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Did his Ukranian wife arrange his murder?
Barry Pring was hit by a speeding vehicle in Kiev.
An inquest has heard his wife was probably involved
It's two years behind schedule and has already cost ?11 million.
The row turned legal dispute over this Somerset road to nowhere.
Living and working further apart - the new research
showing the lengths people are going to during their daily commute.
And how do you protect gorillas from the cold?
This is part of its comfort zone, and they are a bit wimpy when it
comes to cold weather. A verdict of unlawful killing has
been recorded into the death of a Devon millionaire whose family
are convinced his wife was involved Barry Pring was killed by a speeding
vehicle in Ukraine nine years ago. The inquest heard how his best man
was in no doubt Mr Pring's wife arranged or was complicit
in his death. From the inquest in Exeter,
Anna Varle reports. It has been a nine-year battle
for the Pring family to find out But does today's verdict
give them any comfort? The conclusion today
was what we expected. However, that conclusion still isn't
going to get justice for Barry, because the person that murdered him
is a free person. The 47-year-old had been celebrating
his first wedding anniversary He was with his wife and former
stripper, Ganna Ziuzina. The couple heard how the inquest
heard how the couple had left the restaurant and the couple
were trying to hail a cab. Ganna Ziuzina
turned back to try and fetch a glove, and then Barry was hit
by a car travelling at speed, The coroner said Barry Pring had
been tricked into standing on a westbound carriageway,
which was the wrong Despite the verdict of unlawful
killing, Devon and Cornwall Police have no jurisdiction
to take it further. As far as Devon and Cornwall Police
is concerned, it has always been We have no jurisdiction,
we can't get any jurisdiction We are just hopeful
that the Ukrainian authorities will pick up the verdict
from the coroner and can take further action back in the
Ukraine. The family, however,
vowed to continue the fight. Does this give you any
closure at all? And we will keep fighting until we
get justice. It's more than two years behind
schedule, there's still no date for it to open and it could cost local
council tax payers ?10 million. The new relief road in Taunton has
suffered a number of technical delays and now the council
and the contractor are locked
in a bitter legal dispute. Our Somerset Correspondent Clinton
Rogers has the latest. It remains the road to nowhere,
already two years behind schedule, I think people are getting
a bit fed up with it, That would sort them
out, wouldn't it? The mile-long road on the northern
side of Taunton is designed to ease congestion in a town with its fair
share of traffic jams. But this project has been beset
by technical difficulties, not least because of the construction
of a new bridge. I'm telling them to get
workers out here and get And this week for the first time
the county council, which has already
paid more than ?11 million Whenever this road finally
does open, the question is - who is responsible
for all the technical problems, all the delays and who is going
to pick up the bill which The fact is, both sides
are blaming one another, the council and the contractor,
and it is a row that has become now a formal legal dispute and the loser
could be faced with a very big bill indeed, I am told in
excess of ?10 million. The contractor Carillion
is refusing interviews The council is adamant -
we're not paying a penny piece more. I have a duty to defend
the council tax payer pound and I will do my best
to protect that. They want extra money -
I'm not a charitable person, So now lawyers are involved
in a dispute which could yet go to the courts and of course push up
the final bill even higher The economic dominance of our cities
has been highlighted once again in a report showing thousands more
commuters are heading into Exeter every day
and from even further away. Experts say a number of people
are simply prepared to make longer journeys to work,
while others have no choice. The hustle and bustle, the large
stores and modern buildings that crowd round the new bus station.
This was Exeter in the 1970s, but it seems, 40 years later,
the city is still a huge draw for workers.
Harriet Bradshaw has been following one commuter
And Jules Denning is on her way to work from Exmouth.
This is me, a quick morning, grab the things I need,
make a cup of tea and dash out the door.
It is roughly 12 miles to Exeter but traffic can slow things down.
My longest journey was two hours and 15 minutes door to door.
Would you ever consider moving into the city?
I think for me personally the housing would have to be
it would have to be the right type of housing.
And she's not the only one making a journey.
New research that looks at our patterns of travelling
into work has shown that now more than ever people are travelling
Analysis by planning consultancy Barton Willmore shows, in the space
of ten years, the number of in-commuters to the city has
I commute from Chagford which is just on the edge
and I live near Chagford because of the beauty of the area.
I work in the city centre of Exeter, live in Exmouth by the sea,
wouldn't live in the city centre, love the sea, so I need
But attracting more people means busier roads.
Now academics, councils and businesses are working
We need to take the opportunity we've got with this research to say,
actually, there are really practical ways we can help people
make better decisions about their travel behaviour,
alongside taking that strategic view about how we plan the city,
where we put housing and constantly thinking about how will people
travel when we build new housing developments?
And this research into changing travel behaviours includes looking
into more focused weather forecasts to encourage cycling.
Simon Prescott is a planning consultant who works
for the company which carried out the research in Exeter.
I asked him why more people were travelling into the city.
Most trips seem to be related to people travelling to work. We
plotted where people are starting their commute, and finishing their
commute, and it looks as though there is a 45% increase in
travelling to Exeter over 20 kilometres so it looks as though
people are travelling much further to get to their day job. Anyone who
drives into Exeter on a regular basis will know how congested it
gets. How much impact does this idea of people driving much further from
out in the outlying areas to go to work in Exeter, contribute to the
ongoing congestion problems in the city? Over a 10-year period, there
were over 8000 new journeys coming in from surrounding Exeter into
Exeter. Probably lots of those people sit on the roads thinking
that all of those cars are entering the traffic jam. It is a big issue.
Taking this information into account, what the City Council
officials and the surrounding areas need to consider, in terms of
managing this constant growth of people living in one place and
driving, everyday into the centre of Exeter? It is a very timely
question. Exeter City Council and the surrounding three authorities
have started work on a joint plan looking forward to 2040, to try to
identify how many new homes and jobs they need and where they are going
to be located. They need to take into account commuting patterns and
make sure that the plan properly for the infrastructure of road, rail and
the bus system, otherwise, existing problems are going to get much
worse. just short commutes -
some of you are driving very Chris says I work for an IT company
in Newbury and mostly work If I need to commute in its 400
miles in total and takes 3.5 hours. Colin emailed to say,
I travel each day to work from Liskeard in Cornwall,
to Bridgwater in Somerset. A daily round trip of 202 miles. And
on Facebook Katherine told us - I travel from south-east Cornwall
to Plymouth every day. My husband travels to London
for work every week because there is no work for him
in Devon or Cornwall. A fit-for-purpose train line
would be a godsend. And Fay says -
I used to work nationally. Regularly drove 700
plus miles per week. But when I was made redundant
it was a chance to make changes. I'm fitter, I'm happier
and I have more time. I would definitely think twice
before going back to long commutes. Thanks for all your comments -
keep them coming. Those are the addresses to get in
touch with us. On to other news from around the
region now. An investigation's underway
into the cause of a large fire At its height last night 50
firefighters fought the flames Investigators are trying to find
out whether the fire There are calls for the helicopter
industry to be made part of the government's new industrial
strategy to help safeguard
jobs in Somerset. Yeovil MP Marcus Fyshe has told
a Commons debate today that 3,000 local jobs depend on Leonardo,
formerly Agusta Westland. There's been a 48% rise
in the number of people making it the fastest
growing regional airport. Last year more than a third
of a million people passed through its doors and a number
of airlines have increased Campaigners in North Devon
who are fighting to save their two theatres are calling on
the local council to help. and the Landmark in Ilfracombe went
into administration yesterday. North Devon Council is blaming
falling ticket sales It says it gave the trust more
than ?300,000 this financial year. The doors are closed now but these
campaigners want them back open, and soon. This woman performed that
theatre in Barnstaple last week. I feel heartbroken by the news. It is
so sad that it is all going to be gone and this makes people like me
inspired and able to dream big and I don't want to play just another
nightclub. This and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe have gone into
administration. There are calls for the local council to step in. They
don't have the money, we understand that, but we believe there is a
viable future for these theatres and as North Devon council owned theatre
buildings, that we can come to a solution. We are pleading with the
council to work with us and the administrator to find a way to get
doors open again. The North Devon to distrust blamed falling sales and a
cut in public subsidy from the local council for its financial problems.
These closures leave the plough arts Centre in great Torrington as the
last art centre for miles around. It's a rise of just ?9,000 a year in
public funding. Many organisations have been on a journey of weaning
themselves off public funding out of necessity and it is a journey that
some have made more successfully than others. If you have got two big
theatres with big overheads it is difficult to say that you will cover
that from the box office. It was or was gone to need some sort of
support. As a society we should be supporting the arts. If you go to
other countries, they support the arts, phenomenally. The subsidy to
support the favours from the castle was over ?300,000. The council says
that it is facing financial pressure and needs to save money. It would
not comment further whilst the administration process is ongoing,
leaving campaigners waiting for a verdict on the theatres' future.
What makes a good B? Stay with us to find out
why this one has been voted the best in the world.
The African silverbacks trying to cope with the Devon cold.
We're looking forward to that one, aren't we?
We both love cooking and try to use up leftovers.
Well, a charity which cooks meals using food thrown out by businesses
and supermarkets has been so successful, it's now expanding.
The Real Junk Food Project set up in April last year and has fed
hundreds of people in Plymouth and South East Cornwall.
Well now it's looking to develop the idea and has launched
a fundraising campaign for a permanent base.
Emma Thomasson has been to see how it works
Tucking in, but this is no ordinary lunch. Everything he was destined
for the bin. How about asparagus soup? Beef ragout, with potatoes,
for the big apple charlotte and custard. It has been made from food
donated by supermarkets that they could not sell before its best
before date. What we do is very inclusive, doesn't matter what the
circumstances are, your welcome to eat with us, and when you pay you
can pay with the money donation or you can pay with your time or
skills. People volunteer, do some washing up, some deliveries, and
there is an exchange in that way. It works really well. The one some
salad or veg? Jese heads a team of volunteers going round Plymouth and
Southeast or -- South East Cornwall, cooking. The food is prepared in her
own kitchen then transported around churches, toddler groups and even
their pub. But is it any good? Oh, yes, the meat is lovely and tender.
Yes, everything was just wonderful. Me and my husband have always
worked. And we struggle ourselves, but I make everything go round. I do
not waste, I don't throw out, if I can use it I use it, and a lot of
other people do at home as well. I was thinking about the meals that I
do for my four-year-old boy and how much ends up being left at the end
of the meal, sometimes four or five carats and you add that up and that
is a lot of food wastage. It has changed my thinking today. And he is
not alone. The project has been so popular, a second team is now
working in Torpoint and Jesse is working to set up a permanent base
near Liskeard with plans for Linton and Falmouth. The government says 8
million tonnes of food is wasted every year, which equates to ?16
billion simply being thrown in the bin. This project hopes the work it
is doing, however small, will go some way towards tackling the
problem. It is lovely. It did look good, didn't it?
Now, we had images of Exeter's past earlier in the programme
and here's another familiar sight of the South West from the archives.
House after house on road after road offering bed and breakfast.
But the traditional guest house has been changing.
Many are still offering the full English breakfast,
with customers expecting a more upmarket atmosphere.
Tourism leaders say the move towards the boutique hotel has been
key in driving the industry forward and one guest house in Dorset is now
reaping the rewards with major recognition.
It is a bitterly cold day in Dorset, but this place has the warmest
welcome in the world. And that is official. We are writing down phone
messages. Quite a few e-mails have come in. Clive and Lisa Orchard say
that they are amazed to have been named the best B on the planet for
the second time. It means a lot. It means that our guests have thanked
us for their stay. We were just very shocked and very happy, obviously.
What were you doing before you decided to move down to Dorset and
open a B? We had a clothes shop in West wittering. I was working in
data communications near Reading. Eventually we sold the shop and saw
the Data Communications Bill 's less and we chose a bed and breakfast as
being a nice lifestyle. This is a Thomas Hardy room. From the guest
reviews on TripAdvisor it is clear that this B offers more than just
clean sheets and pulling this. They think that Dorset is beautiful, and
it is not difficult to share that with people. When I was six or
seven, my sister taught me to swim in this area. So, for that reason, I
think that is what makes it very personal to me. You won the award in
2014 and in 2017. For the two years in between, what went wrong? We
relaxed! We genuinely just think of the B as an extension of our homes
anyway. That was our commitment when we started, just to be ourselves and
wanting people to share the area. Whatever their secret, it has sent
Bindon Bottom to the top of the world's B destinations.
Now the weather recently has been quite chilly with frosty nights
and cold mornings and for many of us that means wrapping up
or you could put your heating on!
But if, like some of the animals at a Devon zoo,
you're used to much warmer climates, how do you cope?
Well the keepers at Paignton Zoo have been feeding them hot potatoes,
as Spotlight's John Danks found out.
These flamingos have the right idea, keeping their heads down during the
icy weather. With temperatures not climbing much above zero in
sheltered areas, some animosity turned their backs to the court.
That is why at Paignton Zoo they are dishing out hot potatoes to the
guerrillas. It's very cold at the moment and the guerrillas with the
love hot potatoes. In weather like this it is nice for them to have
something hot to warm them up a little bit. These western lowland
gorillas are native to Africa. Weighing around 200 kilograms, the
powerful primates are kings of the jungle, but here at Paignton Zoo...
With the guerrillas and the orangutans, they are happy going
outside when it is a bit colder. The guerrillas will have a nice, heated
house outside, so in weather like this they tend to spend a lot more
time inside. We try to get them out as much as possible to get some
fresh air and sunshine, but it does tend to be food that gets them out
when it is not so nice like this. In when it is not so nice like this. In
the aviary, these noisy tropical birds are spending the winter
indoors. No jacket spuds required. The birds are lucky, because they
get shut away in nice, warm houses with heating on. It is the
zookeepers who suffer the most because they come in in the morning
and the padlocks are frozen, their hands are frozen, they have two melt
ice, hosepipes are full of eyes, so they are far worse off than the
birds. It is a year-round job for the keepers, making sure that the
animals are well looked after. A hot potato to keep away the cold seems
to be doing the job. Sadly for the guerrillas, there is no prospect of
chips being served, just yet! -- Paignton Zoo -- gorillas. We've had
lots of reaction to this story about commuting. Many of you have told us
about your long journeys to work. Graham has e-mail to say, I commute
48,000 miles every year, just passed my 500,000 miles mark, from
Ivybridge to Bristol, daily. Martin says, I travelled from Dunster in
Somerset to London for work every day. I now work from home which
means I am permanently on my wife's nerves! I'm sure that is not true at
all. Thank you for your e-mails, keep them coming in. It is time for
the weather forecast. Is it jacket potato weather, David? There is some
good news in the forecast. It is not quite as
cold. It is slightly less cold. That is the best way to describe it. You
have to wait until Friday before that happens. Tomorrow and Thursday
is going to be pretty chilly. Tonight, another frosty night with
some fog patches already forming. More of that come overnight. A cold
wind tomorrow, with the breeze picking up steadily, helping to
will have some sunshine, perhaps will have some sunshine, perhaps
even more sunshine than we saw today, because we have this strip of
cloud covering much of the of England. That layer of cloud has
produced a few showers in North Devon and up into the south Wales.
The main rain bearing cloud is out here to the west. This is a bit
closer than it has been. It is gradually moving towards us as the
high pressure begins to weaken. What is actually happening is we are
squeezing the isobars, so there's more of a breeze developing. The
breeze continuing to increase and, overnight tonight and into Thursday,
we have a cold when coming in from the South East, head of this line-up
patchy rain, and drawing in some very low temperatures from central
Europe. They have had it bitterly cold over the last few days. And
that cold air reaches us on Thursday. So although we have more
of a breeze, if anything it will feel even called on Thursday. Friday
is hit and miss but there's a weather front coming in on Friday
that will change things. It will introduce slightly less cold air. It
might introduce some outbreaks of rain as well, although the detail on
that is elusive at the moment. That cold air comes across from the other
side of the channel and through Thursday not only will be have low
temperatures but with the strength of the wind it is going to feel
bitterly cold. It will feel like -1, -2, so wrap up warm if you're out
and about on Thursday. This layer of belt has produced some showers and
clouded the skies over a good part of the South West. This was earlier
today in Quantock. For the servers, the waves have been quite
attractive. A pretty good day for many beaches over the last couple of
days. The sea temperature at the moment is around nine, 10 degrees.
The waves will increase over the next couple of days as you see the
South West winds increasing. What's going out in the Atlantic that will
help our surfers, producing some fairly sizeable waves. Tonight
across the eastern parts of Somerset and Dorset, we will have thick,
freezing fog. If you are travelling out of the region, if you're one of
these long-distance commuters we have been talking about heading
towards London, especially, you're going to run into some very thick
fog and it is dangerous stuff, because it's also freezing fog. More
of a breeze in the second half of the night, keeping the thick fog at
bay. It will be a cold night with a range of temperatures. The fog is
going to be patchy with temperatures anywhere from zero up to four
Celsius. Tomorrow, Misty and foggy in the east, but foremost, a better
day with sunshine with wind increasing. The breeze will continue
to increase in most of the day in Cornwall. And it will lift
temperatures up to 9 degrees, but further east, temperatures not doing
quite so well. That's the forecast for the Isles of Scilly, right and
windy. And the times of high water... -- bright and windy.
And the coastal waters forecast... That's all from me. Have a good
evening. Looks like we're going to need more hot potatoes at the zoo on
Thursday. That's all from us. We'll have an update at 10:30pm. From all
of us here, have a good evening. Good night.
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Very often, the line between fact and fiction
In this series, I'm exploring how three turning points in our history
have been manipulated to become our greatest historical legends.
I want to be entertained. Entertain me.
It's the last chance to impress the judges.