17/03/2017 Spotlight


17/03/2017

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Hello, good evening. for the news where you are.

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There's hope tonight for the future

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of the Royal Marine base in North Devon.

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Chivenor employs more than 1,000 personnel and brings

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Last November the MoD announced plans to close it,

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but on a visit to the base today, the Defence Secretary said

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At Chivenor today Michael Fallon saw first hand

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what it's like to save a life on the battlefield.

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At the same time, the future of the place itself

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Speaking four months ago, it looked like a closure was inevitable.

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We are getting out of some of the more rural locations,

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We want to give everybody a time to explore the various

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options for these sites, and Chivenor is a very large site.

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The airfield is no longer used, for example, to discuss

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the future of the site, with the local community and come up

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with the best answer for the Royal Marines

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and the best answer for Chivenor itself.

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So no done deal on the closure of the base in Chivenor.

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I'm very pleased that he said what he said today, about what's

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happening, a second chance, if you like.

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Michael Fallon made clear the intention is that the

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Royal Marines will consolidate in Plymouth, but around

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that it seems to me there's a lot of options.

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For him not to have ruled out the future use of

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RMB Chivenor as a military site is a big step forward.

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Business leaders want more clarity on what happens

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next for a base that, according to

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generates ?40 million a year for the North Devon economy.

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If it's not a done deal, then obviously, we need to find out

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more about what could possibly happen, because if they are going

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to retain part of it, then that could be good.

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And then look at development for the rest of it.

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If it's all going to move to Plymouth, then we need to look

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And it is a big site, with 1200 military personnel

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There's been strong campaigning to keep the base open,

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but some say a closure is still on the cards.

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I think the Secretary of State was making as positive a

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noise as he could about working with the local community,

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but at the end of the day he's got to deliver the maximum capital

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receipt to the public purse, that, I fear will probably

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Done deal or not, a decision on the future of this base

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Almost 50 years on, the Torrey Canyon remains

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one of the world's worst environmental disasters.

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The supertanker hit rocks off Cornwall

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leaving beaches around the coastline covered in crude oil.

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Clare Woodling has been speaking to one of the pilots

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who was involved in the efforts to control the disaster.

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exploded inside the ship. I have a exploded inside the ship. I have a

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very vivid picture in my mind. You could see the side of the ship for

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the North and the huge cloud of black smoke and flame coming

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shooting out and you must have gone up to about 1000 feet, but I felt as

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if it was chasing me along as I was going up was as fast as I could with

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my throttle fully open because I really did not want to be caught on

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that. We took off from Lossiemouth and as

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we got beyond the Scottish border flying south you could see in the

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distance a big cloud of black smoke right after about 30,000 feet. It

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was the most beautiful spring day. Lots of sunshine, no wind, and this

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huge column of smoke going up which got closer and closer as we got down

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there. The supertanker had run aground leading crude oil around the

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coast and into the sea. Thousands of sea birds died. It remains the worst

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environmental disaster in the country. Sir Jonathan maintains that

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bombing was the only option. If you want to stop the environmental

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disaster occurring you had to accept the risks that there was going to be

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damage to the in doing that. So Jonathan says his memories remain

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vivid 50 years on. Seeing the petition now he is still able to

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remain dispassionate. There was not much emotion to it, it was just the

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job that needed to be done. They've been flying the skies

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of the South West for decades but today the Royal Navy's Lynx

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helicopters began a farewell tour. They were based on Portland

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in Dorset before moving to Yeovilton

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in the late '90s. The aircraft saw action

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in the Falklands and in both Gulf Wars, and today

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they retraced their history flying before they're decommissioned

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at the end of the month. The joy of this aircraft, and does a

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little bit of everything, load lifting, winching, weaponry,

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anti-submarine weapons, and the service weapons, it is the eye in

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the sky, it is Search and Rescue, it can be troop movement, pretty much

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everything. Time now for the weather and David's

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here with the forecast. I cannot promise much in the way

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of sunshine this weekend, It is relatively mild

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and we should see temperatures There is some rain around and it

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will be quite breezy but it does Perhaps a little bit

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cooler by the time we get Several weather fronts draped

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across the northern half with enough moisture to generate

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some rain for us, as well. Perhaps, briefly, some brightness,

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but not much of that. With a weather front

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coming in on Monday, We could end up with

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some quite wet weather. And after that goes through,

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some slightly colder air. Some spots of light rain

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or drizzle overnight tonight, with some of that becoming more

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widespread and Brisk westerly winds

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and overnight temperatures It is a mild start and generally

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a mild day tomorrow, but unfortunately, there is a lot

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of cloud, spots of light rain or drizzle in the morning,

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gradually easing in the afternoon but not much in the way uprightness

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and 12, possibly 13 Celsius Lots of low cloud around, perhaps,

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briefly, some brightness but another weather front on Sunday with a top

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temperature of 12-13 Celsius. Next week it does

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start to cool down. We could have some wet weather

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around on Monday, turning showery

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and colder on Tuesday. Julia Peet will be back tomorrow

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at 5:50pm with all the latest news and sport from

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around the South West. But from the Spotlight

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late team, goodnight. it is rather breezy. Now for the

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national outlook. It was quite a wet day across many

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northern and western parts of the UK. This was the view in Lancashire

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not so long ago. For the weekend we are looking to see further rain, all

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coming from the west, so the further east you are, it should be

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