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A verdict of unlawful killing has been recorded into the death

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of a wealthy Devon businessman whose family are convinced

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Barry Pring was killed by a speeding vehicle in Ukraine.

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From the inquest in Exeter, Anna Varle reports.

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It has been a nine-year battle for the Pring family to find out

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But does today's verdict give them any comfort?

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The conclusion today was what we expected.

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However, that conclusion still isn't going to get justice for Barry,

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because the person that murdered him is still a free person.

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The 47-year-old had been celebrating his first wedding anniversary

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He was with his wife and former stripper, Ganna Ziuzina.

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The inquest heard how the couple had left

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the restaurant and the couple were trying to hail a cab.

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Ganna Ziuzina turned back to try and fetch

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a glove, and then Barry was hit by a car travelling at speed,

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The coroner said Barry Pring had been tricked into

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standing on a westbound carriageway, which was the wrong

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Despite the verdict of unlawful killing, Devon and Cornwall Police

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have no jurisdiction to take it further.

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As far as Devon and Cornwall Police is concerned,

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it has always been a Ukrainian-led investigation.

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We have no jurisdiction, we can't get any jurisdiction

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We are just hopeful that the Ukrainian authorities

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will pick up the verdict from the coroner and can

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take further action back in the Ukraine.

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The family, however, vowed to continue the fight.

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Does this give you any closure at all?

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And we will keep fighting until we get justice.

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That report from Anna Varle in Exeter.

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Campaigners in North Devon fighting to save two theatres are calling

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on the local council to step in and help.

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The trust which ran the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple

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and the Landmark in Ilfracombe went into administration yesterday.

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They received nearly ?300,000 in council money

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The doors are closed now but these campaigners want them

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This singer performed at the theatre in Barnstaple last week.

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It is so sad that it is all going to be gone and this makes people

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like me inspired and able to dream big and I don't want it to

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This and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe have gone

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There are calls for the local council to step in.

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They don't have endless money, we understand that, but we believe

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there is a viable future for these theatres and as North Devon Council

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own the theatre buildings, we hope we can come to a solution.

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We are pleading with the council to work with us and the administrator

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to find a way to get doors open again.

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The North Devon Theatres Trust blamed falling sales

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and a cut in public subsidy from the local council

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These closures leave the Plough arts Centre in Great Torrington

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as the last art centre for miles around.

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It survives on just ?9,000 a year in public funding.

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Many organisations have been on a journey of weaning themselves

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off public funding out of necessity and it is a journey that some have

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If you have got two big theatres with big overheads it is difficult

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to say that you will cover that from the box office.

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It was always going to need some sort of support.

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As a society we should be supporting the arts.

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If you go to other countries, they support the arts, phenomenally.

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The subsidy to support the theatres from the council was over ?300,000.

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The council says that it is facing financial pressure

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It would not comment further whilst the administration process

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is ongoing, leaving campaigners waiting for a verdict

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Well, North Devon MP Peter Heaton Jones has said throwing

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more public money at the theatres isn't the solution.

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Speaking earlier he called for the council, community

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and the theatres to come together to turn the situation around.

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Yes, it's got to be turned around, as one of the campaigners

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Both theatres are viable, firstly, but secondly,

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North Devon District Council doesn't have a bottomless pit of money.

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The council, by which we mean local taxpayers, have subsidised theatres

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to the tune of about ?3 million in the last six years.

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It's a lot of money, but in return, the theatre has to get

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people into the seats, they have to bring in productions

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Sadly, we have seen audiences reduced by about 20%,

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by about one fifth, recently, so the sums don't add

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We've got to try and work to make this deal happen.

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We had calls tonight for North Devon Council to be

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putting more money in. Do you think that's a viable option?

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North Devon Council doesn't have any money.

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And for that reason it has to watch every pound

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As I've said, the council has put in more than ?3 million

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That's a lot of money for a small local authority.

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But on the other side of the equation, theatres do have

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to be putting on performances that people want to come and see.

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And the days, I'm afraid, have gone where the solutions

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to these problems is to throw more public money at it.

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What I am urging everyone to do is get together round the table

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Should they be staging different shows?

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Is that one of the answers to getting people to go to the theatre?

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I couldn't answer that, but what I do know is that

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both theatres are viable. They are vital for the community.

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I've been to a number of events, not only performances and shows

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but also community meetings in both Ilfracombe and Barnstaple,

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and they are a vital part of the community and

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of the arts scene in North Devon. We have to save them both.

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I am urging everyone to get round the table

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to come up with a deal and if I, as the MP,

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can help in any way, my door open.

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People in Somerset may have to fork out more than ?10 million

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scheme which is more than two years behind schedule.

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No-one will even say when Taunton's new road will open.

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Clinton Rogers has this exclusive report.

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It remains the road to nowhere, already two years behind schedule,

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I think people are getting a bit fed up with it,

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That would sort them out, wouldn't it?

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The mile-long road on the northern side of Taunton is designed to ease

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congestion in a rapidly expanding town with its fair

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But this project has been beset by technical difficulties, not least

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over the construction of a new bridge.

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I'm telling them to get workers out here and get

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And this week for the first time the county council,

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which has already paid more than ?11 million

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We employed what we thought was a competent contractor to do this

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project a number of years ago and here we are in January 2017 and the

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road still is not open. Whenever this road finally

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does open, the question is - who is responsible

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for all the technical problems, all the delays and who is going

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to pick up the bill which The fact is, both sides

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are blaming one another, the council and the contractor,

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and it is a row that has become now a formal legal dispute and the loser

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could be faced with a very big bill indeed - I am told in

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excess of ?10 million. The contractor, Carillion,

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is refusing interviews The council is adamant -

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we're not paying a penny piece more. They want extra money -

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I'm not a charitable person, So now lawyers are involved

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in a dispute which could yet go to the courts and of course push up

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the final bill even higher Keepers at Paignton Zoo are helping

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the animals stay warm during the frosty nights by adding

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a mealtime favourite to their menu. The western lowland

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gorillas from Africa The zoo says it's one of the few

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things which will tempt them out Well time now to take a look

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at the weather and David has

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the forecast for us. Hello, good evening. After some

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quiet but cold weather over the last few days, it is beginning to change

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now with slightly more robberies developing tomorrow. Still a cold

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start some post and some sunshine to enjoy but more of a breeze and it

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will be a cold wind, too, with areas of low pressure out of the west

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squeezing those Acer bars. The winds will increase tomorrow afternoon,

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tomorrow night and into Thursday. Light winds overnight allow that

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mist and fog to reform other parts of eastern Somerset with the lowest

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temperatures SmackDown 2-1 and a fast possible elsewhere. Generally

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more of a breeze so less post than last night, and a better chance to

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see more sunshine on and off through the day. We should start to see

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temperatures recover up to maybe nine Celsius, the maximum. Quite a

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cool breeze developing along the South West coast of Cornwall. It is

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the South West wind we get on Thursday that brings across the

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channels on cold air. So quite a cold fuel to the day on Thursday.

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Daytime temperatures of five Celsius but given the wind chill it will

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feel more like -2, or minus three. Things to warm up towards the

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weekend but not without seeing some patchy rain on the way on Friday.

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Have a good night. That's all from the late team. Sleep well, and we

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will see you soon.

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