04/01/2017 Spotlight


04/01/2017

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throughout the night with the BBC News Channel. Now it

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Parts of Dartmoor and Exmoor could be "returned to the wild" according

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The 25-year plan could see subsidies paid to farmers being cut,

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allowing the areas to return to their natural state.

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Our Environment Correspondent Adrian Campbell reports.

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The wide open uplands of the south-west are

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But when it comes to making a profit from this land,

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Some farmers have benefited from subsidies, but since the Brexit

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vote everything is suddenly up for debate.

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However, it shouldn't be forgotten that the uplands

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provide us with important and often hidden benefits.

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This is sphagnum moss found here on the edge of Exmoor.

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It is really useful to all of us, because it traps moisture

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Once upon a time nobody put a price tag on this kind of thing,

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Farmers and environmental groups such as the RSPB have worked closely

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to protect this part of Exmoor over years, but they know

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Robin Milton is an upland farmer and the vice-chairman

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Let's remember it is a living, working landscape.

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I think it would be very, very poor of us to consider actually

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any forms of what could be construed as land abandonment.

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I'm not entirely sure that would deliver what we expect.

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But abandonment and re-wilding of the uplands may be on the agenda

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as the Government considers how to manage our countryside

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One option could be to plant more trees.

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Wildlife organisations say the Government needs

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The uplands should be the most favoured areas

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for government investment, cos they deliver so much more

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Flood protection, nature, all the incredible acts so that

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people can spend their leisure time out here.

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In a way they should be the favoured areas for farming investment.

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We contacted Defra and asked them about their plans

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They told us they couldn't say farming will continue as before.

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That's because they've just started work on a 25-year plan

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which they aim to publish at the end of the year.

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Well, this comes at a time when the farming subsidies

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and regulations could change as a result of the vote

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Today the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom pledged to cut

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I will be looking at scrapping the rules that hold us back,

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and focusing instead on what works best with the United Kingdom.

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No more six-foot EU billboards littering the landscape.

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No more existential debates to determine what counts

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And no more ridiculous bureaucratic three-crop rule.

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By cutting the red tape that comes out of Brussels,

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we will free our farmers to grow more, sell more and export

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The mother of a Devon man stabbed to death near Plymouth is calling

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on the Prime Minister to provide answers over her son's killer.

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27-year-old Tanis Bhandari died two years ago at Tamerton Foliot.

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At the time of the murder one of his two killers,

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Donald Pemberton, was out on licence from prison.

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Tanis's mother Andrea Sharpe has petitioned the Prime Minister,

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calling for a probation service report on Pemberton's

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Police have criticised a decision to give a prolific south-west

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drug smuggler Christmas release from prison.

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Blake Donnellan absconded and is now on the run.

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He'd been serving a 15-year sentence in prison in Derbyshire for bringing

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huge quantities of Class A drugs into the south-west.

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The Police Federation says such criminals should serve

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Pressure is mounting at hospitals across the region with most now

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at the highest level of alert - struggling to cope with

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The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske and Yeovil Hospital

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in Somerset are now on Level Four - or Black Alert - and asking

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people not to come to A unless it's life-threatening.

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They're also having to consider cancelling some operations.

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Torbay and Derriford Hospitals are both at Level Three.

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Meanwhile the future of hospital care in North Devon drew hundreds

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of people to a packed public meeting tonight.

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Campaigners fear some acute services at North Devon District Hospital

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could be closed and moved to Exeter or Plymouth.

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Spotlight's Janine Jansen was at tonight's meeting in Northam.

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Well, this is the fifth of 12 public meetings across North Devon,

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More than 300 people have turned up in Northam.

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It shows how worried people are about the future of the NHS.

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There is no doubt the NHS is going to get a shake-up.

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People here fear North Devon District Hospital in Barnstable

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could lose some of its acute services, such as maternity,

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I think it is our NHS, it is our National Health Service.

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It doesn't belong to the executives in North Devon Hospital,

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And I don't think we should ask them to keep our services open,

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or the hospital, I think we should demand it.

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We are not prepared to go to Derriford.

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We don't have time to go to Exeter when somebody's ill.

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We live in a rural environment and we want our hospital open,

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North Devon District Hospital is the most remote full-service,

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acute service District Hospital anywhere in England.

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What that means is that if you close acute services,

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the biggest proportion of the population would have

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to travel more than 60 minutes to the next acute services hospital,

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And that figure is nearly 92% in North Devon.

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Health bosses say there are no planned changes

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They expect to reveal their proposals in the summer.

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Locals will get the chance to express their views.

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Well, people tonight were warned that the NHS will only exist

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for as long as people are prepared to defend it.

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Two former Royal Marines from Devon are setting off tomorrow as part

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of a five-man military team to climb the highest mountain in Antarctica.

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Danny Claricoates and James Nightingale both

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James was shot in the jaw, while Danny had post-traumatic

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stress after witnessing two friends killed by a roadside bomb.

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Johnny Rutherford has been to see how Danny's preparing

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This was a spot of training for the five-man team

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last year in Chamonix, France.

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Their mission to raise money for the Royal Marines charity

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by climbing the highest peak in Antarctica, Mount Vincent,

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which is no mean feat at more than half the height of Mount

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But for ex-Royal Marine Danny Claricoates it's much more

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In 2007 he fought in Afghanistan and was awarded the Military Cross.

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I've come home, 18 months later went back out to Afghanistan

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And during that tour two lads, two friends of mine in my team

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So, yeah, that was the turning point for me.

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That's where it all sort of finished for me.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder brought a premature end

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There are days sometimes where I just don't want to get out of bed.

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You just sort of pull the duvet over your head and just, you know,

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you just want to give up on life, but by doing something

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like this it gives me something to work towards,

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Danny wants to use the expedition to make more people aware

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It's about addressing the stigma, it's about educating that actually

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We are able to own our own businesses and work for a living

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The extreme challenge to get to the top of the bottom

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There is a part of me that is a bit jealous,

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I think the Antarctic would be a bit harsh for me.

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Although Sarah herself is no stranger to physical challenges,

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as she won a bronze medal at the Invictus Games last year.

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I know for Danny with his PTSD, I have seen for myself

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how much he benefits from being in the outdoors.

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We've both been to Everest base camp together.

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And personally for his rehabilitation, and just

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for his self-confidence, his self-esteem, the benefits

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Walking axe, sleeping bag, couple of water bottles...

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The team hope to reach the summit by next Friday.

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Cos once a Royal Marine, always a Royal Marine.

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Time for the weather. How is it looking? There has been plenty of

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talk today about the plummeting temperatures. It is a little bit

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less dramatic here. Still low enough to form some frost and some bright

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weather to start the day tomorrow. Further west you are at the quality

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disguise and they mist frost. This weather front is slow-moving and it

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is draped across western parts of Britain for much of tomorrow.

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Keeping the sky is relatively cloudy. As we move into Friday it is

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all change again. Westerly winds and a brother from driving bringing some

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patchy rain. Clearer skies likely to be across eastern parts of Devon

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into Somerset and Dorset. Could be as low as minus five or six Celsius.

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Tomorrow it is split between West and East. The East has the fine

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weather, sunshine, the West, clouds digs with us and drizzle. For Friday

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it is a bit more uniform across the south-west. A chilly start.

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Temperature is back into double figures. A lot of cloud around.

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Westerly winds as we head into the weekend means wilder weather. Have a

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good night. Our breakfast Bolton is at 6:25am tomorrow morning but from

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us all, have a good night. -- bulletin.

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Temperatures creeping up a notch or two and turning milder into the

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weekend. A guarantee on your journey to work

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tomorrow, if you are nipping out to the shop for a paper, somebody will

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