23/11/2017 Spotlight


23/11/2017

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Good evening.

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A 12-year-old Devon girl has spoken

out over the dangers of online

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grooming, after she was blackmailed

into sending intimate

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pictures over the internet.

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Her parents say the experience

has been devastating

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and they want to speak out to help

protect other young people.

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In this report from Clare Casson,

we've disguised their identities.

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Just a few stolen moments

on the daily walk to school.

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No parents, no teachers,

but do you know who your child

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is contacting on their phone?

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For this 12-year-old,

a few minutes on her own each day

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opened up a murky world

of sexual exploitation.

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He began talking to me

so I befriended him, not knowing

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what was about to happen.

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I felt scared and like

I couldn't talk to anyone.

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This person then showed her some

explicit images of other young girls

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and told her if she didn't do

what they asked, they would spread

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it amongst friends and family,

tell the world that these

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images were her.

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After I sent one picture,

I knew that I was trapped.

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I felt scared and isolated.

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He put me under pressure and he got

angry and aggressive.

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It breaks my heart that there

was about three or four months that

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I didn't know about,

she had been held prisoner.

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It must've been soul destroying

for her to feel so trapped.

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And this girl is not alone.

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Across Devon and Cornwall sexting,

as it is known, is now the most

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common form of child sexual

exploitation the police deal with.

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Officers go into schools

to try to help educate young people

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about the dangers but they've

told me it's a struggle to keep up

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with what's happening

and the average age of victims

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is getting younger.

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We are certainly seeing either

a greater disclosure of incidents

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with younger children or a greater

number of younger children doing it.

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About ten years ago it

would be pretty unheard-of

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that we would visit a primary school

and they would be talking

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about dealing with this sort

of an event, now we do deal

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with them increasingly.

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And many children don't realise that

it's illegal to possess,

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take or distribute sexual images

of someone under 18,

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including themselves.

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Police in Somerset are hunting

for a burglar who attacked

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a 96-year-old man in his own home

with what's thought

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to be a claw hammer.

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The pensioner from Taunton is in

hospital with serious injuries.

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Lee Madden reports.

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Sweeping the Duchess of Cornwall

off her feet just two years ago

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at a British Legion event,

but tonight World War II hero

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Jim Booth is in hospital,

fighting for survival

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after being hit with a hammer

by a distraction burglar.

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Jim said, I've been attacked,

and that was how it

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started, wasn't it, Tom?

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Yes.

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He was bleeding all down

over his face and everything.

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We brought him in and

sat him in the chair.

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He had been knocked

on the head with a hammer.

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Police say a man knocked

at Jim Booth's door yesterday

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afternoon and asked if he wanted any

work doing in the house.

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When Mr Booth refused,

the man attacked him.

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He managed to make it across

the road to his neighbour's house.

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He has a fractured skull

and he was with the doctor

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for a fair while and something

about his hand, he had a problem

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with his hand because he had

a big bash on his hand.

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As a lieutenant commander

in the Navy, Jim Booth was part

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of the crew that took a submarine

across the English Channel and gave

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the signal for D-Day to begin.

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Tonight forensic teams are still

working at his home, looking

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for clues about his attacker.

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A white male around 30

or 35 years of age.

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Clean-shaven, darkish hair,

described as athletic, stocky build.

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Officers want anyone who saw

anything suspicious yesterday,

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or who, over the last few days,

may have been approached by someone

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knocking at their front door,

asking for work to get

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in touch with them.

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Tonight Mr Booth is conscious

in hospital, with his

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children at his side.

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Police say, given his age,

they are extremely worried

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about the war hero who was said

to have been delighted

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to dance with the Duchess,

but who now has been subjected

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to a brutal attack in his own home.

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There's anger over plans

by the French company EDF to change

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the way it handles high level

radioactive waste at

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Hinkley Point in Somerset.

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The company wants to double the size

of a proposed waste store

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on the Hinkley C site.

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It also wants to introduce a system

of encasing the waste in concrete.

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Clinton Rogers reports.

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It's the idea that it's our

grandchildren's grandchildren that

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will be picking up the pieces.

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This area is going to be lumped

with X amount of nuclear waste

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that will never go away.

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And it's the high-grade waste.

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Among those who live

in the shadow of Hinkley Point

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there is a mixture of fear and fury.

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My concerns are the long-term effect

of having a great lump of concrete

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on the edge of an area

of outstanding natural beauty,

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that's going to be there

essentially forever,

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because then they're

talking about what they're

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going to do with the very nasty

substance inside it.

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EDF has always said that

all high-level radioactive waste

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produced by Hinkley C,

and that includes the spent

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fuel rods, will need

to be stored locally.

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Right now there's nowhere

else for it to go.

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Now EDF have applied

for permission to double the size

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of their radioactive waste store

on this site, but they also

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want to change the method

for handling radioactive waste,

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choosing now a system that

will involve encasing

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it in concrete blocks.

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In a statement the company has told

us it's a safe and robust system

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used across Europe and the USA,

but opponents say that switching

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from a method where high-level waste

is held in water to what's known

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as a dry system has dangers.

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The problem with dry storage is it

relies on the integrity

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of a concrete block, that a concrete

block containing waste

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material will last forever.

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The leader of West Somerset council

says he's more concerned

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by the plans to increase the size

of the storage building.

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It is going to be the last

building there on site.

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When decommissioning takes place,

which will be a long time from now,

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the reactors will go but that

building will be left

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there when the rest of the site

has been flattened.

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EDF has told us there is no plan

to increase the amount

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of waste stored here,

merely to change the system,

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but it's the Environment Department

which will make the final decision

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and that won't be

for some while yet.

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A Devon woman who uses a wheelchair

has described the lack

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of a public toilet for disabled

people in Torquay town

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centre as disgusting.

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Both the women's toilet block

and the one for disabled people have

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been closed for the last 11 weeks.

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John Ayres has the story.

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It's not very often

that you see this.

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The gents are open but the ladies

and the disabled toilets are closed,

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and it's been like this

for 11 weeks.

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For wheelchair user

Shirley, enough is enough.

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It's diabolical to think that

you can come into town

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to spend your money,

but while you're here you can't

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use the public toilet.

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It's not a luxury, it's a necessity.

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You come into town to shop,

you're bound to need to use

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the toilet and I'm sorry but it

will put a lot of people coming

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to the town centre shopping.

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It's a feeling shared by others

with mobility assistance.

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Joan is a tourist from Wales.

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I will go to the gents,

but I think the toilets

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here should be open.

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Ladies need them more than men.

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Men can stand there and go

in the corner and I think it's

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absolutely disgusting.

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And she did too, along

with some other woman.

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The trouble is the nearest

alternative is some way away

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and the closest are on private

premises, not public.

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The nearest public loos

are at least twice the distance.

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I have to go in the lift,

providing it is working,

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up through the shop,

past all the other shops along

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the walkway, to the bottom,

turn right, turn left,

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turn right, and you'll find another

door that has the toilets there.

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They should get up and do something,

come out onto the highway,

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like a politician, and see what's

going on for themselves and do

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something instead of doing nothing.

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The toilets have been closed

because of a water leak

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above and an electrical fault.

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The delay has because the council

doesn't own the building.

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I understand the concerns

of all the residents and traders.

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These toilets have been out

of action for so long and the reason

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is because we haven't got permission

from the landowners above

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the property, above the toilets.

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We now have that permission and it's

being dealt with as a priority.

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The council hopes this will be

sorted in the next nine weeks

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although for many women and people

with disabilities, that's

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still a very long time.

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Now let's find out

what we can expect

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from tomorrow's weather.

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David has the details.

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David has the details.

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Thank you. Good evening. You will

need an extra layer in the next few

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days. The colder air is starting to

sleep in and some of it will arrive

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tonight. The weather system will

trickle along the French coast and

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along the English Channel in the

next few hours and keep a lot of

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cloud over us and it gives rain

overnight and some of it is heavy

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and places. It would turn showery

towards dawn and with a blanket of

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cloud the temperatures should hold

up quite nicely but already there

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was colder air seeping in.

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Temperatures of just four or 5

degrees by dawn tomorrow morning.

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Tomorrow in places there is a wet

start but the rain is largely

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confined by the afternoon to

Cornwall and Devon. For the rest of

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us it brightens up nicely. Quite

quickly temperatures tumble away.

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Overnight and into the early hours

of Saturday widespread frost.

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Temperatures first thing on Saturday

are as low as -1 or even minus two.

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Saturday is bright and dry with

scattered showers. Some are wintry

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over the high ground and a pretty

low temperature as well. Throw in

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the wind and have all the airfields

and it will feel even colder than

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that. Sunday is quite with a frost

in the morning. Morning sunshine

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before it clouds over and then

temperatures start to come back up

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again in the early part of next

week. Have a good night.

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That's it from the late team

here at BBC Spotlight.

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Andy Breare will be back with more

news from 6.25am tomorrow morning.

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For now, from us, goodnight.

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