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Hello. Six, so it's goodbye from me -
On Spotlight tonight: The moment a passer-by smashed a car window
I was bashing the window like that, finally it caved in.
of distress, but the RSPCA has cautioned against taking
Also tonight: The huge scale of fire damage to our wildlife.
Why experts are warning it'll take ten years for this
The first pictures showing the full extent of the devastation
after a fire a stately home in Dorset.
And there has been plenty of talk about this cold blast of air from
the north. It will last a couple of days and the risk of some overnight
frost. A man in St Ives says he'd do
the same again after smashing the window of a parked car
where he believed It happened during recent warm
weather, when he says the animal The RSPCA says it can't condone
people taking similar steps and they could face prosecution
for criminal damage. The man who smashed the window says
he's happy to pay compensation. He's been speaking to our
reporter John Henderson. This was in my car, this bar and the
car was there and I was bashing the window about five, six, seven, eight
times. Finally it caved in. Clive thinks the spaniel was inside the
vehicle for well over an hour. You could feel the heat coming out of
the car. The car was red-hot. Clive thinks the spaniel was inside the
vehicle for well over one hour. He was lying on his back with his legs
in the air. The RSPCA says it cannot condone people effectively
committing criminal damage, but... People have been known to take it
into their own hands, sometimes it has work well and sometimes it
hasn't, but please think of the implications that could arise from
your actions. The charity says if people feel they need to act in
similar circumstances, they should ensure they have witnesses or even
filmed the incident. If I get a bill for it, I will pay for the window.
Just what had to be done had to be done. We have had lots of reaction.
Nigel says, well done, a car quickly fills like a greenhouse on a sunny
day. Police might have been far too late. Darren says, leaving dogs in
cars should be illegal. What would you have done? Contact us and join
the debate. A common in East Devon badly damaged
by fire will take ten years to recover. 100 acres of Woodbury
Common were destroyed yesterday. Hamish Marshall is there for us
tonight. Today we have had a chance to see the damage. There is still
best month of smoke in the air and very much black in this part of the
common. 100 acres affected. This is what it looks like at this time of
the year. The fire could have been worse. During the fire in the
afternoon, this area was being cleared by firefighters making a
fire break to try to stop the flames going further, but they still manage
to affect 100 acres. From the air you can see the full extent of the
damage caused to Woodbury Common. More than 100 acres charred and
burned. An area of outstanding natural beauty scarred for some time
to come. Whilst some animals like birds got away, others did not.
Those that are less mobile would have been slower, so reptiles would
have had a difficult time. Some would have survived, they would have
gone underground, but many would have died, I'm afraid. Amanda Taylor
Bashford was on the comment yesterday and took these pictures as
she watched the fire advance at speed. You could hear the trees
crackling and banging. I saw one tree being engulfed in flames and
then stop burning in ten seconds. As the fire was coming towards us you
could hear this for of the flames as well as a real crackling of the dry
branches setting alight. The smoke and flames could be seen from miles
away. Where the smoke was centred, we could see the flames as well.
Fire crews were still here today ensuring hot spots did not reignite.
The man in charge of fighting the fire says the five injured men are
OK, but fires like this need to be fought out" is. We think we had
firewalls of about four metres high, you can feel the wind on me at the
moment. It is moving rapidly so that is why we have to be careful. We do
have fire plans in place for this area and we do a lot of training
about how to deal with fires of this nature. The area will recover but it
will take up to ten years. The cause and where the fire started are
likely to remain a mystery. Some people have been saying today, is
this a major problem? There are some differences. This was 100 acres.
Burning land is in a much smaller in area. It takes place before the end
of March before nesting birds have made their nests. There was one
firefighter in the sky feeding information down to the firefighters
on the ground. That made a big difference because this fire moved
quickly and they were able to get that aerial view to tell them where
it was going and how they fought it best they could.
In Dorset, the BBC has taken dramatic aerial
For the first time, it shows the scale of the damage
Conservationists from Historic England hope to be
Police say a 68-year-old local man arrested following
the blaze has been released and investigations continue.
Our Dorset reporter Simon Clemison has been speaking to Jenny Chesher
from Historic England, who worked on refurbishing
You don't have to look for the destruction
Stories of the English Civil War, of hundreds of years of history now
And it is not clear Parnham House is out of woods yet.
After the fire spreads through a building, often
the interior structure will have been completely consumed and this
leaves the external walls and features like chimneys
and gables and pinnacles very vulnerable.
The other thing to be aware of is the level of water penetration
that will have occurred in the building and that will also
weaken the structure considerably, so there are serious risks
The scene just over a week ago could hardly have been more dramatic.
Conservationists say only when they gain access
will they be able to tell if there is any further danger.
They fear much has already been lost.
From the photographs that have been available,
it looks like the damage is very extensive.
That has a tremendous depth of history and it has some
very important features, some of them very fragile
like the early glass, ancient staircases, beautiful
panelling - 500 years of fine craftsmanship
A lot of it is very fragile unfortunately and these sort of fine
finishes are the things that are most vulnerable under fire.
To be one of the finest manor houses is something
A grade one listing making this a rare gem.
With Elizabethan origins, most of the current design is down
to the regency architect John Nash, who also worked on parts
These houses were built to last, but the restoration will take
Once the property has been made safe and people can get into it safely,
then there is a painstaking salvage operation and we can generally
agree a salvage strategy, because there may be precious items
there that possibly can be reused or repaired,
There were tonnes of stone tiles on the roof of that building,
so it will be a complete mess inside, everything will be jumbled
up together, it will be charred, so it is a very painstaking process.
For now, this is still very much the centre of a police
investigation, but the salvage efforts should soon begin,
Historic England aiming to be on site this week.
There have been big fires at other big houses in Dorset and they have
The hope is that Parnham House will do the same.
Scientists say they've made a major discovery in understanding
The illness affects around 7,000 people in the South West.
Now scientists from Exeter have been working with a team in Canada
and say they hope their findings will pave the way
Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond has been talking
to one woman who developed MS in her twenties.
I was in the swimming pool and my hands started to feel really
numb with pins and needles and the actual feeling of my hands
Trish first noted symptoms of multiple sclerosis when she was 28.
Eight years later, the disease forced her to give up work.
MS is an autoimmune disease and it is a disease of neuro inflammation.
Sales of the immune system can leave the capillaries in the brain and
then they target the nerve cells within the brain and they can chew
away at some of the protective layers of the nerve cells. One of
the problems with MS 's scientists do not fully understand the disease
and so treatments focus on the symptoms. Scientists here at the
University of Exeter said they have made a new discovery which could
help change that. They believe an underlying defect in brain cells
could be responsible. People with MS have a high level of a protein which
causes cells to become poisoned. This protein we believe is involved
in causing damage to the nerve cells and we need to know a lot more about
how the nerve cells are damaged, because if we can stop the damage we
can stop a lot of the symptoms. The hope is this discovery could be used
to develop new treatments for multiple sclerosis and other similar
diseases. That is welcome news to Trish. Once they find out what
causes MS, that is the only way we can go about curing it. It will put
a lot of people's minds at ease. Now a roundup of other stories
making the news in the South West. There are concerns for the welfare
for a missing 13-year-old girl Anastasia Groom has links to Taunton
and Exeter and officers believe it's likely she's in one of these two
places, or somewhere She's described as white,
around 5ft 1in tall, of stocky build with dark hair
with red colouring, worn The jury in the trial
of a Bulgarian man accused of murdering his former partner
in Exeter, has today heard from three of the victim's
former work colleagues. The court heard that
Gergana Prodanova told other workers at the Great Western Hotel that
Kostadin Kostov beat her Mr Kostov denies murder
and the trial continues. Police have launched
an investigation into a suspicious fire at a Torquay hotel,
early yesterday morning. More than 100 young farmers
were staying at the Bancourt Hotel while in the resort for their annual
convention and had to spend the rest of the night sleeping on the floor
at the Riviera Centre. Police are treating it as arson
with intent to endanger life. Three people suffered
minor injuries. Plymouth's Labour group says
renewing the Trident nuclear programme is key for the city
and the party is committed to it. It follows comments
from the Conservative Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon that
Labour would pose a security risk if elected because of
Jeremy Corbyn's opposition It's being called one of the most
challenging jobs in society today, and figures reveal hundreds
of vacancies for children's social Amid warnings of the impact
on vulnerable children and families, councils across the region
are stepping up efforts to encourage more people to consider
a career as a social worker. Like any journey, to a job but for
children, social workers, it goes -- what goes on behind doors is what
matters. It is a tricky situation. It is damp if you do and damp if you
don't. Dealing with families is delicate and you have to be
sensitive and it is tricky to get it right all of the time. Their
professions battled a negative image after a series of high-profile cases
like that of baby P. Nationally there is a problem of bringing
people into children's social work. It is probably one of the most
challenging jobs in our society today. According to figures, across
the south-west there are nearly 300 vacancies for children social
workers. Alex is one of 33 new recruits taken
on in the last five years in Cornwall where they run their own
training programme and now Cornwall is getting involved in a government
bursary scheme with 11 other Southwest authorities that offers a
14 month FastTrack scheme. You have the added value of the different
resources and perspectives. We have to be honest as well, we have to
make the most of what we have got and by pooling all resources and
expertise, it is an opportunity to give people in Cornwall and
opportunity to train and work with children and families. This year's
round of the scheme is open in till early May with authorities
encouraging applicants to come forward.
The football season is building to a nail-biting finish,
The lasers illuminating the seafront in Weymouth and why some
want to return to the light bulbs of the past.
Onto sport now and there's good news and bad news from the weekend.
Torquay United have nearly pulled off the great escape for a second
year running and after Saturday's win, their destiny is now
Exeter City left it very late to keep their play-off hopes
on track, while Plymouth Argyle gained ground in the
Just a few miles from the white cliffs of Dover
Well, higher than they have been for the last couple of weeks.
His header just before half-time putting them ahead
against a team chasing promotion, but the battle for league survival
proved to be the stronger motivator and Torquay doubled their lead
and it was that man Williams again finding the net.
Minutes later and Dover pulled a goal back.
The two-goal cushion gone led to a nervy finish
and despite a late chance, Torquay held on and are now out of
The battle for survival is almost won.
Exeter City have been living off late chances,
but when David Wheeler's scuff somehow evaded the visiting keeper,
no-one at St James Park was expecting a comeback from Morecambe.
And it took something special from Kevin Anderson
That is how it stayed until stoppage time and it would not
be an Exeter City game without a late goal.
Reuben Reid won the penalty and drilled it home.
Liam McAlinden's amazing run ended with a third,
Exeter could do Plymouth Argyle a favour next week when they play
The Pilgrims are now just two points behind,
Six goals last week, but a very different story
This effort from Graham Carey was as close as any for Argyle.
Luke McCormick was certainly the busier of the two keepers.
Not that he could have done much about this if it had
An uneventful match but another point gained
Could the fans even be cheering Exeter City next week?
It was a top weekend for Plymouth Leander's Ben Proud,
who took two British titles and two British records in 24
hours at the British Championships in Sheffield.
He beat his own record to retain his 50m freestyle
title in a time of 21.32, with his clubmate Tom
Fannon finishing well in second to take silver.
Then Proud won the 50m butterfly in a time of 22.8 seconds.
Devon boxer Tommy Langford's dream of becoming a world
champion suffered a major setback this weekend.
The 27-year-old from Bideford put his unbeaten record on the line
in Leicester against the much-feared Georgian Av-tandil Kurts- idza.
In the fifth round he was knocked down by a left hook and the referee
Before this Langford had seemed to be ahead on most
The fight was for the WBO middleweight interim title,
with the winner taking on world champ Billy Joe Saunders.
There was disappointment in the London Marathon
for Devon's Jo Pavey, who was trying to qualify for this
The 43-year-old was forced to retire at the 16 mile mark.
She said she wanted to carry on, but from about 13 miles her
And finally, the Plymouth Raiders season is over after they failed
to make the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
They lost their last six games which saw them
Good news and bad news. It is a roller-coaster that sports bulletin.
Thank you. Now, many seaside holidays are not
complete without an evening time Most resorts decorate them
with lights all year This is how Torquay still looks
during a night-time stroll. Weymouth used to have a very similar
appearance, but when the borough welcomed the Olympics,
it decided to replace the fairy lights around the bay
with bright green lasers. But should they have been so quick
to dispense with tradition? Dated, dilapidated. In Weymouth at
the beginning of the decade, the winds of change were blowing and it
was decided a traditional seaside look had had its day. But only a few
years after they disappeared, the borough council is now looking at
whether the fairy lights should be brought back. It would look really
pretty and be nice for everybody to see. It is a traditional seafront so
it would look nice with the very lights. They are part of the history
of Weymouth. It makes the whole promenade look festive. There has
been a lot of pressure to return to the past in part due to delight
replace them. No matter how they might look like a steel frame, these
are lights. Green lasers beamed through fog and rain with mixed
response. They were quite nice and bright. I think they were really
cool. Either serve the fairy lights because they are more traditional as
far as the breach resort is concerned. Both are nice. Why can't
we have both? The local authority is still looking at how to eliminate
the seafront, but dispensing with the future may prove just as tricky
as dispensing with the past. Something a little more
light-hearted. A seagull may have bitten off more
than he could chew when he stole some false teeth from a seaside
bench in Devon. The feathered-felon,
more commonly known for stealing chips, snapped up the abandoned
gnashers in Torquay. A picture of the garrulous gull
was shared widely on social media. A post on the Spotted Newton
Abbot Facebook page said, "Unfortunately anyone missing them
will need to contact the seagull Oh, dear! What a disappointed
seagull hoping for chips! Let's move on. Time for the weather. Good
evening. We have been talking about this cold spell of weather. It will
probably last one, two days. Ahead of the front bringing that change,
some quite is testing cloud formations. -- interesting cloud
formations. The cloud is not thick enough to produce a fuchsia hours.
It will clear tonight and opening the door to Arctic air. We will not
see the huge swing in temperatures that other parts will see, but it
will feel colder tomorrow. There will be some sunshine and quite
sharp showers, but quite a high risk of frost forming tonight. That cold
air is heading quite a long way south. It will help to northern
Spain by the middle of the week. Quite a big change for many. A lot
of cloud capable of producing a fuchsia hours. That introduces the
colder air as it sinks southwards and the Arctic air will be with us
tomorrow and Wednesday. Around the top of this area of high pressure,
more cloud coming from a slightly less cold direction, so temperatures
back up Thursday and Friday and high-pressure looking pretty close
and possibly for their weekend ahead. Let's look at the detail for
what will happen right through this evening will stop let's have a look
at some of the pictures where there was some flowers out at this time of
year. Everything is getting into leaf. Pretty good at this time of
year and most of the trees are now out so it looks like we will see
some fine weather to look forward to, but some of these spring flowers
will be in for a shock as we see that frost turn up both tonight and
also tomorrow night. The detailed then for overnight tonight, we have
got high-pressure coming in at the end of the week, but this cloud is
producing spots of rain this evening. It sinks southwards. No
real rain on it for those that need it and once it clears the south
coast, that cold air will arrive. We are looking at a frost overnight
tonight with temperatures between -1 and two or three degrees. Lots of
sunshine tomorrow. A fuchsia hours. By the afternoon, some of the
showers turned out to be quite heavy. Ten, 11 degrees, it will feel
more like six or seven. The forecast for the Isles of Scilly. Sunny
spells. Times of high water. And for our surfers, more waves but they
will be rather choppy along the north coast because the winds are
northerly, four or five. But we start to warm up towards the end of
the week and towards the holiday weekend. Have a good evening. That
is all from us for now. There will be an update at 10:30pm tonight and
we are back tomorrow evening. From everyone, good night.
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