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Hello. Six, so it's goodbye from me -

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On Spotlight tonight: The moment a passer-by smashed a car window

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I was bashing the window like that, finally it caved in.

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of distress, but the RSPCA has cautioned against taking

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Also tonight: The huge scale of fire damage to our wildlife.

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Why experts are warning it'll take ten years for this

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The first pictures showing the full extent of the devastation

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after a fire a stately home in Dorset.

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And there has been plenty of talk about this cold blast of air from

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the north. It will last a couple of days and the risk of some overnight

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frost. A man in St Ives says he'd do

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the same again after smashing the window of a parked car

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where he believed It happened during recent warm

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weather, when he says the animal The RSPCA says it can't condone

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people taking similar steps and they could face prosecution

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for criminal damage. The man who smashed the window says

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he's happy to pay compensation. He's been speaking to our

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reporter John Henderson. This was in my car, this bar and the

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car was there and I was bashing the window about five, six, seven, eight

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times. Finally it caved in. Clive thinks the spaniel was inside the

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vehicle for well over an hour. You could feel the heat coming out of

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the car. The car was red-hot. Clive thinks the spaniel was inside the

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vehicle for well over one hour. He was lying on his back with his legs

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in the air. The RSPCA says it cannot condone people effectively

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committing criminal damage, but... People have been known to take it

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into their own hands, sometimes it has work well and sometimes it

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hasn't, but please think of the implications that could arise from

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your actions. The charity says if people feel they need to act in

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similar circumstances, they should ensure they have witnesses or even

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filmed the incident. If I get a bill for it, I will pay for the window.

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Just what had to be done had to be done. We have had lots of reaction.

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Nigel says, well done, a car quickly fills like a greenhouse on a sunny

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day. Police might have been far too late. Darren says, leaving dogs in

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cars should be illegal. What would you have done? Contact us and join

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the debate. A common in East Devon badly damaged

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by fire will take ten years to recover. 100 acres of Woodbury

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Common were destroyed yesterday. Hamish Marshall is there for us

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tonight. Today we have had a chance to see the damage. There is still

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best month of smoke in the air and very much black in this part of the

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common. 100 acres affected. This is what it looks like at this time of

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the year. The fire could have been worse. During the fire in the

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afternoon, this area was being cleared by firefighters making a

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fire break to try to stop the flames going further, but they still manage

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to affect 100 acres. From the air you can see the full extent of the

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damage caused to Woodbury Common. More than 100 acres charred and

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burned. An area of outstanding natural beauty scarred for some time

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to come. Whilst some animals like birds got away, others did not.

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Those that are less mobile would have been slower, so reptiles would

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have had a difficult time. Some would have survived, they would have

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gone underground, but many would have died, I'm afraid. Amanda Taylor

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Bashford was on the comment yesterday and took these pictures as

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she watched the fire advance at speed. You could hear the trees

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crackling and banging. I saw one tree being engulfed in flames and

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then stop burning in ten seconds. As the fire was coming towards us you

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could hear this for of the flames as well as a real crackling of the dry

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branches setting alight. The smoke and flames could be seen from miles

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away. Where the smoke was centred, we could see the flames as well.

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Fire crews were still here today ensuring hot spots did not reignite.

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The man in charge of fighting the fire says the five injured men are

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OK, but fires like this need to be fought out" is. We think we had

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firewalls of about four metres high, you can feel the wind on me at the

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moment. It is moving rapidly so that is why we have to be careful. We do

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have fire plans in place for this area and we do a lot of training

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about how to deal with fires of this nature. The area will recover but it

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will take up to ten years. The cause and where the fire started are

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likely to remain a mystery. Some people have been saying today, is

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this a major problem? There are some differences. This was 100 acres.

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Burning land is in a much smaller in area. It takes place before the end

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of March before nesting birds have made their nests. There was one

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firefighter in the sky feeding information down to the firefighters

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on the ground. That made a big difference because this fire moved

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quickly and they were able to get that aerial view to tell them where

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it was going and how they fought it best they could.

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In Dorset, the BBC has taken dramatic aerial

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For the first time, it shows the scale of the damage

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Conservationists from Historic England hope to be

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Police say a 68-year-old local man arrested following

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the blaze has been released and investigations continue.

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Our Dorset reporter Simon Clemison has been speaking to Jenny Chesher

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from Historic England, who worked on refurbishing

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You don't have to look for the destruction

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Stories of the English Civil War, of hundreds of years of history now

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And it is not clear Parnham House is out of woods yet.

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After the fire spreads through a building, often

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the interior structure will have been completely consumed and this

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leaves the external walls and features like chimneys

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and gables and pinnacles very vulnerable.

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The other thing to be aware of is the level of water penetration

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that will have occurred in the building and that will also

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weaken the structure considerably, so there are serious risks

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The scene just over a week ago could hardly have been more dramatic.

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Conservationists say only when they gain access

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will they be able to tell if there is any further danger.

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They fear much has already been lost.

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From the photographs that have been available,

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it looks like the damage is very extensive.

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That has a tremendous depth of history and it has some

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very important features, some of them very fragile

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like the early glass, ancient staircases, beautiful

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panelling - 500 years of fine craftsmanship

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A lot of it is very fragile unfortunately and these sort of fine

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finishes are the things that are most vulnerable under fire.

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To be one of the finest manor houses is something

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A grade one listing making this a rare gem.

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With Elizabethan origins, most of the current design is down

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to the regency architect John Nash, who also worked on parts

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These houses were built to last, but the restoration will take

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Once the property has been made safe and people can get into it safely,

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then there is a painstaking salvage operation and we can generally

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agree a salvage strategy, because there may be precious items

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there that possibly can be reused or repaired,

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There were tonnes of stone tiles on the roof of that building,

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so it will be a complete mess inside, everything will be jumbled

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up together, it will be charred, so it is a very painstaking process.

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For now, this is still very much the centre of a police

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investigation, but the salvage efforts should soon begin,

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Historic England aiming to be on site this week.

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There have been big fires at other big houses in Dorset and they have

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The hope is that Parnham House will do the same.

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Scientists say they've made a major discovery in understanding

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The illness affects around 7,000 people in the South West.

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Now scientists from Exeter have been working with a team in Canada

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and say they hope their findings will pave the way

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Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond has been talking

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to one woman who developed MS in her twenties.

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I was in the swimming pool and my hands started to feel really

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numb with pins and needles and the actual feeling of my hands

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Trish first noted symptoms of multiple sclerosis when she was 28.

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Eight years later, the disease forced her to give up work.

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MS is an autoimmune disease and it is a disease of neuro inflammation.

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Sales of the immune system can leave the capillaries in the brain and

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then they target the nerve cells within the brain and they can chew

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away at some of the protective layers of the nerve cells. One of

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the problems with MS 's scientists do not fully understand the disease

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and so treatments focus on the symptoms. Scientists here at the

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University of Exeter said they have made a new discovery which could

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help change that. They believe an underlying defect in brain cells

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could be responsible. People with MS have a high level of a protein which

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causes cells to become poisoned. This protein we believe is involved

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in causing damage to the nerve cells and we need to know a lot more about

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how the nerve cells are damaged, because if we can stop the damage we

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can stop a lot of the symptoms. The hope is this discovery could be used

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to develop new treatments for multiple sclerosis and other similar

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diseases. That is welcome news to Trish. Once they find out what

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causes MS, that is the only way we can go about curing it. It will put

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a lot of people's minds at ease. Now a roundup of other stories

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making the news in the South West. There are concerns for the welfare

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for a missing 13-year-old girl Anastasia Groom has links to Taunton

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and Exeter and officers believe it's likely she's in one of these two

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places, or somewhere She's described as white,

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around 5ft 1in tall, of stocky build with dark hair

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with red colouring, worn The jury in the trial

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of a Bulgarian man accused of murdering his former partner

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in Exeter, has today heard from three of the victim's

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former work colleagues. The court heard that

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Gergana Prodanova told other workers at the Great Western Hotel that

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Kostadin Kostov beat her Mr Kostov denies murder

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and the trial continues. Police have launched

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an investigation into a suspicious fire at a Torquay hotel,

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early yesterday morning. More than 100 young farmers

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were staying at the Bancourt Hotel while in the resort for their annual

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convention and had to spend the rest of the night sleeping on the floor

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at the Riviera Centre. Police are treating it as arson

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with intent to endanger life. Three people suffered

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minor injuries. Plymouth's Labour group says

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renewing the Trident nuclear programme is key for the city

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and the party is committed to it. It follows comments

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from the Conservative Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon that

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Labour would pose a security risk if elected because of

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Jeremy Corbyn's opposition It's being called one of the most

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challenging jobs in society today, and figures reveal hundreds

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of vacancies for children's social Amid warnings of the impact

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on vulnerable children and families, councils across the region

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are stepping up efforts to encourage more people to consider

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a career as a social worker. Like any journey, to a job but for

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children, social workers, it goes -- what goes on behind doors is what

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matters. It is a tricky situation. It is damp if you do and damp if you

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don't. Dealing with families is delicate and you have to be

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sensitive and it is tricky to get it right all of the time. Their

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professions battled a negative image after a series of high-profile cases

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like that of baby P. Nationally there is a problem of bringing

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people into children's social work. It is probably one of the most

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challenging jobs in our society today. According to figures, across

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the south-west there are nearly 300 vacancies for children social

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workers. Alex is one of 33 new recruits taken

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on in the last five years in Cornwall where they run their own

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training programme and now Cornwall is getting involved in a government

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bursary scheme with 11 other Southwest authorities that offers a

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14 month FastTrack scheme. You have the added value of the different

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resources and perspectives. We have to be honest as well, we have to

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make the most of what we have got and by pooling all resources and

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expertise, it is an opportunity to give people in Cornwall and

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opportunity to train and work with children and families. This year's

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round of the scheme is open in till early May with authorities

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encouraging applicants to come forward.

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The football season is building to a nail-biting finish,

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The lasers illuminating the seafront in Weymouth and why some

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want to return to the light bulbs of the past.

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Onto sport now and there's good news and bad news from the weekend.

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Torquay United have nearly pulled off the great escape for a second

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year running and after Saturday's win, their destiny is now

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Exeter City left it very late to keep their play-off hopes

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on track, while Plymouth Argyle gained ground in the

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Just a few miles from the white cliffs of Dover

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Well, higher than they have been for the last couple of weeks.

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His header just before half-time putting them ahead

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against a team chasing promotion, but the battle for league survival

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proved to be the stronger motivator and Torquay doubled their lead

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and it was that man Williams again finding the net.

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Minutes later and Dover pulled a goal back.

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The two-goal cushion gone led to a nervy finish

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and despite a late chance, Torquay held on and are now out of

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The battle for survival is almost won.

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Exeter City have been living off late chances,

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but when David Wheeler's scuff somehow evaded the visiting keeper,

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no-one at St James Park was expecting a comeback from Morecambe.

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And it took something special from Kevin Anderson

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That is how it stayed until stoppage time and it would not

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be an Exeter City game without a late goal.

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Reuben Reid won the penalty and drilled it home.

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Liam McAlinden's amazing run ended with a third,

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Exeter could do Plymouth Argyle a favour next week when they play

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The Pilgrims are now just two points behind,

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Six goals last week, but a very different story

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This effort from Graham Carey was as close as any for Argyle.

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Luke McCormick was certainly the busier of the two keepers.

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Not that he could have done much about this if it had

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An uneventful match but another point gained

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Could the fans even be cheering Exeter City next week?

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It was a top weekend for Plymouth Leander's Ben Proud,

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who took two British titles and two British records in 24

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hours at the British Championships in Sheffield.

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He beat his own record to retain his 50m freestyle

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title in a time of 21.32, with his clubmate Tom

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Fannon finishing well in second to take silver.

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Then Proud won the 50m butterfly in a time of 22.8 seconds.

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Devon boxer Tommy Langford's dream of becoming a world

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champion suffered a major setback this weekend.

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The 27-year-old from Bideford put his unbeaten record on the line

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in Leicester against the much-feared Georgian Av-tandil Kurts- idza.

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In the fifth round he was knocked down by a left hook and the referee

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Before this Langford had seemed to be ahead on most

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The fight was for the WBO middleweight interim title,

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with the winner taking on world champ Billy Joe Saunders.

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There was disappointment in the London Marathon

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for Devon's Jo Pavey, who was trying to qualify for this

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The 43-year-old was forced to retire at the 16 mile mark.

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She said she wanted to carry on, but from about 13 miles her

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And finally, the Plymouth Raiders season is over after they failed

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to make the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.

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They lost their last six games which saw them

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Good news and bad news. It is a roller-coaster that sports bulletin.

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Thank you. Now, many seaside holidays are not

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complete without an evening time Most resorts decorate them

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with lights all year This is how Torquay still looks

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during a night-time stroll. Weymouth used to have a very similar

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appearance, but when the borough welcomed the Olympics,

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it decided to replace the fairy lights around the bay

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with bright green lasers. But should they have been so quick

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to dispense with tradition? Dated, dilapidated. In Weymouth at

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the beginning of the decade, the winds of change were blowing and it

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was decided a traditional seaside look had had its day. But only a few

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years after they disappeared, the borough council is now looking at

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whether the fairy lights should be brought back. It would look really

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pretty and be nice for everybody to see. It is a traditional seafront so

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it would look nice with the very lights. They are part of the history

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of Weymouth. It makes the whole promenade look festive. There has

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been a lot of pressure to return to the past in part due to delight

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replace them. No matter how they might look like a steel frame, these

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are lights. Green lasers beamed through fog and rain with mixed

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response. They were quite nice and bright. I think they were really

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cool. Either serve the fairy lights because they are more traditional as

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far as the breach resort is concerned. Both are nice. Why can't

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we have both? The local authority is still looking at how to eliminate

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the seafront, but dispensing with the future may prove just as tricky

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as dispensing with the past. Something a little more

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light-hearted. A seagull may have bitten off more

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than he could chew when he stole some false teeth from a seaside

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bench in Devon. The feathered-felon,

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more commonly known for stealing chips, snapped up the abandoned

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gnashers in Torquay. A picture of the garrulous gull

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was shared widely on social media. A post on the Spotted Newton

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Abbot Facebook page said, "Unfortunately anyone missing them

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will need to contact the seagull Oh, dear! What a disappointed

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seagull hoping for chips! Let's move on. Time for the weather. Good

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evening. We have been talking about this cold spell of weather. It will

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probably last one, two days. Ahead of the front bringing that change,

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some quite is testing cloud formations. -- interesting cloud

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formations. The cloud is not thick enough to produce a fuchsia hours.

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It will clear tonight and opening the door to Arctic air. We will not

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see the huge swing in temperatures that other parts will see, but it

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will feel colder tomorrow. There will be some sunshine and quite

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sharp showers, but quite a high risk of frost forming tonight. That cold

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air is heading quite a long way south. It will help to northern

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Spain by the middle of the week. Quite a big change for many. A lot

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of cloud capable of producing a fuchsia hours. That introduces the

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colder air as it sinks southwards and the Arctic air will be with us

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tomorrow and Wednesday. Around the top of this area of high pressure,

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more cloud coming from a slightly less cold direction, so temperatures

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back up Thursday and Friday and high-pressure looking pretty close

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and possibly for their weekend ahead. Let's look at the detail for

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what will happen right through this evening will stop let's have a look

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at some of the pictures where there was some flowers out at this time of

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year. Everything is getting into leaf. Pretty good at this time of

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year and most of the trees are now out so it looks like we will see

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some fine weather to look forward to, but some of these spring flowers

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will be in for a shock as we see that frost turn up both tonight and

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also tomorrow night. The detailed then for overnight tonight, we have

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got high-pressure coming in at the end of the week, but this cloud is

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producing spots of rain this evening. It sinks southwards. No

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real rain on it for those that need it and once it clears the south

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coast, that cold air will arrive. We are looking at a frost overnight

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tonight with temperatures between -1 and two or three degrees. Lots of

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sunshine tomorrow. A fuchsia hours. By the afternoon, some of the

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showers turned out to be quite heavy. Ten, 11 degrees, it will feel

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more like six or seven. The forecast for the Isles of Scilly. Sunny

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spells. Times of high water. And for our surfers, more waves but they

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will be rather choppy along the north coast because the winds are

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northerly, four or five. But we start to warm up towards the end of

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the week and towards the holiday weekend. Have a good evening. That

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is all from us for now. There will be an update at 10:30pm tonight and

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we are back tomorrow evening. From everyone, good night.

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There are times in the life of a nation

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when the choices we make define the character of our country,

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times when people stand up and demand real, significant change.

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we have the chance to shape a brighter future for Britain

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