30/12/2016 Spotlight


30/12/2016

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Good evening from the late team in the South West.

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Business leaders have called for our region to get a bigger share

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Fares will rise next week and will hit all parts

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of the country equally, campaigners say that's unfair

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The rail industry says billions of pounds is being spent

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More from our business correspondent Neil Gallacher.

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Rail fares will go up by an average of 2.3% from January 2nd.

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That rise is being applied uniformly across the country.

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On the face of it, that treats all regions equally.

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Well, this is an inherently unfair system.

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The price increase applies right across the country,

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regardless of how much the cost is going back into the network.

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The reality is we get about a tenth of the spend that the rest

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And that is the reason why we have got such a fragile rail network.

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The vulnerability of the rail link into Devon and Cornwall was keenly

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felt at the start of December because of flooding at Cowley Bridge

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outside Exeter, lending urgency to calls for more spending here.

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But the picture is not all bad, according to the joint rail campaign

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That is real investment in the south-west.

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Every part of the country wants money.

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We have just got to shout very, very loudly and make sure we are heard,

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so that the investment comes to the south-west.

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We really feel we are the forgotten south-west and that's why

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we are saying to government, don't forget about us, we need

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Record amounts are being spent upgrading Britain's railway

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Some of that spending undeniably has knock-on

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benefits back down the line, but it will soon be three years

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since the collapse of the main route at Dawlish reminded everyone how

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this region does not enjoy the sort of robust rail links that many other

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parts of the country take for granted.

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And now a round up of some of the other stories

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Police are warning that dangerous drugs which were stolen from three

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vets practices in Cornwall in the last week could prove

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The drugs including Ketamine and Apomorphine were taken

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from practices in Trelay, Redruth and Truro.

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The family of a Devon man murdered in Tamerton Foliot on New Year's Day

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in 2015 want answers from the probation service about how

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It's emerged that Donald Pemberton - who stabbed Tanis Bhandari to death

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- was out on licence from prison when he was seen wielding meat

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cleavers a fortnight before the murder.

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The Community Rehabilitation Company involved said his behaviour

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The public are being asked to have their say about plans

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for the reform of the NHS and social care system in Cornwall

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The five year plan could include the loss of hospital beds in favour

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A series of public meetings will be held throughout January.

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Dartmoor National Park is one of many losing millions of pounds

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in Government funding, according to figures

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The Campaign for National Parks said staff numbers on Dartmoor had

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The government had promised to protect funding, but figures show

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parks will be receiving much less by 2020 than a decade earlier.

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It's a common complaint that there's not enough for young teenagers

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Well, now in Dawlish, they have a youth club

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Local church groups have got together to provide an inflatable

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pop-up dome where young people can go on a Friday night.

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This storm is being run by church groups. This area has had problems

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with drugs. We have been doing work in the town for years and the use

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groups were not working so we looked at something that was more Ballard

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would draw the young people in and we just happen to stumble across a

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pop-up dome and we thought, "Why not?" And we realised it was not too

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expensive. It is very much in its infancy, but it is somewhere to go

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that is warm with the tea and coffee beyond the local sports centre. If

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you are a sporty person, there is definitely a lot to do. But there is

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not a lot of things like this. I guess it is to somewhere for them to

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go and it is not out on these treat this mixing with random people. It

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is a bit safer. It is warm in here, I guess. And the outside is called.

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There are activities. Playing games. Other this is operated by church

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groups, it is not here to preach or convert. It is currently running

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Friday night, and in the summer, they hope to hold outdoor activities

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as well. Onto tonight's football

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and in League 2 Yeovil Town held promotion chasing Portsmouth

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to a goalless draw at Huish Park. The results leaves

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the Glovers in 12th place. Of course it's New Year's Eve

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tomorrow and if you're off out you'll need to know what the weather

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will be like. Thank you. Good evening. Well,

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foremost, it is dry but rather cloudy. And then start 2017 with

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some rain. This evening, it is dry foremost. That's a bit of fog and

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the greatest chance of some frost further to the east and for the

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Channel islands. But foremost, frost free overnight. 4-5 C. But rather a

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lowering so we have some fog as lowering so we have some fog as

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well. A cloudy start to the day tomorrow. Some breaks possible at

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times, allowing some brightness times, allowing some brightness

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through, equally we could see some rain over the hills. Foremost, debit

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is just about creeping into double figures. So we end the year rather

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cloudy but dry for your celebrations. And then the rain

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comes through during the early hours of the 1st of January, claiming to

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brighter weather. Happy New Year. Our next news is at

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7.35am tomorrow evening. Have a lovely weekend

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and thanks for your company. Good evening. Looking ahead to 2017

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it looks like we will start off on a cold note. This weather front will

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move south in the next day or so bringing rain with it, but also much

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colder air following a lull behind. It will sweep the fog away. It's

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grey for some places this afternoon. You could hardly see across the

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river in the Greater London area. Met Office warnings are in

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