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Hello. so it's goodbye from me -
On Spotlight tonight: the political party which has pulled
Mebyon Kernow, which campaigns for Cornish independence,
has announced it won't be fielding any candidates.
When we are told when the election will be and it is suddenly moved
forward three years with hardly any notice and we are fighting local
contests it just makes it a nonsense of democracy from local cashback for
smaller parties. Also tonight, a man admits drink
driving when he smashed into a teenager at about 60
miles an hour. Ruby Tuesday Hobbs was seriously
injured when she was hit The multi million pound flood
defences which have been criticised And going under the hammer -
the scores of tractors that lay A clearer picture is emerging
tonight of which parties will be fielding candidates
in the South West for Nominations closed just over an hour
ago, but one party won't be Yes, the Cornish political party
Mebyon Kernow is out of the race already after deciding not to stand
in any of the seats in Cornwall The party campaigns
for a Cornish Assembly, but says the short notice
of the campaign and exhaustion after the local elections means it
won't putting up any Our political reporter
Tamsin Melville has been talking Approaching 70 years in business,
back in its early days as a pressure group signing up to Mebyon Kernow
was apparently seen as the thing to do, attracting means like Daphne du
Maurier. But for -- but any electoral success has only been a
local council level. Since 1970s the party for Cornwall has been fielding
parties for Westminster seats. Not this time, a decision based on the
snap election, exhaustion and lack of cash. It is extremely
frustrating, we want to put our message out there for the people of
Cornwall but do it in our fairway and when we are told when the
election will be and it is suddenly moved forward three years with no
notice, it makes a nonsense of democracy for smaller parties. This
is the heart of Cornwall 's Clay country where Mebyon Kernow won the
popular vote at the local elections and returned to that of its
forecourt rush -- Cornwall councillors, but at the general
election it has been a far more gloomy picture. It fielded a full
slate of six candidates had lost all of its deposits. In 2015 it only
garnered 6000 votes. What is the point in standing in the general
election anyway? Just because people don't vote for as general elections
does not mean they do not like what we stand for, but this time it just
wasn't practical for us to put forward a really strong campaign in
such a short period. It is not just Mebyon Kernow stepping away, here in
Cornwall UK buyer only fielding one candidate and that is intro in
Falmouth where there was a remain Conservative MP and the Greens are
only fielding in some places, and not in St Ives when it is the most
marginal seat in the battle between the Conservatives and Lib Dems. What
do voters think about having less choice at the ballot box? It is good
to have a strong opposition and the only way to get the strong
opposition as if it is one of the major parties and I don't think that
the major parties should lose votes to the very small parties. There are
a lot of important issues at stake, so it is better just to have the
main parties standing. Especially going through Brexit. It is a pity
that some people had fought for the people they would like to vote for.
Mebyon Kernow's leader said it is not the end of the party contesting
seats in general elections and the aim is to keep the other parties on
their toes in the meantime. Our political editor is with me now.
And much of a surprise visit to see Mebyon Kernow bowing out? It is a
surprise and it will be unusual not having them play some role in the
election. Tamsin pointed out that in the last two elections pasted a full
slate of candidates, and that was a bit of a high water mark for them.
They had stayed in general elections previously but not in every seat. We
also saw some memorabilia from the early days of a party. It is the
case that MK members was -- where elected to Parliament but standing
for other parties. To begin with it was a very broad movement and you
could be a prominent conservative or liberal and a member of MK and
people wear. I'd like interesting to see other parties making strategic
withdrawals in some places. This is one of the big stories of the
election campaign so far, to come back to MK defray the have made it
clear that in withdrawing the not implicitly or explicitly endorsing
either party, the opposite is the case when it comes to you kept in
the greens. Both mentioned by Kansan. In Ukip's case they are
clearly hoping to help Conservative candidates and they are choosing
candidates who supported the leave campaign in EU referendum. They
don't want to hinder their successes. But they are standing
candidates against former Conservative MPs who campaign for
remain. The opposite for the Greens, they look at seats like St Ives
where the Conservatives won by a narrow margin, they want to minimise
the opposition to the Conservatives now. This is what the parties want
to happen. Whether the voters will do that of course cannot be given
for granted. One Conservative candidate said he wanted the Ukip
candidates to stand because he was worried if he didn't then a lot of
those votes will go back to the Lib Dems would he did not want to see.
Ready to keep an eye on. And don't forget, there's a BBC
Spotlight Election debate coming up and we're looking for people to be
in the audience The programme will be
on Tuesday 30th of May take part, please email spotlight
at bbc.co.uk and we'll send A man accused of killing his ex
partner's two-year-old son has told A Bulgarian man accused
of murdering his former partner in Exeter says he accidentally
searched online to find out how long 43-year-old Kostadin Kostov,
denies murdering hotel worker Gergana Prodanova last August
and packing her body in a suitcase before dumping it
on a railway embankment. Hamish Marshall reports
from Exeter Crown Court. Gergana, just before she died. Today
her former partner claimed she was part of Ukraine that the setting up
to commit a murder. -- for committing a murder. Mr Kostov was
asked about the following set of his iPhone, how long does it take for
human body to decompose. He said he was trying to find out how long this
takes drugs to decompose in the human body but he had missed out.
There was a large search for the housekeeper, who had started a
relationship with another Bulgarian man. The prosecution began the cross
examination with a series of forthright questions. You killed
Kostov, the defendant answered no. You cut her clothing from her body,
again the answer was no. You played on that clothing. Maybe, said Mr
Kostov. You put the clothing had with other rubbish. No. You took our
money. No. You kept her phone. Though I didn't. It was the railway
embankment here on land of Blackall Road where every Mac's body was
found packed in a suitcase. He caught were shown CCTV pictures of a
man wearing a baseball cap cracking a case from the area where Kostov
lived towards this direction. His barrister asked him, the prosecution
see you at the man in the baseball cap, he said not true. She then said
to you know who the man in the baseball cap is? He replied zero.
Kostov denied using Gergana's phone for media posts to make it look as
though she was still alive. A man accused of killing his ex
partner's two-year-old son has told a court he loved him and was never
violent towards him. Joseph Eke, from Weymouth, denies
murdering Harry House last May. 22-year-old Joseph each is accused
of punching or clicking treaty -year-old Harry house at the home
they shared in Dorset. He is also accused of wounding Harry's face at
Easter and causing fractured ribs in the week before his death. Today he
told the court he was ahead in -- a heroin and crack addict but he did
love the toddler. The QC who is defending Joseph asked them if you
take care of him, if he fed him or take the boy out. Replied by saying
yes, I enjoyed doing it. I did love him, he said. Under
cross-examination the version of events was different to what he had
given in police interviews. He told the prosecutor, I got muddled up.
When asked why he told the father 's mother not to call the ambulance he
said I thought he was just going to be sick or something. When it was
put to him it is because he did not want anyone to know what he had
done, he said no. The jury were shown CCTV of justice and Harry's
mother in July two months after Harry's death. His excavation for
assaulting Harry's mother was I was a heroin addict, crackhead. That is
what my life revolved around, he said. She would not give me money to
score heroin. Harry's face and body were covered in bruises. He suffered
serious internal injuries and bleeding. Eke said Harry called him
daddy JoJo and he would not harm him.
A teenager who was severely injured by a drunk driver has become a
prisoner in her own home according to her aunt. Ruby Tuesday hold was
stopped at high speed and spent Christmas in hospital. Today Ashley
God will walk free from court after pleading guilty to dangerous
driving. He was given bail and will be sentenced later this month.
Outside Plymouth Magistrates' Court where he admitted causing serious
injury by dangerous driving. At about 630 on Christmas Eve the blue
BMW he was driving crashed through the central reservation by
Plymouth's main shopping centre. A speeding car -- a speeding car hit
Ruby Tuesday Hobbs who had to be cut free from railings. Both of her legs
were broken. To see photos of she was crushed, the railings on her
leg, she was lucky to be alive. She has been in her bedroom for five
months. She has lost so much weight and is in horrific pain. The court
heard that 27-year-old God but was twice over the legal drink-drive
limit had a previous conviction for drink-driving. Ruby has been a
prisoner in her own bedroom and he has been allowed to go out and work
and drink and have a social life, why -- whereas she doesn't have a
social life any more. Is lawyer said he was extremely remorseful and
deeply regret his actions, he was remanded on unconditional bail for
sentencing at Crown Court later this month.
Now a brief roundup of other stories making the news in the South West.
A Somerset Council has set up its own housing company and plans
But they won't be building council homes, instead they plan to sell
on the open market and use the profits to pay for other
Plymouth scientists have been awarded almost three million pounds
to look at how new technology could improve healthcare
Ideas include using robots to provide comfort and drones
to deliver medical supplies to rural areas.
An investigation into the collapse of a crane in Falmouth
is continuing today, overseen by the docks' management
The crane crashed to the ground yesterday morning and one
A full health and safety investigation will now take place.
One of the driest winters in recent memory is causing nesting problems
The RSPB is urging people to make damp mud
available for summer migrating birds that need it to build
If you've been into Exeter recently you might have noticed some
big walls being put up along sections of the River Exe.
They're new flood defences and they should protect
the city for years to come, but some people are worried
about the way they look, even though the Environment Agency
Exeter's new flood defences are taking shape.
Work on the multi-million pound scheme is forging ahead,
and however you look at it either from the air or right
down on on the ground, this is a big undertaking which some
see as a potential eyesore in the making.
32 and half million pounds is buying an awful lot of civil engineering,
along a seven and a half kilometre stretch of the River Exe.
Here at Exe bridges you might be forgiven for thinking that things
look a little bit like Berlin before the fall of the wall,
however we are assured that in time all of this area will be landscaped
and things will look much more attractive.
I don't really like them, I think the of the river
and we are obviously used to coming down here and seeing everything
It blocks the view, you can see it from that side.
I think it looks half finished at the moment.
Exeter has flooded before, in 1960, after which the flood
There has been minor flooding more recently.
The existing defences worked well before, but climate change has
required new investment by the Environment Agency.
Some people along the Exe think the word is necessary,
It is really important that even though we will not be able
to see the river it is clearly as we were with the previous flood
defences, being able to prevent that water coming over the top
and flooding somewhere like this shop is really important to us.
Our climate is changing, we need to work to ameliorate that
and prevent businesses being affected badly.
At sites along the Exe, the Environment Agency has looked
for ways to combat flooding for years to come.
That has sometimes meant major engineering works.
On the edge of the city the existing flood plain is being transformed.
When it is finished here, probably by the end of the year
will be finished, it will be landscaped, finished off,
all the pretty bits to put in if you like and then giving
nature a year, because that is all it takes with nature,
There is no doubt about it, these works are quite striking
to look at at the moment but the Environment Agency has
assured us that over time everything will be landscaped and things should
look quite good by the time the finished.
We have already had lots of comments about that, John from Dorset size
for those who claim the flood water is ugly perhaps Banksy or some
street artist should paint a flood scene with water flooding down the
backside, vendors who are unhappy will have second thoughts. David
from Exeter told us, I remember the floods that hit Saint Thomas in
1963. I helped of the dead cattle and sheep. People's homes and lives
around. If people don't like the new defences they should explain why the
stupidity and expose others to such flooding and pay for the damage. You
can join the debate on Facebook. E-mail us or Twitter. Now that
interesting auction lot coming up in just a moment.
More than 90 tractors found on a farm in Devon are ready to be
And we have not seen much colour on our radar rainfall charts recently,
but there is some now. Some of the brighter colours there, the heavier
rain moving north over the next few hours.
Now many of us don't like injections or blood tests,
but for children it can be particularly daunting,
so a number of hospitals have adopted an idea to help make it
Children with serious illnesses are being given the chance
to be scientists for a few hours to see how their blood is analysed.
Our Health Correspondent Jenny Walrond joined Idara who has
leukeamia as she donned her lab coat at Musgrove Park
Blood tests and other invasive treatments are a fact of life for
eight-year-old Idara mirror. She has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia but
today she is finding out what happened to her body doubles. This
is the laboratory! This is my friend Idara. Hello, nice to meet you.
Let's get you in a white coat. She is becoming a mad scientist for a
few hours. Every minute of every day, even Christmas Day or your
birthday there is someone in here working on your blood. What? Why do
you think we have less be positive in all positive? Do you know?
Because Be positive is a red blood grip. It is a benefit for our staff
because it provides an opportunity for them to engage with a patient
when normally the laboratory does not, even though they are directly
involved with patient care. This visit has been organised to a
charity called Harvey 's gang, named after Harvey Buster Baldwin who had
leukaemia and wanted to know where his body weight. Sadly, Harvey died
in 2014 -- and wanted to know where his blood went. We can ensure that
they carry on with the treatment. In here there are lots of cells and
then I sales and white cells. This is so amazing. What is that wriggly
thing? My best bit was interesting about the cells, that is because it
was really good, and my next interesting bit was the blood around
here. And when she next has her blood taken, Idara knows exactly
where it is going. Isn't she adorable? She is asked da.
-- she is a star. Would you be any good
at doing up an old tractor? Well if you are then
you may want to head to Ashwater in Devon this weekend for what's
been dubbed as the tractor It may look like a graveyard for
tractors, but to the trained hideout is called in these fields. There are
more than 90 all the vehicles here, some of them dating back 60 years.
The collection was put together by a farmer John facially, it was his
passion. He and his wife would buy them and do them up and send -- and
then sell them off to Africa. We used to bring them home and put them
in the shed and he would get me cleaning them, pressure washing them
and there was code on all over some. -- there was countdown all over
some. I would free them and get them sprayed and ready to resell. John
died 14 years ago and it has taken his wife that long to be able to get
-- to let them go of a she admits she has let the grass grow under the
wheels. Many of these old tractors literally had to be pulled from the
hedgerow and ironically all of the Ivy and moss and lichen has actually
protected the vital machinery from rusting. So does this mean that some
of them could work again? Because they look pretty rusty. They do but
many, many clever people live in Devon and Cornwall and we have had
all sorts of interest in the UK and outside. Many of these will be
restored to their former glory. I am delighted to hear that. How many
people do you expect to do -- to turn up to this option? Hundreds and
hundreds, we have several staying in hotels this evening and there will
be people bidding online. I would expect five or 600 people, maybe
1000. Though most will be sold, Tricia admits she will keep a few
back herself. She enjoys restoration. I am not a mechanic,
that I can well, I went on a welding course. That helped. I have gotten
to the stage I do not need quite so much of it around me. Do any of
these characters actually work? We found one that does, after quite a
of encouragement. Fabulous sound! Some oil and that
will be fine. Some in his eyes lit up watching
that report, he is with us in the studio.
That was a David Brent tractor, by the way.
Tractors will be doing a lot of stuff in the field at this time of
year, and it looks like they will see some rain at times and that is
welcoming for all those but at the moment there is a line of showers
travelling northward, revealing a little bit of blue sky here and
there. This is Lyme Regis, a bit of a chaotic sky, blue sky with
sunshine nonetheless. We go probably as bad as we can get from Lyme
Regis, up to Ilfracombe where this afternoon you can see there is a lot
more cloud around. There is a line of showers heading towards North
Devon at the moment and that line of showers quite heavy and places.
Washer was to come tomorrow, sunny spells especially in the afternoon.
Also quite a humid muddy field, low cloud developing and hill fog
overnight tonight as well. We have an area of low pressure, at the
moment it is coming to the western side of France and it will continue
its journey northwards through the night to come in through the day
tomorrow. Eventually sitting across the southern half of Britain.
South-west winds across the -- associated with that will pick up a
little bit and also a scattering of showers, hopefully some sunshine in
between those showers. As we head into the weekend we was the first
area of low pressure, there is another one, but between that and
the new area of low pressure there is a fair amount of dry weather for
Saturday, and then we see some more persistent rain turn up later in the
day what the end of the afternoon and into the evening. Sunday is not
too bad, we are between weather systems and hopefully on Sunday with
the fresher feel to the air there should also be a lot of rights try
whether around. This evening we have a scattering of showers, the first
line of showers is travelling up towards the North and it has
revealed some late sunshine. Later on tonight those showers will return
in some of them turning up to be -- turning out to be quite heavy so not
dry by any stretch of the imagination but it is showery, this
patch of rain. At that mistake in places and a mild night, two, 11
degrees the minimum temperatures for most of us. Tomorrow we wake up to a
lot of cloud, scattering the showers and hopefully by the end of the
morning and into the afternoon a bit brighter, briefly some sunshine here
and there and again quite a warm feel. Some dry weather, the end of
the afternoon and temperatures of 16 or 17 degrees. 63,000 eight. For the
Isles of Scilly quite a bit of cloud around with the chance of high tide.
Tides of -- these are the times of high water. And for our surfers the
waves are not big but the slightly bigger than they have been, up to
two ABC feet and a bit choppy, because the winter developing into a
south westerly force for or possibly pick it up to force five at some
point through the day. The outlook is for some fine weather on Saturday
for half the day and later in the day we say -- we see some rain. It
will be mild and mistaken on Monday. And thank you all for it in as the
Andy is here with an update and we will all be back at 630 tomorrow.
Good night. Ukip created history
and won us all Brexit.