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Welcome to Spotlight. Tonight, the threat from cybercrime, a warning
that the south-west is too complacent. The region needs to do
more to protect itself. If criminals are targeting your .co .uk e-mail
address, they're not know that you're in Devon or Cornwall, they
know you're in the UK and that is probably all they know. It's no
respect of Geo graffiti unfortunately. Also tonight, Beijing
for children in a sink, one mother reveals problems of the new heating
system in town. Plans for a major overhaul of funding to boost the
economy. And famous for Spotlight and the Antiques road show, Q School
in's own collection is up for auction.
The South West is complacent when it comes to the threat
That's the warning from the Head of the UK's Cyber Crime Unit.
Mike Hulett was speaking at a major conference in Plymouth where local
businesses were told the dangers need to be taken more seriously.
More than ?3 million was lost to internet fraud in just
six months last year, with more than 1,700
People's ordinary bank accounts are also being targeted.
In a moment, we'll hear from the man leading the fight against online
crime, but first this report from Scott Bingham.
From breaking into your car to breaking into your computer.
Crime is changing, with ever more cyber
If businesses are hacked, they can lose
all their information, with demands for ransoms to get
the data back running into thousands of pounds.
And the south-west is said to be leaving itself vulnerable, as a
digital world brings attackers with big-city expertise.
Bank and credit card fraud means no one is immune.
Here at the cybercrime conference, they are trying to give businesses
and the public sector the skills they need
to defend themselves from cyber attacks.
It's very much like health and safety, you get the wrong advice,
you can put your organisation in a really bad place.
Just like any other industry, you get the outcomes where you say
you will get advisers that won't tell you the right thing
That's one of the key thing, to understand that advice is advice.
This is the Hack Shack, where all day a series of workshops
have been taking place to demonstrate just
the kind of cyber attacks we might fall prey to.
Behind me, a live, real-time map, showing cyber threats
You can see the United States, China, countries all
Some of the things they can do here, they're demonstrating how easy
it is to crack a password on your wireless routers
it is to crack a password on your wireless router
and they are also sending out test phisihing e-mails to see how many
Whilst the focus is frequently on technology, many experts say
we humans are often the weakness in the defences.
Attackers can take advantage of human behaviour so much easier
than they can maybe carry out an attack via technology.
So a lot of this is about understanding the threat and it's
And none of us is immune to the threat.
One speaker today said, "Even if you live in a quiet
countryside village, once you go online, you're never far
Scott Bingham, BBC Spotlight, Plymouth.
Well, as I mentioned, Mike Hulett is the head of operations
I met him during today's conference in Plymouth and asked him
what proportion of crime is now online.
Almost half of all recorded crime now is related
Whether that is by a cyber offence or by some kind
of cyber enabled fraud, almost half of all reported crime
now is involving cyber in the Internet in some way.
Is there a danger, do you think, are you witnessing the fact that
because people think, well, I'm in the south-west or I'm
in the north-east or somewhere remote and rural,
away from a big metropolitan area, that I am less vulnerable to this?
Is there that sort of, almost complacency
towards it in some places like the south-west?
Complacency is exactly the word I was going to use.
I don't mean to sound harsh to people that may be victims
of cybercrime but it can feel that if you live in a nice area
of the country such as this, where statistically you probably
are less likely to be a victim of certain types of crime,
if you're connected to the Internet then you are connected
to the rest of the world and that is a fact, unfortunately.
So if criminals are targeting your .co.uk e-mail address for example,
they're not to know that you are in Devon or Cornwall,
They know you're in the UK but that's probably all they know.
It's no respect of your coffee, unfortunately.
It seems very easy to become a victim of cybercrime,
one click on an inappropriate e-mail and you could be a victim.
What are the things, the key things that people need
to do to protect themselves, to be aware of, so that
OK, there's a number of things that people can do.
Unfortunately, the fraudsters and the cybercriminals are very smart.
We've seen them evolve over the last few years,
so some of their campaigns are much more targeted.
It's not necessarily the shotgun approach that has
But there are things that individuals do to help themselves.
The first thing I would say is, make sure that you use some
There's lots of companies out there, who, for a relatively
small amount of money, will provide an antivirus product.
Every time you get an e-mail through from your computer company
saying please update, there's a reason for that,
it's probably because there's been a security flaw identified somewhere
in the system that the company has patched for you.
If you don't download that update, then you are potentially
If we are the victim of a burglary or a physical assault,
Who do we turn to if we are the victim of cybercrime?
OK, the essential reporting point for all cybercrime is Action Fraud.
The website for that is www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Having that central point as well can help to spot
So if you've received an e-mail and you've been the victim of crime
locally here in the south-west, the strong chance is that that same
thing has happened to someone else around the country.
By having that the central point where people report into,
it helps us spot trends and maybe deal with the bigger organised crime
gangs that are behind some of these scams.
Mike Hulett, thank you very much indeed.
One of Britain's most ambitious "district heating schemes"
has hit problems in the new Devon town of Cranbrook.
The unique scheme works by heating hundreds of homes from a central
power station that sends hot water to everyone.
But a number of people living there say they can't always run
One mother says she's been forced to bathe her four
More from our correspondent Neil Gallacher.
Any of us with four children under four might expect
If three of them were triplets, it would be unavoidable.
But Emma Rosey has been more than normally stressed
because of Cranbrook's unique district heating system.
She's one of a number of locals saying it doesn't
It can be fine for a while, you think everything is good,
and then all of a sudden we've got no heating.
Or we try to bathe the children and we've got no hot water.
I've been spending about three weeks now consistently trying to bathe
District heating means Emma's house and all the others have their hot
water and their central heating provided through a giant network
of pipes fed from a single source on the edge of the new town.
We work very hard to make sure that all of the residents on Cranbrook,
schools and community buildings that are connected,
are listened to and engaged with, with their problems.
We sit down with regular customer sessions to listen to their concerns
But are you able to assure people that there aren't
going to be years of these problems, going forward?
Of course things will always take time to bed down and this
We take it very seriously and we will work as hard as we can
to sort any problems out that come up.
What they've built here is unique in Britain.
Much of its energy comes from renewable energy sources
It also means that e-on have a monopoly -
Emma's brother lives at the other end of Cranbrook
I mean, we do get quite a lot of time where we have to run our shower
or our taps for at least ten minutes to get hot water through,
I think it's pretty rubbish that we're left with no option
option but to use e-on, and so do quite a few other
It's obviously too large a scale for e-on to deal
E-on told us Emma's issue may lie her house's internal
plumbing system rather than their heating network.
Even so, they've called a public meeting to discuss
The town itself is growing fast, with 1500 homes already.
Its development has been praised as innovative but it is certainly
Neil Gallacher, BBC Spotlight, Cranbrook.
Its been revealed today how much Government money's coming
to the south west for projects to boost the economy
There was delight in Devon and I Somerset, which received nearly
twice as much as expected, but his appointment in Cornwall.
When you arrive, that's my biggest beef, it's tired, its dilapidated.
If it's true that first impressions count, today Plymouth had reason to
celebrate. Sprucing up the area outside the station is on the list
of ten projects across Devon and Somerset in line for some government
cash. This is an ideal way in which to spend government money because it
will leave in huge amounts of private sector investment.
University are keen to get involved in the project, they want to site a
new faculty here. We're talking about the freeing around ?50 million
of private sector investment and it will transform the entire site. The
money coming down the tracks do here is bid for by business leaders and
it is for projects to boost the economy and create jobs. Six local
enterprise partnership areas across the wider south-west are airing ?191
million. In our area, this is how it breaks down. Dorset is in line for
19.5 million. Devon and Somerset will pocket 43.5 million, and
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are getting eight been -- 18.03 million.
Cornwall actually bid for ?127 million, so there are some tough
decisions on what projects will get the cash. We are clearly
disappointed it's not more. We absolutely need further investment,
whether that be in infrastructure, directing business, skills. We still
need that investment. One thing I would say is that on a per capita
basis, we are about on a par with many other areas. In Devon and
Somerset, funds for ten projects instead of the hoped-for 27, but
some are happy it's more than expected. Some disappointment for
Cornwall. I think it's very important to look again at the
quality of bits, the more tangible the better, and in elation to some
of the bits in Devon and Somerset, lots of joint ventures, people
working together, and government likes to see that. I think that's
perhaps a lesson that could be learnt elsewhere. Work continuing of
these improvements near Saltash. Cornwall Council today branded
today's settlement shockingly small and disappointing.
Now a brief round-up of other news tonight.
A woman's died following a fire at a bungalow in Wadebridge.
Firefighters managed to get her out of the building and she was taken
to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
Officers have praised the "brave attempts" made
to make way for a ?75 million redevelopment -
The city council says it needs more time to finish its bid.
Construction on the new leisure complex and a new bus station had
been due to start at the end of next month.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says people calling 999
in South Devon will still get help, despite a dispute with
members of the Dartmouth Coastguard Rescue Team.
It's understood two senior members have quit
The team is responsible for cliff rescues.
It's thought the dispute centres around changes to their procedures.
Justin? Volunteering for the BBC. And I'm still volunteering in a way!
I used to back-up horse manure and sell it by the side of the road. Did
you! Very useful. Well, matching up those looking
for the first rung on the employment ladder with the jobs available
hasn't proved easy in But that's all changing,
thanks to a group of teenagers at Treviglas Community College in
Newquay. Christine Butler has been catching
up with the schoolgirls turned The teenagers that could help out
coastal resorts in peak season. Paige cleans surfboards
and was lucky enough to be I help wax them and I helped just
sorting out the wetsuits, helping people get
the wetsuits, the rash vests. And then on the last surf
of the day, I go out with the group and I kind of help them there,
like push them onto the waves and help them stand up and just help
them feel confident in the water. Abigail mucks out all the time
at home but is now feeling she wants Well, I have horses at home
so I have a lot of experience with them and I don't
mind hard work. And although I don't have goats,
I think I could get used to them. I've advertised before and you only
get one or two people reply and you end up choosing somebody
that may not be wholly suitable for the job,
but you're restricted on choice. Back in the classroom,
the schoolgirls learnt to set Soon to be launched online,
linking employers with teenagers. Teenwork Cornwall is basically
a meeting place for employers and employees to connect
and find jobs. And it's all done over social media
and a website which will be With this system, the employer
advertises vacancies on the website. The student picks a job
and gives them a call. Teenwork is even improving
the prospects for those Because we are only Year 10,
it's kind of hard because we don't really have much experience,
but we are having lots of meetings with different employers and getting
lots of different opinions. And so we, it's definitely
an experience, and we are learning Farmer Rob has already
subscribed to the scheme. This Teenwork thing,
they are almost coming to you. They are looking for work,
so you've got a guarantee that out of the pool of people you're
going to get someone that you want, or someone that is actually
interested in what your advertising. If it's the employment market
Abigail wants to attract, she's already getting a bit
of a nipple! Christine Butler, BBC
Spotlight, Newquay. Still to come in
tonight's programme... an international photojournalist
reveals his images at And join me later when I'll be here,
learning a feud dance steps from the guys at Lord of the Dance.
The late Hugh Scully is fondly remembered as a presenter of this
programme, as well as Nationwide and of course Antiques Roadshow.
But away from the screen, he was something of a collector
himself and this weekend his collection of antique framed
Graham Bazeley, who was a friend of Hugh's, is the auctioneer
and he gave us a preview of what will be going
Well, Hugh Scully was an avid collector, as you can see here,
of political cartoons from a particular period.
They were 18th-century, early 19th century,
the reigns of George II, George I, George II,
George III, up until the reign of Queen Victoria.
The cartoons were a way of criticising the court
and the ongoings of the government at the time, and therefore some
of them are quite, well, shall we say, bawdy,
and some of them are quite rude, in the nicest possible way!
ARCHIVE: Napoleon Bonaparte described us
We've also been called a nation of goalkeepers.
But are we, I wonder, on the point of becoming
I remember Hugh from the beginning, Nationwide and Spotlight
And then eventually, of course, hosting the Antiques Roadshow.
The one subject we've not really done so far
So I'm using this opportunity to speak to John about that.
And John, you know all the old wives' tales
about soaking your rings in gin and scrubbing...
This particular one is very interesting.
They obviously knew that he collected 18th-century cartoons.
We've been on the air for so many years now that we are beginning
Hugh Scully also made quite an extensive collection of maps.
I would call them the 17th century version of a satellite
They are for coaching maps and they are in strict form and it
This one is particularly old, dating from around 1640.
Illustrated here with this castle, in a little vignette there.
We're really lucky to have this collection and it will come under
the hammer on Saturday morning in Penzance.
Looks like a massive collection. Very extensive, wasn't it?
He's had a ringside seat during some of the biggest moments
As a photojournalist, Tor Eigeland has captured
images of news events from around the globe.
But he's now settled in Dorset and is showing his work
at Duke's Auctioneers in his new home town of Dorchester.
Our reporter Claire Vera has been to see some of the moments
You try to transmit feelings, events.
You don't fake anything, you do it straight.
For more than half a century, Tor Eigeland has been
putting a thousand words into a single picture.
It was hot and this desperate mother didn't know how
ARCHIVE: Joyous followers of Fidel Castro sweep
triumphantly through the Cuban capital, hours after...
In 1959, Tor witnessed Castro's arrival in Havana,
Tor, living closely with his subjects, here
is saddened by the loss of some of the worlds he's captured.
A lot of the things I've covered definitely do not exist any longer,
In a way I wish I hadn't met all those people.
As you can see what has happened to Syria, it really,
Well, he may have travelled the world, but all roads have
eventually led to Dorset, where he is putting on his first
exhibition, so local people can see his work.
I think it's just amazing for Dorchester to have an exhibition of
such global significance. Tor has had an amazing career. I wouldn't be
surprised if we really had a wide range of people coming in to see it.
His later work features laces more familiar to us, but Tor Eigeland is
still learning. I think it is a blessed, calm corner of the world.
People here are very lucky to be here, I think.
Now, get ready for a spot of Celtic music and fast dancing.
Yes, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance has
It's part of the 20th anniversary UK tour,
which is visiting more than 20 venues.
So we thought we'd send our one Irish reporter
Johnny Rutherford learn a few Irish steps from one
Have a look at what I'm wearing. I'm not quite sure why, why am I wearing
this? Well, you're Irish, we might need you in the show tonight, you
must at dancing! Tonight? For a lesson.
CHUCKLES Faster than me! But let's be
serious, you're here for four nights, it's the middle of the tour,
it's a new style of what has been done for 20 years. What's new? Well,
Michael Flatley released the show in 2015. We put new choreography in
there, new hand movements, new beats. We've got new costumes, new
set, lighting, sounds of these great graphics as you can see behind us.
We're really excited just to take you around the world again. That
does sound very exciting. And out here, Plymouth pavilions will be
absolutely packed to be able to watch a show as good as this.
It is very impressive, isn't it? I thought Johnny did a good job. Going
back to his Irish roots! Now, performing Lord of the dance and
bringing us the weather at the same time, David, over to you! You need
to get those legs up a bit more! Hello, good evening. It's been a
pretty wild day. Perhaps not too bad for us, a normal blustery day
really, although the gusts of wind have been pretty lively, but other
parts of the country have been battered by Storm Doris, which has
now left us and moved away to Scandinavia. You've been out taking
pictures of rough conditions, this picture sent in by Keith of Paul
Townend beat channel so long in Somerset and Devon we have had
pretty lively conditions. -- this picture of Porthtowan Beach. Peak
gusts up at just shy of 70 mph. Not unusual to see those gusts of wind
but a much quieter day to look forward to tomorrow, just that
cooler, slightly fresher air has arrived after the low pressure has
moved out of the way. The main setup for the next 24 hours is for a ridge
of high pressure coming over us. Compared to the conditions we've
seen today, it is quite a bit for tomorrow. This was along the north
coast today, where our cameraman went to Jabbar with
-- Trebarwith Strand. The waves dangerous along the coastline but
very quickly I think these scenes will calm down in the second half of
the night and tomorrow we will lose the strength of the wind. It is that
clear sky that will allow temperatures to fall away, that is
already happening this evening. The ridge of high pressure with us for
perhaps just one day because the weekend forecast is pretty
unsettled, one weather front coming in from the West on Saturday
bringing some outbreaks of rain and another will follow as we move
through Sunday. Behind that, to the north of this cold front, it's white
on here suggesting that some of the showers in Monday and Tuesday's
forecast could turn wintry and perhaps a return to some overnight
frost. Frost is possible to night with a good deal of clear sky but I
think temperatures will not get much lower than around two or three
degrees. The further west, the higher the temperatures, so parts of
Dorset and Somerset may see a brief frost first thing tomorrow morning.
For all of us to marry a pretty good day, there might be few showers
around but I think the wind is much lighter than they have been, nothing
to worry us too. Perhaps more cloud around later in the day but we
should see temperatures back up to nine or 10 degrees. The forecast for
the Isles of Scilly, a bright start but turning cloudy with the risk of
a few showers later in the day. The times of the high water, Penzance...
And for most of our beaches, the waves are still quite big and still
a bit choppy with those north-west conditions along the coast between
four and six feet but nothing compared to what we've seen today.
There is our coastal waters forecast. As we head into the
weekend, there is a lot of cloud, relatively mild and breezy with the
winter and the south-west and now turning colder on Sunday night and
into Monday. Have a good evening, back to you.
Thank you, Lord David! Back with the late news at half past ten. Hope you
can join us then. From all of us on Spotlight, goodbye.