21/10/2016 Spotlight


21/10/2016

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A "dangerous" and "deceitful" woman who was said to have a "fascination

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with fire" is starting 14 life sentences tonight.

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Karen Pedley started a string of fires around Cornwall -

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one in a nursing home caused the death of a 96-year-old resident.

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She was found guilty of one count of murder and 12 of arson

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Gladys Roe was sleeping peacefully here in 2008 when Karen Pedley set

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the curtains in her room on fire. Karen Pedley later attempted to

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rescue the 96-year-old from the fray but was driven back by thick smoke.

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Gladys Rowe died if few days later. The prosecution said that K`ren

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Pedley's fascination with fhre started in 1983 when she was

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rewarded with a clip on Concorde for saving her family as their home was

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gutted by flames in Bedfordshire. Truro Crown Court was told that

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Karen Pedley started a string of fires between 2002 and 2010 in

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Cornwall. Three were sent hdre. One here. And another at this house next

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door to where Karen Pedley lived. The prosecution said it was

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miraculous no one else died in the fires she set in police say she is a

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dangerous woman. She has shown a great level of deceit. A dangerous

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label. -- a dangerous lady. She has put people in the local comlunity at

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risk of serious harm and indeed killed an elderly lady locally. The

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defending lawyer said his client never meant to kill anyone `nd was

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obsessed with rescuing people after her success in 1983. The cotrt heard

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that Karen Pedley wants to die in prison.

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The Nigerian sister of a desperately ill Dorset woman -

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who was refused a visa so she can donate her stem cells

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in a life-saving treatment , will now be allowed to travdl

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May Brown who lives with her daughter and husband in Weylouth has

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The Medical Director who ignored a damning report on a gynaecologist

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at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has been struck off

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Dr Robert Pitcher ignored the conclusions of four

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200 former patients of Mr Jones have taken legal action

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Four decorated senior marinds have been given a four

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month prison sentence, suspended for a year,

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for failing to stop junior ranks beating new recruits

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It happened at a Commando Barracks at Bickleigh.

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Two of the senior marines h`ve been dismissed from services

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A South West rival to the Northern Powerhouse has been

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launched in a drive to attr`ct investment and create jobs.

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Business leaders, companies, MPs and councillors have bedn

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meeting to draw up a charter for economic growth in the region.

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From the summit at Exeter University our home affairs corresponddnt

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Hunters brewery are a relatively new company,

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Which is why they are joining the attempt to set up

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I believe as a region, regional businesses need to stick

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together, all work together to make things better in the region.

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The south-western powerhousd was launched today with the pinstripes

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of business, but also polithcians, universities, conservation

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groups and all led by one of the region's biggest companies.

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The Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands Engine

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You think you can achieve something with this?

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The point of this is to galvanise the business community,

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to articulate about what we want from government.

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We have devolution happening across the whole of the

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UK, we want to make sure the south-west

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gets its fair share of

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The plan is to draw up a ch`rter of what the region needs

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from the government, including improve road and rail

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links and high-speed broadband internet.

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But the government say the key to winning new investment

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I already back the south-west, it is already a powerhouse,

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Many of the regions have a devolution deal

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with government, getting Central control over transport,

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My door is open to south-west businesses and

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The charter for the Southwest and it's businesses will be

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presented to the Chancellor in the next few weeks-timed for just

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before his Autumn Statement on the economy.

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This is an ambitious plan to form a real

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presence of the south-west on a

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What it actually achieves only is apparent when the

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Chancellor sets out his invdstment plans in the next month.

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A teenager from Devon is looking to make more history this wdekend

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after becoming the youngest ever British Rallycross Champion.

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In his first season driving Supercars, Dan Rooke

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from Holsworthy, sealed the title in the penultimate race

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of the championship, breaking a title that had stood

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since 1989 - as well as becoming the youngest Rallycross Chalpion.

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On Sunday he has the chance to complete a unique

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double by winning the end of season Grand Prix.

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Time for the all important weekend weather forecast now - here's David.

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Hello. Good evening. More qtiet weather for us, both tonight and

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tomorrow. A change as we move into Sunday with much more of an easterly

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breeze developing. Mostly fhne and dry. Early frost and fog cldaring

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but also some sunshine to enjoy as well. Not too bad. A change on

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Sunday. This area of low prdssure gets closer through the day tomorrow

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and squeezes the isobars quhte a lot by the time we get to Sundax

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lunchtime. East or North East winds becoming gale force and the winds

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ease as we move into Monday. There is all so a weather front there are

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so be potential for a lot more cloud and the risk of some patchy rain.

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Light winds overnight tonight and largely clear skies means another

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cold night, another one where we will see frost and also somd fog

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forming and temperatures just a couple of degrees above fredzing.

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After that cold start and in places misty, it should brighten up and we

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will get sunny spells. Some cloud getting to the west coast of

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Cornwall for a time and top temperatures of 12-13dC. Thd outlook

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as we head into Sunday is for a windy day with the risk of some

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showers, particularly along the south coast and then potenthally

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some overnight rain Sunday hnto Monday. Those winds drop at the same

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time and on Tuesday it is a little warmer and brighter. Have a nice

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The next update from the Spotlight newsroom is at 5.35pm tomorrow.

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sunshine to be enjoyed. Louise Lear has the national forecast now

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though. Good evening. Heading off to bed

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wondering what is in store for the weekend? Pretty much what we have

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seen this week. Today we had a fair amount of cloud around and a few

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showers coming in off the North Sea coast. Topping and tailing the

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country, there was some beautiful spells of sunshine. It was glorious

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in the Shetland aisles this afternoon and down towards Cornwall

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as well. As for the weekend, it could start off on a chilly note

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with some patchy fog and frost, but then hopefully we should see some

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sunny spells coming through. The showers always likely to be out

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towards the east. The showers continuing this evening and

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overnight. Further west under clearer skies yet again, we could

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see the temperatures falling away and we could see some patchy fog

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which may well be slow to lift away first thing. In rural parts,

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temperatures will dip close to freezing so it's going to be a

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chilly start to Saturday morning, particularly if the fog lifts

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slowly. A

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