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Tonight, claims of sex discrimination at the

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More than 70 women have launched a case claiming they're paid less

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We'll talk to the union which has taken up their claim.

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Also on the programme tonight - the thousands of people baffled

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With the Citizens Advice backing me, I could fight it.

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I was losing it, I really was losing it.

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We have a day in the life of the Citizens Advice Bureau -

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a charity in high demand for people under pressure.

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The military veteran who was living rough,

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and how a self-build scheme is helping him rebuild his life.

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And curtains up at the cafe offering just the ticket for those feeling

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alone. Dozens of women working

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for the Exeter-based Met Office have filed a sex-discrimination case

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against their employer. The 76 women who work at the

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country's national weather service say they're not being paid the same

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rates as men for similar jobs. The Met Office insists it

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treats all employees fairly, but the union -

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who we'll hear from in a moment - estimates the claim

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could run into hundreds First here's our

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correspondent Simon Hall. The business of the Met Office

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is to predict the weather in all its forms, but now

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internally a storm is brewing 76 women are taking legal action

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for sex discrimination They say they have been given

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lower salaries than men How long do you think you can

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possibly stay out like this? The battle for equal pay became

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prominent in the 1960s, when women took strike action

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at Ford's Dagenham plant in Essex. Was it a good strong

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meeting this morning? The Equal Pay Act followed

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but still today a pay gap The women involved in the claim

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against the Met Office here are not on-air weather forecasters but do

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a range of jobs, like helping to Negotiations are now under way

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to try to resolve this dispute without it reaching a formal

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employment-tribunal hearing. The Met Office told us

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they could not directly comment on the case,

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but they did say... The Prospect union say the total

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equal-pay claim against the Met Office could run into hundreds

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of thousands of pounds. Well, Tony Bell is from the Prospect

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union, which is representing He says the claim could amount to a

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lot of money. It could be for each individual

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thousands of pounds, because of course under equal-pay

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claims you can go for retrospective And how optimistic are you now that

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you can reach a solution? I'm very confident that we can reach

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a solution by collective bargaining. The real issue will be,

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will it be enough to satisfy the expectations and aspirations

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of the 76 applicants? Doctors unhappy about the imminent

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closure of a privately run treatment centre in Bodmin are gathering right

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now at a public meeting. It concerns Ramsay Healthcare -

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the centre says it will close on the 31st March as they can't come

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to a contract agreement But there are concerns about

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the impact on patients and staff. Tamsin Melville is at tonight's

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meeting at Bodmin Town council. Patients, Doctors and the local MP

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are here this evening because they believe that closing the centre will

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impact on skills. It specialises in nonemergency daily surgeries like

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cataracts and hernias. In 2016 NHS Kernow say that around 5000 patients

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were treated by the providers, Ramsay health care, and it is

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currently one of six places that patients in Cornwall can be sent for

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this type of treatment. Others include the Royal call wall hospital

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and NHS not filled. Both sides say they have nothing more to add.

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Previously Ramsay health care said discussions on the contract are

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taking place since last September and it had already agreed three

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short extensions since 2005. -- says it is looking at the services it

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needs in the future and how it fits with the overall shake-up. -- NHS

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Kernow says it is looking. Health campaigners say it is vital that

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some sort of service is kept running from this centre when much of the

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health service is under so much pressure.

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A look now at some of the other stories in the South West tonight.

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An air, land and sea search for a missing junior doctor in Devon

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Lauren Phillips, who works for North Bristol NHS Trust,

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The 26-year-old's car was found in Woolacombe several days later.

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The Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double,

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has called in Parliament for the reopening of Fowey Hospital.

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It was shut temporarily last summer after criticism of its facilities.

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He was told it wasn't a matter for the Government,

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and any decision would have to be taken locally.

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Cornwall Council has been awarded ?17 million under the Government's

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It's the second-highest amount in the country and is based

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on the number of additional homes added to the council-tax register.

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Last year Cornwall delivered more new and affordable homes

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Adverts for a Dorset farm's pure milk vodka have been banned

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The Advertising Standards Authority received two complaints

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that the adverts for Black Cow vodka were socially

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excessive drinking, likely to appeal to children,

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and linked alcohol with sexual activity.

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Should people be fined for feeding seagulls?

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The Mayor of Truro wants anyone who deliberately feeds the birds

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or doesn't bag up their rubbish in gull-proof bags

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Before our next story tonight, you may remember Trish Vickers.

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We featured her on Tuesday's programme - a blind woman

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Trish discovered her pen had run out part way through,

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but forensic experts had then helped her recover

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Well, today we heard the sad news that Trish from Charmouth

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Publishers had been working to have the book in print this week.

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Working out which welfare benefits and tax credits you may be entitled

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It's one of the reasons the Government says it's trying

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But some of the reforms have proved controversial and more

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people are seeking help from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

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As a result, it says enquiries are at a five-year high.

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Its offices in Devon and Cornwall dealt with more than 55,000

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Harriet Bradshaw has been given access to one CAB office to see how

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they manage the demand for their help.

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Yeah, I like to settle in with a good cup of tea to start the day.

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It can be very challenging and very upsetting for some

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of our volunteers, the stories that you're hearing can

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People ring often in quite stressful circumstances and we're

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here to try and work with them to try and find some solutions

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Ten o'clock, and the drop-in sessions start.

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Margaret Newton says she's been to hell and back trying to sort

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And I thought, I'm not being scared, I'm going to fight this.

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With the Citizens Advice backing me, I could fight it.

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I was losing it, I really was losing it.

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I was terrified, absolutely terrified that I was going to lose

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And at the moment in the bureau we're full,

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so all the rooms have been taken, so we're having clients waiting

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Good morning, this is Southampton Citizens Advice,

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So over 25% of the enquiries that we deal with on a regular basis

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are around welfare benefits, and then the next-highest

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enquiry area is debt, so that's sort of 15% to 20%

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So that remains fairly constant over time.

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What is happening is that more and more people

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Well, as you can see, it's been going pretty busy today!

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We've had a number of drop-ins coming through the door, so a couple

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Most clients don't want to talk on camera, but one tells me

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She's dealing with debt, depression and a phobia of paperwork,

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and there are hundreds more unopened letters at home.

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You are just keeping your head above water really and I know there are

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many others in the same situation. But having a paperwork phobia just

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exacerbates the situation I am in. The main thing is, we can only do

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so much, and there needs to be other forms of support out

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there in the community to help these Cases are written up and it's home

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time, but there will be The weather forecast coming shortly.

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Also in tonight's programme... I will be finding out how to use

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this piece of equipment to survey the land here at Castle Green.

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A dead whale has washed up in North Devon and people

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are being warned not to go near it as it may be a bio-hazard.

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Torridge District Council says the mammal washed

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up near Hartland Quay, north of Bude.

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The body is attracting a lot of interest,

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A forlorn end to a majestic creature's life.

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Locals say the fin whale washed up at high tide yesterday.

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You normally find ships here but to find a whale,

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it's the first time, so I normally find basking sharks,

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seals, dolphins, but not a whale, so first of all sadness but also

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just amazed at the size and the beauty of it,

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and it looks a little sad just slumped over the rocks

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and just sort of left, really, to meet its maker.

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At more than ten metres long, Torridge District Council says it

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will take a specialist operation to remove it.

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It is urging the public to keep away from the carcass

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Dog walkers are being advised to keep their pets on leads.

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It's a shame that it's died, it's such a big majestic creature,

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they swim vast distances, and for it to be just on the beach

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at the moment instead of providing more life for marine life at sea

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it's just left rotting and the coast, unfortunately.

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Records show it's the third dead fin whale in 26 years to wash

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The last happened in Dawlish in September of 2016.

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The UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme says it

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could indicate a recovering population of the species.

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This latest carcass is too decomposed for a postmortem

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examination so how and why the whale died will remain a mystery.

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It is estimated that every one in ten people who leave the military in

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the south-west will become homeless. 15% of former service personnel will

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live on sofas or even end up on the streets.

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A new service in Lennarth which helps veterans to get back on their

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feet is trying to change that. -- in Lennarth. Talk us through why so

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many veterans and up homeless. -- in Plymouth. The specific response is

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related to us helping over 50 veterans in recent years. Most of

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them when they sign up for the military at 17 years plus, often

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they go into the military because there is no other job available.

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When in they are inducted into the Army and there is strong discipline

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and in many cases over time, through no fault of their own, they become

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institutionalised. The army looks after them, provides them with

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accommodation, food, etc, and when they eventually come out of the

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military they find that they can't look after their own lives. Often

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they have to much time on their hands, in some cases suffer from

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depression and in other cases turned to alcohol and drug abuse, with the

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that many of them break up from their families, start living rough

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and living in charitable hostels, and we help them to relocate, we

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probably interview three times the number we actually take on board.

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What we have done has been highly successful and has worked well, with

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big financial returns, and it is also fun. I am guessing it is a

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snowball effect, they are helping them -- you are helping them to help

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themselves. Very much so, the strapline of the charity is Helping

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People To Help Themselves, and it works. We will talk more in a moment

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but first let's see how one person has banned it from the screen --

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from the scheme. Jon manual has been living on the streets on and off for

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30 years. Here is his story. I was in a pub and apparently the

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IRA had bombed the pub. We were very young and it was confusing as to why

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it happened. It made me wonder why we were out there, why we were

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fighting the people who are like your next-door neighbours. Turning

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to alcohol is not the answer. But at the time it would ease the pain. But

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it wouldn't go away. And I would have nothing better to do but drink

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because I had no future, no job, no money. I used to beg. It was quite

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horrendous at times, in this kind of weather. I would pitch my tent in a

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far corner, all the way. I was kept waking up constantly through the

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night, and I couldn't understand what was going on. With all the

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worry I had, I ended up packing up my tent, in the condition I was, and

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I went to Derriford. They told me I was having a heart attack. It cost

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me everything. Cost me my family, the people I was close to. I am

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hurting badly emotionally, so regrettable for me that I have to

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live with that everyday. In the Nelson Project I get the

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opportunity to help with the finish, insulation, any other duties

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required. When this project is finished I will have a flat,

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somewhere stable to live and I can be built my life again. I am turning

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my life around and I hope my family realise that. It has not been easy

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but I am hoping that I get to see the people that I love and start

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again. Our heartbreaking story, but he

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really turned his life around due to the project. It strikes me this

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could help so many others, not just military veterans. Without doubt. A

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recent report from the University of East England demonstrated that for

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every pound spent on the two Bristol projects we have saved between ?4 70

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and ?7 20. We would like to roll out the project nationally. Each project

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of course has to be resourced and funded. The report produced has gone

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to the Cabinet ministers and I am told it has gone to the Prime

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Minister's offers but we will see. Thank you very much for coming in

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today. My pleasure, thank you for the opportunity.

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Now, if you're interested in the history which is all around

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us and beneath us here in the South West, you may be

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the sort of person needed for an archaelogical expedition

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The search is on for volunteers to help unearth some of the secrets

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which could be hidden underneath Castle Green in Barnstaple.

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Our reporter Johnny Rutherford has been to see the modern technology

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Barnstaple Castle and Green, an ancient monument.

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Before the Normans built a grand moat and a bailey castle here,

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In the 1970s they discovered 105 Saxon graves.

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Today they're surveying the green, with more advanced equipment.

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It's a great opportunity to find out more about the castle

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and about Norman and Saxon Barnstaple.

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We're hoping this is the beginning of a much bigger project that

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will really help us find out a lot more and get people excited

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Money from Historic England has funded this five-day survey.

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We're using two different techniques to look from the surface around

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a metre to a metre and a half down beneath the ground.

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The idea is to map any archaeology that still remains

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Local people have been given the chance to be

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part of the project, which allows them to be hands-on.

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I've always been fascinated in this castle mound site.

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To think that there was once a castle, king and community

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here is just fascinating, and so as soon as I saw

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the opportunity to take part in the survey I jumped

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So I've decided to do a bit of volunteering.

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Apparently I've got to walk in a straight line...

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You've got to be a bit quicker than that, Johnny.

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To be honest, they had to redo that bit.

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Luckily, the experts put the equipment to its best use.

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Well, it's quite interesting what we've come across so far,

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We seem to have a rectangle of lines which could represent a former

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structure or building on the site which we had no idea

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Also we've got some speckling, which may represent graves,

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and these could be part of the Anglo-Saxon graveyard which

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Next week the team will be using ground-penetrating radar

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in the Castle Market car park for the first time.

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You never know, they might find a king.

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Now, remember the Regal, the Empire, or what about the ABC?

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By the end of the 1930s some big cinema chains dominated the UK

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And it's this sort of time in people's lives they're trying

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It's in an effort to combat loneliness.

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Jane Chandler picked up her ticket and went along

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to the Red Velvet Cinema, which has been set up

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It's not just about watching a classic film.

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Afterwards they get the chance to reminisce over a cake

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It's nice sometimes to sort of look back, everything rushes forward,

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and it's just nice to see something like that.

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It brings back a lot because I'm afraid that my memory is not so good

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now, there's problems with that, but it's a film you

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Must have been 40 years ago, I should think.

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I didn't really remember it from then so it

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The project is the idea of Caroline Blackler.

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It's got ?2000 of funding from the community arts

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It's to encourage elderly people who live on their own

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And if you get them watching a film then they actually

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don't have to talk to anyone while that film's on,

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but after the film you encourage them to talk, give

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them a cup of tea and a slice of cake, and that's when the

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And if you can get people to connect then maybe

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There's still plenty of time to catch a classic,

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as the Red Velvet Cinema runs at the cafe in George Street

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There's nothing quite like watching old movies, particularly when it is

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wet outside. But hopefully it won't be raining.

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A few spots of drizzle down in Cornwall but most of the south-west

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has had glorious sunshine. We saw the pictures from South

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Devon, the archaeological story and the whale as well.

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A bit of a change coming. Our weather watchers have done us proud.

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Glorious sunshine, even in the higher ground up to wards Exmoor and

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Somerset. Then down into Cornwall, where the mist and fog has been

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draped across the far south-west, and that will continue this evening,

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visibility problems not just for the islands but along the coastline

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today. Let's head to Saint Germans now, were briefly there was some

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brightness in the sky. Our cameraman noted how still the air was. Most of

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us have had hardly a breeze, so the mist and low cloud has hung around

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for most of the day. Those who have not had it have had some lovely

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weather, feeling quite warm as well. In the sunshine and bridges up to

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15, 16 degrees, certainly the warmest it has felt so far this

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year. As we head through tomorrow and into the weekend, I think I

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tonight it will be pretty misty at first and then the low cloud, mist

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and fog returns. Tomorrow morning that will be around first thing in

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the morning, and some drizzle as well. Later in the day it starts to

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brighten up wet and -- and when the sunshine comes out it will feel

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quite pleasant. We are in the boundary between the high pressure

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over France and the weather fans trying to come in from the West.

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They will eventually wind but they will take their time. A lot of

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moisture ahead of that. The first weather system is fairly weak, not

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getting to us until the end of the day on Saturday. The second one will

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give us some more persistent rain for a time on Sunday morning and

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once that is through we are back to north-west winds, better visibility,

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improved visibility for local flights, but the humid, moist air is

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across us tonight, you can see the cloud draped across the south-west.

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That is having -- heading north overnight. Had she conditions

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through the night and it will be unusually mild. -- patchy

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conditions. Last week these would be a good day time temperature, so mild

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but also misty. Tomorrow morning, not much in the way of drizzle and

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gradually a few holes will appear in the cloud. The winds slightly more

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than we have seen to date and with the breeze from the South there will

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be some holes in the cloud allowing the sunshine to come through.

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Northern Devon, parts of Somerset, perhaps Dorset again, 13 to 14

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degrees. The Isles of Scilly, misty and damp, brighter for a time but a

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fair amount of low cloud around for much of the day. These are the times

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of high water. For the surface, clean surf, good

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waves tomorrow, not quite so big up to four, possibly five feet, and

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clean waves the north coast. The coastal waters forecast, four or

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five, fair with mist patches. As we move into the weekend this is the

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forecaster Saturday, a lot of cloud, still quite misty first thing.

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Sunday, some showery outbreaks but brighter in the afternoon and at

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last the sunshine comes out on Monday. Have a good evening.

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That is all from us. Janine Jansen will join David for the late news

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and weather at 10:30pm. From all of us here, good evening.

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Oh, the dragon. Dylan Thomas.

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Richard Burton. Barry Island.

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The River Shannon. We invented the submarine.

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with a spectacular Friday night encounter...

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