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A "dangerous" and "deceitful" woman who was said to have a "fascination
with fire" is starting 14 life sentences tonight.
Karen Pedley started a string of fires around Cornwall -
one in a nursing home caused the death of a 96-year-old resident.
She was found guilty of one count of murder and 12 of arson
Gladys Roe was sleeping peacefully here in 2008 when Karen Pedley set
the curtains in her room on fire. Karen Pedley later attempted to
rescue the 96-year-old from the fray but was driven back by thick smoke.
Gladys Rowe died if few days later. The prosecution said that K`ren
Pedley's fascination with fhre started in 1983 when she was
rewarded with a clip on Concorde for saving her family as their home was
gutted by flames in Bedfordshire. Truro Crown Court was told that
Karen Pedley started a string of fires between 2002 and 2010 in
Cornwall. Three were sent hdre. One here. And another at this house next
door to where Karen Pedley lived. The prosecution said it was
miraculous no one else died in the fires she set in police say she is a
dangerous woman. She has shown a great level of deceit. A dangerous
label. -- a dangerous lady. She has put people in the local comlunity at
risk of serious harm and indeed killed an elderly lady locally. The
defending lawyer said his client never meant to kill anyone `nd was
obsessed with rescuing people after her success in 1983. The cotrt heard
that Karen Pedley wants to die in prison.
The Nigerian sister of a desperately ill Dorset woman -
who was refused a visa so she can donate her stem cells
in a life-saving treatment , will now be allowed to travdl
May Brown who lives with her daughter and husband in Weylouth has
The Medical Director who ignored a damning report on a gynaecologist
at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has been struck off
Dr Robert Pitcher ignored the conclusions of four
200 former patients of Mr Jones have taken legal action
Four decorated senior marinds have been given a four
month prison sentence, suspended for a year,
for failing to stop junior ranks beating new recruits
It happened at a Commando Barracks at Bickleigh.
Two of the senior marines h`ve been dismissed from services
A South West rival to the Northern Powerhouse has been
launched in a drive to attr`ct investment and create jobs.
Business leaders, companies, MPs and councillors have bedn
meeting to draw up a charter for economic growth in the region.
From the summit at Exeter University our home affairs corresponddnt
Hunters brewery are a relatively new company,
Which is why they are joining the attempt to set up
I believe as a region, regional businesses need to stick
together, all work together to make things better in the region.
The south-western powerhousd was launched today with the pinstripes
of business, but also polithcians, universities, conservation
groups and all led by one of the region's biggest companies.
The Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands Engine
You think you can achieve something with this?
The point of this is to galvanise the business community,
to articulate about what we want from government.
We have devolution happening across the whole of the
UK, we want to make sure the south-west
gets its fair share of
The plan is to draw up a ch`rter of what the region needs
from the government, including improve road and rail
links and high-speed broadband internet.
But the government say the key to winning new investment
I already back the south-west, it is already a powerhouse,
Many of the regions have a devolution deal
with government, getting Central control over transport,
My door is open to south-west businesses and
The charter for the Southwest and it's businesses will be
presented to the Chancellor in the next few weeks-timed for just
before his Autumn Statement on the economy.
This is an ambitious plan to form a real
presence of the south-west on a
What it actually achieves only is apparent when the
Chancellor sets out his invdstment plans in the next month.
A teenager from Devon is looking to make more history this wdekend
after becoming the youngest ever British Rallycross Champion.
In his first season driving Supercars, Dan Rooke
from Holsworthy, sealed the title in the penultimate race
of the championship, breaking a title that had stood
since 1989 - as well as becoming the youngest Rallycross Chalpion.
On Sunday he has the chance to complete a unique
double by winning the end of season Grand Prix.
Time for the all important weekend weather forecast now - here's David.
Hello. Good evening. More qtiet weather for us, both tonight and
tomorrow. A change as we move into Sunday with much more of an easterly
breeze developing. Mostly fhne and dry. Early frost and fog cldaring
but also some sunshine to enjoy as well. Not too bad. A change on
Sunday. This area of low prdssure gets closer through the day tomorrow
and squeezes the isobars quhte a lot by the time we get to Sundax
lunchtime. East or North East winds becoming gale force and the winds
ease as we move into Monday. There is all so a weather front there are
so be potential for a lot more cloud and the risk of some patchy rain.
Light winds overnight tonight and largely clear skies means another
cold night, another one where we will see frost and also somd fog
forming and temperatures just a couple of degrees above fredzing.
After that cold start and in places misty, it should brighten up and we
will get sunny spells. Some cloud getting to the west coast of
Cornwall for a time and top temperatures of 12-13dC. Thd outlook
as we head into Sunday is for a windy day with the risk of some
showers, particularly along the south coast and then potenthally
some overnight rain Sunday hnto Monday. Those winds drop at the same
time and on Tuesday it is a little warmer and brighter. Have a nice
The next update from the Spotlight newsroom is at 5.35pm tomorrow.
sunshine to be enjoyed. Louise Lear has the national forecast now
though. Good evening. Heading off to bed
wondering what is in store for the weekend? Pretty much what we have
seen this week. Today we had a fair amount of cloud around and a few
showers coming in off the North Sea coast. Topping and tailing the
country, there was some beautiful spells of sunshine. It was glorious
in the Shetland aisles this afternoon and down towards Cornwall
as well. As for the weekend, it could start off on a chilly note
with some patchy fog and frost, but then hopefully we should see some
sunny spells coming through. The showers always likely to be out
towards the east. The showers continuing this evening and
overnight. Further west under clearer skies yet again, we could
see the temperatures falling away and we could see some patchy fog
which may well be slow to lift away first thing. In rural parts,
temperatures will dip close to freezing so it's going to be a
chilly start to Saturday morning, particularly if the fog lifts