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Tonight: Police embarassment over news teams where you are.
the computer failure that's stalled a scheme to help children dealing
I am professionally embarrassed. If I could reach into the machines and
rewire them I would. Also coming up: The superfast
broadband which has come to a halt. It could be the end of the line
for faster internet in one community because of a dispute between BT
and an Earl. The backseat passenger box
of tricks designed to make us And find out why these Royal Marines
are running 16.64 miles every day for the next 100 days.
Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police.
It's over the force's failure to adopt a scheme that was started
within its own area to help children exposed
In the past year the project called Operation Encompass has been
adopted by 19 other police forces across the UK, as well as
Devon and Cornwall Police say a new computer system five years ago
is to blame for the collapse of its own involvement
I don't remember anything for three days.
I had lumps at the back of my head like I'd never felt or seen.
Blood in my hair, on my ear, it was just awful.
Out of all of that that is the worst part.
Hard for a parent and more importantly really hard for the
This victim's son was one of the first in the UK to have the
It's a simple scheme where if the police attend a case
of domestic violence involving children the
school is contacted by nine the next day and can give that child support.
Today's presentation by the charity to high level members of the Devon
and Cornwall force had a commitment from them
to relaunch the scheme in
Professional embarrassment is a difficult thing
to admit sometimes because we all want to be seen as professionals
On this issue we haven't been on top of our
Fixing that is really important for us but it's not
important because I need to stand in front of teachers and hold my head
up high, it's important because I need to look
at communities and know that children's welfare is being
promoted through what we are doing, not that
it's being neglected through
Five years ago Devon and Cornwall police joined
forces with all the Plymouth headteachers.
But when a new computer system was brought in the
This journalist has covered plenty of
There wasn't the will at the top table.
There were people who thought it was not a bad
idea but I think there were people who just dismissed it.
And when the computer glitches came in, because
effectively Devon and Cornwall Police bought a duff computer system
that didn't do what it was promised to do, they were able to lean back
and say that was the reason it has fallen apart.
Obviously we are sad that it hasn't happened earlier than
this but happening now is better than it not happening at all.
And we really are looking forward to working with the police in Cornwall
to get it rolled out here as soon as we can in the new autumn term.
While 19 other police forces are already
part of Operation Encompass, Devon and Cornwall's Chief Constable says
he is committed to adopting the scheme.
A row between BT and a Devon aristocrat has left a whole village
The 5th Earl of Iddesleigh wants the cables buried to protect
the view across the valley in Upton Pyne near Exeter.
BT says it's been unable to come to an agreement with him.
As Kirk England reports, many local people are furious
as most of the engineering work to connect the village has
And people are asking me what is it there for.
We have got the cabinet here, we have got the fibre
There is just one gap of four poles, four
The crucial fibre cables have already
Local, Bob Upton, shows me the fields where it's not happened
You can see four poles from the brow of the hill up
on the left here, 600 metres down to where
the poles come above the
The land is owned by the fifth Earl of
Iddesleigh, who says he would prefer the cables were buried as any
telegraph poles would ruin this unspoiled valley.
I suppose in the interests of keeping the countryside
looking pretty for everybody, then nobody would want telegraph poles,
but it's not the case that they are the only
telegraph poles in the
There are telegraph poles everywhere and four more surely
Lord Iddesleigh says he hasn't ruled out still allowing poles to be put
BT says it's made every reasonable effort to come to an
But it could all be too late anyway as
the contract for phase one of the broadband
roll-out in Devon has now
That this will just be frozen in aspic and
we'll be left without superfast broadband, leaving as in the dark
A public meeting next month might speed up the negotiations.
There are calls tonight for a consultation on a blueprint for
future housing needs to be extended because people have struggled to use
the website set up to take their views. Residents fear the concerns
won't be heard because the process of registering them as too complex.
The council has reassured them their comments will be noted.
Where new homes will be built will never be without controversy but to
date that is not the point. Concerns have been raised about the
difficulty of submitting comments about development in Plymouth and
South Devon through the website. These people see it is
time-consuming and unnecessarily complex to enter views to the
consultation. The consultation as it stands now is not fit for purpose
for the wider public consumption. It is true it is not. We have got
increasing numbers of reports coming from the residents saying they are
extremely frustrated and incensed that they cannot put their point
over. To submit comments to the online portal you need to register
your details. It is asking for my name, e-mail address, username,
password, I have put all that in. But residents say this is not the
difficult part. That is posed by the next stage in the process when they
start putting in the comments. Once you have registered then you can log
on and starts omitting your information. You can see that in
draft form. Once you have seen the contract for new go back to revisit
it, you cannot find where you have drafted that. You are either back to
square one, or giving up. We are concerned that it will be giving up
but we need their views to be held because they all have strong views.
-- views to be Herod. The borough councils told us: They want to
reassure people they can also e-mail their views or send in a letter by
the deadline tomorrow. Any later comments. They passed to
the planning inspector and will be considered at their discretion.
There are no calls for an extension to the deadline. People need more
time to make a comment. In order to do this we need is an immediate
extension of the deadline on Wednesday the 26th, to allow those
people to make their comments. Rail services into Cornwall are
returning to normal this evening. They have been suspended this
afternoon after a lorry got stuck under a rail bridge and honour. A
reporter is light at the scene. What is the latest? They are
suspended again, those rail services. You may be able to see
behind me, and probably hear it as well, this huge recovery track is
just about to try and pull this articulated lorry, which has been
stuck here under the deal with Reg lack carrying the mainline into
Cornwall, since 4.15 PM this afternoon. They need an earlier
attempt to politically, they took the air out of the tyres, but the
track was stuck fast. The railway is close again. It reopened briefly
with trains moving at reduced speed across the bridge. It is close again
while this operation is ongoing. There is some disruption on the
road. This side of the carriageway was closed both sides. One lane was
open earlier. The main disruption was on the railway. I spoke to some
passengers there earlier. We have heard there has been a vehicle stuck
on the bridge again. There was a similar incident a couple of weeks
ago. That is the case of waiting for taxis. It is a bit of an
inconvenience and stop it has been a very long day for me today at work.
Hopefully if we get the next taxi, we will be home. And supper will be
on the table hopefully. This is not the first track to be stuck under
here. There is some concern about the signage. There is a sign on the
bridge, and one further back on the road, but this seems to be a feeling
that they may need to approach the council and get them to improve
signs, to give drivers more warning about this pledge. -- bridge.
Technology developed in Exeter to improve driving and cut pollution
has received almost ?1 million of funding from the Government.
The money will be used for further research into the effectiveness
of a device called Lightfoot which - as Harriet Bradshaw
has been finding out - tells the driver when they're
But it's attracted a large pot of Government
One that's going to bring more jobs to the region.
And the aim is to bring this gadget to the
consumer market to make people drive better.
The Lightfoot technology is an advanced piece of automotive
It plugs into the engine and it listens to how the
It helps guide the driver in real-time to
stay within the sweet spot on the engine.
The sweet spot is where we get maximum efficiency for minimum
And staying in the sweet spot means you are using less fuel
and it invariably means you are driving more smoothly
which means you are a safer driver as well.
It's one of a number of devices being looked at by
insurers to cut claims and reduce premiums.
But if you don't drive within the sweet spot you get warned
A nudge to say, watch out you are heading
And other organisations are working on the
Our key focus is around securing the technology.
More importantly it's on client data,
how customers and clients use the Lightfoot, and protecting their
privacy, and allowing safe data sharing.
The data it gathers might also tell us more about how to
You can see where build ups happen, where you have issues
with bottlenecks et cetera, that's just a start, then what
you do is you start to predict the future.
I'm not sure I'm an elite driver yet.
It's being tested in an extended pilot with the hope of bringing
it to the general public within months.
For some youngsters in Cornwall, football isn't just
a kickabout in the park - it's an attempt to steer them away
from drink and drugs and stop them fighting.
PL Kicks is a nationwide community programme backed
Since 2008, Plymouth Argyle has been running it in the city,
and says it's helped to cut crime and anti-social behaviour
The club is now taking the idea to some of the more
From Redruth, here's Denis Nightingale.
Liam has been excluded from two schools and been in trouble
I'd be getting into fights and having trouble around the
There's quite a lot of trouble around here all the time.
Redruth North used to have a dreadful reputation for crime and
Hard work by local people means life for youngsters is much
Can we have greens that end, oranges that end.
Plymouth Argyle say giving youngsters something to do
I'll take one example of an estate where crime
A total of 80 girls and boys have taken part in the sessions since
last November. I have come here to stop myself from arguing and
fighting. When you play football you can take your stress out on the ball
instead of other people. Confident that PL Kicks is a winner, Plymouth
Argyle and I looking for financial backing to spread it across
Cornwall. A centre which cares
for unwanted Exmoor ponies and saves them from slaughter says
it may have to close in The Exmoor Pony Centre is launching
a public fund raising campaign and is warning that if it
has to close ponies on the moor may If it weren't for this sanctuary,
these Exmoor ponies would probably have ended up being slaughtered for
horse meat. But now the future of this place is under threat as it
struggles to make ends meet. It is critical at the moment because of a
lack of funds. We are finding ourselves in a position where we
will have two cores at the end of the summer if we can't find the
extra income. The Domesday book has references to ponies on Exmoor at
the 11th century. They have had a chequered history, apparently almost
becoming extinct in World War II when soldiers used them for target
practice. And it is the gun that probably would have been the feed
for these ponies. The leaders who have no use for male falls often
slaughtered them explore alternative home can be found. This centre on
the edge of Exmoor has been that alternative home for around 300
ponies since it opened 11 years ago. Here the team them and move them on
new owners. I adore them. Volunteers who support the police say they fear
for the future of unwanted Exmoor are poorly is that this place is
forced to shut down. To see the ponies from falls grow into adults
and go on and have a future, it is fantastic. There are no plans to
kill these ponies, even if this place does cause. The centre says
they will be taken care of somehow. But there will be no new intake.
Survival of the next generation is uncertain.
How you would feel about running 16.64 miles every day,
Well, that's what two Royal Marines from the South West are doing
as part of the 1664 Global Challenge.
as the year the Royal Marines were formed.
Today was Day 1, and they were setting off from
We sent our reporter Heidi Davey along to meet the team.
The all-important team fulfil before the challenge gets underway, but for
these two corporals, today is the start of 100 consecutive days
running a very precise 16.64 miles. Aiming to run at the right place, at
a reasonable pace for endurance. Just been resting the last week or
so, trying to stay injury free. You are feeling confident? Yes. I feel
all day. I want to get Day one out of the way. I am going to take each
day at a time. I don't think that far ahead. Every day just keep
plodding along. What flew so I will get on until the end. Although
getting across to the startling was their first hurdle. We have set off
from the Mayflower steps, we are no en route to Torpoint for the
starting line. Once on dry land it was time to start running. Left,
Right, left, right. 1664, stuffing to do with the beer, it is the Royal
Marines were formed. -- it is nothing to do with the bear.
Their journey will take them across the region over the next few days
raising funds for the Royal Marines charity.
At Exeter Chiefs they will run the match ball into the stadium on
Saturday. After Sunday, they will start heading north before hopefully
ending at Buckingham Palace in August. But tonight they will be
enjoying a well earned rest. A very well earned rest by the look
of it. Now, many artists spend years
of hard work trying to make it But for one 16-year-old from
Plymouth, it's Four months ago Izzie Anson sent
this demo of herself singing to the Radio Devon
programme BBC Introducing. Well, since then Izzie has
been chosen by BBC Radio 2's Jo Whiley to play
Cheltenham Jazz Festival tomorrow. What an amazing voice. What is it
about a jazz in particular that you like? I have always loved that.
Growing up listening to Nina Simone, anyway nice, Ella Fitzgerald. Your
voice sounds nicer -- your voice sounds older than your years.
How did this southern road to stardom begin? Where did they pick
up on your talents? BBC introducing picked up on my talent at the end of
last year. I sent one of my tracks into ABC introducing and they played
it on Round Table. And it got a good response which I was not expecting.
And you have already recorded out in Nashville, how did that come about?
Last year I was just putting covers up on Facebook and YouTube, and my
dad knows someone who is a producer in national, and I didn't think he'd
be interested, because I didn't think they were very good, and he
messaged me, and said that they want to come out to National. But so that
started. I went out and recorded the songs which are on my EP. You are
currently juggling all of this with studying for GCSEs. How are you
managing that workload? It is a lots. But my family are very
supportive, helping me gets to all my gigs. It is a busy time of year
for you. What do you hope to achieve in the future? Just writing music,
that is all I really want to do. And this big opportunity tomorrow with
the Cheltenham Festival, how are you viewing ahead of that? Very nervous
but really excited. I really hope it goes well. Thank you. We look
forward to hearing from you again at the end of the programme. Thank you.
And before that let us get the weather forecast. There has been
hailstorms, sleet, snow, freezing cold, so where better to put David
Dunn on the roof? I am not coming up here again, it is
freezing, but a smashing view. We are up on the roof. A lovely view of
Plymouth Sound. Good visibility today. Visibility has been excellent
because of the Arctic area, the clean air, not just here, but all
around the course of Devon we have had good views.
You can see the show workload in the distance. There have been showers,
not every where, but some have been intense. Over high ground they have
been falling as sleet, maybe even snow.
We had some sunshine and Plymouth. The showers only turning up this
afternoon. There is one behind the camera man that looks like it'll had
our way. Let us look at what is happening the next 24-hour is. We
have had some good temperatures. Thomas has been the warmest place in
the country today with 12 degrees. Elsewhere, temperatures no more than
or 9 degrees. The other thing is just who clean the air is. These are
the visibility is that we have seen today, well over 30 kilometres for
most of our locations, and that fine clear area continues, but it also
brings the risk of wintry showers. This is Exmoor from earlier. They
fear a dusting of snow. Tomorrow, there will be more frost overnight.
There will be showers. Hopefully sunshine in between. Like we have
seen today. Hopefully it will feel a that is warmer. You can see the
extent of the cloud, it is speckled cloud, and that is the show workload
that we are seeing this evening. The area of high pressure is in the
middle of the Atlantic, northerly winds tonight and tomorrow morning.
Relatively cold wind until later in the week. Then we start to see a
change to milder air. There is the satellite picture in more detail.
More to come overnight. That will feed away in the second half of the
night. Still -- overnight temperatures close to freezing.
Tomorrow a chance of a shower, and a chance of good sunshine to enjoy.
Along the course we will see the best of the temperatures, nine, ten,
even 11 or 12. Largely dry conditions. The chance of if you
passing showers. Winds are from the north or
north-west. Can I come inside no, please?
Go on, then. Thank you. And thank you for joining all of us on
Spotlight tonight. And no, here is Izzie Anson, to play
as oats with her song Storms. -- to play as out.
# I can see why you would just walk away
# You said that you don't need me, baby
# But you never leave me # You will always stay
# I have no reason to love you, baby # But when I close my eyes your
voice # Always a strange, strange thing,
to fall in love with someone who doesn't know what love is
# I never thought I would understand but now I know why storms are named
after men #.