28/12/2016 Spotlight


28/12/2016

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Good evening. Friends and family of a Devon man

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shot in the head in Antigua have now raised more than ?64,000

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to fly him back to the UK. 37-year-old Chris Tester remains

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in a critical condition since the attack on Christmas Day.

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Tonight, his family said words cannot express how grateful

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they are for all the support. Janine Jansen has the latest.

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A luxury holiday to Antigua turned into a nightmare.

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37-year-old Chris Tester from Torquay was helping his parents

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at their restaurant on Christmas Day.

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But a masked, armed robber held them at gunpoint and Chris

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was shot in the head.

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His sister Vicky, from Bristol, is anxiously waiting for news.

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I spoke to my dad and he just said "I've got some bad news.

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"Your brother's been shot and he's in hospital."

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Today, he was transferred to another island for specialist care.

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He's in an induced coma and they're just desperately trying to...

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Because originally they wanted to get him straight back to the UK.

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You know, they wanted to get him to a hospital here,

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because it's better care for him.

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But they were advised it's not safe to fly him.

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It's a long flight and the pressure, it would be too dangerous for him.

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Vicky says their parents emigrated over ten years ago, but have never

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experienced any violence before.

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The body of a man in his sixties has been recovered

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from Exeter Canal basin. The area was cordoned off

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around lunchtime today. Meanwhile, in Paignton,

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the body of a woman has been found in the harbour.

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Torbay Lifeboat was called to the scene, following reports

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of someone falling from Paignton Pier.

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People left behind after an illegal Boxing Day rave on Dartmoor

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say they are sorry for any disruption caused.

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Today, the clear-up got underway at woodland near Bellever,

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as Clare Woodling reports.

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Car keys lost, these revellers have no way of leaving Dartmoor.

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Stranded and cold, there has been time to reflect.

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It is a shame if it has disturbed some people,

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which, unfortunately, it might have done.

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I'm sorry if it did ruin anybody's Boxing Day.

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It is only one time in the year.

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As well as the response from the emergency services,

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an animal charity was called out, to collect escaped ponies at risk,

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after gates had been left open.

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We all had to drop tools, down family time and come out

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and put extra resourcing into gates and ensuring that the ponies

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were safely kept on-site. Our big concern was the ponies

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escaping on to the roads or getting out onto the open common,

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which would be very difficult to get them back from.

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So, yes, we have basically lost a couple of days.

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Steps have been taken today to restore order.

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The message going out to that community is you are not welcome

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to come to Forestry Commission land and carry out your activities.

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It is a danger to the members of the public who are here enjoying

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legitimate activities - walking, cycling

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and other recreation in our woodlands.

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They're are also putting themselves in danger.

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They're driving around the woodlands, they're using our

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woods as a toilet and they're also disturbing wildlife.

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The last traces of mess are being cleaned up.

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The focus now moves to preventing raves like this in future.

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Exeter's main hospital made almost ?2 million

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from parking charges last year. Torbay Hospital took almost

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?800,000 and Dorset County more than ?500,000.

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The figures came from a Press Association investigation.

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Hospitals say the money is invested in front line services

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and that some patients are exempt, but critics argue it is immoral.

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Now, it is a time of year when many of us like to get out

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in the countryside, but it is not so easy if mobility is an issue.

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A new, all-terrain buggy scheme has been pioneered

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here in the South West.

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Our Environment Correspondent Adrian Campbell has more.

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You'll get that good view when we get around the corner.

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This all-terrain vehicle is being put through its paces on Dartmoor.

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There are 37 sites around the South West where people

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with limited mobility can get out into the countryside

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and take in the view. I went with my 86-year-old father,

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who tackled the sometimes-difficult terraine with relative ease.

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It's lovely countryside. Lovely scenery.

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I'm used to a scooter, but this is a different kind of scooter.

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The controls are so simple.

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The South West has pioneered this idea.

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For a nominal fee, you can sign up to the network

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and then go exploring.

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They vary from coastal sites, where you can get up on clifftops,

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or you can go to a forest area, like Holden Forest.

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I'll do you a new list of sites with pubs.

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We've got quite a lot with cafes.

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As I understand, pubs would be more...

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More appropriate, yeah!

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And you can find more details of the charity buggies

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on the Spotlight Facebook Page

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Let us take a look at the weather now, with David.

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Hello, again. Good evening.

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Already, it has turned frosty and, I think, for the rest of the night,

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we will also have some mist and fog problems.

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Some of the fog will be freezing, particularly across parts

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of Somerset and Dorset. So, very tricky

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travelling conditions. Stay tuned to BBC local radio

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for all the latest updates first thing tomorrow.

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We have got high pressure in charge, at least for the rest of this week.

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At the weekend, however, there is a bit of a change

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coming our way. More of that later.

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The mist and fog forming very quickly now.

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Temperatures bottoming out at zero, maybe dipping

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into minus figures here and here. Tomorrow, some sunshine.

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Certainly, for much of the day, we will see some sunny spells.

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But some parts of Somerset may not lift from the mist and fog.

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That could stick around all day and, there, temperatures

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struggling up to 4-5 Celsius. For the rest of us, 8-9 Celsius.

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The big change comes at the weekend, through the New Year.

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This cold front will gradually trickle southwards

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and will introduce Arctic air. So, quite a big change,

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Sunday night into Monday. But for the rest of this week,

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with south-westerly light winds, temperatures just

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into double figures. Have a good night.

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That is all from the late team. Have a good night.

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