08/02/2017 Spotlight


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even at lower levels of light dusting to come as well. Winter not

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over yet. Tonight, dramatic footage

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of the moment a cliff This was the moment a section

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of garden including a summerhouse We'll hear from the owner and ask

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whether anything can be done The farmer in a wrangle

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with south west water. The next one came in at nearly

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?10,500 and it was me that the ceiling, not the water.

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But why has his three-month bill gone from ?1,000 to ?10,000?

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Songs and smiles as youngsters at Children's Hospice South West

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record a special CD to mark its 25th anniversary.

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And I'm at RHS Garden Rosemoor to find out what an Apple has in common

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with a pig's knows. People are being told to stay away

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from the cliffs in East Devon after what's being described

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as a significant cliff Tonnes of rock and soil

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collapsed on to East Beach, leaving homes on Cliff Road even

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closer to the edge. People living there have long

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campaigned for action to shore up the cliffs

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and protect their properties. Weakened by a rock fall yesterday,

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the land supporting the shed at the top of the East Cliff gives

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way without warning. There was no noise to warn us

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what was gone to happen It used to be surrounded by land

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but now all that is left is part My neighbour phoned me from next

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door and she told me that some of the garden had disappeared

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so I went and had a look About ten minutes later

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I looked out the window, blinked twice and decided

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that the shed actually You also then had another three

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metres of garden where my gardener had been standing not half an hour

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before this happened. I keep telling him not to go

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there and I think he has learnt But also you can see where the land

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had actually slipped down. That piece is going

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to go imminently. There are 12 properties

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along the cliff edge Thegardens have slowly

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disappeared in recent years in cliff falls extensively

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reported on Spotlight. Tony Miller fears it's only

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a matter of time before more There is bound to be

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another fall shortly. These things happen without any

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warning and can be quite small or they can be quite drastic,

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as the one was yesterday. Although the houses here

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are directly in the line of fire, when this cliff erodes back further

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it exposes the whole of the town to south-easterlies,

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which can be devastating. East Devon District Council sent us

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a detailed statement. They say that East Devon's cliffs

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form an outstanding part of the Jurassic coastline

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but they are made of soft rock and it makes

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them vulnerable to cliff They say they have now finalised

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a beach erosion management plan and they have put that out to tender

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and are looking for They say the recent cliff fall

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here at East Cliff will not qualify for emergency funding or approval

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because it is in private ownership. The council told us it will continue

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to monitor the situation "Astronomical" and "unbearable"

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that's how one tourism leader is branding planned business rate

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hikes affecting self-catering Ministers say the nationwide rates

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review of all businesses makes the system fairer,

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with three-quarters seeing no change But there are calls

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for an urgent rethink for the self-catering sector,

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amid claims it's being The Poldark effect and the weak

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pound encouraging staycations Tourism in the south-west has been

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surfing a bit of a wave recently. But there is a fly in the ointment

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for many of the region's self catering businesses as they face big

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hikes in business rates from April after a nationwide

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government review. We've been going for 40 years

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and this is the biggest tax hit And it is a major problem for us

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and we are worried about the future. 23 people are employed

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at this family business, a complex of 15 cottages near Looe,

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open all year round, where extras are on offer to keep

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the visitors choosing Cornwall -- Here, they are facing a rise

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in their business rates of 135%. That means more than

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?2000 a month on top It's not just that it's not fair,

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it's that it's not sustainable. If we want to bring people

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to Cornwall and even to the UK, we are competing not just with other

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businesses in England but also we want to bring tourists

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here rather than going to France or wherever so it's a big

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hit that is going to... You know, I'm sure there

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will be business closures Based on turnover, not profit,

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the hit is particularly being felt by the hundreds of complexes

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in the region, like Treworgey, Tourism leaders are lining up

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to call for a rethink. I'll tell you what, if my income tax

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went up by 140% I think I was worse than a loser,

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so it is not a matter of habit than a loser, so it is not

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a matter of a bit of winning and losing,

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this is quite catastrophic for some businesses, so I think it is time

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for the government to step back This will mean less profitability,

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which means people will pay themselves less,

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which means there will be less investment and ultimate outcome

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is less stock with less quality The impact on coastal and rural

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communities is going to be looked at by a tourism inquiry chaired

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by a south-west MP. The government's asked quite rightly

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for tourist operators to pay a higher minimum wage,

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to pay better wages to their workforce,

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which is very welcome, I'm sure, by everybody,

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but it is an extra cost for them and now they're getting a double

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whammy with the business rate. The government says across all types

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of business in the south-west the majority of bills are staying

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the same or falling and there is a cap for the first few years

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for those that are facing increases. It says there is transitional help

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available and the changes overall A farmer from Bickleigh

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near Tiverton says he's been involved in a wrangle

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with South West Water for almost The company says it's

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still investigating what's happened and is trying to resolve the issue,

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but Ray Hull says he's been told Our Environment Correspondent Adrian

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Campbell has been to see him. Ray Hull farms at

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Bickleigh, near Tiverton. He says he and his wife have been

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upset by repeated demands for money from South

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West Water over years. Each one of these cattle can drink

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around ten gallons of water a day. It can be even more when they're

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in calf but Ray says when the bill came in in 2009 he was

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flabbergasted by the size of it. I think the first one in August was

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for about just under ?1000, which was a lot of money for three

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months' water in 2009. The next one came

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in at nearly 10,500. It was me that hit

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the ceiling, not the water. And obviously that's

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when our battle, I suppose, with our water

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suppliers started. Ray says his normal water bill

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from South West Water is around ?1200 a year but in May 2009 he says

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he was sent a bill for more than He says after complaining

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to South West Water they cut the amount they said

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he owed by around half. But according to his

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records, the latest Ray claims problems began

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after the company attempted to deal with low pressure in

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the pipes to the farm. He believes a leak in 2009 happened

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because pressure was far This is where I was

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checking the meter every We contacted South West

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Water about Ray's bill. In a statement,

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they told us... "This has

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been a complex case which has required ongoing in-depth

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investigation. We are continuing to work

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with Mr Hull to achieve a But Ray says, after years

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of dispute, there is still an outstanding amount which is

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unsettling for him and his wife. It has an effect on you that you've

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got, it's rather like the Sword of Damocles over your head,

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saying, "?5250, please." keeping a careful check on every

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drop of water they use. Three out of every ten people over

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the age of 60 are affected weakness and ways to tackle it

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are now the focus of Plymouth academics who are leading

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a European research It makes people much more likely

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to have a fall or develop conditions Our Health Correspondent Jenny

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Walrond reports from the University So, this is just like the one

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they use to look at the babies Jill Willock is having

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her leg muscles assessed at the University

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of St Mark and St John. I've been unable to undertake

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any exercise whatsoever Researchers want to see how

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which muscle she has lost and whether she rebuilds it

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through The reason this research

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is important is that one in three over-65-year-olds will fall

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at least once a year. Muscle weakness is

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a key factor in those files and many people never

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regain their mobility. The university is coordinating

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the research with 14 other institutions and has

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a 1.45 million euro EU grant, something they are particularly

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proud of following the Brexit This is a partnership

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that we are coordinating across 15 European partners that

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covers education, industry, all related to science and scientific

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study around muscle, physiology, So to be given that level

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of responsibility for such a big grant shows a confidence I think

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that Europe has in us and I think This is the thigh muscle,

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so we see the bone here. As well as looking at patients,

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they are examining MRI scans and looking at individual muscle

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fibres to see prone to falls, their metabolism

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goes really bad, they get diabetes, they get too much fat

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inside the muscles and in the body and overall they get a premature

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ending of life. They hope their research can find

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ways to simply and cheaply assess what is happening to people's

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muscles, to pave the way for improvements to treatments

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and other interventions which could reduce

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the cost to health services of falls

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and physical activity. The five judges who heard

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the two-day appeal by a former Plymouth-based Royal Marine

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against his conviction for murder have said they will announce

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a decision at a later date. Sergeant Alexander Blackman's QC

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told the Court Martial Appeal Court that the conviction was unsafe

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because psychiatrists said the soldier was suffering

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from a mental illness when he killed an injured Taliban

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fighter in Afghanistan. The judges will take time to review

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the evidence and the law before The Conservative MP for Torbay,

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Kevin Foster, is seeking an urgent meeting with NHS bosses after plans

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emerged yesterday to close 32 He says there hasn't been

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enough consultation. The hospital says it will treat

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patients elsewhere and says patient In a moment we will be catching up

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with Sir Ben Ainslie to find out why he is training in Bermuda.

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And some early spring colour in the sunshine today,

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Children with life-limiting illnesses have released their very

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own CD to mark the 25th anniversary of Children's Hospice South West.

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Music therapy is one of the highlights for many

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of the children at the hospices in Devon, Cornwall and Bristol.

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Yes, and now, with a little help from family and friends,

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they've chosen and performed 30 tracks for the special CD

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which will help raise money for the charity.

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Spotlight's Andrea Ormsby has the story.

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For Sam, he doesn't have any vocabulary, he can't say words,

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but with music he seems to come alive and Carolyn's just been

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amazing in that she has worked with him for so long she's got

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to know him, what he likes and what actually will get him to open up.

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I think I've got the best job in the world.

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To be able to offer children a space in which they can actually really

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Sam's song is the first of the 30 tracks recorded by the children

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It's just amazing to think that my son is on a CD.

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But the fact that it's something that we can treasure forever,

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it's a memory that is there forevermore now and we can share

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that with all our family and it's just been so special.

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For Sam to be involved and for us to be part of that.

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Singing Bridge Over Troubled Water is the Children's Hospice South West

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Joint Choir, singing together for the first time after just

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It's one thing that we can do to add to that precious treasure chest

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of memories that families accumulate while they're staying with us

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It has been absolutely tremendous and the CD,

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we just want to share with everybody because it's got some

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Windchimes are her favourite sound ever.

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The children have chosen the songs because they have a very significant

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meaning for them so it might be that it's their sister's favourite song,

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it might be a song that a parent has written in memory of their child

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who has died, so the booklet really, I think, has to be read

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alongside listening to all the beautiful contributions.

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Even a world-renowned countertenor is on the CD.

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Iestyn Davies said he was delighted to contribute.

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The CD costs ?5 and can be ordered from the Children's

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All proceeds go to the charity, which needs to raise

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nearly ?10 million to keep the three hospices going.

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Sir Ben Ainslie started sailing at Restronguet Sailing Club near

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Little did anyone know then that he would become the most

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successful Olympic sailor of all time, first winning a silver

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and then four gold medals at consecutive games.

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After the London Olympics he switched his attention

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to the America's Cup - the oldest international sporting

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trophy - and he tasted immediate success the following year on board

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Now he's aiming to do something that's never

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been done before and win the America's Cup for Britain.

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Tony Husband was in Bermuda as Sir Ben and his team launched

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the boat they hope will sail them to victory this summer.

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Around half of the America's Cup team have left their main base in

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Portsmouth and here at the Royal Navy dockyard. The temporary help

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officially opened on Monday. It coincided with the launch of the

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boat in which Britain will aim to win the America's Cup for the first

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time. They will hope this was the only force start -- is the only

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false start of the campaign. A pivotal day for the team. Lunch hour

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race boat, get it in the water, -- launch our. It is many man-hours in

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terms of design and engineering and our note builders who have done a

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fantastic job to get it in the water. Land Rover BA are have been

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training here since November in their testable and their rivals are

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all around them so it raises the state 's. Full is -- we are

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developing our report very well but we don't know it all so we can learn

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a lot from watching techniques other boats sail weather and other

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components they have stopped we are a long way from the end product. The

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boat will have a crew of six led by Sir Ben Ainslie but also current

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Olympic medallist Giles Scott. The hydrofoils can see the boat reach a

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top spiral of 60 mph. They will get the idea of the kind of catch up

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that they face as a start-up team. The establish likes of Artemis

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aboard are strongly fancied to do well in this year's qualifiers but

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there is so much optimism around Land Rover Bar and they really feel

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this time Britain could bring the cup home.

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Looks horrible in Bermuda! Much nicer here!

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What fruit do you think we're talking about if we mention

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Some of you may remember them as old fashioned

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These types of heritage apples are being planted in a bid

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to save some of the more unusual varieties from extinction.

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It's all happening at the Royal Horticultural Society's

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Lucie Fisher has been to take a look.

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The first blooms are breaking the ground here at Rosemoor, an

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And one of those is an orchard dedicated

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to protecting rare species of Devon apples.

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So this is one of 90 trees that is to be planted

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here in what is to be the heritage orchard,

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and one of the people planting those trees is Pete.

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It's incredibly important to maintain

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this amazing kind of diversity of varieties,

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Hollow Core, Crimson Queen, Johnny Round.

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I mean, some of these names, you know,

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people will remember from their childhood and they're

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And they are evocative for Pete, too.

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Down in the poly tunnel he showed me some of their

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So, you won't see any of these apples for sale in the shop

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They are all very unusual varieties, which is the whole

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We want to ensure that they continue and don't get lost.

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There is one here called Pig's Nose, which

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is very descriptive of just the shape of apple,

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So these are the kind of apples, then, that you wouldn't see

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in a supermarket if presumably they looked like a pig's nose.

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No, we wouldn't see any of these in a

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Which is kind of the reason we are creating this heritage

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Everyone wants a perfect apple or a perfect piece of fruit

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or vegetable and the ones which might be less

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than perfect to look at are probably better tasting.

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This attempt to protect an older, quirkier specimen

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from more dominant others could end up being the difference between rare

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And you never know, the gardens here at

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Rosemoor may actually end up encouraging a resurgence in demand

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What a good idea. Good to see some signs of spring as well.

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You grow apples? I have an apple tree. And I saw some

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crocuses. I love the snowdrops.

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I hadn't -- a hint of spring. Let's see what the weather is going to be

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like. Apple trees like some cold weather?

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Yes, not while they are in blossom. We have had plenty of sunshine

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today. It makes a huge difference. A lot of sunshine for most of the

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south-west of all a bit more cloud creeping in from the east. We start

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with a look across Plymouth Sound where we had an unusual visitor.

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This is a South African frigate coming in for exercise during the

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course of the day, and from here we go to some spring bulbs. These

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crocuses look great. Also beneath the trees some beautiful shots of

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flowers coming out. Spring is starting to show. Sadly the frost

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and the cold is going to come back. We have easterly winds developing

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over the next 24 hours. We have hardly had any today but those

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easterly winds will develop and continue to give us some pretty low

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temperatures over the next ten days. Perhaps a hint as we move into next

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week of some slightly less cold air but the cold is already upon us and

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temperatures are falling. Overnight tonight, a widespread frost.

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Temperatures could get down to zero, even -1 overnight. A widespread

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frost but not much moisture so I do not think we will see too much in

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the way of ice. The only chance is on some of the minor routes over

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high ground weather has been water coming out of the hedgerows. A

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frosty night, reasonable start tomorrow with some sunshine but we

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are going to continue to see more cloud creeping in from the east

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during the day. With such cold air there is a chance of a few wintry

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showers from the East and they could produce some showers in parts of

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Dorset and Somerset. Along the south coast, the chance of a few showers,

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mostly of rain, affecting the far south of Cornwall and the southern

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half of Devon but we should get some sunshine tomorrow and perhaps 6-7 -

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eight Celsius. A cold wind coming in from the east south-east. The

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easterly breeze will continue on Friday. We will all see frost and

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quite widespread. For most of us it will be dry but a cold wind and that

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cold wind, the source of error, part of Scandinavia, will make it feel

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pretty raw. By the time we get into Saturday and Sunday, the

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Scandinavian areas across us and it will be a cold few days. There was

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some speckled cloud around today, not much through the night, clear

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skies, so frosty in places, as low as -1, minus two. Showers on the

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south coast. There might be a wintry flurry across parts of Dorset and

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Somerset. Struggling temperatures, feeling colder because of the

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strength of wind. The Isles of Scilly, bright and dry but quite

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windy with Southeast winds. Times of high water. Some good surfing across

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the North Coast but it is pretty cold. The outlook is continuing

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frost at night, a lot of cloud from Friday through to Saturday and

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Sunday and the cloud is thick enough for the odd flurry in the winter but

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I have to say it isn't much to appreciate.

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We had our weather symbols ready in case you needed them.

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What is that supposed to be? A cloud!

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when farmers leave their daily routines behind...

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Right, here we come, Dorset! ..for a show day.

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When author Sir Terry Pratchett died,

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They called on Death to give Terry back.

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