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Hello, good evening. for the news where you are.
There's hope tonight for the future
of the Royal Marine base in North Devon.
Chivenor employs more than 1,000 personnel and brings
Last November the MoD announced plans to close it,
but on a visit to the base today, the Defence Secretary said
At Chivenor today Michael Fallon saw first hand
what it's like to save a life on the battlefield.
At the same time, the future of the place itself
Speaking four months ago, it looked like a closure was inevitable.
We are getting out of some of the more rural locations,
We want to give everybody a time to explore the various
options for these sites, and Chivenor is a very large site.
The airfield is no longer used, for example, to discuss
the future of the site, with the local community and come up
with the best answer for the Royal Marines
and the best answer for Chivenor itself.
So no done deal on the closure of the base in Chivenor.
I'm very pleased that he said what he said today, about what's
happening, a second chance, if you like.
Michael Fallon made clear the intention is that the
Royal Marines will consolidate in Plymouth, but around
that it seems to me there's a lot of options.
For him not to have ruled out the future use of
RMB Chivenor as a military site is a big step forward.
Business leaders want more clarity on what happens
next for a base that, according to
generates ?40 million a year for the North Devon economy.
If it's not a done deal, then obviously, we need to find out
more about what could possibly happen, because if they are going
to retain part of it, then that could be good.
And then look at development for the rest of it.
If it's all going to move to Plymouth, then we need to look
And it is a big site, with 1200 military personnel
There's been strong campaigning to keep the base open,
but some say a closure is still on the cards.
I think the Secretary of State was making as positive a
noise as he could about working with the local community,
but at the end of the day he's got to deliver the maximum capital
receipt to the public purse, that, I fear will probably
Done deal or not, a decision on the future of this base
Almost 50 years on, the Torrey Canyon remains
one of the world's worst environmental disasters.
The supertanker hit rocks off Cornwall
leaving beaches around the coastline covered in crude oil.
Clare Woodling has been speaking to one of the pilots
who was involved in the efforts to control the disaster.
exploded inside the ship. I have a exploded inside the ship. I have a
very vivid picture in my mind. You could see the side of the ship for
the North and the huge cloud of black smoke and flame coming
shooting out and you must have gone up to about 1000 feet, but I felt as
if it was chasing me along as I was going up was as fast as I could with
my throttle fully open because I really did not want to be caught on
that. We took off from Lossiemouth and as
we got beyond the Scottish border flying south you could see in the
distance a big cloud of black smoke right after about 30,000 feet. It
was the most beautiful spring day. Lots of sunshine, no wind, and this
huge column of smoke going up which got closer and closer as we got down
there. The supertanker had run aground leading crude oil around the
coast and into the sea. Thousands of sea birds died. It remains the worst
environmental disaster in the country. Sir Jonathan maintains that
bombing was the only option. If you want to stop the environmental
disaster occurring you had to accept the risks that there was going to be
damage to the in doing that. So Jonathan says his memories remain
vivid 50 years on. Seeing the petition now he is still able to
remain dispassionate. There was not much emotion to it, it was just the
job that needed to be done. They've been flying the skies
of the South West for decades but today the Royal Navy's Lynx
helicopters began a farewell tour. They were based on Portland
in Dorset before moving to Yeovilton
in the late '90s. The aircraft saw action
in the Falklands and in both Gulf Wars, and today
they retraced their history flying before they're decommissioned
at the end of the month. The joy of this aircraft, and does a
little bit of everything, load lifting, winching, weaponry,
anti-submarine weapons, and the service weapons, it is the eye in
the sky, it is Search and Rescue, it can be troop movement, pretty much
everything. Time now for the weather and David's
here with the forecast. I cannot promise much in the way
of sunshine this weekend, It is relatively mild
and we should see temperatures There is some rain around and it
will be quite breezy but it does Perhaps a little bit
cooler by the time we get Several weather fronts draped
across the northern half with enough moisture to generate
some rain for us, as well. Perhaps, briefly, some brightness,
but not much of that. With a weather front
coming in on Monday, We could end up with
some quite wet weather. And after that goes through,
some slightly colder air. Some spots of light rain
or drizzle overnight tonight, with some of that becoming more
widespread and Brisk westerly winds
and overnight temperatures It is a mild start and generally
a mild day tomorrow, but unfortunately, there is a lot
of cloud, spots of light rain or drizzle in the morning,
gradually easing in the afternoon but not much in the way uprightness
and 12, possibly 13 Celsius Lots of low cloud around, perhaps,
briefly, some brightness but another weather front on Sunday with a top
temperature of 12-13 Celsius. Next week it does
start to cool down. We could have some wet weather
around on Monday, turning showery
and colder on Tuesday. Julia Peet will be back tomorrow
at 5:50pm with all the latest news and sport from
around the South West. But from the Spotlight
late team, goodnight. it is rather breezy. Now for the
national outlook. It was quite a wet day across many
northern and western parts of the UK. This was the view in Lancashire
not so long ago. For the weekend we are looking to see further rain, all
coming from the west, so the further east you are, it should be