17/01/2017 Spotlight


17/01/2017

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A Plymouth Argyle footballer's been branded a rapist and ordered

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to pay his victim a hundred thousand pounds in damages.

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David Goodwillie hasn't been convicted in a criminal court,

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but in a civil case, the judge said he accepted evidence

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that the woman in question had been too drunk to give consent.

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Preparations at home Park for tomorrow's FA Cup

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But this player will not be starting.

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David Goodwillie, who began his career at Dundee United.

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It was there that Denise Clegg claimed he and his team-mate

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They were sued and this morning a judge at the Court of Session

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in Edinburgh ruled in her favour and order the footballers to pay

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It raises questions about why there was no criminal prosecution.

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If the Crown are going to take a criminal case forward they must

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ask, have we have evidence it approved to a jury beyond reasonable

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It is not the same question being asked in the two cases.

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Experts say it could lead to far more victims of rape coming forward.

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Most rapes reported to the police never make it to court.

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That can be devastating to the person who was

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It is the first civil case in living memory and people will see this case

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I think there another way I can try and get justice and validation

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that what happened to me was raped and it was wrong.

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In a statement, Plymouth Argyle said it noted the judgment and added

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that they are way to the full report which they said they will consider

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Until such time, David Goodwillie will not be selected to play

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A celebrity taxidermist from Devon who sold pickled lizards

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and the heads of endangered monkeys online has been jailed.

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42-year-old Daniel Stocks from Kingskerswell was discovered

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when customs intercepted a package from America.

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This industrial building in Newton Abbot is where

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Daniel Stocks ran his business using monkey skulls to create

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The National Crime Agency investigation revealed he had been

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making up to ?20,000 a month trading in leopard cats, languor and green

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He even persuaded Paignton Zoo to give him specimens of animals

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which had died and been kept for research.

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The zoo says it did it in good faith but realised now it was naive.

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The court also heard he had tried to buy bat penises

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Stocks' work includes props for films and television.

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The 42-year-old from Kingskerswell has been jailed for six months

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More than five thousand operations in the south west were cancelled

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on the day they were due to be carried out last year.

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NHS England says the numbers are relatively low, but a BBC

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investigation as part of 'Inside the NHS' coverage,

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found the cancellations had risen by a third over five years.

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Here's our health correspondent, Jenny Walrond.

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For Barry Neil, just getting around is a daily struggle.

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He was born with a rare debilitating condition.

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The pain in his leg was so bad, he decided to have it amputated.

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His operation was cancelled three times.

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It was painful, obviously I wanted to get rid of the pain.

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I just take it as it comes, you know?

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I just sit back and think, just get on with it.

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Plymouth Hospital's NHS Trust said it is a difficult decision to cancel

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any patient's operation and that it recognises the inconvenience

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It said the hospital had faced unprecedented and sustained

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And Barry's experience is not unique.

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Last year, more than 5,000 operations were cancelled

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And that figure has risen by around 30%.

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And all of those cancellations were for non-clinical reasons.

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Things like they lack of beds, of staff, admin error

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When we have a population increasing in number whose conditions

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are increasing in complexity, and we have more treatments we can

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offer those patients, there does need to be more money put

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into the health service so that we can deliver that.

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NHS England says the level of cancellations remains low at just

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1% out of the millions of operations performed each year.

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While the experience can be frustrating and upsetting,

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There's no two ways about it, they just cannot manage

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with the influx of people that are wanting beds or whatever.

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And throughout this week we'll look at the pressures on other parts

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of the health services here in the South West.

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On Thursday some of the region's key NHS decision

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If you have a question or comment for them,

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you can send them in to us, via email, Facebook and Twitter.

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A 46-year-old man has appeared at Exeter Magistrates Court charged

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It follows a stabbing in Exeter on Sunday,

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in which a 30-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening

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The accused has been remanded in custody to appear at Crown Court

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A dead dolphin that washed up on a beach near Newquay had injuries

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that could have been caused by a shark according to marine

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A spokesman for the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme

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said "the damage is potentially consistent with shark bite".

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There's growing pressure on the Government to pick up

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the full bill for a counter terrorism operation in Devon

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More than one million pounds was spent on searches of woodland,

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and guarding the area, near Exeter, last year.

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The amount is the equivalent to two thousand eight

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hundred days of policing, but the local force has been left

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The Princess Royal has been visiting Devon today.

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Princess Anne opened a 50 metre Olympic legacy swimming pool

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Earlier she visited the Plymouth Highbury Trust,

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which helps people with learning disabilities, to mark

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A Dorset charity which provides support for very young children

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with special needs is facing closure after twenty-five years.

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The Dorchester Opportunity Group helps toddlers who've been referred

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Sunny will have to go to a mainstream preschool.

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We would be really worried about sending him off into the big

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wide world without the support and care of the group.

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Sunny loves coming here and playing with his friends.

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Doctors think he has autism but because of his age cannot be sure.

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He has also been diagnosed with communication problems.

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He gets speech and language therapy here, he gets monitored every week,

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we can work with him and make sure he progresses in the correct way

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But the future of the group is in question after a national

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The group here has got over ?280,000 from the National Lottery's big

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lottery fund but the national lottery says demand is high

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and those grants cannot be relied on as a continuous source of income

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The group is not solely dependent on its lottery grant.

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It also receives ?70,000 which comes from the county council

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Losing ?40,000 a year could be catastrophic.

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The worst case is we will close because it is hard to find ?40,000

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from small charitable fetes, car-boot sales.

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That does not generate enough to bridge that gap.

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The group here has been rated outstanding by Ofsted

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and with many of the children referred by the NHS,

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the charity applied to the health service for extra funding

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You know, it is tough on them as well and we understand that

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but we do not want to stop what we're doing.

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If the charity does not get the funds it needs,

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it could close within the year, meaning this would be the last

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Time now for a look at the weather. David has the forecast. This week we

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have moved into a quiet spell of weather, an area of high pressure in

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charge, brighter tomorrow, a better chance of sunshine. Still quite cold

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because the air is coming from the east and we have high pressure

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moving across southern parts over the next two days keeping us

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settled. And also keeping the easterly winds going which have

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formed frost across the south-east. Some clear sky will move along the

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English Channel coast tonight so the most likely place for frost will be

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the far south-east of Devon and the southern half of Dorset where skies

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are clearing. A fair cover of cloud, temperatures not falling below three

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or 5 degrees. Tomorrow, more sunshine, particularly for Cornwall

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and South Devon and Dorset. Seven, eight or 9 degrees and the wind

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comes from the east. Thursday, similar, Misty in places, the cloud

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comes and goes but the chance for breaks in the cloud allowing

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sunshine to come through but it stays cold and including the start

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of the weekend but mainly dry. That's all the Spotlight news

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and weather for now - from all of us here

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- good night. from time to time. Staying settled

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still. Nick has the national forecast this evening.

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Hello. If you are watching the football earlier it turned out to be

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an evening for football fans in Lincolnshire. This is how it looked

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at the start of the day. No idea whether this weather watcher is a

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football fan, it's a fan of weather that matters here. All sorts of

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weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I

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wonder if this six in the cloud across the Midlands into northern

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England and parts of Wales felt colder, particularly in these misty

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and foggy conditions in this weather watcher view. Some drizzly rain

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around at times still from the thicker cloud into parts of England

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and Wales overnight, hill fog too. Cloud for Scotland and Northern

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Ireland, although a few breaks in eastern Scotland and close to

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freezing, but

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