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Welcome to Spotlight. for news where you are.
In the South West tonight: The controversial bid to be
Truro will compete against at least three other cities for the title,
but not everyone is happy with the price tag.
We'll assess the pros and cons of spending more
Also on the programme tonight: A pioneering
The scheme aiming to reduce patients reliance on prescription
drugs amid concerns over possible addiction.
The excited sightseers who gathered in the hope of glimpsing
I have them running the Sea watch for 26 years and this is the first
humpback we have had and it's really, really exciting.
And how this Devon girl's 3D prosthetic hand may be
the blueprint to inspire South West school children.
Supporters say it's an ambitious plan which would put Cornwall's
culture on the international stage and could bring millions
Critics say it's a vanity project and a waste of money.
A decision was taken today that Cornwall is going to push ahead
with a controversial bid for Truro as European Capital
Senior councillors were voting for the second time after calls
for further scrutiny of the proposals.
Cornwall's likely to be competing alongside Leeds,
Dundee and Milton Keynes for the title at a cost
The Liverpudlians launched in style when they won it for the UK nine
years ago. Now Cornwall is Eileen Diss prize. With Truro at the heart
there will be a Cornwall wide bid to become the European capital of
culture 2023. We are coming out of the EU but all but one senior
counsellor gave the bid a go-ahead at the cost of over ?300,000. Given
that we have voted to come out of Europe to now the European capital
of culture seems at best God. Yes, it would be a lovely idea but it's a
lot of money and we really need to think, do we need to spend that
amount of money? I think there is enough in Cornwall of different
types of culture to make an acceptable bid. Supporters point to
the success of cultural projects like last summer's man engine and
see if this bid goes all the way, the Cornish economy could get a
boost of almost ?100 million. The creative industry is one of our
fastest-growing sector and supporting this is supporting growth
and jobs for our residents. You can see overnight stays at the hotel,
are increasing, increases in private investments in the city, but for me
as working as head of the culture Department, most important is the
awareness of how investments in culture make a difference in a
city's element. The competition is likely to include Leeds, Dundee and
Milton Keynes. Critics are branding it a waste of money and question
whether post Brexit the UK will even get its turn. Had we stayed in the
European Union we would be in a completely different position but
this is part of our renegotiation as we leave the EU. We do not know if
it will survive. The government has made that clear. We could possibly
create another competition post Brexit into which Cornwall could
contribute, is just this competition, we are too late, we
have no public support. When Liverpool's year ended, organisers
insisted there is a long lasting legacy. Those behind Cornwall's
ambitions say taking part in this first phase will reap benefits.
Doctors in Cornwall are launching a new scheme to stop people
with long-term medical conditions becoming addicted to
It comes after clinicians noticed a rise in patients
The painkillers they're most worried about are so-called opiates.
The number dispensed in England over the past decade has soared -
from more than 10.5 million in 2005 to more than 23 million in 2015.
The cost has more than doubled too - from ?143 million to
more than ?300 million. Compared to some other
parts of the country, Cornwall's prescribing
This may in part be down to having an elderly population,
but clinicians are nonetheless worried that some people
are receiving dosages which are doing them more
Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond reports.
Jay takes morphine to relieve the back pain he has
But his dosage is now so high, it could kill him.
The medication built-up and made me unconscious,
so when the carers came in on the occasions,
they couldn't wake me, they couldn't talk to me.
The next thing I remember I was being woken up in hospital.
GPs in Cornwall are now trying something new -
asking patients to enter a contract with them to reduce their
But what we are saying is you are still in pain, aren't you?
We will take it at your pace, but I am going to keep
I do not want to continue to prescribe this drug
I do not think it is safe and the responsibility lies with me.
Doctors came up with the contract idea after they noticed some
patients were ending up in hospital with signs of addiction.
Many of the patients with long-term painful conditions were displaying
the same kind of features in how they presented and how their lives
were as I had seen when working in a drug addiction service
Cornwall is now reviewing the prescriptions of a number
People for whom the good painkillers can do has been
Dr Adrian Flynn is a psychiatrist and one of the doctors
You said you were concerned about what you were seeing in hospital.
I am surprised about the Cornwall figures. There is no reason why that
we have a slightly older patient that we should be prescribing more
than the average painkiller. What makes you think this contract system
will work for people? The contract system we have developed hopefully
will enable people with a complex, long-term problem to build a
relationship of trust with their GP and to begin to recognise that
perhaps the treatment they have been relying on for many years may
actually not be helping, maybe making the symptoms worse and what
they really need if we are going to change something like that is the
trust, a trusting Blishen shipped with their GP and a chance overtime
to begin to make these difficult changes. It's a brave move for
people. I can remember taking synthetic opiates for a while, I
would not have been happy to stop those given the pain I was in, so it
is a trust thing with your GP. Absolutely. It is quite important we
recognise there is a difference between acute pain and chronic,
persistent pain. Acute pain where we have tissue damage, we note the use
of strong medicines like opiates can be really effective, keeps you going
and as the tissue damage settles, then you can reduce the opiate but
if you are taking them for a long time, it is likely they are not
working, it is certainly possible they are making the pain worse and
it is probable they are not improving your quality of life. Is
there a feared that losing patience of these drugs, they will look for
damn house where? -- look for them elsewhere? It would be a terrible
shame. It is a risk, but the rate we are trying to introduce this
contract is about trying to build this relationship of trust and I
hope anybody we use it with will see their GP on a regular basis, though
not find themselves turning to that. There are so many resources that can
guide people through the part of chronic pain.
There'll be more on this topic on tonight's Inside Out,
Now it caused quite a stir over the weekend, a humpback whale just
off the south Devon coast where wildlife enthusiasts
flocked in their droves in the hope of spotting it.
At one stage it was within 20 metres of the shore,
but as Hamish Marshall reports, although it's been wowing the crowds
marine experts are urging people to keep their distance.
A moment that will live with a 12-year-old for ever. Most people
have never seen a humpback whale in the UK so this became a hearing
hotspot. As soon as my son came out of school, we dragged him out and
the humpback was coming up and down. It was magical, on the event. The
estimates of crowds run into hundreds, maybe even a thousand at
one stage. The whale may have come here because fish stocks were
affected by storm Doris. First people were worried but we observed
it for about three days and they seem to be actively feeding, very
energetic, cruising up and down the beach. Local fishermen had been
catching herring and mackerel, so a feeding frenzy on our doorstep. A
number of humpback whale sightings off UK waters has risen to a record
high of 40 last year. One seasoned local expert says it is a first for
these parts. I have been running DC watch for 26 years and this is the
very first humpback that I have had. We get Binky Wells quite regularly,
also killer whales and we also have fin whales which are really large
but this is the first humpback and it is really exciting. Today, even
some who saw it over the weekend were back hoping for another
glimpse. Why have you come back today? My wife wanted to see, if she
possibly could. I saw lovely pictures of it on Facebook so
thought I could see it today. That see has been about the most exciting
thing today. They have seen Paul Boyces and Gannetts but sadly the
world seems to have moved off. Its markings may allow it to be checked
against a worldwide catalogue so we may be able to find out where else
it has been. Plymouth is the latest local
authority in the region It's going to go up by almost 4.5%,
which will mean bills will rise by around ?60 a year for the average
band D property. A large proportion of that will be
spent on social care. The city council has to make
?37 million worth of savings over the next three years
to balance the books. It's already agreed to move
to fortnightly bin collections Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall
are also bringing in similar A man has appeared at
Plymouth Magistrates Court in connection with an alleged attack
on a special police constable at the city's railway
station on Saturday. 23-year-old Jonathan Feasey
from East Taphouse, near Liskeard, has been charged with causing
actual bodily harm. He was granted unconditional bail
and ordered to appear before magistrates again
on the 20th of March. A decision is being made this
evening on a controversial proposal The plans include a high-rise hotel
and flats and the restoration Critics say the new building
will block light and views, but supporters say it will bring
jobs and revitalise the area. Plenty to celebrate
in South West rugby tonight. From the local stars
on the international stage to another hard-fought victory
for the Cornish Pirates - we'll And remembering the work
of the postman who delivered poetry A Tavistock family whose daughter
had a prosthetic hand created for her using a 3D printer is hoping
to help other children Abbi Jillians was born with one hand
and had a second one produced Her parents' charity,
Abbi's Helping Hands, is now hoping to get 3D printers
into local schools to The benefits of Abbi's prosthetic
eye easy to grasp. At the moment it is child's play but as it grows, a
new hand can be created for her. It can pick-up things just when they
are on the table like that and it can pick-up things like that. I have
come to the fab lab where Abbi's hand was made with a 3-D printer.
What we have now is something that is perfectly correct in terms of
size of the actual hand to be fitted to the machine. We can say that now
said that it fits absolutely to the body part. The design of the
prostatic is totally free after being made available by an online
community. Once the measurements are in, it's a case of using a 3-D
printer to make it. It is one of the most rewarding projects I have ever
worked on. When you see a girl grasp something, it is fantastic. Abbi's
now want -- family now want to give the charity to other children. They
have gifted a 3-D printer to the Marine Academy in Plymouth. The
software that is out there free of charge, it is huge, kids love it.
Abbi controls the hand by tilting her wrist and she is the envy of
some of her friends. Some other people feel that 3-D printing your
hands is really good. They ask, can I have one?
It's time for the sport now and Natalie's here with the winners
Only if you hand me the right envelope!
Obvious winners from yesterday were Exeter Chiefs' players
representing their countries who shone on the big stage.
Jack Nowell and Mikele Campagnaro scored three tries between them
With the details of this and the rest of the rugby,
It was Exeter's Italian who took centre stage at Twickenham.
Centre Michele Campagnaro waltzed through the English defence to score
a wonderful solo try giving the current grand slam
The chief winger was brought on from the bench and scored two late tries.
First he went over in the corner to bring up a bonus point
for Eddie Jones's men before taking a pass from team-mate
Henry Slade to bundle over for his second of the game.
The win not only keeps England on course for another grand slam,
but it also extends their winning run to 17 games.
Despite being without a number of star names, the Exeter Chiefs
still managed to claim an impressive win over Newcastle Falcons and keep
pressure on Wasps at the top of the premiership table.
The visitors led for most of the first half, but this
full-length score from top try scorer James Short kept the Chiefs
Further tries from Harry Williams, Sam Skinner and a second of the game
from Short gave the side an added bonus point in a 35-16 win.
In the championship, the Cornish Pirates ran in five
tries as they thrashed second from bottom Rotherham 34-5.
The conditions were tough at Mennaye Field and a late
John Stevens try secured the bonus point for the Pirates, which moves
There's a lot of rugby to be played and it's quite tight up there.
We are one point off third and fourth now,
The victory has extended their unbeaten run to seven
Well done to the Plymouth Raiders who've made it through to the final
of the BBL Trophy after a tense encounter at the weekend.
They were playing Worcester Wolves in the second
They lost 90-83, but won overall on aggregate,
having taken an 18-point lead through from the first leg.
They'll now play the Leicester Riders in the final in Glasgow
on Sunday March 19th - a meeting of the two oldest
Football and Plymouth Argyle stay second in League 2 after drawing
with fellow promotion chasers Luton at the weekend.
It was a gritty encounter at Kennilworth Road where the home
Argyle equalised through Craig Tanner on the end
Tomorrow evening, Argyle play Notts County at
Exeter City fought back from two goals down to salvage a point
On the stroke of half-time, Ollie Watkins got the first
and in stoppage time, Reuben Reid added the second.
Tomorrow, the Grecians are at Crawley hoping
to get their promotion push back on track.
In the National League, Torquay lost to fellow strugglers
The Gulls did take the lead though when Luke Young took aim
The visitors were then forced to put an outfield player in goal
and Torquay soon took advantage, as Brett Williams ran
through to fire the Gulls in front for the second time.
They couldn't add to this though and it was Sutton who had the final
say as defender Dean Beckwith rose highest to lob the ball
Torquay are away to Solihiull tomorrow evening.
And that's the sport for this evening.
Of course, full coverage on all of tomorrow night's football
matches can be found on your BBC local radio station.
The work of a forgotten poet from Devon, born
nearly 200 years ago, is being revived for a new audience.
Edward Capern was a postman in north Devon
in the 1800s and composed his poems as he walked each day between
Yes, he wrote more than 600 poems and had four books
published, winning plaudits from the Prime Minister and all
He became known nationally as the Postman Poet.
Our north Devon reporter Andrea Ormsby has the story.
Walking in the footsteps of the Postman Poet.
He used to walk this route, a 13 mile round trip.
He would have talked to the labourers working
in the field, because all the farm work was very labour-intensive
at that time in the mid-19th century and he got to know
many of the labourers and wrote about them in his poems.
"Oh the postman's is as happy a life as anyone's.
"Wondering where dragonflies play and brooks sing soft and slow.
"And watching the lark as he soars on high to carol in yonder cloud.
"He sings in his labour and why not I?
Liz is now publishing two new books about Edward Capern -
a novel about his life and a selection of his poems.
This poor postman, and he was poor, walking the Devon lanes
and loving his work and writing poems about the countryside.
# Give me the bright bird palaces Where joy delights to dwell.
Capern had intended for some of his poetry to be sung
and so along with the books, a CD is being released.
# Tell the listening world the draft was most divine.
You can feel the pace of his poetry.
The guy had to walk a long way everyday, six miles
there and six miles back, so you can feel his walking pace
in the poetry and some of that has come out in the music,
It has actually been, in some ways, quite easy to set to music,
because of that, because the words have got that rhythm already in it.
This is where Edward Capern is buried.
That is the bell he used to ring to ask people to bring
The Postman Poet may be gone, but his spell is still here
and now his poetry is being brought back to life once more
Time for the weather now. We have had everything today. Winter has
returned and there is not a great deal of change. Bitterly cold for
many overnight tonight and they shall those that have been readily
falling as rain may well fall to sleet and snow and not just for high
ground. You have been out taking pictures again. It was sunny along
the coast of Cornwall. Also some shower cloud around and that has
been the feature over the last few hours. Thank you for all of those.
We continue to see some heavy showers tonight and tomorrow.
Briefly in between the showers some sunshine but a blustery wind and
that will be a feature tomorrow. The winds are pretty lively. There are
holes in the cloud every now and again, they give us some sunshine
but allow some clear skies at night which will allow the temperatures to
drop. Tonight will be a cold night. Several weather front is wrapped
around a complex area of low pressure. They continued to produce
showers. By Wednesday, perhaps along the south coast some more persistent
rain and then back to the showery regime. Slightly less cold air on
Thursday. You can see the nature of the showers that we have had today,
the brighter colours here, that is where the showers have been quite
heavy but this is earlier today with these guys looked pretty
threatening. That blustery wind which made it feel bitterly cold.
For all of us, wildlife, flora and fauna it is a return to winter for
tonight and for a good part of tomorrow. Some of the showers
tonight are likely to be heavy and a good chance they will fall as sleet.
Some as hail, some over high ground as snow and the showers keep on
coming right through to the end of the night but in between there will
be clear skies and temperatures could be as low as zero in places.
The risk of Frost and ice tomorrow morning but for a good part of the
morning, it will be dry. This next line of showers moves through quite
fast. Some sunshine but every now and again, a shower well will spoil
the day. Temperatures of eight, 9 degrees. Forecasts for the Isles of
Scilly is for a blustery day, some sunshine but the risk of heavy
showers. Times of high water. And for our surface, most of the beaches
are likely to be pretty choppy and big waves, between eight and 12
feet. The coastal waters forecasts has westerly winds, showers for a
while, a spell of more prolonged rain and sunshine and showers for
the rest of the day. Gloomy as we had to the rest of this week. A lot
of cloud around on Wednesday. Thursday is somewhat drier before we
see further outbreaks of rain on Friday and brisk Southwest winds. We
will have more on those proposals for talky harbour-side on our late
news but from all of us here, good night.
To be in the Lords, you have to be punctual...
literally have to slam the door in somebody's face.