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Tonight on Spotlight: Security stepped up across the South-West.

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Devon and Cornwall Police than shoulder to shoulder with both

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counties and the Alex of Skye please send only by standing together or we

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ultimately defeat the threat that is posed from the groups and

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individuals responsible for this kind of behaviour.

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Railway stations, airports, military bases and ports -

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extra patrols are deployed in the wake of yesterday's

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We'll also be speaking to MP Kevin Foster, back

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on home turf tonight about being in lockdown

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Also tonight: The children from Somerset who found themselves

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They were on school trip to Parliament and were rushed

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to a safe area where they sang songs to pass the time.

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The support being offered to foster carers and the appeal

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It doesn't quite go to plan when teams from BBC South West get

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Railway stations, airports, military bases and ports -

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extra patrols are deployed in the wake of yesterday's

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They stress it's just a precaution, designed to reassure the community.

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The police have also thanked members of the public for their messages

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of support and say they will do all they can to keep people safe.

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More from our Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Hall.

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British Transport Police are working increased hours to provide security

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and public reassurance at the South-West's

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I think it's important for a number of reasons.

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For ourselves, obviously, our job is to be out

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there to reassure the public, make everybody feel safe.

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I think, more importantly as a member of the public,

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someone who lives in this country and has resided in it

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all their life, I think it is important that we are able

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to carry on, be as resilient as possible and show these

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people that, you know, we can live our lives

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And we will live our lives quite normally.

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Managers told us that stations were as busy

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Those travelling to London were defiant.

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I'm going to visit my daughter and she is in Suffolk and I'm not

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If everyone sort of gave in and didn't do anything it

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We planned to go and we're not having any terrorist affecting us.

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Our lives will not be affected by it.

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I think you've got to carry on as you are.

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You can't let things like this slow you down and stop what you're doing.

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The key message here is that we stand together.

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Devon and Cornwall Police stands shoulder to shoulder

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with the communities of both our counties

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Only by standing together will we ultimately defeat the threat

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that is posed from the groups and individuals responsible

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As investigations continued into yesterday's attack,

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one South-West terrorism expert told us it was important that people

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They should, of course, always be alert in public places,

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But, basically, don't get worried, don't get panicky.

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The threat for this part of the world is very low.

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In an open letter, Avon and Somerset police said: We are very grateful

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to everyone who has sent in messages of support.

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We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Metropolitan Police

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We will do everything we can to keep people safe.

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As well as stations, there will be extra police patrols

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at the South-West airports and military bases and large public

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All this is not in response to any specific threat to the region,

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senior officers say, but a precaution.

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It's designed to reassure the public and to ensure that life can go

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on as normal in defiance of attacks which are intended to spread fear.

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Well, around 50 children from a Somerset school

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were on a trip to Parliament yesterday and found themselves

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trapped inside Westminster for two hours as the terror attack

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They kept their spirits up by singing.

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As Scott Ellis reports, the parents of the pupils are now

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calling for the teachers to be recognised for their bravery.

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For some of these ten and 11-year-olds, a very

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But shortly after these photos were taken, thy were trapped

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But shortly after these photos were taken, they were trapped

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inside the Palace of Westminster as carnage unfolded.

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Today, a parent of one of those children still visibly upset.

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It's the first time I have ever let my son go anywhere

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He was very cuddly when he saw me first last night.

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Yesterday, the 53 children and seven staff were ushered

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to the Central Lobby at Westminster - a safe place, but still within 50

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metres of where the police officer was stabbed.

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The deputy head kept spirits up by singing hymns.

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Yeah, we had a lovely ripple of applause at the end and,

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beautifully, lots of people, lots of MPs on the way out

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congratulated our children on how well they sang and how

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they lightened the mood, so that was lovely to hear.

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Meanwhile, back at the School at Bridgwater, text messages

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And then we said to parents that they could come

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We had teas and coffees and the Salvation Army

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were here and our local vicar helping parents to process

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At the school today, we are told that everyone is well,

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the hymns having helped to drown out the gunshots.

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Parents want staff rewarded and, back in the Commons,

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the Prime Minister was also impressed by everyone's bravery.

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It must have particularly difficult for those children

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who were here and being caught up in this.

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We should commend the work of their teachers in offering them

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He thinks it was a team effort - safety in numbers

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There may have been some horrific things happening outside,

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We were completely unaffected by it and it certainly won't stop

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us from doing things that we want to do.

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A valuable lesson learnt then, but in the very

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Traditionally, Thursday is the day MP's return

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to their constituencies and, despite yesterday's events,

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But it's been decades since MPs have returned home following a terrorist

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Well, the MP for Torbay is Kevin Foster and he joins us this

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Welcome home. We spoke yesterday on BBC Radio Kent and as events were

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unfolding and you described the mood. What was it like in

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Westminster this morning? It was very much a mood of unity. On a day

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like today there isn't a Conservative, Labour or SNP

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politician, only those who believe in democracy standing of defiance

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against those who don't. Inevitably, questions are being raised about the

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security surrounding Westminster, but it is a vast area. How can you

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ever really secure that area when a lot of it is public? Parliament

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cannot be a fortress. It can't be a place were only a handful of people

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can go into. It must remain appears people can come in, their MPs,

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listen to debate and see the history. There is tight security.

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Yesterday we saw that only a few metres in beyond the gates that the

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attacker was shot dead. There is extensive security and there will be

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reviewed but we need to keep in mind this is a democratic parliament that

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must be open for the people it represents.

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You were amongst 400 MPs are not dying. You had two of your

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constituents would you yesterday. How were they? One of my team was

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with them throughout. They were in the Central lobby with my researcher

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when the lockdown started. We made sure they were OK. My first concern

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was to check the May staff and visitors were safe. They were. At

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the end of the day, we are grateful to the security services and the

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police who were doing so much to make sure we were safe when we were.

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Will anything be done differently do you think from now on? Obviously,

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there will need to be a review by the police and Parliamentary

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authorities, but the key thing that I hope stays the same as that we

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stay in open Parliament. In the past we have had a ragtag of terrorists,

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fastest and Nazis trying to use violence to destroy Westminster and

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the democratic process it represents. Modern-day terrorist

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must not be able to succeed for Adolf Hitler and his cronies field.

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Onto some other news now and offers of help have poured in to keep

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the Isles of Scilly's only care home open.

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The council, which runs Park House, says it's had a number

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of inquiries about carers jobs, as well as offers of

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Earlier this week it was announced the home would have to close in June

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The council says it will continue to review the situation.

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They just need someone to care" - the words of a foster parent who has

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been providing a home for children for more than a decade.

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She was speaking as renewed efforts are being made to encourage more

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Plymouth City Council is increasing the financial and professional

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support it offers in a bid to attract more carers.

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Johnny Rutherford has been speaking to one foster mum and her daughter.

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Do you remember when you very first came? You were only meant to be

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coming for a few days and you just liked it so much, you said, can they

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stay here? Sky has been with foster mum, Madge, for four years. You

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never know what will come through your front door. When the sky first

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arrived she had black hair, thick black make-up and didn't have a lot

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to say. Slowly, over the weeks and months that have now turned into

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years, she has grown up, mature. It is a delight to have her. It is a

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delight to look after a lot of these children. They just need to be

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loved, they need support, they need someone just the care. That is the

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sort of care of that Plymouth City Council are looking for, a foster

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parent who is looking to help change a vulnerable child or young person's

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life. We want carers from Plymouth to come forward so we don't have to

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place children died of the city. We know that children are best placed

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around their family and their connections so we really want carers

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to come forward. There are people out there who would potentially give

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up their job to foster. We have increased our financial offer to

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encourage people who would want to do that. Also within the new support

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packages specialised training, 20 47 professional help and mentors. It is

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about the commitment, taking someone into your home who is broken, maybe

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feeling very unloved, and it is about giving them a family

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environment there are not used to have the chance to feel better about

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themselves and excel in life and go somewhere. There may be trouble at

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first, they could be cheeky or very quiet but there will come out of

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their shell in the wrong time. Yeah, go for it. Night 18, sky is the

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longer fostered by Madge, but she is still family.

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A Torquay explorer whose adventures are at the heart of a new Hollywood

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blockbuster film is being celebrated at a South-West museum

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Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett disappeared in the Amazon in 1925

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They were searching for an ancient lost city, which is the story behind

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Ahead of the film being released this weekend, our South Devon

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reporter John Ayres has been taking a look.

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What you seek is far greater than you ever imagined.

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The film may be typically Hollywood, but the main character

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It's the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett,

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who was born in Torquay and schooled in Newton Abbot.

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He was a former soldier, cartographer, spy and explorer -

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some might argue the inspiration for that well-known film

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The photos we have of Fawcett, they almost evoke that

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Indiana Jones-type image, but also, he has been linked

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to other famous characters and he was a definite inspiration

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for a character in Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World novel,

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because Fawcett and Conan Doyle became close friends

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and Conan Doyle effectively wrote the Professor Challenger character

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This film is based on a true story where Percy Fawcett,

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played by Charley Hunnman, went off in search of the lost

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city of Z with his son and son's best friend,

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Torquay Museum has various artefacts relating to Fawcett,

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including his school cap, false teeth and his diary

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from the film, based on the diaries they have.

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The production company came to the museum and,

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during that research process, they decided that they needed

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to reconstruct their own diary that Charley Hunnam could use.

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They made it a little bit bigger, as well, because on the screen

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they wanted to make it nice and visible.

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He even, during the film, used a diary to block an arrow

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Percy Fawcett has featured in Torquay Museum's ongoing

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Explorers' collection, but they are hoping

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to have an exhibit dedicated to him later in the year.

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The film The Lost City Of Z comes out on Friday.

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Now it won't have escaped your notice that tomorrow

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is Red Nose Day, when people will be taking part in all sorts

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of events to raise a smile and money for Comic Relief.

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Here at BBC South-West there is much talk of the Great British Bake-Off

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style Cake-Off challenge when presenters from radio

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and television went head to head in the kitchens of City College

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Their challenge was to bake a Victoria sponge,

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decorate it and sell it, with the winner being the one

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Simple, you'd have thought, but there were a few surprises.

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Radio Devon's David Fitzgerald was there to compere the event.

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Big mistake having a husband-and-wife team here.

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There's no way you need that much butter.

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My wife wife packed me off with a little box of stuff,

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a recipe to follow and even the teddy, for extra comfort.

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I quite like cooking, but I've never baked a cake.

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I've got no sort of technical hinterland or anything to draw on,

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so I'm literally just going to follow these instructions

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I'm doing mini Victoria sandwiches today.

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My thinking was that what would you prefer to have?

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I'm actually mixing it up and I'm going for a chocolate

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You've been on one, two, three, four rows now.

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I can move around as I wish, I've been told.

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If you put them all in at once, they go all squiffy.

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Well, I'm not sure that's right, now.

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Is the shell supposed to be in there like that?

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I tell you, I'm making double the amount here.

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I'm not sure what, but it's got something.

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Victoria sponge or Victoria cocktail?

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Well, I concede that my offering is looser than any of my rivals.

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I've had a quick peek around the room.

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A pint and a half of cake isn't going to work!

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Larry, I'm sorry, where it says tablespoons of milk, can you show me

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She has split milk in their to weigh up to two tablespoons.

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I think you and I should start again at this point in time.

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Tomorrow, on Red Nose Day itself, we will find out whether any of them

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actually managed to bake a cake and sell it, and if

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Did you really have eggshells in viewers, David? And how you cheat,

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as well. It looks like good fun. A big important weather day-to-day.

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Today, we celebrate World Met Day and this year s theme is clouds .

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We asked you for your photos and here they are.

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Thank you to everyone who has been sending in your photographs.

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Tomorrow it will still be a great day. It is been pretty miserable

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today with the brain, wind and cold. Tomorrow will be cloudy, patchy rain

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beginning to clear but also quite breezy. The promised the moral of

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brighter skies and even some sunshine yet in the day. We have an

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area of low pressure at the moment but it is on the move and it is

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moving away from us. That is high pressure and it is coming at the end

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of the weekend. For the weekend, that is the good news. The bad news

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is that we are on the edge of it so there will be a keen wind to look

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forward to on Saturday and Sunday, particularly on the south coast. At

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the time you get the Sunday that wind will begin to drop. Cold at

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night for the weekend, with some pretty good daytime temperatures.

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That was the rain we saw earlier today. It is moving away but still

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the risk of showers left behind. That will continue for this evening

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and overnight tonight. It is rather misty grey, spots of light rain and

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drizzle on the south coast. Any breaks in the cloud will be in the

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North Devon and the northern part of Somerset. Some of that rain will

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come back before dawn tomorrow morning. There will be a keen wind

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tonight, temperatures will not be as low as last night. A mild night, 5

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degrees the minimum. Tomorrow will be warmer but still quite damp

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through the morning. Gradually, a lot of that patchy rain will fizzle

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out by the time you get to the afternoon there will be breaks

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developing in the cloud, sunshine and North Devon, fine weather

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drifting into parts of Somerset and Dorset. Hopefully we will see more

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in the way of sunshine. It will feel warmer despite the fact that is

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quite windy. Many others inland, not a bad second half to the day. At top

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temperature of 11 degrees. The forecast as we head into the weekend

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has a strong wind developing. For the Isles of Scilly, it is a

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blustery day tomorrow, a few showers around but also sunny spells. For

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all of us the wind will be a feature on Saturday. Times of high water.

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Small waves on the coastline tomorrow for our surfers. Usable,

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but only two or three feet. The coastal water forecast has the winds

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from the ether north-east, occasionally seven. Patchy rain,

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becoming merely fair with good visibility. Those winds will be

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strong on Saturday, possibly reaching gale force through the

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English Channel. Saturday is a blustery day, but a fine day. Not a

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cloud in the sky on Saturday, a maximum of 14 degrees. Sunday, more

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in the way of cloud, windy conditions. Similar conditions on

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Monday. So, at last, some fine weather, and awarded the weekend as

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well. My mum got several that taught us

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out today. He is 70. He likes the warm weather. Thanks for joining us.

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Join us again tomorrow, good night.

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