28/02/2017 Spotlight


28/02/2017

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A police investigation has been launched after a Plymouth councillor

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performed a Nazi salute during a council meeting.

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Labour councillor Jonny Morris has been suspended from his party's

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group on the Council, but is now facing calls to resign.

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Councillor Jonny Morris has been feeling the heat ever

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since the moment in this meeting to discuss raising council tax

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when he decided to demonstrate his annoyance at proceedings

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Somebody does something like that in this chamber...

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Amid outrage in the meeting, action was swiftly taken.

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Afterwards, the leader of the Council's Labour Group

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Straightaway after the meeting, Councillor Morris was

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immediately suspended, aubject to an investigation.

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So we have acted as swiftly and as firmly as we possibly can,

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because we take this sort of thing very seriously.

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But one of Plymouth's MPs says the Labour Party hasn't been strong

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enough in its condemnation of the salute.

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This individual has done a Nazi salute in the elected

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chamber during the middle of a council meeting.

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And, you know, I'm ashamed this has happened in Plymouth.

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And when this happens, you need strong leadership

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and people to get out there and actually say,

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this is unacceptable, this guy doesn't represent

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what we stand for in the Labour Party.

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Councillor Morris told the BBC that he made what he called

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the inappropriate and offensive gesture because he was very

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angry that the debate about whether to raise council tax

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was, as he saw it, being closed down, with other councillors

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He said he let that anger get the better of him,

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Devon and Cornwall Police have said they are treating yesterday's

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incident as a possible public order offence.

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They are now making further enquiries before deciding

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Chloe Axford, BBC Spotlight, Plymouth.

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Our Political Editor Martyn Oates is at Westminster.

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The mere act of giving a Nazi salute is a criminal offence

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That's not the case in Britain, but clearly anything

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associated with Nazism is toxic and embarrassing.

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It remains to be seen of course what the upshot of this internal

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Labour Party investigation is in Plymouth, although it might be

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observed in passing that Councillor Morris is no

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During the 2014 local election campaign in Plymouth,

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he tweeted a picture of a defaced Ukip poster with the comment,

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From the Labour Party's point of view, in Plymouth,

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the Labour Group leader Tudor Evans has reflected today

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that this is an unwelcome distraction to say the least

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from the mainstream political debate.

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He had hoped to be commenting on and criticising the budget

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which the Conservative and Ukip administration passed yesterday

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Instead, he is in a position of having to defend one

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In other news, a manager and the owners of a Cornish pub have

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been fined following the death of a woman from food poisoning.

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71-year-old Christine Morgan had lunch at the Clock and Key

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She died on the way to hospital the following night.

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John Danks reports from Truro Crown Court.

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Christine Morgan had gone to the Clock and Key pub

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with her husband and cousin on the 11th of August 2015.

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She ate roast lamb, but soon after, she began to feel unwell.

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The court heard that Mrs Morgan suffered vomiting and diarrhoea.

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Her condition worsened, and she died in an ambulance en

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We were able to secure a quantity of lamb that was served to the party

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That was then subsequently sent off to Public Health England

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They isolated a type of food poisoning called Clostridium

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Diane Burrow from Bude who was the pub's kitchen

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manager at the time, was fined ?750 after pleading

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guilty to breaching food hygiene regulations.

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The pub owners, Lake Inns and Leisure Limited,

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was handed down fines and costs totalling more than ?40,000.

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In this case, there were multiple failures,

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possible failure to cook properly, failure to cool properly,

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Judge Simon Carr said there were systems in place,

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probably in a brightly-coloured file on a shelf in the kitchen,

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Food safety was considered, he said, but not sufficiently emphasised.

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There was simply no supervision and control for food handling.

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We encourage food business operators to always be vigilant.

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Whilst that risk exists, we say, when our inspectors come round,

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we're here to help you, we're here to give you advice.

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Listen to that advice, act on that advice, and these sorts

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John Danks, BBC Spotlight, at Truro Crown Court.

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The red deer of Exmoor are being targeted by

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organised gangs of poachers. Exmoor National Park says it's

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concerned by a marked increase in the number of deer being killed,

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This week, park rangers are conducting a survey of the deer

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Long gone are the days of that romantic notion of a poacher

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going out and having one for the pot.

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The price of venison has increased, the demand for venison has

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increased, hence we seem to have these organised gangs coming

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in and targeting our red deer population.

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A couple who built their own mud house in North Devon have been told

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Kate Burrows says she's allergic to modern life and can't return

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But the Council says the building is in breach of planning rules.

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You have to look closely, but there are people

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Being plugged into a virtual reality machine, that's not normal life.

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We're collecting water, we're chopping wood,

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Kate and Alan may be hidden from view, but they are still

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You can't, of course, just put up a house where you want.

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This is our nest, this is our everything.

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We've sculpted it with our hands from the soil.

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If it is the good life, it doesn't come easy.

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They have to keep on topping up the mud used to build their home.

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But for Kate, it's a much better life than she had before.

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She goes as far as saying that modern day living

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I think it was the water and the electricity and the Wi-Fi

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and the paint on the walls and, you know, a build-up.

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I didn't realise how ill I was until we moved here,

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There are now many medical conditions, so is this one of them?

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Can you be intolerant to the modern day?

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Some doctors believe you can, but the NHS doesn't

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Multiple chemical sensitivity is a condition where the body's

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immune and detoxification pathways become overloaded.

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We've got people that simply find they have an allergic reaction

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to bleach and try to avoid perfumes and traffic fumes.

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Living in an ordinary house, especially a new build or a house

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that has just been decorated furnished, it becomes a big problem.

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But it's not the medical landscape which is important here.

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And the local authority says they've got to abide by the law.

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Kate points to examples in Wales where the One Planet planning laws

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can allow low impact homes like theirs.

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Even if we lose everything here, I feel it's really important

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for people like us to be able to live on their own land

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sustainably without creating any damage.

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But having lost all their appeals, the couple now have

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Jonathan Morris, BBC Spotlight, River Cross Meadow.

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There was only one win for our main football teams this evening.

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Plymouth Argyle were hoping to end their run of Tuesday evening

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defeats, but lost 1-0 at home to struggling Notts County.

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Exeter returned to winning, with a 2-1 victory away to Crawley.

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The first win in five games for the Grecians.

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And it was a goaless draw for Yeovil at home to Mansfield.

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In the National League, Torquay's game aginst Solihull Moors

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was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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Thank you, Claire. Good evening. Meteorologically speaking, this day

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is the last day of winter. And winter it certainly has been. We

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have had snow in quite a few places, a dusting over the high ground of

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Dartmoor, and some also in Somerset, where we saw a thick layer briefly

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this morning. The snow has now moulded, and it is likely less cold

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air arriving tomorrow, most that falls out of the sky will be rain.

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Patchy rain, less windy, a little bit brighter later in the day. The

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winds increase as we move into tomorrow evening. A couple of

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weather fronts and a small area of low pressure developing in the

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English Channel tomorrow, bringing us rain. Once the area of low

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pressure moves away, the winds become quite strong, reaching gale

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force tomorrow evening, a blustery end to the day and a blustery night

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tomorrow night and into the early hours of Thursday. There are a few

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showers around this evening, but they are very afflicted. For many of

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us it is a dry night, winds continuing to drop, temperatures

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getting down to just two or three degrees in a few places. Patchy rain

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moving across the south-west tomorrow morning. Brighter later in

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the day. But also becoming windy. Have a good night. Thank you, David.

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Spotlight's back in Breakfast from 6:25am.

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From the late team, have a good night.

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Good evening. We are about to head into March, the days are getting

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longer, but are they getting any warmer? Not really. We will get

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there in the end, but we will have to be patient, not very springlike

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at the moment. Some showers scattered around across England and

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Wales will tend to diminish in number, a few left behind, wintry

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showers across the north of Scotland, snow at low-level is, ice

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as well as temperatures fall close to freezing. A cold night with a

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touch of frost in a number of places. Plenty of sunshine across

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southern areas first of all, but it will not last, rain spilling from

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the south, the best brightness and eventually further north across the

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UK. Mostly

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