24/03/2017 Spotlight


24/03/2017

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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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The former Royal Marine from Somerset, who shot dead

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a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, will have to wait

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a bit longer to hear if he'll be freed from prison.

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Alexander Blackman's murder conviction has already been

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But today a decision on his new sentence was deferred.

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Here's our Somerset correspondent Clinton Rogers.

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To cheers from waiting supporters, Alexander Blackman's wife arrived

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at the High Court full of hope that her husband might be

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Two hours later, she left disappointed but philosophical.

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We are obviously disappointed not to have a decision today

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but we understand that the judges wish to consider this important

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We will patiently await their ruling.

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The same five judges that ten days ago reduced Blackman's conviction

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from murder to manslaughter say they need until next Tuesday

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He's already served three and half years of an eight-year

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sentence for murder imposed by the original court martial.

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But this case has now provoked calls for the whole court-martial

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Members of the Armed Forces should not be disadvantaged...

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In the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat peer Lord Burnett,

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himself a former Royal Marine, said the system was flawed and more

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A simple majority at a court-martial can convict a person.

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In Sergeant Blackman's case, five of the panel found him guilty

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That ratio would be insufficient to convict

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And a former naval commander and one-time head of the UK

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Royal Marines reserves has said important lessons need to be learned

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from the Blackman case, not least to consider the mental

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health of military men involved in such cases

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Where there are serious charges of this nature,

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where the accused have been involved in operational combat situations,

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it should be mandatory that the mental health factors

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are taken into account at the first opportunity.

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Today at the Appeal Court Blackman's QC said the former Royal Marine

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was the last casualties of a failed war and he should be

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

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A special tax should be ring fenced and used solely to pay for the NHS,

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according to the Devon MP and Commons Health Committee

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She says National Insurance should be used specifically to fund

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a number of objects

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were placed on the railway line in Devon causing damage to trains.

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The latest incident this week involved a train hitting a traffic

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sign at 65mph that was placed on the line at Lapford

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The RNLI has released dramatic footage of this week's rescue

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operation to free a whale caught in fishing nets and lines.

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Crowds had gathered to watch the whale at Start Bay

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in South Devon which has been putting in a regular appearance

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The Royal Navy's largest warship HMS Ocean has returned home

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after a six month deployment in the Mediterranean and Gulf.

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Hundreds of family members were at Devonport Naval Base

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to welcome the ship and their loved ones home.

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The helicopter carrier and assault ship's crew of 500 now

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have a period of leave before Ocean makes one final deployment

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prior to being taken out of service next year.

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Picking up where they left off, families reunited after more

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It has been a long six and a half months away.

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Especially without seeing the little ones and stuff.

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Two weeks and I ended up having to move house

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and had another baby, so now I will carry

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This had been Ocean's longest deployment, and one of her last.

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The helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship is due to be

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It is the penultimate deployment for HMS Ocean based

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However, we have a follow-on deployment after this and we will be

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sailing later in the year, so actually we're busy preparing

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for that, believe it or not, even though we've come home today.

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The Prime Minister, Theresa May, visited HMS Ocean during a trip

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It's likely that many of the 500 strong crew will be required to work

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For the crew, after a tour which has taken them thousands

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of miles around the Med and the Gulf, there

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Missed your birthday, missed Christmas.

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We will be having Christmas when we go back as well now.

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Great to see them back but are they coming back to decent weather? It's

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David. We have had a few good sunsets this

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evening and I think overnight tonight and into the weekend

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we are going to see a lot of fine It's going to be quite windy,

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that's a feature of the weather, It will be fine and dry,

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a bit chilly at night but there will also be some sunshine

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during the daytime. So, the high pressure

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is pretty much with us. It's close to these two

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areas of low pressure, so the isobars are really squeezed

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up, that's the reason for the strength of wind,

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which stays strong white through the weekend ahead

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although even a little bit The few showers that we had

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across the far west of Cornwall have now moved out of the way

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and the skies are now clear and they will stay that way

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overnight the night. Brisk winds from the North East

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will develop late in the night and apart from a bit of patchy low

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cloud floating past, it's clear, Temperatures could be as low

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as three or four Celsius in towns and villages but I wouldn't be

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surprised if it was one or two degrees below that in some

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of the more countryside locations. Tomorrow it's a struggle

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with the temperatures if you're right on the coast because of that

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keen wind but inland out of the breeze we could easily see

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14, maybe 15 Celsius and as you can A bit more cloud floating past

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but other than that it is a fine, Don't forget on Saturday night

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the clocks go forward and hour. And enjoy a decent day on Sunday.

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Don't forget, Saturday, are next bulletin will be at 6pm. Good

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evening. weather outlook for the whole of the

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Good evening. It is good news on the weather front for most of the UK. We

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have been forecasting fine weather for a few days. It has certainly

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arrived. Beautiful picture

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