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Good evening. pro-Brexit MPs in the election.
A common in East Devon, which has been badly damaged by fire,
100 acres of Woodbury Common were destroyed yesterday afternoon.
From the air you can see the full extent of the damage
More than 100 acres charred and burnt.
An area of outstanding natural beauty scarred
And whilst some animals like birds got away, others did not.
Those that are less mobile would have been a bit
slower, so they are groups like the reptiles, the adders would
Some of those would have survived, they would have gone underground
or to their sort of overwintering sites, but many would have died.
Behind the fire engines was completely covered in flames.
Amanda Taylor-Bashford was on the Common yesterday and took
these pictures as she watched the fire advance at speed.
You could hear the trees really crackling and banging as well.
I saw one tree go up and be engulfed in flames and then stop
It was the sound of the crackling and as the fire was coming
towards us, you could really hear this roar of the flames
as well as a real crackling of the dry branches setting alight.
24 hours ago the common pretty much looked like this.
On this side today though we can see the charred remains of what has been
The answer lies in this track down the middle.
As the fire burned, the state staff were here cutting vegetation down
Fire crews were still here today ensuring
The man in charge of fighting the fire says his five injured men
are OK, but fires like this need to be fought at close quarters.
We think we had at some stage firewalls of the four metres high.
You can feel the wind on me at the moment,
it is moving very rapidly, so that is why we have
We do have fire plans in place for this area and we do quite a lot
of training for our staff and our officers about how to deal
The area will recover, but it will take up to ten years.
The cause and exactly where the fire started are likely
Plymouth's Labour group says renewing Trident is key for the city
It follows comments from the Conservative defence
Minister Michael Fallon that Labour would pose a security risk
if elected because of Jeremy Corbyn's opposition
Our political editor Martyn Oates is here with us now.
As you say, personally he is a well-known opponent
of Britain's nuclear deterrent, has been for decades.
However, he is now of course the leader of the Labour Party
and at the Labour conference in 2015, the issue was put to a vote
and the conference decided to stick with the party's long-standing
commitment to Britain's nuclear deterrent and to its replacement.
That has now become set in Labour policy, it has been for some time,
but talking to the BBC yesterday, instead of saying, we have a settled
policy for some time and it is to replace the deterrent,
Mr Corbyn suggested there could be a discussion about that
policy before the party produces its general
The party was very quick to put out a statement
shortly afterwards saying, no, that is not the case.
This policy is not up for review, it will not change, but that didn't
stop Mr Corbyn's political opponents like the Defence Secretary Michael
A strong and stable leadership that Britain needs
to negotiate a successful exit from the European Union
and to build a stronger, fairer society contrast did
against a Labour under Jeremy Corbyn clearly a security risk,
somebody who doesn't back the nuclear deterrent and is not
prepared to take firm action against terrorism,
How important is Trident for the south-west?
It provides a lot of money for Devonport dockyard in Plymouth
and that is the point for a lot of people in Plymouth rather
than the broader debate about the rights and wrongs
I asked the leader of the Labour group on Plymouth City Council why
instead of just stating the party's established position
Why when questioned didn't Jeremy Corbyn simply say,
as you think you would say, our policy is clear,
it is completely settled, that is the policy will be fighting
When you get to see Jeremy, you can ask him that,
but the shadow defence spokesperson made that absolutely clear
this morning I think, about what Labour's position
is and you know what it is having covered so many conferences.
As I say, it is a matter you take up with him.
If you want to know what Labour's position is, Labour's position
is settled and Labour is very unhappy at the devastation that has
been visited on the differences of our country at the moment,
the conventional forces which are already under strain
of the further weakened by this Tory government.
They have mentioned there is a general election
This issue is particularly sensitive in Plymouth at this time not only
because of the dockyard, but because the Plymouth Sutton
and Devon constituency is the most marginal seat in the south-west held
by the Tories with Labour as the main challengers.
A man in St Ives who smashed the window of a parked car
because he believed a dog was at risk of heatstroke, says
The RSPCA says it can't condone people taking similar steps
and they could face prosecution for criminal damage.
This was in my car, this bar and the car
was there and I was bashing the window about five,
Clive thinks the spaniel was inside the vehicle
You could feel the heat coming out of the car
Clive thinks the spaniel was inside the vehicle
He was lying on his back with his legs in the air.
The RSPCA says it cannot condone people effectively committing
People have been known to take it into their own hands,
sometimes it has worked well and sometimes it hasn't,
but please think of the implications that could arise from your actions.
The charity says if people feel they need to act
in similar circumstances, they should ensure they have
If I get a bill for it, I will pay for the window.
Just what had to be done had to be done.
Specialist conservation teams say they want to gain access to a 16th
century manor house in Dorset, which was gutted by fire, to check
Dramatic footage taken by the BBC from the air has shown
the scale of the damage to Parnham House near Beaminster.
Police say a 68-year-old local man arrested following the blaze has
After the fire has spread through a building, often the interior
structure will have been completely consumed and this leaves the
external walls and features like chimneys and gables and pinnacles
Fans of '80s girl group Bananarama will get the chance to see them
The band, which last performed together in 1988,
is getting back together for a series of gigs,
including one at Plymouth pavilions in November.
It'll be a short journey home for singer Keren Woodward,
It's a cool summer. David is here with their weather. It is getting
colder. Yes, a chill in the air and we will see a couple of days of
winter, low temperatures, the risk of Frost, some showers wintry, but
later on this week, it starts to warm up. A brief cold snap, quite
windy for a time and then milder by the weekend as we lose that cold
certainly turning colder. There will certainly turning colder. There will
be some frost around and some sharp showers. Where the air is coming
from, it is arctic air. We will see the least amount of change compared
to other parts of the country in terms of temperature, but it will
still feel cold. This line of cloud will produce a few showers and
behind it is where the cold air is an purple sink a cross asked later
on tonight. Overnight temperatures close to freezing with the lowest
temperatures of zero or minus one. A pretty chilly start tomorrow but
hopefully some sunshine as well. Some isolated showers, their showers
a bit more frequent through the afternoon. And we will struggle up
to 10 degrees but with the wind it will feel a lot colder. Slightly
less windy, slightly less cold on Wednesday. A few showers around
again and temperatures of 11 waterfall degrees. Later this week
we lose those northerly winds and see slightly less cold air arrived.
It becomes a bit milder by the time we get to Thursday. A change to
cooler air for a couple of days and then back to normal by the end of
the week. Have a good night. That is it from us for tonight. Join us for
our breakfast bulletins tomorrow morning. But for now, good night.
course, there'll be the threat of some rain. More with the national
forecast now. Good evening. It's been turning
colder from the north so far today. It's been cold enough for
significant snow in northern Scotland. This was mid afternoon.
More recently it's been blowing around over the tops of the
mountains. Snow in April not necessarily unusual but it's usually
unwelcome. The colder air coming in behind the front which clears
towards the near continent, opening the floodgates to this Coldstream of
air all the way from the Arctic. That cold air increasingly cold air
will spread its way across all parts tonight and will be with us tomorrow
and Wednesday as well. A cold night ahead of us. A widespread frost
developing and further wintry showers. Most in Scotland and the
north-east of England too. Cold winds as well. Maybe a few wintry
showers in Northern Ireland and Wales, maybe the odd few into the
Midlands. Clear skies, windy and cold. Major towns and cities not far