29/12/2016 Spotlight


29/12/2016

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An investigation is under way in Cornwall after the bodies of two

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men were found at a property in St Austell.

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Their deaths are being treated as unexplained.

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Spotlight's Eleanor Parkinson has spent the day at the scene.

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The bodies of the two men were found in a rented flat in this building

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The police have not revealed how they died but say

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Officers from Plymouth have been drafted in,

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along with a forensic team and a number of fire officers.

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This block of flats has been sealed off all day while officers

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search around the building and inside the property.

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The police say that the two men who died are a 31-year-old local man

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and a 22-year-old man originally from Plymouth.

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They say that another man arrested at the scene on suspicion

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of burglary is not thought to have anything to do with the deaths.

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Obviously, I do not know exactly what has happened, but, no,

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it is appalling that something like this can happen.

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The results of postmortem examinations are expected tomorrow

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but the fire brigade have already ruled out the possibility

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There are hopes that a man from Torquay shot in the head

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during an attempted robbery in Antigua could be flown back

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Chris Tester was attacked at his parents' restaurant

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The 37-year-old was due to have an operation today.

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An appeal to fly him home has raised almost ?70,000.

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An investigation has been launched after a pilot briefly lost control

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Ice built up on an Aurigny flight from Guernsey to Manchester causing

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It happened on the 21st of December as the aircraft was climbing.

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The flight returned safely to Guernsey.

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The RSCPA has been called in after undercover filming

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at a farm in Somerset showed animals being punched and kicked.

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The farm owner says he was appalled when he saw the film and has sacked

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Some viewers may find scenes upsetting in this

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He has just kicked that cow square in the face.

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She gave birth 1.5 hours before this footage was taken.

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And the animal rights group which secretly filmed the farm

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on the edge of Taunton has described it as shocking.

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I really don't know what I was expecting to see as far

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as the handling of the animals, but to see tiny calves and cows

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who had just given birth being punched and kicked and sworn

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at in such an aggressive manner, I found really shocking.

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The charity says that it chose to hide a camera at Pyrland Farm

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in Taunton after a tip-off from someone living nearby

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When we visited the farm today, a local vet was there as well.

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He said he was as surprised as anyone when he saw the film

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I just can't understand his behaviour, because...

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The farmer himself said he had now sacked the labourer seen

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to have kicked and punched the cows and calves.

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But he denied any welfare issues on the farm.

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We were really appalled by the behaviour of

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We take great pride in our dairy herd and we all work very

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And we are very proud of the way the cows are on this farm.

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The footage has now been passed to the RSPCA.

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They say that they are investigating, adding

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that they are concerned by what they see.

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The Devon dog charity K9 Focus wants people to stop bringing rescue dogs

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back from Europe while so many dogs here are put down.

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One couple have defended their decision, saying conditions

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If you look at the pictures of foreign dogs, I mean,

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But I think what people don't realise is that in this country,

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we are putting a dog to sleep every two hours and we just don't

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So for every dog that comes in, one of our dogs here

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A surfer from Cornwall has been describing how he was crushed under

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tonnes of water at a big wave competition in Portugal.

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Tom Butler was in a World Surf League event when he

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He was taken to hospital where he was treated

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for a split ear, bruised ribs and a suspected lung injury.

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As I landed and fell, I slapped the water really hard.

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I had an outstretched arm, so then that left all my rib cage

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exposed to the water and I just slapped really hard and hit

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basically my ribs and lungs and that knocked all the wind out of me.

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It's turning cloudier to end the year.

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The high pressure we have seen keeping things settled for the last

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Those isobars are tightening a bit, becoming breezier, and then this

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weather front coming through during New Year's Day

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turning it rather cloudy and damp for a time before colder,

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Tonight, we are seeing the return of some mist patches,

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Some fog here, perhaps, for a time, but the wind does pick up a little,

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But cloud further to the west is lowering so we could see

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Temperatures holding out further to the west.

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Could just be cold enough for a touch of frost

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But, equally, I think we could see some spits and spots of light rain

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Temperatures up a bit on today but certainly not feeling it

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with the lack of sunshine and a bit more breeze.

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It stays cloudy to end the year as well.

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The next update from the Spotlight newsroom will be just

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From everyone here, thank you for your company and enjoy what is left

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of your night. Goodbye. Hello. Fold and frost has been a

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feature of the weather in recent mornings in England and Wales,

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producing a wintry scene with Frost in Oxfordshire this morning. In

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Highland Scotland, a completely different story. Thank you to our

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weather watchers for the photos. Snow on the hills but temperatures

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reaching double figures as the

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