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Tonight on Spotlight, how much will your council tax be going up?

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Bills are increasing across the region but how much

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We'll be asking how much more families will be paying

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is this parking machine a mark of disrespect?

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This is the site of one of Cornwall's worst mining

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disasters, but the National Trust has installed a meter as the series

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And the 1930s white knuckle ride restored

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Councillors in Devon and Dorset have tonight become the latest to approve

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It follows Somerset council's decision to increase bills

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The other local authorities in our region are expected

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to make similar increases within the next few weeks.

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The reason for the rise, which equates to around ?60 extra

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on a Band D property, is to help fund care

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More from our political reporter Anna Varle.

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Many of us have seen small increases in council tax over the last few

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years to pay for things like bin collections, highways, street and

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fire, but this year you might notice a change in your built because of

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social care. Let's go into the kitchen, make you a cup of tea. A

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task many of us take for granted but Joyce has just returned home from

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hospital and needs help to get back on her feet. This support has a

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cost, which is quite local authorities are looking at charging

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council taxpayers more. If you don't know about them, you might say,

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fancy putting their council tax up, but when you know the things that

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you do and the money goes towards, you don't mind so much. Protests

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took place in Somerset yesterday as councillors said the biggest rise in

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more than a decade and today it was Dorset and Devon's turn. Today Devon

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County Council decided to increase council tax by 5%. 2% of that will

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go on beans, police, fire, 3% will go on social care for the likes of

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Joyce. What does that mean for you and I? Those in a band D property

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will pay around ?60 more a year. We have to put in a large amount of

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money to look after people. It's going through, ?19 million, ?2

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million for children's services. Similar increases are expected

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across the rest of the region in the next few weeks. I think largely

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people can afford it and social care is central to society you have the

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health service which is the point of need, social care which is means

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tested. I think it deserves more funding. I haven't any objection to

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them putting our council tax up. We will find the money and I believe it

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is worthwhile. But despite the rise in council tax, local authorities

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like Devon are still having to make ?23 million in cuts to social

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services to balance the books. Our political editor

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Martyn Oates is here. This is more evidence of the

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financial strain on councils. And this won't go away even with big

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council tax increases, even if they make big savings. A big grievance

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often is the government grant that councils get, when big local

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government settlement was announced just before Christmas there were

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complaints from MPs and council leaders in rural parts of the

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country saying it is unfair and not enough, and we're in strange

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position this year because most of our major councils, Devon and Dorset

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and Somerset, setting our budgets a week before the government produces

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its final settlement, which will be voted on at Westminster next week,

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so even if the government produces more money, we will be left with

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this council tax bills, and the government is being blamed for this

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because it is so late getting on with its side of the bargain because

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of Brexit arrangements covering through, while councils have a duty

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to sign of their budgets before the beginning of March. Where I'd

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councils make those savings? Devon said they would look at better

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contracts for schools and waste, and services will be provided at home.

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If the government doesn't step in, where are the obvious areas? This is

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a worsening problem and it tends to affect smaller councils, rural

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district councils more than the big councils we have been talking about.

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Some counties are looking at a very radical option, essentially

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abolishing county and district councils altogether and following

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Cornwall and becoming unitary authorities, so places like

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Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Dorset is poised to

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go down that route. If Dorset goes unitary, Devon and Somerset will be

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the only areas in the whole of the South West sticking to what might be

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seen as an old-fashioned two-tiered county and district structure, and

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if we see these other counties go when unitary, the pressure on Devon

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and Somerset to do the same thing might become quite strong indeed.

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Martin, thank you. The questions patients are asked

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when they phone NHS 111 have been criticised by a caller who says

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she was left confused and upset. Michelle Perryman rang the service

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saying she felt violently ill but says what she was asked

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about her condition was irrelevant. The NHS has apologised,

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but GPs have told us there are usually valid medical

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reasons for the questions. Michelle Perryman said she called

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the NHS non-emergency number But she says during the ten-minute

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call she was asked too many questions, the wrong questions,

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and was laughed at. Have you had a head injury

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in the last seven days? We just need to answer these

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questions if you don't mind. How many more questions

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have I got to answer? The computer's asking

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these questions. I was being asked all the wrong

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questions and I wasn't Has she suddenly developed

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a severe headache like If I had been hit by a brick,

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most people would either be Southwestern Ambulance Service NHS

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Foundation Trust says the brick question was a legitimate question

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to help identify serious injury. How I was spoken to

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was so disrespectful. You can actually hear him laughing

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at me when I told him this. I'm sick to death of

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answering questions. The trust said the operator's tone

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was inappropriate where Devon Doctors say many people

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comment on why there are so many questions asked, but they say

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patient safety is paramount. The Pathway system is a number

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of questions developed by clinicians who know how to identify particular

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conditions and frequently patients phone up with what they think is one

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problem and by the process of these questions we realised there may be

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something else and it may be more The Southwest Ambulance Service,

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which no longer runs the 111 service, said call handlers

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are required to ask a series of questions known as NHS

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Pathways and the call handler selected the wrong pathway,

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but even if Mrs Perryman had been asked the correct questions

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the outcome of the call They said they were sorry

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for any distress caused. A controversial car park pay machine

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has been replaced at a Poldark filming site in Cornwall

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after the original was deliberately pulled out of the ground soon

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after it was installed. The National Trust is being urged

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not to enforce new parking charges at Levant mine, where 31 men

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were killed in a mining I saw a sight I don't want to see

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again, I think it took three days to recover the whole lot of the men who

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had been trapped in the shaft. This accident put paid to this mind and

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now we have today the derelict buildings and that is all that is

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left of the famous mind which produced over ?2 million worth of

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war. Well, the National Trust says

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the money from parking charges will be used to fund

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the conservation of the site The underground workings of Levant

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mine extend more than a mile Generations of men sought copper

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and tin here but the Levant mine disaster in October 1919 was one

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of the biggest losses of life 31 men were killed when the device

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to carry them down the shaft failed. Scenes from the first series

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of Poldark were filmed here. For now, they have enough copper

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to cope and come the next auction... We will see they come

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away empty-handed. There has been a 50%

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increase in visitor That means the footfall

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has increased here. 70% of those people don't go

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into the site itself but walk in the local landscape

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which we also look after. So that increases the maintenance

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liability and we have an conservation work we need to do

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to keep the space special. So to pay for it they have put

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in a parking machine, It will cost us money to replace us,

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it has already cost us money to replace and that is money

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we could have used for conservation work, so it is sad there has

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been that vandalism. Opponents say they don't

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condone the vandalism but still want to get this machine

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moved legally and permanently. They make a point about protecting

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the environment but I would hardly call sticking that parking meter

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here protecting the environment, and how did they manage

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for all these decades I suppose it's people like us that

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are attracted to this place because of Poldark and we have

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to pay for the upkeep of it. My grandfather was Tom Rowe

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and he died in the Levant mine disaster but I still think

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the National Trust need to charge to park here because it's becoming

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increasingly popular with Poldark. They need money to maintain

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the roads and the access in and out. With the 100th anniversary

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of the Levant mine disaster approaching, the National Trust says

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descendents of the men killed will still be able to come

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here and park for free. Plans for 185 houses and apartments

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at the former Dorchester Prison Planning permission for housing

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at the site was initially refused last August following concerns

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from nearby residents. But today a revised application

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for fewer homes was passed. The plans will see the main cell

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block and gatehouse converted into 60 homes and a further 125

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properties in nearby buildings. Leyton Orient captain Liam Kelly has

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been charged by the FA following an incident when a ball

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boy was shoved to the ground 27-year-old Kelly has

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until 6pm tomorrow evening If you have something out

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of guarantee but which appears to be broken, stay with us -

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there's a place you can go Following in the footsteps

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of a master shoe maker - the apprentice keeping

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a North Devon craft alive. And during the later, when I'll be

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going supersonic on this 1930s moon rocket ride.

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A family from Dorset says their Quins are lucky to be alive after

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suffering a rare disorder in the winter -- in the womb. Only 10% of

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twins around the world have the condition, when both babies shared

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the same placenta. Edward Salt reports.

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At 20 weeks I started getting pain and then we had the devastating news

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at 22 weeks that we had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome,

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which was very frightening and we didn't know whether the twins

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Sarah was rushed to hospital in London.

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Her twins were in immediate danger and surgeons had 48 hours

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Very frightening, it's the worst day of my life.

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Henry and Sebastian shared one placenta in Sarah's womb.

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It meant they weren't getting enough blood and this could be fatal.

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Only 10-15% of twins suffer from twin-to-twin transfusion

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syndrome and need laser surgery to save their lives.

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The blood vessels to connect the baby are connecting them

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in an uneven fashion, so the curative treatment is to put

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a tiny telescope in, about two millimetres in diameter,

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and through it we can identify the blood vessels joining the two

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placentas of the babies and using an even smaller laser

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fibre through the same telescope, we can block the blood vessels that

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Individually they may see a couple of dozen cases each year.

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By pooling all of this data, all their knowledge,

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they will have a far broader, more in-depth picture of what's

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successful and where they might be able to make changes to improve

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Back in Dorset, Sarah and Dan are now looking to their future.

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We're just very lucky that we've got the two boys and we take every day

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as it comes to do as much as we can, if we get a chance take them out

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and enjoy everything that we can with them.

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And the same goes for Henry and Sebastian, waving goodbye

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More than 21 million tonnes of household rubbish was collected

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from bins in Exeter last year - but how much of that waste

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In an effort to tackle the number of broken items that

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are just thrown away, rather than fixed,

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a repair caf is launching in the city this weekend.

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Clare Woodling has been to investigate.

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An unfashionable maxim in 2017 at once espoused

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Don't want to throw it away, I want to keep my stuff forever if I can.

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I know that's not feasible but as long as I can,

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Jude is the driving force behind a repairer cafe launching

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It's designed to stop fixable items going to landfill.

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Some repairs can be fiddly and I brought one of my own

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There's a hole in the sleeve of my brown jacket.

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I would sew it up by hand with some strong thread and small stitches

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because you cannot get at it with a sewing machine.

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People can bring their faulty electricals as well as broken

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Bikes with flat tyres or brakes that don't work are welcome.

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I think what they might do is put in the back of their garage for six

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or 12 months and then take it to the tip, whereas if they repaired

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it today they could use it again tomorrow and enjoy the fresh air.

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There will even be a potter doing ceramic repairs

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The ?2000 community grant has been awarded by Exeter Council

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to pay for consumables like batteries and thread.

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A lot of the items that get brought to me are items that could last

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a lot longer but unfortunately we live in a world of planned

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obsolescence where a lot of things are built with a weak link in it,

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It's no deterrent for the repairers, who say no job is too big or too

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small, and Jude says that shops may want to sell,

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Six years ago I bought some leather chairs and the front of them had

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started to peel off and I went to the manufacturer and said

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I hadn't had these very long, they're leather, and he says five

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That's it, five years, throw them away, buy a new one.

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Such a good idea. We all throw things away far too easily and too

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quickly. Now, across the South West many people are keeping traditional

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crafts alive but there are fears those skills could disappear unless

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young people are encouraged to take them up.

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Well, one young woman from North Devon is

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learning at the feet - quite literally -

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The leather and vegan shoes, boots and sandals are handmade to order

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Spotlight's Andrea Ormsby has the story.

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26-year-old Polly Collins is learning from an expert.

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Try to do longer sweeps with the knife.

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That's right, because you were slightly chopping into it.

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The difficulty and why we need funding for craft skills

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There is the 10,000 hour theory for learning any new skill.

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Three more years at the feet of a master.

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Funding for the apprenticeship comes from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship

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It's a really fantastic opportunity and it's really nice to be

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I think it will be a really great few years and I'll learn a lot.

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I'm just really looking forward to it.

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It's not easy running a small business and this is a massive help

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because for me it's an act of faith training someone because it costs

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a lot of money and time and effort and so this is a huge boost for me

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personally, it validates my choice in politics but the people at Quest

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also thought she was high calibre and had the staying power

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Alison Hastie set up Green Shoes with ?600 in 1981.

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She hand makes leather and vegan shoes, boots

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and sandals to order here at the workshop

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She performs a bit of magic, I think, especially the ability

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to turn such two-dimensional material into this three-dimensional

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thing that fits people really well and lasts for such an incredible

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It's a really amazing thing and it's very inspiring.

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Do you have to wear the shoes to work here?

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I can't say I really wear any other shoes anymore.

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Once you start wearing them, every other shoe feels

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Polly is an apprentice shoemaker and says it will be a good few

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years before she can drop the word apprentice.

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Now, you may remember last summer we reported on a fundraising

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campaign to save the last surviving 1930s Moonrocket fairground ride?

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Well, the money was raised and this week the white knuckle ride opened

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So we sent Johnny Rutherford along for some antique theme park thrills.

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Before the space race, there was Moonrocket.

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This was the fastest ride at the time, 1938,

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and it was a sensation, it was the fastest ride and that

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was an immediate hit with the public.

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The Moonrocket represents an era on the fairgrounds when

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speed, thrills and excitement were in vogue.

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It's one of the original white knuckle rides.

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Space travel was science-fiction, it hadn't been

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invented, it hadn't happened yet, so it was artistic license how you

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portrayed space travel, so it was artists'

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space travel possibly was in the future.

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This version, one of less than 20 ever made, was ordered by

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After much fundraising, Dingles Fairground

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Heritage Centre bought it for ?175,000 to house it undercover

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I thought it was really fun because it's really fast.

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When you go really fast and you can tilt the cars.

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It was quite frightening but it wasn't too bad.

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When I had a go, they racked it up to top speed.

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Johnny Rutherford, BBC Spotlight, Lifton, West Devon!

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Maybe from the 1930s but it still has the power to thrill. We have

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fond memories of being there, eight Children in Need outside broadcast

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their many years ago. Let's see what the weather is doing across the

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south-west. Not too much of a roller-coaster there were otherwise.

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A nice springlike day although technically it is still winter and

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I've been spoiled for photos, this lovely one coming in looking across

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to Plymouth, another one of sunshine here and a nice day has led to a

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nice evening. A glorious sunset, are cameraman Jeff was driving along the

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aged 38 near Chudleigh and you can see a glorious end to the day. Any

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of you have sent your photos in the sunset and I am collecting those for

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the late news. Red sky at night can prophesy is an nice day but that

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will be not so much the case in this instance, but it is mild. This is

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just a week ago, highs of 5 degrees for many of us, skip forward seven

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days and we are looking at 12 and 13, so a different feel. Tomorrow we

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keep this Mountfield but we have some mist and fog at first, it will

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be cloudy with a risk of showery rain later. We have high pressure

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bringing this risk of mist and fog, some fine conditions that weather

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fronts introduce a bit more cloud with the risk of a little rain here

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and there but not too much, a decent amount of dry weather. The we have

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starry skies initially that could allow some mist and fog patches due

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form and some low cloud. Temperatures of five, six, 7 degrees

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but there is the chance of a touch of frost. Tomorrow morning you might

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catch a bit of fog and Dorset and we have more chance of hill fog, also

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some showery rain but not too much, the bulk of tomorrow should be

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largely dry and mild with temperatures up to 13 degrees but a

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brisk wind for western areas and the Isles of Scilly will have a brisk

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wind. Cloudy, a risk of showery rain and these are the times of high

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water tomorrow. These are the ways for our surfers, the biggest along

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the north coast, generally clean conditions with the wind coming in

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from a southerly direction. A bit smaller along the south coast, wind

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strop lighter but choppy out to the West as the breeze comes in. This is

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the coastal waters forecast, winds occasionally getting up to six in

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the West. They have risk of rain or drizzle that will reduce the

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visibility to moderate or poor, rough at times in the West. Although

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this looks very grey, there are some good things to say about the weather

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in the next few days. Where'd you get sunshine it will feel nice,

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winds are fairly light, mostly dry through the weekend although you

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could see a little rain and areas like the north-east of Dartmoor are

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most likely to see the sunshine coming through, and where it does it

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will feel a bit like spring. We can't do with too much excitement,

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that looks fine to us. That is all from Spotlight this evening. The

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late news is just after 10:30pm. Join us then if you can. Good night.

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Two challenges await you today, and our genre is Landscape.

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The conditions are a wee bit challenging.

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I've really got to convince the judges

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It's colourful - but it was meant to be muted.

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