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

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Scottish independence referendum, Tonight in the South West reaction

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to the imminent release The former Royal Marine,

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

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

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

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

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Academics in Exeter think they may be able to help

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Why all is not what it seems in this picture -

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

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

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Plymouth's past. The former Somerset Royal Marine

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jailed for murder will be freed Alexander Blackman has already

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

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

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be released shortly. Our Somerset correspondent

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Clinton Rogers reports now from Alexander Blackman's home

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town of Taunton. Any homecoming party in Taunton only

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

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

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for murder was today reduced to seven years for manslaughter and

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because it is commonplace for prisoners only to serve half the

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sentence, that effectively means Alexander Blackman has pretty much

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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supports Alexander Blackman. He acknowledges that what he did on

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

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militarily he made the right decision in not summoning help for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Royal Marine. Alexander Blackman had hoped that once his murder

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conviction was reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of

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diminished responsibility he might be allowed to rejoin the Royal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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offence. A criminal offence but massively mitigated as three

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imminent, world renowned psychiatrists have stated. I think

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

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

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

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

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

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

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covenant. Our Armed Forces personnel should not be disadvantaged as

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

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

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

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

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you. If you're under 50 and you have

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

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too late . Academics from the University

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

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who is most at risk. Our Health correspondent

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Jenny Walrond met a woman from Cornwall whose husband died

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

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

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when her husband Martin was diagnosed with

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terminal bowel cancer. It had taken a year

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

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phone calls as well, Martin always kept asking if it

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could be cancer or not and they kept saying

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

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with bowel cancer but it was caught Martin managed to build

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their dream home but died GPs find it difficult to diagnose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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in 12 GP appointments. This new diagnostic tool helps GPs

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identify who needs further tests, by evaluating the risks

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from different Professor Hamilton hopes it will be

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incorporated into GP's computer programmes and automatically flagged

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

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

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

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

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the supermarket and using the picture is creating an image

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that isn't true. Tesco has removed the

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image and apologised. Spotlight's Andrea

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Ormsby has the story. Martin Godfrey is passionate

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

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

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direct to the customer. When a picture of him

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

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removed from the reality, me pulling carrots by hand

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

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

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

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

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on their website. The supermarket chain got

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the image through an agency. A spokesperson for Tesco says

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the supermarket works tirelessly to support farmers and suppliers

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

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

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with their response but want all supermarkets to change how

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

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to gain customers. It is not favour of the former

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starter working hard doing what they is right,

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looking after our soil Martin has invited Tesco

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

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acres in Devon. A leading figure in the South West

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

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

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after Britain leaves the EU. The government, though,

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

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in the Brexit negotiations. Here's our Political

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Editor Martyn Oates. This thing, like a miniature

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polystyrene bodyboard is all that many people in the UK

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will know about cuttlefish. You may think that whoever

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

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of niche industries, Dressed in his juicy flesh,

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the cuttlefish is one of the south-west fishing

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industry's star turns. It is the most important

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species landed in terms If that fact has passed

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you by its probably because like so much British fish

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it is whisked away for sale After Brexit, British fishermen

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

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the quarter currently They also want to carry on selling

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the vast quantity of species like this into the European single

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

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fishing port to meet the chief executive

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

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access to the European Most important would be

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the nontariff barriers. If we have problems logistically

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getting your product into the continental market it

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causes a headache. Slow down at the borders causes

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problems with dealing with Early indications suggest that other

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

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in return for British fishermen Access for foreign boats within 200

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

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out that before Britain even joined the UDP and community,

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the British government unilaterally agreed foreign boats

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within just 12 miles. They see that agreement can

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and must now be revoked. Only last week the fishing

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minister wouldn't confirm that the government intends

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to do that. There are many things we are looking

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

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

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but rest assured we are looking closely at these issues including

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the 1964 convention. It is slightly worrying

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they are not prepared to commit Maybe it is about negotiating

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

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

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

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and should be managed for the benefit of those guys

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and anything less than complete exclusivity would be seen

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

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

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

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nationwide will be able to wield once Brexit negotiations

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begin in earnest. Volunteers are being trained

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this week to help catch, count and control the number

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of foreign crayfish infesting The Signal Crayfish from America

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

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

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process monitoring Twice a week, volunteers are donning

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

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which facilitate breeding, and this guy was done at some

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point last year. We also mark them for

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

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

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you is burrowing into the river They also have an impact

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on fish populations They have been responsible

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

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that the government department at the time decided it

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would be a good idea to give farmers a chance

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to diversify and have another industry and they could

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

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invasive it would become and the damage it would do

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

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

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

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their way into the rivers. It is actually a criminal

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offence to return them, they are so damaging

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

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and get back into another To do this work

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

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

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anything that I can find out The larger males are cannibalistic

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and are being sterilised and put back under a license

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to help control numbers. All others are being trapped

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and destroyed humanely. An animator turned puppeteer has won

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

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own puppets and films He's already getting interest

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from international programme makers. This is the unique creation of

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

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

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

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

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levels of an appropriate. Barnaby Dixon studied animation and decided

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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crowdfunding to support his work meaning he can spend hours creating

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and hardly recognisable today. David George has been watching

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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us. Some breaks developing in the cloud particularly afternoon when

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

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

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

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north coast. It is your fault it is raining.

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Thanks for watching, see you tomorrow, good night.

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