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Good evening from the late team in the South West.
Business leaders have called for our region to get a bigger share
Fares will rise next week and will hit all parts
of the country equally, campaigners say that's unfair
The rail industry says billions of pounds is being spent
More from our business correspondent Neil Gallacher.
Rail fares will go up by an average of 2.3% from January 2nd.
That rise is being applied uniformly across the country.
On the face of it, that treats all regions equally.
Well, this is an inherently unfair system.
The price increase applies right across the country,
regardless of how much the cost is going back into the network.
The reality is we get about a tenth of the spend that the rest
And that is the reason why we have got such a fragile rail network.
The vulnerability of the rail link into Devon and Cornwall was keenly
felt at the start of December because of flooding at Cowley Bridge
outside Exeter, lending urgency to calls for more spending here.
But the picture is not all bad, according to the joint rail campaign
That is real investment in the south-west.
Every part of the country wants money.
We have just got to shout very, very loudly and make sure we are heard,
so that the investment comes to the south-west.
We really feel we are the forgotten south-west and that's why
we are saying to government, don't forget about us, we need
Record amounts are being spent upgrading Britain's railway
Some of that spending undeniably has knock-on
benefits back down the line, but it will soon be three years
since the collapse of the main route at Dawlish reminded everyone how
this region does not enjoy the sort of robust rail links that many other
parts of the country take for granted.
And now a round up of some of the other stories
Police are warning that dangerous drugs which were stolen from three
vets practices in Cornwall in the last week could prove
The drugs including Ketamine and Apomorphine were taken
from practices in Trelay, Redruth and Truro.
The family of a Devon man murdered in Tamerton Foliot on New Year's Day
in 2015 want answers from the probation service about how
It's emerged that Donald Pemberton - who stabbed Tanis Bhandari to death
- was out on licence from prison when he was seen wielding meat
cleavers a fortnight before the murder.
The Community Rehabilitation Company involved said his behaviour
The public are being asked to have their say about plans
for the reform of the NHS and social care system in Cornwall
The five year plan could include the loss of hospital beds in favour
A series of public meetings will be held throughout January.
Dartmoor National Park is one of many losing millions of pounds
in Government funding, according to figures
The Campaign for National Parks said staff numbers on Dartmoor had
The government had promised to protect funding, but figures show
parks will be receiving much less by 2020 than a decade earlier.
It's a common complaint that there's not enough for young teenagers
Well, now in Dawlish, they have a youth club
Local church groups have got together to provide an inflatable
pop-up dome where young people can go on a Friday night.
This storm is being run by church groups. This area has had problems
with drugs. We have been doing work in the town for years and the use
groups were not working so we looked at something that was more Ballard
would draw the young people in and we just happen to stumble across a
pop-up dome and we thought, "Why not?" And we realised it was not too
expensive. It is very much in its infancy, but it is somewhere to go
that is warm with the tea and coffee beyond the local sports centre. If
you are a sporty person, there is definitely a lot to do. But there is
not a lot of things like this. I guess it is to somewhere for them to
go and it is not out on these treat this mixing with random people. It
is a bit safer. It is warm in here, I guess. And the outside is called.
There are activities. Playing games. Other this is operated by church
groups, it is not here to preach or convert. It is currently running
Friday night, and in the summer, they hope to hold outdoor activities
as well. Onto tonight's football
and in League 2 Yeovil Town held promotion chasing Portsmouth
to a goalless draw at Huish Park. The results leaves
the Glovers in 12th place. Of course it's New Year's Eve
tomorrow and if you're off out you'll need to know what the weather
will be like. Thank you. Good evening. Well,
foremost, it is dry but rather cloudy. And then start 2017 with
some rain. This evening, it is dry foremost. That's a bit of fog and
the greatest chance of some frost further to the east and for the
Channel islands. But foremost, frost free overnight. 4-5 C. But rather a
lowering so we have some fog as lowering so we have some fog as
well. A cloudy start to the day tomorrow. Some breaks possible at
times, allowing some brightness times, allowing some brightness
through, equally we could see some rain over the hills. Foremost, debit
is just about creeping into double figures. So we end the year rather
cloudy but dry for your celebrations. And then the rain
comes through during the early hours of the 1st of January, claiming to
brighter weather. Happy New Year. Our next news is at
7.35am tomorrow evening. Have a lovely weekend
and thanks for your company. Good evening. Looking ahead to 2017
it looks like we will start off on a cold note. This weather front will
move south in the next day or so bringing rain with it, but also much
colder air following a lull behind. It will sweep the fog away. It's
grey for some places this afternoon. You could hardly see across the
river in the Greater London area. Met Office warnings are in