12/01/2017 Spotlight


12/01/2017

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Snow and ice are affecting parts of the South West tonight.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning that

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Gritting lorries are out on the major routes

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and some drivers have reported difficult conditions on high ground.

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Spotlight's John Henderson is live for us tonight

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Andy, yes, slap bang in the middle of Dartmoor, 344 metres high, the

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highest pub in the whole of southern England. You would expect snow here,

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so it is the case. The big question is, what is it going to be like for

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the commute tomorrow morning? A white out on Dartmoor,

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if the first snow of the winter giving drivers something to think

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about near Princetown. The same road, flashing red

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at the highways operations control centre in Exeter,

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a place where the weather picture We have 58 gritting lorries out

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at the moment around the county's network

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and secondary routes, so we are doing additional salting

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at the moment. You will have seen some

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of them out in the rain. And that has to be done until we get

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some salt down and then we will load They will be going out again this

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evening and also, tomorrow morning. Because our biggest risk overnight,

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is ice. Some of those 58 gritting lorries restocking at a depot into

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the none. In Devon, 2000 miles of road will get the treatment, and in

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Cornwall, 31 machines will be out all night, covering 25 kilos. The

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advice is not to travel unless necessary. But with more sleet and

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snow expected in the South West tomorrow, a little advice on how to

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have fun in the big freeze. We like people to come out and enjoy the

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snow, but remember it is icy, so park sensibly on one side of the

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Rose of the emergency services can get through. Stick to the moorland,

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not in people's field because pregnant ewes at this time of year,

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and that will be appreciated. But that will be to come, Afterburn an

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icy night with temperatures as low as minus three Celsius expected. It

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has stopped snowing for the moment. The wind has died off but it is

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still originally called up here. The big question again, what are the

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roads and cars going to be like tomorrow morning? You expect those

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freezing cold temperatures at about 1am. So far, the South West has got

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away with it OK, the gritting lorries have been out, not too many

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problems on the railways, the airport is not having many problems,

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a couple of flights cancelled at Newquay airport, and the gritting

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lorries have been busy. The big question is, how they succeeded in

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making sure that the roads in the region are OK for the commute to

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work tomorrow morning? Don't forget you can keep up-to-date on the snow

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and any travel disruption on your BBC local radio station.

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Three men have been charged with murder after a man's body

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31-year-old Stephen Bull was discovered with knife wounds

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in a park in Truro Road yesterday morning.

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Three local men, all aged in their 20s,

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will appear at Bodmin Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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A court has ordered a psychiatric assessment on a man charged

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with possessing an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.

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Timothy Holman, who's 41 and from Ilfracombe,

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was arrested after a major police operation in the town last month.

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Plymouth City Council has suspended work on its road improvement scheme

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at Derriford in Plymouth after more white phosphorus grenades were found

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Ten World War Two grenades were found and detonated on Tuesday

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An extra 14 grenades were found and removed today.

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People living near a quarry in Cornwall are worried

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about the fresh support today for a ?1 billion tidal lagoon

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It's likely Dean Quarry on the Lizard would provide

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And they believe the quarry workings could threaten the local environment

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The undersea habitat at the Manacles around the Lizard are some

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of the richest in UK waters, but according

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to some local people, news that a 21st-century tidal

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lagoon could now go ahead off Swansea is very bad news indeed

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for waters close to Dean Quarry on the Lizard.

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There are things that are protected like the spiny lobster, and enemies,

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stalker jellyfish. All sorts of stuff is under there,

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which is protected. The waters off the manacles

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are protected by a Marine Conservation Zone and are popular

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with divers from across the world But some divers now

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worry about the scale My business will be affected,

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because the reason people come here, because not only is it deep water,

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it is very clear and beautiful water, and there's a lot

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of diversity and a lot of wildlife. And all of that will suffer

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if this is to go ahead. Local people have told

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us they are concerned about the resumption of blasting

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at the quarry. They are also concerned

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about the size of the roads And they have issues around

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the amount of material that is going to be taken from this

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part of the world all the way around According to experts tourism

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in the South West is growing more strongly than at any time

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since the year 2000. And as our business correspondent

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Neil Gallacher reports, one of the reasons prompting more

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people to holiday here is fear about terrorism in the Mediterranean

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and in cities like London. Midwinter murk at Newquay Airport,

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but behind the scenes, Flybe have just announced

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an expansion of summer routes, including the return of

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Stansted-Newquay. Ryanair will have some new routes,

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too, because people increasingly Certainly, a staycation,

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over the last few years and going into the future, will continue.

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The Poldark effect as it is called. Manchester will grow to over 80,000

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passengers this year, that is 10,000 more passengers

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they had at the height In Torquay, a slick new development

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on the site of the derelict former Palm Court Hotel is a good example

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of the strong current People are very happy to say,

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"I am taking my holidays in England and the UK," whereas previously,

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what was fashionable was always Research shows it is not

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the case any more. There is a sense of pride

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and I think that pride Something else up influences people

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now is the weak pound, although that was not mentioned by as many people.

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For whatever reason, bookings or on the up and hospitality businesses

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are investing to take advantage. Mark and flava have put ?100,000

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into their new cocktail bar in Torquay. -- Matt and Claudia.

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How much money did you sink into this place?

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Up the coast in Dorset, it is a similar picture.

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Bookings are 11% up on last year, and last year was good. And now the

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weather forecast. More snow on the way? Good evening. Not everyone is

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going to wake up to a scene like this with snow on the rooftops and

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trees. But there will be showers coming and going through the night.

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It is a bitterly cold day tomorrow, probably the coldest feeling day so

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far this winter and there will also be further wintry showers. That

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leaves us with a problem with ice. We have heard what it is like over

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the moors, what even low down, there's a good chance of seeing ice

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tonight and tomorrow, especially after the recent rain and the

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showers were seen tonight. And there is a mixture in these showers

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drifting out of Ireland and heading towards us. Some are falling as

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rain, some as sleet, hail, and even snow. Not many affecting Dorset but

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even here later in the night there was a chance of some wintry showers

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toning up. All brought in by that Arctic air, and at the moment we

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have a stark weather pattern with the pressure over Scandinavia, cold

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winds from the north and a big area of high pressure in the middle of

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the Atlantic. Showers the com overnight tonight, some of which

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will be wintry. More snow over Exmoor and Dartmoor. For the rest of

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us, link the clear skies despite the breeze and that means low

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temperatures from between -2 up to three Celsius. Tomorrow, lots of

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sunshine but every now and then the day will be spoiled by some sharp

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showers, a blustery north-west wind and you will have to wrap up warm

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because it will be a bitterly cold day. Not too bad on Saturday, milder

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and less windy on Sunday. We will have the latest on the weather and

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travel on our breakfast bulletins on BBC One tomorrow. From the late

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team, good

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