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Tonight, gritters are out across the south west as wintry
There's already a covering of snow on high ground with a warning
of further wintry showers and ice to come.
There are also flood alerts in force in Cornwall.
We'll have updates from our reporters across the region.
Also tonight - the football match turned blame game.
Argyle is criticised over a ticket debacle with some fans unhappy,
A sunny outlook - we'll reveal why there's growing optimism
And a life for a lifeboat - the family story behind
the funding and dedication of Exmouth's new vessel.
I just wish that he had lived to see what I've done
with the money that he and my mother earned together.
Snow is affecting parts of the south west tonight and the Met Office has
issued a yellow warning that the wintry conditions
Gritting lorries are already out on major routes across the region.
Some drivers have reported difficult conditions on high ground.
Elsewhere, there are flood alerts in place for some coastal areas.
Tonight we'll report on the conditions right
In moment the latest from Cornwall, but first to Devon.
John Danks is at the County Council control room and John Henderson
Yes, Victoria, our first snow of the winter, I can confirm, it is
bitterly cold in Princetown this evening. I came up about an hour and
a half ago and saw white fields, blessed with snow, very cold indeed.
What are the conditions like on the road? My colleague is at the Devon
county control room near Exeter. It is nice and warm in here but look at
the chart behind me, this has got all the details of the road
temperatures and if you look, the ones in red, -1.1 degrees, -2.2
degrees here. In the last hour, the numbers have been plunging. There
are 58 gritters that the County Council has on the roads and they
have been out gritting 2000 miles of the road network. Primary and
secondary routes and temperatures due to drop to as low as minus three
degrees this evening. Elsewhere in terms of travel, no reported
problems at Exeter Airport and no problems on the rail but here in the
operations room, for Devon County Council, they are most concerned
about the state of the roads. The gritters began their work
around midday today. These vehicles coming back
to be restocked with salt The wet weather combined
with falling temperatures is making things difficult
for the gritting teams. We have got 58 gritters out
at the moment around doing the county networks and even
secondary route so we're doing They have been treating
this afternoon. You would have seen some
of them out in the rain. And that has to be done when rain
precedes snow so we get some salt down and then they are loaded up
and go out again. At Devon County Council's highways
operations centre, this map indicates Winrow temperatures are
below 1 degrees. The picture is constantly being updated with travel
cameras showing the snowfall on Dartmoor. Their advice is to avoid
overnight travel unless absolutely essential. Temperatures could fall
to as low as minus three degrees in some parts of the county and the
local authority says it is closely monitoring the state of the roads.
That is the picture in Devon, now, my colleague Alan Parkinson can
bring you the latest in Cornwall. -- Eleanor.
Yes, it's been raining here, all afternoon in Cornwall
and as the temperatures fall this evening, this is expected
to turn to sleet and snow, on higher ground especially.
Cornwall Council say the gritters will be out all night.
Those gritters will have snowploughs.
There will be 31 machines in all, across 25 routes.
But they said the biggest problem they anticipate is for drivers early
in the morning because of the ice when the temperatures
The wind and the rain have also been having an effect all along
the North Cornwall coast and there is now a flood warning
and for areas around the Upper Tamar and North Cornwall's rivers.
You can hear the wind and the waves behind me here in Newquay.
The weather has also been affecting flights coming in and out
Two flights to London were cancelled altogether and flights to the Isles
But the main warnings are for motorists to look out for standing
The snow is settling and lots of people will of course want to come
out and enjoy it. I am joined by someone from the parish Council on
Dartmoor forest. You have some advice for people. It is lovely when
it snows, come and throw snowballs by all means but we would say, avoid
climbing over gates and fences, farmers would much appreciate that.
Park sensibly on the road, to one side so emergency services can get
through if possible. And come out and play in the snow safely. Have
they been problems in the past? Yes, because we don't get a lot of snow
and everyone likes to bring the children out and that is fine. But
it is not good if... It is not good when it interferes with farming
practice and people that live here every day. Are there other places,
if you see your field and people want to get the sledgers outlined
want to it, is that the problem? We would prefer you to avoid the
fields, there's a more land out there. Are private. Not great if the
snow is compacted so the stock cannot find grass underneath. --
fields are private. They need to be left quiet. Thank you. They are just
saying, if you come out and enjoy the snow, be responsible.
And we'll have the latest forecast from David later.
There's also be a further update on how the weather
is affecting our region in our late news at 10.30pm.
And if you need to be out and about tomorrow morning your BBC
local radio station will have travel and weather updates.
Plymouth Argyle has defended the way it's handled ticket sales for the FA
The club has come in for criticism from some supporters
but the Chief Executive argues it's a case of supply and demand
and that the club has simply tried to find the fairest way
Andy Birkett has been at Home Park today.
With the final whistle, they all knew what was coming.
Members have the first chance and then fans who had booked
at least five tickets since the beginning of last season.
They are good problems to have in a sense but we could probably
sell this game three times over, to be honest.
And clearly, some people are going to be disappointed
Whatever we do, there are going to be people
with different opinions and what we're trying to do is be
I'm not sure we could have done it much differently.
Yesterday afternoon, supporters were turned away
And to make sure tickets were still available,
For some, this process had become a little confusing.
Communication is the thing that has let this whole operation down.
I was at work yesterday, it was my first opportunity to come up here.
And I thought I would get served easily, to be honest,
but it has not been the case and I have been bitterly
disappointed with the experience I have had today.
Some were happy... Yes, I have got
sympathy for the club. It is not easy.
I have had people round at my door, saying, can you get me tickets?
And they've never been to Argyle in their life
but they want to see Liverpool. I think it's better this way,
at least mostly Argyle fans will get a ticket.
The idea of missing out is just too much.
I will just go and have a cry somewhere in the corner.
It was just such a fantastic game last week and I just have to be
Last week was also not so fantastic for one fan,
who was refused entry into Anfield and had to pay again,
despite buying her original to get through the Argyle box office.
We were pulled aside and actually told that our
The only solution was for us to buy some more tickets.
I have been waiting every day for somebody to get back
to me as they assured me they would and the response was,
they would refund me the original ticket money
Nothing else will be offered to me and I thought perhaps a little bit
of compensation would have been required for a long trip.
Numerous attempts were made to contact the club this
afternoon but no one was available for comment.
Many people queueing in the rain today for tickets.
Now the weather today might have us thinking about our summer holidays
and according to industry watchers tourism in the south west is growing
more strongly than at any time since the year 2000.
Well one of the reasons for that growth is fears about terrorism
in parts of the Mediterranean and big cities like London.
Visit England has been asking British people if they're more
likely to holiday in the UK and 18% said they are,
with some of them citing fears about security abroad.
More from our business correspondent Neil Gallacher.
Midwinter murk at Newquay Airport, but behind the scenes,
Flybe have just announced an expansion of summer routes,
including the return of Stansted-Newquay.
Ryanair will have some new routes, too, because people increasingly
Certainly, a staycation, over the last few years and going
into the future, will continue. The Poldark effect as it is called.
Manchester will grow to over 80,000 passengers this year,
that is 10,000 more passengers they had at the height
In Torquay, a slick new development on the site of the derelict former
Palm Court Hotel is a good example of the strong current
People are very happy to say, "I am taking my holidays in England
and the UK," whereas previously, what was fashionable was always
Research shows it is not the case any more.
There is a sense of pride and I think that pride
Hospitality businesses are investing to take advantage.
Matt and Claudia Forward have just put ?100,000
into their new cocktail bar in Torquay.
How much money did you sink into this place?
Enough! About 100,000.
That's quite a gamble, to invest that much.
But if I hadn't done it, someone else would have
Up the coast in Dorset, it is a similar picture.
Investment-wise, we are probably spending across Dorset,
over ?1 million in facilities, enhancements.
Bookings for 2017 are 11% up on where they were last year
The labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says more money needs to be pumped into
the NHS and local councils to ease the crisis in care in local
hospitals. Hospitals in the region face a rise in delayed discharges
and an increase in emergency emissions. Many vulnerable and frail
elderly people spend too long in hospital and can't get out because
there is no care for them. I wouldn't use the word bed blocking
because bike thing that is an unfortunate term. People with
delayed discharges. Should we open the small cottage hospitals? They
help because they can be part of the care system. Because of the
inadequacy of social care, many people actually suffer, give up
jobs, particularly women, lose career opportunities because they
have to look after people the social care system can't. We have to
address this issue. In the south west, there is a disproportionate,
compared to national average, number of elderly people and that has to be
addressed by proper funding of the social care system and our
hospitals. Is it about more money? Money into local government more
than anything else, to help with the social care system but also
recognising that if we don't invest enough in our NHS health service, it
has a knock on effect. If people can't get operations, Ben Coad go to
work. If people wait a long time to get an appointment, it may be
affecting the job opportunities and that has an economic knock-on
effect. An official NHS benefits all of us. Theresa May said the last
thing the NHS needs is a check from Labour that will bounce. I would say
that last weekend, said there was a humanitarian crisis in our health
care in written. Internationally renowned organisation, not given to
over the top statements of any sort, anywhere, said that and I think she
should reflect on that and reflect on all of the pressures she has been
under from all of the royal colleges dealing with varying aspects of
medicine, expressing their concerns about waiting lists, trolleys,
delayed operations and shortage of GPs. Address those issues rather
than blame us. Now a round-up of some
of tonight's other stories Plymouth City Council has suspended
work on its road improvement scheme in Plymouth after more white
phosphorous grenades were found on the site in Tavistock road. Ten
World War II grenade grenades were found and detonated on Tuesday by a
bomb disposal team. An extra 14 grenades were found and removed
today. A court has ordered a psychiatric
assessment on a Devon man charged with possessing an explosive
substance for an unlawful purpose. Timothy Holman, who's 41
and from Osborne Road in Ilfracombe, was arrested after a major police
operation in the town last month. A 31-year-old woman has died
after a crash involving a tractor and trailer near Redruth.
A one-year-old baby in the car survived,
suffering only minor injuries. It happened on the A30 near
the Avers roundabout last night. The road was closed
for around eight hours. Three men had been charged with
murder after a man's body was found in St Austell. 31-year-old Stephen
bowl was found with knife wounds in a part in Truro road yesterday
morning. Three local men all aged in their 20s will appear at Bodmin
Magistrates' Court tomorrow. A couple from North Devon say
they've been struggling to keep warm after a new eco-heating system broke
down 39 times in the last 21 months. Robert Smith's oil-fired system
was removed by social landlords Westward housing group and replaced
by one that uses wood pellets. Filling up the wood pellet
boiler is something He has also got used to it breaking
down time and time and time again. Right from the start,
it's just been a disaster and we are now on the 39th breakdown
in 21 months. As a tenant, I am
relying on the landlord to give me reliable,
adequate heating, which is their job.
Which they have not done. Robert and his partner,
Brian Ridgway, rent their house through social landlord,
Westward Housing Group. Brian is disabled and
has had five strokes. I have to keep warm in whatever room
I am in and it is no good me getting cold because I know I am
going to end up straight This room already had
an electric fire. The couple were also given extra
electric radiators and money I'm very disappointed the way this
has had to drag on for so long. I contacted Westward initially well
before Christmas about this These are two elderly
gentlemen, one is disabled It is highly unsatisfactory the way
they have been treated. Westward Housing Group has
apologised and has promised to reinstall oil fired heating
as soon as possible. It says of 75 similar
systems that were put in, in other properties,
only three have had Manufacturers Warmflow say -
we have established that there have been issues with the whole heating
system in this house, When our wood pellet boiler
is correctly installed, commissioned, properly maintained
and operated by the householder, using the correct fuel,
these issues do not occur. Installers Anesco
declined to comment. But Robert Smith says he has been
using the boiler as instructed, so is he confident things
will finally be sorted out? Until I see engineers here,
putting the new system in, I still have got no confidence
it is going to happen. A new lifeboat's been
launched in Devon today - we'll meet the woman
who paid for it. And after the rain,
sleet and some snow, the main problem for us tonight
is the risk of ice, especially first thing
tomorrow morning. More details from me
later in the programme. A book created and funded by parents
in Cornwall to prepare children for primary school has been
so successful, it's gone global. are being sent to every three-
and four-year-old in the county. You may remember we featured
the picture book on Spotlight last year - it includes children
with Down's Syndrome and it's been so powerful the creators have had
enquiries from as far away Emma Thomasson has been to meet Noah
- one of the stars of the book. And you need to do some windows.
Can you do some windows? Noah sat on Miss Elliott's chair
because no one wanted to pretend to be the teacher.
It felt a bit giggly. He likes running around
and he falls over a lot. And we play on the whiteboard
with him and we take turns. Not one of Noah's classmates
I spoke to talked about him And that is exactly the point
the parents who created the book that he is featured
in want to get across. Instantly, I pick out similarities
rather than differences. Children will say, oh, I read that
book, or we have that at home. Several comments into
the conversation, then it might appear, oh,
that child, why does he look like that?
Why has he got those in his ears? And that is really refreshing for us
and encouraging because we know that children of that age,
they haven't really formed any hard Today, she is working
with Vicky who is another of the volunteers who have produced
and financed the book. It is being sent every
to childminder, nursery and preschool in Cornwall over
the next four years. And news about the book
is spreading around the world, thanks to celebrities turning
to social media. They include the Poldark cast,
Miranda Hart and a whole host And that kind of support
is something they could only have dreamt of when they started
producing the second in the series of books
from their kitchen table office. They are now being distributed
around the world with one of the biggest orders
in North Carolina in the US, where they are being included
in welcome bags to parents They are like any other child
and they should be given the same thing that you when I had
when we were little babies. So, how do you feel about Noah
being in the book and it being seen potentially all around the world?
It's amazing. It speaks a thousand words,
the pictures, just details, children going about everyday school life.
And it's very, very... Noah, can you show me
where you are again, in the book? Where you are in the book?
There! I'm not sure if Noah feels quite
the same awe as Mum... He has the more pressing issue
of getting back to play No has got far better things to do!
-- Noah. Lifeboats are a familiar sight
around our coast and today Exmouth took delivery
of a new inshore lifeboat. The current D-class vessel has
reached the end of its busy It's been called out more
than 600 times and rescued Spoligtht's Rebecca Wills
was there to see the end of one era It was out with the old at
Exmouth Lifeboat Station today... The inshore lifeboat,
the George Bearman, taking to the water for the final time
as it was retired after ten years' It's been a decade in which the
D-class vessel has been called out 614 times,
rescued 466 people, 28 Also a D-class vessel
and also bearing George And getting a prime seat
to watch the new inshore lifeboat enter service was George's
granddaughter, Pauline. It was her donation
which provided by the old As they both came in towards
the shore, I was so proud, Sad also, seeing the first
one on its last trip. But hopefully, this one
will give just as good George Bearman was a
coastguard in Norfolk. He was just 38 when he
lost his life at sea in It is that family tragedy
which prompted Pauline to support My father never knew his father
because he was only I just wish that he had
lived to see what I've done with the money
that A fantastic legacy.
Yes, absolutely. The D-class boat is considered
the workhorse of the RNLI, so the The old boat has given ten years
of really good service, hard service here.
It is quite a busy station. So the new boat should
seamlessly take over as it has this morning
and give equally as good service
over the next ten years. It will be officially
named in May when hopefully, champagne, rather
than rain, will cover the bow. Plenty of rain in Exmouth earlier
today, as we have seen on the programme tonight, some of the rain
has turned to snow in places so let's get the latest from David.
Some snow falling, mainly above 300 metres, about 1000 feet. But even at
lower levels, some of the showers and it could feel quite wintry. A
bit of a problem with a risk of ice developing, the temperatures have
fallen and they will continue to fall overnight. You will really need
to wrap up warmly. Probably the coldest feeling day we have had so
far this winter. Some wintry showers dotted around as well. Some quite
heavy. Overnight tonight, all of the rain we have seen on some of the
sleet and snow on higher ground, we have a risk of ice which continues
through the night and for a good part of tomorrow morning. Stay tuned
across BBC local radio for updates. It isn't just the cold. The snow on
the ice and the wintry showers. It is also very windy at the moment and
the strength of wind is also of some concern because we have some pretty
high tides tonight. Some coastal flood alerts in force across the
North Cornwall and Devon coast. Winds straight from the Arctic and
trapped within it, several lines showers which could affect this
during the day tomorrow. Saturday, a little bit less windy. A little
quieter. Still a bit fraught because a weather front is trapped in
amongst all that which could produce some sleet or even some snow over
higher ground. A definite change on Sunday to less cold air. Even the
possibility of some light rain or drizzle. Temperatures will start to
come back up. The wings are bitterly cold. Particularly lively at the
moment, across the more western parts and some really strong gusts.
They stick with us through the day tomorrow and in that flow from the
north-west, leaving Ireland this evening and overnight tonight, some
more wintry showers. Don't expect everything to be clear and cold and
windy overnight, there is a risk of some wintry showers turning up
during the night. Dartmoor, Princetown, there is some snow that
fell earlier today. Not a huge amount but it has left a covering of
snow on the houses and grass and on the mauls and the vehicles. Traffic
moving quite nicely still at the moment but of course it will freeze
overnight tonight so a risk of some ice on untreated roads and
pavements. The main area of rain now moving into south east England is
now giving snow. Even right down to quite low levels. If you are
travelling out of the region, be prepared to run into some snow later
on tonight. A scattering of showers possible through the night. Sleet or
snow mainly over high ground. A bitterly cold north-westerly wind.
The risk of ice existing first thing tomorrow morning. Plenty of winter
sunshine so not all bad news but the risk of a few passing showers
through the day and of us, not very warm. With the wind chill, it will
feel a lot colder. A particularly windy day on the Isles of Scilly.
The times of high water. For our surfers, some pretty lively
condition out at sea. Dangerous along the north coast.
Bulletins at 10:30pm and on your radio station from 6:30am in the
morning when it could be quite tricky. Goodnight.
..and keep telling yourself over and over, "This will end."
Ladies and gentlemen, the bride and groom.
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