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23/01/2017

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Two theatres are closed tonight after the company running them went

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into administration, putting 30 jobs at

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Shows planned at the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple and the Landmark

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Theatre in Illfracombe have been cancelled.

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Our tickets are being held in there, because we haven't picked

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the tickets up, so I haven't got any proof, have I?

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They are not reading about the details of the latest

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hit show, but about how to get their money back on theatre

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We're very upset because we would have hoped there was somebody

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here who answered questions on how we're going to get our money back

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Here at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe the locks

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were changed, the box office closed as the North Devon Theatres' Trust

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It's a wonderful asset for the town, used by all sorts of different

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My own niece works in here in marketing, so she will be

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affected and her colleagues will be affected.

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The North Devon Theatres' Trust runs the Landmark theatre

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and the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple.

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In a statement, the chair of Trustees told us:

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All performances have been cancelled.

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The North Devon Gang Show was due to go on at the Queen's

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We have been doing it for 38 years, this is our 38th

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It's given thousands of youngsters the opportunity to perform on stage,

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to develop their confidence and their skills and to move

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on in life and suddenly we are left in a vacuum.

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It is unclear what this means for the employees of the trust.

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Many are hoping that the theatres do manage to stage a comeback.

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There are calls tonight for changes to the way private parking firms

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are operating as motorists across the region say

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Kevin Foster, the MP for Torbay, says he's been inundated

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with complaints about one car park in particular.

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Crossways in Paignton is run by Premier Parking Solutions

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Our south Devon reporter John Ayres has more.

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Run by Premier Parking Solutions, better known as PPS,

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As you go in your number plate is recorded on camera and you have

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Cherry and Donald Smith paid 80p for an hour.

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But Cherry had added an extra digit by mistake

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On appeal, the adjudicator said he was satisfied no payment

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was made for the vehicle with their registration.

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We very carefully paid the right money, we were back within 50

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This sign covers every mistake you could make

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Basically, if you make a mistake, you have agreed

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?60 if you pay up quickly without any fuss.

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The local MP has been inundated with complaints.

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Very minor infractions are resulting in large invoices being set that

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actually do frighten people when they arrive.

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For me, it may just be on the side of the line legally,

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but I think morally there are some real questions to be

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Having problems with the machine, Julie attempted to put her

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The final time she got it wrong and overpaid.

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The threat of court action grew, the charges and fees rose to ?231.

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After she appeared on BBC Radio Devon, the case was dropped.

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It came to the point where I decided, you know what?

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Even if I lose, I don't care, I'm going to fight this to the very end.

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PPS told the BBC that it complies with all approved parking service

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standards and has been working with trading standards

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The company has made changes to the use of technology,

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the processes for issuing tickets and the appeals process

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to ensure genuine mistakes are recognised as such.

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Since we contacted PPS, the company has dropped the ?100

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charge against the Smiths, although just days before,

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they had issued a letter threatening court action.

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Janine Jansen has been looking at this for us and many

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people getting in touch with similar concerns.

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As you can imagine, it's a very emotive subject.

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Sue Puddock: "The machine is situated against the light

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Many saying how difficult the machine is to operate and people

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saying how stressful it is to be fined.

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We spoke to a lawyer who represents Car Park Operators and he said

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there is an appeal process and it seems things are now looking a bit

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Small mistakes can be made and we have implemented internal

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appeals systems for the operators and external appeals systems for

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They incentivise operators spotting genuine errors and dealing

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with them appropriately, and I'm glad to say that

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in the scenario of PPS, it seems that hopefully moving

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forward, those matters will be dealt with much more leniently.

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With regard to putting in the registration numbers incorrectly, he

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says the technology will not recognise it if it is inaccurate.

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Angela says she has sparked in that car park once, she was fined ?60 and

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says she will never part in there again.

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A mother from Somerset is continuing her campaign to find

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out what happened to her son on the Isles of Scilly.

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Tracey Clayton is convinced someone else was responsible for the death

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of her son Josh on Tresco 16 months ago.

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Last week, a coroner ordered Devon and Cornwall Police to investigate

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Mrs Clayton has now had a private meeting

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Before I take my last breath, we will know

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Without a shadow of a doubt, we will find out and we will

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The final resting place of Josh Clayton, aged 23,

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but was his death just a terrible accident or was he murdered?

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I believe it was done through third-party involvement.

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His family have now spent the best part of ?70,000

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They are convinced the police got it wrong.

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a senior police officer from Devon and Cornwall Police,

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who has assured me he will be reviewing and hopefully look for any

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gaps that happened throughout the investigation.

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I have thought it from day one, I still believe it now.

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When Isles of Scilly police found the body

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of Josh Clayton 16 months ago, they put it down

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He had been attending a private party on Tresco where he had been

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His body was discovered ten days later.

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But last week, an inquest into his death was dramatically

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This man, Leroy Thomas, told the hearing that he witnessed

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Josh arguing with a group of men after leaving the party.

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The coroner said the police needed to reinvestigate, which has given

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Up until now, they have been asking for a new force to take

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As far as they were concerned, he was a drugged up drunk that had

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been washed out to sea and didn't think anything else.

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The police force has issued a short statement saying: The family say

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they simply want the truth and they will not stop

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There's a broken arm of our family and we need to know the reasons why.

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The frost is already reforming. For some it never lifted and there is

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more to come through the night. This week we start relatively quiet. We

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will see some frost and some fog. Increasingly windy later on this

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week, particularly on Thursday and it will be a cold wind so you need

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to wrap up warmly. Temperatures recover towards the weekend.

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Overnight might along with the frost is the fog. It will be freezing fog

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in places, particularly across parts of Dorset and Somerset. The high

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pressure is still with us now. It does weaken over the next two days.

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By the time we get to Wednesday and Thursday, it is beginning to leave

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us and it allows the southerly or south-easterly winds to develop.

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They will draw in slightly higher temperatures but not before we have

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quite a raw feel, especially on Thursday. By Friday, we have a new

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area of low pressure coming in. That may well produce some outbreaks of

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rain. Here is the mist and fog already forming and becoming quite

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thick. A pretty cold night for all of us. Nowhere is skipping the frost

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and the lowest temperature between -2 and minus four. A cold start

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tomorrow but more sunshine once that fog has lifted. More cloud floating

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by from time to time and temperatures are getting higher than

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they have been, nine, ten, possibly 11 degrees. On Wednesday we start

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with some frost, mist and fog, sunny spells but increasingly windy and

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the wind a real feature of the weather by the time we get to

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Thursday. Just before we go, a look ahead

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to tomorrow's Spotlight. We're investigating why people

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are commuting further and further. We'd like to hear about

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your journey to work - You can get in touch via Facebook,

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Twitter and email, and compare your That's it from the late team. Have a

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very good night. Goodbye. For the weekend we will have dry

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weather with sunny spells and it will be a little bit milder.

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Good evening. We are continuing to see huge righty in the weather.

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Getting the detail right is proving to be a challenge. This was in

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Pembrokeshire and other parts of the UK were gloomy throughout the day.

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The fog is thickening up right

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