04/04/2017 Spotlight


04/04/2017

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Charities which run homes for people with learning disabilities

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in the South West say many are on the brink of closure

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Two homes in Devon that were given a low rating by the regulator

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are shutting at the end of the month.

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As our political reporter, Anna Varle, explains other groups

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which provide services say without more funding,

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We had a good place, and I have some happy memories.

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Mark has spent most of his life in care, living in this home.

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But now he's having to move because the charity that runs

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this and next door can no longer afford to keep it open.

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And the fear that we're going to be closing down,

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I really am quite, how should I say, mad about it?

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Many of the residents have found new accommodation,

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I don't want to move. I want to stay put, where I am now.

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last September, the CQC rated the home as requiring improvement

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after four breaches of the Health and Social Care Act.

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Recruitment of staff was an issue back then.

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HFT, the charity which runs the homes, says that it has

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But, due to the location of the zones, and the difficulty

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in recruiting staff, it says it's got no option but to close them.

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There's guys like us, are big enough,

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ugly enough, and clever enough to adapt to change.

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Research suggests that more than half

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expect to be running at a loss within the next two years.

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And with costs set to rise by 50% by 2020, services in Devon

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and Cornwall will close unless they get more money

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It is hoped the ?2 billion the government is promising to spend

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on social care will help prevent the closure of more loans.

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But it's too little too late for those like Mark.

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I am very upset about it. I was in tears this morning as well.

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It is like being put out on the street.

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Well, as we heard, the homes which are closing

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which has 21 residential care homes across the South West.

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Its Chief Executive, Robert Longley-Cook

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It is an incredibly difficult decision and

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one that we would fight tooth and nail not to let it happen.

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It is a national issue. It needs a national solution.

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But what you can see is that the people who will be impacted

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And I can quite understand why

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And actually, we are so sorry about the impact it is having

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A six-year-old girl has been seriously injured

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in a collision with a pick-up truck in Teignmouth.

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The incident happened in Bitton Park Road

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The girl was taken to Bristol Children's Hospital.

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The road was closed for some time

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whilst investigations were carried out.

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Tributes have been paid to a junior doctor found dead

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Dr Rebecca Ovenden, who was 32, posted on social media

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about the pressures of working in A

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Colleagues at Derriford and on the Devon Air Ambulance

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described her as talented, much loved and much respected.

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"A man in touch with the grass roots" and

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"someone who has time for everyone".

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Just two of the tributes paid today to the Bishop of Truro

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as he announced he's leaving his post.

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The Right Reverend Tim Thornton has led the diocese,

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which covers Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly

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and two parishes in Devon, for nine years.

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He'll become a senior aide to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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From his enthronement, Bishop Tim was popular.

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Mainly because he was keen to mix with his flock.

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Brought up in Plymouth, he understood the needs of Cornwall

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but today said he had to leave sometime.

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I have very much mixed emotions on a day like today.

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I have a fantastic team here, and I am very confident

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that they will carry on with the good work,

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and I am also confident that the diocese is in good heart.

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On his watch, it's been one of only three in the country

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So his departure has left some sadness.

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He will talk to everybody, which is what you want with a bishop.

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He is like an ordinary clergyman, at an ordinary church.

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If they are not with the people, then

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I am quite sad to see him go, but then I think it's a promotion,

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I expect, and I'm very pleased for him.

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Bishop Tim used his place in the House of Lords

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to raise issues of poverty and social injustice.

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That has been a real important piece of work for me and for Cornwall,

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putting on the map the realities that, actually, Cornwall isn't

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as it sometimes is seen around the rest of this country.

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And I've had a tremendous privilege of going around and visiting people,

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some of whom are really struggling to survive, day by day, so that has

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Bishop Tim chaired a parliamentary inquiry into hunger

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and food poverty which led to the charity, Feeding Britain,

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Don Gardner, who runs a food bank in Cornwall,

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says he will miss the support of the Bishop.

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Although he may be a bishop, he does know the grassroots.

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He has been on the shop floor. He does see the problems.

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And, to me, that is important for the work I do.

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He takes up his new role as Bishop at Lambeth in September.

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His duties will include supporting the Archbishop of Canterbury's

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It will be next year before there's a new bishop.

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The 75th anniversary of the sinking of two Devonport battle cruisers

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by Japanese aircraft in the Second World War

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was commemorated during a special service and wreath laying

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Hundreds of men were lost when HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall

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were bombed in the Indian Ocean on Easter Sunday in 1942.

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It was about as far west as the Japanese came.

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Given that we lost HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall and then Hermes,

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the following day, with about 400 people lost in the water, it was

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One has to remember the context of when it happened, as well.

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Now, how did you learn maths at school?

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A school in Cornwall has come up with what they think

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is the perfect way to help the children with their sums.

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School is simply more fun with a couple of lambs.

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They don't know the rules of hopscotch but they are good

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This school has adopted Charlie and Titch after

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they were orphaned and caring for them is a full-time job.

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You put the bottle on top of the lamb's tongue so

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that it can suck it down, and it is easier

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if you hold it by the Chin so

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that it does not mouth its mouth, and they have got teeth,

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So they could actually give you a bit of a bite.

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They don't use them for biting people.

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They are just for biting leaves and plants.

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What happens when you were feeding them?

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Did it think your finger was a bottle?

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The benefits to the children are fantastic.

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They have to weigh out the milk powder and the water to

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mix with it and get everything in the right ratio and then

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they have to weigh the lambs, then you have got

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looking after animals and taking care which is good for

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So how do you weigh a wriggling lamb?

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These lambs are getting bigger every day so when they get

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too big for the classroom, what happens?

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The head teacher says that the children will make the decision

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so they might just be added to the school register, after all.

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Time now for the weather with David Braine.

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The weather is looking promising for the next few days. Before I go

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forward I will quickly look back. March was unusually mild, one of the

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mildest since records began in 1910. The average temperature was 8.5

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Celsius. It is not particularly warm now. We have the risk of some frost

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light winds but we will also get light winds but we will also get

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some sunshine. This high pressure will be around for a few days so get

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used to the settled weather. At night, quite chilly were some places

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getting down as low as three degrees. A nice day tomorrow plenty

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of sunshine. Patchy cloud drifting from the North from time to time.

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Temperatures around 12, 13 Celsius. It may feel warmer than that in the

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sunshine. More cloud around on Thursday. That would block out the

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sunshine but sunny spells are still possible. By the time we get to the

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end of the week, things start to warm up. Thursday and Friday, more

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in the way of sunshine and by the weekend we have warm air and higher

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temperatures and staying dry. Have a good night.

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That's all from the team here for now.

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Our breakfast news is from 6:25am tomorrow. Have a good night.

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bit from the south, so we could get to 18 or higher on Sunday. Now the

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national focus. Good evening, things are looking good in the next

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few days, some pressure drifting in from the Atlantic, bringing some

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finance settled with it. Just some questions about the amount of cloud

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we will see under that. The cloud we saw the sea links gave rise to a

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lovely sunsets are many areas. This is the view from one of our weather

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watchers in Cornwall. Look at the tones in the sky in Warwickshire

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this evening.

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