information they are given as they

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should, not officially recording and a third straightaway, and that

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matters. A victim may benefit from getting immediate help, or they

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could potentially find themselves in more danger if there is a delay in

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the response. It all depends on how officers view claims being made, but

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inspectors say the current situation is wholly unacceptable. The report

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estimated that more than 17,000 crimes are not

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being recorded every year. They include rape, sexual offences and

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violent attacks. A survey found that crime reporting processes were

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convoluted and staff don't understand the basic crime reporting

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principles. Inspectors believe it to be a sister big failure and have

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read the Devon and Cornwall police inadequate, saying many victims are

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being let down. Well, Devon and Cornwall's Police

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and Crime Commissioner says she takes the report very

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seriously and has already set up a new group to look at ways

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to improve the recording of crime. James Vaughan is the Deputy Chief

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Constable with responsibility for recording crimes

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for Devon and Cornwall. I asked how he could reassure

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victims who'd been let down by Devon We don't believe that

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we've let victims down. In the vast majority of cases,

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victims have come forward, an investigation has taken place,

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people have been safeguarded and they've been given

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a good service. But do you accept that if you don't

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record straight away something, for instance, as serious as a rape,

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that victim doesn't get the support straight away that they need,

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and that is where HMIC says You dispute that, but that's

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what HMIC SAY in their report. I accept that that's what it

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says in their report. There are 27 cases highlighted

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in the report where a report of a serious sexual offence

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was recorded as a crime. In all of those cases,

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the victims were taken under the wing of Devon

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and Cornwall police. They were provided with

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safeguarding activity. They were referred to victim

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services and victim care and a range of investigative

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processes were undertaken. One recommendation the report says

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should be implemented immediately is a sexual offences liaison officer

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assigned to all victims What progress are

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you making on that? My goal group that I run yesterday

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gave me reassurance that in every case of a serious sexual assault

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and rape, a specially trained sexual offences liaison

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officer will be deployed. One of the limitations currently

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is that we can't make that deployment of the initial deployment

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and get them there within minutes. So despite it saying

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in the recommendations that wherever possible, these officers should be

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deployed as the first responder, you are saying that not every victim

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of a serious sexual assault will immediately be

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responded to by a sexual With the current levels

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of resources that we have, and taking into consideration

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the sparsity that the Devon and Cornwall geography lends,

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it isn't possible for us today to make the first initial response

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to any serious sexual offence that of a specially trained sexual

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offence liaison officer. One of the themes that comes

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through the whole report is that officers often don't know

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the correct procedures for reporting crimes at the initial stage,

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and there is after that a lack of supervision from a senior officer

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on whether the crime was recorded What is being done to address

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what appears to be a lack of understanding of the system,

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which your own officers reported back in the feedback

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is being convoluted at times? Yes, that's a fair description

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of the complex rules It's my job as the Deputy Chief

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Constable to understand those rules and ensure

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that they are complied with. There is a great deal

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of further work to do. Again at my goal group yesterday,

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I saw plans to revisit training for all front line officers,

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and those plans have been Deputy Chief Constable Vaughan,

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thank you very much for joining us. A report on crime recording

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at Avon and Somerset police The force was judged as "requiring

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improvement" after failing to properly record more

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than 13,000 crimes. A little bit of Westminster

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came to Cornwall today, as the cross-party committee

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on Exiting the EU held It comes just a day

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after the Government won a vote giving them the go-ahead to trigger

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Article 50 and is part of an inquiry into how the UK

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negotiates its position Well, today political,

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business and agricultural leaders from across Cornwall

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were asked their opinions on Brexit. Our political reporter

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Tamsin Melville listened to the debate and joins us now

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from County Hall. Yes, Cornwall was just the latest

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stock for this committee of MPs who are going around the country,

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getting opinions on the implications of Brexit. It is not clear whether

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they will come back to any other south-west counties or speak to the

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public here, so we decided to take this debate out onto the streets. My

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colleague Neil Gallaher has been out and about in Plymouth.

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This cafe looked as good as anywhere.

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Like many people, the assistant manager thinks Brexit

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could go either way, but she is concerned

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Hopefully, it shouldn't affect us too much.

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We've got Spanish chefs downstairs as well.

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So it would be a bit sad if it does mean everyone's got to go.

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And they are really good, hard workers.

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Outside, no concerns for one taxi driver,

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Actual trade, believe it or not, has gone down a lot

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Because some people will have a lot more money to spend, probably.

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A stone's throw away, there's a big tourism

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What about the leaders of the hospitality industry?

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We were quite reassured by the Prime Minister's statement

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that there wouldn't be a cliff edge, that there would be transitional

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arrangements, but we absolutely need to make sure that the decisions

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For example, we'd be concerned about any suggestion

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that we withdraw from the customs union, because that would provide

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particular difficulties at the ports and airports.

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Back at the cafe, one Romanian is worried about his own future.

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People say if you work here and all is legal

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and I pay my taxes and everything, I get to stay.

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But other people, like Romanian people, say no.

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If it goes through, you just go out. I really don't know.

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And on the cafe terrace, I heard one opinion

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I think yes, in hindsight, did I make the right decision?

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I wasn't fully aware of what the EU was totally all about.

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Because I didn't think it was going to happen,

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and I think a lot of people did that, voted out.

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But there must have been a reason why you wanted to vote out.

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You must have been fed up with something.

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Like you say, there must have been something at the time.

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But afterwards, finding out different things about the EU,

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like the farmers were going to lose money, as I say, a lot of people

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voted out thinking it wasn't going to happen,

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and I must admit I'm one of those people.

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The Government, of course, insists that funding

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The yes vote in the referendum was 51.9%.

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There's no way to be sure how many people like Lorraine

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Or, come to that, Remainers who would now rethink.

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There is a busy still a lot of uncertainty out there because of

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Brexit. But here in Cornwall, the various sectors have got together

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and produced this glossy document talking about both the risks and

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opportunities of Brexit. A committee of MPs today said they were very

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impressed with that can-do attitude. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Keating

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today was that Cornwall voted to leave despite all those EU millions

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it has had over the years and what could or should be done about this

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in the future, post-Brexit. The committee says it is going back to

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Westminster very clear on the messages from Cornwall. Whether

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those messages have any impact on the future is less clear.

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For as long as you can remember, a prescription from the doctor has

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probably involved tablets and medicine bottles like this.

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The old prescription charge has risen to a shilling per item, but

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the doctor gets no more. Costs are rising for all of us - for the

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healthy, the sick, for the chemist, for the doctor.

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Since the late 1940s and '50s, continuing advances in science have

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But in recent years, there's been a different

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and there's evidence it can help reduce the pressure on the NHS.

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It's called social prescribing and is when a GP seeks to improve

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a person's health by, for example, referring them for exercise.

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Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond joined one walking

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I've really got a lot more in control of my diabetes

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through this and various other activities that I've done,

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One of the major things is just the company.

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We can have a laugh, just being with other people who've

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It's certainly a step in the right direction,

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but why does it need to be initiated by a GP?

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This gave me a reason, and I've stuck to it, and other

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You don't need it, but if they don't provide it, you haven't

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The fact is that we are spending huge amounts of money

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on prescription medication and a lot of it sometimes doesn't work and can

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So anything we can do that gets people away from that,

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makes them feel better and keeps them healthy,

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150 people have taken part in this pilot by St Austell healthcare,

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There are plans to expand across Cornwall and include other

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And some think that GPs linking their patients to these

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voluntary groups will play a big part in the future of the NHS.

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We now know that exercise is, in the words of the royal colleges,

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the important people, the miracle cure.

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So we have about 15 million people getting medicines,

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and many of them are fantastic medicines, but they all

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The working group here in St Austell have already seen the health

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benefits of social prescribing, and those behind it are hoping

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that their ambitious plans to extend this pilot will soon be realised

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What's thought to be the largest device in the world capable

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of harnessing the power of the sea and converting it into electricity

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is to connect to the wave power research project off the coast

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The multi-million pound prototype will arrive next year.

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Meanwhile, a scale model is currently being tested

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as our Environment Correspondent Adrian Campbell

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This is the dream, an array of devices to harness energy

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In New England, a huge prototype is already being built.

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Now the company backing the design is testing a scale model

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By 2018, the first vessel should be connected to Wave Hub,

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Each turbine could generate twice as much electricity

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It's the size of a Boeing 747, and we're putting in tremendous

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masses, the weight of a freight train moving through.

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the freight train powers on through and then as the vessel

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pitches the other way, it powers back the other way,

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and we can convert that rolling motion directly into electrical

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Wave Hub is an undersea electrical socket linked to the National Grid.

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It's cost tens of millions of pounds to put on the sea bed,

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and this announcement marks an important development

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in its history, because so far, it hasn't sent any electricity

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Unfortunately, there hasn't been any electricity

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We have worked very hard with several technology companies

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to try and enable them to demonstrate their

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But with the plans we're hearing about today

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As you can see, this scale model is doing well in the tests

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it is undergoing in the tanks here at Plymouth University.

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The real thing itself will be 60 times the size of this.

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The American backers of this scheme believe it's important to think big

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to produce the amount of clean and affordable electricity that this

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country and the rest of the world will need in the coming years.

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the philosophical questions being posed to children.

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I am here at Bowhill primary in Exeter, where children are being

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asked some of life? Biggest questions. Like what is art, and

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what is bravery? Now, red double decker buses might

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be synonymous with London but from today, a state of the art

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fleet of double deckers will be part Bus operator First Kernow has

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officially unveiled its new fleet, having spent ?7.4 million on them -

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they come complete with tables and free wi fi,

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but will they actually Lucie Fisher went

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along for the ride. Certainly true that they don't want

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people to miss the fact that these buses are being launched. So how are

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they going down with locals? Fantastic. It's great to have new

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things for Cornwall. I think the future is buses for Cornwall. We

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need to have more to get around. Surprise to see a red bus. Well,

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it's a red bus! Nice. Caught the tinner, they have been carefully

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branded with a Cornish list. And there is no. The idea is that these

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will be modern buses for the modern world, so they are fitted with USB

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ports and in the next year, they will be contactless, so you can pay

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with a card. Is a major investment at ?7.5 million, but has it come at

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another cost? Did you cherry pick services, to have those most

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profitable? No. We have obviously put these vehicles onto our busiest

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routes. That is, and commercial business sense. We have got to make

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these buses pay for themselves, but the ongoing plan is to obviously

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start to improve the rest of the network. We are in the process of

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designing the network and working out how to do smart ticketing so

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that people can buy products on both networks, and we are looking at a

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rich network which covers as comprehensive and area as we can.

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Overall, feedback here has been possible. Top -- positive. Any

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improvement in public transport is good for us and good for the

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environment. We get so excited now every time we are driving down the

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A30. Oh, tinner! There is this big red thing coming at you, and they

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are shiny and new and just lovely. A mixed martial arts fighter

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from Somerset is heading stateside It's a sport with a fast growing

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international audience and now former plasterer Mark Godbeer

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from Bridgewater has his sights set on glory -

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and possible riches. It is the most brutal

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of fight sports. But with the high risks

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come high rewards. Especially for the biggest

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stars, like the bearded Irishman Conor McGregor,

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now said to be worth A million miles away,

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you might think, from this small industrial estate in the middle

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of rural Somerset. But inside a converted workshop,

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a former plasterer has stars, Do you get scared when

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you get in the ring? I think that's what I'm addicted

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to, the fear factor. So, yeah, I suppose I am a bit

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of an adrenaline junkie. This is Mark Godbeer,

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who in the sport of mixed martial arts is already at the top

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of his game in this country. Finally, out of Somerset,

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England, Mark...! And in less than a month's time,

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he will be heading off to Las Vegas, to Las Vegas, stepping

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into what is the Premier League of his sport, UFC -

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Ultimate Fighting Championship. I'm representing the UK now,

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not just little old Somerset. So I'm happy, really

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happy to be here. My journey has just begun,

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so let's see where it takes me. Those who work with him,

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sometimes painfully, believe he has what it takes to make

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it in a sport which is in essence a mixture

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of boxing and kickboxing. He's been through every single

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person in the branch division, And without sounding

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arrogant, there was no real It's a long way from Somerset

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to Vegas, but Mark will take That is a proper American name, Todd

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Duffy. Great philosophical

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questions are being posed It's hoped grappling

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with difficult concepts will help The trial is being run

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by the University of Exeter and five primary schools in the city

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are taking part. I'd like to know, what's

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the meaning of life? If you're a parent,

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you will know all about answering difficult questions,

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so you may smile wryly now the tables are being

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turned on the children. But the truth is, whatever that may

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be, that these youngsters are doing a good job,

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whatever good means. I think to be good, it

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means that you have to be Obviously, there's different

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opinions of good, so good to you can be doing the simplest thing,

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like walking instead of running Big questions are being posed

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to the children as part of a philosophy project designed

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to get them thinking. Today, they are debating

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what it is to brave. Bravery is doing something

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you're scared of doing, without being prompted to do it,

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and knowing that you're going to be A postgrad student at University

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of Exeter is behind the scheme, which is being tried out at five

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primary schools in Devon. At the heart of these sessions

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is the sense that children can learn to disagree with each other,

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but in a way that's rational so they don't get

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argumentative about it. It's not about everyone

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having the same opinion, because when they leave school,

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they're going to face those situations and those sort

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of questions all the time. If you rob a bank but it's in a town

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that no one lives in... It's hoped that the weekly sessions

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will improve communication Certainly, young minds

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do like to enquire. Clearly a question

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with many answers. I don't know where to begin with

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that one! We have that debate in the newsroom every day. But we should

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always end with the weather. And what is whether, David?

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At the moment, it's mostly cold! It is certainly chilly today. We have

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had a temperature is no more than four or 5 degrees for most of us.

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But you have been out taking your photographs. This is a beautiful

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shot of the blue skies we saw earlier today. Not so sunny towards

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Somerset. Temperatures really have struggled today, especially across

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parts of Dorset and Somerset. Slightly less cold as you get

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towards the coast line, but for all of us, it has been pretty chilly,

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still in the grip of winter. But not all of our plants are paying

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attention to that. This is Ka Hayes, where there was some sunshine, and

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the flowers seem to be coming out, the Magnolia 's and other flowers

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beginning to appear. These pictures were filmed by our cameraman

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Tristan. A beautiful, springlike day here, but but the temperatures have

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not reflected those figures. We have been pretty cold right across the

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south-west today. If anything, it's going to get colder. Tomorrow, it

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looks like we will see some sunshine, but briefly, plus more

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clout than we have seen today and the risk of wintry showers. And for

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all of us, it's going to feel very cold indeed. The reason is in an

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area of low pressure across Spain and Portugal which is staying

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stationary and whilst that happens, it draws air from the east, and that

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is to leave will continue not just for tomorrow, but continuing into

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the weekend. As an area of high pressure settles in across the north

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of Ireland, we draw in the air from southern parts of Scandinavia, from

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Poland and eastern parts of Germany, where temperatures today have not

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been much more than one or 2 degrees above freezing. So it's going to be

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cold. There is also the chance of cloud embedded in that flow,

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generating showers. There are a few tonight, mostly along the south

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coast, where they will probably fall as rain. But if you get higher up,

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particularly the southern slopes of Dartmoor, they could fall as sleet

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and snow. It will be a cold night for all of us, temperatures hovering

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around freezing for most locations. The breeze helps keep temperatures

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up, but a frost is possible. More showers tomorrow, mostly through the

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Channel. A few creep into parts of Dorset and Somerset, and they will

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have a wintry flavour. A flurry of snow is possible. Temperatures may

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get up to 5 degrees but for most of us, it will be below that. And with

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a brisk wind from the East or Northeast, it will feel bitterly

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cold. One of the warmest places in the country is likely to be the

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Isles of Scilly. But it will not feel that one, because it will be

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windy. And for our surface, there are some

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clean surf. The waves are not very big now. The forecast for the

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coastal waters keeps the wind is going right through tonight and

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tomorrow. It is mainly an easterly, becoming north-easterly. Generally

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good visibility outside the showers. The weekend will gradually get

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warmer, but temperatures will not change a great deal. The only real

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change is on Monday, when we see slightly less cold air coming from

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the south-east and temperatures back up. For the weekend, birthdays are

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predominantly dry, with the risk of some overnight frost. A brisk winds

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from the East. Next week, it looks like we will start to see a change

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as we see more at coming up from the south, but that is a long way away.

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For the moment, it is cold. That is it from us, but Andy will be

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here with an update at ten and we will all be back at 6.30 tomorrow.

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From all of us on Spotlight, good night.

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OK, everyone, have you got your bamboo sticks?

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If you just paint what you want to paint,

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I've turned around, my painting washes away.

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..and take on The Big Painting Challenge.

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Remember, you're not painting a pond.

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Before I met you, I was a civilised woman.

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Now I don't even know what that means.

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