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Good evening from Spotlight. so it's goodbye from me


The future of RMB Chivenor, tonight the defence secretary offers


It's not a done deal. We want to give everybody time to discuss the


future of the site with the local community. And come up with the best


answer for the Royal Marines and the best answer for Chivenor.


First plans to close the base were announced


now with a potential lifeline we'll ask where it leaves the base


50 years ago tomorrow every drop of crude oil on the Torrey Canyon


We'll hear about the wildlife which has only recently fully recovered.


And we'll see how the moments leading up to the disaster


Plus, goodbye to the sky, the long history of Lynx helicopters


in the South West draws to a close in style.


And this is where the jet stream will live this weekend. It means


unsettled weather. I will give you the details.


There are calls for clarity tonight after the Defence Secretary raised


the prospect that the Royal Marine base in North Devon may


The MOD had previously announced it was destined for closure.


While Michael Fallon's suggestion that the move to shut Chivenor


was not "a done deal" raises hopes for North Devon the future


Kirk England spoke to the defence secretary


At Chivenor today Michael Fallon saw first hand what it's


like to save a life on the battlefield.


At the same time, the future of the place itself


Speaking four months ago it looks like a closure was inevitable.


We are getting out of some of the more rural locations,


We want to give everybody a time to explore the various


options for these sites, and Chivenor is a very large site.


The airfield is no longer used, for example, to discuss


the future of the site, with the local community and come up


with the best answer for the Royal Marines and the best


So no done deal on the closure of the base in Chivenor.


I'm very pleased that he said what he said today about what's


happening, a second chance, if you like.


Michael Fallon made clear the intention is that the Royal


Marines will consolidate in Plymouth, but around


that it seems to me there's a lot of options.


For him not to have ruled out the future use of RMB


Chivenor as a military site is a big step forward.


Business leaders want more clarity on what happens


next for a base that, according to the local


Liberal Democrats, generates ?40 million a year


If it's not a done deal, then obviously, we need to find out


more about what could possibly happen, because if they are going


to retain part of it, then that could be good.


And then look at development for the rest of it.


If it's all going to move to Plymouth, then we need to look


And its the big site, with 1200 military personnel


There's been strong campaigning to keep the base open,


but some say a closure is still on the cards.


I think the secretary of state was making as positive as organised


as he could about working with the local community,


but at the end of the day he's got to deliver the maximum capital


receipt to the public purse, that, I there, were probably


Done deal or not, a decision on the future of this base


Kirk England, BBC Spotlight, Chivenor.


Onto some of the day's other stories.


Somerset County Council is to sue Carillion,


the main contractor building a relief road for Taunton


The two sides are blaming each other for the delays and cost overruns


understood to run to more than ?10 million.


There is still no date set for the opening of the road.


Carillion says it's working with the council to reach a mutually


satisfactory conclusion to their differences.


Western Power Distribution says work to restore electricity to Scilly


has been delayed again because of poor weather.


The company said cable experts have been working to assess the damage


to the power supply since Monday, but the weather forecast has forced


They are hoping to get back to work on Tuesday.


The 2,000 islanders have been relying on generators


Eight new beaches including Tregonhawke in Whitsand Bay


are being put forward for special bathing water status.


Water samples would need to be taken and tested on a regular basis


81 beaches around Cornwall are currently monitored.


It was the day we changed our whole attitude to marine life and almost


exactly 50 years on some creatures have only just fully recovered


The super tanker hit rocks off Cornwall leaving beaches around


Thousands of seabirds died and livelihoods were damaged


in what remains the country's worst environmental disaster.


In a moment we'll look at the lasting impact


of the Torrey Canyon but first on the eve of the 50th


anniversary of the accident Eleanor Parkinson looks back.


Impaled on a reef, seven miles north of Scilly,


the supertanker the Torrey Canyon lies broken, oil pouring from


She's carrying 120,000 tonnes of crude oil.


The oil slick expands, eventually stretching


across 270 square miles, as it creeps towards the Cornish


coast a massive operation begins to save beaches and wildlife.


The army, the RAF, and the Navy are involved along


Among them, fire officers Eric Trout and John Allen.


John recorded the event as an official photographer,


today they recalling the horrors of what they found.


You got your feet on it, and you slid all over the place.


It was like having a bath, when you leave the scum around the bath.


That's what it was like, all around the basins, the cliffs,


Over the next few days tens of thousands of tonnes of detergent


was sprayed over the beaches to try and break up the oil.


The main role of the Fire Service was setting pumps in and washing


down after the detergent had been applied.


There's been criticism of the detergent, because one


realised that caused problems in itself, doesn't it?


What I did here in the end, it would have been better to have


Because the organisms in the sand would have eaten it faster


than what we did by killing off the organisms by


It was an environmental catastrophe, 15,000 sea birds died


It was terrible to see these birds flapping around,


Trying to get out of the oil, and they couldn't.


In fact, my friend here was saying earlier, the word filling barrels up


It's not the kind of thing people want to see.


A week after she was grounded the Torrey Canyon began to break up,


releasing even more ideal into the sea.


The decision was taken to destroy the vessel,


for two whole days the RAF under Navy bombed the ship,


they also dropped napalm to try and burn off oil.


And, occasionally, you could smell the smoke


The Torrey Canyon eventually sank leaving behind a legacy that would


last for many years. Part of that legacy


is the lessons learned. The disaster led to the creation


of new maritime regulations on pollution and changes


to the construction of tankers. Our Environment Correspondent Adrian


Campbell reports on the impact. These crabs are gorgeous. You can


see their little claws, they are read. Do you think the population is


growing? Richard is a biologist who has been


managing marine life in Cornwall for 50 years. He is delighted to see


this clap is finally making a comeback.


Many thought it was last altogether after oil from the Torrey Canyon in


Gulf this beach near Padstow and toxic detergent made things even


worse. We found that this beach was


completely bare. Almost everything on it had been killed. Not because


of the oil, but because of the detergent. Within four or five years


it was stable again. It wasn't exactly the same as before, we can't


tell, because we didn't know. One thing we do know is that the


Torrey Canyon ended up of course. Here in Plymouth captain Richard


Phillips uses the latest technology to recreate the moments leading up


to the disaster. We are heading north at the moment.


The Isles of Scilly are over there, the Cornish coast is about 40 miles


over there. We are heading up in the gap between them.


Back in 1967 they weren't fancy graphics and computers like this


available to the captains of oil tankers. The captain of the Torrey


Canyon thought he was coming into the north of the Isles of Scilly,


but he was down here, so he did deliberately decided to coming


through here. He went straight across.


You've got 50 metres of water and sand.


It's almost perpendicular. There isn't really anything to see, is


there? It's just rocks. No. It's going down quite quickly, Liz and


it? We've run aground. These days there are very few big pollution


incidents at sea, partly because of design changes. The Torrey Canyon


was one of the largest oil tankers of its day, with a standard single


skin Halley drizzly pierced by submerged rocks around the Isles of


Scilly. As a result there was agreement that all new tankers would


have double skinned pals making them more robust. There has also been in


significant shift in attitudes. The Torrey Canyon was one of the


first stages which started bad roads to environmental awareness. It's not


just about nature, it's our interaction and the benefits we get


from a clean environment. There is a positive, or for the past 15 years


here the wildlife and habitats have recovered. Things are looking good.


Adrian Campbell, BBC Spotlight, Padstow.


With bombs used try to sink the tanker and burn off


the remaining oil, events of 50 years ago tomorrow could hardly


I'm joined now by one man who remembers it well,


Good evening, you were one of the people ordered to drop


1,000lb bombs on the stricken tanker?


Yes, very pleased to be able to have. I'm quite sure it was a great


help. We came in on the morning of the 28th, ten days after the tanker


had gone aground. They were moving thousand pound bombs out there. This


is your logbook. Just pointers... You can see it, can't you? Somewhere


down here, it says bombing be Torrey Canyon. Right at the bottom of the


page. Then I went out on the 29th is doing the same thing. It must be


tricky, that smoke would be rising from the burning oil. There was a


lot of smoke around, but we must remember that once we had set the


thing on fire, because all of the bottom had been ripped out,


naturally, what happened was the tide would come in and put out the


fire. So down would go the tide again, and back we would go and bomb


again. Then the smoke would start. Smoke was one of the interesting


things. I was stationed in the far north of Scotland, and flying south


after we cross the Scottish border we could see this great plume of


black smoke coming up, 200, 250 miles away. The smoke was going up


to about 30,000 feet. It was a perfect spring day, absolutely clear


with hardly wind at all. Did you ever expect this is what you


would do in your career? Certainly in wartime one would consider


something like that, but not in this case, where one was hoping a


community and is trying to save the disaster that all this oil was


causing. It's difficult because some of the


bombs would have missed their target. Those days we bombed


differently, and some didn't explode, is that right?


I don't understand the word missed, of course, we didn't do anything


like that! But the technology we had at that stage, you could put a bomb


down within about 100 feet of where you really wanted to be. But if you


dropped for you could get a struggle.


A fighting chance. Was it the right action? There is no doubt in my mind


it was. They looked at how they could actually get rid of the oil,


could they bring in a smaller tanker alongside it and promptly idle


across, but I'm afraid but was just too hard, and it was too shallow.


They had tried all of the detergent is type of thing, but they couldn't


deal with this treacle like oil that they had. We had to get rid of that


from the ship itself, and the only way of doing that is to get


something down inside each and every tank. They were 16 tanks and we had


to get ?1000 bombs into each and every tank. That bomb generated


enough feat in itself to be able to set fire to the oil that was in


there. We know it's changed our view of


marine life, and obviously has a lasting impact on your life as well.


Thank you very much for joining us tonight.


It's time for the sport now and you wait all year for a final


What a busy weekend we've got coming up are you tired


On the last day of the Cheltenham Festival, Devon jockey Bryony Frost


was all smiles as she celebrated the biggest win of her


career holding on to win the Foxhunters Chase in a tight


The 21-year-old from Buckfastleigh was on Pacha du Polder


which was the horse ridden by Olympic cyclist Victoria


Pendleton last year in what's seen as the amateur's Gold Cup.


Bryony was cheered on to victory by her Grand National winning father


Jimmy Frost who nearly completed the course himself, on foot.


In the biggest race of the day, Lizzie Kelly's bid to become


the first female jockey to finish the Cheltenham Gold Cup


The 23-year-old who's based in north Devon,


seen here in orange, was unseated from Tea


for Two at the second fence to end her dream of making history.


Somerset trainer Colin Tizzard had better luck.


Despite seeing one of his two horses fall at the third to last,


his other, Native River, finished the race in third.


Exeter Chiefs' winger Jack Nowell has had to settle


for a place on the bench for England's Six Nations Grand Slam


And there'll be more drama on Sunday when the south west takes


The Chiefs are in their third consecutive Anglo-Welsh Cup


final against the Tigers and the Plymouth Raiders face


the Riders in basketball's BBL Trophy final.


When you're a 6ft 7" basketball player, Sandy Park is a good place


to find someone you can talk to eye to eye, about the


I'm from Sydney Australia. I'm from Detroit, Michigan. And I'll be


playing against Leicester Tigers in the Anglo Welsh cup. I'll be playing


for the Plymouth Raiders against the Leicester Tigers. What's going on,


man? It's a crazy place. It's pretty cool. With the final coming up with


pretty excited. Likewise, man.


Will your boys be nervous? You know how it is, big game but we are ready


for it. How have they been going this season? Leicester? They've been


pretty good. Top of the table right now. We took it into overtime. An


awesome game on Sunday? Yeah, you've got Leicester to? Yeah, the boys are


pretty excited. A tough match. Everyone is pumped. We're looking


forward to it. Nervous but excited. How are you mentally preparing for


it yourself? I take it easy, to be honest. All systems go, hopefully.


Absolutely, man. When you were in New Zealand did you get a chance to


play? Lets see what I've got, man. All right. You've been practising!


On the other side. No, no, let's see what you got with this. Let me see


you move. I'll! And don't forget you can


watch the basketball live on the BBC website -


tip off is at half Looking back at the rugby


and our Championship teams are both in action on Saturday but the big


match is obviously that cup final If you can't get there don't worry,


Radio Devon will have all the build up and full match


commentary from 2:30. Plymouth Argyle can move a step


closer to automatic promotion to League One when they welcome


Morecambe to Home Park tomorrow. With just nine games left


the Pilgrims are ten points clear Exeter City and Luton Town are two


of teams in that chasing pack and they face each


other in Bedfordshire. Yeovil host Accrington


in the other game in League Two. And before I go, just a quick update


on 13-year-old Siam Juntakeret, from Bodmin, who's trying to become


the fastest child to cycle almost He's nearly half way


there as he starts his third week and about to hit the hardest part


of the challenge, We're hoping to speak to him soon


to see how he's doing. They have been flying the skies


of the South West for decades but today the Royal Navy's Lynx


helicopters began saying goodbye. They were based on Portland


in Dorset before moving to Yeovilton Today the aircraft, which saw action


in the Falklands in both Gulf Wars, retraced their history flying


between some of their former bases before they're decommissioned


at the end of the month. Laurence Herdman


watched from Portland. Airborne for one final time, a


diamond formation matching a polished history. Everything


meticulous, just as it always has been. To Portland, than a hop to


Hampshire. The joy of this aircraft, it does a little bit of everything.


Load lifting, winching, it's got weaponry, anti-submarine weapons,


anti surface weapons. It's PIE in the sky, search and rescue, troop


movement. It's one of the fastest helicopters in the world, it's very,


very capable. It's so manoeuvrable. Every responses fell to do the


aircraft. It manoeuvres just how you wanted


to. Defence cuts in the 90s prompted a move to Yeovil town in Somerset,


away from Portland, but the Lynx response remained undeterred. From


the waters of the South Atlantic to the sands of the Persian Gulf, the


Lynx has flown its colours in three modern-day wars, for many bringing


memories flooding back including one useful person. It seemed everyone


wanted to stray the milestone. Most had a story to tell. Some of


the memories I've got our fun memories. Fun memories. Of working


with the boys, the aircrew, and it was brilliant.


It really was good. It's a wonderful helicopter that served the country


for 41 years. You have to say farewell to it. It's so sad we don't


have anything to replace it. It's a special day. Portland is only a


station with a family atmosphere anyway because of its heritage with


the wasp. There was always that community. But small is station.


This high-speed multirole here to helicopter rose to all its


challenges. It made the goodbye to be Lynx from Portland, but exciting


new adventures beckon. And still some signs of those Lynx


helicopters on Portland. The end of any row. Some grey skies there, but


David, a gorgeous sunrise behind you? Is it getting better?


You are so optimistic! No, it's not. Hello, good evening. This was this


morning in Dorset. A glorious sunrise in Dorset. Some nice blue


skies in Lyme Regis. Actually, it's worked out quite well, a decent bit


of sunshine. These guys have been greyer further west. In court while


these cloud arrived swiftly. That's what's going to happen this weekend.


The cloud sticks with us. Limited blues guys. Not much opportunity for


sunrises or sunsets. Cloudy, breezy, rain at times. Some of the rain


heavy tomorrow morning. It will ease away. Dried on Sunday. A great train


of cloud stretches from us right across the Atlantic as far as the


eastern seaboard of the United States, and its of cloud that is


being steered towards us over the weekend. A couple of weather fronts


trickle in and out across the United Kingdom, sometimes Kingdom,


sometimes north, sometimes sounds, all the while keeping as cloudy.


Eventually, this weather front will clear the south coast. How quickly


that happens on Monday is uncertain. Behind it, from the north-west, is


colder air. Mild air and fake cover of cloud across the South West of


England. It's starting to introduce outbreaks of rain. This was Central


Park where our cameraman was trying to catch a glimpse up towards


Plymouth Sound. If you hold in that cloud but it's become quite


extensive. If you find spots of drizzle arriving in this part of


Devon. At least the fly are about, and a bit of moisture want to the


farms all farmers any harm at all. It is going to be breezy, westerly


winds. Some more persistent rain at times overnight and do tomorrow. It


will be mild, temperature of overnight between eight and 10


degrees. Tomorrow, an overcast day, outbreaks of rain, the rain begins


to move away in the afternoon. Drier conditions in the second half of the


day. Westerly winds, temperatures shouldn't fall below ten or 11


degrees. Around Torbay, quite across the Somerset levels being quite mild


despite the rain and wind. That's the forecast for the Isles of


Scilly. It may brighten up a little bit, windy with she was in the


morning, brighter still the afternoon. There's times of high


water along the south coast, 749 and 2009. And for servers, earlier this


week we had some lovely serve, now the winds are strong, limited


opportunities for anything clean. Most of the beaches along the north


coast will be messy, big waves, between six and eight feet. Here is


the coastal waters forecast: Outlook is little change. Sunday, the cloud


not quite so dark, still a lot of cloud for much of the weekend. Winds


aren't quite so strong on Sunday. Then Matt weather front I talked


about on Monday will arrive in the morning, more persistent and


widespread rain, that will go through at some point later in the


day and introduces colder air. Next week it's somewhat fresher. But also


brighter. Have a nice weekend. We'll cling on to what hope we can.


We are back as part of the News At Ten. Join Us Then. Be good goodbye.


It was the most beautiful view I've ever been through.


For one second, I was swimming on my back, and I was looking to the sky.


I was swimming across the Aegean Sea.


I was a refugee, going from Syria to Germany.


This is my life, my career! I did not frame him.


This is my life, my career! I did not frame him.


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