17/04/2017 Spotlight


17/04/2017

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Good evening. stay with us on BBC One,

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There were scenes of jubilation at Home Park this afternoon

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as Plymouth Argyle sealed promotion with three games to spare.

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The Pilgrims went into the game knowing that just one point would be

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enough to guarantee League One football next season,

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but they completed the job in fine style, thrashing Newport 6-1.

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Andy Birkett got in amongst the celebrations.

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Six long seasons of English football's fourth tier.

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The threat of administration, the heartbreak of defeat at Wembley.

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It's all just a memory now. Plymouth Argyle are going up.

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Needing just a point to guarantee promotion,

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they settled any nerves with goals on the stroke of half-time

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In the second half, it became a procession as Argyle wrapped up

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What a way to do it in front of nearly 14,000 supporters.

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And I've seen promotions and these boys went to Wembley last

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season, disappointment, but now, absolutely outstanding.

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I think I was more excited than the boys, actually.

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Amazing. Really good game to come to.

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Six years in this division, and now we're finally out!

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We are now ten minutes after the match and no supporters

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Still around 15,000 here in the stands applauding

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the players and the manager, who have come back out

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These fans were told, "Keep the faith" after that Wembley.

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Defeat, and hasn't their faith been repaid?

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To seal it in that manner, I think is just moving

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because the fans have been waiting for so long and it's great they've

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put in a performance like that and sealed promotion.

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It's obviously a fantastic club. Massive club here and we're

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going into League One now. Can't wait for next season.

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Promotion may be secured but with Doncaster losing

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today, the gap at the top is only three points.

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Promotion as champions has a nice ring to it.

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Fishermen in the south west are being praised for the work

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they're doing to help clean up our seas.

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Marine litter and discarded fishing gear has been blamed for killing

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But now the fishermen are working with charities and other industries

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to tackle the problem as Eleanor Parkinson reports.

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These fishermen are not just hauling up fish.

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They have to sift through their catch to get rid of the rubbish

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but they're not throwing it back overboard.

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Instead, they put it in special sacks they've been given

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and they bring it all back to port to put in a dedicated skip.

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We bring in about two one-tonne bags every trip.

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I do a six-day trip and I bring in two one-tonne bags a week.

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And these are the bags that we give the fishing boats.

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And if you look through the skip, you can find just about anything.

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Somebody obviously not needing a kettle.

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The bags on the boats are provided by a project

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It's dangerous to be left in the sea, it's not good

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for the marine environment and they are more than

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The fishermen are also working hard to prevent ghost gear -

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broken nets and ropes getting left at sea.

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They see a bit of ghost gear floating in a water

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So they swim over it, round it, under it, through it.

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And it's the through it that gets them into trouble.

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These nylon nets won't be thrown away.

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They'll be recycled. They'll be sent to a factory

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in Eastern Europe, where they'll be turned into nylon carpets.

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And a Cornish company are using the recycled nylon

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We make the range of swimwear and rash guards that

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are particularly aimed at active watersport use, either wearing them

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under wet suits or jumping around, moving in the water.

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In the south-west, attitudes to marine litter are changing

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but the threat still exists from other shores.

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Ghost gear is often brought up into our seas on the Gulf Stream.

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For the fishermen and the volunteers, their work continues.

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Double Olympic gold medal winner Helen Glover from Penzance

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and her TV presenter husband Steve Backshall have

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raised more than ?60,000 after completing the Devizes

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It took the pair 22 hours and 58 minutes to finish the challenge.

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They're aiming to raise ?100,000 to help save an area

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The Miniature Pony Centre on Dartmoor has welcomed its first

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This little filly was born in the early hours of Easter Sunday.

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The new arrival doesn't have a name yet but the centre is holding

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a competition to find one, and the theme is British

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Time for the weather now and here's Bee.

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Skies already starting to clear out there.

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A lot of the cloud left is starting to break up so it is going to be

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We've got light winds, temperatures down into the low

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single figures in some spots and I think some sheltered rural

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spots could actually get down as low as 2 or 3 degrees.

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So a chilly but bright start to the day tomorrow and it really

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is going to be a beautiful day. Dry and bright, a lot of sunshine.

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I think more sunshine than we've seen over the last couple of days.

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Just a bit of fair weather cloud building at times

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during the afternoon and I think temperatures will reflect

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the sunshine - doing well with highs of 14 or 15 degrees.

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It looks like it is staying largely dry for the rest of this week.

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I think by day, we'll see plenty of sunshine

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and light winds but by night, it will be cold and we'll see

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the return of some frost. Have a good night.

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We will see you for the breakfast bulletin tomorrow just before

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6:30am. A fresh morning on the way tomorrow,

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even some frost around, not necessarily two in city centres, but

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in rural air is quite sharp, especially across Scotland, and

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temperatures in some rural spots anywhere

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