12/05/2017 Spotlight


12/05/2017

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Devon and Cornwall Police is to more than double the number of officers

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Within the next two years more than 80% of front line officers

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An upgraded twin-cartridge Taser which allows the device

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to be deployed twice is also being introduced.

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But as Janine Jansen reports, the human rights group

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Amnesty International has raised concerns.

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Taser is designed for dealing with violent suspects

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Taser uses 50,000 volts to incapacitate a suspect.

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As a deterrent, the threat of its use is usually sufficient

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Between 2011 and 2016, Devon and Cornwall Police attended

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1.6 million incidents across both counties.

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In that period of time, we drew the Taser on 1600 occasions,

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and of those, we only used it in a quarter.

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Currently, 550 police officers carry a Taser.

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That number is set to more than double,

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That means 85% of frontline officers will be trained to carry a Taser,

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in order to help keep the public safe.

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A new upgraded device is being introduced.

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It has a twin cartridge so it can deploy again

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In 2013, Andrew Pimlott from Plymouth doused himself

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with petrol, which ignited after he was shot with a Taser.

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His parents heard an inquest jury concluded the device was

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the most likely cause of the fire which killed him.

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The constable who fired it was cleared of gross misconduct.

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Andrew's parents want to see Tasers used less.

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An ordinary gun would have been better than using a Taser

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If they used a gun and shot his leg, my boy would still have been here.

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And I think if anybody else is in that situation,

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God help them, I hope it never happens to anyone else.

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A spokesperson for the human rights group Amnesty International says...

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This is not the arming of the police.

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This is a less lethal option, and it is just giving our officers

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the best equipment there is to protect themselves

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The police sought feedback from the public.

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It said 88% of those who responded supported plans to increase Tasers.

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Just over six months on from the fire at

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Exeter's Royal Clarence Hotel, part of the structure is having

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Charred wooden beams from the hotel have been salvaged and turned

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into a sculpture called Hope and Renewal which goes

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It feels slightly wrong to be burning this wood a second time

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when it's survived the first major fire.

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Martin Staniforth, known as Morph, is working with wood salvaged

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Some of this wood comes from trees planted in the 16th century.

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It's such a tragic story, such a disaster that we have lost

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this amazing, wonderful building from the heart of our city.

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And I think people saw that therefore this was some kind

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of small good news story offsetting that huge, huge disaster.

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This is a first foray into burnt wood.

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In the car on the way up here, it actually felt over like that.

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And that, I thought, was a more pleasing shape.

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The sculpture is going on display within sight of the hotel

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For me, a piece of art has to kind of beg a conversation,

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it has to provoke, it has to get people thinking and doing something

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Judge for yourself, as new life is breathed into old timber.

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The work of nurses across the south west was celebrated today as part

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And at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton they did it in style,

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In just a matter of seconds, the helipad at Musgrove Park

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Hospital became a dance floor, doctor-turned-choreographer

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Marla Pradeep leading a team of nurses, health care assistants,

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nurses and doctors in a routine to rival strictly, though some found

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This is very much all of us joining in to have a

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For the organisers of this flash mob it was all about celebrating nursing

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but also to show a togetherness in difficult times within the NHS.

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We had groups of people doing it separately.

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Which, presumably for embarrassment purposes only, was also filmed,

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and then it was back to the day job, just another day in A

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And they are looking after me very well.

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Brilliant. Let's get the weekend weather from David.

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We got some rain this weekend but if the timing is right,

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and I think it is, most of the rain will fall during the night.

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Late in the day on Saturday some rain but it's an overnight feature

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for most of us and Sunday doesn't look bad with a weak

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This first weather system will produce some rain by the end

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That sweeps through quite quickly, and then before the next system

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arrives, which is probably on Sunday night, there is a lot of dry

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weather and we should get some sunshine on Sunday,

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a slightly fresher feel to the air on Sunday but we had

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This was earlier this evening across the South West of England.

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It is now moving away northwards, what's left behind is a few light

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showers and later tonight I think the skies will begin to clear

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and a lot of the low cloud should lift, so a slightly colder night

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than last night with temperatures down to 8 or 9 degrees and tomorrow

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Bright and dry, a chance of a light shower at some point

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Later in the day coming in from the West is a line of rain

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but it's taking its time, across parts of Dorset

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Dry and bright on Sunday again until the end of the day and then

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we see thicker cloud approach from the far West and also

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freshening the wind, so in summary, not looking too bad for the weekend,

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That's it for now. We're back tomorrow evening at 6:15pm. Good

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night. A bit of a mixed bag earlier on

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today, some of us were cloudy with rain. This is the view from one of

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our weather watchers in Cornwall. But in the Highlands of Scotland, it

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was completely different, find, sunny and warm. The satellite and

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radar picture shows the variety of weather we have had. It brightened

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up into the afternoon, early

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