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Good evening from Spotlight. so it's goodbye from me.
Tonight, Devon and Cornwall Police are heavily criticised for letting
They've been rated inadequate after failing to report more than 17,000
We'll speak to the man in charge of sorting it all out.
Also tonight: a breath of fresh air is often the best medicine.
We'll find out how patients are benefiting after being
You wait ages for one and then 30 come along at once.
Millions of pounds are invested to provide new bus
Primary school children have been considering the biggest
High Speed two I think the meaning of life is, some people say it's to
have children, but I think is to be happy and make a difference.
Some of the most serious crimes are not being properly recorded
In a highly critical report, inspectors say victims are being let
down and the force has only made limited improvements
Senior officers have told Spotlight they accept the report's
conclusions and insist victims are "at the heart" of their work.
We'll hear from a deputy chief constable in a moment.
First, here are the key findings of Her Majesty's
Emergency, which service? Call the police to report a crime, but in too
many cases, staff don't treat the information they are given as they
should, not officially recording and a third straightaway, and that
matters. A victim may benefit from getting immediate help, or they
could potentially find themselves in more danger if there is a delay in
the response. It all depends on how officers view claims being made, but
inspectors say the current situation is wholly unacceptable. The report
estimated that more than 17,000 crimes are not
being recorded every year. They include rape, sexual offences and
violent attacks. A survey found that crime reporting processes were
convoluted and staff don't understand the basic crime reporting
principles. Inspectors believe it to be a sister big failure and have
read the Devon and Cornwall police inadequate, saying many victims are
being let down. Well, Devon and Cornwall's Police
and Crime Commissioner says she takes the report very
seriously and has already set up a new group to look at ways
to improve the recording of crime. James Vaughan is the Deputy Chief
Constable with responsibility for recording crimes
for Devon and Cornwall. I asked how he could reassure
victims who'd been let down by Devon We don't believe that
we've let victims down. In the vast majority of cases,
victims have come forward, an investigation has taken place,
people have been safeguarded and they've been given
a good service. But do you accept that if you don't
record straight away something, for instance, as serious as a rape,
that victim doesn't get the support straight away that they need,
and that is where HMIC says You dispute that, but that's
what HMIC SAY in their report. I accept that that's what it
says in their report. There are 27 cases highlighted
in the report where a report of a serious sexual offence
was recorded as a crime. In all of those cases,
the victims were taken under the wing of Devon
and Cornwall police. They were provided with
safeguarding activity. They were referred to victim
services and victim care and a range of investigative
processes were undertaken. One recommendation the report says
should be implemented immediately is a sexual offences liaison officer
assigned to all victims What progress are
you making on that? My goal group that I run yesterday
gave me reassurance that in every case of a serious sexual assault
and rape, a specially trained sexual offences liaison
officer will be deployed. One of the limitations currently
is that we can't make that deployment of the initial deployment
and get them there within minutes. So despite it saying
in the recommendations that wherever possible, these officers should be
deployed as the first responder, you are saying that not every victim
of a serious sexual assault will immediately be
responded to by a sexual With the current levels
of resources that we have, and taking into consideration
the sparsity that the Devon and Cornwall geography lends,
it isn't possible for us today to make the first initial response
to any serious sexual offence that of a specially trained sexual
offence liaison officer. One of the themes that comes
through the whole report is that officers often don't know
the correct procedures for reporting crimes at the initial stage,
and there is after that a lack of supervision from a senior officer
on whether the crime was recorded What is being done to address
what appears to be a lack of understanding of the system,
which your own officers reported back in the feedback
is being convoluted at times? Yes, that's a fair description
of the complex rules It's my job as the Deputy Chief
Constable to understand those rules and ensure
that they are complied with. There is a great deal
of further work to do. Again at my goal group yesterday,
I saw plans to revisit training for all front line officers,
and those plans have been Deputy Chief Constable Vaughan,
thank you very much for joining us. A report on crime recording
at Avon and Somerset police The force was judged as "requiring
improvement" after failing to properly record more
than 13,000 crimes. A little bit of Westminster
came to Cornwall today, as the cross-party committee
on Exiting the EU held It comes just a day
after the Government won a vote giving them the go-ahead to trigger
Article 50 and is part of an inquiry into how the UK
negotiates its position Well, today political,
business and agricultural leaders from across Cornwall
were asked their opinions on Brexit. Our political reporter
Tamsin Melville listened to the debate and joins us now
from County Hall. Yes, Cornwall was just the latest
stock for this committee of MPs who are going around the country,
getting opinions on the implications of Brexit. It is not clear whether
they will come back to any other south-west counties or speak to the
public here, so we decided to take this debate out onto the streets. My
colleague Neil Gallaher has been out and about in Plymouth.
This cafe looked as good as anywhere.
Like many people, the assistant manager thinks Brexit
could go either way, but she is concerned
Hopefully, it shouldn't affect us too much.
We've got Spanish chefs downstairs as well.
So it would be a bit sad if it does mean everyone's got to go.
And they are really good, hard workers.
Outside, no concerns for one taxi driver,
Actual trade, believe it or not, has gone down a lot
Because some people will have a lot more money to spend, probably.
A stone's throw away, there's a big tourism
What about the leaders of the hospitality industry?
We were quite reassured by the Prime Minister's statement
that there wouldn't be a cliff edge, that there would be transitional
arrangements, but we absolutely need to make sure that the decisions
For example, we'd be concerned about any suggestion
that we withdraw from the customs union, because that would provide
particular difficulties at the ports and airports.
Back at the cafe, one Romanian is worried about his own future.
People say if you work here and all is legal
and I pay my taxes and everything, I get to stay.
But other people, like Romanian people, say no.
If it goes through, you just go out. I really don't know.
And on the cafe terrace, I heard one opinion
I think yes, in hindsight, did I make the right decision?
I wasn't fully aware of what the EU was totally all about.
Because I didn't think it was going to happen,
and I think a lot of people did that, voted out.
But there must have been a reason why you wanted to vote out.
You must have been fed up with something.
Like you say, there must have been something at the time.
But afterwards, finding out different things about the EU,
like the farmers were going to lose money, as I say, a lot of people
voted out thinking it wasn't going to happen,
and I must admit I'm one of those people.
The Government, of course, insists that funding
The yes vote in the referendum was 51.9%.
There's no way to be sure how many people like Lorraine
Or, come to that, Remainers who would now rethink.
There is a busy still a lot of uncertainty out there because of
Brexit. But here in Cornwall, the various sectors have got together
and produced this glossy document talking about both the risks and
opportunities of Brexit. A committee of MPs today said they were very
impressed with that can-do attitude. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Keating
today was that Cornwall voted to leave despite all those EU millions
it has had over the years and what could or should be done about this
in the future, post-Brexit. The committee says it is going back to
Westminster very clear on the messages from Cornwall. Whether
those messages have any impact on the future is less clear.
For as long as you can remember, a prescription from the doctor has
probably involved tablets and medicine bottles like this.
The old prescription charge has risen to a shilling per item, but
the doctor gets no more. Costs are rising for all of us - for the
healthy, the sick, for the chemist, for the doctor.
Since the late 1940s and '50s, continuing advances in science have
But in recent years, there's been a different
and there's evidence it can help reduce the pressure on the NHS.
It's called social prescribing and is when a GP seeks to improve
a person's health by, for example, referring them for exercise.
Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond joined one walking
I've really got a lot more in control of my diabetes
through this and various other activities that I've done,
One of the major things is just the company.
We can have a laugh, just being with other people who've
It's certainly a step in the right direction,
but why does it need to be initiated by a GP?
This gave me a reason, and I've stuck to it, and other
You don't need it, but if they don't provide it, you haven't
The fact is that we are spending huge amounts of money
on prescription medication and a lot of it sometimes doesn't work and can
So anything we can do that gets people away from that,
makes them feel better and keeps them healthy,
150 people have taken part in this pilot by St Austell healthcare,
There are plans to expand across Cornwall and include other
And some think that GPs linking their patients to these
voluntary groups will play a big part in the future of the NHS.
We now know that exercise is, in the words of the royal colleges,
the important people, the miracle cure.
So we have about 15 million people getting medicines,
and many of them are fantastic medicines, but they all
The working group here in St Austell have already seen the health
benefits of social prescribing, and those behind it are hoping
that their ambitious plans to extend this pilot will soon be realised
What's thought to be the largest device in the world capable
of harnessing the power of the sea and converting it into electricity
is to connect to the wave power research project off the coast
The multi-million pound prototype will arrive next year.
Meanwhile, a scale model is currently being tested
as our Environment Correspondent Adrian Campbell
This is the dream, an array of devices to harness energy
In New England, a huge prototype is already being built.
Now the company backing the design is testing a scale model
By 2018, the first vessel should be connected to Wave Hub,
Each turbine could generate twice as much electricity
It's the size of a Boeing 747, and we're putting in tremendous
masses, the weight of a freight train moving through.
the freight train powers on through and then as the vessel
pitches the other way, it powers back the other way,
and we can convert that rolling motion directly into electrical
Wave Hub is an undersea electrical socket linked to the National Grid.
It's cost tens of millions of pounds to put on the sea bed,
and this announcement marks an important development
in its history, because so far, it hasn't sent any electricity
Unfortunately, there hasn't been any electricity
We have worked very hard with several technology companies
to try and enable them to demonstrate their
But with the plans we're hearing about today
As you can see, this scale model is doing well in the tests
it is undergoing in the tanks here at Plymouth University.
The real thing itself will be 60 times the size of this.
The American backers of this scheme believe it's important to think big
to produce the amount of clean and affordable electricity that this
country and the rest of the world will need in the coming years.
the philosophical questions being posed to children.
I am here at Bowhill primary in Exeter, where children are being
asked some of life? Biggest questions. Like what is art, and
what is bravery? Now, red double decker buses might
be synonymous with London but from today, a state of the art
fleet of double deckers will be part Bus operator First Kernow has
officially unveiled its new fleet, having spent ?7.4 million on them -
they come complete with tables and free wi fi,
but will they actually Lucie Fisher went
along for the ride. Certainly true that they don't want
people to miss the fact that these buses are being launched. So how are
they going down with locals? Fantastic. It's great to have new
things for Cornwall. I think the future is buses for Cornwall. We
need to have more to get around. Surprise to see a red bus. Well,
it's a red bus! Nice. Caught the tinner, they have been carefully
branded with a Cornish list. And there is no. The idea is that these
will be modern buses for the modern world, so they are fitted with USB
ports and in the next year, they will be contactless, so you can pay
with a card. Is a major investment at ?7.5 million, but has it come at
another cost? Did you cherry pick services, to have those most
profitable? No. We have obviously put these vehicles onto our busiest
routes. That is, and commercial business sense. We have got to make
these buses pay for themselves, but the ongoing plan is to obviously
start to improve the rest of the network. We are in the process of
designing the network and working out how to do smart ticketing so
that people can buy products on both networks, and we are looking at a
rich network which covers as comprehensive and area as we can.
Overall, feedback here has been possible. Top -- positive. Any
improvement in public transport is good for us and good for the
environment. We get so excited now every time we are driving down the
A30. Oh, tinner! There is this big red thing coming at you, and they
are shiny and new and just lovely. A mixed martial arts fighter
from Somerset is heading stateside It's a sport with a fast growing
international audience and now former plasterer Mark Godbeer
from Bridgewater has his sights set on glory -
and possible riches. It is the most brutal
of fight sports. But with the high risks
come high rewards. Especially for the biggest
stars, like the bearded Irishman Conor McGregor,
now said to be worth A million miles away,
you might think, from this small industrial estate in the middle
of rural Somerset. But inside a converted workshop,
a former plasterer has stars, Do you get scared when
you get in the ring? I think that's what I'm addicted
to, the fear factor. So, yeah, I suppose I am a bit
of an adrenaline junkie. This is Mark Godbeer,
who in the sport of mixed martial arts is already at the top
of his game in this country. Finally, out of Somerset,
England, Mark...! And in less than a month's time,
he will be heading off to Las Vegas, to Las Vegas, stepping
into what is the Premier League of his sport, UFC -
Ultimate Fighting Championship. I'm representing the UK now,
not just little old Somerset. So I'm happy, really
happy to be here. My journey has just begun,
so let's see where it takes me. Those who work with him,
sometimes painfully, believe he has what it takes to make
it in a sport which is in essence a mixture
of boxing and kickboxing. He's been through every single
person in the branch division, And without sounding
arrogant, there was no real It's a long way from Somerset
to Vegas, but Mark will take That is a proper American name, Todd
Duffy. Great philosophical
questions are being posed It's hoped grappling
with difficult concepts will help The trial is being run
by the University of Exeter and five primary schools in the city
are taking part. I'd like to know, what's
the meaning of life? If you're a parent,
you will know all about answering difficult questions,
so you may smile wryly now the tables are being
turned on the children. But the truth is, whatever that may
be, that these youngsters are doing a good job,
whatever good means. I think to be good, it
means that you have to be Obviously, there's different
opinions of good, so good to you can be doing the simplest thing,
like walking instead of running Big questions are being posed
to the children as part of a philosophy project designed
to get them thinking. Today, they are debating
what it is to brave. Bravery is doing something
you're scared of doing, without being prompted to do it,
and knowing that you're going to be A postgrad student at University
of Exeter is behind the scheme, which is being tried out at five
primary schools in Devon. At the heart of these sessions
is the sense that children can learn to disagree with each other,
but in a way that's rational so they don't get
argumentative about it. It's not about everyone
having the same opinion, because when they leave school,
they're going to face those situations and those sort
of questions all the time. If you rob a bank but it's in a town
that no one lives in... It's hoped that the weekly sessions
will improve communication Certainly, young minds
do like to enquire. Clearly a question
with many answers. I don't know where to begin with
that one! We have that debate in the newsroom every day. But we should
always end with the weather. And what is whether, David?
At the moment, it's mostly cold! It is certainly chilly today. We have
had a temperature is no more than four or 5 degrees for most of us.
But you have been out taking your photographs. This is a beautiful
shot of the blue skies we saw earlier today. Not so sunny towards
Somerset. Temperatures really have struggled today, especially across
parts of Dorset and Somerset. Slightly less cold as you get
towards the coast line, but for all of us, it has been pretty chilly,
still in the grip of winter. But not all of our plants are paying
attention to that. This is Ka Hayes, where there was some sunshine, and
the flowers seem to be coming out, the Magnolia 's and other flowers
beginning to appear. These pictures were filmed by our cameraman
Tristan. A beautiful, springlike day here, but but the temperatures have
not reflected those figures. We have been pretty cold right across the
south-west today. If anything, it's going to get colder. Tomorrow, it
looks like we will see some sunshine, but briefly, plus more
clout than we have seen today and the risk of wintry showers. And for
all of us, it's going to feel very cold indeed. The reason is in an
area of low pressure across Spain and Portugal which is staying
stationary and whilst that happens, it draws air from the east, and that
is to leave will continue not just for tomorrow, but continuing into
the weekend. As an area of high pressure settles in across the north
of Ireland, we draw in the air from southern parts of Scandinavia, from
Poland and eastern parts of Germany, where temperatures today have not
been much more than one or 2 degrees above freezing. So it's going to be
cold. There is also the chance of cloud embedded in that flow,
generating showers. There are a few tonight, mostly along the south
coast, where they will probably fall as rain. But if you get higher up,
particularly the southern slopes of Dartmoor, they could fall as sleet
and snow. It will be a cold night for all of us, temperatures hovering
around freezing for most locations. The breeze helps keep temperatures
up, but a frost is possible. More showers tomorrow, mostly through the
Channel. A few creep into parts of Dorset and Somerset, and they will
have a wintry flavour. A flurry of snow is possible. Temperatures may
get up to 5 degrees but for most of us, it will be below that. And with
a brisk wind from the East or Northeast, it will feel bitterly
cold. One of the warmest places in the country is likely to be the
Isles of Scilly. But it will not feel that one, because it will be
windy. And for our surface, there are some
clean surf. The waves are not very big now. The forecast for the
coastal waters keeps the wind is going right through tonight and
tomorrow. It is mainly an easterly, becoming north-easterly. Generally
good visibility outside the showers. The weekend will gradually get
warmer, but temperatures will not change a great deal. The only real
change is on Monday, when we see slightly less cold air coming from
the south-east and temperatures back up. For the weekend, birthdays are
predominantly dry, with the risk of some overnight frost. A brisk winds
from the East. Next week, it looks like we will start to see a change
as we see more at coming up from the south, but that is a long way away.
For the moment, it is cold. That is it from us, but Andy will be
here with an update at ten and we will all be back at 6.30 tomorrow.
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