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Good evening. Extra police patrols have been introduced in the region
as a precaution following the London terror attack. Police commanders
told the BBC that security has been increased at airports, main railway
stations, military bases and ports. Simon Hall reports. A single word
summed up the mood amongst travellers to London from the
south-west today, the pies. I am going to visit my daughter. She's in
Suffolk, and I am not going to be put off by a terrorist. If everyone
gave in and didn't do anything it would not be British, would it? We
plan to go and I am not having any terrorist affecting us. Our lives
will not be affected by it, we I think it's important
for a number of reasons. For ourselves, obviously,
our job is to be out there to reassure the public,
make everybody feel safe. I think, more importantly
as a member of the public, someone who lives in this country
and has resided in it all their life, I think
it is important that we are able to carry on, be as resilient
as possible and show these people that, you know,
we can live our lives And we will live our
lives quite normally. As investigations continued
into yesterday's attack, one South-West terrorism expert told
us it was important that people They should, of course,
always be alert in public places, But, basically, don't get
worried, don't get panicky. The threat for this part
of the world is very low. In an open letter, Avon
and Somerset Police said: As well as stations,
there will be extra police patrols at the South-West airports
and military bases and large public All this is not in response to any
specific threat to the region, senior officers say,
but a precaution. It's designed to reassure the public
and to ensure that life can go on as normal in defiance of attacks
which are intended to spread fear. Around 50 children from Somerset
found themselves trapped inside Westminster for two hours
during the terror alert. One Devon MP has been talking
tonight about the way For some of these ten
and 11-year-olds, But shortly after these photos
were taken, they were trapped inside the Palace of Westminster
as the incident unfolded. Today, a parent of one of those
children still visibly upset. I'm very emotional.
Heartbreaking. It's the first time I have ever
let my son go anywhere He was very cuddly when he saw
me first last night. The 53 children and seven
staff were ushered to the Central Lobby at Westminster
- a safe place, but still within 50 metres of where the police
officer was stabbed. The deputy head kept spirits
up by singing hymns. Yeah, we had a lovely ripple
of applause at the end and, beautifully, lots of people,
lots of MPs on the way out congratulated our children on how
well they sang and how they lightened the mood,
so that was lovely to hear. Meanwhile, back at the School
at Bridgwater, text messages
were sent to worried parents. And then we said to parents
that they could come We had teas and coffees
and the Salvation Army were here and our local vicar
helping parents to process At the school today,
everyone is well. The Prime Minister was also
impressed by everyone's bravery. It must have particularly
difficult for those children who were here and being caught
up in this. We should commend the work
of their teachers in offering them MPs have been returning from London
but the message that action is being taken to keep us safe. This is the
first time up at an attack like this in Westminster, so we need to keep
it in proportion, but the police are reviewing the situation in London
and Westminster and the Chief Constable will be working with his
team in Devon and Cornwall to make sure that any relevant measures are
put in place. It is a trip these youngsters will not forget. But it
will not stop them doing what they want to do in future.
A look at some of the other stories making the news tonight.
Offers of help have been made to try to keep
the Isles of Scilly's only care home open.
The council, which runs Park House, says it's had interest
in carers' jobs and offers of accommodation for staff.
It's facing closure because of problems recruiting people.
The number of child sex offences recorded in the South West
is at an all-time high, according to the NSPCC.
there were nearly 1,500 cases last year - that's up 10%.
Cornwall is the fifth-worst performing area in the country
for getting patients out of hospital and back home.
The independent health charity the Nuffield Trust says that
for every 1,000 patients, 43 can't go home
because social care packages aren't in place.
Cornish cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel says a "medal at any cost" approach
created a "culture of fear" at British Cycling.
The Olympic silver medallist claims
there was also no regard for welfare.
British Cycling says it's introduced a plan to address shortcomings.
Falmouth University has been named the sixth best in the UK
Students across the UK took part in the survey for the Times.
They rated teaching, facilities, accommodation and social life.
A new initiative has been launched to encourage
more people in the South West to become foster parents.
There's a shortage across much of the region.
Johnny Rutherford has been meeting some of those
who already offer support in Plymouth.
Sky has been with foster mum, Madge, for four years.
You never know what will come through your front door.
When Sky first arrived she had black hair, thick black make-up
Slowly, over the weeks and months that have
now turned into years, she has grown up, matured.
It is a delight to look after a lot of these children.
They just need to be loved, they need support,
That is the sort of carer of that Plymouth City Council are looking
for, a foster parent who is looking to help change a vulnerable child
We want carers from Plymouth to come forward so we don't have to place
We know that children are best placed around their family
and their connections so we really want carers to come forward.
There are people out there who would potentially
We have increased our financial offer to encourage people
Also within the new support packages specialised training,
It is about the commitment, taking someone into your home
who is broken, maybe feeling very unloved, and it is about giving them
a family environment they're not used to have the chance to feel
better about themselves and excel in life and go somewhere.
There may be trouble at first, they could be cheeky or very quiet
but they will come out of their shell in their own time.
Now 18, Sky is the longer fostered by Madge, but she is still family.
Now time to find out what the weather has in store.
Thank you for all your cloud photographs.
It was a bit of a grey day today with outbreaks of rain.
Tomorrow, more rain but then it turns a lot brighter.
What's happening is, an area of low pressure that
generated that rain today is now heading down towards the west coast
of Spain and Portugal with high pressure following, lasting
Some of the rain from earlier today was quite heavy but it is now
It will be dry for a time tonight apart from a few showers
There will be the continued risk of a few spots of light rain
But it will be a mild night compared to last night.
Temperatures no lower than between five and seven Celsius.
Tomorrow the risk of a few spots of rain
at some point through the morning and into the afternoon,
Some good breaks developing in the cloud, and it will feel
warmer than today despite quite a keen wind from the north-east
with temperatures of around 12 Celsius being the maximum.
On Saturday, the start of the weekend, it's going to be
A lot of sunshine on Saturday and warmer at around 14 Celsius.
As we head through the weekend, we are going to find some sunshine,
some fine weather lasting into the early part
And it may be that we have quite a keen wind around.
It could still be quite chilly at night time.
Some fairly low overnight temperatures.
Sunshine for the weekend. That's all from the late team. We'll be back
with the breakfast news just before half past six. Goodbye.
part of the weekend. 1415 degrees. Still quite breezy. Here's Thomas
with the national