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Tonight, the growing problem of dealing with


Strap me in, pushing me through the door, down one step


and next thing I knew, flat on me back.


As a private ambulance service denies mishandling a patient,


we look at how services are having to adapt and retrain staff to deal


Also tonight - taking to the streets in protest.


Angry scenes in Somerset over planned cuts in services and a big


Rivers run deep, as investment is plunged into Cornish waters


to help improve quality for wildlife and people.


And making a splash - the rare otter pups learning to swim.


A private ambulance transport company has denied allowing an obese


patient to fall as it transported him to


Bob Wiley, from Saltash, who weighs 23 stone,


claims he was dropped from the wheelchair as staff


struggled to carry him out of his house.


E-Zec Medical Transport says it was a "controlled manoeuvre"


Over the years many of our services have had to adapt


to cope with a population growing increasingly obese.


The NHS now provide supersized beds and nurses have to undergo training


to deal with the growing number of patients weighing


In the three years leading up to 2016 the rescue of obese people


by the fire service went up by more than a third,


and specialist ambulances were commissioned costing


Paul Brennan has been to meet Mr Wiley, who says


when dealing with obese people communication is key.


62-year-old Rob Wiley has been housebound for more than six years


and these days spends much of his time in bed.


With a number of health conditions, including diabetes and bladder


cancer, he has frequent trips to hospital.


Last Thursday Bob was collected for a regular hospital appointment


As they tried to negotiate this step and bring him down


Now, the third-party contractors who were covering for E-Zec say


it was a controlled manoeuvre to the ground.


However, Bob says he fell back sharply and landed


injuring his neck and back, leaving him in a great deal of pain.


Terrible, muscular pain aching all over still now.


There's no bruising, well, bits of bruising,


but it's just the muscular pain has gone in.


But I just got some painkillers from my doctor,


Last week, due to demand, E-Zec had subcontracted the job


In a statement today E-Zec stood by Life Star and denied that


Thankfully, Mr Wiley was able to make his hospital appointment


that day but says the incident has left him sore and shaken.


The chant from protestors in Somerset as the council


met to set its budget for the year ahead.


Unions say the measures agreed today will lead to millions of pounds


of cuts to services and job losses as well as an increase in


Across the West macro it is a time are difficult decisions. This


morning in Somerset that our had arrived. The reality is anybody in


this position would have to have made the same tough decisions. The


devil in is in the detail. I do not like the lack of detail to any of


the cuts. Controversy in the chamber over ?18 million of cuts to


spending. And outside, from unions and service users worried about what


is happening. We have seen a staff getting cut upon cart, staff are


making impossible choices about how to do their job to keep communities


safe. The situation is quite poor and the problem we have with the


budget for next year is that there is no indication of the detail of


where the cuts will fall. Even as spending falls council tax is


rising. Somerset's will go up by 4%. It is the same in Gloucestershire


but slightly less in Baynes and in the North Somerset it is more. Band


D tax bills will rise between ?50 and ?80 overall. The children and


adults need our care so it is balance, something that everybody.


It is not perfect of course, we had six years when we were able to


freeze council tax, we are proud of that, but it is getting more


difficult going forward. He is to meet government ministers to discuss


their fall in funding but no bailout is expected, so cuts, including the


loss of 120 jobs, will go ahead. Strong feelings as councils voted


through tax rises and spending reductions. Efforts have been made


to protect services, not least because here and across the West


local elections are coming up. After that councils will have to start


planning further rounds of cuts. Now a round up of some


of the other news tonight. Devon has been praised for its work


in helping young offenders. It comes as the the former


Chief Inspector of Prisons calls for more local authorities


to provide speech and Lord Ramsbotham says six out of ten


young offenders have communication problems and the right support cuts


re-offending rates. There will be no Air Day


at RNAS Culdrose this year. The Commanding Officer at the base


in Cornwall has told us that the decision has been made


to allow them to focus on delivering their primary roles -


protecting the strategic nuclear deterrent and to support


counter-terrorism. Work on 36 new intercity trains


to connect Devon and Cornwall When the trains are finished GWR


says they will have more seats and more room and better


on-board technology. A Devon and Cornwall Police sergeant


today broke down in tears as he told a jury that the death of a man


in custody was "our Sergeant Jan Kingshott described


32-year-old Thomas Orchard as an "angry man" who repeatedly


threatened to bite officers. The church caretaker suffered


a cardiac arrest at Heavitree Road Sergent Kingshott and two other


police staff deny manslaughter. Hamish Marshall reports


from Bristol Crown Court. Sergent Kingshott spent three hours


in the witness box today. He fought back the tears as he broke down,


telling the jury of the moment he realised the seriousness of what had


happened. He said, a death is our worst nightmare in custody. My head


was spinning. As Thomas Orchard arrived Sergent Kingshott described


him as an angry man who need it to calm down. He said that he shouted


words to the effect of, I am going to bite your F in face-off, on


multiple occasions. Mr Orchard had mental health issues but they were


not flagged up on the police computer. An emergency response belt


was held around his face have five minutes to prevent him biting.


Sergent Kingshott told the jury he had seen the belts used in this way


on around 50 previous occasions and he was trained in this method of


restraint. He also denied knowing that Mr Orchard was in trouble. He


said he thought he was asleep. The three officers each deny


manslaughter. Decisions over what happens next will be made in the


near future. The trial resumes in the morning.


Two rivers in Cornwall are to benefit from a huge


investment to help improve water quality for wildlife and people.


?1.6 million of that is coming via the European Union.


It should improve habitats over 150 kilometres of river for declining


salmon and trout populations, making it easier for them


The water quality on the upper reaches of the rivers Fowey


and Camel is already good, but over the past century there has


been a steep decline in the numbers of fish,


such as salmon and, that manage to make it this far upstream


This new money will be used to help them find


In October time the fish will try to migrate


through the system and if they can get here they will find these


gravels which they can nest in and lay their eggs and the male


The difficulty is, if they can't get up the river to get here,


no matter how good this habitat is, they just can't get here.


These invertebrates were found on the River Camel today.


They seem to suggest that this is a healthy river and improving


that will be good for wildlife but also the local economy.


To actually make those fisheries more accessible to people and more


commonly used will actually benefit things like tackle shops,


B and so on, so actually really it's not just about the environment


being a good thing in itself but the environment being something


This is one of 28 weirs on the River Camel alone.


They're an obstacle for the fish and the West Country Rivers Trust


is looking for ways for the fish to try and overcome these obstacles.


Other bodies, including the Environment Agency,


In other places, where we have barriers that may act in a way that


stop fish moving up the river to spawn, we're going to take


In other places we might remove some other structures so it makes it


a little bit more natural for the fish to breed.


Much of the money for this work is coming through the European Union


but even after Brexit the local MP believes the UK Government


will want to continue this type of investment.


We are still paying in at the moment so it's important we get access


to the money that we should be utilising in this country,


but when we've got back control of some of that money we'll then


have an aim and a priority about which elements


The Fowey and Camel are crucial for wildlife but also provide


an important source of drinking water in Cornwall.


By removing obstacles to help salmon and trout there will also be


We're in Dartmouth in a moment with a fascinating insight


into the training of Royal Navy officers over the years.


Live here in the studio, we'll be speaking to former


Royal Marine Mark Ormrod as the roller coaster of life events


of the last ten years is made into a documentary.


And, learning to swim - we'll see how these rare otter cubs


Now for a collection of memories from former naval officer cadets


Interviews have been recorded with officers


from across the decades giving personal accounts of what it was


like training for life in the Navy at different periods in time.


As Spotlight's John Ayres reports, the look back at life in the Naval


College will go on show this summer.


Life in the Navy now is very different to 80 years ago, and proof


of this will be available for future posterity.


Former officer cadets have opened up about their


experiences in a series of interviews.


Adrian Holloway, trained in the 30s, recalls his selection interview.


There are four brothers in a family, each has a sister.


The old buffer thought I would say eight.


Then there was the thought of going to Dartmouth,


Perhaps they thought it would put you off!


It is the little things that many of them remember.


It was considered socially important for officers to be


able to ballroom dance, but 1973, there weren't any


Halfway through the dancers, we had to change our grip and become the


And you would dance with your friend, and the whole thing was sort


What I found really interesting was the change,


attitudes and in society that these recordings prove.


So somebody who was here in the 1930s, you ask them


a question like, what did it feel like?


Whereas you ask someone in the 1970s and


'80s, and they can actually analyse their feelings.


62 interviews have been collected, which will go on show


Former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod is marking ten years


since he was traumatically injured in Afghanistan.


He's making a fly-on-the-wall documentary detailing


It follows the highs and the lows, and how life CAN go


In a moment, we'll be talking to Mark and film-maker Matt Elliot,


but first Spotlight's Janine Jansen looks back at how Mark's life


Mark Ormrod was the first British triple amputee


Doctors said he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.


Five months later he proved them all wrong as he walked


I was always going to walk to receive the medal,


that was one of the main targets I set myself for my rehab,


it's what I used as a motivation to push myself to get good


If I'm being honest it was quite emotional.


He said he had to beg, borrow and steal to get the care he needed.


His fundraising efforts were immense.


In the Gumpathon Challenge he ran across America.


He hand-cycled around the UK, never mind the pain.


The arm is coming loose inside the socket so I'm basically


just powering on one arm, and it's not easy.


His life has been defined by setting and achieving goals.


Incredible stuff. Thank you so much for coming in tonight. This sounds


like, just looking at that film, you have done so much, this sounds like


roller-coaster of a documentary. We will start at the end of the month


where we have all of our kit together and we set to go. What has


the last ten years been like? I mentioned how Christmas Eve 2007


Everything changed when the explosion happened but what has it


been like in the last decade. This is something a lot of people


struggle to understand when I say this, but it has been brilliant.


Initially it was very difficult and I'm not ashamed to admit that but


once I crossed that line from it being hard to it being normal life


has gone insane and it has been brilliant. You know each other very


well indeed. I am guessing this will be quite an emotional thing to work


on fee you. It will be the difficult part for me because I know Mark so


well and I know how it is taken for granted now, so we have to look back


at the incident, what has led to where he is now, and focus on the


highs and the lows as well. You are involving other people as well,


asking them to come forward, people you have met and worked with, to


give there accounts. There are lots of key people involved, from


Christmas Eve 2070 where I am now, and I would like to get their say on


things. -- 2007. I think it would be very interesting for people


watching. What do you hope it will achieve? Once we see how you have


adapted to your different lifestyle and what life is like now, what do


you hope the film will achieve? The biggest thing we are both aiming for


really is to use it to help other people, that is our motivation. Or


amber just over nine years ago now lying in the hospital bed. -- I


remember. The information was not so accessible and I had so many


questions and I had no motivation, I didn't want to know anything or


speak to anybody. I am hoping that other people who watch the film can


get a bit of motivation from it. What was the key moment that turned


for you from being this desperate situation to wanting to grab life


and move forward with life? I found somebody over in America who was a


triple amputee who was living the kind of life that in my head I


imagined I could be living, so I knew it was possible, despite some


of the things I was being told, I knew it was possible to be


independent and free, and that changed it for me. And you hope this


will be released in December, all going well. Yes, a lot of work. You


had better get started! We wish you all the best of luck


with it. Plymouth Argyle has reported


Leyton Orient captain Liam Kelly to the FA for allegedly pushing over


one of the ball boys during last Five of the visitors


were booked in an ill-tempered contest which Argyle lost


in stoppage time. Exeter City also paid the price


for conceding late goals, After a defeat, forget


pretty football. And when the chance came it


fell to the right man. David Wheeler was back


on the scoresheet, making it nine It looked like his goal would be


enough until a second bookable offence with minutes left saw


Jake Taylor sent off. The response from the


hosts was immediate. The City defence and


the crossbar were rattled. In a frenetic end to the game,


despite being a man down, the Grecians struck on the break


and Ryan Harley had a simple tap-in. County managed to get the ball


in the net in stoppage time Two deflections and two valuable


points dropped for City. After their derby win, Argyle


carried on where they left off, January signing Antoni Sarcevic made


it two goals from three starts. He was eventually forced off


with an injury, leading to the first Orient were not here to win friends


but Gavin Massey may have won some admirers with this


fine individual goal. Into the second half


and in between bookings Matty Kennedy produced a carbon copy


of Massey's goal to put And so it stayed, until two minutes


from time and that man again. Massey doubled his


tally to level things. Sadly it was Orient who got it,


deep into stoppage time. Hopefully this result won't come


back to haunt Argyle Four baby otters living


at Newquay Zoo are learning to swim. Just a few days ago


we showed their very first foray into the water,


and now we can see Clare Woodling has been


to watch a swimming lesson. Aww.


And not an armband insight. You've got mum and dad


and there are several uncles in there and we have one female


who has lived with us for years, who is lovely,


and we are very fond of her, so she teaches


all of the babies, so they are always


keeping an eye on them, the babies are in the water, trying to find


food, and there is always one adult next to them keeping an eye on them,


so it is a big family group and a They are just coming out now


and starting to get wet and realise The otters are well on their way


to a five-metre badge. Certainly no-one is afraid


of taking the plunge. So what is the Otto's favourite


stroke, butterfly or They have almost like a doggy paddle


but more of an otter style, and also with that tail,


which is like a rudder and a driving force at the same time,


so they have their own style. They naturally know when they get in


the water, they need a bit of teaching but they can swim far


better than we do. The lesson has been a triumph, all of the otters


are accounted for. And now it is tea-time. The river exploits have


gone swimmingly. It is a big step forward for these otters, let's see


how they feel about it. How do you find this achievement?


I am going to have to stop you there.


It is a bit scary for them, that massive thing coming towards them.


I have never seen otters interviewed on the news before, a first.


I want to see more of the otters and less of the weather. For many of us


it has been a glorious day. We had some early rain but that has cleared


for many of us about late morning and we have seen some sunshine


emerging. Our cameraman Jeff went to Topsham today to find signs of


spring but here was one of the more unlucky spots. We had lines of cloud


developing from Dartmoor towards the XS jury. Because the sunshine has


got a bit more heat now we are starting to see these showers more


inclined to develop inland and less likely out at sea. Once the early


rain cleared many of us had skies like this, beautiful blue skies, you


can see St Michael's Mount in the distance. Into tomorrow, with the


clear skies overnight it will be chilly, the risk of ground frost


perhaps, and mist and fog forming. That could be a bit stubborn


tomorrow. It will be dry and write tomorrow. We have high pressure


trying to dominate through the coming days. -- it will be dry and


right. We have weather fronts trying to encroach, which leads to some


tricky cloud forecasting conditions in the next few days. In generally I


think there will be a lot of dry weather to be had. This is the


weather front that pushed through earlier on today. Behind it most of


us have sunshine will stop we had that island of showers but for most


of us a very nice afternoon. In general this evening it will be a


clear evening. Quite chilly, three or 4 degrees in places and a touch


of frost a possibility for promo spots. The mist and fog tomorrow


could be quite stubborn. -- for prone spots. We are only two weeks


away from the start of spring according to the meteorologists.


These are the top temperatures, mild, some spots will have 1314


degrees perhaps. A nice day for the Isles of Scilly, bright skies


overhead and a gentle breeze. -- 13 or 14 degrees. These are the times


of high water. The biggest waves tomorrow along the north coast, for


to six feet bats. -- four to six feet perhaps. The wind is mostly


south-westerly, conditions mainly fair and visibility good. This is


the next few days, with these weather fronts pushing and we could


see a bit more cloud at times and a little bit of rain here and there.


More likely for the coast and hills I suspect but quite mild picture


over the coming few days, problems with mist and fog perhaps, and when


you get some sunshine it should feel pleasant. If you fancy seeing your


photos popping up on the TV you can become a Weather Watcher.


We get some fantastic photos sent in. Thanks, Holly. There will be


another round-up from the spotlight team at 10:30pm. We will


when farmers leave their daily routines behind...


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