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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.


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