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Welcome to Spotlight. that power.


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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