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Good evening. That's it,

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France's highest honour has been awarded to the family of a Plymouth

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WWII veteran who died just three weeks ago.

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Bill Bannister was the last survivor of the

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attack on the docks at St Nazaire in France.

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He lived to age 98 after being a stoker on one of the motor boats.

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Today's ceremony took place in Falmouth from where

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The band of HMS Seahawk led the raid to the St Nazaire memorial

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It is 75 years since HMS Campbeltown and 18 smaller boats,

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along with over 600 crew and commandos, left here

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Today, armed services personnel and representatives of service

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charities and organisations watched as Bill Bannister's daughter

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In fact, the Sunday before he died, he came to my house and he said,

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"Look, I think I will be able to stand without a stick."

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And sadly he died, but he was really looking forward to this,

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But I was equally pleased the family accepted to be presented

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Operation Chariot was a huge success.

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It stopped German warships using the dock at St Nazaire

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which was out of use for the rest of the war.

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Today on the 75th anniversary of what has become known

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as the Greatest Raid, their sacrifice was remembered.

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A road in East Devon remains closed this evening after a collision

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Two other vehicles were involved in the accident which happened

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between Dunkeswell and Honiton around seven this morning.

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One person received serious arm injuries.

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Onto a busy day of sport, and Exeter Chiefs have failed

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in their bid to win the first trophy of the domestic rugby season.

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They lost 16-12 to Leicester Tigers in the final of the Anglo Welsh Cup.

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It was a disappointment for their big support

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Getting ready for the latest big day in the rise of the Exeter Chiefs.

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More than 1000 fans travelled from Devon to London,

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We will win quite handsomely, probably by about 25 points.

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We're going to play really well, and if we have a good score

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performance, we will bring home the cup.

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At Twickenham Stoop, a young Chiefs side was aiming

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James Short on the end of a good passing move,

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and his pace gave the Leicester defence no chance of catching him.

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But the Tigers responded and took control of the game.

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Tom Brady intercepting another Exeter passing move, and he scored.

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It was converted, and another two penalties saw the Chiefs

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No points were scored in the second half until the 78th minute,

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when after 39 phases of play, Sam Simmons finally breached

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But there was not enough time to secure the win,

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so it was defeat in the final of this competition for the Chiefs

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There was disappointment too for the Plymouth Raiders

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who were in the BBL Trophy final in Glasgow against

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The Raiders were always the underdogs and Leicester showed

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why they were favourites with a strong start.

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Of their 19 attempts in the first quarter the Raiders only managed

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to score three times, meaning the writing

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Despite a valiant fight back the Riders ran away with it

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We will have more than this on the late news and 810 10:20pm. -- on the

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late news at 10:20pm. A Plymouth woman who felt

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she lost her femininity after years of intensive treatment for breast

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cancer has had her 29-year-old Kat Roberts' hair never

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fully grew back after chemotherapy but her friends raised funds

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so she could have a pioneering type of hair extensions for people

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with extreme hair loss. Oh, it's amazing,

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I can't believe it. And you can find out more

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about Kat's inspiring story on Inside out tomorrow night,

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7.30pm, BBC One. Time for the weather now,

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and here's Dan Downs. this evening, along with low cloud,

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mist and fog, and that rain spreads Also this rather brisk

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south-westerly winds. Another fairly mild night,

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with temperatures not Grey, murky start tomorrow

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with further outbreaks of rain, with heavy bursts

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possible. Temperature still fairly mild

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for much of tomorrow, with highs of Once the rain clears

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through into the afternoon, a clearer end to the day

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but turning much colder. It is a cold night for Monday

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into Tuesday, with a chance of rural frost,

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as temperatures get down to three Tuesday is brighter

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but with showers, maybe some heavier Hello. For most of March so far it

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has felt quite mild and springlike but we are in for a bit of a shock

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next week as we will have a blast of Arctic air across the UK making it

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feel much cooler than it has of late with wintry showers and a return to

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overnight frosts for a while. The pressure chart shows more weather

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fronts pushing into many central and southern parts of the country this

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evening and overnight it will turn quite wet across parts of England

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and when is towards the end of the night and across Scotland,

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