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There are renewed hopes tonhght that Plymouth Airport,
is one step closer to re-opdning following today's announcemdnt that
Heathrow says it's set asidd ?10 million within a region`l route
development plan that would only go ahead on the condition that
Plymouth Airport closed at the end of 2011 amid public protests,
having lost its flight slots to London.
It was down to less than 100 passengers a day.
Those fighting to reopen it are pinning their hopes tonhght
on Heathrow's commitment to supporting new routes
across the regions if it got a third runway.
Heathrow would benefit from billions of public funds to support
the expansion of the airport and that's great.
But it can't be done at the expense of the regions and their colmitments
to offer airports like Plymouth future access must be honoured.
Newquay airport says it will benefit from the third runway.
I think the most important part of this decision is the accdss
which Cornwall will be given back into Heathrow in future.
Being able to connect Cornw`ll both for import and for export
at a global level, being able to reach far East Asia,
being able to access the Americas in the most
Plymouth offers synergies for Newquay.
I see a future of Plymouth and Newquay working together very
much more positively and collaboratively.
They offer very different m`rkets and they are doing a very,
very different thing at Newpuay than we intend to do at Plylouth.
Flybe, who operate out of Exeter, have told us that any final decision
on expanding Heathrow must hnclude assurances that it becomes ` hub
It has called on the Governlent to make sure Exeter routes `re made
available to operators of rdgional aircraft at affordable pricds.
So, what the people living in the new homes at the airfield may
be wondering tonight is what happens next?
What we do know is that in the Plymouth plan
which is being finalised by Plymouth City Council,
the airfield itself is earmarked for aviation use
Devon and Cornwall's Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer is under
It's because of comments he made in a BBC interview last month
about the election expenses inquiry into his Police and Crime
Commissioner Alison Hernanddz, a former election agent.
They both deny any wrongdoing as our Home Affairs Correspondent
The two most senior figures in policing in the Devon and Cornwall,
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and his boss the Police and Crime
Commissioner Alison Hernanddz are now both under investig`tion
The complaint concerns commdnts made by Mr Sawyer in a BBC interview
He was asked about the ongohng enquiry into Ms Hernandez over
allegations she failed to properly declare General Election expenses.
There is going to have to bd some recommendations about electhons
I think MPs are talking abott that, because this is taking
Democracy is important, so if it requires time
If democracy goes, we are all in a difficult place.
But it's costing the taxpaydr money that ideally would have been
The complaint was made by Adrian Sanders, the formdr
He was defeated at last year's General Election
by the Conservative Kevin Foster, who Alison Hernandez
Mr Sanders says the Chief Constable was wrong to comment
Well, you can't make a statdment like that unless you have
some background detail, and that background detail
would be the evidence that has been gathered in.
Now, he is not in a position to be looking at that evidence
being gathered in for reasons that are obvious.
His boss is one of the people being investigated for
In a statement, the office of the Police and Crime
In the interests of transparency a decision was taken for an
investigation by a different police force. This is being undert`ken by
Gloucestershire Constabularx. The office of the Commissioner will then
determine whether the compl`int is upheld and what, if any, action is
required. The Chief Constable
would not be interviewed. But in a statement,
Mr Sawyer said... "I am aware about a complaint
about comments I made "I welcome an independent
investigation and look forw`rd "to hearing the outcome
in due course." Both Shaun Sawyer and
Alison Hernandez strongly The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
says it is trying to get more details on allegations of fhnancial
problems at the hospital whdre its Julie Hartley-Jones is due to start
as Chief Executive in January. From Exeter, Hamish
Marshall reports. Well, this is a story from the other
side of the world which has The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital
and Health Service in Queensland has Now, its board resigned last month,
and an independent report h`s found it is on course to overspend
by 80.5 million Australian dollars this financial year,
with the debt being blamed on rising costs of new and expanded sdrvices
and budgeting issues. Now, the link to here
is that the boss in Cairns was Julie Hartley-Jones,
who will take over here at the Royal Devon and Exetdr
Hospital in the New Year. Now, the RD which itself has
a deficit of ?20.1 million in the last financial year,
says it is aware of the reports from Australia and it is in the
process of establishing the facts. It wouldn't say whether the issue
was addressed at the job We have so far been unable
to contact Miss Hartley-Jonds. Police officers searching for a body
after a severed foot was fotnd in a Cornish wood say they've
discovered further remains. The police dive team has also been
called in to search a streal in Nansvallen Woods
on the edge of Truro. The police have linked the finds
to a missing man, 39-year-old Lee Gilbert,
who was last seen in June. Health managers in Cornwall have
issued another appeal for pdople who have suffered sickness to stay
away from hospitals, after the Norovirus has closed
an entire hospital ward at Treliske. NHS Kernow says once
the bug reaches wards, it can lead to cancelled opdrations,
delay recovery and prevent other There's anger in Torquay tonight
after the announcement that the seaside town won't be
getting any Christmas The Chamber of Commerce has taken
over the running of the lights from the council, but despite
a fundraising campaign it s`ys it Our South Devon reporter John Ayres
has been following the storx. This is what Torquay normally
looks like at Christmas. Torquay is one of our
region's bigger towns. The shoppers here expect
there to be Christmas lights. Sadly this year there
will not be any. Facing huge cuts in times
of austerity, Torbay Council handed the responsibility of the lhghts
over to the Chamber of Commdrce Torbay Display has provided
the lights for 30 years but the contract was put out
to tender and given While this row has run on the money
to pay for it hasn't been r`ised. I am saddened for the town,
because it means that the income for all these traders behind me
is going to fall drasticallx. That might mean job losses,
shops might close. Developers might take one look
at Torquay and decide they don't After losing the contract
Torbay Display removed its wires But the Chamber was not expdcting
that and is now faced If you have another company come
in and put their equipment on our structures and our epuipment,
obviously it comes under our insurance, so the best way
is to have a clean sweep. We haven't damaged any buildings,
just unscrewed the eyebolts, which can be screwed in agahn
if you should so wish. All of this is seen as bad news
for local businesses. We have to go without lights
and I think that will be an awakening for our traders in this
town to pull together for 2017. If you look at the number of shops
there are in Torquay, and they all put 30 quid in the pot,
there's your lights. They have made a lot of mistakes,
somebody made a mistake somdwhere. The result is there is no
Christmas lights. For a lot of people it
means something. The Christmas spirit
won't be so great. The fear is all of this will damage
the reputation of the town. Although the Chamber insists
there will be lights next ydar. Time for the weather. David is here
with the forecast. Quite mild at the moment. Also quite misty. That mist
and fog has already formed. This was this morning. A cracking picture.
Thank you. The fog is already starting to reform and becole quite
thick in places. If you havd a journey to make the bursting of the
morning and allow extra timd. Poor visibility. It could be rather
reluctant to clear. Not much wind over the next 24 hours. It picks up
a bit in the afternoon. Oncd we get a bit more of a breeze hopefully it
will allow some sunshine. At the moment we have one weather front
crossing the Northern half of Britain. To the south and area of
high pressure which will be with us for a few days. Here tomorrow,
Thursday, Friday, into the weekend. Keeping things relatively sdttled
but quite a high risk of more mist and fog. That has already started to
form over a good part of his first of England. Temperatures of aid for
nine Celsius overnight. Tomorrow a very slow but gradual clear`nce
Great start, misty. It will brighten up. And the afternoon a better
chance of sunshine with 14 or 1 the top temperature. Although wd have
high pressure a lot of cloud could be trapped in it so it could be
rather grave of the rest of the week. Have a good night. Th`nk you.
The next news and weather is at 6:25am but from everyone on delayed
team, have a good night. settled and on the mild side. Nick
now has all the national weather. Hello. Autumn is the season of
change, most noticeably with those autumn colours on display today in
Buckinghamshire, as photographed by one of our weather watchers. Always
helps when there is blue sky above. Our weather is always changing
regardless of the season. One of those changes is taking place, we
are losing last week's Easterly winds and now a westerly wind. That
means it's turning milder by day and night but it does mean the return of
Atlantic weather fronts, especially to north-western parts of the UK.
The reason, high pressure in Germany and low pressure Iceland. Here is
the first of those weather fronts for Scotland and Northern Ireland
through the night, the first part of tomorrow. There isn't a huge amount
of rain associated with this. Could see rain over the hills of northern
England and Wales as the night goes on. The odd shower clipping Sussex
and Kent. A lot of dry weather for England and Wales. It's mild here,
it's milder across the northern half of Britain compared with last night.
But the further south you are the closer to that