27/02/2017 Spotlight


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Welcome to Spotlight. for news where you are.

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In the South West tonight: The controversial bid to be

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Truro will compete against at least three other cities for the title,

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but not everyone is happy with the price tag.

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We'll assess the pros and cons of spending more

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Also on the programme tonight: A pioneering

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The scheme aiming to reduce patients reliance on prescription

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drugs amid concerns over possible addiction.

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The excited sightseers who gathered in the hope of glimpsing

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I have them running the Sea watch for 26 years and this is the first

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humpback we have had and it's really, really exciting.

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And how this Devon girl's 3D prosthetic hand may be

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the blueprint to inspire South West school children.

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Supporters say it's an ambitious plan which would put Cornwall's

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culture on the international stage and could bring millions

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Critics say it's a vanity project and a waste of money.

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A decision was taken today that Cornwall is going to push ahead

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with a controversial bid for Truro as European Capital

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Senior councillors were voting for the second time after calls

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for further scrutiny of the proposals.

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Cornwall's likely to be competing alongside Leeds,

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Dundee and Milton Keynes for the title at a cost

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The Liverpudlians launched in style when they won it for the UK nine

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years ago. Now Cornwall is Eileen Diss prize. With Truro at the heart

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there will be a Cornwall wide bid to become the European capital of

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culture 2023. We are coming out of the EU but all but one senior

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counsellor gave the bid a go-ahead at the cost of over ?300,000. Given

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that we have voted to come out of Europe to now the European capital

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of culture seems at best God. Yes, it would be a lovely idea but it's a

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lot of money and we really need to think, do we need to spend that

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amount of money? I think there is enough in Cornwall of different

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types of culture to make an acceptable bid. Supporters point to

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the success of cultural projects like last summer's man engine and

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see if this bid goes all the way, the Cornish economy could get a

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boost of almost ?100 million. The creative industry is one of our

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fastest-growing sector and supporting this is supporting growth

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and jobs for our residents. You can see overnight stays at the hotel,

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are increasing, increases in private investments in the city, but for me

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as working as head of the culture Department, most important is the

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awareness of how investments in culture make a difference in a

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city's element. The competition is likely to include Leeds, Dundee and

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Milton Keynes. Critics are branding it a waste of money and question

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whether post Brexit the UK will even get its turn. Had we stayed in the

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European Union we would be in a completely different position but

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this is part of our renegotiation as we leave the EU. We do not know if

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it will survive. The government has made that clear. We could possibly

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create another competition post Brexit into which Cornwall could

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contribute, is just this competition, we are too late, we

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have no public support. When Liverpool's year ended, organisers

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insisted there is a long lasting legacy. Those behind Cornwall's

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ambitions say taking part in this first phase will reap benefits.

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Doctors in Cornwall are launching a new scheme to stop people

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with long-term medical conditions becoming addicted to

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It comes after clinicians noticed a rise in patients

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The painkillers they're most worried about are so-called opiates.

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The number dispensed in England over the past decade has soared -

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from more than 10.5 million in 2005 to more than 23 million in 2015.

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The cost has more than doubled too - from ?143 million to

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more than ?300 million. Compared to some other

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parts of the country, Cornwall's prescribing

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This may in part be down to having an elderly population,

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but clinicians are nonetheless worried that some people

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are receiving dosages which are doing them more

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Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond reports.

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Jay takes morphine to relieve the back pain he has

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But his dosage is now so high, it could kill him.

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The medication built-up and made me unconscious,

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so when the carers came in on the occasions,

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they couldn't wake me, they couldn't talk to me.

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The next thing I remember I was being woken up in hospital.

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GPs in Cornwall are now trying something new -

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asking patients to enter a contract with them to reduce their

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But what we are saying is you are still in pain, aren't you?

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We will take it at your pace, but I am going to keep

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I do not want to continue to prescribe this drug

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I do not think it is safe and the responsibility lies with me.

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Doctors came up with the contract idea after they noticed some

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patients were ending up in hospital with signs of addiction.

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Many of the patients with long-term painful conditions were displaying

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the same kind of features in how they presented and how their lives

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were as I had seen when working in a drug addiction service

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Cornwall is now reviewing the prescriptions of a number

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People for whom the good painkillers can do has been

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Dr Adrian Flynn is a psychiatrist and one of the doctors

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You said you were concerned about what you were seeing in hospital.

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I am surprised about the Cornwall figures. There is no reason why that

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we have a slightly older patient that we should be prescribing more

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than the average painkiller. What makes you think this contract system

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will work for people? The contract system we have developed hopefully

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will enable people with a complex, long-term problem to build a

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relationship of trust with their GP and to begin to recognise that

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perhaps the treatment they have been relying on for many years may

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actually not be helping, maybe making the symptoms worse and what

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they really need if we are going to change something like that is the

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trust, a trusting Blishen shipped with their GP and a chance overtime

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to begin to make these difficult changes. It's a brave move for

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people. I can remember taking synthetic opiates for a while, I

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would not have been happy to stop those given the pain I was in, so it

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is a trust thing with your GP. Absolutely. It is quite important we

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recognise there is a difference between acute pain and chronic,

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persistent pain. Acute pain where we have tissue damage, we note the use

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of strong medicines like opiates can be really effective, keeps you going

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and as the tissue damage settles, then you can reduce the opiate but

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if you are taking them for a long time, it is likely they are not

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working, it is certainly possible they are making the pain worse and

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it is probable they are not improving your quality of life. Is

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there a feared that losing patience of these drugs, they will look for

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damn house where? -- look for them elsewhere? It would be a terrible

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shame. It is a risk, but the rate we are trying to introduce this

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contract is about trying to build this relationship of trust and I

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hope anybody we use it with will see their GP on a regular basis, though

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not find themselves turning to that. There are so many resources that can

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guide people through the part of chronic pain.

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There'll be more on this topic on tonight's Inside Out,

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Now it caused quite a stir over the weekend, a humpback whale just

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off the south Devon coast where wildlife enthusiasts

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flocked in their droves in the hope of spotting it.

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At one stage it was within 20 metres of the shore,

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but as Hamish Marshall reports, although it's been wowing the crowds

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marine experts are urging people to keep their distance.

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A moment that will live with a 12-year-old for ever. Most people

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have never seen a humpback whale in the UK so this became a hearing

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hotspot. As soon as my son came out of school, we dragged him out and

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the humpback was coming up and down. It was magical, on the event. The

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estimates of crowds run into hundreds, maybe even a thousand at

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one stage. The whale may have come here because fish stocks were

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affected by storm Doris. First people were worried but we observed

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it for about three days and they seem to be actively feeding, very

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energetic, cruising up and down the beach. Local fishermen had been

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catching herring and mackerel, so a feeding frenzy on our doorstep. A

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number of humpback whale sightings off UK waters has risen to a record

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high of 40 last year. One seasoned local expert says it is a first for

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these parts. I have been running DC watch for 26 years and this is the

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very first humpback that I have had. We get Binky Wells quite regularly,

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also killer whales and we also have fin whales which are really large

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but this is the first humpback and it is really exciting. Today, even

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some who saw it over the weekend were back hoping for another

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glimpse. Why have you come back today? My wife wanted to see, if she

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possibly could. I saw lovely pictures of it on Facebook so

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thought I could see it today. That see has been about the most exciting

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thing today. They have seen Paul Boyces and Gannetts but sadly the

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world seems to have moved off. Its markings may allow it to be checked

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against a worldwide catalogue so we may be able to find out where else

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it has been. Plymouth is the latest local

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authority in the region It's going to go up by almost 4.5%,

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which will mean bills will rise by around ?60 a year for the average

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band D property. A large proportion of that will be

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spent on social care. The city council has to make

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?37 million worth of savings over the next three years

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to balance the books. It's already agreed to move

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to fortnightly bin collections Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

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are also bringing in similar A man has appeared at

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Plymouth Magistrates Court in connection with an alleged attack

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on a special police constable at the city's railway

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station on Saturday. 23-year-old Jonathan Feasey

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from East Taphouse, near Liskeard, has been charged with causing

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actual bodily harm. He was granted unconditional bail

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and ordered to appear before magistrates again

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on the 20th of March. A decision is being made this

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evening on a controversial proposal The plans include a high-rise hotel

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and flats and the restoration Critics say the new building

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will block light and views, but supporters say it will bring

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jobs and revitalise the area. Plenty to celebrate

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in South West rugby tonight. From the local stars

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on the international stage to another hard-fought victory

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for the Cornish Pirates - we'll And remembering the work

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of the postman who delivered poetry A Tavistock family whose daughter

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had a prosthetic hand created for her using a 3D printer is hoping

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to help other children Abbi Jillians was born with one hand

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and had a second one produced Her parents' charity,

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Abbi's Helping Hands, is now hoping to get 3D printers

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into local schools to The benefits of Abbi's prosthetic

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eye easy to grasp. At the moment it is child's play but as it grows, a

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new hand can be created for her. It can pick-up things just when they

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are on the table like that and it can pick-up things like that. I have

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come to the fab lab where Abbi's hand was made with a 3-D printer.

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What we have now is something that is perfectly correct in terms of

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size of the actual hand to be fitted to the machine. We can say that now

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said that it fits absolutely to the body part. The design of the

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prostatic is totally free after being made available by an online

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community. Once the measurements are in, it's a case of using a 3-D

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printer to make it. It is one of the most rewarding projects I have ever

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worked on. When you see a girl grasp something, it is fantastic. Abbi's

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now want -- family now want to give the charity to other children. They

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have gifted a 3-D printer to the Marine Academy in Plymouth. The

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software that is out there free of charge, it is huge, kids love it.

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Abbi controls the hand by tilting her wrist and she is the envy of

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some of her friends. Some other people feel that 3-D printing your

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hands is really good. They ask, can I have one?

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It's time for the sport now and Natalie's here with the winners

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Only if you hand me the right envelope!

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Obvious winners from yesterday were Exeter Chiefs' players

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representing their countries who shone on the big stage.

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Jack Nowell and Mikele Campagnaro scored three tries between them

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With the details of this and the rest of the rugby,

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It was Exeter's Italian who took centre stage at Twickenham.

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Centre Michele Campagnaro waltzed through the English defence to score

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a wonderful solo try giving the current grand slam

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The chief winger was brought on from the bench and scored two late tries.

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First he went over in the corner to bring up a bonus point

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for Eddie Jones's men before taking a pass from team-mate

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Henry Slade to bundle over for his second of the game.

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The win not only keeps England on course for another grand slam,

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but it also extends their winning run to 17 games.

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Despite being without a number of star names, the Exeter Chiefs

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still managed to claim an impressive win over Newcastle Falcons and keep

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pressure on Wasps at the top of the premiership table.

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The visitors led for most of the first half, but this

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full-length score from top try scorer James Short kept the Chiefs

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Further tries from Harry Williams, Sam Skinner and a second of the game

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from Short gave the side an added bonus point in a 35-16 win.

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In the championship, the Cornish Pirates ran in five

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tries as they thrashed second from bottom Rotherham 34-5.

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The conditions were tough at Mennaye Field and a late

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John Stevens try secured the bonus point for the Pirates, which moves

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There's a lot of rugby to be played and it's quite tight up there.

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We are one point off third and fourth now,

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The victory has extended their unbeaten run to seven

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Well done to the Plymouth Raiders who've made it through to the final

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of the BBL Trophy after a tense encounter at the weekend.

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They were playing Worcester Wolves in the second

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They lost 90-83, but won overall on aggregate,

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having taken an 18-point lead through from the first leg.

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They'll now play the Leicester Riders in the final in Glasgow

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on Sunday March 19th - a meeting of the two oldest

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Football and Plymouth Argyle stay second in League 2 after drawing

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with fellow promotion chasers Luton at the weekend.

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It was a gritty encounter at Kennilworth Road where the home

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Argyle equalised through Craig Tanner on the end

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Tomorrow evening, Argyle play Notts County at

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Exeter City fought back from two goals down to salvage a point

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On the stroke of half-time, Ollie Watkins got the first

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and in stoppage time, Reuben Reid added the second.

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Tomorrow, the Grecians are at Crawley hoping

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to get their promotion push back on track.

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In the National League, Torquay lost to fellow strugglers

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The Gulls did take the lead though when Luke Young took aim

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The visitors were then forced to put an outfield player in goal

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and Torquay soon took advantage, as Brett Williams ran

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through to fire the Gulls in front for the second time.

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They couldn't add to this though and it was Sutton who had the final

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say as defender Dean Beckwith rose highest to lob the ball

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Torquay are away to Solihiull tomorrow evening.

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And that's the sport for this evening.

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Of course, full coverage on all of tomorrow night's football

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matches can be found on your BBC local radio station.

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The work of a forgotten poet from Devon, born

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nearly 200 years ago, is being revived for a new audience.

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Edward Capern was a postman in north Devon

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in the 1800s and composed his poems as he walked each day between

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Yes, he wrote more than 600 poems and had four books

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published, winning plaudits from the Prime Minister and all

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He became known nationally as the Postman Poet.

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Our north Devon reporter Andrea Ormsby has the story.

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Walking in the footsteps of the Postman Poet.

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He used to walk this route, a 13 mile round trip.

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He would have talked to the labourers working

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in the field, because all the farm work was very labour-intensive

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at that time in the mid-19th century and he got to know

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many of the labourers and wrote about them in his poems.

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"Oh the postman's is as happy a life as anyone's.

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"Wondering where dragonflies play and brooks sing soft and slow.

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"And watching the lark as he soars on high to carol in yonder cloud.

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"He sings in his labour and why not I?

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Liz is now publishing two new books about Edward Capern -

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a novel about his life and a selection of his poems.

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This poor postman, and he was poor, walking the Devon lanes

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and loving his work and writing poems about the countryside.

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# Give me the bright bird palaces Where joy delights to dwell.

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Capern had intended for some of his poetry to be sung

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and so along with the books, a CD is being released.

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# Tell the listening world the draft was most divine.

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You can feel the pace of his poetry.

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The guy had to walk a long way everyday, six miles

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there and six miles back, so you can feel his walking pace

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in the poetry and some of that has come out in the music,

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It has actually been, in some ways, quite easy to set to music,

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because of that, because the words have got that rhythm already in it.

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This is where Edward Capern is buried.

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That is the bell he used to ring to ask people to bring

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The Postman Poet may be gone, but his spell is still here

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and now his poetry is being brought back to life once more

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Time for the weather now. We have had everything today. Winter has

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returned and there is not a great deal of change. Bitterly cold for

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many overnight tonight and they shall those that have been readily

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falling as rain may well fall to sleet and snow and not just for high

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ground. You have been out taking pictures again. It was sunny along

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the coast of Cornwall. Also some shower cloud around and that has

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been the feature over the last few hours. Thank you for all of those.

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We continue to see some heavy showers tonight and tomorrow.

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Briefly in between the showers some sunshine but a blustery wind and

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that will be a feature tomorrow. The winds are pretty lively. There are

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holes in the cloud every now and again, they give us some sunshine

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but allow some clear skies at night which will allow the temperatures to

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drop. Tonight will be a cold night. Several weather front is wrapped

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around a complex area of low pressure. They continued to produce

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showers. By Wednesday, perhaps along the south coast some more persistent

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rain and then back to the showery regime. Slightly less cold air on

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Thursday. You can see the nature of the showers that we have had today,

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the brighter colours here, that is where the showers have been quite

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heavy but this is earlier today with these guys looked pretty

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threatening. That blustery wind which made it feel bitterly cold.

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For all of us, wildlife, flora and fauna it is a return to winter for

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tonight and for a good part of tomorrow. Some of the showers

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tonight are likely to be heavy and a good chance they will fall as sleet.

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Some as hail, some over high ground as snow and the showers keep on

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coming right through to the end of the night but in between there will

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be clear skies and temperatures could be as low as zero in places.

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The risk of Frost and ice tomorrow morning but for a good part of the

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morning, it will be dry. This next line of showers moves through quite

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fast. Some sunshine but every now and again, a shower well will spoil

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the day. Temperatures of eight, 9 degrees. Forecasts for the Isles of

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Scilly is for a blustery day, some sunshine but the risk of heavy

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showers. Times of high water. And for our surface, most of the beaches

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are likely to be pretty choppy and big waves, between eight and 12

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feet. The coastal waters forecasts has westerly winds, showers for a

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while, a spell of more prolonged rain and sunshine and showers for

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the rest of the day. Gloomy as we had to the rest of this week. A lot

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of cloud around on Wednesday. Thursday is somewhat drier before we

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see further outbreaks of rain on Friday and brisk Southwest winds. We

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will have more on those proposals for talky harbour-side on our late

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news but from all of us here, good night.

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To be in the Lords, you have to be punctual...

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literally have to slam the door in somebody's face.

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