16/01/2017 Spotlight


16/01/2017

The latest news, sport, weather and features from the South West of England.


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 16/01/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

Good evening. BBC Two. That's Newsnight with

:00:00.:00:13.

A man from Somerset man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison

:00:14.:00:16.

after being convicted of sexually abusing children since

:00:17.:00:19.

In what was described in court as a shocking case,

:00:20.:00:24.

the prosecution said Andrew Margetts was abusing victims from the age

:00:25.:00:28.

of eight, but he couldn't be prosecuted for that

:00:29.:00:31.

because he was below the age of criminal responsibility.

:00:32.:00:35.

Our Somerset correspondent Clinton Rogers reports.

:00:36.:00:39.

The prosecutioner called him a disturbed child who had

:00:40.:00:41.

an obsessive interest in sex from the age of eight.

:00:42.:00:45.

And today, Andrew Margetts, now 31, was convicted on 23 charges,

:00:46.:00:49.

including rape, indecent assault and false imprisonment.

:00:50.:00:54.

His victims, two girls and a boy, were aged between six and 11

:00:55.:00:59.

when the abuse took place in the '90s.

:01:00.:01:02.

Throughout this week-long trial, the court has heard that

:01:03.:01:05.

Margetts subjected his victims to sustained abuse

:01:06.:01:08.

Sometimes he would tie up his victims or gag them.

:01:09.:01:13.

He threatened one of them with a knife, saying,

:01:14.:01:15.

"If you tell anyone, I will kill you."

:01:16.:01:19.

At Taunton Crown Court, the prosecutor said

:01:20.:01:22.

The jury told they were entering a twilight world they might

:01:23.:01:29.

The NSPCC told the BBC, in fact, a third of sexual abuse crimes

:01:30.:01:35.

against children are committed by people under the age of 18,

:01:36.:01:39.

But not unheard of and at the NSPCC we have similarly had experience

:01:40.:01:47.

in rare cases of seven and eight-year-olds also

:01:48.:01:50.

perpetrating very serious sexual offences, but it is pretty rare.

:01:51.:01:55.

The judge said that the lives of the young victims in this

:01:56.:02:00.

He told Andrew Margetts, "You knew what you were doing was wrong,

:02:01.:02:05.

seriously wrong," and sentencing him to 25 years in prison, he told him,

:02:06.:02:10.

The family of a man who died tombstoning on Plymouth Hoe,

:02:11.:02:22.

today watched footage of him falling to his death on film

:02:23.:02:26.

The inquest into the death of Vincent Wagstaff heard

:02:27.:02:31.

the father-of-three had drunk a substantial amount of alcohol

:02:32.:02:34.

before jumping off a ten-metre wall in October last year.

:02:35.:02:37.

John Danks was at Plymouth Coroner's Court.

:02:38.:02:42.

A major rescue operation was launched when Vincent Wagstaff

:02:43.:02:44.

jumped into the sea on October 13th last year.

:02:45.:02:47.

What started as an attempt at Tombstoning ended

:02:48.:02:50.

Vincent had been on Plymouth Hoe with two other men and they'd

:02:51.:02:56.

But Vincent had changed his mind, saying he wanted to do

:02:57.:03:03.

the really high jump, this was the ledge

:03:04.:03:05.

He asked his cousin to film the jump on a mobile phone.

:03:06.:03:12.

He said he shouted to Vincent to stop, but he went

:03:13.:03:15.

to leap off the ledge, but it wasn't a leap,

:03:16.:03:18.

Today, some of his family were shown the footage in court.

:03:19.:03:24.

It was a mistake, I could see it was an accident, I could see

:03:25.:03:28.

in the way that he tried to run and jump that it was

:03:29.:03:35.

The court heard that Mr Wagstaff had drunk

:03:36.:03:40.

a substantial amount of alcohol, five times the legal driving limit.

:03:41.:03:44.

He leaves behind three devastated children, a partner,

:03:45.:03:49.

We are left with a huge gap in our lives.

:03:50.:03:58.

He will always be loved and I will always miss him.

:03:59.:04:03.

The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death

:04:04.:04:07.

On to other news around the South West tonight.

:04:08.:04:17.

A 46-year-old man has been arrested after a stabbing in Exeter.

:04:18.:04:20.

The police helicopter was used to trace the suspect in woods off

:04:21.:04:24.

Officers say it was an isolated incident and the victim suffered

:04:25.:04:30.

Commuters using one of Cornwall's busiest roads have been warned that

:04:31.:04:36.

multi-million pound roadworks will create disruption

:04:37.:04:39.

Overnight closures of the A38 in the Glynn Valley are already

:04:40.:04:45.

in operation, but most of the work will be carried out during the day

:04:46.:04:48.

Ten libraries in Plymouth could be closed over the next few years.

:04:49.:04:55.

The city council says the seven which would remain open are the most

:04:56.:04:59.

popular and account for 80% of all library visits.

:05:00.:05:03.

The authority says it wants to make better use of its resources.

:05:04.:05:11.

A hospital in the south west is bucking a national trend

:05:12.:05:13.

for the amount of time that elderly people have to wait

:05:14.:05:16.

BBC research shows in England, 56,000 people over the age

:05:17.:05:22.

of 80 had waits of more than 12 hours in A last year.

:05:23.:05:27.

But hospitals here haven't seen such big increases.

:05:28.:05:30.

Jemma Woodman went to the Royal Devon and Exeter

:05:31.:05:32.

Hospital to see how they're coping this winter.

:05:33.:05:38.

It's early evening at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

:05:39.:05:42.

92-year-old Joyce Taylor has been brought into the emergency

:05:43.:05:46.

Coming downstairs and when I came right down to the bottom,

:05:47.:05:55.

I didn't realise that I had hurt myself.

:05:56.:05:58.

Joyce is among an increasing number of elderly patients coming

:05:59.:06:01.

We regularly have patients, over 90 and almost daily over 100

:06:02.:06:09.

in our department and the majority are made up of patients

:06:10.:06:12.

The paramedics are going to give us a hand and as they do,

:06:13.:06:17.

I'm just going to pop a monitor on you, so we can check your blood

:06:18.:06:21.

To stop patients waiting for too long here in Exeter,

:06:22.:06:24.

most are seen by senior consultants within minutes of arriving.

:06:25.:06:28.

A lot of services are now put into predicting discharge dates

:06:29.:06:31.

of patients and aiming to get towards that, so if we can get them

:06:32.:06:35.

up to the medical unit before nine o'clock,

:06:36.:06:37.

they will be seen by a consultant tonight rather than tomorrow

:06:38.:06:39.

morning, so you save yourself 12 hours of hospital stay.

:06:40.:06:42.

Joyce was close to being admitted but it is decided she would be

:06:43.:06:45.

I don't think we are going to be of any benefit bringing her in.

:06:46.:06:51.

It's what Mum wants and it's better for anybody, I think,

:06:52.:06:54.

It's better to be in your own surroundings.

:06:55.:06:59.

Judy is a retired doctor who used to work at the hospital.

:07:00.:07:04.

My heart, from time to time, goes into a wrong rhythm.

:07:05.:07:07.

What they are going to do is put two electrodes onto my chest,

:07:08.:07:10.

pass a current through my heart and hopefully that will shock my

:07:11.:07:14.

It is the sort of procedure which used to need a short stay

:07:15.:07:20.

in hospital, but it is now being done within the

:07:21.:07:23.

By getting things done here, we are saving her a hospital

:07:24.:07:28.

admission, so it's good for the patient, it's also good

:07:29.:07:30.

for the trust as a whole, because that's one bed

:07:31.:07:33.

that is available for somebody else to move into.

:07:34.:07:36.

253 patients came through the emergency department on the day

:07:37.:07:39.

we were filming in Exeter, but only 46 were admitted

:07:40.:07:42.

A small Devon charity, which helps cats and dogs in Afghanistan,

:07:43.:07:52.

has been handed a massive financial and publicity boost thanks

:07:53.:07:55.

to the comedian Ricky Gervais. He's donating half the profits

:07:56.:07:59.

from a forthcoming gig to the charity Nowzad,

:08:00.:08:02.

It's providing a support for hundreds of street dogs and cats

:08:03.:08:06.

Ricky Gervais has taken to social media to explain why.

:08:07.:08:11.

They're the people that are actually doing stuff,

:08:12.:08:14.

I'm just tweeting about it and giving some cash.

:08:15.:08:18.

They're the people that do it and they're amazing.

:08:19.:08:21.

The donation itself will just be incredible.

:08:22.:08:25.

We've got lots going on in Afghanistan at the moment.

:08:26.:08:28.

We've got over 150 dogs that we are currently caring for,

:08:29.:08:32.

over 40 cats and six donkeys, so that keeps us busy

:08:33.:08:34.

and that is where the donation will go and it will come

:08:35.:08:38.

Now the weather. We have a new week and a new week of weather but what

:08:39.:08:55.

does it hold? A fairly mild couple of days after a cold snap, but this

:08:56.:09:01.

week will be mainly dry. Brighter towards the tail end but where we

:09:02.:09:05.

get those brighter skies, the risk of some frost. We have this

:09:06.:09:09.

high-pressure anchored across eastern parts of the UK and the near

:09:10.:09:15.

continent and that has fairly cold air underneath it. That will push

:09:16.:09:20.

towards us and break the cloud up with the increasing risk of frost.

:09:21.:09:25.

Western parts will be cloudy underneath this weather front.

:09:26.:09:31.

Light, Apache and gristly. They bit of brightness towards eastern parts.

:09:32.:09:36.

For most it will not be until Wednesday that we see decent spells

:09:37.:09:42.

of sunshine. Light winds and there is the risk of a frost through

:09:43.:09:46.

Wednesday night into Thursday. Thursday we have this week weather

:09:47.:09:52.

front across the top of us. It will introduce more cloud, so not as

:09:53.:09:57.

bright but not the risk for all of us of seeing a frost. Friday,

:09:58.:10:03.

another drive, settled day with light winds and Friday will be a

:10:04.:10:08.

brighter day compared with Thursday. A lot of cloud tonight. A bit of

:10:09.:10:15.

light rain and drizzle. A lot of mist and low hill fog. That will

:10:16.:10:21.

persist towards dawn. Not a cold night, should be frost free, those

:10:22.:10:27.

of around four or 5 degrees. A great start tomorrow, very little change

:10:28.:10:30.

through the morning, outbreaks of light rain. We will start to see

:10:31.:10:37.

this drier air pushing into eastern parts. Further west we keep the

:10:38.:10:44.

cloudy skies but staying mild. More sunshine after a cold start on

:10:45.:10:48.

Wednesday but it will start to feel that little bit colder. We are back

:10:49.:10:54.

with our breakfast News from 6:25am tomorrow morning but from the late

:10:55.:10:58.

team, have a peaceful night. Goodbye.

:10:59.:11:04.

perhaps a little milder. If you like the mild weather, you'll have to

:11:05.:11:09.

head elsewhere in the country. Find out more in the national weather

:11:10.:11:13.

forecast. Our weather is going against normal expectations this

:11:14.:11:16.

week. In Highland Scotland some snow to be seen on the hills.

:11:17.:11:20.

Temperatures as high as 12 Celsius today. Over the next few days the

:11:21.:11:25.

coldest air is in the far south-east of England where there is sunshine

:11:26.:11:30.

to be had. Four or five Celsius in Kent. Differences remain over the

:11:31.:11:35.

next few days and here is why. I pressure in control of the weather.

:11:36.:11:40.

Some clear a continental air, but coming into Scotland from the

:11:41.:11:46.

Atlantic plenty of clouds around. Outbreaks of rain through Scotland

:11:47.:11:50.

and Northern Ireland overnight, patchy drizzle into parts of England

:11:51.:11:51.

Download Subtitles

SRT

ASS