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Tonight, the Plymouth Argyle striker branded a rapist.

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David Goodwillie and a former team mate in Scotland are ordered to pay

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?100,000 in damages to a woman who says she was too

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Also tonight: Operations cancelled at the last moment.

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We'll investigate why thousands of patients are having surgery

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called off on the day it was due to take place.

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We don't want tenants to be ill and we certainly don't want council

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houses looking that way, so our job now is to thoroughly investigate

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what is going on in there, find out the causes and put it right.

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to a mother's claims that damp in her council home

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Taking the plunge in plunging temperatures.

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We'll meet the swimmer preparing for her next icy

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Wellies, a working farm and making waves on a right

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A Plymouth Argyle footballer has been branded a rapist by a judge

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in Scotland and ordered to pay ?100,000

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David Goodwillie has not been convicted in a criminal court,

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but the judge in the civil case said he accepted evidence given

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by the woman that she was too drunk to give consent.

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Today, Argyle said the 27-year-old striker -

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who played for the team at the weekend will not be

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available for selection for tomorrow's FA Cup match

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Preparations at home Park for tomorrow's FA Cup match against

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Liverpool. But this player will not be starting. David Goodwillie, who

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began his career at Dundee United. It was there that Denise Clegg

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claimed he and his team-mate David Robertson and raped her in 2011. The

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men were not prosecuted. They were sued and this morning a judge at the

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Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled in her favour and order the

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footballers to pay ?100,000 in damages. It raises questions about

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why there was no criminal prosecution. If the Crown are going

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to take a criminal case forward they must ask, have we have evidence it

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approved to a jury beyond reasonable doubt that this happened? A civil

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case is different. That is can we come is the judge on the

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probabilities? It is not the same question being asked in the two

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cases. Experts say could lead to far more victims of rape coming forward.

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Most rapes reported to the police never make it to court. That can be

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devastating to the person who was reported the crime. This gives

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another option. It is the first civil case in living memory and

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people will see this case I think there is that the way I can try and

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get justice and validation that what happened to me was raped and it was

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wrong. In a statement, Plymouth Argyle said a note of the judgment

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and added that they are way to the full report which they said they

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will consider in detail before making any comment. Until such time,

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David Goodwillie will be selected to play for Plymouth Argyle. -- will

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not be selected. More than 5,000 operations

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were cancelled on the day they were due to be carried out last

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year in the South West. NHS England says the numbers

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are low, but a BBC investigation as part of our Inside the NHS

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coverage, found the cancellations had risen by a third over

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the past five years. Here's our health

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correspondent, Jenny Walrond. For Barry Neil, just getting around

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is a daily struggle. He was born with a rare

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debilitating condition. The pain in his leg was so bad,

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he decided to have it amputated. His operation was

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cancelled three times. It was painful,

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obviously I wanted to get I just take it as it

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comes, you know? I just sit back and think,

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just get on with it. Plymouth Hospital's NHS Trust said

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it is a difficult decision to cancel any patient's operation and that it

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recognises the inconvenience and It said the time

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the hospital had faced unprecedented and sustained demand

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from emergency patients. And Barry's experience

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is not unique. Last year, more than

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5,000 operations were cancelled on the day

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in the south-west. And that figure has

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risen by around 30%. And all of those

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cancellations were for Things like they lack

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of beds, of staff, admin number whose conditions

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are increasing in more treatments we can

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offer those patients, there does need to be more money put

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into the health service so NHS England says the level of

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cancellations remains low at just 1% out of the millions of operations

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performed each year. While the experience

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can be frustrating and upsetting, Barry

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doesn't blame the NHS. There's no two ways

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about it, they just cannot manage with the influx of people

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that are wanting beds or whatever. We're going inside our NHS

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all this week on Spotlight looking at the different

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pressures it's facing. And we'd also like to hear

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what you think, the various ways And on Thursday, some of the key

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decision makers in the health service in the South West will be

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here for a special debate which we'll continue after Spotlight

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on our Facebook page. On to other stories around

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the south west tonight. A 46-year-old man has appeared

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at Exeter Magistrates' Court today It follows a stabbing

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in Exeter on Sunday, in which a 30-year-old man

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suffered The accused has been remanded

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in custody to appear next The identity of human remains found

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near Newquay last August has been Police say they are treating

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the death of Darren Rhys The 45-year-old, who lived locally

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but was originally from Wales, A Dorset charity which provides

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support for very young children with special needs is facing closure

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after 25 years because A lottery grant awarded

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to The Dorchester Opportunity Group A Big Lottery Fund spokesperson said

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the grants are "not designed to be There's growing pressure

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on National Police Chiefs to pick up the full bill for a police operation

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in Devon that was ordered There's concern policing

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here could suffer if not. More than a million pounds was spent

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on the operation as part of a long-running investigation

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involving the Security Services. The amount is the

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equivalent to 2,800 days of policing, but the local

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force has been left With the details, here's our Home

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Affairs Correspondent, Simon Hall. In Devon woodland, an investigation

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involving MI5 and Scotland Yard. Searches were carried

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out by local officers inquiry, which also took

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in Northern Ireland Devon and Cornwall should be able

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to recover the cost, but it isn't clear that they'll get

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all the money back and at a time of cuts,

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that is causing concern. I think we should get the money

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back for this operation because the money should come from

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Central Government, so they should I think we should get the money

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back into the community, It was a nationwide

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event, wasn't it? And if we have to foot the bill,

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poor old Devon and Cornwall are It was such an extensive operation

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that Devon and Cornwall had to call The next biggest sum

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was the own officers' overtime, then came hotel

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accommodation and catering. Devon and Cornwall

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needs the funding. We've got other operations for local

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policing and therefore it is a disgrace if there's any argument

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about us funding what was a Forces can apply to

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the National Police Chief Counsel for spending on major

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counterterrorism operations But they're not guaranteed

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to get the money back. In a statement, Devon

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and Cornwall Police told us they were confident their

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spending on the operation would be reimbursed by the end

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of the financial year. The police chief's Council said

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the claim from Devon and Cornwall was currently

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being processed. A serving a Royal Marine,

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Ciaran Maxwell, was charged with terrorism offence

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following the searchers. A young Somerset mother has told

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the BBC her children are being made ill by the damp,

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mouldy conditions She says Taunton Deane Council

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has repeatedly ignored The council has told

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us it will investigate Coming to my son's bedroom. As you

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can see, the wall is mouldy. Charlotte Hardy said she can all

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live like this any longer. And should not have too. It is

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disgraceful. This is where her two children aged one and two sleep.

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There is mould next to their beds. Every time she wipes it away, she

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says it returns. You say your children's health is suffering? It

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is. I've taken them to the doctors with Cox calls and ear infections in

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my health visitor is asking me why I'm taking them so often and why are

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they getting so it all the time. I will show you my bedroom now. She

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says the answer to that is it is in every room you look in and Chile

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moved in three months ago. She claims on one occasion the council

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told that open all the windows and turn the heating up to get rid of

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the dam. While we were filming here, perhaps coincidentally, there was a

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surveyor sent by the council who was taking a detailed look at all the

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damp and mould. He told us there were definitely structural problems

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with the building, probably connected with faulty cavity wall

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insulation. The pictures don't have a good story. Today, a council told

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us while he couldn't comment on the individual case, that there were fix

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any problems. Would want tenants ill or council houses looking like that.

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Our job now is to investigate what is going on in there, find out the

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cause and put it right. Now, shall we just wants to know when and when

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will they fix broken shower, which she has told them about, because of

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the moment, she has ten p per children in a plastic toy box, which

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she says is far from easy, especially when your child is

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learning difficulties. -- when your child has learning difficulties.

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A Devon man is taking his campaign about living with dementia

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Norman McNamara has made the film, Norrms, to raise awareness and show

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how people with dementia can still live happy lives.

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It will be shown at the Sundance Festival in Utah.

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Diagnosed with dementia in his 50s, Norma McNamara was horrified at how

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little people knew about the condition.

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He started the Purple Angel campaign and even canvassed

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It started with a Memory Cafe and local shops signing up

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Now, there are ambassadors worldwide in more than

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There are films out there and to be honest, they are

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Because to be honest, it always shows the bad side,

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and of course there is a bad side to dementia, there

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But we wanted to show the positive side and how there is life

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And also how people can actually live a good life after

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Norman's partner Elaine has seen good times as well

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She's seen how making this film has helped him.

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It helps because it keeps his brain active.

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It has got something for him to do and you're not thinking about what's

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wrong with you, but about other people.

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And when we set off with the Torbay Dementia Action Alliance, we

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have the Memory Cafe, but the idea was if we can

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dementia and their carer, that was job done.

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Norrms was filmed both here and in the USA.

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I was probably one of the first Dementia Angels, Purple Angel

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The second or third, maybe the first, I don't know.

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I interviewed Norman, I was running an online talk

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show called The Dementia Project and I had Norman on as a guest.

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But it all came together and the Purple Angel

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started and it's amazing what the man has done.

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As part of the campaign, many hospitals in the US now give

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patients a Purple Angel wristband, so when they go missing, people know

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This is not about labelling people or showing

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people up or putting them in a box, but helping them.

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We love the NHS, especially in Torbay and we will

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carry on knocking at that door and they'll say yes, hopefully.

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Although not officially sanctioned by some

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dementia bodies, the Purple Angel campaign is huge, with thousands of

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Norman hopes the film will spread

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Now swimming outdoors probably isn't high on your agenda in January,

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but for some people, including our next guest,

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Pauline Barker is an ice swimmer and later this week

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is leading a team out to Poland for a rather chilly competition.

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Welcome to Spotlight. Why do you want to swim in icy cold water? Ones

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used to date, it is quite pleasant. Getting in is the hard part, but the

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camaraderie of the event and once you're there, you end up with a

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smile on your face. We have photos from the event last year in Poland,

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with the temperature at minus 17. Tell us a bit about the competition

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are what you have to do in these conditions? It was about minus 17.

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This year it will be a little bit warmer, minus nine. , Easier than!

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The water will be about two degrees. For the main event, it is a one

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kilometres event, the longest swim but we do. There are also shorter

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events of 100 metres and 250 metres for those who don't want to go the

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full kilometre. You did well last year, didn't you? Yes, I won the 500

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metre event. That took about 12 minutes. There's a serious side

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though, isn't there? We all know the shock bodies can go into an exposed

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to cold water and people even die from hypothermia. So, how do you

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adapt to the bitterly cold temperatures? How do you prepare?

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Folk cold water swimmers, we to acclimatise. When we first start-up

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we tell people to state in the water for one minute for every degree of

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temperature. 10 degrees for ten minutes and so on. You can stay in

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for longer and longer as you get used to it. The trick is not just

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the swimming, but how you recover afterwards. We should point to

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anyone wearing a wet suit, are you? Just a normal swimming costume. No

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wet suits, no hats and gloves, just a swimming costume. This is very

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different to your day job, isn't it? Yes, I work in a bank. So my spare

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time IIS swimmer. I've always been a swimmer and I swim -- swum the

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channel and I had to learn how to acclimatise to the cold vendor. It

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is becoming quite popular is wild swimming, in the south-west. Is it

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good place to train? The best place to train for this sort of thing.

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There were lots of wild swimmers in and Cornwall. I run a group. It is a

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social group and there are 7000 people in that group watching it,

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swimming with others and it happens all over Devon and Cornwall. People

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should take an organised group, shouldn't they? Yes, it's always

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safer to swimming company. There is guidance on the website. -- to swim

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in the company. Swimmer with friends, it is not just compatible,

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but safer. Good look in Poland. Rather you dummy! -- a rather you

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than me! The Princess Royal

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donned her wellies during Princess Anne met workers and users

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of two charities and opened Spotlight's Andrea Ormsby

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has spent the day Arriving by helicopter with a big

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wave from the youngsters touring A big day for them and for

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this pig, Licquorice. A good old brush

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from the children to Wellies are the order

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of the day here. What was most exciting, meeting

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Licquorice the pig or Princess Anne? It's the most wonderful way

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to celebrate Farms For She's been a long-term supporter

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and it is always great to have support to help us raise our profile

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and this is really nice to have her here today, celebrating the end

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of our 40th anniversary year. The Princess was here

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this morning to help celebrate 60 years of the Highbury

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Trust which helps those with I would like to say thank

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you and I think she's It means so much to

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the Highbury Trust. It is an incredible

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organisation that encourages It highlights who they are and helps

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people take notice. Also on the royal schedule today,

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an official opening of the new 50-metre Olympic Legacy

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pool at It was great to meet

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a member of The combination of 15-odd years

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of the vision to bring the 50-metre pool for the community to

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benefit from and for swimming across A city is about to try and hold

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its nerve as Plymouth Argyle face Premier League giants Liverpool once

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more in the FA Cup. Manager Derek Adams today said he's

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not changing his tactics as the top flight club comes to Home Park

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for the third round replay. Ahead of the big match tomorrow, our

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Sports Reporter Andy Birkett has met up with a Pilgrims legend

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to get his take on it all. Eye taxi of a home part? Do you know

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where you're going? Not from on this way? No, from Liverpool. Scouser?

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Yes. Bubble man? Yes, read. I'm not a balloon. One just read, you are

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agreed. Where does your loyalty lie for this game? I was born and bred

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in Liverpool, but I have lived in Plymouth a long time and I will sit

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on the fence. You are a cult hero here at home Park. What was it about

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this place the majors so successful do you think? After the initial few

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games, the fans took to me and like most strikers that can score goals,

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you become a bit of a cult hero and you can go to Liverpool, they've all

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got goal-scorers, but every year, I seemed to do well Plymouth and I

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loved it down here and when you are playing well and scoring goals, it

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became one of those things. The fans seemed to like me and it's been like

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that ever since. Your star was a lot different to the way people start

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today in football, wasn't it? Yes, it was Blu-ray competition in the

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Liverpool Echo. Collect 20 vouchers, send them off to the paper and

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hopefully get a trial, which I did. I went to six or seven trials and

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from 10,000 children, I got down to the last 20. I was watched by the

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Liverpool staff and ended up playing in a five a side which we would 5-

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nil and I scored all five is goals. The next night, I was asked to

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become a trainer. You are not just asked by any manager were you? Yes,

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I was asked by Bill Shankly. It was a privilege to have been signed up

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with him and get to know him. Without picking a favourite, but

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you've already said you fence sitting, can Argyle win? Yes, they

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can, without a doubt. They defended so well at Anfield and got the right

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result. If they keep without defence and create chances, anything can

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happen. It has happened before and it will happen again.

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BBC Radio Devon will have full commentary from

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You can also follow the match online and we'll be live at Home Park

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Nine or 10 degrees at the moment of our sea temperatures. It is warmer

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in the sea than it is our side though. We have some grey weather at

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the moment. Tomorrow, there's a chance of brighter conditions. Some

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may try and work through the cloud. Try and light winds. A quiet week.

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Not much rain. Not much sun either. More of a chance to see spells of

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sunshine tomorrow. Across the Channel, there's a good deal of

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clear sky. That will merge further north overnight tonight. There's a

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weather front is the cloud we now have. Is moving to the north of

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those tomorrow. It's allowing clearer skies to develop. Belly

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comes back down on into Friday. -- then it comes down.

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If you want to set your barometer at the moment, it should be reading

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about a thousand and 37. Let's look at the cloud from today. It's broken

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quite nicely across eastern parts of England. That's clear sky will

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gradually move westwards. We will see clearer skies across Dorset.

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Maybe not into Devon, but even south of Somerset, they might get a

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glimpse of the stars and quickly, much lower temperatures. This was

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earlier across Dartmoor. There's been a lot of hill folk. It doesn't

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make for much of an atmospheric scene, look up cross and I think it

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will be a similar scene tomorrow. The southern part of Dartmoor may

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start to see more breaks developing in the cloud. But for all of us, is

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still feels cold. Overnight tonight, the cloud clears. Parts of East

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Somerset and into the east of Dorset. Further west, stubborn

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cloud, still capable of producing drizzle. Temperatures of 3-4 . To

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the east where we see the sky is clear, there will be frost with

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temperatures of -1 possibly. Some of brighter sky and clearer weather

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will drift along south coast. Here is where we will see the best of the

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sunshine. The cloud is stubborn further north. Similar temperatures,

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8-9 . Light winds. More breeze. We should get some sunny spells as

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well. A brighter day compared to earlier today. Times of high water

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on the screen now. The outlook is a dry one and perhaps

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a little brighter. There will be a Spotlight of the

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data 10:30pm. We are back tomorrow at 6:30pm with a build up to the big

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match. Join us though. Goodbye. That I will faithfully execute

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the Office... And will to the best

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of my ability... The Constitution

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of the United States...

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