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And we will ask why so many more people over the age of 65 are

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getting married these days. Feelings were running high

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in Holsworthy this evening as around 500 people gathered

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to express their anger at plans to temporarily

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close their community hospital beds. The NHS Trust bosses met

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with shouts and jeers from the audience, but refused

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to overturn the decision. Our health correspondent Jenny

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Walrond is there for us tonight. I gather quite a lively meeting?

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Absolutely. Hospital bosses can be left in no doubt that there is

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considerable public anger and distrust over their decision to come

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close beds at Holsworthy hospital. At a packed meeting tonight we heard

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concerns that that temporary closure could become permanent and criticism

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over the way the trust is handle problems with staffing and bed

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occupancy. When it comes to dying, I want to be

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able to die where I want to die and in the comfort that

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I want. So, you are telling me

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that the reason numbers are reducing is because you have stopped people

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coming to Holsworthy? Sometimes people need more medical

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care and the best place Do you know, they feel

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very strongly about it. It is such an important thing,

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a centre of the community really. We asked if it is going to be

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permanent and they were like, "Oh, You know, they were going

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on about the agency staff. No proper answer, no better

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off now, really, so... And what did the trust had to say

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tonight? Northern Devon health care Jost was challenged to overturn a

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decision to close those beds but the Chief Executive said that that is

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something there was no way we would do in speaking to me before the

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meeting Alison Diamond said that the closure was due to significant

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safety concerns. One of them is around the use

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of agency staff to support our staff due to very significant staff

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sickness and also some vacancies And that, in combination with few

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people actually needing the beds in Holsworthy,

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is a situation that we can't There was one assurance. But is that

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current patients will be allowed to stay for as long as they need to.

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Patients such as Penny Smith who has terminal ovarian cancer and who has

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appealed to end her days at Holsworthy hospital but there were

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no promises that these beds would definitely reopen and so it may be

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many months before we know the long-term future of this hospital.

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Jenny in Holsworthy, thank you. There are calls tonight

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for changes to the way military It follows the successful appeal

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by Sergeant Alexander Blackman The former Royal Marine from Taunton

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shot dead an injured Taliban Today an Appeal Court ruled

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he was instead guilty of manslaughter on the grounds

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of diminished responsibility. In Taunton, a Royal Marine's town,

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you don't have to look far to find people flying the flag for Alexander

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Blackman. Well, that is better than it was,

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but I still feel that he should After all, he was fighting

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for his country and things Yet there are those who believe

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Alexander Blackman had to be held Well, it was right

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that he was prosecuted. That sort of action has

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to be investigated. Simon Hollington was

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a Royal Marine for 24 years, Today he told me Alexander Blackman

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had crossed the line of what was acceptable

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on the battlefield. I can understand how he did

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what he did, I don't We have to keep them,

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otherwise we are reduced to savages. What do you say though

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to the argument that what goes on on the battlefield should stay

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on the battlefield? If somebody breaks the law

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and it is the law, then they have Former Sergeant Blackman

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is currently in Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire having served more

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than three years of an eight-year Now, it all dates back to September

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2011 when he was serving in Helmand Province,

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Afghanistan. When he shot dead

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a seriously injured Taliban His actions captured

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on helmet camera. But his prosecution

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prompted protests. This one on the streets

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of Westminster. And in Parliament today,

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the local MP welcomed And would the Prime Minister agree

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with me that within the correct legal framework, those

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who defend our peace, protect our will from evil,

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be treated with fairness Another MP, a former soldier,

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said the right outcome had It was always my view whilst

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Sergeant Blackman had behaved in the most despicable way,

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what he was guilty in the most despicable way, what he was

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guilty of was not murder. He was mentally ill

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when he did what he did. He had not been looked

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after by his chain of command. He had seen things that would have

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snapped the will and senses of anybody and what he did

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was awful, truly, truly awful, but it wasn't murder,

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it was manslaughter. So, murder has now formally

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become manslaughter, but the debate over the rights

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and wrongs of the shooting, and the prosecution which followed

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it, haven't gone away. Earlier the Liberal Democrat

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peer Lord Burnett, who's a former Royal Marine,

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told Spotlight he'd be calling for a change in the way military

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courts deal with cases like Sergeant It'll be raised in the House

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of Lords next week. The public don't really understand

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quite what those pressures are. The panel should

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have been his peers. That is the culture,

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the ethos of court-martial. Only two of the seven members

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of the panel had actually served in Afghanistan and knew the hell

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that was inflicted And straight after this programme

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there's a special edition of Panorama made by filmmaker

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Chris Terrill, who was embedded with Sergeant Blackman's unit

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at the time of the shooting. In a vital case that could affect

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the way we fight wars in future, we ask did Sergeant Blackman kill

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in cold blood? Were there other pressures

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we had not heard about? Everyone that was speaking

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on the radio was sending For every individual man, there's

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a point in which he's had too much. That's Panorama at

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10:50pm here on BBC One. The most likely cause

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of a devastating fire in the Cornish village of St Day was electrical

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according to Cornwall's Fire It started at the same time

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as several electrical faults Today our reporter David George

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was invited in, to see Fire has burned through into next

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door and through the roof. Katie finds some wet and charred

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pictures of her daughter. I found these pictures

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of Charlie from quite Everything was in there,

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our lives, everything and... I came out and there was,

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in number three, there was smoke Neighbour Tammy Mitchell called

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the Fire Service and that was just minutes after she had reported

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a power cut in the estate. The electric goes off, sparking,

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the satellite box is going up, sparking off on cushions and ten

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minutes later the roof was smoking. And then within 20 minutes

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two rooves are on fire, Western Power Distribution say no

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one is available for an interview, but a spokesman confirmed

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that there was a problem with the transformer that was here,

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which is why they had replaced it Well, let's take a look

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a weather now with David. Good evening. We have had some

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sunshine today, not everywhere, but some places got a lovely entered the

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day. This was the sunset in Somerset. Tomorrow I don't think we

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will see as much clear sky. Cloud will be thicker and more widespread

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and it's capable of producing some spots of drizzle. All because of

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this weather front which is slowly coming in from the West through the

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day tomorrow. It will introduce cooler air and that opens the door

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to much more unsettled weather. This is Friday, a bright start and cloud

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and rain sweeping in. More cloud and rain as we head into the start of

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the weekend. Any dry weather tomorrow we will make the most.

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Tonight it is misty. Low cloud and hill fog. Mild bout with

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temperatures between seven and nine of us. Tomorrow the greyness is

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there this time the cloud will be quite thick and it will produce a

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few spots of rain and not as warm as today. Ten of 11 the maximum. Quite

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a bright start on Friday. There might be some sunshine at first

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before rain gradually sweep since. They wet Friday evening. Quite a

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damp and windy start weekend ahead. That is all from me.

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That's about all from us tonight - that special edition of Panorama

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been. The outlook, rain around, if it stays dry I will be surprised.

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Here is Nick with the national headlines.

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For large parts of Wales and England there was blue sky and warmth.

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Warmest day of the

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