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Good evening. BBC News Channel.

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Devon and Cornwall Police stand accused tonight of failing

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the victims of crime after it emerged that it had failed

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to record 17,000 serious offences, including rape.

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But, as John Danks reports, the group that represents serving

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rank and file officers has defended the performance.

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Call the police to report a crime but, in too many cases,

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

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not officially recording an offence straightaway,

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A victim may benefit from getting immediate help,

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or they could potentially find themselves in more danger

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It all depends on how officers view claims being made,

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but inspectors say the current situation is wholly unacceptable.

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The report estimated that more than 17,000 crimes are not

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They include rape, sexual offences and violent attacks.

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A survey found that crime reporting processes are convoluted and staff

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don't understand the basic crime reporting principles.

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Inspectors believe it to be a systemic failure and have rated

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Devon and Cornwall Police inadequate,

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saying many victims are being let down.

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We don't believe that we've let victims down.

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Victims of serious offences such as rape and sexual offences can have

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every confidence and step forward to Devon and Cornwall Police.

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We will take their allegations very seriously.

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We will ensure that they are safe and we will conduct thorough

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investigations and where appropriate bring prosecutions.

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How those matters are recorded in the background

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We need to address those, they need to be accurate

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so that we provide an accurate picture of the true level

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But victims remain at the heart of what we do here in Devon

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and Cornwall and victims can have the utmost confidence to step

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forward as they have been doing in increasing numbers over

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Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner,

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Alison Hernandez, says she takes the report very seriously

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

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Research by the BBC shows it took 342 days for one patient to be

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discharged from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to a care home.

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In all, five patients were delayed for over 100 days.

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All were linked to a lack of social care.

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A hospital spokesman said many had complex conditions

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And you can read more about that research,

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together with the hospital's detailed response and its plans

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on how to ease the problems, on the BBC News website.

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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership

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has tonight welcomed a new ?10 million Government scheme

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to support the creation of the UK's first Spaceport by 2020.

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The Partnership is hoping Newquay Airport will be chosen.

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There will be grants towards a project offering

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commercial space flights and providing both a launch base

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for satellites and facilities promoting science.

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Dorset's fire authority has agreed a budget

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It will mean a council tax rise of 2.6 pence per week

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The authority has one of the lowest operating budgets in the country.

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Fire prevention work will increase under the plans,

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although the authority had its Government grant cut by 12%.

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A little bit of Westminster came to Cornwall today,

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as the cross party committee on exiting the EU

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It's all part of an inquiry into how the UK negotiates its position

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Spotlight's Tamsin Melville explains.

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Cornwall was just the latest place that this committee of MPs

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are visiting on a tour around the country getting opinions

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There is still a lot of uncertainty out there but here in Cornwall

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the various sectors have got together and come up with this

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glossy document talking about both the risks

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The MPs said they were very impressed with this can-do attitude.

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The way in which Cornwall has said, right, that's the decision,

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How do we get on with it? What are the challenges?

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And I think it was informed partly by the importance of that funding

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If it is not going to be there any more from that source,

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what is going to replace it? How do we want that to work?

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Can we have more devolution so we can take more

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The MPs heard opinions on a wide range of topics

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including fishing, tourism, migration and agriculture.

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But, unsurprisingly, a key theme emerged and that was that Cornwall

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voted to leave despite all the EU millions it's received in recent

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years and what could or should replace that in the future.

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There was a message that most of those giving evidence

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It is not about us being a grant-dependent economy.

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It is about making sure that we've got the right access to investment

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to unlock the potential that we have here, whether that's loans

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or impact bonds, so that we can continue to deliver

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So, Cornwall would like Westminster to keep stumping up some cash.

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Other themes were the importance of being able to access labour

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from the EU and continued support for farmers.

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There's going to be a transition period.

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We know where we are now but we don't necessarily

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We don't want to fall off a cliff so transition money is key.

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Quite what happens further out we don't know because we don't know

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the trade deal so we don't know what we're contending with.

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The committee says it is clear on what findings it will now report

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What impact any of this will have is less clear.

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A service was held today to mark one of the most courageous actions

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in the history of Royal Navy aircrew.

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Forces personnel and relatives gathered at the Fleet Air Arm Church

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in Yeovilton to honour the airmen who took on

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the German Battle Fleet 75 years ago.

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Six planes were shot down and 13 aircrew were killed in the battle.

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They came today to remember the extraordinary actions of 18 men.

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In a hushed stillness of this Yeovilton church,

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the story of a desperate, hellish mission was retold.

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In 1942, three huge German battleships made a dash for home

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to Germany through the English Channel.

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They expected to be targets so a screen of German destroyers,

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E-boats and minesweepers plus 200 fighter aircraft went with them.

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Here through enemy eyes is how the Fleet Air Arm, under

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the command of Lieutenant Commander Esmond VC, went against them.

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One of the finest exhibitions of self sacrifice and devotion

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Towards that fearsome assembly flew six Fleet Air Arm Swordfish

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They never got close enough to drop their bombs.

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Shells and bullets ripped through the canvas-covered

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Today meant an awful lot to relatives, who will never forget.

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Our lives today really was shaped by what these folks did for us.

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Our men and other men and other wives, husbands...

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And for future generations of any war that has happened,

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be it further back into history or anything unfortunately that might

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happen in the future, we have to thank people

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Today's 825 Naval Air Squadron paid tribute in its own way to those

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They knew their chances of coming back where minimum and yet

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they still pressed on their attack against vastly superior force.

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Bravery is even more commendable when it is in the face

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Anybody can be brave when you're winning but to be

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brave when you're losing, that's impressive and that's

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All 18 aircrew were heroes that day and it was a heroism made

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all the more extraordinary in the face of

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A very cold winter day and more to come. Finally next week we will

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start to warm up but we have two or three days of low temperatures. It

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will feel pretty raw for all of us. The combination of low temperatures

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and the strength of the wind coming in from the east. Tomorrow will be

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colder than it felt today. A few showers around, most of which will

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be rain but in some parts of East Devon and Somerset and Dorset there

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may be some snowflakes and wintry flurries in the wind but nothing

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that will settle. High pressure to the north of the United Kingdom

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keeps these easterly winds going. That is going to happen until

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Sunday. Temperatures are close to freezing tonight so quite a

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widespread frost pretty much everywhere. Along the south coast

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first thing tomorrow morning, the risk of a few showers. Most of those

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will be rain, as I say. Some sunny spells tomorrow but bands of clouds

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creeping in from the east that will keep things rather grey. It will be

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a brisk east or not easterly wind and that is with us again on

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Saturday. Another frost then another call today with the risk of a few

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wintry showers but also some sunshine from time to time so not

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too bad. Into next week we start to draw up some slightly less cold air

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from Spain and Portugal and noticed there is some yellow starting to

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show on Western France. Until next week it will be cold. Fingers

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crossed it gets warmer on Monday and Tuesday. Have a good night.

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Join us on Spotlight tomorrow to find out why almost two thirds

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of children in Devon could lose out under plans to change

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will turn a bit less cold again. All the way up seven Celsius.

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At this time of year we can often get the weather stories that reflect

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