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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.


Yes. Yes.


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.


So what if I forgot our poxy anniversary?


Er, I think this year was copper. 14th is poxy.


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