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Supporters of Alexander Blackman in Somerset are hoping to be able
to celebrate his release within the next two weeks.
The former Royal Marine, from Taunton, has already
had his murder conviction reduced to manslaughter on appeal.
Today, his previous life sentence was cut to seven years.
But because of the time he's already spent in prison,
his legal team expect him to soon be back home with his family.
We are overjoyed at the judge's decision to significantly
reduce Al's sentence, such that he can be
This is the moment we have all been fighting hard for.
It is hard to believe that this day is finally here.
Many people, including ex-service personnel,
say Alexander Blackman had to be prosecuted once footage
of what he'd done on the battlefield came to light.
Lord Ashdown is a former Royal Marine himself.
A soldier goes into someone else's country armed with lethal force
in order to protect the law, the domestic law that operates
And when that is broken, and whether it is broken is a matter
solely for the court, not anybody else, and the court has
judged on this and regarded that there were mitigating
circumstances, it is not for anybody else to intervene in that process.
The Blackman case has divided opinion from the beginning.
Some have said it's impossible to judge decisions made
One former colleague, who served alongside him in Afghanistan,
Rob Driscoll was a Sergeant with the Royal Marines on the same
He has undergone years of counselling since.
And he says the horrors of Afghanistan will
I have seen some pretty horrific things but I hadn't seen them use
body parts as bait or heard or seen them crucify people.
A real hatred built up inside me for the insurgency and people
who were prepared to use these techniques against us.
Do you think that is the background against which Alexander
There is no way we can argue it wouldn't have affected some
When you are surrounded by lunacy, a little bit of lunacy
Six years on and trying to settle into normal life,
Rob Driscoll says he still supports Alexander Blackman.
He acknowledges that what Blackman did on the battlefield,
captured on helmet colours, may have been illegal,
militarily he made the right decision
in not summoning help for the wounded Taliban fighter.
My answer is absolutely, because there is a very real chance
that if he hadn't done what he did I would be walking at the main gate
with eight or nine guys to go down to secure a route which we knew
was under threat and seeded with explosive devices.
That would have meant me rolling those dice and potentially not
coming back with all the guys I walked out the gate with.
Rob Driscoll there, talking to Clinton Rogers.
Well, Alexander Blackman had hoped that once his murder conviction
was reduced to manslaughter, he might be allowed
Today the High Court judges decided that his dismissal must stand.
Other news now and the diagnosis of bowel cancer
in people under the age of 50 could be improved, thanks
to research by the University of Exeter Medical School.
A doctor's developed a diagnostic tool to help other GPs
Our Health Correspondent Jenny Walrond reports.
It's an idyllic spot to build a dream home but Emma Matthews's
dreams of the future were shattered when her husband Martin
was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer.
It had taken a year to get diagnosed.
He went to the GP about 15 times, phone calls as well,
Martyn always kept asking if it could be cancer or not and they kept
saying they were 99.9% sure it wasn't.
Because young people don't get bowel cancer, but they do.
Emma's father was also diagnosed with bowel cancer but it was caught
Martyn managed to build their dream home but died
GPs find it difficult to diagnose bowel cancer in the under-50s
because it is less common in young people and the symptoms are similar
They don't get a good service and actually suffer as a result.
Your chance of surviving colorectal cancer as a young person should be
better than an older patient because by and large,
you are healthier, but that is not the case in this country.
Younger patients with colon cancer do worse.
Around 1 in 20 cases of bowel cancer are in people aged under 50.
There are 2,500 new cases each year in the UK and the symptoms
are so common they account for 1 in 12 GP appointments.
So, suppose you have diarrhoea and rectal bleeding...
This new diagnostic tool helps GPs identify who needs further tests,
by evaluating the risks from different
Professor Hamilton hopes it will be incorporated into GP's computer
programmes and automatically flag up at-risk patients and if it can speed
up diagnosis, it can improve chances of survival.
When caught in early stages, 98% of bowel cancer patients survive
An organic farmer from Devon is angry with Tesco for using
He says he's never supplied the supermarket, and using
the picture is creating an image that isn't true.
Tesco has removed it, and apologised.
Spotlight's Andrea Ormsby has the story.
Martin Godfrey is passionate about his farming methods.
I can produce a lot of food from a small area of a very high
standard, very nutritious, direct to the customer.
So when a picture of him pulling carrots was used
The image couldn't be so far removed from the reality,
me pulling carrots by hand in a field which doesn't
To grow carrots for the supermarkets, highly mechanised,
big tractors, lots of soil cultivation and those are OK
pictures for them to use but it needs to represent the real way
He says he has never worked for Tesco and was surprised to find
the picture of him being used on their website.
The supermarket chain got the image through an agency.
A spokesperson for Tesco says the supermarket works tirelessly
to support farmers and suppliers and is sorry for any upset caused.
It said it won't use the image in future campaigns.
Martin says Tesco has also offered to donate ?1,000 to a local charity.
He says he is happy with their response but wants
all supermarkets to change how they represent themselves in future.
Don't use pretty pictures to gain customers.
It is not fair on the farmers who are working hard doing
what they feel is right, looking after our soil
Martin has invited Tesco representatives to come and see
the work he does on his six acres in Devon.
On to football now and Torquay have been in action this evening
They've won 1-0 away to Solihull Moors, which means
Let's take a look at the weather now - David's here with the forecast.
after the fine weather, the rain has been a shock. It is here to stay
that there is some good news. It stays relatively mild. There will be
more patchy rain around tomorrow but also sunny spells. The same setup
for a couple of days. One weather system which gave us the rain has
moved northwards and this weather system moves back and forth, both
tomorrow and Thursday. If it moves far enough back into the Atlantic,
we will get sunshine. At the moment, still light rain and drizzle moving
away from us tonight. A lot of clout that follows and a mild night.
Tomorrow is a great start. Some drizzle in the wind. This weather
front gets closer during the day and there will be holes in the cloud
particularly across parts of Dorset and Somerset. By the time we get to
Thursday, the same weather system, pretty much the same place as well,
it will move away and allow more sunshine. Also higher temperatures.
A change towards the end of the week as it starts to cool down again.
Good night. We're back again with updates
in Breakfast from 6.25. times, but fairly mild for the time
of year. This stay tuned for the national weather forecasts with John
Hammond. Good evening. Your parents might
have told you once that life 's not fair and they were right. He is the
proof. Over the next few days some of us will enjoy some lovely
sunshine, temperatures in the low 20s. It will feel like early summer.
For others, quite a lot of rain around and it will feel like late
March. This is showers earlier on today and dampness this evening in
the West Country and Wales. That is heading north eastwards. A different
sort of night. A lot of cloud around, quite damp and misty in
places. Cloud cover will prevent temperatures falling much at all. A
much milder my than we have seen recently. Except for the North