13/04/2017 Spotlight


13/04/2017

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There's concern tonight about the big rise in the number

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to trespass on rail tracks in the region.

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The figure's reached a five year high

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with more than 550 incidents in the South West

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Police say they include people who take shortcuts

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These are some of the 8,000 people who trespassed

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In one instance, a man staggers off the track and just about manages

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to haul himself onto the platform, with seconds to spare.

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Worryingly, more and more people have trespassed on the railways.

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Here in Devon and Cornwall, we are recording 150 crimes a year.

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That is the tip of the iceberg, we have another 150-plus incidents

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recorded, so we are into 300, and we believe it is probably

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double that, so between 600 and 800 offences every year in the county.

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Across the country, one person trespasses

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Last year in the South West, 32 children were caught trespassing,

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with boys aged 14 to 16 being stopped the most.

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We get young children who are exploring, we get teenagers

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who don't understand the dangers, and we get adults who are taking

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short cuts or something similar to that.

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Even professionals working on the track are only allowed

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to do so with a raft of safety measures, including lookouts

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Trains that travel so fast, trespeassers

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The trains are silent until they are on top of you.

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Some hospitals in the region claim the new junior doctors' contract

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at a time when they need to save money.

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They say it's already much harder to fill rota gaps

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and believe the new contract could have a significant

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The government has argued the contracts will lead to more

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efficient working practices that benefit the NHS.

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Here's our Health correspondent Jenny Walrond.

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It was a bitter stand-off between junior doctors

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and the Government, the end of years of disagreement

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But as it is phased in, hospitals have started

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Jeremy Hunt had described it in Parliament as cost neutral.

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We have set aside considerable sums, up to ?1 million,

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for the new contract, so we are anticipating

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it won't be cost neutral, it will be more expensive

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The contract is in the process of being phased in.

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Half of the South West hospitals have told us it is either having

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But in the last financial year, others say it has cost them a total

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These extra costs come at a time when hospitals

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in England are being asked to reduce their spending as part

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of so-called sustainability-and- transformation plans.

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Plans which may include the loss of acute hospital services,

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particularly ones which do not have enough staff.

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Something which has led to protests in part of Devon.

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But there's another way in which the new contract

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could impact on some of those vulnerable services.

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It's making it harder to fill gaps in the rotas.

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Torbay Hospital has warned that could have a significant impact

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on service continuity in urgent and emergency services.

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We have in the South West 15% of junior-doctor posts

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are not filled, and we have over the years developed

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ways of flexing to fill those gaps, and this contract will make

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There is a concern that morale amongst junior doctors

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The British Medical Association fought against the introduction

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of the contract for years, and says it warned

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This contract was brought in by Government, it was forced

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in before we felt it was ready, this contract was rejected

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We still think there are huge areas of concern in this contract that

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need to be addressed, and this was pushed

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through on a political timeline without considering the implications

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that we have already raised exist within this new contract.

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Today Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said it won't know yet

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about additional costs until after August,

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Well, in response to other hospital's concerns NHS Improvement

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told the BBC, "it's important when moving on to the new contract

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that providers take the necessary steps to help doctors

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Now a brief round-up of other stories making

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Police investigating a hit-and-run in Kingsteignton say

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they want to hear from the driver of a VW Lupo and dog walker

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who were seen nearby and may be witnesses.

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25-year-old new father, Jason Bunce was seriously injured

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when he was struck by an unknown vehicle on the 8th of April.

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Chickens across the south west have been released from captivity today,

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as avian flu restrictions for high risk areas have been lifted.

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These birds from Teignmouth, like other free range hens,

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have had to be kept indoors for the last three months.

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Urgent repairs have been carried out on Plymouth's Hoe Foreshore,

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The City Council is spending ?1 million on improvements

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after surveys found The Tinside Bathing Houses

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and Arcaded Sun Terraces needed stabilising and strengthening.

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Somerset begin their County Championship campaign tomorrow.

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They'll be hoping to go one better than last summer

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Devon is providing five players for this year's team.

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I'm Ben Green, I'm 19 and from Exeter.

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Jamie Overton, from North Devon, and I'm 22.

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OK, guys, I want to find out who the best all-rounder is.

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Yeah, you do well, but your chat is horrific!

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Is not the nicest bunch of lads, are you?

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I think I'll have to go with probably Jamie, just

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I fancy my chances because I don't actually

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So I'd just, yeah, land it on off, and hit off, hopefully.

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Probably Lewis just because he's so short, and doesn't bounce

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If it's a standard sized elevator, probably Bessy,

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because not much else could fit in apart from his head.

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Some bad news for one of you, and the bad news,

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According to your team-mates, you are the worst all-rounder

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on and off the field out of the five of you.

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and he's actually got a century, Lewis.

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Let's hope they're not out for a duck, which brings us

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on to Dulverton, where a fundraising initiative involving knitted ducks

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A knitting and natter group started the trend a few years ago to help

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They knit a different version every year and have become known

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by the exploits of two particularly well travelled ducks.

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They've been travelling the world, some just amazing places, and also

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they have been sending postcards which we have here on display

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in this window at the moment from Cambodia, from South America,

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And so the volunteers who also run the shop

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There have been Easter weekends when the weather has been atrocious, not

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this weekend. One of our weather watchers has sent us a photograph of

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the kind of whether we can expect. Some cloud around, not too windy,

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sunshine coming through. Thank you to Keith for that shot. It looks

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like we will see mostly dry conditions this weekend. A few

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showers late in the day tomorrow but also every now and then a bit of

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sunshine to enjoy. There are a couple of weather fronts coming

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towards us through the day tomorrow. Slow progress on those with the main

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rain bands not until the end of the day, getting onto parts of North

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Devon and also northern part of Somerset. For most of us tomorrow,

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cloud around but breaks letting the sun shine through. A few showers

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shoring up later in the day and a top temperature of 13 or 14 degrees.

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On Saturday, it's a similar sort of day but I think there is a better

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chance for breaks in the cloud. It will be dry. On the cool side though

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with those north-west winds, just 11 or 12 degrees as the top temperature

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but hopefully some sunshine. Hopefully some good sunrises and

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sunsets. This is picture was taken by Gillian. The Easter weekend,

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largely dry and bright, a bit cool during the daytime, have a good

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night. Join us for our breakfast bulletins

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tomorrow morning here on BBC One. From the late team, good night.

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We will keep you updated. Now with the National Outlook, Tomasz

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Schafernaker. Good evening. It's not exactly

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cracking whether

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