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Jo just about. A reminder of the top story: Scotland has asked for a new


Scottish independence referendum, Tonight in the South West reaction


to the imminent release The former Royal Marine,


jailed for murder, could We'll be asking what lessons can be


learned from his case? Persistent visits to the GP to no


avail. It took four months for diagnosis by which time it was too


The battle to diagnose bowel cancer before it's too late.


Academics in Exeter think they may be able to help


Why all is not what it seems in this picture -


we'll hear from the farmer who says it couldn't be further


And join us for a trip down memory lane with an archive last from


Plymouth's past. The former Somerset Royal Marine


jailed for murder will be freed Alexander Blackman has already


had his murder conviction reduced Today, judges re-sentenced him to


seven years and because of the time he's already served he'll


be released shortly. Our Somerset correspondent


Clinton Rogers reports now from Alexander Blackman's home


town of Taunton. Any homecoming party in Taunton only


to be put on hold for a short while. Alexander Blackman has already


served three and a half years in prison. His previous life sentence


for murder was today reduced to seven years for manslaughter and


because it is commonplace for prisoners only to serve half the


sentence, that effectively means Alexander Blackman has pretty much


done his time. It said the High Court today, has QC said he expected


him to be released in a couple of weeks. His wife was plainly


delighted. We are overjoyed at the judge's decision to significantly


reduce his sentence wiki can be released imminently. This is the


moment we have all been fighting hard for and it is hard to believe


this day is finally here. This is a case that continues to cause much


debate. It has polarised opinions. There are people, including


ex-military men, who believe Alexander Blackman had to be


prosecuted once the video evidence came to light. Lord Ashdown is a


former Royal Marine. A soldier goes on to someone else's country armed


with lethal force in order to protect the law. Domestic law in


Britain and international law, and when it is broken, and that is a


matter for the court and the court has judged on this and regarded it


as mitigating circumstances, it is not for anyone else to intervene in


that process. Plenty of other people say that unless you were there and


experienced the heat of battle you cannot judge. Among those a former


Royal Marine who served with Alexander Blackman on that tour. I


have been to see him. At home with a man who was there. Rob Driscoll was


a Sergeant with the Royal Marines on the same to as Alexander Blackman.


He has undergone years of counselling since. It was the worst


to that I did. And he says the horrors of Afghanistan will probably


never leave him. I have seen some pretty horrific things but I hadn't


seen them use body parts as bait or heard or seen them crucify people. A


real hatred built up inside me for the insurgency and people who were


prepared to use these techniques against us. Do you think that is the


background against which Alexander Blackman did what he did? I think it


is a contributing factor. There is no way we can argue it wouldn't have


affected some of his actions on that day. When you are surrounded by


lunacy, a little bit of lunacy doesn't seem so bad. Six years on


and trying to settle into normal life, Rob Driscoll says he still


supports Alexander Blackman. He acknowledges that what he did on


the battlefield, captured on helmet colours, may have been illegal, but


militarily he made the right decision in not summoning help for


the Taliban fighter. Was it right for me what he did? My answer is


absolutely because there is a very real chance that as he hadn't done


what he did I would be walking at the main gate with a nine guys to go


down and secure a route which we knew was under threat and seeded


with explosive devices. That would have meant rolling those dice and


potentially not coming back with all the guys I walked out with. A former


Royal Marine. Alexander Blackman had hoped that once his murder


conviction was reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of


diminished responsibility he might be allowed to rejoin the Royal


Marines. That is not going to happen. The High Court judges


decided his dismissal must stand. With me now is the Liberal Democrat


peer Lord Burnett who is also You also wanted him to be reinstated


but it is clear from the sentencing his dismissal remains, what do you


make of that? His wife always said dismissal with this place was the


coolest punishment visited on her husband. The Court of Appeal says he


is still dismissed. That is presumably capable of appeal to the


Supreme Court and that is a possibility. But why should he be


allowed back in? He stands still convicted of a serious criminal


offence. A criminal offence but massively mitigated as three


imminent, world renowned psychiatrists have stated. I think


that matter in free and statement should be left to the service rather


than the courts. What about this case and the wider implications?


What lessons do you think can be learned for the court-martial


process and for the stress serving personnel are under? The panel voted


in the original case, when Alexander Blackman was convicted 5-2. In a


civilian criminal Court that would not be enough, so we have a military


covenant. Our Armed Forces personnel should not be disadvantaged as


against civilians, that should change. The second point is he


should have been tried by his peers, that is the ethos, and the facts are


a great many people on that panel had not heard of shots fired in


anger never mind many of the horrors of the war in Afghanistan. Thank


you. If you're under 50 and you have


bowel cancer it's possible your symptoms could be missed until it's


too late . Academics from the University


of Exeter hope a new diagnostic tool they've created can help identify


who is most at risk. Our Health correspondent


Jenny Walrond met a woman from Cornwall whose husband died


from the disease aged just 34. It's an idyllic spot to build


a dream home but Emma Matthews's dreams of the future were shattered


when her husband Martin was diagnosed with


terminal bowel cancer. It had taken a year


to get diagnosed. He went to the GP about 15 times,


phone calls as well, Martin always kept asking if it


could be cancer or not and they kept saying


they were 99.9% sure it wasn't. Emma's father was also diagnosed


with bowel cancer but it was caught Martin managed to build


their dream home but died GPs find it difficult to diagnose


bowel cancer in the under 50s because it is less common in young


people and the symptoms are similar They don't get a good service


and actually suffer as a result. Your chance of surviving colorectal


cancer as a young person should be better because by and large


you are healthier but that is not Around one in 20 cases of bowel


cancer are in people aged under 50. There are 2500 new cases each year


in the UK and the symptoms are so common they account for one


in 12 GP appointments. This new diagnostic tool helps GPs


identify who needs further tests, by evaluating the risks


from different Professor Hamilton hopes it will be


incorporated into GP's computer programmes and automatically flagged


up at risk patients, and if it can speed up diagnosis


it can improve chances of survival. When caught in early stages,


90% of bowel cancer patients survive An organic farmer from Devon


is angry with Tesco for using He says he's never supplied


the supermarket and using the picture is creating an image


that isn't true. Tesco has removed the


image and apologised. Spotlight's Andrea


Ormsby has the story. Martin Godfrey is passionate


about his farming methods. I can produce a lot of food


from a small area of a very high standard, very nutritious,


direct to the customer. When a picture of him


pulling carrots was used The image couldn't be so far


removed from the reality, me pulling carrots by hand


in a field which doesn't To grow carrots for a supermarket


is highly matter glazed with big tractors and it is OK for them


to use but it needs to represent He says he has never worked


for Tesco and was surprised to find the picture of him being used


on their website. The supermarket chain got


the image through an agency. A spokesperson for Tesco says


the supermarket works tirelessly to support farmers and suppliers


and is sorry for any upset caused. Martin says Tesco has also offered


to donate ?1000 to a local charity. He says he is happy


with their response but want all supermarkets to change how


they represent themselves in future. Don't use pretty pictures


to gain customers. It is not favour of the former


starter working hard doing what they is right,


looking after our soil Martin has invited Tesco


representatives to come and see the work he does on his six


acres in Devon. A leading figure in the South West


fishing industry says it will be a "betrayal" if the government fails


to ban foreign fishing boats from within 12 miles of the shore


after Britain leaves the EU. The government, though,


is refusing to confirm it will treat this as a "red line"


in the Brexit negotiations. Here's our Political


Editor Martyn Oates. This thing, like a miniature


polystyrene bodyboard is all that many people in the UK


will know about cuttlefish. You may think that whoever


is in the business of producing these is involved in the most niche


of niche industries, Dressed in his juicy flesh,


the cuttlefish is one of the south-west fishing


industry's star turns. It is the most important


species landed in terms If that fact has passed


you by its probably because like so much British fish


it is whisked away for sale After Brexit, British fishermen


want to be able to catch more fish, principally by clawing back


the quarter currently They also want to carry on selling


the vast quantity of species like this into the European single


market as easily as they do now. I have come to the Legion's great


fishing port to meet the chief executive


of the Cornish fishing organisation. I asked him what losing tariff free


access to the European Most important would be


the nontariff barriers. If we have problems logistically


getting your product into the continental market it


causes a headache. Slow down at the borders causes


problems with dealing with Early indications suggest that other


EU states will be wanting continued access to fresh in British waters


in return for British fishermen Access for foreign boats within 200


miles of the sure will involve a lot of haggling but fishermen pointed


out that before Britain even joined the UDP and community,


the British government unilaterally agreed foreign boats


within just 12 miles. They see that agreement can


and must now be revoked. Only last week the fishing


minister wouldn't confirm that the government intends


to do that. There are many things we are looking


closely at and have not made final decisions yet which is why


that is no announcements will people will have to be more patient


but rest assured we are looking closely at these issues including


the 1964 convention. It is slightly worrying


they are not prepared to commit Maybe it is about negotiating


strategy, maybe they are genuinely not sure, but one thing is sure,


we do not expect that same degree of negotiation for the beach


to the 12 mile limit. That is for the inshore fleet


and should be managed for the benefit of those guys


and anything less than complete exclusivity would be seen


as the trail, not too strong a word. Recent reports say the Prime


Minister is now planning to revoke the 1964 agreement but many are now


wondering just how much influence and industry employing 11,000 people


nationwide will be able to wield once Brexit negotiations


begin in earnest. Volunteers are being trained


this week to help catch, count and control the number


of foreign crayfish infesting The Signal Crayfish from America


were brought to the moor to be But as Spotlight's John Ayres


reports things didn't turn out It's a painstaking


process monitoring Twice a week, volunteers are donning


waders to check the traps and keep So what we do, we remove these pods


which facilitate breeding, and this guy was done at some


point last year. We also mark them for


their site of origin. They need the numbers to come down


because they are causing huge damage One example you can see behind


you is burrowing into the river They also have an impact


on fish populations They have been responsible


for reducing the number of native It was back in the 1970s


that the government department at the time decided it


would be a good idea to give farmers a chance


to diversify and have another industry and they could


try and raise money. What they didn't know was just how


invasive it would become and the damage it would do


to the local environment. What they didn't expect at the time


was that the crayfish would walk on land and could survive outside


of water for up to six months. They left the ponds and made


their way into the rivers. It is actually a criminal


offence to return them, they are so damaging


and it is illegal even to transport them alive in case they escape


and get back into another To do this work


they need volunteers. I love anything to do with the great


outdoors especially where I live, and also with doing a degree


anything that I can find out The larger males are cannibalistic


and are being sterilised and put back under a license


to help control numbers. All others are being trapped


and destroyed humanely. An animator turned puppeteer has won


?50,000 in a competition in Germany. Barnaby Dixon has created his


own puppets and films He's already getting interest


from international programme makers. This is the unique creation of


Barnaby Dixon and he has got his own U-tube CDs. First we have to cross


that bridge and if it collapses and I die I would like you all to write


letters to Somerset County Council. He went to the carnival last year


and goes for lots of walks around the river and canal and is various


levels of an appropriate. Barnaby Dixon studied animation and decided


to build puppets and his hands so he could make films for the Internet.


You work all this stuff out as you go along so not only does the puppet


get built, you build its range of motion at the same times when it is


finished you are nearly there. I have finally the puppet. His film


went viral. To do that motion, that is eBay's work and stop motion,


whereas this happens as quickly as you can perform it. He won the


German TV competition. I won ?50,000 which is a lot of money, but that


will go towards equipment, towards lawyers fees in terms of patent


thing and it is just terribly expensive. So far he has relied on


crowdfunding to support his work meaning he can spend hours creating


characters like this dinosaur. When you are in control of every aspect


of creation, you are the authority and it is very freeing. With offers


from the US to make a TV series, his self belief is paying off. If you


are good enough at anything and you like it and other people like it you


can make a living doing anything. If you find a way to make it viable,


but that is the tricky part. Some of the oldest film footage


of Plymouth features It's been put together by a Plymouth


historian who's been collecting There's some lovely pictures - this


is the area around Derry's clock - look how busy it is -


and hardly recognisable today. David George has been watching


"The Story of Plymouth City Centre". If we had ambled across what was you


rode in 1925 would have been knocked flying by all those horses and


trams, the only thing left is the clock itself, built by the mere of


Plymouth in honour of the 1862 royal wedding. He got it built as a public


water drinking fountain but the taps never worked. The clock does, more


or less. It was referred to as the four faced deceiver because wherever


you stood told a slightly different time so people could always complain


if they were late or not plate. This footage came from the police, the


first ever CCTV? They filmed it because in 1925, this was said to be


the busiest junction outside London. Not many people had cars but there


were trams and horses and carts and this was a familiar scene on the


streets of Plymouth right up until the Second World War, and in fact


the Co-op run their last horse and cart in 1954. The clock is one of


the few features in Plymouth to survive the wartime bombing and the


city planners. Plymouth took the unusual decision to start again. The


Duke of Cornwall Hotel is one of those buildings to survive both. The


railway station, which used to be just across the road, plainly did


not. It is said the rich and famous, including Walt Disney and Bing


Crosby, would get off transatlantic liners in Plymouth and catch the


train to London from here because it was quicker than staying on board


until Southampton. They say nostalgia isn't what it used to be


but will historians look back on our 2017 footage with a misty eyed and


say, didn't Plymouth look quaint? Answers on a postcard. Love seeing


how places have changed, some almost recognisable still. Now looking


ahead to the weather. Good evening. Some sunshine over the


last few days, it is now all change as the rain turns up. Some time yet


to be quite heavy. First thing this morning we had a lovely start to the


day, the Channel Islands saw some glorious sunshine to greet everyone


first thing. That is now changing and the rain is coming and it could


be around tomorrow, mostly in the West, some patchy rain and rather


cloudy and breezy. Breaks in the sunshine now and then. A lot of


cloud queueing up, currently over most of southern England, producing


outbreaks of rain, some heavy. One weather system moves away but


another follows. It stays just to the west and although the area of


high pressure has been moved across to France it is still close enough


to keep southerly winds calling for this week, drawing up warmth from


Spain and Portugal and from Thursday, we could have pretty high


temperatures, possibly even 19, and all change on Friday as a cold front


comes through. This is the satellite picture from this afternoon and you


can see the brighter colours. Before that, there was some hazy sunshine


but already a feel of cloud with the daffodils looking fantastic. And


along the coastline, pretty good although the breeze has whipped up,


a fresh southerly breeze. Further inland, this is Exeter with plenty


of blue sky. For the least the sunshine has held on for longer and


is producing some effects. Some wet weather for this evening with this


band of rain fast moving, sweeping through accompanied by some strong


winds for a time. Once it gets through, things start to calm down


and a lot of cloud, a mild night, misty over high ground and the


overnight temperature down to 11. A head start with the temperature


first thing tomorrow and some rain but persistent rain to the west of


us. Some breaks developing in the cloud particularly afternoon when


the sunshine comes out for an hour or two, giving temperatures of 14


Celsius. Cloudy with rain off and on through the day. Finally, very messy


conditions along the south coast but clean socks to be had along the


north coast. It is your fault it is raining.


Thanks for watching, see you tomorrow, good night.


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