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Good evening. Nations again with

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500 bikers rode through Barnstaple today calling for tougher sentences

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for drivers who kill people when they've been taking drugs.

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It follows the death of 20-year-old Aiden Platt who was knocked

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The drug driver who admitted killing him walked free from court

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Emma Thomasson was at today's protest.

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By Chris call this the raw or funder. -- bikers. Their way of

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making sure people hear how angry they are for the suspended sentence

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for the woman who killed 20-year-old Aidan Platt. Laura Ward admitted

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causing his death by dangerous driving while under the influence of

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drugs, but he skips gel. The judge said the courts are reluctant to

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send mothers of young children to prison.

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It is too lenient. She should have got a prison sentence. 18 months

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suspended, that is no sentence. Whereas Aidan's parents have got a

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full life sentence now without Aidan.

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One of our own. A local lad, a biker. And also a school friend of

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my stepson. His life was taken and not justice was served.

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Devon and Cornwall police appealed against the sentence but the

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Attorney General turned it down, saying he did not believe there was

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a realistic chance the court would find it unduly lenient.

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Three illegal drugs found in her system. It does not send out the

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right message to people out there that may be considering taking drugs

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and driving. Drug driving is extremely dangerous, as dangerous as

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drink-driving and a number of people in North Devon have been killed as a

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result of drug driving. The Ministry of Justice told

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Spotlight it is consulting on increasing gel times for drug

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driving but it is up to independent judges to past and is based on the

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facts of the case. These bikers say that is not good enough. They have

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set up an online petition and say they will stage more protests like

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they will stage more protests like this until the law is changed.

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A dog, described as a 'Guardian Angel' has reached the finals

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of Crufts for helping to transform the life of a boy with autism.

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Caddie the Labrador is a specially trained autism assistance dog

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And 13-year-old Joel Sayer from Newquay says he's changed his life.

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Joel says Caddie keeps him focussed on what he's doing,

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and makes him feel safe, calm and happy.

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Caddy keeps the calm and safe and well. Patient and more focused.

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Before I had to make it not even go outside.

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I wanted to stay inside. His actual presence makes him relax because it

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is a constant companion for him. In a world in his eyes that he does not

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know and he is scared of everyday, every day Joel finds the world hard.

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And the winner of the Life hero dog competition will be

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Plymouth Argyle stay in second spot in the two after a two nil victory

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away at Mansfield. Elsewhere it finished Exeter city nil, Accrington

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Stanley two. In the National League Torquay one two goals- one. Tomorrow

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Exeter Chiefs take on harlequins at home in the Anglo Welsh cup.

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Time for the weather now - here's Holly with the forecast.

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We have got outbreaks of rain heading our way but sunshine to come

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as well. Cloud is low tonight, sinking down, giving us mist, Hill

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and coastal fog. A picture rain working into the Channel Islands.

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Patchy rain initially and then something a bit more persistent

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moves in from the west later in the moves in from the west later in the

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night. Eight or 9 degrees. Tomorrow morning some outbreaks of rain pushy

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strips and fizzle out as they do so. Come the afternoon it should be

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fairly bright, we should see some sunshine coming through.

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Temperatures would not get as high as today. There will be quite breezy

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north-westerly, especially across the north coast and out the west. We

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should see is good spells of sunshine as we should on Monday but

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it is cloudy after that. Have a good evening.

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The next update will be at 5:50pm tomorrow evening. From everyone here

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have a good night and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Goodbye.

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Good evening. Some of us managed to get some decent weather today, not

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everybody but some of us. Lovely picture from a weather watcher in

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Northern Ireland, Enniskillen, and in Northern Ireland we have the

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warmest day of the year for Northern Ireland, 16 Celsius. The Southeast a

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little warmer weather cloud broke up, 18 Celsius, but we have also had

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some light rain, and if anything this coming even in the clouds will

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thicken

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