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Police are investigating whether the bodies of a man

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and a woman found at a farmhouse in Devon are the result of a murder

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The married couple have been named locally as Nicola and Michael Beck.

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Scenes of crime officers and police search teams have spent

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the day at the scene, near Dunkeswell - from there,

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Remote, rural, but tonight, this is the scene of a major

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After being contacted by someone with concerns, the body

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of a man and a woman were found at this farmhouse.

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The news of the deaths have shocked those living close by.

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It was a tremendous shock and surprise.

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It is something you do not expect on your doorstep.

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It was such a shock when we heard the news.

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Officers say they are looking into whether

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this was a murder followed by a suicide.

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The couple involved where named locally as Nicola and Michael

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

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We have been searching the properties for evidence.

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We are dealing with family members of the two individuals.

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We have trained family liaison officers helping them.

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Neighbours say the couple had been intending to sell

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Police say they are not looking for anyone else in

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connection with the deaths, abut are asking anyone

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with information to come forward and contact them.

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The chronic lack of support for homeless people with drink

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and drug addictions in Cornwall is becoming a desperate situation,

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according to the Mayor of Truro. Rob Nolan is now calling

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Addaction, a drug and alcohol charity, says it saw a 20% rise

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in referrals to their Cornish service last year.

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Clare Woodling has been speaking to rough sleepers,

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who say they've been turned away from shelters due to their alcohol

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Sonia is used to getting by on the streets.

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It is not the only habit she has, though.

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If we did not drink, we would be housed within a week.

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Any of us who have lived here a long time, we get put

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to the back of the queue, cos they just think

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She is not alone in not finding shelter due to addiction problems.

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They see it and they choose to ignore it.

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Or they go, "It will be OK, it will sort itself out.

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Of course it is not going to sort itself out.

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The shortage is something the Mayor of Truro wants to see

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We have a desperately urgent need for some sort of provision.

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Some sort of shelter for people with drug and alcohol issues.

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There are some homeless people here who are looked after,

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and those doing so do a fabulous job, but people

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

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at night, so end up sleeping on the streets.

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This has been going on for three months now.

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They are now setting up tents. They are setting up home here.

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We need a hostel somewhere, some accommodation, for them -

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somewhere they can go in the evenings and be looked after.

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As the light fades, so the temperature falls

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There is bigger chance of people dying on the streets

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There is the risk of increased, if they are drug users,

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That, combined with the cold, could lead to overdosing and death, etc.

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Also, just frustration from the street homeless community.

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Frustration does not quite do it justice.

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Absolutely disgusted that human beings can treat homeless

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Being an old lady myself, and a mother and grandmother,

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We understand that temperatures here could fall

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

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to bed down on hard floors out on the city tonight.

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The society has said it will work with other

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services offering help for rough sleepers.

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Derriford Hospital is tonight on black alert.

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The hospital has declared itself at the highest level

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in the escalation system, saying the pressure on its services

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is currently so great, there is potential for patient care

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The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske, and Yeovil Hospital

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As the authorities in France begin slaughtering up to a million ducks,

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to try to halt the spread of bird flu,

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poultry keepers here are facing even tighter controls.

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All poultry must now be kept indoors until the end of February.

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That includes so-called backyard farmers -

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people who may only keep a small number of chickens, but who may not

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be aware of the risks of not keeping them housed.

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Traders in one Cornish town are warning that a major shake up

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of their business rates could be the final straw for many of them.

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From April, some shops in St Ives will have to pay hundreds

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Ministers say the changes make the system fairer,

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and nearly three quarters of companies nationwide will see

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But there are warnings some could be forced out of business.

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They perhaps see that St Ives is the jewel in the crown

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of Cornwall and so it's buoyant and rich.

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It's very quiet in the winter months still.

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A lot of businesses, you know, will struggle to survive.

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A pioneering genetic test has pinpointed a rare immune deficiency

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Matthew Knight has suffered from one infection since he was a baby.

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The success of the test has made it possible

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to boost his immunity and help him fight off future illnesses.

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The team responsible believe their work could benefit

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many more people, paving the way for a routine genetic test

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for all NHS patients with rare diseases in the future.

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Some have compared what we are doing is the same as the man landing on

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the moon. I think we are moving out into the reality of delivering tests

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that we would not have thought possible a decade and a half ago

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into clinical care and indeed within Matthew's case within two weeks we

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were able to create a result and give the family information that had

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previously been elusive. An 18-foot high soldier,

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made entirely from scrap metal, Clinton Rogers has been to see

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the Tommy, at the forge where he was welded together

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in honour of the men who served He is a monument to bravery, but

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also recycling. At the door said Ford where he was created, they

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pieced together, well, pretty much everything they could get their

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hands on. From car parts to spammers. From chains to garden

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forks. And the result is truly impressive. Only when you stand next

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to the sculpture do you get a true sense of its scale. It powers the

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bubbly to 5.8 metres. It weighs one and a half tonnes. It took three and

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a half months to build. It is called the Haunting. It has been made for a

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local man who wants to remain anonymous. It is a commission for a

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local opera, actually. He came to us and asked if we could build a

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ghostly figure of a First World War soldier. So that is what we have up

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with and I think it fits the bill. It will be featured in a book. At

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the moment, that is as much as I can say. Well, as it stands, proudly

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waiting for delivery, the sculpture is certainly attracting admiring

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glances from passers-by. I think it is just incredible. The more you

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look at it, you see so many little bits that you missed and it is

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absolutely wonderful. I think it is absolutely beautiful. Though younger

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admirers really are not sure who he is. What do you call him? The BFG.

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Oh, you think he is the BFG. Well, I think he might be. A friendly giant

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or a hero? Well, that depends what side you are on. The Content will

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eventually go on show. Where and when that will be for now remains a

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mystery. Fabulous. Time for the weather.

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Hello. Good evening. Temperatures right now are already a feudal

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freezing in some places. For tomorrow, generally a lot more cloud

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coming our way, so limited brightness, mainly in the east and

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some patchy rain turning up as well. All courtesy of a couple of weather

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fronts that are gradually, slowly creeping up towards us. Slow

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progress on that, but they are not particularly active. It is like an

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patchy. Overnight, the main frost risk is to the east. Milder air

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across the world western parts of England and particularly across

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Cornwall. Temperatures between 5-9 C. Still some places getting

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down to minus figures. Tomorrow we have some brightness in the East,

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but generally the cloud will win. It will produce fabrics of rain from

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late morning onwards. It is patchy but it will be with us. It

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introduces milder error and a lot of low cloud. On Saturday, we may end

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up with very misty conditions. Mild but rather cloudy along with

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Saturday and Sunday a bit of brightness coming through from time

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to time. Have a good evening. David, thank you very much. We will be back

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at breakfast. From as all of the late team, have a good night.

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creeping up by a notch or two, 10, maybe nine Celsius. Here is Louise

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with the national picture. Won't it cold and frosty this

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morning? The coldest night of the winter so far in England. Down to

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minus 8 Celsius. But widely, the temperatures below freezing. Through

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the night, cloud and rain, so temperatures for

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