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The former boss of Torbay Hospital is tonight facing a jail sentence
after admitting fraudulently paying her husband money
Paula Vasco-Knight, dramatically changed her plea
to guilty to siphoning off 11 thousand pounds to her husband
After a day and a half of evidence, there was drama in Court number
three Sir afternoon. She sobbed uncontrollably as she changed her
plea against one of the charges of plea against one of the charges of
fraud from not guilty to guilty. And her husband Stephen did the same.
She was made a CBE and could command 1000 pounds a day as an NHS
But tonight her reputation is in tatters.
She authorised payment of ?11,000 to her husband seen on the left. He was
a graphic designer and it was for a document called transform but it
never existed. It was not her first error. An industrial tribunal bought
by a whistle-blower heard she employed her daughter s boyfriend
without declaring she knew him. I wondered whether he had
actually been briefed I didn't know what
the relationship was. It was only later that it came
to light and that is when I was told After the tribunal was critical
of her evidence she left Torbay but still works in the NHS,
even taking the unusual step of calling herself
a doctor despite only having I think she had got to the pinnacle
of her professional career and I think she was tempted to use
the power she had inappropriately. Two charges against a third
defendant were dropped. The judge described the guilty pleas
as a momentous decision. He said they could be an immediate
custodial sentence. He said she has fallen a long way but that is her
responsibility the sentencing will take place in March.
After more than three years of planning and consultation,
health bosses today confirmed that four community hospitals
There were boos and cries of shame as the South Devon and
Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group approved proposals to shut
Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth and Paignton Community
It says they'll be replaced with health and well-being centres
and clinical hubs so that more people can be treated at home.
But campaigners say it just doesn't make sense.
It was an attempt to give the public the impression that they'd have some
They had absolutely no input in the process.
All the time they were talking about the fact that the NHS
and our local services are under increasing pressure from an ageing
Cut one and a half million of expenditures.
That doesn't make any sense to anyone involved.
The Devon and Cornwall Police force could get a hundred new constables,
50 extra investigators and a team of 30 online staff
in what's being called a transformation of the service.
The Police and Crime Commissioner says she's found 24 million pounds
to pay for the new officers, but part of that sum includes
asking for more money from council tax payers.
Police budgets and thousands of jobs under threat in the south-west...
The news has been filled with stories of police cuts
but now 180 new recruits are being drafted in.
They tried to kick the restaurant door down to get to us
so obviously my husband protected me and they did not get in.
I was on a 999 call and they were outside,
Has dashed police arrived cos I was asking for help.
Has dashed police arrived afterwards.
As a victim of crime, Gail has been left feeling
vulnerable and it has affected her business.
The biggest thing coming out of this plan is that I am able to invest
in policing to help with that cause, so I am looking to secure
?24 million worth of additional funding for the Chief Constable
?10 million has been found from police reserves and there'll be
a hike in the council tax - an extra ?3.40 for every
band D household - to pay for the new officers.
It's not such good news for police community support officers.
350 officers at present will be reduced to a minimum
We're told there will be no redundancies.
If I can get that to 160, 170, 200, I will.
Over the four years looking at how else we can use our budget,
The 100 new PCs will be stretched across the whole
Used it against Alison for the post of police and crime commission. What
is your reaction dashed you stood... I am welcoming in principle the
addition of 100 extra police officers but I do not welcome the
way it is achieved by basing it on a premise of 210 Police Community
Support Officers. It does not make sense particularly when the mantra
of the plan is about connecting policing with communities which is
what PCSOs do. And what about the fact she has announced it before the
police and crime panel have approved it? Astonished and appalled. It
shows scant regard for the propriety of the process. I spoke to the panel
today and neither had any idea the plan was published today nor any
idea it included a reduction of 210 PCSOs. They were shocked. We must
leave it there. Thank you. Hundreds of people are without water
tonight following a major South West Water is deploying mobile
tanks to distribute fresh water to those affected
in the Lifton, Launceston Engineers are on site but have
so far failed to find the leak. It's a hundred years to the day
that the small fishing village of Hallsands in Devon
was washed away. A violent storm demolished homes
which had been left increasingly vulnerable after years of dredging
off the coast nearby. To end an historic day.
has been taking place in Stokenham 60 years ago this was alive
with folk who have their roots here. Conditions deteriorated
until in 1917 a gale devastated it. It is remarkable no lives
were lost 100 years ago Fast forward the years and today
family footsteps have been retraced. Important because my mother had
to do this in the gales and storms with her family so I felt today
I should be doing it as well. I am wearing her
engagement ring today. The tale of why villagers had
to leave their collapsed homes is down to dredging that started
in the 1890s. Hallsands is an example
of what happens when nature overtakes what humans have done
and that is an interesting lesson Remembering the past continued
at St Michael's Church in Stokenham. My husband s aunt held
on to the doorknob and the waves were coming over the top of it
and she said she was really sure she was going to be
washed into the sea. With the sea coming
through the chimneys and under Marvellous that no
one lost their life. 100 years on, there are
still concerns about how Looks like there could be some rain
in the forecast, here's Emily. Hello, we have clear
skies with us tonight. The wind is gradually easing off
so less cold tomorrow We have more cloud and outbreaks
of rain on their way. This weather front is pushing
in from the West as we go Some colder air ahead of it,
a chilly night to come with eastern parts of the region and parts
of Devon, Dorset and Somerset seeing Temperatures for many no lower
than four or 5 degrees. Tomorrow morning, some
brightness initially, clouding over through the day,
hill fog developing and outbreaks of rain reaching most places
by the end of the afternoon. The wind becomes lighter
and from the south or west Saturday, some sunshine to come
to start the weekend, some showers through the day locally
turning heavy in the afternoon. South-westerly winds pick up
so quite brisk winds by the end of the day and milder with highs
of 10 Celsius. The milder weather continues
on Sunday, quite cloudy with outbreaks of rain and unsettled
on Monday with wet That is it from the late team.
Breakfast starts just before 6:30am. Good night.
weekend. It's swings and roundabouts, higher temperatures but
some rain as well. Good evening. It's been dry so far
this January but as it draws to a close it looks like we will see some
rain at last. It's been an interesting today a bitterly cold in
Norfolk, way we kept the grey cloud all day and the grey cloud gave a
dusting of snow in places. This is a lovely picture sent in from Sutton
Coldfield. Rob Wales and much of Scotland it's been a beautiful day,
lots of sunshine and temperatures, 13 degrees compared with -2 under
the cloud in East Anglia. Those temperatures are already down to -3
or minus four. It's bitter out there, when