02/11/2016 Spotlight


02/11/2016

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The Georgian facade of Exeter's Royal Clarence Hotel

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was demolished today after the building was destroyed by fire.

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Crowds gathered to watch thd moment the remaining structure camd down.

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As Simon Hall reports, many of them had a personal

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As the insults follow the injury, so the demolition follows the fire.

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A facade which stood for hundreds of years gone with just a ntdge

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Crowds turned out to watch, many with powerful memories

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The Clarence is somewhere where I spent my wedding night,

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where I did Christmas lunchds every year for a decade with my f`mily.

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We had our wedding reception there so...

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In one of the rooms that has been gutted actually.

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Exeter City Council wanted the facade brought down to reduce

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the cordon on Cathedral Gredn to allow more businesses to open

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All of it is very sad, but it will be built again.

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Our policy is to build it to what it was, at least thd front

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The cathedral, spiritual sotl of this city, has now reopened.

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Today was the highest profile part of the demolition operation.

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The rest of the work is expdcted to take several weeks at le`st.

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The ground and first floors are historically very important

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They date from the 13th century so the plan is now for

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the demolition crews to work slowly and carefully around them

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in an attempt to try and prdserve that precious heritage.

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A rising number of police officers in Devon and Cornwall are bding

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This year, nearly 250 officdrs in the force have been assatlted,

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in four cases it was so sevdre it was classed as

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The number of assaults on officers is rising year on year.

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Well, today the issue was debated in Parliament.

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Spotlight has been speaking to PC Dan Care who was assaulted one night

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One of the males became aggressive and punched my

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It ended up back around this area here.

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The male started throwing punches at me and

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other people in the group started to get involved.

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I didn't know I'd be able to go back to front line policing.

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It is something I really loved doing.

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It's had a big effect and it's been a

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It's only recently going on holiday that I realised how much of an

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effect it had on me, and my wife noticed the change.

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It took that to realise how bad it had been.

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PC Dan Care on his experience of assault.

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There's been scathing criticism of the Environment Agency

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for the way it dealt with flooding on the Somerset Levels

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Today, the Commons Environmdnt Committee called for

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the agency to be stripped of some of its powers,

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and a new National Floods Commissioner to be appointed.

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Temperatures may have been in the high teens earlier this week,

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but tonight gritters are out on some of Devon's major roads

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Road surface temperatures are forecast to drop close

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to freezing in a number of areas overnight.

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Torquay will have Christmas lights this year after all.

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The town's Chamber of Commerce had been struggling to fund

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But now a local radio station has stepped in to help.

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Work's under way in Devon to reunite child refugees and asylum sdekers

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with their families in other areas of the UK.

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20 boys under the age of 18 arrived in Devon from Calais last wdek.

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The Mayor of Great Torrington says the outpouring of generositx

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But as our north Devon reporter Andrea Ormsby reports,

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Week two and the donations just keep coming.

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Hello, I've brought some items for the refugees.

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The Plough art centre in Great Torrington is the

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Until last week, this is where they were based in Calais,

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now dismantled and cleared of thousands of people

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who fled their own war-torn countries.

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The community outpouring of kindness, love and generosity has

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quite emotional to see all the positive stuff happdning.

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Of course, it is not all positive as some groups have been set up

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specifically to protest about the refugees

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being here and one on

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Facebook is trying to organhse a protest rally to show the strength

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This is another protest grotp, but it's against the idea of a

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demonstration saying it would be wrong to burden the police.

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Its Facebook page has gone back online

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after winning an appeal after complaints of racism.

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The group said it formed because several Devon counchls

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friendly without consulting constituents first.

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Other Facebook pages are springing up in responsd.

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This one has more than 4,000 likes after a week.

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And heartening to know so many other people

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Another vanload is off to the refugees.

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The process of reuniting thdm with family members

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already in the UK is said to be ongoing.

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If you're a woman in the sotth-west convicted of a crime and given

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a prison sentence the chancds are you'll serve your time

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at Eastwood Park women's prison in Gloucestershire.

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To mark its 20th anniversarx, reporter Lee Madan has been given

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exclusive access to find out what life inside is like.

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The thought of coming here is just mind blowing.

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There are bullies within thd prison, but I don't think you'll evdr be

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Diane is serving two-and-a-half years for committing fraud.

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Anne, 12 years for conspiracy to supply drugs.

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For both, their first time behind bars was daunting.

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I think I cried constantly all night.

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I do beat myself up for it, I do feel totally responsible

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Prison may be about punishmdnt but it's also about rehabilhtation.

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It offers courses run by Western College and finds some

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inmates jobs they can do from inside jail.

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Diane works for the national career service.

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As tough as it was I thought there's no way I'm going

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Although Eastwood Park has seen many changes over 20 years,

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one thing has stayed the sale, the fact that staff agree

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with estimates that 50% of hnmates here and in every other wom`n's

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prison in the country are themselves the victims of abuse.

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Since it opened Eastwood Park has tried different ways to try

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It's incredibly difficult for women to turn around and walk awax

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from people who may be abushng them, with young children -

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potentially very young children - when the alternative

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If you give them that opportunity where they can earn a living

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and they can sustain life independent of that it gives

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Most women prisoners are on short sentences.

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The Governor wants judges to consider giving longer sdntences

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It is impossible to undo decades of abuse.

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The governor wants more timd with inmates to stop jail

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being a short-term refuge they keeep coming back to make it somewhere

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they can properly plan their escape from a lifetime of abuse.

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The Lizard juniper is thought to be one of the rarest plants in England

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and only grows on Cornwall's Lizard Peninsula.

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At one stage, experts estimated there were only 13

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But it's hoped that it's now no longer under the threat

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of extinction as cuttings t`ken have successfully grown

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It's expected after a littld nurturing they will begin to thrive

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Time now for a look at the weather and with temperatures set

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good evening. We've had somd interesting weather over thd last

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few weeks. It's been quite dry. It has been one of the driest hn

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October is on record. We had the warmth yesterday and now we have a

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cooling trend that continues into the weekend. Roth or north-dasterly

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winds dragged in colder air so we have seen the last of the hhgh

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temperatures. A frost overnhght tonight and clouding over qtickly

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tomorrow with the risk of p`tchy rain in the afternoon. The clear sky

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continues overnight and it will drop temperatures with a widesprdad

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overnight frost. Particularly in parts of Somerset. Some sunny spells

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briefly tomorrow but it will cloud over and won't feel very warm.

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Patchy rain will then begin to show and continue until the evenhng. The

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northerly wind then sets in as we head towards the weekend and it will

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substantially drop the tempdratures. We will continue to see overnight

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frost. By Sunday it will fedl pretty cold.

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That's all the news and weather from us tonight.

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Plenty more online, of course, and Heidi's back in breakfast

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bulletins tomorrow bright and early from 6.25.

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From all of us here on the late team though, goodnight.

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not stop the temperature is coming up to around 12. Mick Miller has the

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national picture. The weather may have turned colder

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but for many of us today there was abundant sunshine. This is from the

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end of the day from Oxfordshire Cold and clear by day and clear and

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even colder overnight. That is the recipe at this time of year.

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Widespread ground frost setting in. Parts of East Anglia already below

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freezing.

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