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The family of a Devon man shot in the head during an armed robbery

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in the Caribbean are tonight at his bedside in Plymouth.

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Chris Tester was visiting his parents at their cafe

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An online appeal raised enough money for him to fly to the UK

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He's now being treated at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital.

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Our reporter Anna Varle is there for us tonight.

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Yeah, Chris Tester was in Antigua at his parents' cafe. They had closed

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for the night on Christmas when an armed robber threatened his mother

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at gunpoint. He was initially flown

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from Antigua to Guadeloupe for specialist treatment -

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and his flight home has taken 19 hrs because of the short hops they have

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had to make due to the nature It was also thrown at low altitude

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because of the pressure in his head. -- slogan.

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Chris's sister, Vicki Tester has been speaking today

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He doesn't really obviously, you know, it took nearly a day

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We don't really know the full extent, long-term,

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I mean, have they given you any idea as to what might happen or how long

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Because of the extent of his injuries, it is his brain

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potentially, his eyes, also reconstruction to his face,

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I think the main point is that he is stable

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and there is nothing that they urgently need

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to operate on when he arrived, which was a good sign.

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How have your parents cope with all of this?

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My mum is the strongest woman I think I have ever seen.

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And my dad, he has been with him the whole way and sat with him

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in that air ambulance the whole time.

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As any parent would, they are doing everything they can.

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There has been an incredible rallying around, hasn't there,

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What would you want to say to the people that have helped?

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All of us, we are so, so, so grateful.

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And the people from, you know, Chris's life

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that have known him, back at school, people that

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know him now from his work, socialising when he goes out,

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Brenton Henry is a journalist with the Antigua Observer newspaper.

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He told us what reaction there'd been to the shooting.

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Well, there has been a tremendous expression of goodwill

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and sympathy towards the family, but also a level of shock

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and disappointment, especially that this happened to a visitor

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What sort of investigation is going on at the moment into the shooting?

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Lawmen have appealed to members of the public who may know something

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However no one has been charged in connection

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with that crime as yet, and no one is in custody

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at present assisting lawmen with the investigation,

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And it appears that they have very few leads to follow so far, at least

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I don't know if you know the cafe itself, but what about

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Give us an idea of what that neighbourhood is like.

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Antigua is a relatively small community, but even

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by Antigua's standards, Old Road, the community of Old Road

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would be considered far and rural part of Antigua and popular.

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I mean, in terms of the level of this crime, the shooting,

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how often does this sort of incident happen in Antigua?

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I mean, Antigua has had a past where visitors have run into trouble

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with local criminals, yes, but that sort of thing does not

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happen often at all, and so that is why this particular

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incident came as a shock to many residents and visitors.

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It is largely unheard of here in Antigua that something

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OK, Brenton Henry in Antigua, thank you very much indeed.

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It's just a case of waiting at this point.

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Chris is in a stable condition in intensive care.

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A round up now of some of the other stories

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Police are becoming extremely concerned

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Clive Colling was last seen on New Year's day and is thought

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to be wearing dark clothes and a dark woollen hat.

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The family of a 46-year-old man who died after being in a collision

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with a van in Plymouth last Thursday have paid tribute to him.

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Kenny Elphick from Devonport died following the accident

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Several sites in Plymouth have been chosen as part of a government

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scheme aimed at building thousands of new starter homes.

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A Government subsidy will allow the properties

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to be sold at a discount, but only people aged between 23

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Whitleigh and Bath Street are two of the sites.

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Campaigners calling for improved rail services and cheaper fares say

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the South West is being treated as "the end of the line".

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Members of the trade union led campaign group "Action for Rail"

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were at stations today calling on passengers to join their fight.

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Hamish Marshall has been gauging reaction from passengers.

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A train coming down the line from London today

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but, for the passengers on it, the prices have gone up.

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The average rise of more than 2% came into force yesterday.

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Some fares here, though, are going up by 4%.

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I think they've always been too expensive in England.

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I come back every now and then, and it always strikes me how

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expensive the train fares are in England.

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I've come up from Cornwall, so it's costing me 20 quid,

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so it would probably cost me more in car fares and petrol.

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I think they are a bit much really for day-to-day travel,

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For anyone coming to college it is a drain on their money.

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These two sisters were flexible and booked online, and were happy

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with their fare today, but even would like the fare

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increase income spent on bringing the line from Okehampton

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That would save a 50 mile round trip to Exeter to start her journey.

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We desperately need that link of the rail to come up here.

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Passengers arriving in Exeter St David's this morning

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were met by these campaigners who are pushing for a better deal.

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We need a second route to the south-west via Okehampton.

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We need more work done on the Dawlish Sea Walk.

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We need more investment into Cornwall.

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We need better infrastructure in the south-west.

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Well, this train is on its way to Glasgow.

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I checked a few moments ago to see how much it would cost if I wanted

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And if you say, well, what about booking in advance?

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I checked the same train for a month's time.

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For a comparison, you can find flights to Glasgow

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The Government says the fare rises are funding investment.

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Around the rail network, there is a lot happening.

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I guess of course nobody wants to see a fare increase,

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And right now fares are rising less faster than wages,

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so at least that is a step in the right direction.

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Campaigners are challenging the minister now to show that

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Again, time for the weather. David's hair. How is it looking?

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Still killed but perhaps not as cold as last night. Hello. We got down to

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around -6 last night, now it's around freezing. We have these cold

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fronts travelling down through the southern part of Britain now. They'd

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drizzle as well. For the day tomorrow, it is cloudy but, as that

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from clear to the west on Thursday, we'll have another frost overnight

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to moral light into Thursday. Thursday is a return to the winter

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sunshine. The crowd will be quite expensive. Later denied, most the

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vehicles will fill in. The crowd is capable of producing some drizzle as

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well. It will be close to freezing, we can't rule out grave frost but

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nothing compares to what we saw this morning. A bit dumb little described

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as well, on the alternate much cloudy days. Images between 7-8 C. A

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brisk, north-westerly for the morning. A frosty start to lay on

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Thursday morning. A good deal of sunshine. The only exception is the

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far west of Cornwall which will have the same weather system. As we head

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into the weekend, it is milder. But it's also rather cloudy. Have a good

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night. Thank you very much. That it from us. From a of other New Age

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team, have a peaceful night. Goodbye.

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milder later in the week. That is it from me but coming up next is the

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national picture. Good evening. But frost or not of frost, that is the

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weather question for tomorrow and the answer is no, probably not

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because of this weather front that is slipping south from Scotland,

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maybe towards the south-west where we might have one

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