06/03/2017 Spotlight


06/03/2017

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A staggering series of lies. for the news where you are.

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That's how a judge described the actions of a former chairman of

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the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, who was jailed today

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Jon Andrews from Totnes earned over ?1 million from his deception,

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Jon Andrews had the right background and qualifications.

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Or so it seemed, but he got three senior roles on the back of lies.

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He spent ten years at St Margaret's Hospice in Taunton.

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He had exaggerated his experience and made up three university degrees

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While he claimed to be a Home Office executive officer,

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Everyone is shocked and saddened to learn about the fraud

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and the information that was disclosed in court today.

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There was nothing during his time and tenure here to suggest

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Andrews had been chairman of the Torbay Care Trust

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and in 2015, became chairman of the Royal Cornwall hospitals

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trust, an organisation under serious pressure.

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There were debts of around ?7 million, mortality rates

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were higher than expected, it was missing its target

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of treating 95% of emergency patients within four hours

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and there was a doubling of the number of ambulances

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In my experience of large business, on a senior appointment like this

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we would have looked at the detail very closely indeed,

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so I am surprised this situation has emerged.

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From my personal perspective and my involvement with him,

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there were one or two questions I might have had when he was fairly

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circumspect in what he said and perhaps now we know why.

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Today he admitted three counts of fraud.

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Passing a jail sentence of two years, the judge told Andrews,

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"Your outwardly prestigious life was built on a series

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He told Jon Andrewes he had received ?1 million, "Money you received

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And he said he denied other people the positions he got.

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The family of Tanis Bhandari, who was stabbed to death

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on New Year's Eve in Tamerton Foliot, near Plymouth,

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two years ago were told by the Justice Secretary Lizz Truss

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today that the law has been tightened since the crime.

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Tanis's family believe he would still be alive if his joint

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killer Donald Pemberton had not been free on licence at

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Pemberton had been arrested a fortnight before the killing

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for threatening men with meat cleavers.

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Earlier, the family's MP raised the matter in the commons.

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I would ask whether there is any more the department can do to help

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the families like those here with me today whose son was murdered

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Would the department work with families to get the support

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they need to ensure cases like this cannot happen again?

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None of us in this house, very few of us in this house can

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ever understand or have to go through what the family had to go

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through and that is a tragicism all of us would never wish

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He is right that following the implementation of

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the rehabilitation act, the process around post-sentencing

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provision has changed, but I am always willing to look

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at what more we can learn from the experiences

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A woman from Penzance has been killed after a collision with a van

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in the town's Larrigan Road this afternoon.

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The woman, in her fifties, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A Ukip MEP for the South West has been accused of hypocrisy and lying

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over his involvement in a wind farm project.

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In a television interview three years ago, William Dartmouth had

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denied knowing that land in Yorkshire he'd given

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to a relative was being lined up to take wind turbines.

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But it's now emerged that he'd been personally involved

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in negotiations over the project for several years beforehand.

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Ukip is opposed to onshore wind farms.

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Safety experts are calling for greater awareness of illegal

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drug use among the south west's fishermen following a number

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In the last two years, 15% of fishing vessel accidents

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Here's our industry correspondent Neil Gallacher.

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Breaking the surface, the scallop dredger JMT.

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She capsized off Teignmouth in July 2015 taking with her 34-year-old

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Shane Hooper and 22-year-old skipper Mike Hill.

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Mike had followed his dad into the family business.

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At a very young age, he used to come to sea with me,

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loved everything about the sea, he was a good fisherman.

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I think he was probably going to be one of the tops out there.

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When Shane's body was recovered there was a large quantity

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Micky believes Michael would never have worked with Shane had he known.

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Michael would have chucked him over the side.

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Michael has always said amphetamine is classed as the poor man's drug.

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Michael would not have allowed Shane on that boat and you know...

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He definitely would not have allowed him on that boat.

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Amphetamines can create a sense of alertness and confidence.

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And they have been increasingly linked to fishing accidents.

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It is like driving a car, if you take drugs and drive a car,

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The government has pledged to raise awareness and help prevent

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You look at the stars at night and think that the brightest one

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is my son, and that is the way you try and get through things.

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I tell you what, you don't know what you have lost

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The father of Michael Hill ending that report by Neil Gallacher.

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One charity which is working with fishermen to tackle drug abuse

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Earlier, its superintendent in Newlyn told me why some

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fishermen could be tempted to take amphetamines.

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I think the choice of the drug is very significant.

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Amphetamines are very much about stimulant, about getting on,

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being able to cope with lack of sleep, tiredness,

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giving you a sense of euphoria and I think that is something

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that is very much experienced by fishermen when they go to sea.

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It's the lack of sleep, the hard physical labour hour after hour,

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the pains of a body that has been working five days straight

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I think the amphetamines do tend to help with that.

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I don't think drug-taking in the fishing industry is any more

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prevalent than it is in any other part of society.

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There are those that do and those that don't right

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But you would think it is the pressures involved

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in the job entailed in fishing that drive some fishermen

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I think that would be the biggest single determinant

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of whether someone would take them or not.

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It does help you get through what is the hardest job.

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It has the highest death rate bar none in peace time

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in British industry, it is 180 times more dangerous

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It is difficult for anybody who has not been fishing, myself included,

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to understand what demand it puts an their bodies.

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Very briefly, what can the Fishermen's Mission try to do

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I think probably the best way is through education.

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Explaining to the people who might choose to do this and go to sea

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and use drugs the possible consequences and how it does

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make what is a very, very dangerous job in the first

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place so much more dangerous and most importantly,

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working with those people who would choose to use drugs,

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helping them to find appropriate support and just being there,

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supporting them through the process of dealing

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Paddington Bear was famously a refugee from darkest Peru.

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Now knitters in east Devon have been reaching out to child

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refugees by making hundreds of home-grown bears.

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The small toys will be put into the pockets of donated coats

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for children in Syria, Greece and elsewhere.

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Time for the weather - here's David with the forecast.

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I cannot promise you 25 degrees and sunshine, but I can promise you

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something less cold. Temperatures are on the rise this week. It has

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been pretty chilly over the last three or four days. It is milder,

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there is some rain in the forecast, it will be breezy but nowhere near

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as colds. A cold night to come because we have the winds easing,

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the skies clearing and the chance of some frost but this is the first of

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milder interludes, this warm front tomorrow. Pretty erratic progress.

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It will take its time to get to us. Eventually get into parts of

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Somerset and Dorset. On Wednesday and Thursday, we keep these

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south-westerly winds and by Friday we are drawing warm air from the far

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south which means much higher temperatures to end the week. More

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orange and yellow appearing here as this milder air comes up from the

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south, so hopefully no frost to look forward to temperatures up to 14

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degrees. It is cold tonight, there will be a frost in places,

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particularly across the more eastern parts of Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

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There could well be a frost to start the day. Milder air further west and

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most of the rain tomorrow will be across Cornwall. Probably staying

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largely dry in Dorset, Somerset. Not a bad day here, elsewhere in the

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rain will win and it will move right across the south-west, the evening.

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Brisk winds from the west and south-west and temperatures in

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double figures for Wednesday. The only downside is there is not a huge

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amount of sunshine but at least we will see temperatures back to 13 or

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14. That is the news and weather for now. More in BBC breakfast tomorrow

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morning, but from us, good night. cool, it will be windy at times as

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well and still rather unsettled with some blustery showers around. That's

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the London forecast and now for the National forecast, over to Nick

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Miller. North-west France and Plymouth were

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miles apart weather-wise. This southern flank in north-west France

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there was a wind gusts of 120 mph which we just dodged. That area of

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low pressure continues to move quickly south-eastwards so that by

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tomorrow it is in Italy on its southern flank, stormy in Sardinia

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and around it strong winds blowing through south-east France. We've got

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a little bump in the ice bars with lighter winds, a brief ridge of high

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pressure, things briefly settled going into tomorrow, overnight there

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are some showers around moving through western Scotland and

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north-west England and the Midlands, clearing Wales, one or two in the

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east, the North Sea tip of high pressure, things briefly settled

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going into tomorrow, overnight there are some showers around moving

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through western

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