21/12/2016 Spotlight


21/12/2016

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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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The Royal Marine who was jailed for the murder of a Taliban fighter

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has been refused bail today pending a new challenge to his conviction.

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Sergeant Alexander Blackman who's Taunton-based, and has served

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with the Plymouth-based 42 Commando, shot the insurgent in 2011

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He'd hoped to be out for Christmas but as Clinton Rogers reports

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the Court Martial Appeal Court in London decided he

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Surrounded by vocal support, Alexander Blackman's wife walked

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in to the Court of Appeal with high hopes her husband might

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Two hours later she emerged disappointed but still hopeful

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We must remember that earlier this month the Criminal

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to the Appeal Courts and this is the most important step

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to getting the conviction and sentence overturned.

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Blackman's legal team had applied for bail pending that hearing,

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which could be as soon as late January.

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But we now know that until it's heard the former

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will stay in Erlestoke Prison in Wiltshire.

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An MP who has been part of the campaign of support

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for Marine A and has visited him several times

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He will go to bed tonight not an entirely happy man,

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but at least he knows a few weeks' time this could be all over

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We have to take the emotion out I think.

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A former Royal Marine colonel told me this afternoon that

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unquestionably Blackman had made a mistake in shooting dead

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the wounded Taliban insurgent, but others may need to take some

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Yes, he has failed, but I think to an extent the system has failed.

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Did he know exactly what you could and couldn't do

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there's a failure in the system because we should have

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made sure that he did, and if he was under stress,

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as some of the reports suggest, then the system I think should have

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picked him up and supported him before.

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So Claire Blackman will spend another Christmas

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without her husband but there are hopes that 2017 could produce

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Former Royal Marine, Lord Bennett, who's based in Devon has been

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following Sergeant Blackman's case and has been talking

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I spoke to him earlier and he says they remain optimistic,

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He's been an exemplary prisoner, but apparently that's not the score.

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The important point apparently is that there hasn't been precedent

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in a case like this for bail and the judges have

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I mean Alexander Blackman and his wife, his loyal

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and courageous wife, must be bitterly disappointed

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but every cloud has a silver lining and the Lord Chief Justice who gave

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the judgment on the bail hearing has said that he will hear the case,

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expedite the case, and hear it in just over a month's time.

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So are you confident on bail his murder conviction

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Yes, I am absolutely confident of that.

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They have three independent psychiatric reports,

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three different psychiatrists have said that Alexander Blackman must

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have been under the most immense and intense pressure.

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No one who hasn't actually been on a battlefield

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knows what this entails, what fighting like that entails.

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Six 6-month tours that man had in eight years.

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No one is complaining, that is what the Royal Marines

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are for, they are fighting troops, our elite fighting troops,

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probably the elite fighting troops of the world.

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I've visited him in prison and I know him.

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At worst it's manslaughter and if it had been manslaughter he would have

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got three years reduced to 18 months.

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Why do you think all this didn't come out at the time

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That is a very good question and obviously there are going

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to have to be questions made and asked of his initial legal team.

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I'll say no more about that but I suspect that is the case.

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Two men have been jailed for the murder of a pensioner in Cornwall.

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72-year-old David Alderson was found dead in a pond at a disused mine

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Kevin Cooper from Carharrack was given a 28 year jail sentence

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while Trewen Kevern from Falmouth was sentenced to 20 years.

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Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating allegations

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of historic abuse within football clubs in the South West.

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They relate to non-league and junior sides.

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Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United and Yeovil Town say

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they're not aware of any allegations involving them.

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That's also understood to be the case at Exeter City.

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An IKEA store is to be built on the outskirts of Exeter

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after councillors gave it the go ahead.

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The city council has approved plans for the Swedish furniture store

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to be built south of the A379, near Newcourt Way.

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Plymouth Argyle has set up a lucrative FA Cup third tie with the

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Premier League giants Liverpool after winning in extra time. They

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needed a penalty to add more than three hours of stalemate, as Andy

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Burkett reports. Plymouth

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And as John Ayres reports it's not clear who's responsible.

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When drivers, with their sat-navs or the maps they are following,

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come down this road, they suddenly find

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And getting to the other side of this fence is quite some detour.

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Well, that was the shortest way around and it was

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Don't know where to go for this part of Carhaix Way.

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People on this side who have small children, there is a little hole

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in a hedge which is actually very tricky to get through.

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That is what they have to come through to be able to walk.

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Otherwise, if they have transport, they have to get in their vehicles

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A number of different developers have built on this estate

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with their own individual planning permissions, but even though these

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neighbouring developments are meant to join the two ends of Carhaix Way

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up, there's approximately a one foot difference

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Buses, bikes and pedestrians are supposed to be able

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Both developers insist they carried out their developments exactly

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as stipulated in their planning permissions, to the letter.

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So I asked Teignbridge planners, how could this happen?

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They did not really answer that question but they did tell me

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that they are meeting with Devon County Council,

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the highways authority, in the new year to discuss how

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For now, and certainly this Christmas, delivery drivers

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are going to have to cope with what is in front of them

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Good evening. I think we are now Good evening. I think we are now

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pretty confident we will not get a white

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mild with high temperatures for the mild with

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time of year. We are waking up to a time of year. We are waking up to a

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frost tomorrow in places with some sunshine and also showers dotted

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around. We have lost a weather front around. We have lost a weather front

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but we get a ridge of high pressure but it is only for one day. In

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Atlantic there is a fast moving area Atlantic there is a fast moving area

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to the north of Britain but for us to the north of Britain but for us

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it will be quite windy and there will be some rain as well. Dry

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frost is the bigger of the deals. frost is the bigger of the

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parts of Somerset and East Devon and parts of Somerset and East Devon and

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it could even get down to zero. Cold start and the day is bright, mainly

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dry. Of few showers passing by. Temperatures lower than they have

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been. The winds are mainly Westerly. Friday starts off Brighton dried up

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quite quickly a line of rain will come in and accompanying it will be

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some gale force winds. It stays mild as we head through Christmas Eve and

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Christmas Day. Have a good evening. Thank you very

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much. That is it from us and the next update is from the spotlight

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team at 6:25am tomorrow morning. Good night.

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good for us. Mild by the time we reach Christmas Day.

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Hello there, there is wet and very windy weather on the way in the

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run-up to Christmas. The worst of the weather to the northern half of

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the UK. We have a strengthening jet out of North America that is

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propgating across the Atlantic. Rushing our way. Picking up low

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pressure, deepening them, tracking them to the north-west of Scotland,

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hence the wind and rain. Tonight, we have gale force winds in the

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north-west of Scotland. Wintry showers here. There is still come

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rain to clear from the

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