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Welcome to Spotlight.
Tonight, a 12-year-old victim
of online grooming speaks out
to help protect others.
I felt scared and I slipped it. He
put me under pressure and he got
angry and aggressive. -- and
We'll hear the devastating impact it
had on her and her family
and talk to the NSPCC.
Also in the programme tonight -
will a huge hotel scheme
be ready in time for
Plymouth's Mayflower celebrations?
The ambitious plans
for Drake's Island may not be
finished in three years' time
but as you'll see later
developers aren't worried.
Nowhere to go until the New Year -
why the closure of Torbay's toilets
for people with disabilities
is forcing some women
to take drastic action.
We'll go to the gents but I think
that toilets here should be open.
Ladies need them more
than men and I think
it's absolutely disgusting.
And the maiden voyage -
the students making waves
with the boats they've taken
eight months to build.
A 12-year-old Devon girl has spoken
out over the dangers of online
grooming after she was blackmailed
into sending intimate
pictures over the internet.
Her parents say the experience
has been devastating
and want to speak out to help
protect other young people.
In a moment we'll ask the NSPCC
charity about the scale of these
incidents and how to help children
deal with online abuse.
First this report from Clare Casson.
Just a few stolen moments
on the daily walk to school.
No parents, no teachers,
but do you know who your child
is contacting on their phone?
For this 12-year-old,
a few minutes on her own each day
opened up a murky world
of sexual exploitation.
He began talking to me
so I befriended him, not knowing
what was about to happen.
I felt scared and like
I couldn't talk to anyone.
This person then showed her some
explicit images of other young girls
and told her if she didn't do
what they asked, they would spread
it amongst friends and family,
tell the world that
these images were her.
After I sent one picture,
I knew that I was trapped.
I felt scared and isolated.
He put me under pressure and he got
angry and aggressive.
It breaks my heart that there
was about three or four months
that I didn't know about,
she had been held prisoner.
It must've been soul destroying
for her to feel so trapped.
And this girl is not alone.
Across Devon and Cornwall, sexting,
as it is known, is now the most
common form of child sexual
exploitation the police deal with.
Officers go into schools
to try to help educate young people
about the dangers but they've
told me it's a struggle to keep up
with what's happening
and the average age of victims
is getting younger.
We are certainly seeing either
a greater disclosure of incidents
with younger children or a greater
number of younger children doing it.
About ten years ago it
would be pretty unheard-of
that we would visit a primary school
and they would be talking
about dealing with this sort
of an event - now we do deal
with them increasingly.
And many children don't realise that
it's illegal to possess,
take or distribute sexual images
of someone under 18,
This family just want to make other
young people are aware of the
Having your daughter feels
so scared and worried that there is
no way out other than to do
something stranger told her to do
was scary and you hear stories of
people self harming or committing
suicide. We could have easily found
ourselves in a situation where she
felt she had no way out, but I'm
glad she was able to get the courage
to speak to us about it.
Currier is from the NSPCC. We have
reported on this issue before and
there have been campaigns about it
but it still seems to be getting
worse. What needs to happen to
I think the most
important thing is that parents have
an open dialogue with their children
from a young age, for them to bring
it into their conversation so that
the child knows they can go to their
parents and talk about anything that
might be happening online.
the right age to do that? As we
heard there, victims are getting
younger and younger.
As soon as your
child is accessing any kind of
online device, do have those
age-appropriate conversations so
they know they can talk to their
parents about these things.
you sit down and tell them in a way
that isn't going to frighten them
but will get the message across?
It's about how parents talk to their
children about the physical world
and how they would talk to them
about dangers in a physical sense,
it's doing is that about the online
world in a way not to scare them but
make them aware of the dangers, of
the fact that you cannot always be
sure who you're talking to online
and to make sure they know they have
to be careful who they are making
friends with and talking to online.
We heard the father says he was
horrified and heartbroken that his
daughter was suffering this for
three or four months. What are the
signs to look out for four apparent
to know their child may be going
through something similar?
see a change of behaviour, there are
more withdrawn, keep aware of when
they are using their devices and
there is a lot of information out
there now and parents can access
information. There is an NSPCC site
called Net Where which describes the
different sort of social networking
sites that young people are using
and gives advice about networking
settings on computers and how to
filter what young people access.
Thank you for joining us.
Next tonight, the disturbing story
of a 96-year-old man who's been
attacked with what's thought to be
a claw hammer by a burglar
at his home in Taunton.
He's now in hospital
with serious injuries.
Lee Madden reports.
When Tom opened the door, Jim said,
I've been attacked, and that was how
He was bleeding all over
his face, we brought him in and
Saturn in the chair.
You said he had
been knocked on the head with a
He came in here for us to
file for an ambulance.
Police say a
man knocked at the store yesterday
between 4pm and 5pm and asked if he
wanted any work doing in the house.
When Mr booth refused, the man
attacked him with a hammer.
son came down last night, he was at
the hospital and he said he has a
fractured skull and he was with the
doctor for a fair while and
something about his hand, he had a
problem because he had a bash on his
Mr booth is one of the last
surviving heroes of World War II,
serving as a lieutenant commander in
the Navy and playing a crucial role
in the D-Day landings. His latest
battle has seen him take on the man
police are trying to find.
around 30 or 35, clean-shaven,
darkish hair, described as athletic,
stocky build, no real accent was
noted and no height was given, and
he was wearing jeans and dark
Mr booth has been well
known to the BBC. He featured on
Points West two years ago when he
danced with the Duchess of Cornwall,
saying he was delighted to have
stolen a dance with her. Tonight
forensic teams are still working at
his house, looking for clues about
Some more stories from around
the South West now.
A shop worker in Tiverton has chased
off a robber armed with a knife
by giving him a taste
of his own medicine.
picked up a packing knife
and charged at the man,
who ran off empty handed.
Pictures have only just
emerged of the incident,
which happened two weeks ago.
The would-be robber had
a Liverpudlian accent.
A 31-year-old prisoner has been
found dead in Exeter jail -
the second inmate to die
there in the last month.
The Prison Service says
there will be an independent
investigation by the Prisons
and Probation Ombudsman
into what happened.
The new Defence Secretary
Gavin Williamson has
been at Devonport today.
He's been in private talks
with senior Navy officials over
the future of the amphibious ships
HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion.
There are fears both
ships will be axed, along
with 1000 Royal Marines.
The MoD has dismissed the reports
as "pure speculation."
There's anger about plans
by the French company EDF to change
the way it handles high level
radioactive waste at the Hinkley
Point reactors in Somerset.
The company wants to double the size
of a proposed waste store
on the Hinkley C site.
It also wants to introduce a system
of encasing the waste in concrete.
Exeter Chiefs' forward Sam Simmonds
is set to make his first England
start against Samoa on Saturday.
The 23-year-old number eight
from Teignmouth was named
in the starting line-up alongside
team mate Henry Slade with another
Chief, Harry Williams, on the bench.
A Devon woman who uses a wheelchair
has described the lack of a public
toilet for disabled people
in Torquay town centre
Both the women's toilet block
and the one for disabled people have
been closed for the last 11 weeks -
and they won't re-open
John Ayres has the story.
This it's not often that you see
this, the gents opened
but the ladies and the disabled
toilets are closed, and it's been
like this for 11 weeks.
For wheelchair user
surely, enough is enough.
It's diabolical to think that
you can come into town
to spend your money
but while you're here you can't
use the public toilet.
It's not a luxury, it's a necessity.
You come into town to shop,
you're bound to need to use
the toilet and I'm sorry but it
will put a lot of people coming
to the town centre shopping.
It's a feeling shared by others
with mobility assistance.
Joan is a tourist from Wales.
I will go to the gents but I think
the toilets here should be open.
Ladies need them more than men.
Men can stand there
and go in the corner
and I think it's disgusting.
And she did, along
with some other woman.
The nearest alternative is some way
away and the closest aren't private
The nearest alternative is some way
away and the closest are on private
premises, not public.
The nearest public loos
are at least twice the distance.
I have to go in the lift,
providing it's working,
up through the shop,
past all the other shops along
the walkway to the bottom,
turn right, turn left and you'll
find another door that has
the toilets there.
They should get up and do something,
come out onto the highway and see
what's going on for themselves
and do something
instead of doing nothing.
The toilets had been closed
because of a water leak
above and an electrical fault.
The delay is because the council
doesn't own the building.
I understand the concerns
of all the residents and traders,
these toilets have been out
of action for so long
because we haven't got
permission from the landowner
above the property, we now have
that permission and it's
being dealt with as a priority.
The council hopes this will be
sorted in the next nine weeks
although for many women and people
that's still a very long time.
One of Devon's most ambitious-ever
hotel schemes may not be ready
for Plymouth's big moment.
Mayflower 400 is in three years'
time but the people behind a plan
for Drake's Island say their vision
may take longer than that.
It's the latest chapter in the long
history of the Island.
Drake's Island -
or St Nicholas' Isle - sits
in Plymouth Sound and was first
fortified in the mid 16th century.
It's named of course
after Sir Francis Drake,
who used Plymouth as his home port.
By the time Drake was defeating
the Spanish Armada, the island that
bore his name was heavily
armed and manned.
It remained a fortification
for nearly 400 years
until after World War Two.
By the 1960s the War Office left it
to Plymouth Council,
who eventually opened
a youth adventure centre.
But in the 1990s the island was up
for sale - and it was bought
22 years ago by Dan McAuley,
a former chairman of
Plymouth Argyle, who announced
plans to build a hotel.
In April this year, after more
than two decades of legal
wrangles and negotiations,
Plymouth councillors finally gave
the ambitious project
With this update,
here's our business
correspondent Neil Gallacher.
Across the choppy water today,
Drake's Island looked a little less
accessible than usual.
And the much vaunted hotel due to be
built here is probably further off
than some had thought.
The island owners gave more details
today of their vision,
which now has planning consent.
Some sort of limited public access
to the island could be provided
in the year ahead but unlike some
hotels planned in Plymouth,
this one looks unlikely to be
open for Mayflower 400.
That's too much to ask
for but with the phasing
there could be some facilities
available for 2020.
Drake's Island is unique and it's
not going to be dependent
on a particular celebration
or event, it will have longevity
with what we're trying to create.
The people behind this
are Dan McAuley's Rotolok Holdings,
former owners of Plymouth Argyle.
Today it became clear they had been
persuaded to start looking
for a commercial partner
from the world of top-flight hotels
to help make their vision a reality.
It's a massive investment
for the client to be putting in
onto Drake's Island,
its many millions of pounds and it
wants to be there for the future.
It's not something that
becomes a white elephant
for the city or for the island.
Development costs shot up last year
and haven't come down,
and the kind of economic forecast
unveiled by the Chancellor yesterday
is pretty challenging,
but the people who own
Drake's Island are still saying
it's not whether
they build a hotel there -
it's how and when.
Later, the moment of truth
for students who've been learning
the art of boat building.
And join me later to find out more
about Exeter's hidden treasure, the
Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, and find
out why they have a special reason
With funding being tight
in all areas of public life
at the moment, the arts often finds
itself at the bottom
of the priority list.
But while some venues have closed,
performers in Ashburton have opened
a new arts centre in the heart
of the town.
They raised £180,000
to buy a Grade II listed
former Methodist Church.
Our arts reporter Emma Ruminski has
been finding out why
they think they can succeed
where others have failed.
Finally they've got
something to sing about.
This is why the campaigners behind
Ashburton Arts think they can run
a successful arts centre
- public support.
People and local businesses donated
and loaned the organisation money
to purchase this old Methodist
church and give it a new purpose.
Live music and drama
is suffering in our schools
and for the community at large,
and to have that space that can
provide that right in the centre
of what is a very active artistic
community here was just too good not
to try and make happen.
It's been a while since Ashburton
had a performance space.
The theatre run by an amateur
the Buckfast Players,
shut its doors in the '60s.
It was run on a shoestring
to some extent.
It was lit by a car battery.
Now that sounds a bit weird.
Somewhere we have some photos
showing these various horrific
and electrical things that they had,
which could have blown anything up
within five minutes, but it worked.
But the new arts centre
has to meet modern fire
regulations if it's to get
a public entertainment licence.
Once that's achieved,
the main hall will largely remain
the same but the entrance will be
redeveloped to allow
everything from live music
to films to be shown here.
We're right on the A38 corridor
between Exeter and Plymouth
and the Moor and Torbay are all very
close to us, so I hope that that's
in our favour and that will help us
to succeed where some
other places haven't.
Before the auction, developers
were chasing this building
to turn it into flats.
Affordable housing is needed in this
area, so why was the art
centre bid successful?
To convert it to residential
would be difficult and expensive.
If you look at the reasons for it
being here, the community use
supports that and there are other
through in Ashburton
which are better suited to housing.
We have schemes coming forward
through the local planning reviews
that look to provide that
for the town.
Small groups are already
using the space but it's hoped
the venue will be fully open
with a full programme
of events from next May.
Crowds lined the harbour
at Lyme Regis today to watch
an event which would test the nerves
of even the most
experienced boat builder.
For the past 38 weeks,
students with little or no
previous experience have
built their own boats.
And today was the day they found out
if their design would float.
Our Dorset reporter Anna Varle
went along to watch.
It's all hands on deck.
The students have just 30 minutes
until their boats enter
the water for the first time.
Tensions are high.
I'm a little bit nervous
because we have made something
which is very beautiful
but I haven't sailed much before,
I've done some work on water.
How are you feeling?
she looks beautiful.
I think we've got everything right.
I'm a little tentative, I might say,
just because I built it and I'm not
famous for good engineering.
We're going to take the boats one
by one down to the Cob
and we will be launching them,
we will not be putting the sails up
and that's a shame but the wind
is actually pretty strong.
Finally, the moment of truth.
This is the last boat
going in now and so far so good
but it is incredibly windy
and the boats are not allowed out
of the harbour and no sails
are allowed to be put up.
I've covered something like 20
launches and I think this is one
of only two where we've not been
able to put the sails up
and go out of the harbour.
But the wind didn't stop
the champagne from flowing.
I think given the conditions
we couldn't have asked for more.
It's been a fantastic
experience and sitting
in it for the first time,
I really enjoyed it.
We've still got dry
feet, so we're happy.
Many of the students had little
or no experience of boat-building
before starting this course nine
months ago, and with a skill
shortage in the trade,
the certainty of a job seems
a likely reward.
Congratulations to them all, they
looked like beautiful boats.
Now to a museum that is something
of a hidden treasure.
It's the UK's leading moving
image museum and it's
celebrating its 20th anniversary.
There's a huge collection of some
80,000 artefacts from the very
early days of moving images
through to modern day film.
It's called the Bill
Douglas Cinema Museum based
at the University of Exeter -
and it's open to the public.
Jane Chandler is there
for us this evening.
This is the upper
gallery of the museum.
Here there is ephermera
and paraphernalia related
to going to the movies and just over
here, the glamour of the movies.
The lovely Marilyn Monroe,
Audrey Hepburn and this amazing
biography of one of the very first
stars of the movies, Pearl White,
and it says that the edition
is dedicated to the memory
of the explorer Ernest Shackleton.
In here we have technology
related to something
like 300 years of history
of making moving pictures.
Who would have thought that?
This machine is called a mutoscope
and you can see What the Butler Saw.
This little beauty
is over 100 years old.
It's called a Moy and Bastie camera
and it's believed that this very
camera was the one that was used
to film the battle of the Somme
in the First World War.
The man who used this
camera was JB McDowell.
His work provides a moving
insight into life in
the trenches and visitors love
what they see here.
I feel like I've just
gone back two centuries.
It's lovely, I love it.
You can actually get
up to the reproduction
pieces and make them work.
I can see bringing my grandchildren
here and showing them the mutoscopes
and these little pieces way before
there was ever film,
so I think I'll do that.
It's an amazing collection of toys,
technology and memorabilia at the
Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. Let's
meet the man responsible for looking
after this collection, Doctor Phil
welcome. Tell me about this because
this is particularly special.
many ways this is the most important
artefact in the museum, an original
lumiere cinematograph. The first
films were projected on one of
these, there were only a few hundred
This collection came from Bill
Can you tell me about him.
He was an amazing film-maker and
also a collector with his friend
Phil Jordan. After Bill died, Peter
Jordan donated the collection to the
university to phone the museum. More
people have donated and we have
around 80,000 architects.
of people come here?
researchers from all over the world,
students and pensioners,
schoolchildren, corrupt, more and
more people are discovering what an
amazing collection it is.
told this museum is open seven days
a week between 10am and 5pm so you
should come and have a look.
I never knew it was there. Time for
the weather now. What will
colder, we have been in autumn until
today and then things change. Change
is under way, it will be cold tongue
like and into the weekend we are
looking at a drop in temperatures.
Tomorrow that will be cold for all
of us with the rest are
Tomorrow that will be cold for all
of us with the rest are some icy
patches on roads, this weather
system is the boundary between mild
air we have seen this week and the
colder air travelling towards us and
it's through the English Channel
around the middle of tomorrow, then
it moves away but it opens the door
to allow cold north-west winds to
develop, they come in on Saturday,
that will be a blustery and cold
feeling day and more frost on
Saturday night into Sunday, then
slightly less cold air by Monday on
this weather system but it's short
lived because we returned to
northerly winds by the middle of
next week. Also picking up the
radar, the colour is where it is
raining now and you can see a stripe
of rain across the north of Devon,
more cloud and rain coming in behind
me. This will bump along the south
coast but before it arrived today we
had a lot of fine weather. We had
some glorious sunshine and fine
weather, and with less wind around
today, although it has been quite
breezy, and shelter it is felt quite
present, some lovely weather
pictures. The temperature can they
will drop was some clear skies
already starting to fall away, but I
don't think they will fall too low
because all that cloud will give us
some rain overnight and that band of
cloud and rain will gradually move
east, replaced by showers but even
though showers will keep going
through to dawn tomorrow and when
starting to change direction as
colder air seeps in. Five or 6
degrees the minimum temperature
tonight, tomorrow a lot of cloud,
largely confined to western parts of
Cornwall and the south of Devon, the
showers, some clearing skies further
north and temperatures already
starting to come down. Nine or ten
will be the maximum temperature for
all of us tomorrow. Those are the
times of high water. Surfing
conditions will be clean fun north
and south coats, the winds westerly,
the re-for four, and veering to
become north for north-westerly by
the end of the afternoon and into
the evening, and that is dragging in
clearer air, so frost is possible,
Saturday is a nice day. We had 15
degrees on Monday and more cloud on
Sunday and rain returning on Monday.
Have a nice evening.
On fire late news, more on possible
changes to the storage of nuclear
waste at Hinkley Point. That is at
10:20pm but from us here on
Spotlight, good night.