16/03/2017 Spotlight


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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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The skipper of a fishing boat has been found guilty of trying

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to smuggle more than a tonne of cocaine into the UK

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through Falmouth in one of Britain's biggest ever drugs seizures.

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His two crew have already pleaded guilty to drug importation offences.

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Today the jury at Bristol Crown Court was told

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the drugs had a street value of nearly ?84 million.

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All three men will be sentenced next month.

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This red trawler is packed with cocaine.

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Left and right, Border Force speedboats close in.

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The biggest seizure of cocaine in Britain in 2016.

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One tonne, with a street value of ?84 million.

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There was no physical resistance at the time.

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This undercover Border Force agent was there, and told me breaking up

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You want to get your feet firmly planted on the deck

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Michael McDermott, David Pleasants and Gerald van de Kooij

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were the three men on the trawler, and are now convicted

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?84 million in street level value, but that's millions and millions

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of wraps that would have been in the hands of dealers

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The only way Border Force and the National Crime Agency

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could stop the gang involved was because they had

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access to fast boats, helicopters and cutters

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But the British coastline is around 8000 miles long,

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so what can the handful of cutters on patrol do?

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The captain says they can still send a powerful message

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I want this to be recognised by the opposition as

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The trawler the Bianca is to be sold, and the cocaine found

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But all the agencies involved know it won't stop

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trade, and their vigilance will be tested again.

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Duncan Kennedy, BBC Spotlight, with Britain's Border Force.

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A date has now been set for the sentencing of the former

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Royal Marine Alexander Blackman, who fatally shot an injured Taliban

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It follows a Court Martial appeal which ruled that his conviction

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for murder should be reduced to manslaughter on the grounds

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Changes to the way Cornwall's road network is managed have been

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introduced following the death of a woman in a landslide in Looe.

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Susan Norman was crushed to death four years ago.

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An inquest said the council should have known there was a "real

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Today the council said lessons had been learnt from her death.

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Sandplace Road in Looe, March 2017, where Cornwall Council

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The same month four years earlier, a scene of devastation.

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Where a grandmother, Susan Norman, was killed in bed as tonnes of earth

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Today, Cornwall's cabinet met to approve new national guidance

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That includes problems like those experienced in Looe when torrential

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rain rushed down the road behind the properties and

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It's thought that caused the landslide.

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Today, we've agreed some changes to the way that we'll manage

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and maintain our road network in the future.

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This is in response to the new national code of practice

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for managing highways infrastructure which was published

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We've also taken the opportunity provided by this review to take

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account of the lessons learned from the inquest into the tragic

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It's clear Cornwall Council is carrying out work here in Looe.

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But residents say it's not the right action

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to protect their homes and their safety.

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They're not convinced by the local authority's new code of practice.

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The council says it has carried out improvements

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since Susan Norman's death, like a new retaining wall

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at the sight of the landslide, and the pinning of the bedrock.

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Christine Butler, BBC Spotlight, Looe.

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The clock is ticking on more than ?130 million of EU

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Businesses are being encouraged to apply for the regeneration money

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Our business correspondent Carys Edwards reports.

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Dan Dicker makes a living out of waste, turning

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household rubbish into trays, clocks, even park benches.

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So we just need to touch it up, and then we'll spray it

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These bespoke house signs are made of old plant pots.

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And Dan's developed software so they can be ordered online direct

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from his factory in Cornwall, an innovation made possible

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We're a business, we need help, there's support available,

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and ?2500 does arrive in your bank account.

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The cash, which has to be match-funded, has transformed his

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eco-business and led to two new jobs.

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Now Cornwall is urging more people to apply for European funding

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Over the years, millions has been awarded to help

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regenerate the county which, whilst beautiful, is one

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But with Brexit on the cards, this latest round of funding,

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which runs until 2020, is likely to be the last.

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Over this period, the EU has awarded ?300 million of funding to Cornwall.

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Of this, around ?100 million remains up for grabs.

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Devon and Somerset have been given around 100 million,

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Dorset's had around 50 million, and around 10 million in funding

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It's there and it's available, and it's an easy process.

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So if you're running a business that you can see some good

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growth opportunities, then funding is available for you.

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Projects where funding has already been allocated include

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the ?30 million for Centrica's renewable energy project,

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and 1.5 million for Cornish rivers to encourage fishing.

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There are thousands of smaller schemes such as help

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for the unemployed or skills training, investment

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Carys Edwards, BBC Spotlight, Perranporth.

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Joining me in the studio now is our political

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Martyn, we heard people being encouraged to apply

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What happens, though, if it doesn't get allocated

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This money is offered on a "use it or lose it" basis,

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and with these programmes, there are usually a number

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of internal deadlines by which a certain proportion

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of the money needs to be allocated to a project,

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and if that doesn't happen, then the money goes

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And I can remember certainly with previous programmes

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there would be occasional panics because one of these

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deadlines would be looming, and it would look as if at least

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As Carys said in her piece there, this is likely to be the last big

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chunk of EU money that Cornwall will now receive.

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Yes, with Britain leaving the EU, there won't be any more

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The Government has guaranteed that this current funding programme

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will continue up until 2020 as planned, even if Britain has

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But attention is now focusing to what happens beyond that,

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because Cornwall reckons that had we remained inside the EU,

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it would have been eligible for another ?330 million

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Now, it wants the UK Government to say they will put up that money

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to replace the money that they would have

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Now, whether that will happen, nobody knows.

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It was cut and dried under the EU rules, because the money

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was automatically awarded if the economy in Cornwall was

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There are no rules which apply to UK domestic funding in the same way,

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and of course, in the years to come, there will be a lot of competition

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for a dwindling pot of money domestically.

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Martyn, we will leave it there, thank you for joining us.

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An 18-year-old from Truro is stepping gracefully between two

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Alabama Seymour is a dancer with the Duchy Ballet.

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But when she's not rehearsing for a forthcoming production,

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she also rides motorbikes - sideways.

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Well, her family does put on a wall of death show.

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Not your average family! Lets get the latest on tonight's whether.

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Good evening. This week we have been plagued with mist, low cloud and

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fog. We have some patchy rain to get rid off tonight, but it will be gone

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by the morning. A cold, bright start, and then later in the day,

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patchy rain beginning to appear, but it may take all day before that

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north of us will slowly sink north of us will slowly sink

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southwards and it will be a feature of the weather as we move into the

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weekend. Patchy rain this evening weekend. Patchy rain this evening

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should clear over the next few hours, the skies will eventually

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clear and it will turn quite chilly, temperatures could get as low as

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three or four Celsius, cold enough for a touch of frost, although I'd

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think we will see too much of that, because there is a breeze

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developing. That will give us some fine weather to start the day, but

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gradually through the morning and into the afternoon, there will be

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more cloud coming in from the north-west, and by the end of the

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day, we will see some patchy rain beginning to affect northern parts

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of Devon and Somerset. Top temperature tomorrow, ten or 11

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Celsius. The weekend is not looking too clever, brisk westerly winds

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feeding in plenty of cloud and outbreaks of rain on Saturday and

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Sunday, but of the two days, Sunday will be the wetter of the two,

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because it looks like the rain will gradually pull away, but slow

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progress on that. It is mild this weekend, but a little brighter for

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the start of next week as it clears from the north. Good night.

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The breakfast team will be back with you from 6.25 tomorrow morning, but

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from all of us here on the late news, have a good evening, goodbye

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for now. there will be rain around, most

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occurring overnight. Good evening, quite a range of

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whether an offer earlier today in the north and north-west of the UK

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quite

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