23/03/2017 Spotlight


23/03/2017

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Good evening. Extra police patrols have been introduced in the region

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as a precaution following the London terror attack. Police commanders

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told the BBC that security has been increased at airports, main railway

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stations, military bases and ports. Simon Hall reports. A single word

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summed up the mood amongst travellers to London from the

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south-west today, the pies. I am going to visit my daughter. She's in

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Suffolk, and I am not going to be put off by a terrorist. If everyone

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gave in and didn't do anything it would not be British, would it? We

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plan to go and I am not having any terrorist affecting us. Our lives

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will not be affected by it, we I think it's important

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for a number of reasons. For ourselves, obviously,

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our job is to be out there to reassure the public,

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make everybody feel safe. I think, more importantly

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as a member of the public, someone who lives in this country

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and has resided in it all their life, I think

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it is important that we are able to carry on, be as resilient

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as possible and show these people that, you know,

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we can live our lives And we will live our

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lives quite normally. As investigations continued

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into yesterday's attack, one South-West terrorism expert told

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us it was important that people They should, of course,

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always be alert in public places, But, basically, don't get

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worried, don't get panicky. The threat for this part

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of the world is very low. In an open letter, Avon

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and Somerset Police said: As well as stations,

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there will be extra police patrols at the South-West airports

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and military bases and large public All this is not in response to any

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specific threat to the region, senior officers say,

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but a precaution. It's designed to reassure the public

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and to ensure that life can go on as normal in defiance of attacks

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which are intended to spread fear. Around 50 children from Somerset

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found themselves trapped inside Westminster for two hours

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during the terror alert. One Devon MP has been talking

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tonight about the way For some of these ten

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and 11-year-olds, But shortly after these photos

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were taken, they were trapped inside the Palace of Westminster

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as the incident unfolded. Today, a parent of one of those

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children still visibly upset. I'm very emotional.

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Heartbreaking. It's the first time I have ever

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let my son go anywhere He was very cuddly when he saw

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me first last night. The 53 children and seven

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staff were ushered to the Central Lobby at Westminster

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- a safe place, but still within 50 metres of where the police

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officer was stabbed. The deputy head kept spirits

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up by singing hymns. Yeah, we had a lovely ripple

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of applause at the end and, beautifully, lots of people,

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lots of MPs on the way out congratulated our children on how

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well they sang and how they lightened the mood,

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so that was lovely to hear. Meanwhile, back at the School

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at Bridgwater, text messages

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were sent to worried parents. And then we said to parents

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that they could come We had teas and coffees

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and the Salvation Army were here and our local vicar

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helping parents to process At the school today,

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everyone is well. The Prime Minister was also

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impressed by everyone's bravery. It must have particularly

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difficult for those children who were here and being caught

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up in this. We should commend the work

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of their teachers in offering them MPs have been returning from London

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but the message that action is being taken to keep us safe. This is the

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first time up at an attack like this in Westminster, so we need to keep

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it in proportion, but the police are reviewing the situation in London

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and Westminster and the Chief Constable will be working with his

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team in Devon and Cornwall to make sure that any relevant measures are

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put in place. It is a trip these youngsters will not forget. But it

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will not stop them doing what they want to do in future.

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A look at some of the other stories making the news tonight.

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Offers of help have been made to try to keep

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the Isles of Scilly's only care home open.

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The council, which runs Park House, says it's had interest

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in carers' jobs and offers of accommodation for staff.

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It's facing closure because of problems recruiting people.

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The number of child sex offences recorded in the South West

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is at an all-time high, according to the NSPCC.

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there were nearly 1,500 cases last year - that's up 10%.

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Cornwall is the fifth-worst performing area in the country

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for getting patients out of hospital and back home.

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The independent health charity the Nuffield Trust says that

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for every 1,000 patients, 43 can't go home

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because social care packages aren't in place.

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Cornish cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel says a "medal at any cost" approach

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created a "culture of fear" at British Cycling.

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The Olympic silver medallist claims

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there was also no regard for welfare.

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British Cycling says it's introduced a plan to address shortcomings.

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Falmouth University has been named the sixth best in the UK

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Students across the UK took part in the survey for the Times.

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They rated teaching, facilities, accommodation and social life.

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A new initiative has been launched to encourage

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more people in the South West to become foster parents.

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There's a shortage across much of the region.

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Johnny Rutherford has been meeting some of those

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who already offer support in Plymouth.

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Sky has been with foster mum, Madge, for four years.

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You never know what will come through your front door.

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When Sky first arrived she had black hair, thick black make-up

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Slowly, over the weeks and months that have

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now turned into years, she has grown up, matured.

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It is a delight to look after a lot of these children.

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They just need to be loved, they need support,

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That is the sort of carer of that Plymouth City Council are looking

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for, a foster parent who is looking to help change a vulnerable child

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We want carers from Plymouth to come forward so we don't have to place

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We know that children are best placed around their family

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and their connections so we really want carers to come forward.

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There are people out there who would potentially

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We have increased our financial offer to encourage people

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Also within the new support packages specialised training,

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It is about the commitment, taking someone into your home

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who is broken, maybe feeling very unloved, and it is about giving them

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a family environment they're not used to have the chance to feel

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better about themselves and excel in life and go somewhere.

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There may be trouble at first, they could be cheeky or very quiet

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but they will come out of their shell in their own time.

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Now 18, Sky is the longer fostered by Madge, but she is still family.

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Now time to find out what the weather has in store.

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Thank you for all your cloud photographs.

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It was a bit of a grey day today with outbreaks of rain.

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Tomorrow, more rain but then it turns a lot brighter.

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What's happening is, an area of low pressure that

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generated that rain today is now heading down towards the west coast

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of Spain and Portugal with high pressure following, lasting

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Some of the rain from earlier today was quite heavy but it is now

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It will be dry for a time tonight apart from a few showers

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There will be the continued risk of a few spots of light rain

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But it will be a mild night compared to last night.

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Temperatures no lower than between five and seven Celsius.

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Tomorrow the risk of a few spots of rain

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at some point through the morning and into the afternoon,

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Some good breaks developing in the cloud, and it will feel

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warmer than today despite quite a keen wind from the north-east

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with temperatures of around 12 Celsius being the maximum.

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On Saturday, the start of the weekend, it's going to be

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A lot of sunshine on Saturday and warmer at around 14 Celsius.

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As we head through the weekend, we are going to find some sunshine,

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some fine weather lasting into the early part

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And it may be that we have quite a keen wind around.

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It could still be quite chilly at night time.

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Some fairly low overnight temperatures.

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Sunshine for the weekend. That's all from the late team. We'll be back

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with the breakfast news just before half past six. Goodbye.

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part of the weekend. 1415 degrees. Still quite breezy. Here's Thomas

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with the national

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