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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.


From all of us on Spotlight, good night.


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