23/02/2017 Spotlight


23/02/2017

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There are mixed fortunes across the region as the Government

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has unveiled its latest round of Growth Funding to boost

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Devon and Somerset came out winners receiving more than twice as much

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But there was shock and disappointment west

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of the Tamar at the amount designated for Cornwall.

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Tamsin Melville has this report from Plymouth train station,

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where the money will help fund major redevelopment.

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When you arrive, that is my biggest beef, really. It is tired, it is

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dilapidated. dilapidated.

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If it is true first impressions count, today, Plymouth had reasons

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to celebrate. Sprucing up the area outside the station is on a list of

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ten projects across Devon and Somerset in line for some government

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cash. This is an ideal way to spend

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government money, because it will leveraged huge amount of private

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sector investment. Universities are keen to get involved in the project.

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They are keen to locate a new faculty, so we're talking about

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winning in 40- ?50 million of private sector investment, and it

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would transform the entire site. The money coming down the tracks to

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hear is bid for by business leaders, and is for projects to boost the

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economy and create jobs. Six local enterprise partnership areas across

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the wider South West are sharing ?191 million.

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In our area, this is how it breaks down. Dorset is in line for 19.5

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million. Devon and Somerset will million. Devon and Somerset will

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pocket 43.6 million, and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are getting

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18 million. But Cornwall actually bid for 127 million, so there are

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some tough decisions on what project will now get the cash.

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We are disappointed that it is not more. Clearly, in terms of Cornwall

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and the Isles of Scilly economy, we absolutely need further investment,

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whether that be in infrastructure, direct into business, skills and

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other things. We still need that investment. One thing I would say is

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that on a per capita basis, we are about on a par with many other LEP

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areas. In Devon and Somerset, funds for ten

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projects instead of the hoped-for 27, but some are happy it is more

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than expected. Some disappointment but Cornwall. I

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think it is very important to look at again the quality of the bid. The

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more tangible the better, and in relation to some bids in Devon and

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Somerset, lots of joint ventures, people working together, and

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government likes to see that, and that is perhaps a lesson that could

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Work continuing on these Work continuing on these

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improvements near Saltash, funded by money from one of two previous

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growth funding rounds. But the council to night branded the

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settlement as shockingly small and disappointing.

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Our political editor Martyn Oates has been following the story. A huge

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discrepancy between the money awarded either side of the tame our?

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Yes, Cornwall council eventually today admitted that they were

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shocked and disappointed by the amount of money they had got. They

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say in future, they would encourage the government to base this on need,

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because this is not, they say, reflect lower earnings in the

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county, poverty and rural areas. But as the South West Devon MP hinted

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there in the report, that is not how this particular scheme is set up. It

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is basically competitive, so the government gives money to the

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proposals it thinks are the strongest. So it is quite unlike,

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for instance, the European funding that Cornwall has been receiving and

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is continuing to receive, which is basically awarded according to need.

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The background to all this is quite interesting as well. A few months

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ago, Devon and Somerset were told they should expect as little as

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Cornwall, if not an even smaller sum of money. In the meantime, there has

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been some quite ferocious lobbying by MPs from the two counties, both

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in parliament and administers' offices in Whitehall, and that seems

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to have paid off. Briefly, how important is this

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investment overall? Well, even in Devon and Somerset,

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the money they have got is less than half the amount they bid for, so

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there, as in Cornwall, number of projects will not now go ahead. I

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spoke to one senior figure in the business community this evening who

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said that frankly, ?43 million for Devon and Somerset is a derisory sum

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for an economy the size of those counties.

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Thank you very much. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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is tonight insisting that people calling 999 in south Devon

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will still get help, despite a dispute with

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the Dartmouth Coastguard Two senior members have quit

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and the other ten will resign if a resolution with the MCA

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cannot be found. They're unhappy about changes

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to their procedures. Other emergency services,

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such as the RNLI Lifeboats, are still operational.

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From Dartmouth, John Ayres reports. Tonight, the Dartmouth coastguard

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rescue team are off-line, meaning they will not be answering their

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pagers are going on any shouts. Ordinarily, it would take 7-10

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minutes for them to get to an incident, but it would have to be a

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neighbouring team now, which could take anything between 40-50 minutes.

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They have had a vote of no-confidence the management, the

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MCA. They are unhappy two senior members have quit. The remaining

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members say they will resign if they cannot come to a solution. The

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Maritime and Coastguard Agency said, we are aware of an issue with the

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Dartmouth coastguard rescue team. We will be working with those involved

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to bring about a swift resolution. Coastguard rescue team is a much

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valued part of our search and rescue capability, which also includes

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helicopters and lifeboats, so anyone who finds themselves in difficulty

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should be assured that they will always get help if they call 999 and

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ask for a coastguard. There will be a meeting tomorrow, and hopefully,

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they can find a resolution. An independent investigation

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into a former Avon and Somerset police doctor has found he fell

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woefully or grossly below common and acceptable standards during 10

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medical examinations. The report also found

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there were several missed opportunities to act upon concerns

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about Dr Reginald Bunting, Victims complained about being made

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to strip naked unnecessarily and being touched inappropriately.

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The force has apologised. Experts are warning that terror

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groups are using gaming forums They say the problem isn't just

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confined to urban areas, but also affects teenagers

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in Devon and Cornwall. Terror groups are creating their own

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games mimicking the style of popular games to draw people in.

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Eleanor Parkinson has more details. It is a seductive world for

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teenagers, the world of fantasy and often violence, and many young

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people are linking up with others around the world on gaming forums.

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But experts say often, they have no idea of who they are talking to.

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Terror groups are now using gaming forums to radicalise and recruit. As

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a potential radicalise, you are looking for vulnerabilities in an

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individual, and if those are identified, that is where they start

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to signpost them to alternative sites, alternative chat rooms, and

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start to communicate with them outside of the normal media

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channels. In 2008, Nicky Reilly, young man with learning

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difficulties, try to set off a home-made nail bomb in Exeter. It

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emerged he had been encouraged by two men he had been speaking to an

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online chat room. All schools in Cornwall have no train their staff

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to look up on my medicalisation. At this college, they have had to refer

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two pupils because of low level concerns about their behaviour, and

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he's are not isolated cases. -- these are not. At this college,

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students can now use an app to talk to a teacher if they have concerns

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about a friend. If I were to see one of my close

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friends who were starting to act differently, perhaps not so social,

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or spending more time inside by themselves, I would just go and

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question them, CF anything was happening to them, such as the

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radicalisation. It might be a student who changes

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their friendship group, becomes more isolated. Their parents may report

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that they spend more time alone in their bedroom, more time alone

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online. It might be that they have particular searches that flag up on

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our filtering system in the school that might be a concern, or in some

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cases, students who might respond to national or international incidents

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in a way that worry you. Terror groups have even designed

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their own games to mimic the plots of the game is being sold in shops.

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Parents are advised to move console into a shared living space so they

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can look out for anything suspicious.

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Exmoor explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is back striving to become the first

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person to cross both ice caps and climb the highest peak

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The challenge was in doubt last month when he suffered severe back

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But he's been given the all clear to tackle Indonesia's

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He's been talking about how he had to be airlifted to safety

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when he was just hours from the peak, and how

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Thank you. Hello, good evening. Doris has blown through, and left

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behind some pretty lively gusts of wind. These are the strongest gusts

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of wind from earlier today. Top of the league was bliss, 67 mph. The

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winds are much lighter now, and will continue to drop overnight tonight.

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For the next hour and a half to two hours, Stills and very strong gust

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of wind, but as I mentioned, they will ease through the night, and a

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much quieter day to come tomorrow. A week weather front may drift in late

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in the day, but for many of us, a quiet, dry, bright day, more wind

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and rain on Saturday, but not as windy as it has been today. By

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Sunday, we are into blustery westerly winds again. So overnight,

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a chance of a shower, but they are fleeting for most of us. Dry, clear

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night. The winds continuing to drop through the night, and also falling

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down to just 2-3 in places. A touch of frost is certainly possible first

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thing tomorrow. Tomorrow, a bright dry day. There may be a few showers

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around, but they will be isolated. Not overly warm, 8-10 is the

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maximum. More cloud around on Saturday. Eventually, that will

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produce outbreaks of rain. Breezy and mildly 10-11 the top

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temperature, and it stays mild into Sunday as well.

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Have a good night. That it from the late team.

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Thank you for your company. Good night.

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be much milder. I will leave you with Thomas Shelter.

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Good evening. It was quite a day for some of us. We get these sort of

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storms every couple of years also. Difficult to give an exact number,

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but it was certainly a nasty one. It's now moving into Holland,

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Germany, south of Denmark, and it continues to blow itself out. The

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winds around coasts were not particularly spectacular, but the

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inland winds were unusual, 62 mph in London. A trail of damage across the

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UK with trees falling down, mainly trees, but also other spectacular

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