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Tonight on Spotlight: Security stepped up across the South-West.
Devon and Cornwall Police than shoulder to shoulder with both
counties and the Alex of Skye please send only by standing together or we
ultimately defeat the threat that is posed from the groups and
individuals responsible for this kind of behaviour.
Railway stations, airports, military bases and ports -
extra patrols are deployed in the wake of yesterday's
We'll also be speaking to MP Kevin Foster, back
on home turf tonight about being in lockdown
Also tonight: The children from Somerset who found themselves
They were on school trip to Parliament and were rushed
to a safe area where they sang songs to pass the time.
The support being offered to foster carers and the appeal
It doesn't quite go to plan when teams from BBC South West get
Railway stations, airports, military bases and ports -
extra patrols are deployed in the wake of yesterday's
They stress it's just a precaution, designed to reassure the community.
The police have also thanked members of the public for their messages
of support and say they will do all they can to keep people safe.
More from our Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Hall.
British Transport Police are working increased hours to provide security
and public reassurance at the South-West's
I think it's important for a number of reasons.
For ourselves, obviously, our job is to be out
there to reassure the public, make everybody feel safe.
I think, more importantly as a member of the public,
someone who lives in this country and has resided in it
all their life, I think it is important that we are able
to carry on, be as resilient as possible and show these
people that, you know, we can live our lives
And we will live our lives quite normally.
Managers told us that stations were as busy
Those travelling to London were defiant.
I'm going to visit my daughter and she is in Suffolk and I'm not
If everyone sort of gave in and didn't do anything it
We planned to go and we're not having any terrorist affecting us.
Our lives will not be affected by it.
I think you've got to carry on as you are.
You can't let things like this slow you down and stop what you're doing.
The key message here is that we stand together.
Devon and Cornwall Police stands shoulder to shoulder
with the communities of both our counties
Only by standing together will we ultimately defeat the threat
that is posed from the groups and individuals responsible
As investigations continued into yesterday's attack,
one South-West terrorism expert told us it was important that people
They should, of course, always be alert in public places,
But, basically, don't get worried, don't get panicky.
The threat for this part of the world is very low.
In an open letter, Avon and Somerset police said: We are very grateful
to everyone who has sent in messages of support.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Metropolitan Police
We will do everything we can to keep people safe.
As well as stations, there will be extra police patrols
at the South-West airports and military bases and large public
All this is not in response to any specific threat to the region,
senior officers say, but a precaution.
It's designed to reassure the public and to ensure that life can go
on as normal in defiance of attacks which are intended to spread fear.
Well, around 50 children from a Somerset school
were on a trip to Parliament yesterday and found themselves
trapped inside Westminster for two hours as the terror attack
They kept their spirits up by singing.
As Scott Ellis reports, the parents of the pupils are now
calling for the teachers to be recognised for their bravery.
For some of these ten and 11-year-olds, a very
But shortly after these photos were taken, thy were trapped
But shortly after these photos were taken, they were trapped
inside the Palace of Westminster as carnage unfolded.
Today, a parent of one of those children still visibly upset.
It's the first time I have ever let my son go anywhere
He was very cuddly when he saw me first last night.
Yesterday, the 53 children and seven staff were ushered
to the Central Lobby at Westminster - a safe place, but still within 50
metres of where the police officer was stabbed.
The deputy head kept spirits up by singing hymns.
Yeah, we had a lovely ripple of applause at the end and,
beautifully, lots of people, lots of MPs on the way out
congratulated our children on how well they sang and how
they lightened the mood, so that was lovely to hear.
Meanwhile, back at the School at Bridgwater, text messages
And then we said to parents that they could come
We had teas and coffees and the Salvation Army
were here and our local vicar helping parents to process
At the school today, we are told that everyone is well,
the hymns having helped to drown out the gunshots.
Parents want staff rewarded and, back in the Commons,
the Prime Minister was also impressed by everyone's bravery.
It must have particularly difficult for those children
who were here and being caught up in this.
We should commend the work of their teachers in offering them
He thinks it was a team effort - safety in numbers
There may have been some horrific things happening outside,
We were completely unaffected by it and it certainly won't stop
us from doing things that we want to do.
A valuable lesson learnt then, but in the very
Traditionally, Thursday is the day MP's return
to their constituencies and, despite yesterday's events,
But it's been decades since MPs have returned home following a terrorist
Well, the MP for Torbay is Kevin Foster and he joins us this
Welcome home. We spoke yesterday on BBC Radio Kent and as events were
unfolding and you described the mood. What was it like in
Westminster this morning? It was very much a mood of unity. On a day
like today there isn't a Conservative, Labour or SNP
politician, only those who believe in democracy standing of defiance
against those who don't. Inevitably, questions are being raised about the
security surrounding Westminster, but it is a vast area. How can you
ever really secure that area when a lot of it is public? Parliament
cannot be a fortress. It can't be a place were only a handful of people
can go into. It must remain appears people can come in, their MPs,
listen to debate and see the history. There is tight security.
Yesterday we saw that only a few metres in beyond the gates that the
attacker was shot dead. There is extensive security and there will be
reviewed but we need to keep in mind this is a democratic parliament that
must be open for the people it represents.
You were amongst 400 MPs are not dying. You had two of your
constituents would you yesterday. How were they? One of my team was
with them throughout. They were in the Central lobby with my researcher
when the lockdown started. We made sure they were OK. My first concern
was to check the May staff and visitors were safe. They were. At
the end of the day, we are grateful to the security services and the
police who were doing so much to make sure we were safe when we were.
Will anything be done differently do you think from now on? Obviously,
there will need to be a review by the police and Parliamentary
authorities, but the key thing that I hope stays the same as that we
stay in open Parliament. In the past we have had a ragtag of terrorists,
fastest and Nazis trying to use violence to destroy Westminster and
the democratic process it represents. Modern-day terrorist
must not be able to succeed for Adolf Hitler and his cronies field.
Onto some other news now and offers of help have poured in to keep
the Isles of Scilly's only care home open.
The council, which runs Park House, says it's had a number
of inquiries about carers jobs, as well as offers of
Earlier this week it was announced the home would have to close in June
The council says it will continue to review the situation.
They just need someone to care" - the words of a foster parent who has
been providing a home for children for more than a decade.
She was speaking as renewed efforts are being made to encourage more
Plymouth City Council is increasing the financial and professional
support it offers in a bid to attract more carers.
Johnny Rutherford has been speaking to one foster mum and her daughter.
Do you remember when you very first came? You were only meant to be
coming for a few days and you just liked it so much, you said, can they
stay here? Sky has been with foster mum, Madge, for four years. You
never know what will come through your front door. When the sky first
arrived she had black hair, thick black make-up and didn't have a lot
to say. Slowly, over the weeks and months that have now turned into
years, she has grown up, mature. It is a delight to have her. It is a
delight to look after a lot of these children. They just need to be
loved, they need support, they need someone just the care. That is the
sort of care of that Plymouth City Council are looking for, a foster
parent who is looking to help change a vulnerable child or young person's
life. We want carers from Plymouth to come forward so we don't have to
place children died of the city. We know that children are best placed
around their family and their connections so we really want carers
to come forward. There are people out there who would potentially give
up their job to foster. We have increased our financial offer to
encourage people who would want to do that. Also within the new support
packages specialised training, 20 47 professional help and mentors. It is
about the commitment, taking someone into your home who is broken, maybe
feeling very unloved, and it is about giving them a family
environment there are not used to have the chance to feel better about
themselves and excel in life and go somewhere. There may be trouble at
first, they could be cheeky or very quiet but there will come out of
their shell in the wrong time. Yeah, go for it. Night 18, sky is the
longer fostered by Madge, but she is still family.
A Torquay explorer whose adventures are at the heart of a new Hollywood
blockbuster film is being celebrated at a South-West museum
Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett disappeared in the Amazon in 1925
They were searching for an ancient lost city, which is the story behind
Ahead of the film being released this weekend, our South Devon
reporter John Ayres has been taking a look.
What you seek is far greater than you ever imagined.
The film may be typically Hollywood, but the main character
It's the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett,
who was born in Torquay and schooled in Newton Abbot.
He was a former soldier, cartographer, spy and explorer -
some might argue the inspiration for that well-known film
The photos we have of Fawcett, they almost evoke that
Indiana Jones-type image, but also, he has been linked
to other famous characters and he was a definite inspiration
for a character in Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World novel,
because Fawcett and Conan Doyle became close friends
and Conan Doyle effectively wrote the Professor Challenger character
This film is based on a true story where Percy Fawcett,
played by Charley Hunnman, went off in search of the lost
city of Z with his son and son's best friend,
Torquay Museum has various artefacts relating to Fawcett,
including his school cap, false teeth and his diary
from the film, based on the diaries they have.
The production company came to the museum and,
during that research process, they decided that they needed
to reconstruct their own diary that Charley Hunnam could use.
They made it a little bit bigger, as well, because on the screen
they wanted to make it nice and visible.
He even, during the film, used a diary to block an arrow
Percy Fawcett has featured in Torquay Museum's ongoing
Explorers' collection, but they are hoping
to have an exhibit dedicated to him later in the year.
The film The Lost City Of Z comes out on Friday.
Now it won't have escaped your notice that tomorrow
is Red Nose Day, when people will be taking part in all sorts
of events to raise a smile and money for Comic Relief.
Here at BBC South-West there is much talk of the Great British Bake-Off
style Cake-Off challenge when presenters from radio
and television went head to head in the kitchens of City College
Their challenge was to bake a Victoria sponge,
decorate it and sell it, with the winner being the one
Simple, you'd have thought, but there were a few surprises.
Radio Devon's David Fitzgerald was there to compere the event.
Big mistake having a husband-and-wife team here.
There's no way you need that much butter.
My wife wife packed me off with a little box of stuff,
a recipe to follow and even the teddy, for extra comfort.
I quite like cooking, but I've never baked a cake.
I've got no sort of technical hinterland or anything to draw on,
so I'm literally just going to follow these instructions
I'm doing mini Victoria sandwiches today.
My thinking was that what would you prefer to have?
I'm actually mixing it up and I'm going for a chocolate
You've been on one, two, three, four rows now.
I can move around as I wish, I've been told.
If you put them all in at once, they go all squiffy.
Well, I'm not sure that's right, now.
Is the shell supposed to be in there like that?
I tell you, I'm making double the amount here.
I'm not sure what, but it's got something.
Victoria sponge or Victoria cocktail?
Well, I concede that my offering is looser than any of my rivals.
I've had a quick peek around the room.
A pint and a half of cake isn't going to work!
Larry, I'm sorry, where it says tablespoons of milk, can you show me
She has split milk in their to weigh up to two tablespoons.
I think you and I should start again at this point in time.
Tomorrow, on Red Nose Day itself, we will find out whether any of them
actually managed to bake a cake and sell it, and if
Did you really have eggshells in viewers, David? And how you cheat,
as well. It looks like good fun. A big important weather day-to-day.
Today, we celebrate World Met Day and this year s theme is clouds .
We asked you for your photos and here they are.
Thank you to everyone who has been sending in your photographs.
Tomorrow it will still be a great day. It is been pretty miserable
today with the brain, wind and cold. Tomorrow will be cloudy, patchy rain
beginning to clear but also quite breezy. The promised the moral of
brighter skies and even some sunshine yet in the day. We have an
area of low pressure at the moment but it is on the move and it is
moving away from us. That is high pressure and it is coming at the end
of the weekend. For the weekend, that is the good news. The bad news
is that we are on the edge of it so there will be a keen wind to look
forward to on Saturday and Sunday, particularly on the south coast. At
the time you get the Sunday that wind will begin to drop. Cold at
night for the weekend, with some pretty good daytime temperatures.
That was the rain we saw earlier today. It is moving away but still
the risk of showers left behind. That will continue for this evening
and overnight tonight. It is rather misty grey, spots of light rain and
drizzle on the south coast. Any breaks in the cloud will be in the
North Devon and the northern part of Somerset. Some of that rain will
come back before dawn tomorrow morning. There will be a keen wind
tonight, temperatures will not be as low as last night. A mild night, 5
degrees the minimum. Tomorrow will be warmer but still quite damp
through the morning. Gradually, a lot of that patchy rain will fizzle
out by the time you get to the afternoon there will be breaks
developing in the cloud, sunshine and North Devon, fine weather
drifting into parts of Somerset and Dorset. Hopefully we will see more
in the way of sunshine. It will feel warmer despite the fact that is
quite windy. Many others inland, not a bad second half to the day. At top
temperature of 11 degrees. The forecast as we head into the weekend
has a strong wind developing. For the Isles of Scilly, it is a
blustery day tomorrow, a few showers around but also sunny spells. For
all of us the wind will be a feature on Saturday. Times of high water.
Small waves on the coastline tomorrow for our surfers. Usable,
but only two or three feet. The coastal water forecast has the winds
from the ether north-east, occasionally seven. Patchy rain,
becoming merely fair with good visibility. Those winds will be
strong on Saturday, possibly reaching gale force through the
English Channel. Saturday is a blustery day, but a fine day. Not a
cloud in the sky on Saturday, a maximum of 14 degrees. Sunday, more
in the way of cloud, windy conditions. Similar conditions on
Monday. So, at last, some fine weather, and awarded the weekend as
well. My mum got several that taught us
out today. He is 70. He likes the warm weather. Thanks for joining us.
Join us again tomorrow, good night.