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Tonight, as we go on air, major disruption after the discovery
People have been moved out of the area after grenades were found
during roadworks in Plymouth. We'll have the latest
live from the scene. Also tonight - concerns
over the psychological In the most worrying cases,
we're hearing from children who really talk to us about
feeling suicidal as a result of seeing things, and that
constant pressure online. We hear from a father
in Cornwall who's launched a petition against one site,
calling it dangerous and addictive The death of Josh Clayton
on the Isles of Scilly - an inquest takes a dramatic turn
after hearing new evidence. And football fever pitch,
as the Green Army gear up to grab One of the main routes into Plymouth
has been closed after suspected World War Two incendiary devices
were dug up at roadworks, and Businesses nearby have been
evacuated after the workers dug up Staff and customers
at Crownhill Retail Park have been told to leave by police officers
after the cordon was set up on Tavistock Road,
near the turn-off Within the last half an hour, some
of the devices have been blown up. Our reporter is at the scene.
Tavistock Road has been reopened in the last few moments. It follows
after around 2:30pm this afternoon, when police and Fire Service were
called out here to Tavistock Road outside the Pizza Hut, where a road
workers who were involved in 15 months' worth of improvements had
dug up eight white phosphorous grenades in a trench down the middle
of the road. A deep and muddy trench at the height of a man, and at
5:50pm this evening, we heard a short, sharp, loud bang, a loud
site, and we saw a plume of smoke and dust, it rocketed up into the
sky and we believe that was the Royal Navy's explosive ordnance
disposal team exploding the devices and making the area safe. The cord
and has been in place for hours and the motorists were on diversion, so
congestion has been bad this evening. As you see behind me, the
cars are now blowing on Tavistock Road and the area is being reopened
to the public. -- the traffic is flowing now.
Welcome to the age of social media - websites and applications enabling
users to create and share content, views, photographs and to social
A digital age which can be all-consuming, something
raising the eyebrows of child protection experts.
They are calling for more research into the psychological impact
It comes as a father from west Cornwall has launched a petition
calling for an end to what he calls "torture" from a feature on a social
So what is Snapchat, and how is it affecting everyday
life for not only youngsters but adults as well?
With an explanation, here's Tamsin Melville.
millions of us of all ages are constantly
checking our social media, getting what experts say
is like a feel-good hit of dopamine to our brains each time
and one dad from Cornwall is taking a stand.
Streaks have become mini relationships in kids' eyes,
with all the ups and downs, and to lose one
He's launched a petition about what he calls a dangerously
addictive feature called "streaks" on a social media app
called Snapchat, which he says is making his teenager withdrawn.
Snapchat sends photos and videos to friends that disappear
Streaks measure daily contact with friends.
It has become very toxic for teenagers particularly,
because it pushes their buttons more so than older people.
We don't have the same need to be accepted.
Teenagers are growing, they are learning, they
learning how to be accepted socially and this has just managed to get
straight into that social acceptance button and it pushes it every time.
Snapchat did not want to comment on the petition, but it says it has
a Trust Safety Team that responds to reports and concerns.
Experts say there is an increase year-on-year of young people
reporting issues with all social media.
In the most extreme cases, constant exposure online and
young people feeling that pressure to be online constantly can cause
In the most worrying cases, we're hearing from children
who really talk to us about feeling suicidal as a result
of seeing things, and that constant pressure online.
Johnny is just hoping that his petition helps raise
awareness of what's a much wider issue.
Andy Phippen is a professor at Plymouth University who studies
children and digital and social media, he is with us now.
Let's talk about the impact potentially that too much social
What does the research tell us so far about the potential
The answer is there is very little research out there.
There are probably two or three people in the country that look
The focus has very much been on predatory behaviour and harm
So when we talk about internet safety it is about making sure
The impacts on mental health are still very poorly understood,
and I think they have to be studied in a long-term way.
But the genie is out of the bottle - social media is everywhere.
Everyone wants to be part of social media,
so how do parents manage it and not completely ban their
I think, in terms of parents, I think the main thing is to start
the conversations early - to have conversations that do not
So I have been reading the paper and I am really worried about this,
therefore I am going to be anxious about it...
Just talk to them about it so they know that if issues arise
What do the social media platforms and operators
How much do they recognise that what they are doing
can become addictive, and put this great pressure on young
people to try to get as many likes or friends as possible
If you were to ask me about five years ago,
I would say that the social media companies aren't doing anything.
I think these days they are responding to the fact
that there can be negativity as well as positive experiences
on social media, that it's not something you can just switch off,
and if it wasn't Snapchat, it would be musical.ly,
and if it wasn't msical.ly, it would be Twitter.
If it wasn't Twitter it would be Instagram.
All of these things have similar social aspects to them,
and those social aspects are just that.
It's a bit like, you know, years ago, it is like going to the pub,
or I get invited to a party and someone else hasn't been invited
to the party and that means I'm more popular than them.
You get to the root causes and it is not about technology but
Research is still at its early stages, then, on what effect it
might have on mental health, but what are your
If this trend continues, where youngsters increasingly have
this pressure to be popular on social media platforms,
further down the line, what sort of effect do you think
I think it could be a major public health crisis.
I think it's something we can't stick our heads in the sand and hope
the platform providers are going to solve.
It's something where we all have to be involved
in the conversation around it and admit our own feelings.
OK, Professor Andy Phippen, thank you very much indeed.
There was a dramatic twist today at the inquest into the death
of 23-year-old Josh Clayton, whose body was found
The jury heard apparently new evidence from one
of the witnesses and were then sent home early in order for the legal
Lucie Fisher has been at Plymouth Coroner's Court and joins us now.
Leroy Thomas, arriving at court this morning to give evidence.
He was working as a painter and decorator on the island
at the time of Josh's disappearance, and along with other locals,
went to the party where Josh was last seen alive.
He'd been involved in an altercation there.
In front of the jury today, he made a number
He said he saw someone he believes to be Josh outside of the party,
having an argument with two or three Polish or Hungarian workers.
He said he heard him ranting and raving that he had had enough
and that he was going to kill himself.
Leroy then said that he left at 2:30am to 3am in the morning,
but on the way back had an intuition that something was not
right, and he went back to check on the young lad
He then said that he could not find him.
Josh's disappearance sparked a ten-day search,
the largest ever seen on the islands.
There were no signs of injury, no signs of drowning.
There were no traces of drugs in his system.
He had consumed alcohol equivalent to two and a half
times the legal limit, and a bloodstained shirt
he was wearing had not been analysed as it was not being treated
Now brief look at other news in the South West tonight:
The Criminal Cases Review Commission has found that the trial
of Royal Marine Alexander Blackman was mishandled.
Blackman is accused of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter.
The conviction could be quashed according to reports in the
Telegraph, the paper claims that the most senior judge has been
criticised by the complaints review commissioned by failing to offer the
military jury the chance to conflict him of manslaughter. -- convict him
of manslaughter. Torquay's inner harbour bridge
will be closed this week, while Torbay Council
replaces its lights .The bridge, which links one side
of the harbour with the marina, It's expected to be
open again on Saturday. A new record's been set
for the number of entries for this Organisers say the 340-boat limit
was reached in just over four The 47th edition of the race
from Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, to Plymouth, via the Fastnet Rock,
will set off on Sunday 6 August. Military life and being away
from family for long periods of time can be hard for all involved,
but a naval wife from Plymouth is singing the praises of a project
which helps keep her husband Reading Force encourages deployed
members of the Armed Forces to read Nicky Broome says it's helped one
of her children in particular deal with the absence of her dad who's
currently away for nine months. We are used to reunions
at Davenport. For children who may not see one
of their parents for most a year, the separation can
be especially tough. It wasn't Mr Stink's
fault that he stank. He didn't have a home and he never
had the opportunity... This book has helped to forge a bond
between seven-year-old Olivia and her dad Daniel,
who was on a nine-month Myself and Daniel were anxious that
Bolivia wouldn't talk to him for the duration of the deployment,
and it's just been nice. She'll talk to him now
after we've read the book, so it's given her that confidence
to overcome the nerves that she had. The project Reading Force sees
children have scrapbooks to write about the books,
and it really has We were always talking
about the bits we enjoy the most. It gave me more opportunity
to talk to daddy. I didn't know what to
talk about or anything I felt really scared about talking
to him without the book. With a lack of video
calls on this deployment, Daniel will be home soon and it's
hoped that the books will help Hamish Marshall,
BBC Spotlight, Plympton. You're watching BBC Spotlight
and if you're just joining us, this is the stage of the programme
we usually get very hungry, which is fortuitous as in a moment
we'll be meeting a woman who could be an award-winning
dinner lady. Expressing yourself in Exeter -
the poetry project which And the Green Army on the march
as the first batch of tickets go on sale the FA Cup
replay against Liverpool. A dinner lady from South Devon
is about to go head-to-head with six others in the hope of being crowned
the best School Chef The challenge is to make a main meal
and dessert and the winner will go on to compete
for the national title. Catherine Deane makes dinners each
day for the children at Yealmpton Primary School,
and has enlisted the help of some This is going to make me feel
hungry. Spotlight's John Ayres has been
to see her cooking up a storm. A lot has been made in recent years
about the importance of school food. Nutritious and healthy meals help
children to concentrate, and hopefully they will lead
healthier lives in the future. So school chefs like
Catherine Deane are putting She is through to the regional final
and is hoping to go all the way. I'm making a fish Thai green curry,
with cauliflower rice, a potato It's an unusual taste but they think
it's rice with a funny taste, because it does resemble
very much like rice. Normally she cooks for 130 children
each day, but the competition means she has to make a main meal
and dessert for 11-year-olds in 90 minutes, and it must
cost less than ?1.30. That's the typical budget
for a school dinner. But in reality, forget the judges,
it's the pupils who really count. Cooking doesn't get
tougher than this. It had a really mild
sort of warmth to it, and it was nice because it
wasn't to spicy. And then the pudding was really
nice because it sort of, kind of, cooled it down,
and it also had this nice and it went really nicely
with the spiced biscuit. The curry is really nice
because it's quite warm. It's quite spicy but the flatbread
cooled down a bit, and the textures went well together and all
the tastes went well together. Catherine has put this meal together
for the competition, She really works hard on behalf
of all of the children, cooking healthy meals and giving
a variety of choice. She's always coming up with great
ideas how we can celebrate different The regional final takes place
tomorrow, with the winner competing John Ayres,
BBC Spotlight, Yealmpton. The National Trust property
Killerton House is appealing to the public to help
with its leaking roof. The building, which houses
the Trust's largest costume collection, needs urgent repairs
to keep the rain out. As Johnny Rutherford has found out,
the repair bill will be ?100,000. Killerton House near Exeter is an
18th-century mansion costing 6400 acres. It houses the largest
National Trust costume collection in the country but at the moment they
are under wraps to protect them from damage.
This is a flat roof and it is leaking substantially. The water is
coming in through the roof and damaging the internal fabric of the
building as well as the exterior fabric. We have been really
fortunate to receive a substantial legacy from one of building 's
long-standing volunteers Lauren Marshall.
That money has helped to get the project started but this don't need
to raise ?100,000. Goal there is a lot of painting to be done, we're
starting the project. The entire project will cost almost
?1 million. The roof has been looking for 15
years, we have a really important collection here, a fashion
collection, and the contents of Killerton House. We have the
opportunity now thanks to this legacy, and hopefully with the
additional fundraising we will make the project happen.
All of your paintings will have to be removed from the wall to conserve
the area. We will replace the lead roof on the
old mansion and we will take an opportunity to undertake masonry
repairs and parapet repairs and chimney repairs, and then
redecorating the outside. Lime wash and painting repairs, so it is spec
and span. The house and grounds will remain
open throughout the project, but the first floor and stairwell will be
closed off. As for the famous fashion exhibition, that will return
in 2018. Some of the first tickets have gone
on sale for Plymouth Argyle's FA Cup third-round replay with Premier
giants Liverpool. Around 16,000 of them will be sold
for the match next Wednesday night. Fans from all over the world are
trying to get their hands on them - if you're among them,
Natalie has details if you're among them,
Natalie has details Here's how it works -
at the moment tickets are being sold to Green and White members online,
on the phone and in person at Home Park -
one ticket per member. From tomorrow at 2pm
in the afternoon, tickets will go on general sale,
but only on the phone or if you go to Home Park and queue up and only
to fans who fit the criteria and have bought a minimum of
five Plymouth Argyle tickets over Prices are the same as for a League
2 match at Home Park. There have been a few glitches,
so a hotline has been set up to help But I watched them go
from good to brilliant to... When it comes to take it,
they could do better. I'm in the lucky situation that I'm
in the queue now, whereas other people who may not have
seen it and are at work They did say they would get
it right this time, but they haven't,
not for me, anyway. No such problems for many others
though as today proved At the moment it is going quite well
because they've got the kiosks open, We are starved of this kind
of match, and it is great for everybody, for the club,
the money... It will be a great
night next Wednesday. I was coming back from Tavistock,
saw the queue at the As you'd expect, Home Park
is expected to be frantic for the next week as fans clamour
to get hold of their keepsake Whatever the result in the replay,
with this FA Cup run worth ?1 million to Argyle,
the club has won anyway. Earlier in the programme we talked
about the downside of apps and social media, but now it is time to
focus on the positive. Now, to get your creative juices
flowing, Exeter has become a virtual poetry city and organisers think
it's the first of its kind The idea came about after
the devastating fire at the Royal Clarence Hotel
at the end of last year. It's hoped the poetry project
will help to capture the emotions of the tragedy and the essence
of the city as a whole. Spotlight's Andrea
Ormsby has the story. There's a lots of walking, stopping,
thinking and walking on again with this poetry project,
all with mobile phone in hand. OK, so exeter.poetrypin.info,
put that in and you will see where the poem are and they are pinned
around, and you can contact the poem that are already in the city
or you can add your own. You push the "add poem",
write your own poem, click submit and that poem then tags
to where you are stood. Chris Jelly is the poet
behind this project. I think people are keen
to communicate in any way they can communicate,
especially about the Creating a Poetry Pin creates this
canvas in the city which people can then stitched their words inside,
and other people can then It turns the whole of Exeter city
into a virtual poetry city. I believe it is the
first in the world. That is quite an
extraordinary claim. We thought, well, that sounds
wonderful because it mixes the creative opportunity,
the professional artists, and the technology, which of course
young people are just A dizzying soul
is spirited away on a soot-tipped dance
in gaslight play. She swept up her shroud
that autumn morn No dampening down could contain
her might as she rose But not a moment longer
could she linger as history The Exeter Poetry Pin Project
will run in the city centre Andrea Ormsby, BBC
Spotlight, Exeter. Somebody else getting the creative
juices flowing is David with the weather. A lot happening. A
complicated story with the risk of snow. We have had several warnings
issued. I will make it as simple as I can but it is a complicated
picture. Good evening. We have cold weather, Arctic are heading our way.
The transition between the males air we will have tomorrow and the Arctic
are arriving then will be fraught. And it will be contradicted by a new
area of low pressure developing on Thursday. Tomorrow is turning
colder. Some showers around and a bit brighter as well. We should see
Sunny spells developing during the cause of the afternoon. Thereafter,
it starts to get very much colder. One layer of cloud approaching us
this evening is bringing milder air overnight, so no worries for the
temperature tonight. This conference should move southwards and by
lunchtime tomorrow it is crossing the channel into northern France.
That opens the door for colder air, but even colder are heading our way,
developing as the weather front comes from the North Down words.
This system in the middle of the Atlantic develops into an area of
low pressure, and meets that colder air. That gives us a headache
because we are not really sure at this stage whether that means the
rain will turn readily to sleet and snow or whether it will fall as
rain. There is a risk at and we continue to talk about a risk,
particularly across Central part of Britain, and we will see in the
south-west of England eventing where the low pressure develops, but a
risk of high ground particularly through the afternoon on Thursday,
of the rain turning to sleet and then snow. And it all moves away
East words and we draw in the really cold air, as we move from Thursday
night into Friday. Friday will be a bit of a cold day but another thing
you will notice is how windy it is. A combination of low temperatures
and Arctic air and guilt force winds means it will feel bitterly cold as
we move to the end of the week. -- gale force winds. Temperatures lower
through the day of thirsty and overnight Thursday to Friday
temperatures like this, many locations getting at or below
freezing, on Thursday night, and there is a risk of some snow and ice
developing. There into Friday mostly over high ground. You can stay tuned
to your local radio if it is causing problems. Tonight there are no real
worries. A lot of cloud around producing a use bits of drizzle,
today has been a great day. This is Cullerton, where we have had a lot
of cloud. It has been misty and there have been spot of drizzle in
the wind. Relatively quiet. The breeze is picking up and that Breeze
will bring with it further outbreaks of light rain and drizzle. -- this
is in Killerton. In mild night with no frost forecast and temperatures
between six and eight Celsius or most of us. Let's follow the
progress of the cloud rolling into night. So outbreaks of rain as I
have mentioned, increasingly windy overnight. That is the picture of
the weather through the night and tomorrow. A brisk, north-west wind,
and temperatures between 6-8 C. We studied a tomorrow with good
temperatures but gradually through the day as the cold front moves away
from us, and the colder air follows, the temperatures are going to start
to come down. A few showers are possible and sunny spells as well.
Not a bad day. It is blustery, especially over high ground and
along the north coast to Cornwall and Devon, so temperatures starting
to come down through the afternoon. Down to six or seven Celsius by the
end of the day, the blustery north-west wind. For the Isles of
Scilly, showers billing cold in that wind. Highest temperature first
thing in the morning, then the temperature continues to drop. Times
of high water here. For our servers, most of the north facing beaches
will be messy with those north-westerly winds. -- for
surfing. The coastal waters forecast, north-westerly six or
seven, showers with good visibility. Onto the outlook and what we will
see as we head towards the weekend. Thursday for most of us we will see
outbreak of rain. The high ground towards the end of the day on
Thursday, we could see sleet and snow. A bitterly cold day on Friday
with some frequent wintry showers, especially over high ground. Cold
and brake on Saturday. Have a good evening.
Thank you. A reminder of a story developing while we have been on air
tonight. One of the main roads in Plymouth was closed for a time this
afternoon after suspected World War II incendiary devices were found. As
we see here, they were dug up and blown up this afternoon, but for a
while businesses in the area were evacuated. That road reopened as we
started Spotlight tonight, so hopefully things in that area on
Tavistock Road in Plymouth are getting back to normal.
Further updates if there are any in our latest news at 10:30pm, but good
night from us. It's back... Let's get ready to
grumble. ..with more belligerence... Can you imagine anything more