09/01/2017 Spotlight


09/01/2017

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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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An outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed at the famous

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Nine swans tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the disease.

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And tonight, another case of the illness in a wild bird has

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emerged on an RSPB reserve near Powderham Castle in Devon.

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Last month, the government ordered poultry farmers to take precautions

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to try to stop the spread of the virus.

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Confirmation of the presence of the bird flu virus

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here at Abbotsbury Swannery came after ten dead swans

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were sent for tests - nine tested positive for the H5N8

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It is not a threat to humans generally, that has been confirmed,

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so that is the good thing, but it is a very serious

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It does strike the young ones particularly very hard.

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So far this winter, around 80 swans have been found dead,

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double the usual number for the winter period.

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Tonight, government scientists are stressing that the current

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strain of bird flu does not pose a risk to people.

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This is a very serious disease of birds, but the good thing is that

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it's not causing any concerns to human health, so we need people

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to keep this disease out of their kept birds,

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whether it's in their back yard or in a full-scale,

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At the start of December, the government ordered poultry farms

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like this one near Weymouth to bring their free range

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hens indoors and to take precautions in a bid to stop

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They say they are disappointed that DEFRA did not tell them

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about the presence of the virus a few miles away.

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We heard that from our vet that we liaise with and over social media.

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Already, keeping their hens indoors has led to a substantial

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20% of what we normally get, so for us financially,

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The measures imposed to try to restrict the spread

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of bird flu will be enforced until February 28th.

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The swannery is closed at the moment for its normal winter break,

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but are hoping the bird flu virus will have run its course by the time

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So how do our poultry farmers protect their birds from avian

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flu, particularly those with free range status?

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Tonight, Johnny Rutherford has been at one farm near Saltash.

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At this chicken farm, 18,500 free range chickens have been

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I'm going to have a quick look at them.

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First I have to dip my feet in some disinfectant mixture

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The owner of the chicken farm is Ian.

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Free range chickens, we can see them there,

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but they are not allowed out so they are not really

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At the moment, we have to keep them in by law.

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They are used to going outside, so by keeping them in,

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unfortunately it means the birds get stressed and we have to do

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things to try and prevent them getting stressed.

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What concerns me slightly is the fact that some people

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don't seem to realise, particularly people with backyard

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flocks, that they need to keep them shut in.

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If they catch the disease, if a neighbour of mine gets

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the disease in their backyard chickens, it would mean

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all of my chickens would have to be culled as ta contagious flock

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You have to keep them in until the end of February, is that right?

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At the moment, that is the date that has been set.

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If there are not any more cases, hopefully that will be the date.

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If there are, I guess that date will be reviewed as well.

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Lots of concerns across the industry and hopefully this

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In 2015, Josh Clayton went missing whilst working

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He was last seen at a party and ten days later, his body

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Today, at an inquest, his death was described as a mystery

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with no signs of drowning or of an attack.

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From Plymouth coroners court, here's John Danks.

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Josh Clayton was last seen at around 1.45 on the morning

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He had been at a party on Tresco where he worked.

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Ten days after his disappearance, his body was discovered on a small

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island north of Tresco, but how he died still

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A forensic pathologist said there were no obvious signs

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Neither were there signs of drowning.

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He recorded the cause of death as an ascertained.

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Toxicology reports found no trace of drugs in Josh's system.

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He had consumed alcohol that evening, equivalent of 2.5

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The family's barrister asked the pathologist if a bloodstained

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No, said the pathologist, this wasn't a criminal investigation.

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Asked if it was possible that an assault may have taken place, no,

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came the reply, but there was no sign of one.

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Josh's family travelled down from Taunton for the inquest,

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A young mother from Devon, who had a rare and aggressive form

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We featured Kim Jenkins on Spotlight just a couple

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of days before Christmas, after her local community raised

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thousands of pounds to help pay for pioneering treatment abroad.

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Her husband Tom has posted a tribute on social media saying she passed

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away on Saturday night peacefully and with great honour.

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The government has announced a new contract -

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worth more than a quarter of a billion pounds -

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The deal will see the company, previously known as Agusta Westland,

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providing service and support for the UK military's

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The government says it will safeguard up to 500 jobs,

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but the union says it does little to safeguard the long-term

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It's all about these helicopters, the Wildcat, 62 of which were made

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in Yeovil for service in the British Navy and Army.

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Now the contract is valued at ?271 million and it's

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essentially for the maintenance of the helicopters for

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Actually, what was announced today was just the latest stage

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of a 30-year contract that was signed back in 2012,

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so critics argue it is really recycling old news and that in any

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case, what this place really needs is new orders for new aircraft.

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And yet, last year, the Ministry of Defence decided not to let

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Leonardo build the new Apache attack helicopter, preferring

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Of course that went to America and this almost feels

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All the aircraft in this production shed are here

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Right now there are no new orders, but the company says it is talking

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No firm orders yet, but like any business such as ours we know

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where the customer is and we know what the requirements are and we're

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working very hard to land those orders this year.

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There remains a question mark over the equipment used to make

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the airframes for the Wildcat, amid suggestions that could be moved

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to a factory in Poland, even though the equipment is owned

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The minister says no decision has been made yet.

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Plymouth Argyle will have a home draw in the Fourth Round of the FA

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Cup IF they can get past Liverpool next week.

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The Pilgrims' reward for knocking out the Premier League giants

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would be a visit from Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, who

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Plymouth's third round replay against Liverpool is at

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I think that is a bit of a task that we have on our hands,

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but anything can happen in the FA Cup, as you can see,

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and I think we are really happy to have a home draw.

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Wolves are a massive club and they are bound

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Hopefully they will, hopefully we get that far

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and it will be a great, great occasion again.

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Getting cold. Quite a big drop in the temperatures this week. Not too

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bad at the moment but each day this week, it will gradually get colder

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by the time we get to Friday, temperatures just above freezing. It

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will turn much colder and some of the showers by the end of the week

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will be wintry, not just over high ground. We have low pressure in

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charge, this was the rain we saw earlier which has now moved into

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northern France. Behind it, another one will follow. The big change

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happens as we move into Wednesday and Thursday. We start to see the

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air, Iceland, Queensland group towards us into Wednesday and

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Thursday and once this system travels through Scotland and head

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south, that is the really cold air. Once that gets to the south, it

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opens the door to cold air and to the risk of those wintry showers.

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For the moment the temperatures are above freezing. They will stay that

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way. Overnight we have some clear sky but another dry nights and with

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the winds from the North West week could see temperatures of three or 4

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degrees. Tomorrow we have a lot of cloud and it will bring outbreaks of

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rain through the day which will move away from the afternoon. Cloudy

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skies but temperatures of ten or 11 degrees. Wednesday is a bit colder.

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If you showers are possible through the day but in general it is mainly

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dry in the second half of the afternoon. Thursday, the cold air

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begins to arrive, some sleep. Friday, more wintry showers. Weather

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and travel updates on your BBC local radio station from 6am. From Bass,

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good night. precipitation we get will be of a

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wintry nation and Thursday is one we have to watch out for. The weekend

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outlook, it stays chilly with a northerly

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