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Welcome to Spotlight. and on BBC One we now join the BBC's
The changing face of the NHS. Tonight we're live at a public
meeting in North Devon as locals fight to keep their acute services.
As Devon faces the largest budget deficit in the country
campaigners say lives will be lost if cuts are made to their hospitals.
Also tonight, the Devon man who was shot during a robbery
in Antigua - Chris Tester's family have told Spotlight he has
lost his eyesight and will spend several more weeks in hospital.
The joke that's become a reality - the 13-year-old who's going to
I would like to get other children around the world to realise that
there is more to life than just their gadgets and their phones.
And find out how this photographer's pictures of the Jam,
taken nearly 40 years ago have ended up on the cover of a new album.
Hundreds of people are expected at the latest public meeting
in North Devon tonight about the future of the NHS.
There are real fears that services - and lives - could be lost, if cuts
are made at North Devon District Hospital.
The NHS in Devon is facing a combined budget deficit
If nothing changes, that's the biggest in England -
so a major review of services is underway.
In North Devon that includes acute services, stroke,
maternity and children's care and emergency services.
Former Labour health minister and Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw
has accused the government of being "in complete denial"
about what he calls the "crisis" in health and social care,
and is calling for an immediate injection of cash.
Our health and social care system is in meltdown. And once again this
week we had the spectacle of the Prime Minister and the government in
total denial about the skill of the problem and an open war with the
head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, who challenged the government to put
more money in. Kirk England is in Braunton tonight
at the latest in series of meetings discussing the planned changes to
health services. North Devon District Hospital is
only a few minutes down the road. That's the focus of concern for
people here in North Devon. This is the latest in a series of public
meetings that have been packed out. We are expecting the same here in
Braunton this evening. The main concern is our what could
potentially happen to services at North Devon District Hospital. It
was built in the 60s. Two campaigners who will be taking part
in a meeting tonight are with me now, Liz Wood, what are you
concerned about? Were concerned about cuts in this hospital to the
stroke unit, paediatrics and maternity. In which case we would
have to travel all the way to Exeter which is at least an hour away, if
the traffic isn't too bad. If the weather is good. Outside the tourist
season. If you live in Linton or even further, either way, if you
need treatment quickly, they will not recover when they could have
done. Serious concerns. Netty Pearson, fears are high in North
Devon. Yes, North Devon hospital is the second most remote hospital in
England. It takes most people more than 60 minutes to get the next
hospital, is Exeter. What about the arguments that the NHS is under
budgetary pressure and needs to change and adapt? But the plans that
are being looked at will make it safe and affordable. It is not
surprising that they are under budgetary pressure. Since 2010 there
have been budget cuts every year. They are underfunded, not overspent.
The government would argue that they are adequately funding the NHS. Liz
Wood, can you understand why people feel so strongly about this? Yes,
all my life I felt safe because I knew that the hospital would be
there if I needed it and now we no longer feel safe. Thank you. We must
stop you there. Just to look at the other arguments and what the NHS is
saying, the organisations behind this review that is taking place say
we need to meet the increasing health and care needs of the
population while ensuring services are sustainable and affordable and,
as I say, the government has insisted that the NHS is adequately
funded. All next week on Spotlight
and BBC local radio we're going inside our NHS
in the South West with a series
of exclusive reports. We'll also be debating the future
of the health service with some
of the region's key decision makers. Three men have appeared in court
charged with the murder of a man whose body was found in a park in St
Austell. All three men were living in
a nearby shelter for the homeless. The man who died was also
a resident at the hostel. The body of 31-year-old Stephen Ball
was found in this part in Saint Austell in by a member of the
public. Stephen Bull was a resident apostle a few hundred yards away
from where he died. It is run by a charity that provides accommodation
for homeless people. Today, three other residents from the same
possible chance before magister -- appeared before magistrates in
men made no plea during this men made no plea during this
hearing. The court was packed with friends and relatives and some
shouted out to the men, as they left the courtroom. The local MP says the
charity which runs the hospital now has issues which are affecting the
town. It is a facility here in the town which has 62 people with
dependency or other significant needs. It is too many people and
people are being brought here from all over Cornwall and further
appeal, and the impact that this residential unit is having on St
Austell has reached the point where it is no longer acceptable and the
people of St Austell have had enough. The charity has declined to
comment about these concerns. This man is a resident at the hostel. He
did not want to be identified but said that the report he has received
from the charity has probably saved his life. The three men charged with
the murder of Stephen Bull were remanded in custody and will appear
in court in Plymouth on Monday. Now a look at some of the other
stories making the news The police have officially named
a couple found dead in a house in Dunkeswell last week
as Michael Beck, who was 62, The deaths are being treated
as murder and suicide. Police investigating the death
of a man found in a van in Cornwall The 35-year-old was discovered
in a Volkswagen Transporter Officers want to hear from anybody
who's seen the vehicle. The family of Josh Clayton
are writing to the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police
to request that another force carries out a fresh
investigation into his death. The 23-year-old from Taunton
was found dead on Tresco in 2015. The inquest into his death
collapsed earlier this week. Motorists are being warned
about the dangers Freezing conditions are again
forecast, especially in Devon, where the county council says road
temperatures David will have all
the details later. A Devon man who was shot
in the head during an armed robbery Chris Tester intervened when his
parents were being threatened with a gun at their restaurant
in Antigua on Christmas Day. He's currently being treated
at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital. Spotlight's John Ayres
has the latest. It should have been a Christmas
holiday in Paradise but when an armed robber threatened the parents
of Chris Tester have done, Chris try to stop him and was shot in the
head. It's incredible that he was not killed. His family have been at
his bedside at Derriford Hospital. Where it entered behind his right
so he was extremely lucky it did so he was extremely lucky it did
miss his brain, but obviously, unfortunately, it has affected his
eyesight. They are hoping that any brain damage suffered from this is
minimal. He has been on his feet, but it is going to be some time
before he is well enough to leave hospital. He's still on quite a lot
of painkillers all the time. He has had an injury to the head so he is
still recovering from that. He is OK. He's eating a little bit and he
is talking so, yes, he is doing all right. He will be treated for a few
more weeks. He might be moved from Plymouth into a rehabilitation unit
and then he can adjust and hopefully he will be back home but we haven't
been told exactly when that might be. After he had been shot he was
taken for treatment and when he was stable he was flown home to the UK
by Air Ambulance. His family are hugely grateful to friends and
family who rallied round with a crowdfunding campaign that has now
passed more than ?100,000 but is still ?20,000 short of the final
cost. The family have not given any information about the police
investigation into the shooting. Work's started on the country's only
Marine Enterprise Zone in a disused part of Devonport Naval
Base which could create 120 jobs. ?7 million is being invested
to create Oceansgate on the southern
area of the dockyard. With access to three Victorian docks
and reduced tax rates, it's hoped the area will attract
hi-tech marine businesses. I launched this project last July
and we have had 70 inquiries already from nationwide, I hasten to add,
not just local but nationwide. Over 70 inquiries. We are following up
each and every one of them to see how we can best meet the needs of
the people that have asked to get involved and, at the same time,
promote Plymouth. That's my job. The pressures on our health
and social care system are very much in the headlines at the moment,
and now it's hoped a pioneering approach to providing home care
on Dartmoor could be extended to other parts of Devon
and even nationwide. The carer introduction service
was set up after elderly people struggled to get care
from commercial agencies Tamsin Melville has been
to see how the idea works. I would probably have to go into a
home, if not today then very soon. Very quickly. Because I just could
not cope. It is possible for me this because of Simone, a self-employed
carer who lives in the same Dartmoor village. North-east Dartmoor care
was started because elderly people like Mavis in a very rural varieties
were struggling to get carers from commercial villages. There is a
response that is required to the crisis and social care. And
communities make a difference by organising themselves to help
address the issues. Julia has been playing matchmaker within the
community introducing people like Mavis and Simone leading to more
than 1000 care hours a week and 45 self-employed local carers on a
register. It is just giving people a bit of independence at home. And it
is a lovely place to work. I think it is absolutely essential. Because
I am not the only person at all. I hear of a lot of people who are just
needing that to stay at home, and people are getting stuck in
hospitals. I had one person who was in hospital, my friend, who was in
hospital for a fortnight entirely because they could not get any care
for her. Thanks to local fundraising Nedcare is set to become a
not-for-profit registered social care agency in its own right and
Juliet is bidding for government cash in the hope that the community
model could be copied in other parts of Devon. You can see much more that
scheme on the Sunday Politics this coming Sunday at 11 o'clock on BBC
One. A Devon firm which makes yurts
is expanding thanks to an EU grant. The firm, in Staverton near Totnes,
is taking on three more staff A further ?1 million of European
money is is up for grabs by rural businesses in South Devon
before the scheme ends. Yurts have become very trendy thanks
to pop festivals like Glastonbury. This company which makes yurts has
recently received ?15,000 EU grant to help it expand. It has enabled me
to grow the business. As a result of getting the grant I'd been able to
employ two more people and extend the product line which means that
our offering is much better than it was. It is great news. The yurts are
handmade in this workshop in the Devon countryside. The cash came
from the South Devon coastal local action group which hands out
European funds to create jobs. This is a prime example of a small rural
business with four people employed at the moment and we're going to
employ another three. The future is uncertain. We are looking at other
schemes, UK-based schemes. If we can get the same people involved and
carry it forward, that is what we aim to do. Brexit means the scheme
will end. The good news is there is ?1 million left in the pot which
could be handed out to rural businesses in South Devon over the
next few years. To the untrained eye it might seem like just some canvas
over some polls, but it takes skilled craftspeople whose futures
have been secured by the grant. I am born and bred in topless. I help --
Totnes. It is very close to fine furniture making, using the skills
that I have. At the best of times I'm not an enthusiastic camper but
even I think that I could get into this glamping lark!
It's time for the sport now and Plymouth's big game with Liverpool
is getting ever closer. Natalie's here to tell us more.
We're not going to talk about it tonight because with replay tickets
rapidly selling out, Plymouth Argyle will have to put the thrill
of the FA Cup behind them and get back to business this weekend
when they host Stevenage in League 2.
The Pilgrims are still second in the division.
Doncaster have opened up a four-point gap at the top
Derek Adams reckons that rather than being distracted
by the Liverpool games, his players have learned from being
We have shown that again, go back into the game against Stevenage, we
take the experience of being able to close teams down, not allowing them
any space but then on the opposite side, we have to go and get on the
ball and pass and move it and create chances again, this weekend.
Elsewhere our other league 2 sides are on their travels.
Exeter are at Grimsby, and Yeovil at Wycombe.
In the National League, Torquay are at home to Woking.
The Exeter Chiefs will try to keep their faint hopes of staying
in Europe alive when they take on Ulster this weekend.
They're playing on Sunday, so let's start there and work backwards.
In the British and Irish Cup the Pirates are away to Ospreys
and it's the Blues versus the Reds with Jersey visiting Cardiff.
Meanwhile in League One, Albion are at home to Esher.
Well, it started as a joke but now a teenager from Cornwall
is preparing to take on an incredible endurance challenge.
Next month, 13-year-old Siam Juntakeraket from Bodmin
is going to cycle 3,000 miles across Australia.
He's in good hands - going with him is his coach Bob Brown,
who's the first man to have both run and cycled the route.
Nothing unusual about cycling to school and back, but Siam
Juntakeraket has much bigger plans. A throwaway comment is triathlon
coach who was planning on setting up a race across Australia set the
wheels in motion for a gruelling record attempt. I rang up and asked
them if I could have a go, as sort of a joke to start with, but then
they said why not, let's give it a go. And here we are. They will
concentrate purely on his record attempt. 44 days, the time to beat.
We are aiming to do it in 30 but I have only hired a motorhome for 36
days because of the finances and things like that. It is an average
of over 90 miles each day. No pressure, then. They will start for
hours north of Sydney and head west with Siam's Perez following behind.
It seems like quite a lot to do in a day, but I am prepared. He has the
attributes necessary to complete this amazing challenge and I am
really proud of him. Bob would know what it takes having run across
Europe, the US, as well as crossing Australia on foot and on two wheels.
If he had asked to run across Australia with me I would have said
no because of his age. Some days I would get days when my feet swelled
up and size six at the start of the race up to size 11. What will be the
biggest problem next month? It will be the heat, quite bad, I think. But
I reckon it will be fine. Me trying to keep up with him, which might be
more difficult than it sounds. As well as raising money for two local
charities, Siam wants to inspire others on a global scale. I would
like to get other children around the world to realise that there is
more to life than just their gadgets and their phones, and to get out and
feel what it is like to be doing activities, rather than just sitting
on a sofa and not really doing much. Good advice for us all! That's
right, it is not just children. Good advice coming from a 13-year-old.
Amazing, isn't it? Incredible trip. Now how about this for
a trip down memory lane? Two sisters have just watched a film
of themselves for the first time, more than 60 years
after it was made. Back in the 1950s they took
part in a production All these years later
they have finally seen it and as Clare Woodling reports,
it was an emotional moment. Lines from the greatest of our
plays, and you out of the rock is one of the most lovely theatres in
Europe, the Minack Theatre. 1955 and preparations are underway for
Macbeth. Among the cast, 24-year-old Philip Kendall Carpenter. There is
me. And there is Macbeth. I can't remember his name. That is Duncan.
Duncan, I could be wrong. Her younger sister Vivian also has a
role. 60 years on, and memories have come alive as they watch themselves
in a newly discovered film for the first time. I think that Don McLeod,
who was so good looking. He was putting blood on his sword, bless
him. I went out with him a couple of times! Is that the boy? Yes. He was
so sweet! They had Macbeth's head wrapped up in a cloth and they
dropped it on the stage with a dreadful thud, and it was the
biggest turn up that they could find! This huge turnout, every
night, kerthump! Did you know that I went swimming? No, no. I bet mother
didn't as well. Midnight? Yes, somebody followed me, evidently. I
can't remember who. No. Shall I tell you? I was swimming and paddling
away and suddenly I was aware that I was not alone? Do you know who
followed me? Mac Beth! No, really! They just love cheering them
memories. She went swimming with Macbeth. Scandal! -- they loved
sharing their memories. Now for a budding young rock
photographer the late 1970s was an exciting time
to try to launch a career. Mike Searle was just seventeen
when he took a cheap camera The snaps he took didn't make it
into the music press But decades later his dream has come
true and they've ended The Jam Orntoft the Pops in 1979.
Mike Searle went to see them that month and took along his
Russian-made camera. They were an amazing band, so part of what I
wanted to do was capture him jumping with his guitar, Paul Weller,
because that was his kind of signature move. I managed to get
that. Lacking confidence, Mike didn't do anything with them. The
pictures never saw the light of day again until a few years ago. Wanting
to set up as a freelance photographer Mike dug them out and
put them online and then he got a call. Someone from Universal Music
called me and said we have got your photos and we would like to use them
in a live album were releasing in the same year, are you interested?
Yes, I am! Six months later the finished album was posted to him. I
got the package and they opened it up and it was just this shiny,
heavy, beautiful piece of art. I would have done it for love, to be
honest! So, teenage dreams that finally came true, 38 years later. I
think the message is for other people that age, if you do get the
chance, follow your passion and really follow it through and good
things can happen. Photos that stood the test of time.
After the cold and I saw last night, there
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