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18/03/2017

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Good evening. late news at 10pm.

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Around 500 passengers today took advantage of the first direct

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train service from Okehampton to London in 50 years.

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Campaigners want to re-establish the link and organised

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They say it would provide an alternative to the troubled

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But, as Eleanor Parkinson reports, today's journey didn't quite

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This specially named train arrived at her cap turned to an enthusiasts

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kick welcome, at Okehampton. Everybody who has brought a seat on

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this specially chartered train says that the service is much needed.

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When we hear stories that Cornwall has been cut off because of Dawlish,

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we feel annoyed. As far as we are concerned, we are

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permanently cut off. Thinking about job opportunities for Exeter, to get

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this line, the job opportunities mean that we are right on the moors

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with cyclists and walkers. The first leg did not go well, wet rails

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caused damage to the train wheels, allowing the train to slide.

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Passengers had to disembark at Exeter and move to a different train

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for the rest of the journey. Despite the bumpy start today, campaigners

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said that they would like to turn the clock back to when there was a

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regular service on this route. There is a novelty aspect about the

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day-to-day, but we are trying to make a serious point that actually,

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the tickets sold out within the week. Passengers arrived in London

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to be met by the Minister for trains.

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Eleanor Parkinson, BBC Spotlight, Okehampton.

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Campaigners angry about the closure of community hospital beds

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in Devon met today to decide a plan of action.

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Around 130 people attended the meeting in Colyford after health

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managers decided to close four in patient beds at Seaton Hospital.

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Campaigners have successfully lobbied to have the decision

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This is only one year or so after they closed beds at Axminster

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hospital, and told people that there would still be beds at Seaton

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Hospital. All of the beds have been taken away from the eastern side of

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East Devon, and people in a large number of communities will now have

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to travel for a long time, or a long way, if they need that hospital bed.

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Now it's a big weekend for our sporting teams.

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Exeter Chiefs attempt to win rugby's first trophy of the season

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when they play Leicester Tigers in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final

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Plymouth Raiders face Leicester Riders in the BBL Trophy Final.

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The team set off for Glasgow today hoping tomorrow's match

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will end their ten year wait for silverware.

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Their opponents start favourites but the Raiders took them

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to overtime when the two sides met earlier in the season.

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In today's action, Plymouth Argyle moved a step closer to automatic

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promotion to League One when they beat Morecambe

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With just eight games left the Pilgrims are 11 points clear

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Exeter City and Luton Town drew 1 all in Bedfordshire to remain

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While Yeovil drew 1-1 with Accrington in League Two.

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Onto rugby and in the Championship, the Cornish Pirates went down 39-10

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to London Irish while Jersey were beaten 17 points

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A Russian sailor who died in Plymouth 100 years ago

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was remembered today at a special memorial service.

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Peter Ogorelkov was 27 when he died in March 1917.

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His overgrown grave was uncovered in Ford Park Cemetery in the 1960s.

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Today a representative from the Russian Embassy in London

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and members of the city's Russian community were among those

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We are not sure what his family history is, whether he had a wife,

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or children, or his parents were in Russia. But it is nice to think that

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we are looking after him so far from home, as many of our service people

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in France are looked after by the French people and in Belgium. We are

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doing our bit to make sure that he isn't forgotten here.

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Onto the weather, here's Dan with the forecast.

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Thank you. It has been a cloudy and breezy weekend so far. Not a great

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cloud, mist and fog overnight, cloud, mist and fog overnight,

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further outbreaks of light rain and drizzle, some rather brisk winds.

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Temperatures in most areas holding up at nine or 10 degrees. Tomorrow,

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it starts off much the same. Light outbreaks of rain or drizzle round.

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Some bright moments are a possibility but cloudy throughout

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the day. Marred temperatures at 12 or 13 degrees. We hold onto brisk

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winds. A change as winds ease on Tuesday.

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Sunnis bowls but also heavy showers. That's all we got one for today,

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goodbye.

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