18/01/2017 Spotlight


18/01/2017

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Plymouth Argyle's hopes of progressing further in the FA Cup

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were dashed tonight - as they were beaten by five times

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European Champions Liverpool, in their biggest match in years.

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More than 17 thousand fans were at Home Park hoping Argyle

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could pull off an FA Cup shock - but it wasn't to be.

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Live to the ground now and Andy Birkett.

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Disappointment here tonight but also a huge sense of pride at how the

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League 2 side acquitted itself against Premier League opposition.

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Ten days ago, 9000 pilgrims went to Liverpool more in hope than

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expectation. Having got the result at Anfield, expectations were

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considerably higher. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be.

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David against Goliath, but football fans are eternal optimists.

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Plymouth need to score a couple of goals.

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Liverpool are coming out with a strong team tonight.

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1962 was the last time a Liverpool side ran out at Home Park.

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Like in the first game, the Premier League side

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dominated and, after 19 minutes, they lead.

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The question was, would Plymouth respond?

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Graham Carey, the Liverpool fan playing in green forced a good save.

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Even on nights like this, some things are more important.

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Applause all round in the 25th minute paying tribute to Daniel May

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who died as the teams met ten days ago.

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That came during Argyle's best spell.

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A run by Oscar Threlkeld almost found Garita.

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But the defender in red beaten to it.

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Captain Luke McCormick kept Argyle in it, denying Daniel Sturridge.

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Jake Jervis's acrobatic effort skimming the post.

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A foul by Songo'o conceded a penalty but McCormick

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However, they couldn't find an equaliser.

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And, as expected, the Premier League side went through,

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It's been a fantastic atmosphere here with around 15,000 Argyle fans

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cheering their side on. They came to witness a giant-killing and sadly

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the team came up short but the manager was still very proud. I

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thought in the first half we created a number of chances and took the

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game to Liverpool at times. We lost a poor goal but in the second half

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we hit the post through Janis and were unfortunate not to have scored.

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Of course, this competition has a rich tradition of upsets and no

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manager wants to be on the end of a cup shock. Jurgen Klopp was full of

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praise for the Argyle side but thought it was a fair result. 1-0, I

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am fine with it. We didn't want extra time, we didn't want to go to

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penalties. Leaving Plymouth, nice as it is, early is good for us.

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Plymouth have earned around ?1 million from this competition. We

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will see how they spend that money, maybe to bolster their squad. There

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are ambitious dreams, that is to leave division two.

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Police are tonight hunting arsonists who set fire to a property

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Five adults and two children were forced

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to leave their flats in St Thomas Road, after a fire had

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been lit against the front door in the early hours of this morning.

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The police say if the flames hadn't been spotted by a neighbour,

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the consequences could have been far worse.

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These came to the front door and there was a fireman standing

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there with their suits, and the gas masks and helmets on.

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And they came through the house and they were saying we had to get

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out and get our stuff and if there was

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MPs from across Devon are warning they'll vote

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against the government's education plans unless more funding is

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Devon has always received one of the lowest amounts of cash

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per pupil, and schools had hoped things would improve under changes

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But instead, Devon schools may actually lose out.

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Our correspondent Simon Hall reports.

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When the government announced a new funding formula to tackle

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the historic bias against rural areas, there were smiles

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But they've turned to France, in Devon at least, now

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So, how many of you are taking history as an option for GCSE?

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Okehampton Community College is one to lose out,

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facing an annual budget cut of ?100,000.

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Potentially, class sizes will be affected.

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Potentially, staffing allocations will be affected.

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Under the old formula, each pupil in Devon was funded almost ?300

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The new formula brings an improvement on that,

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according to an analysis by the county council, although

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And the study concludes more than a third of Devon's schools

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will actually lose money under the new system.

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And the warning is it could lead to larger class sizes

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Today, MPs from across Devon and cross party

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If this education funding settlement does not change,

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in relation to Devon schools, if there is no significant uplift,

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whatever format it will come in, whether in six months,

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nine months, 12 months' time, I will vote against it.

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Because the settlement that's been proposed for Devon schools is simply

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In a statement, the Department for Education told us that, overall,

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Devon would gain half a percent in their total education budget

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"We're helping to create a system that funds schools

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Devon County Council say they will lobby the government again

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There's been a sharp rise in the number of dolphins washing up

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27 cases were reported to Cornwall Wildlife Trust

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during the first two weeks of January, compared with just four

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Marine experts say it's not clear how they died.

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Exmoor explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is on his way home tonight

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after being forced to abandon his attempt to climb one of the highest

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He had to be airlifted from Mount Acon-CAG-U-WAH suffering

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The climb was part of his charity challenge to climb the highest

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The moment the latest challenge ended in painful failure.

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A helicopter had to be called to evacuate the 72-year-old

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The whole challenge has plainly been a struggle.

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But this is not a man who quits easily.

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The 72-year-old, who has battled cancer and heart attacks was raising

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money for Marie Curie, attempting a global challenge

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to become the first man to climb the highest peaks on each continent.

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He was in sight of the summit when he was forced to stop.

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He said he was disappointed. That his back started hurting.

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He was only six hours away from the summit so it was

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quite frustrating but he needed to get down and get to a point

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where helicopter could get him and bring him back to the mainland.

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It's an injury that he's had before with his back.

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So, he is keen to get home, get it seems to and just make sure

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Sir Ranulph has already crossed both polar ice caps and reached

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the summit of four mountains, the last, Mount Vinson in December.

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Aconcagua was to be number five and there were two more to go.

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Well, Sir Ranulph says everything goes on hold until he's had his back

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problem properly examined here in the UK and only then

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"I've learned that at my age you can't ignore the pain."

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Time for the weather foreccast now - here's David.

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Good evening. Cold and dry is the main story for ours. Frost already

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forming over a good part of the south-west. High pressure is here to

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stay. It's going to be around into the weekend. Six o'clock tomorrow

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morning. By the middle of the day on Friday, although it has moved, it is

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still dominant and keeps as largely drive. Also drawing in some pretty

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cold air. So for southern England, a widespread frost. We could see

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temperatures as low as minus three. Plenty of sunshine to enjoy. Just

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patchy cloud floating by. Keen winds. If you are in the far

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south-west, but for the rest relatively quiet though not overly

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warm. Temperatures up to 8 degrees at best. By Friday, a similar

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picture. Frost to start the day. A fine and try start. We may see more

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cloud coming in from the east. It should remain dry and temperatures

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the same sort of figures. Fine weather continues into the weekend.

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More cloud coming in for Sunday. The LB more news and weather from ours

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just before 6:30am tomorrow morning. From ours, good night.

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next few days, no great changes over the next few days, more sunshine on

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the way. Despite high-pressure sitting across

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the country so

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