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