30/12/2016 Spotlight


30/12/2016

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Good evening. news where you are.

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Business leaders have called for the south west to get a bigger

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A rise in fares that will be introduced shortly will hit

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all parts of the country equally, and the rail industry says billions

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of pounds is being spent on improving the network.

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But campaigners say that's unfair, given that less rail

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Our business correspondent Neil Gallacher reports.

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Rail fares will go up by an average of 2.3% from January 2nd.

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That rise is being applied uniformly across the country.

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On the face of it, that treats all regions equally.

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Well, this is an inherently unfair system.

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The price increase applies right across the country,

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regardless of how much the cost is going back into the network.

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The reality is we get about a tenth of the spend that the rest

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And that is the reason why we have got such a fragile rail network.

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The vulnerability of the rail link into Devon and Cornwall was keenly

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felt at the start of December because of flooding at Cowley Bridge

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outside Exeter, lending urgency to calls for more spending here.

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But the picture is not all bad, according to the joint rail campaign

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That is real investment in the south-west.

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Every part of the country wants money.

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We have just got to shout very, very loudly and make sure we are heard,

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so that the investment comes to the south-west.

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We really feel we are the forgotten south-west and that's why

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we are saying to government, don't forget about us, we need

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Record amounts are being spent upgrading Britain's railway

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Some of that spending undeniably has knock-on

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benefits back down the line, but it will soon be three years

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since the collapse of the main route at Dawlish reminded everyone how

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this region does not enjoy the sort of robust rail links that many other

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parts of the country take for granted.

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A roundup of some of the other stories

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Police are warning that dangerous drugs which were stolen from three

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vets practices in Cornwall in the last week could prove

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The drugs including ketamine and apomorphine were taken

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from practices in Treleigh, Redruth and Truro.

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The family of a Devon man murdered in Tamerton Foliot on New Year's Day

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in 2015 say there are unanswered questions about how the probation

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service dealt with his killer in the weeks before the crime.

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It's emerged that Donald Pemberton - one of the two men who stabbed

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Tanis Bhandari to death - was out on licence from prison

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when he was seen wielding meat cleavers two weeks

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The Community Rehabilitation Company involved said his behaviour

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The public are being asked to have their say about plans

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for the reform of the NHS and social care system in Cornwall

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The five-year plan could include the loss of hospital beds in favour

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of more care at home with possible hospital closures and job losses.

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A series of public meetings will be held throughout January.

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National parks like Dartmoor are losing millions of pounds

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in Government funding, according to figures

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The Campaign for National Parks said staff working on Dartmoor had

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The Government had promised to protect funding, but figures show

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parks will be receiving much less by 2020 than a decade earlier.

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It's a common complaint that there's not enough for young teenagers

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Well, now in Dawlish, they have a youth club

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Local church groups have got together to provide an inflatable

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pop-up dome where young people can go on a Friday night.

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At first glance, this doesn't look like a youth club but at some air

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and hey presto. This is being run by church groups in Dawlish. It has

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suffered from anti-social behaviour like drink and drugs.

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We've been doing youth work in the towns for many

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years and the youth clubs just weren't working.

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We looked at something that was mobile, something that

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And we just happened to stumble across a pop-up dome.

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And we looked into other options like buses and they just

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If you are a sporty person, there is a lot to do. But there isn't a lot

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of things like this. I guess it is just somewhere for them to go that

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is not out on this treats mixing with random people. It is a bit

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safer. It is warm. Outside, it is cold. There are activities. Although

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this is operated by church groups, it is not here to preach or convert.

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It is currently running on Friday night and in the summer they hope to

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find outdoor activities, too. Tonight sees the start

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of a new television drama series, Delicious, which stars Dawn French,

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was filmed at a number of locations Spotlight's John Danks has been

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taking a look at it. Nothing. That is what changed.

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Nothing. There were no signs. Nothing was to front. One day he was

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my husband and the next day, he belonged to you. This new show is

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billed as a story of love, lies and betrayal. Another seems worth filmed

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here at this castle over the summer. It is really exciting to feet chair.

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The tame and Valley has been overlooked but hopefully this will

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be a chance for us to put our mark on the map, so to speak. It will be

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interesting to see what happens. Portended was also used as a

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location for the drama. Some risk destinations linked to the BBC's

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Poldark series saw an increase of tourism. There is hope this will

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happen here, too. It's time to check out the weather

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now as the year draws to a close. Thank you. Generally, staying rather

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cloudy at try as we entered the year. There is a band of rain

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pushing through in the early hours of New Year's Day. High-pressure

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builds. It will get to try and brighter and a lot colder. Still the

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risk of a few full patches further east. A fair amount of cloud around

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overnight. That will hold temperatures up a bit. Particularly

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for western areas. Rather cloudy start to the day tomorrow. A few

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brighter breaks up hospital anywhere but equally they are to be like rain

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on drizzle on western facing slopes. Mild tomorrow, 10 Celsius, staying

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dry into the evening but the rain comes through first on New Year's

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Day. Behind it, a few showers. Generally brighter but cooler.

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Thank you. We will be back with the late news at 10:50pm tonight. In the

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meantime, have a good evening.

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