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Police are investigating whether the bodies of a man
and a woman found at a farmhouse in Devon are the result of a murder
The married couple have been named locally as Nicola and Michael Beck.
Scenes of crime officers and police search teams have spent
the day at the scene, near Dunkeswell - from there,
Remote, rural, but tonight, this is the scene of a major
After being contacted by someone with concerns, the body
of a man and a woman were found at this farmhouse.
The news of the deaths have shocked those living close by.
It was a tremendous shock and surprise.
It is something you do not expect on your doorstep.
It was such a shock when we heard the news.
Officers say they are looking into whether
this was a murder followed by a suicide.
The couple involved where named locally as Nicola and Michael
Beck, who had lived at the property for around two decades.
We have been searching the properties for evidence.
We are dealing with family members of the two individuals.
We have trained family liaison officers helping them.
Neighbours say the couple had been intending to sell
Police say they are not looking for anyone else in
connection with the deaths, abut are asking anyone
with information to come forward and contact them.
The chronic lack of support for homeless people with drink
and drug addictions in Cornwall is becoming a desperate situation,
according to the Mayor of Truro. Rob Nolan is now calling
Addaction, a drug and alcohol charity, says it saw a 20% rise
in referrals to their Cornish service last year.
Clare Woodling has been speaking to rough sleepers,
who say they've been turned away from shelters due to their alcohol
Sonia is used to getting by on the streets.
It is not the only habit she has, though.
If we did not drink, we would be housed within a week.
Any of us who have lived here a long time, we get put
to the back of the queue, cos they just think
She is not alone in not finding shelter due to addiction problems.
They see it and they choose to ignore it.
Or they go, "It will be OK, it will sort itself out.
Of course it is not going to sort itself out.
The shortage is something the Mayor of Truro wants to see
We have a desperately urgent need for some sort of provision.
Some sort of shelter for people with drug and alcohol issues.
There are some homeless people here who are looked after,
and those doing so do a fabulous job, but people
with drug and alcohol issues, they cannot go into the shelters
at night, so end up sleeping on the streets.
This has been going on for three months now.
They are now setting up tents. They are setting up home here.
We need a hostel somewhere, some accommodation, for them -
somewhere they can go in the evenings and be looked after.
As the light fades, so the temperature falls
There is bigger chance of people dying on the streets
There is the risk of increased, if they are drug users,
That, combined with the cold, could lead to overdosing and death, etc.
Also, just frustration from the street homeless community.
Frustration does not quite do it justice.
Absolutely disgusted that human beings can treat homeless
Being an old lady myself, and a mother and grandmother,
We understand that temperatures here could fall
and the people in that package, the rough sleepers, will be expected
to bed down on hard floors out on the city tonight.
The society has said it will work with other
services offering help for rough sleepers.
Derriford Hospital is tonight on black alert.
The hospital has declared itself at the highest level
in the escalation system, saying the pressure on its services
is currently so great, there is potential for patient care
The Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske, and Yeovil Hospital
As the authorities in France begin slaughtering up to a million ducks,
to try to halt the spread of bird flu,
poultry keepers here are facing even tighter controls.
All poultry must now be kept indoors until the end of February.
That includes so-called backyard farmers -
people who may only keep a small number of chickens, but who may not
be aware of the risks of not keeping them housed.
Traders in one Cornish town are warning that a major shake up
of their business rates could be the final straw for many of them.
From April, some shops in St Ives will have to pay hundreds
Ministers say the changes make the system fairer,
and nearly three quarters of companies nationwide will see
But there are warnings some could be forced out of business.
They perhaps see that St Ives is the jewel in the crown
of Cornwall and so it's buoyant and rich.
It's very quiet in the winter months still.
A lot of businesses, you know, will struggle to survive.
A pioneering genetic test has pinpointed a rare immune deficiency
Matthew Knight has suffered from one infection since he was a baby.
The success of the test has made it possible
to boost his immunity and help him fight off future illnesses.
The team responsible believe their work could benefit
many more people, paving the way for a routine genetic test
for all NHS patients with rare diseases in the future.
Some have compared what we are doing is the same as the man landing on
the moon. I think we are moving out into the reality of delivering tests
that we would not have thought possible a decade and a half ago
into clinical care and indeed within Matthew's case within two weeks we
were able to create a result and give the family information that had
previously been elusive. An 18-foot high soldier,
made entirely from scrap metal, Clinton Rogers has been to see
the Tommy, at the forge where he was welded together
in honour of the men who served He is a monument to bravery, but
also recycling. At the door said Ford where he was created, they
pieced together, well, pretty much everything they could get their
hands on. From car parts to spammers. From chains to garden
forks. And the result is truly impressive. Only when you stand next
to the sculpture do you get a true sense of its scale. It powers the
bubbly to 5.8 metres. It weighs one and a half tonnes. It took three and
a half months to build. It is called the Haunting. It has been made for a
local man who wants to remain anonymous. It is a commission for a
local opera, actually. He came to us and asked if we could build a
ghostly figure of a First World War soldier. So that is what we have up
with and I think it fits the bill. It will be featured in a book. At
the moment, that is as much as I can say. Well, as it stands, proudly
waiting for delivery, the sculpture is certainly attracting admiring
glances from passers-by. I think it is just incredible. The more you
look at it, you see so many little bits that you missed and it is
absolutely wonderful. I think it is absolutely beautiful. Though younger
admirers really are not sure who he is. What do you call him? The BFG.
Oh, you think he is the BFG. Well, I think he might be. A friendly giant
or a hero? Well, that depends what side you are on. The Content will
eventually go on show. Where and when that will be for now remains a
mystery. Fabulous. Time for the weather.
Hello. Good evening. Temperatures right now are already a feudal
freezing in some places. For tomorrow, generally a lot more cloud
coming our way, so limited brightness, mainly in the east and
some patchy rain turning up as well. All courtesy of a couple of weather
fronts that are gradually, slowly creeping up towards us. Slow
progress on that, but they are not particularly active. It is like an
patchy. Overnight, the main frost risk is to the east. Milder air
across the world western parts of England and particularly across
Cornwall. Temperatures between 5-9 C. Still some places getting
down to minus figures. Tomorrow we have some brightness in the East,
but generally the cloud will win. It will produce fabrics of rain from
late morning onwards. It is patchy but it will be with us. It
introduces milder error and a lot of low cloud. On Saturday, we may end
up with very misty conditions. Mild but rather cloudy along with
Saturday and Sunday a bit of brightness coming through from time
to time. Have a good evening. David, thank you very much. We will be back
at breakfast. From as all of the late team, have a good night.
creeping up by a notch or two, 10, maybe nine Celsius. Here is Louise
with the national picture. Won't it cold and frosty this
morning? The coldest night of the winter so far in England. Down to
minus 8 Celsius. But widely, the temperatures below freezing. Through
the night, cloud and rain, so temperatures for