13/02/2017 Spotlight


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Welcome to Spotlight. failings at one of

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Tonight: The youngsters selling hard drugs on south west streets.

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Police say they're being controlled by gangs in big

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cities and are worried about an increase in numbers.

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Also tonight: The moment a letting agent was confronted over tens

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of thousands of pounds of rent and deposits.

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What have you done with all those deposits, the rents you haven't

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paid? A train operator is told

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to improve after this accident And up to 80 fire fighters

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from across the south west have been tackling a blaze which has destroyed

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a thatched pub. And we'll hear from the Devon

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bell ringer who was left Police say they're concerned

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about the rise in the number of pop-up drug dens

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across the south west. Officers say the dens are controlled

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by gang bosses from big cities such They despatch teenagers to places

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such as Plymouth and Penzance Each teenager can make

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up to ?3,000 a day. Our reporter Denis Nightingale

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has been investigating. Drug dealing may not

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be a legal business, Spying new markets, gangs branch out

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from big cities to create The young dealers travel by train,

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coach and car to places like Bournemouth, Yeovil,

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Plymouth and Penzance. Once they are there,

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they establish themselves in hotels and hostels and often in the homes

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of drug addicts. Former gang member Jamal

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was shot and knifed before You are taking a chance with them

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by off-loading drugs If they come back with the money,

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obviously that is beneficial. If it's a loss or that person gets

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arrested up there, it is what it is. And it can be a lot

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of money - ?3,000 a day. The young dealers are usually

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commanded by a single gang leader on a single mobile phone

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in what are known as county lines. This detective sergeant,

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who does not want his face shown, leads undercover operations

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to break them up. Quite often they will be people that

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are recruited from care homes The youngest person we have had

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is 14 years old and he was already on bail after being found

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in Bournemouth in a hotel room Figures from the police in the south

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west showed that last year, sentences totalling hundreds

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of years worth in prison were handed out to criminals following county

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lines investigations. We intercepted numerous people,

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young, vulnerable, missing people from the metropolitan cities

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and returned them back Many of those young people will have

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been recruited through social media, which Jamal claims too

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often glamorises gangs. In regards to social media,

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I think the flip side of things should be promoted and shown -

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mothers sitting in their house crying when their house is thrown

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upside down at 5am by the police, or when a family is at the graveside

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due to the fact that someone has It is not only the police tackling

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the scourge of county lines. The government says the Institute

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of Community Safety is conducting reviews in Exeter, Plymouth,

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Torbay and Truro on gang-related problems to see what

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support those areas need. Sarah Allam is from the children's

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charity the NSPCC. This is shocking. It is. We are

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concerned about the increasing numbers of calls to our helpline

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about drug-related issues in the south-west. Why is it escalating? We

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don't really know. I suppose a drugs and the sale of drugs amongst young

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people has always been a concern. It is escalating because there are

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honourable children who will respond perhaps online to friendship offers

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and this results in them getting involved in drug sales. What can you

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do to hold them? We can try and help young people understand keeping

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himself safe online. Very often they will be groomed by people who want

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them to sell or run drugs and they can be exploited by that. What we

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can do is educate those young people to ensure they know what they are

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doing online may be unsafe. When the head they could earn up to 3000 a

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day, it is very tempting. It is but the reality is most of those young

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people don't and that money at all and they find they cannot afford to

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pay back what they owe and that is when they are asked to sell drugs to

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young people. The reality is not that they are going to make that

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money. It is not a good choice at all. If someone is worried that a

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youngster has got involved in something like this, what are the

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signs? They need to look for a child whose behaviour has changed, their

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friendship groups are different or they seem isolated, they are going

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out at different times of day, they are not going to school. Those are

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the sorts of things to notice and for anyone concerned, make a phone

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call, find out, get a bit of help. If you or someone you know has been

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affected by drugs or cans, you can find the helpline number on our

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Facebook page. More than 80 firefighters

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from across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset are tonight

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tackling a fire in a historic pub The alarm was raised

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at the 13th century Bell Inn Five people inside the pub

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escaped uninjured. But as Emma Thomasson reports,

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large parts of the building have been destroyed and an investigation

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is underway into how it started. It stood here for 800 years but

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today, it was ravaged Wi-Fi. -- fire. All the family who ran the pub

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could do was stand by and watch. Sam was due to be working behind the

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bar, instead she was confronted with this. Absolutely devastating. It is

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the heart of the village. Locals told me they could not believe their

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eyes. I have lived to all my life and to see the pub like this, it's a

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bit sad. I know the family as well, must be gutting for them. The school

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playground usually falls silent during half term. Not today, it was

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transformed as a temporary holding area for the burnt out such. It was

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a deep-seated fire in the thatch. It was incredibly hard work pulling the

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thatch away from the property and removing all the combustible

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material to try and deal with the incident. Firefighters expect to be

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here through the night. Only once the site is safe will investigators

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be able to get a insight into what caused this pub to be destroyed by

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fire. A Devon MP has called for tougher

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action against rogue letting agents after a BBC investigation revealed

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how one Cornwall agent has failed to return tens of thousands

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of pounds in rents and deposits. Clients say they've been ripped off

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by Premier Property Management of Truro, despite Government-backed

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tenancy deposit schemes which are These schemes insure the deposit

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in case there is a dispute. Deposit money can be held

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in a so-called custodial Or surprisingly it can be held

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in a bank account controlled An account they can

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access at any time. One campaigner's described the abuse

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of this option as the industry's As many of her disgruntled clients

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have found, the boss of Truro's Premier Property Management

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isn't that easy to track down and when you do, Ann Treneer doesn't

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like answering questions. We've come to find out what you've

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done with everyone's money. What have you done with

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everyone's money, Ann? All those deposits, the rents

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that you haven't paid, what have you done with it,

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Ann? There's a lot of people and a lot

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of money that we're looking for. Premier boasts that much

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of its business comes The only recommendation as far

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as Hannah is concerned is to avoid For five months, she has been trying

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to get back her ?775 deposit. Tonight's Inside Out programme has

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spoken to nine tenants and seven landlords,

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together owed nearly ?35,000. An organisation which insures

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deposits has so far paid out ?36,000 to 36 different tenants

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and Ann Treneer has failed to cough up ?35,000 awarded

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to her clients by the courts. It is not clear what Ann Treneer's

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done with the money, but she later told us

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she would eventually pay it back, although that is something

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our clients have heard And there are questions over

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the schemes supposed 14 UK letting agents were prosecuted

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last year for helping themselves Between them they had

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stolen nearly ?1 million. One expert says the system

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is open to abuse. An average small independent agent

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will probably be managing about 200 properties which would equate

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to ?300,000 in tenancy deposits. For any small business,

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to have ?300,000 sat in an account is probably too tempting

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and we think this is the sector's dirty little secret,

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where they can dip into this money I think this is appalling

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and there certainly needs to be some action taken about all of this

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and there should be some fines placed upon certain people

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if they misappropriate those funds and indeed, potentially,

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end up going to court and to prison Ann Treneer is being investigated

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by Trading Standards, but cases like this will make

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the growing number of renters wonder just how safe

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is the cash they hand over? And that's one of the investigations

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in tonight's Inside Out, The rail operator GWR has been told

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to improve the training and assessment of new drivers

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following an investigation into a collision at

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Plymouth railway station. 48 people were hurt and two trains

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damaged in the incident last April. In a report published

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today, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch makes

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a number of recommendations. Our reporter Jane Chandler

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is at Plymouth Station for us Exeter University says

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it is carrying out an urgent investigation after a swastika

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was found carved The university says the graffiti

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and an offensive slogan were removed Disciplinary action

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against the students believed to be The university said any form

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of racist or discriminatory A bell-ringer from Devon had to be

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winched down almost a hundred feet after he was injured preparing

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for a performance at He was preparing for a performance

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when a freak accident saw him wasted in the air.

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Firefighters decided it would be safer to lower Ian Bowman

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through a trapdoor than walk him down a spiral staircase.

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The bells of Worcester Cathedral on Saturday they took their toll on

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Devon bell-ringer Ian Bowman. The rope was going up and down through

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the ceiling. Somehow it got behind my right ankle and took me upside

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down and the next thing I knew I was eyelevel with another ringer who was

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still on the floor. It crashed me back into the floor as the rope came

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down and picked me up again. The emergency services a spiral

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staircase would be problematic so they place the mechanic on a special

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structure and lowered him through this trap door, 80 feet high,

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bringing him down to come out well. We train a lot for this type of

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scenario so these types of resources are not always seen out and about

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because these incidents do not occur a lot, however we do train for this

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type of scenario. Ian Bowman is recovering at home and hopes to be

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back ringing bells very soon. It is just an accident but I was just

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unlucky that it happened to me. It was just one of those things, I will

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get better and I will get back to bell-ringing. Extraordinarily lucky

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to be OK because I heard some of the injuries he sustained, he is lucky

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to survive and told the story. Get well soon.

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Brass bands across the south west often compete against each other

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in major competitions, but musicians have put

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their friendly rivalry to one side to help a fellow musician.

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Stephen Sykes, who has an aggressive form of cancer,

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needs a stem cell transplant. Despite a worldwide search,

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no match has been found, so now members of brass bands

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across the region are getting tested to see if they could be a donor.

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This is Stephen Sykes playing solo at a concert last summer.

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As a talented trombonist he has played with orchestras and bands

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all over the country, but he has been unable to perform

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Chemotherapy doesn't appear to be working.

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His cancer is aggressive, stage four.

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Doctors say he needs a stem cell transplant.

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The cancer has grown into my bone marrow which means that

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without a stem cell transplant, it is not looking too good really.

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Normally this would be OK because we've got

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the donor system now, but they cannot find a donor for me

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anywhere in the world, which is typical really.

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They need to get as close a match as possible to avoid additional

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So I came out of there feeling like I ought to stand outside

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the supermarket and rugby tackle people and swab them.

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With connections to the music world, his family have appealed

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In Cornwall, members of St Austell town band

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Take the swabs out, swab the inside of your cheek and put

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them back in here and we will send them back off and see if there's

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Are you quite impressed with the way the brass community has come

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I'm not surprised, but I am impressed.

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We have the hold band and the whole banding world in Cornwall.

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Yesterday, Facebook and Twitter went wild with people

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from all over the county saying, "My pack has arrived,

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It was amazing, so many people yesterday just doing it

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Stephen Sykes knows a transplant is his only chance, but he also

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hopes that as more potential donors come forward, there are samples that

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Plymouth Argyle sent out a strong message to the rest

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of League 2 this weekend, after comprehensively beating

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They won 3-0 and are now 11 points clear of the playoff places

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It was if you are an Argyle fan. You look at Exeter, they are in form. 12

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games unbeaten, seven wins in a row. But the manager said to me, he

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thought his players were more dangerous. It was another player

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making his debut, Ryan Taylor, his goal on the stroke of half-time. He

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impressed a lot of players and won man of the match. You mentioned

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Exeter was going into this game in great form. Where they ever in this

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particular game? They did have chances. David Wheeler hit the bar

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with a header. But there was another former Argyle player, Reuben Reid

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who missed a sitter here. Jake Jervis smashing in a penalty in

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stoppage time. Where does this result leaves both clubs? Plymouth

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are second and with three teams going up automatically, they can

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make the gap between them and fourth place 14 points. Their manager was a

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happy man on Saturday. Today, people look at the result and they will be

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impressed because Exeter have been on a good one and to win any Game

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3-0 against a team who have won seven games in a row, it shows how

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good we are. As for Exeter, it hurts when you lose to your local rivals

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but if they can bounce back against Notts County tomorrow, they are

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still in with a shot at promotion. Rugby, this next match between the

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Exeter Chiefs and Wasps was as close as it gets.

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Ten tries between them and never more than one score

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The Chiefs stay third after this 35-all thriller at Sandy Park

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A special moment for Teignmouth's Sam Simmonds.

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The 22-year-old celebrated his new contract with a try on debut.

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His team-mates seemed pretty pleased for him also.

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Youth has certainly been given a chance to shine.

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However it was an experienced campaigner, Phil Dollman,

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who spotted a gap and sent teenager Jack Maunder on his way

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to the line for his first five pointer in the league.

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Level at the break, Exeter bucked the scoring pattern by taking

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However, minutes later, they were down to 14.

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Jonny Hill sent off for making contact with an opponent's head.

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With half an hour still to go it looked ominous for the Chiefs,

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especially after the visitors drew level.

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But they refused to lie down and Olly Woodburn scrambled over

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Wasps aren't top for nothing and they hit back

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Honours even and a fitting end to this incredible game.

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Staying with rugby, it's great to see Plymouth Albion up to second

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in National One after their hard fought win over Coventry.

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Jack Nowell certainly did enough to keep his shirt.

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It was so tense. I am not a good watcher of support, to be honest. I

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am a bit nervous. They are the only ones unbeaten, England? They are.

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They have the next who everyone are giving a hiding to, then they have

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Scotland. Ireland will be the toughest fixture. Jack will be all

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right for next game? A lot of people were surprised he was left out. But

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he came out of the game with Wales with flying colours.

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A boy diagnosed with a rare cancer has been given the top job

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of judging a children's bake off competition.

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Seven-year-old Henry Hallam from Plymouth has been battling

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His parents set up a charity, Hugs from Henry, to raise

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Spotlight's Janine Jansen went along to help with the judging.

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Mary Berry, where are you when we need you?

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This children's bake off in Plymouth is raising money

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I'm going to be tasting all of the cakes.

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Have you got a favourite type of cake you like?

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Henry has a rare nerve cancer that attacks children under five

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He is now seven and is doing brilliantly.

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He's a real character, a real fighter and he has

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I couldn't be prouder of him to be honest.

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ITV's Richard Lawrence and myself were given the honour

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In first place was the Valentines cake.

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How are you feeling now that you've eaten about ten cakes?

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The winner was bake off fan seven-year-old Isabelle.

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And all the time he's like a monster.

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Well, this cheeky monster has clearly eaten way too much cake.

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Never seen anyone less like a monster! Isn't he gorgeous! It's

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time for the weather now and Holly is here. I hope Janine has brought

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us back some cake. She hasn't! Outrageous. Ever so windy today.

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Fortunately that is improving and it has been milder as well. For many of

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us it was a very nice start to the day but those bright skies belying

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the strength of wind and it has been a very blowy day-to-day. Dawlish

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getting its customary pounding. Another location that is very

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exposed to that wind is Looe. It was a windy picture. Gale force gusts

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getting up to 50 mph. They are easy over the coming days and crucially

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the wind direction is changing as well, so losing at this south

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easterly we have had and we will find our winds coming round from the

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south-west. It is turning milder, even today it has been miles above

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the wind has offset that milder air. Less windy over the coming days,

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spells of rain but hopefully turning Dreier. The squeeze in the isobars

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showing the strength of wind for today. Tomorrow, the weather front

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clears eastwards. Another weather front moves its way across Wednesday

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and you can see those south-westerly winds starting to push in, bringing

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milder air in. A good bit more settled. This evening and tonight,

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rain starts to work in. It retreats but then starts to push its way

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towards us. If you heavy bursts likely. Still quite windy at times

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but gradually easing down and temperatures of seven or eight but

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called out to the east. For many a wet start tomorrow. The rain stop

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and go, fairly light and patchy and it does work its way eastwards.

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Still a bit of a breeze around tomorrow but certainly less strong

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than today and highs in two double figures. For the Isles of Scilly,

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that early rain clears, turning brighter. The risk of heavy showers

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moving into was the tail end of the day and these are our times of high

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water. For our times of high water, sorry coastal waters for cursed,

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South easterly winds, occasional rain, visibility moderate or good.

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This is how it is shaping up over the coming days. That milder look to

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things, temperatures in double figures. Less Winston Reid than it

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has been today, there is some rain in the forecast over the next couple

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of days but generally turning Dreier as we had through the second part of

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this week. That is all from us for now. There will be an update at

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10:30pm. In the meantime, have a good evening. Goodbye.

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