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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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The former boss of Torbay Hospital is tonight facing a jail sentence

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after admitting fraudulently paying her husband money

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Paula Vasco-Knight, dramatically changed her plea

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to guilty to siphoning off 11 thousand pounds to her husband

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After a day and a half of evidence, there was drama in Court number

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three Sir afternoon. She sobbed uncontrollably as she changed her

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plea against one of the charges of plea against one of the charges of

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fraud from not guilty to guilty. And her husband Stephen did the same.

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She was made a CBE and could command 1000 pounds a day as an NHS

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But tonight her reputation is in tatters.

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She authorised payment of ?11,000 to her husband seen on the left. He was

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a graphic designer and it was for a document called transform but it

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never existed. It was not her first error. An industrial tribunal bought

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by a whistle-blower heard she employed her daughter s boyfriend

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without declaring she knew him. I wondered whether he had

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actually been briefed I didn't know what

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the relationship was. It was only later that it came

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to light and that is when I was told After the tribunal was critical

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of her evidence she left Torbay but still works in the NHS,

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even taking the unusual step of calling herself

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a doctor despite only having I think she had got to the pinnacle

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of her professional career and I think she was tempted to use

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the power she had inappropriately. Two charges against a third

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defendant were dropped. The judge described the guilty pleas

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as a momentous decision. He said they could be an immediate

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custodial sentence. He said she has fallen a long way but that is her

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responsibility the sentencing will take place in March.

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After more than three years of planning and consultation,

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health bosses today confirmed that four community hospitals

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There were boos and cries of shame as the South Devon and

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Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group approved proposals to shut

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Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth and Paignton Community

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It says they'll be replaced with health and well-being centres

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and clinical hubs so that more people can be treated at home.

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But campaigners say it just doesn't make sense.

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It was an attempt to give the public the impression that they'd have some

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They had absolutely no input in the process.

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All the time they were talking about the fact that the NHS

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and our local services are under increasing pressure from an ageing

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Cut one and a half million of expenditures.

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That doesn't make any sense to anyone involved.

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The Devon and Cornwall Police force could get a hundred new constables,

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50 extra investigators and a team of 30 online staff

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in what's being called a transformation of the service.

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The Police and Crime Commissioner says she's found 24 million pounds

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to pay for the new officers, but part of that sum includes

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asking for more money from council tax payers.

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Police budgets and thousands of jobs under threat in the south-west...

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The news has been filled with stories of police cuts

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but now 180 new recruits are being drafted in.

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They tried to kick the restaurant door down to get to us

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so obviously my husband protected me and they did not get in.

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I was on a 999 call and they were outside,

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Has dashed police arrived cos I was asking for help.

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Has dashed police arrived afterwards.

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As a victim of crime, Gail has been left feeling

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vulnerable and it has affected her business.

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The biggest thing coming out of this plan is that I am able to invest

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in policing to help with that cause, so I am looking to secure

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?24 million worth of additional funding for the Chief Constable

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?10 million has been found from police reserves and there'll be

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a hike in the council tax - an extra ?3.40 for every

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band D household - to pay for the new officers.

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It's not such good news for police community support officers.

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350 officers at present will be reduced to a minimum

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We're told there will be no redundancies.

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If I can get that to 160, 170, 200, I will.

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Over the four years looking at how else we can use our budget,

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The 100 new PCs will be stretched across the whole

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Used it against Alison for the post of police and crime commission. What

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is your reaction dashed you stood... I am welcoming in principle the

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addition of 100 extra police officers but I do not welcome the

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way it is achieved by basing it on a premise of 210 Police Community

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Support Officers. It does not make sense particularly when the mantra

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of the plan is about connecting policing with communities which is

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what PCSOs do. And what about the fact she has announced it before the

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police and crime panel have approved it? Astonished and appalled. It

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shows scant regard for the propriety of the process. I spoke to the panel

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today and neither had any idea the plan was published today nor any

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idea it included a reduction of 210 PCSOs. They were shocked. We must

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leave it there. Thank you. Hundreds of people are without water

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tonight following a major South West Water is deploying mobile

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tanks to distribute fresh water to those affected

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in the Lifton, Launceston Engineers are on site but have

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so far failed to find the leak. It's a hundred years to the day

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that the small fishing village of Hallsands in Devon

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was washed away. A violent storm demolished homes

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which had been left increasingly vulnerable after years of dredging

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off the coast nearby. To end an historic day.

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has been taking place in Stokenham 60 years ago this was alive

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with folk who have their roots here. Conditions deteriorated

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until in 1917 a gale devastated it. It is remarkable no lives

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were lost 100 years ago Fast forward the years and today

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family footsteps have been retraced. Important because my mother had

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to do this in the gales and storms with her family so I felt today

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I should be doing it as well. I am wearing her

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engagement ring today. The tale of why villagers had

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to leave their collapsed homes is down to dredging that started

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in the 1890s. Hallsands is an example

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of what happens when nature overtakes what humans have done

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and that is an interesting lesson Remembering the past continued

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at St Michael's Church in Stokenham. My husband s aunt held

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on to the doorknob and the waves were coming over the top of it

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and she said she was really sure she was going to be

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washed into the sea. With the sea coming

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through the chimneys and under Marvellous that no

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one lost their life. 100 years on, there are

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still concerns about how Looks like there could be some rain

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in the forecast, here's Emily. Hello, we have clear

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skies with us tonight. The wind is gradually easing off

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so less cold tomorrow We have more cloud and outbreaks

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of rain on their way. This weather front is pushing

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in from the West as we go Some colder air ahead of it,

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a chilly night to come with eastern parts of the region and parts

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of Devon, Dorset and Somerset seeing Temperatures for many no lower

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than four or 5 degrees. Tomorrow morning, some

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brightness initially, clouding over through the day,

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hill fog developing and outbreaks of rain reaching most places

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by the end of the afternoon. The wind becomes lighter

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and from the south or west Saturday, some sunshine to come

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to start the weekend, some showers through the day locally

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turning heavy in the afternoon. South-westerly winds pick up

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so quite brisk winds by the end of the day and milder with highs

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of 10 Celsius. The milder weather continues

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on Sunday, quite cloudy with outbreaks of rain and unsettled

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on Monday with wet That is it from the late team.

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Breakfast starts just before 6:30am. Good night.

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weekend. It's swings and roundabouts, higher temperatures but

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some rain as well. Good evening. It's been dry so far

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this January but as it draws to a close it looks like we will see some

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rain at last. It's been an interesting today a bitterly cold in

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Norfolk, way we kept the grey cloud all day and the grey cloud gave a

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dusting of snow in places. This is a lovely picture sent in from Sutton

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Coldfield. Rob Wales and much of Scotland it's been a beautiful day,

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lots of sunshine and temperatures, 13 degrees compared with -2 under

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the cloud in East Anglia. Those temperatures are already down to -3

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or minus four. It's bitter out there, when

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