21/04/2017 Spotlight


21/04/2017

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Royal Marines from Plymouth are to help form a new anti-terror

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unit to combat the threat to ships and ports around the coast.

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The so-called Maritime Operations Commando unit will fight

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More than 100 marines based in Scotland will move to Plymouth

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Our defence reporter, Scott Bingham, has more.

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The new Maritime Operations Commando Unit will have up to 600 Royal

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Marines, mainly from 42 Commando, based here at Bickleigh

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It will also include 120 members of the Fleet Protection Group,

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who currently guard Trident nuclear submarines at Faslane in Scotland.

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And it will also have SAS and Special Boat Service liaison

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It's due to be operational early next year.

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According to a leaked memo from the Commandant General

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of the Royal Marines, it will focus on maritime

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interdiction and boarding operations, and force protection for

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Royal Navy and Royal Fleet auxiliary ships deployed globally.

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But, it will also provide a core contribution

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to UK domestic operations in response to a terrorist event.

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front-line service under a restructuring exercise,

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but the MoD says no Royal Marines will be made redundant,

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with roles being reallocated across the Navy.

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This would seem to fit in with those plans.

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The new unit is likely to be based at RMB Tamar

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operates the kind of fast boats that would likely carry out some of these

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roles, with the Marines being accommodated at Bickleigh.

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Some have suggested the Royal Marines are

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bailing out the Navy because it is short of sailors.

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The MoD says balancing the numbers is a military

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judgment, which is kept under continuous review.

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Hospitals across the South West are to receive extra cash to try

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and help reduce waiting times in A departments.

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Labour has described the money as a sticking plaster.

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I'm joined by our reporter Chloe Axford.

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The aim is to ease the pressure on A departments

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It's designed to help hospitals meet the target of dealing

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with nearly all patients in A within four hours.

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In January, the number of people waiting for MORE than four hours

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across England was reportedly the worst it's been for 13 years,

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with record numbers of people waiting more than 12 hours

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Tonight, the Royal Cornwall hospitals trust, which is getting ?1

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million, said it was delighted, and the money would help it

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to improve what it calls "Patient flow".

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Back then, we reported from the Royal Devon And Exeter Hospital,

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waiting times by getting patients to see a consultant as soon as

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possible, and carrying out some treatments which would previously

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Now, it is important to note, this money

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It is part of the ?100 million announced for A in the

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And the timing is interesting, given that we

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are now weeks away from a general election.

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Tonight, Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said, "Any extra

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"money is welcome, but this sounds like a sticking plaster from a

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"Government that does not want to talk about the funding

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"crisis in the NHS in the election campaign".

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We will have to wait and see just how much the NHS does figure in the

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election campaign as it gets South West Water has been fined

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?1.8 million for health and safety offences following the

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death of an employee. 54-year-old Robert Geach drowned

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when he fell into the tank at a water treatment plant

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in Falmouth in 2013. South West Water pleaded guilty

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today at Truro Crown Court. The death of Robert Geach

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in December 2013 was a tragedy. Robert was a valued

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colleague, and we very much regret the devastating loss

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to his family and friends. South West Water has

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tried to ensure it learns We have updated procedures

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and policies, carried out comprehensive

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staff training, and invested in new equipment and technologies,

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particularly to ensure the safety of our staff

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who may be working alone. A jury has heard an alleged killer

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disguised himself to drag the body of his former partner

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through the streets of Exeter in a suitcase before dumping it

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near a railway line. 42-year-old Kostadin Kostov

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from Bulgaria is accused of murdering Gergana Prodanova at the

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flat they shared in the city The prosecution told

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Exeter Crown Court Kostov was seen 19 times on CCTV.

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He denies the charge. A stalwart of the South-West

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newspaper scene is relaunching this weekend after a financial crisis

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forced it to close briefly. In its 20th century heyday,

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the Sunday Independent, owned by the Mirror,

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was a noted training ground in Plymouth

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for Fleet Street reporters. Like many newspapers,

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it went on to suffer circulation decline,

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as internet competition Today, it's in smaller

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offices in Liskeard, with a circulation of 12,000

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copies a week. Now, time to take a look

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at the weather forecast. We have more fine weather

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to look forward to this weekend, and some warmth,

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temperatures 14, 15 degrees. Bit of a change by next week,

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though, as we see colder air arrive, so variable

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cloud for Saturday and Sunday, mostly dry,

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and at times we will get

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some sunshine as well. We still have high pressure close

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by, but it is now beginning to What slowly happens

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is the high-pressure travels back out into the Atlantic,

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this is the middle of the day on Saturday,

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and that means we start to see a change is more cloud

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moves on from the north. a change as more cloud moves

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on from the north. In fact, we've had that today,

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some patchy cloud around from earlier today, but a lot

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of clear sky further west. That will continue to be

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the same same sort of set-up, with Dorset seeing a bit

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more in the way of cloud, Devon and Cornwall will have clear skies

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overnight tonight, and also quite chilly again, with temperatures down

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to five, 6, 7 degrees. Tomorrow, we have

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a fine day in store. We may have some

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stubborn cloud at times, but it should remain

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dry, and sunny spells, bit stubborn in places

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and temperatures getting up to possibly 15 degrees

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as the maximum. By Sunday, there is not

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a great deal of change, We will see some

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sunshine, a bit of cloud floating by and spoiling

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that every now and then, and a similar temperature of 15

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Celsius. But by Monday, and especially

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Tuesday of next week, cold Arctic wind really does change

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what we are going to see, and a cold day on Tuesday.

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Have a nice weekend. The next Billiton is tomorrow at

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4:40pm. marathon. Here is the outlook for

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the weather for the next few days and Helen Willetts has the National

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forecast. While unusual to see snow in May, it

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will be a shock to the system. We've seen some interesting contrast. 19

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degrees cost is in Scotland in the sunshine today. In the sunshine only

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11. The differences we are behind a cold weather front. Seeing

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