07/04/2017 Spotlight


07/04/2017

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There's concern over the increasing number of young people who've been

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admitted to hospital for self-harming in the South West.

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In the last five years the number has risen to more than 1,700 -

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Social media and cyber bullying are being blamed.

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Our Health Correspondent, Jenny Walrond, has been to meet

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the parents of a girl who began self-harming when she was 12.

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Tina Mitchell's daughter, Zoe, began cutting herself when she was

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Her problems have since escalated into multiple suicide attempts.

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Just after her 14th birthday, she took her first overdose.

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In four years, we've had between 30 and 35 admissions to hospital

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for suicide attempts, self harm, cutting and suicidal thoughts.

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Figures that the BBC has obtained through a Freedom

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of Information request show that in many of our hospitals in recent

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years, there has been an increase in the number of teenagers who have

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In the 2011-12 financial year, 1,088 young people aged between

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12 and 18 were admitted to hospital for self-harming in the South West.

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Five years later, that figure had risen to 1,781 -

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Zoe and her family still need help and live with constant anxiety.

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The worst time is when I have to go and knock on her door

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in the morning, because I don't honestly know

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I don't know if my daughter is going to be alive or dead.

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Now, a brief roundup of other stories this evening.

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Part of a North Devon seaside town was evacuated after an unexploded

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US landmine was uncovered today at Parade House in Woolacombe.

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The mine, from the Second World War, was safely blown up on Woolacombe

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A beach in Cornwall next to a harbour featured in the

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BBC drama Poldark has been closed for the foreseeable future

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Tonnes of rock fell on to East Beach in Charlestown on Wednesday.

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Controversial plans for a ?4 million whiskey distillery at Princetown

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on Dartmoor have been approved by the National Park Authority.

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Dozens of objections were raised by residents concerned

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Others, however, backed the plan by Princetown Distilleries Limited,

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saying it would bring a much needed boost to the local economy.

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Traditional cider makers in the South West fear they could be

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hit with tax increases as a result of new government proposals

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to tackle the abuse of cheap, high-alcohol brands.

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The government says it appreciates the important role artisan cider

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makers play in the rural economy and doesn't want them to suffer -

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but cider makers fear it won't be that simple.

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Here's our Political Editor, Martyn Oates.

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Not for the first time, the government has cheap,

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Mass produced high-strength white cider is

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associated by public health organisations with problem drinking.

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But a cider with 7.5% alcohol attracts the same level of duty

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The government's now considering a duty increase

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It's going to be dispatched later on this week.

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The Treasury also says it wants to avoid any impact on traditional

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This white cider would be regarded by artisan cider makers as very

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different from the products they make.

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But there is one obvious similarity - the strength.

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If you look at this artisan cider from a

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well-known Somerset producer, the strength is in 7.4.

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The strongest cider made here is still a hefty 6.5.

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Traditionally, English cider tends to be pretty potent.

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So it's difficult to see how, if the government increases duty

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based on strength alone, it can avoid clobbering

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But could the solution perhaps lie here, in the orchard?

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After all, artisan cider makers say it's the

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high apple juice content which makes their cider special.

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I'm just suggesting that you could invoke a percentage,

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a minimal percentage of apple juice in your cider.

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And at the moment, I'm saying it's very, very low.

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It could be raised up, and that would protect our interests.

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Cider makers now have until June to make this,

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or other suggestions, to the government.

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Tonight is the last night on the streets for a vicar

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from Devon who decided he'd sleep rough for Lent.

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Father Gary Deighton, who's the vicar of St George's

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in Goodrington, wanted to raise money and awareness

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It's been much worse than I thought it was going to be.

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I thought the real issue would be the cold and the wet.

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And the cold and the wet is bad, but actually, what's really bad

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is just the kind of low level of fear you've got.

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Any noise, any tin can, any whistling in the wind,

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and straightaway, you're alert and worried that something

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lets get the weekend weather now from Dan.

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Good evening. It's been a fine end to the day, but with mostly clear

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skies it does mean a cold start to the weekend. Same fine and dry.

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Warmer than the past couple of days with a lot of sunshine around, too.

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High-pressure edges away slightly to the east during Sunday allowing this

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were different to come in through Monday, turning in cloudy and cold

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again. The bulk of the rain is looking to be -- but the bulk of the

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weekend is looking to be fine and dry. More in the way of mist and fog

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patches forming, particularly to the East, overnight. Temperatures

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reaching lows of 2-3 Celsius. The risk of some patchy frost. We start

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off with one or two patchy fog areas that they will clear. The rest of

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the day looks fine and bright. Hardly a cloud in the sky for many

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of us. With warm air coming from the south, temperatures could hit 17-18

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Celsius. Into Sunday, generally fine and bright. We Katie Clark pushing

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into the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall into the afternoon. -- we

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could see cloud pushing into the Isles of Scilly. We could see 19

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Celsius. It is change into Monday. Turning cloudy and also feeling that

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much cooler with temperatures nearer to the average for this time of

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year. The next Spotlight

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is tomorrow at 18:45. Monday, and north-westerly wind will

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drag in more cloud and temperatures will be down by 8-9 .

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Hello, my advice would be to make the most of the weather this

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weekend, if you can. Because there will be a good day love sunshine on

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offer and it will continue to warm up as well. This picture was taken

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in Cumbria, at Workington, later in the afternoon. We

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