15/02/2017 Spotlight


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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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There were angry protests in Somerset today as councillors

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gathered to set the biggest council tax rises for more than a decade.

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Services will be cut and jobs will go.

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But bills will still rise by four per cent, that's more than double

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the rate of inflation. Paul Barltrop reports.

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It is a time for difficult decisions. This morning in Somerset,

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that power had arrived. Anyone sitting in his position would have

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to make the same tough decisions. The devil is in the detail.

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Controversy over ?80 million of cuts to spending. And outside, from

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unions and service users, worried about what is happening. We have

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service users really suffering and start making impossible choices

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about how to do their job to keep our services and communities safe.

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The situation is quite poor and the situation we have with the budget is

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there is no indication of the detail as to any of the cats falling. The

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people that need our care, the children, the adults, it is balance.

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It's something for everyone, it's not perfect, we had six years where

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we were able to freeze council tax, we are proud of that, we did

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something for the whole of Somerset but it's getting more difficult

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going forward. No bailout is expected. So cuts, including the

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loss of 120 jobs, will go ahead. Our political editor is with me. I

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suspect this is the first of many unpopular council tax rises this

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year. It's a time of year when all council said their budgets, over the

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next fortnight all of the top authorities across the south-west

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will be doing just that. Tomorrow, Devon and Dorset County Council 's

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will be finalising their budgets, they are aiming to increase council

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tax by 4.99%, 1% more than we are looking at from Somerset today. What

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is the government perspective on this? It's not that many years ago

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when the Conservative lead coalition government was ordering, pleading,

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bribing councils to do anything to stop increasing castle tax. Now it

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seems to have gone out of the window and the government is allowing

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councils to increase council tax by more than the previously could

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without triggering a referendum, asking everybody whether they wanted

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their bills to go up, that's mainly to counter the rising cost and

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social care so councils can increase an extra 3% to pay for social care.

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That isn't solving the problem and there is also a lot of unhappiness

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across the south-west and elsewhere, in several parts of the country, the

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government is in providing enough money from its side to fund the

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services and next Wednesday the government will have a final vote on

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that particular issue that it's safe to say they are given to the rumble

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on. Staying with cuts and in Torbay

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tonight, controversial cuts in bus Local Link is cutting 17 routes

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because of increasing costs. The company says part of the problem

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is a drop in the amount it gets for providing free

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travel for pensioners. Torbay council is trying to find

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a new operator to see if anyone can Charities in Cornwall say they're

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seeing a steady rise in the number of people contacting them

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with money problems. Men are said to be

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particularly vulnerable. A police sergeant broke down today

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as he told a court that the death of a 32 year old man in his custody

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in Exeter was the "worst nightmare". Caretaker Thomas Orchard

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was restrained at Heavitree Road Police Station and died

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from a heart attack. The judge told the jury this was a

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significant moment in this trial, the persecution case was over, now

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it was the turn of the defence. The Sergeant probe down in the witness

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box as he told the jury doesn't about his realisation of the

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seriousness of what happened. He said, our death is the worst thing

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that can happen commits the worst thing that can happen to him but

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also to me, is. Here's a custody Sergeant for eight and a half years

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at the time of the incident. As Thomas Orchard arrived, he was

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described as an angry men who needed to calm down. He said he shouted

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words to the effect, I'm going to bite your face off, and a number of

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occasions. The Sergeant described that as unusual which made it stick

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in his mind. Mr Orchard, who had been arrested for a public order

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offence in Exeter city centre, of mental health issues but they were

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not flagged up on the police computer. Built was held around the

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space for five minutes to prevent him biting. The Sergeant told the

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jury he had seen the belt used this way on around 50 previous occasions,

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it was a method of restraint he had been trained in. He also denied

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knowing Mr Orchard was in trouble. "I Thought he was asleep. I would

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never leave an unconscious person in a cell. " The Sergeant said that he

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would have stopped the use of the emergency response felt Eddie felt

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it wasn't needed and had he seen there were only four offices lifting

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him even stopped that and told to find another so that one could

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specifically look after his head. The jury was also told of Devon and

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Cornwall police has been investigated for corporate

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manslaughter in this case and it has also been an investigation into the

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health and safety, those investigations are substantially

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complete and decision made on what happens next is due in the next few

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weeks. Trial resumes tomorrow. Devon has been highlighted for its

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work in helping young offenders. But the right support can help cut

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re-offending as Lee Madan reports. In any month, with the 17th come...

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Between the 13th and 19th. Gulliver has been working with speech and

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language therapist for just three months but says his life it has

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already been turned around. He spent his childhood feeling out of place

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but didn't know why. I did feel isolated and I started mixing with

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the wrong crowd, using cannabis to fit in with people, and I definitely

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offending. Gulliver has now realised offending. Gulliver has now realised

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the first time that he isn't stupid or bad, he just has problems with

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memory which he now manages. I count down from ten, take deep breaths,

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even having long conversations with people, I will write down notes in

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my notebook. Techniques like these have helped him avoid getting into

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difficult confrontations and also means he gets better with others,

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can hold down a job and make nicer friends, all important factors that

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make it less likely he will commit crime. It's one of the scourges of

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this century and I just wish that all councils think this through,

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this business of lack of communication was the cornerstone of

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all their problems and the cornerstone therefore of improving

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their prospects. Most councils in the greater south-west region told

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me they want to run a full-time service for young offenders but are

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struggling with limited budgets and a lack of funding. Gulliver's

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message to them is clear. Spending money on speech therapy works and

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it's the reason he is confident he would reoffend.

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There'll be no Royal Navy Air Day at Culdrose this year.

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In a statement the base says it wants to focus on its military role

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It says it also has a duty to look after taxpayers' money.

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It's a chilly night, what is the weather?

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Turning a bit chilly because we have clear skies overhead but we did have

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a nice day, some sunshine around and this cheerful chap looks like he is

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enjoying himself and I think he will approve of tomorrow's weather. We

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have missed and fork initially but that should clear and we should see

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some sunshine. As we had through Friday on the weekend, weather

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fronts trying to push in, that complicates matters, throwing in

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more cloud, and we may see a bit of rain at times. But I suspect not too

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much. This evening and tonight, one or two showers but generally dry,

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starry skies overhead and the risk of mist and fog forming. Maybe a

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touch of Frost for some cold spots, a bit of a cold start the things

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tomorrow and we do have dismissed and fog around which could be slow

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to clear, perhaps not clearing until mid to late morning but in general,

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some nice weather. Some decent spot for sunshine, light winds, staying

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dry and mild. Luckily, we could see the teams. Mild the time of year.

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Some early mist and fog comes to lift, some sunshine but you can see

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the cloud thickening. Again, and while they and we hang onto this

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mild theme over the next few days. Some problems with mist and fog,

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light winds, hopefully feeling nice the weekend. Wouldn't promise you

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two dry days but you never know, here is Nick with the national

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picture. Hello. We put that cold weekend well

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behind us now. Temperatures edging upwards and our weather watchers are

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seeing plenty of signs of spring. Spending more time looking down than

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looking up at the skies, we see these early blooms. They are set to

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continue as we are set to stay mild for several more days to come.

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