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Good evening. news where you are.
Business leaders have called for the south west to get a bigger
A rise in fares that will be introduced shortly will hit
all parts of the country equally, and the rail industry says billions
of pounds is being spent on improving the network.
But campaigners say that's unfair, given that less rail
Our business correspondent Neil Gallacher reports.
Rail fares will go up by an average of 2.3% from January 2nd.
That rise is being applied uniformly across the country.
On the face of it, that treats all regions equally.
Well, this is an inherently unfair system.
The price increase applies right across the country,
regardless of how much the cost is going back into the network.
The reality is we get about a tenth of the spend that the rest
And that is the reason why we have got such a fragile rail network.
The vulnerability of the rail link into Devon and Cornwall was keenly
felt at the start of December because of flooding at Cowley Bridge
outside Exeter, lending urgency to calls for more spending here.
But the picture is not all bad, according to the joint rail campaign
That is real investment in the south-west.
Every part of the country wants money.
We have just got to shout very, very loudly and make sure we are heard,
so that the investment comes to the south-west.
We really feel we are the forgotten south-west and that's why
we are saying to government, don't forget about us, we need
Record amounts are being spent upgrading Britain's railway
Some of that spending undeniably has knock-on
benefits back down the line, but it will soon be three years
since the collapse of the main route at Dawlish reminded everyone how
this region does not enjoy the sort of robust rail links that many other
parts of the country take for granted.
A roundup of some of the other stories
Police are warning that dangerous drugs which were stolen from three
vets practices in Cornwall in the last week could prove
The drugs including ketamine and apomorphine were taken
from practices in Treleigh, Redruth and Truro.
The family of a Devon man murdered in Tamerton Foliot on New Year's Day
in 2015 say there are unanswered questions about how the probation
service dealt with his killer in the weeks before the crime.
It's emerged that Donald Pemberton - one of the two men who stabbed
Tanis Bhandari to death - was out on licence from prison
when he was seen wielding meat cleavers two weeks
The Community Rehabilitation Company involved said his behaviour
The public are being asked to have their say about plans
for the reform of the NHS and social care system in Cornwall
The five-year plan could include the loss of hospital beds in favour
of more care at home with possible hospital closures and job losses.
A series of public meetings will be held throughout January.
National parks like Dartmoor are losing millions of pounds
in Government funding, according to figures
The Campaign for National Parks said staff working on Dartmoor had
The Government had promised to protect funding, but figures show
parks will be receiving much less by 2020 than a decade earlier.
It's a common complaint that there's not enough for young teenagers
Well, now in Dawlish, they have a youth club
Local church groups have got together to provide an inflatable
pop-up dome where young people can go on a Friday night.
At first glance, this doesn't look like a youth club but at some air
and hey presto. This is being run by church groups in Dawlish. It has
suffered from anti-social behaviour like drink and drugs.
We've been doing youth work in the towns for many
years and the youth clubs just weren't working.
We looked at something that was mobile, something that
And we just happened to stumble across a pop-up dome.
And we looked into other options like buses and they just
If you are a sporty person, there is a lot to do. But there isn't a lot
of things like this. I guess it is just somewhere for them to go that
is not out on this treats mixing with random people. It is a bit
safer. It is warm. Outside, it is cold. There are activities. Although
this is operated by church groups, it is not here to preach or convert.
It is currently running on Friday night and in the summer they hope to
find outdoor activities, too. Tonight sees the start
of a new television drama series, Delicious, which stars Dawn French,
was filmed at a number of locations Spotlight's John Danks has been
taking a look at it. Nothing. That is what changed.
Nothing. There were no signs. Nothing was to front. One day he was
my husband and the next day, he belonged to you. This new show is
billed as a story of love, lies and betrayal. Another seems worth filmed
here at this castle over the summer. It is really exciting to feet chair.
The tame and Valley has been overlooked but hopefully this will
be a chance for us to put our mark on the map, so to speak. It will be
interesting to see what happens. Portended was also used as a
location for the drama. Some risk destinations linked to the BBC's
Poldark series saw an increase of tourism. There is hope this will
happen here, too. It's time to check out the weather
now as the year draws to a close. Thank you. Generally, staying rather
cloudy at try as we entered the year. There is a band of rain
pushing through in the early hours of New Year's Day. High-pressure
builds. It will get to try and brighter and a lot colder. Still the
risk of a few full patches further east. A fair amount of cloud around
overnight. That will hold temperatures up a bit. Particularly
for western areas. Rather cloudy start to the day tomorrow. A few
brighter breaks up hospital anywhere but equally they are to be like rain
on drizzle on western facing slopes. Mild tomorrow, 10 Celsius, staying
dry into the evening but the rain comes through first on New Year's
Day. Behind it, a few showers. Generally brighter but cooler.
Thank you. We will be back with the late news at 10:50pm tonight. In the
meantime, have a good evening.