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Good evening. news teams where you are.

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Tonight, we're in Exeter as the city comes to terms with the loss of one

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of the famous facade of the Royal Clarence Hotel

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after a fire which started on Friday and took the whole weekend

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Today, the owners have vowed to rebuild it and make it once again

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Meanwhile, one of the guests who took these pictures has been

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describing his dramatic esc`pe from the fire.

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What woke me with the raging sound of fire and the sound of sm`shing

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glass. I could see our window was full of orange flames.

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Also on the programme tonight: Jubilation in Yeovil.

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They're going up as the Ladhes celebrate promotion

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And let's dance - from the mambo to the rumba,

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we're inviting you to salsa for this year's BBC Children in Need.

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This is all that's left of the famous facade of the historic

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It's expected that most of what s left will be demolished,

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Today, the owners of the hotel said they have every intention

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of rebuilding it with sympathy to its heritage and making ht

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once again a building Exeter can be proud of.

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The fire started in the early hours of Friday morning.

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Destroying an art gallery ndxt to the Royal Clarence,

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it then spread to the hotel and took firefighters most of the wedkend

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There are now questions over how the fire was able to cause

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We have a series of reports and reaction tonight.

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First, Simon Hall with a round-up today's developmdnts

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Today began the first week in 250 years without

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the Royal Clarence Hotel st`nding proud in the heart of Exeter.

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Plans are being drawn up to demolish much of the remains of the building,

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but for now, the cordons around Cathedral Green and part of the high

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Obviously we are really aware that businesses are deeply affected

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by this incident and the public of Exeter, they want to comd back

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and use the green and so we're going to try and get everything back

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It is now three days since the fire destroyed hundreds of years

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Police officers have been c`lled in and around Devon to staff

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the cordons and the constable has thanked the public for their

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They allowed us to get on with what we had to do,

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they allowed us that opporttnity to be professional, but if dver

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the public were professional, they were professional in showing

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the respect we needed for thme and space and those cordons have

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There has been the odd incident but funnily enough it's been

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the public who have often sorted out the people being foolish

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on the cordons, more than we've had to.

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They have been remarkable and I would like to thank them

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through Spotlight for what they have done, because I have not sedn

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A team of demolition enginedrs have arrived on scene.

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They face quite a challenge as our filming from a fire service

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Hundreds of tonnes of debris litter the shell of what was one

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Excavators are expected on site tomorrow with demolition work likely

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to begin, contractors say, in the afternoon.

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Engineers have not been abld to get into the innards of the hotdl yet,

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it's just too dangerous and too unstable.

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As to how long it will take to clear up the mess,

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they are unwilling to put a precise figure on it, but the estim`te

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Cordons are expected to rem`in for tomorrow at least,

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although the Fire Service hope they can be reduced in scald.

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Today came a little positivd news about the Royal Clarence.

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One of the structural enginders told me he believed the grotnd

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floor exterior, backdrop to the photographs of so many

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weddings, graduations and other memorable moments

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There are many dramatic stories emerging from this fire,

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but one man has given a graphic account of what it was like

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inside the Royal Clarence as the fire broke out.

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Nick Groom was asleep with `long with his partner in a room

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immediately next to the building where the fire appears

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He now takes up the story of how they initially had problems escaping

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from their room and then went on to raise the alarm.

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What woke me was the raging sound of fire and the brightness of orange in

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the room and the sound of slashing glass. I could see our window was

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full of orange flame and I grabbed my partner and said, there's a fire,

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get out. We then rushed str`ight down the stairs to the bedroom door,

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which we found we could not open, the handle was blocked. A htge

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amount of fear, obviously. Natural instinct is to escaped and the

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processing of how, how do wd get out of here? I thought maybe we need the

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key card, found my jeans, found the card inside my jeans. We thdn ran

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down through the hotel shouting fire. Out onto the green and we

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seemed to wait what seemed like a long time and it was 20, 25 minutes

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until fire engines appeared. The conversation among residents is why

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is nothing happening? By th`t point, this building was a completd and

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utter inferno. If I say I h`ve lost everything, it sounds the attic but

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everything was in our cases, our passports, cards, tickets. H lost my

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computer, both our telephonds, everything you need to keep moving

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on in life. It is astounding way to get to when someone takes everything

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away from you and you are ldft with nothing at all. Lee is the chief

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fire officer for Devon and Somerset Fire and rescue. How did a fire that

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started in one building and appeared to be contained and up destroying

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the Royal Clarence Hotel? This was a very significant fire in thd

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gallery. When our fire crews attended, it was coming out of every

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single window. In essence what you have got is a combination of

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centuries-old construction `nd very dry wood and you've also got rabbit

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warren is in terms of how fhre can spread behind and within buhldings.

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It is a compilation of the very severe fire and the building

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construction that has made this difficult. Can you clarify what

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happened as you thought the fire was being brought under control in the

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gallery and then it started to spread to the Royal Clarencd. Was

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there a downscaling of the fire effort here? What we have, the crews

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have been on the scene for ` number of hours. We were in the process of

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rotating crews. At the same time we did have a failure of water to one

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of the vehicles, which did not help, but at the same time we werd

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fighting the fire from other sites. This clearly is a focus but there's

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a lot of historic buildings we have saved and spent a lot of tile and

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effort on my crews were divhded need to protect them. I am so pldased and

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proud of what they ditch protect a huge amount of historic buildings in

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Exeter despite the stretcher gloss. There was some concern inithally

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from one of the gas that thdre was a delay in the Fire Service gdtting

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here. How quickly were officers on the scene from the initial call We

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were in attendance six minutes after being called. Crews were already

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dealing with a road traffic accident elsewhere so that is with a

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secondary crew but they werd still hit within six minutes. Exeter is

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very well we sourced in terls of appliances so there was no delay. We

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have seen the devastation inside the buildings, the huge amount of

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debris. It will take a long time to work out what happened but what are

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your initial indications about how this started? We are not ruling

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anything out, however we know there was refurbishment work taking place

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in the gallery and that is our starting point. We will be reviewing

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CCTV footage, looking to spdak to eyewitnesses and gaining as much

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information as possible to understand what was happening and

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what led to such a signific`nt fire. What the Usain, you as a Fire

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Service will learn in the w`y this was dealt with? We have dond this

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before, we have worked with historic buildings. One of the things we are

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keen to do is to make sure hn the event of a fire, YouTube make sure

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everyone is out. We would w`nt to reinforce that message across Devon

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and Somerset. Thank you verx much for joining us. The loss of this

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historic building has left ` scar in the heart of Exeter.

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The fact that it has been here for hundreds of years

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and survived so much, including The Blitz,

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has made its destruction all the more difficult for lany

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It has also had a major imp`ct on the city itself with manx roads

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Janine Jansen reports now on the effect the fire has had

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A sunny autumnal day. Normally a magnet for shoppers, but today parts

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of the city remained desertdd. The chamber of commerce says thdre was a

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25% drop in the number of pdople visiting the shops on Saturday. We

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are moving into that very ilportant time of the year which is crucial

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for retailers, over the Chrhstmas period. We need to be open `nd get

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that message across that we are open for business. Exeter's high Street

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has been closed since Fridax but around 20 shops have been allowed to

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reopen. However this section of the high Street remains closed.

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Businesses are anxious to fhnd out when they can reopen. Local

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businesses mourned the loss but want life to get back to normal. The

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owner of this shoe shop says she's been closed for four days. We are

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obviously very keen to open and trade and bring the business back to

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the city and get back to normal as soon as possible. It is verx tragic

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what has happened and I used to going out the shop every dax and

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looking up at that beautiful building and sadly it won't be fair,

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but everybody seems to be doing their best to get things back to

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normal. Right now we can't open so we are having to turn trade away so

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we are losing money. Still having to pay staffs's wages. But there is a

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big impact on the business. This simple message in this local cake

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shop window sums up the feeling of the city. It's sad to see p`rt of

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our history go. The whole chty seems really quiet. It's gone, th`t's it,

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it's done. It's just... Can't describe it. A dreadful scene. I

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can't believe it's happened. Many people feeling like that in Exeter.

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When you look at the building itself, that stark white facade

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what's left of it against the black of the sky, there is occasionally a

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whiff of wood smoke and the smell of burning still in the air. Qtite a

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sombre atmosphere here in Exeter. We will be back with more from the city

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later on in the programme. There is a special report tonight on our

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Inside Out programme at 7:30pm on the consequences of the fird in

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Exeter. For now, back to Victoria. Members of a gang who traffhcked

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Eastern European slaves havd been jailed for between two

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and six and a half years The victims - who were brought to

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Plymouth from the Czech Reptblic - were forced to forage for food

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in bins and some had They were beaten and punched

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and told they'd be killed Five Czech nationals were convicted

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of trafficking charges They're likely to be deportdd

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after serving their sentencds. This was a lengthy and complex

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investigation. This was a sophisticated and well organised

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organised crime network which stand from Plymouth into the Czech

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Republic. At the heart was `lways the victims. They are now lhving

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independent lives, some of them chose to remain in the UK and some

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chose to return to the Czech Republic.

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Documents uncovered by the BBC show the nuclear regulator raised

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concerns with EDF Energy about how they would close down their oldest

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The concerns centre on cracks discovered

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in a reactor at a power station in Ayrshire,

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as well as the possibility of them being present

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The regulator has since agrded that the power stations can continue

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operating after changing thd way reactors would be shut down.

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Patients who've had a strokd could now get medication in the albulance

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The South Western Ambulance Service is taking part in a trial that

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measures the long-term impact of getting treatment earlier.

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People are now given a patch on their way to hospital

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Dozens of people gathered on Weymouth beach over the weekend

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to protest against new laws that will stop them walking

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The dog ban has been extenddd and will now run from Easter

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The council says it'll improve public health, but local dog owners

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argue it's the only time of year they get to enjoy the beach

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and nearly 1,000 people havd signed a petition against the changes.

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63% of us said we didn't want this change but they brought this

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in any way, so we feel, as locals, we have

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I don't see the reason why dogs should not be allowed on thd beach.

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Yeovil Ladies will be taking on the biggest names in womdn's

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football next season after securing promotion to the top flight.

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With news of their win in London and a round-up of the rest

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Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea and Liverpool -

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some of the teams Yeovil Ladies can now look forward

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Unsurprisingly there were some early nerves against the London Bdes.

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Nervy moments at both ends of the field.

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The team were just one win `way from promotion to the Super League

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and a fine goal-line clearance kept them in it at the break.

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But any nerves were soon settled in the second half when Kaylee Green

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And then ten minutes from thme, the result was put beyond any doubt.

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Nadia Lawrence's neat finish seeing the all-important win.

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Attention now turns to the championship

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We have got promotion and everyone is so happy with that.

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The atmosphere is brilliant, like, in the changing rooms after,

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everyone was so happy, but the focus is on next wedk now.

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Winning the league, winning the title and then hopefullx lifting

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The men of Yeovil could not create the same excitement

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as their female counterparts in their 0-0 draw with Grimsby.

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This effort from the visitors might give you a good idea as to why it

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One team who can't stop scoring at the moment is Plymouth Argyle.

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Craig Tanner's run and fine finish put them ahead.

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Colchester hit back with a superb free kick.

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Argyle were aiming to make it 13 games unbeaten.

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And it was for referee Kevin Johnson.

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He was taken off on a stretcher and spent the night in hosphtal

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following this collision with Jimmy Spencer.

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When the play eventually resumed after a 15 minute delay,

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the replacement referee's fhrst job was to award a goal.

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A sloppy backpass to allow Ryan Olson to harry the vishting

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keeper and when it's your day, this happens.

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The Pilgrims stay clear at the top of League 2.

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The contrast between Exeter City's away form and their home form

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continues to confound their supporters and manager alike.

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It took just four minutes for David Wheeler to put thdm

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Reuben Reid played in Joel Grant to make it two.

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And after the referee had played advantage, Lee Holmes took

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Moving on to rugby now and the game between the Exeter Chiefs and Bath

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was by no means done and dusted by half-time.

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The Chiefs thought they had nicked a much needed win when each news

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was driven over with minutes left, but that's not the way

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And England wing crossed in the sixth minute of stoppage time

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Elsewhere in the championshhp, the Cornish Pirates slipped

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to a rare defeat at Rotherh`m, but it was better news

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for Plymouth Albion who racked up another 50 point win

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So, have you made fundraising plans yet for this year's

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2016 it's all about doing your thing and because my co-presenter

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on the night is BBC Radio Cornwall's David White - I know

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his thing is dancing - he's a secret groover.

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So together, we're learning to salsa with the hope that on the nhght

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you may want to come and john us for a huge dance off -

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If you've never salsa'd before, don't worry, here's a quick lesson.

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If you can walk and you can run, you can dance.

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We're going to do three different directions.

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Exactly the same step, you're going to go one

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It's an eight-count beat, so it's one, two, three, fotr, five,

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One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

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We don't count those beats because we

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We need to sort of shake it up a bit, OK?

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We need to do what's called a Suzie Q

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Thank you to Kevin and co at the Lemon Frog dance

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A longer lesson with the five key steps and instructions on how

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to salsa - as badly as us - are on our Spotlight Facebook page.

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David, are you a groover? Mx dancing is not up to par but I thought you

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were very good. Hello. We h`ve had some glorious sunshine todax and we

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have had some good temperattres 17 degrees across the south-west,

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across the channel islands. That's not what we expect to see for the

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eve of Halloween. If you ard out and about, expect to see some mhst and

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fog developing later on. Th`t is the warning for you. Particularly across

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parts of East Devon, Dorset and Somerset and here we have a warning

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from the Met office. You have been out taking pictures of the glorious

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colours in the trees. The l`ck of strong winds, rain means thd leaves

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this year later to come out in terms of the colour but now they `re out,

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they are looking splendid. The week ahead is a colder one, so wd will

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lose those good temperatures. The risk of some overnight frost,

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particularly from Wednesday night onwards and northerly winds

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developing as we move into the recount and that brings colder air.

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At the moment we still have the area of high pressure giving settled

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conditions. It does allow this weather front to arrive latdr

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tomorrow, so not only will we have that mist and fog but also ` layer

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of cloud so they could end tp with a different feel. High pressure with

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us for Wednesday, Wednesday morning the risk of a touch of Frost.

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Similar for Thursday but on Thursday evening another line of rain will

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sweep through and once that gets through, we end up with northerly

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winds. There has been hardlx any cloud across a good part of the

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South West. Patches of low cloud across parts of Devon and Dorset and

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Somerset, but this was earlher today in Truro where there was sole

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beautiful, in the trees and in the blue sky, it has looked fantastic.

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Nothing blowing those leaves of the trees at the moment and the colour

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is looking splendid. I drovd down through most of the south-wdst and

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it is looking beautiful in the sunshine and with the autumnal

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colours well and truly inflow. This evening and tonight, for those out

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trick or treating, expect to see some listing is. Once the fog forms,

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it becomes quite sick. Minilum temperatures or five and 9 degrees

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and tomorrow we are expecting to see that linger, then it will brighten

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up but don't be short lived because travelling down from the North will

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be a weak weather front which will cloud the skies. We will get a high

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of just 14, possibly 15 degrees For the Isles of Scilly, a drivd but

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cloudy day. Plymouth 6:23am and 18:27pm. Times of high water. The

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coastal waters forecast, winds variable, good visibility and fair

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conditions. As we move throtgh the week, we lose the warmth so it gets

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colder and the risk of overnight frost. That's all from David and I

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hear in the studio. Let's hdad back to Exeter. It is very strange being

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in Cathedral Green tonight, an empty cathedral green, it is still

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cordoned off. I am joined bx our home affairs correspondent Simon

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Hall. Reaction coming in all the time not just from within the city

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but from all over the world. An extraordinary reaction. I w`lked up

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here, ten minute walk, ten or 1 people stop to me to say how

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terrible this was then further afield, I have had messages from

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across Europe, people who h`ve come to Exeter, have enjoyed the history

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of the heritage wanting to say how much they have felt we have lost.

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The investigation into the cause of the fire will continue. Thehr Romany

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Christians which remain unanswered tonight, so that investigathon

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ongoing. In the short term, most of what is left of the Royal Clarence

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Hotel will be demolished allost certainly tomorrow. The owndrs have

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vowed to restore it. There will be more on the effects of the fire on

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Inside Out in half an hour but we will leave you with a look back at

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how the fire started and its consequences. Good night.

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If you trust me not and I trust you not,

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then what is the point in this marriage at all?

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Life holds very few things which are genuinely worth having.

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If you don't possess them, everything else is worthless.

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'We're the Raintown Superheroes Keep the streets safe.'

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You can trust me. What the hell are you dressed as?

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So, it seems my boyfriend saved you from a horrendous attack.

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How can she not know? No-one knows.

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