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A Plymouth Argyle footballer's been branded a rapist and ordered
to pay his victim a hundred thousand pounds in damages.
David Goodwillie hasn't been convicted in a criminal court,
but in a civil case, the judge said he accepted evidence
that the woman in question had been too drunk to give consent.
Preparations at home Park for tomorrow's FA Cup
But this player will not be starting.
David Goodwillie, who began his career at Dundee United.
It was there that Denise Clegg claimed he and his team-mate
They were sued and this morning a judge at the Court of Session
in Edinburgh ruled in her favour and order the footballers to pay
It raises questions about why there was no criminal prosecution.
If the Crown are going to take a criminal case forward they must
ask, have we have evidence it approved to a jury beyond reasonable
It is not the same question being asked in the two cases.
Experts say it could lead to far more victims of rape coming forward.
Most rapes reported to the police never make it to court.
That can be devastating to the person who was
It is the first civil case in living memory and people will see this case
I think there another way I can try and get justice and validation
that what happened to me was raped and it was wrong.
In a statement, Plymouth Argyle said it noted the judgment and added
that they are way to the full report which they said they will consider
Until such time, David Goodwillie will not be selected to play
A celebrity taxidermist from Devon who sold pickled lizards
and the heads of endangered monkeys online has been jailed.
42-year-old Daniel Stocks from Kingskerswell was discovered
when customs intercepted a package from America.
This industrial building in Newton Abbot is where
Daniel Stocks ran his business using monkey skulls to create
The National Crime Agency investigation revealed he had been
making up to ?20,000 a month trading in leopard cats, languor and green
He even persuaded Paignton Zoo to give him specimens of animals
which had died and been kept for research.
The zoo says it did it in good faith but realised now it was naive.
The court also heard he had tried to buy bat penises
Stocks' work includes props for films and television.
The 42-year-old from Kingskerswell has been jailed for six months
More than five thousand operations in the south west were cancelled
on the day they were due to be carried out last year.
NHS England says the numbers are relatively low, but a BBC
investigation as part of 'Inside the NHS' coverage,
found the cancellations had risen by a third over five years.
Here's our health correspondent, Jenny Walrond.
For Barry Neil, just getting around is a daily struggle.
He was born with a rare debilitating condition.
The pain in his leg was so bad, he decided to have it amputated.
His operation was cancelled three times.
It was painful, obviously I wanted to get rid of the pain.
I just take it as it comes, you know?
I just sit back and think, just get on with it.
Plymouth Hospital's NHS Trust said it is a difficult decision to cancel
any patient's operation and that it recognises the inconvenience
It said the hospital had faced unprecedented and sustained
And Barry's experience is not unique.
Last year, more than 5,000 operations were cancelled
And that figure has risen by around 30%.
And all of those cancellations were for non-clinical reasons.
Things like they lack of beds, of staff, admin error
When we have a population increasing in number whose conditions
are increasing in complexity, and we have more treatments we can
offer those patients, there does need to be more money put
into the health service so that we can deliver that.
NHS England says the level of cancellations remains low at just
1% out of the millions of operations performed each year.
While the experience can be frustrating and upsetting,
There's no two ways about it, they just cannot manage
with the influx of people that are wanting beds or whatever.
And throughout this week we'll look at the pressures on other parts
of the health services here in the South West.
On Thursday some of the region's key NHS decision
If you have a question or comment for them,
you can send them in to us, via email, Facebook and Twitter.
A 46-year-old man has appeared at Exeter Magistrates Court charged
It follows a stabbing in Exeter on Sunday,
in which a 30-year-old man suffered non-life-threatening
The accused has been remanded in custody to appear at Crown Court
A dead dolphin that washed up on a beach near Newquay had injuries
that could have been caused by a shark according to marine
A spokesman for the UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme
said "the damage is potentially consistent with shark bite".
There's growing pressure on the Government to pick up
the full bill for a counter terrorism operation in Devon
More than one million pounds was spent on searches of woodland,
and guarding the area, near Exeter, last year.
The amount is the equivalent to two thousand eight
hundred days of policing, but the local force has been left
The Princess Royal has been visiting Devon today.
Princess Anne opened a 50 metre Olympic legacy swimming pool
Earlier she visited the Plymouth Highbury Trust,
which helps people with learning disabilities, to mark
A Dorset charity which provides support for very young children
with special needs is facing closure after twenty-five years.
The Dorchester Opportunity Group helps toddlers who've been referred
Sunny will have to go to a mainstream preschool.
We would be really worried about sending him off into the big
wide world without the support and care of the group.
Sunny loves coming here and playing with his friends.
Doctors think he has autism but because of his age cannot be sure.
He has also been diagnosed with communication problems.
He gets speech and language therapy here, he gets monitored every week,
we can work with him and make sure he progresses in the correct way
But the future of the group is in question after a national
The group here has got over ?280,000 from the National Lottery's big
lottery fund but the national lottery says demand is high
and those grants cannot be relied on as a continuous source of income
The group is not solely dependent on its lottery grant.
It also receives ?70,000 which comes from the county council
Losing ?40,000 a year could be catastrophic.
The worst case is we will close because it is hard to find ?40,000
from small charitable fetes, car-boot sales.
That does not generate enough to bridge that gap.
The group here has been rated outstanding by Ofsted
and with many of the children referred by the NHS,
the charity applied to the health service for extra funding
You know, it is tough on them as well and we understand that
but we do not want to stop what we're doing.
If the charity does not get the funds it needs,
it could close within the year, meaning this would be the last
Time now for a look at the weather. David has the forecast. This week we
have moved into a quiet spell of weather, an area of high pressure in
charge, brighter tomorrow, a better chance of sunshine. Still quite cold
because the air is coming from the east and we have high pressure
moving across southern parts over the next two days keeping us
settled. And also keeping the easterly winds going which have
formed frost across the south-east. Some clear sky will move along the
English Channel coast tonight so the most likely place for frost will be
the far south-east of Devon and the southern half of Dorset where skies
are clearing. A fair cover of cloud, temperatures not falling below three
or 5 degrees. Tomorrow, more sunshine, particularly for Cornwall
and South Devon and Dorset. Seven, eight or 9 degrees and the wind
comes from the east. Thursday, similar, Misty in places, the cloud
comes and goes but the chance for breaks in the cloud allowing
sunshine to come through but it stays cold and including the start
of the weekend but mainly dry. That's all the Spotlight news
and weather for now - from all of us here
- good night. from time to time. Staying settled
still. Nick has the national forecast this evening.
Hello. If you are watching the football earlier it turned out to be
an evening for football fans in Lincolnshire. This is how it looked
at the start of the day. No idea whether this weather watcher is a
football fan, it's a fan of weather that matters here. All sorts of
weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I
wonder if this six in the cloud across the Midlands into northern
England and parts of Wales felt colder, particularly in these misty
and foggy conditions in this weather watcher view. Some drizzly rain
around at times still from the thicker cloud into parts of England
and Wales overnight, hill fog too. Cloud for Scotland and Northern
Ireland, although a few breaks in eastern Scotland and close to