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A 12-year-old Devon girl has spoken
out over the dangers of online
grooming, after she was blackmailed
into sending intimate
pictures over the internet.
Her parents say the experience
has been devastating
and they want to speak out to help
protect other young people.
In this report from Clare Casson,
we've disguised their identities.
Just a few stolen moments
on the daily walk to school.
No parents, no teachers,
but do you know who your child
is contacting on their phone?
For this 12-year-old,
a few minutes on her own each day
opened up a murky world
of sexual exploitation.
He began talking to me
so I befriended him, not knowing
what was about to happen.
I felt scared and like
I couldn't talk to anyone.
This person then showed her some
explicit images of other young girls
and told her if she didn't do
what they asked, they would spread
it amongst friends and family,
tell the world that these
images were her.
After I sent one picture,
I knew that I was trapped.
I felt scared and isolated.
He put me under pressure and he got
angry and aggressive.
It breaks my heart that there
was about three or four months that
I didn't know about,
she had been held prisoner.
It must've been soul destroying
for her to feel so trapped.
And this girl is not alone.
Across Devon and Cornwall sexting,
as it is known, is now the most
common form of child sexual
exploitation the police deal with.
Officers go into schools
to try to help educate young people
about the dangers but they've
told me it's a struggle to keep up
with what's happening
and the average age of victims
is getting younger.
We are certainly seeing either
a greater disclosure of incidents
with younger children or a greater
number of younger children doing it.
About ten years ago it
would be pretty unheard-of
that we would visit a primary school
and they would be talking
about dealing with this sort
of an event, now we do deal
with them increasingly.
And many children don't realise that
it's illegal to possess,
take or distribute sexual images
of someone under 18,
Police in Somerset are hunting
for a burglar who attacked
a 96-year-old man in his own home
with what's thought
to be a claw hammer.
The pensioner from Taunton is in
hospital with serious injuries.
Lee Madden reports.
Sweeping the Duchess of Cornwall
off her feet just two years ago
at a British Legion event,
but tonight World War II hero
Jim Booth is in hospital,
fighting for survival
after being hit with a hammer
by a distraction burglar.
Jim said, I've been attacked,
and that was how it
started, wasn't it, Tom?
He was bleeding all down
over his face and everything.
We brought him in and
sat him in the chair.
He had been knocked
on the head with a hammer.
Police say a man knocked
at Jim Booth's door yesterday
afternoon and asked if he wanted any
work doing in the house.
When Mr Booth refused,
the man attacked him.
He managed to make it across
the road to his neighbour's house.
He has a fractured skull
and he was with the doctor
for a fair while and something
about his hand, he had a problem
with his hand because he had
a big bash on his hand.
As a lieutenant commander
in the Navy, Jim Booth was part
of the crew that took a submarine
across the English Channel and gave
the signal for D-Day to begin.
Tonight forensic teams are still
working at his home, looking
for clues about his attacker.
A white male around 30
or 35 years of age.
Clean-shaven, darkish hair,
described as athletic, stocky build.
Officers want anyone who saw
anything suspicious yesterday,
or who, over the last few days,
may have been approached by someone
knocking at their front door,
asking for work to get
in touch with them.
Tonight Mr Booth is conscious
in hospital, with his
children at his side.
Police say, given his age,
they are extremely worried
about the war hero who was said
to have been delighted
to dance with the Duchess,
but who now has been subjected
to a brutal attack in his own home.
There's anger over plans
by the French company EDF to change
the way it handles high level
radioactive waste at
Hinkley Point in Somerset.
The company wants to double the size
of a proposed waste store
on the Hinkley C site.
It also wants to introduce a system
of encasing the waste in concrete.
Clinton Rogers reports.
It's the idea that it's our
grandchildren's grandchildren that
will be picking up the pieces.
This area is going to be lumped
with X amount of nuclear waste
that will never go away.
And it's the high-grade waste.
Among those who live
in the shadow of Hinkley Point
there is a mixture of fear and fury.
My concerns are the long-term effect
of having a great lump of concrete
on the edge of an area
of outstanding natural beauty,
that's going to be there
because then they're
talking about what they're
going to do with the very nasty
substance inside it.
EDF has always said that
all high-level radioactive waste
produced by Hinkley C,
and that includes the spent
fuel rods, will need
to be stored locally.
Right now there's nowhere
else for it to go.
Now EDF have applied
for permission to double the size
of their radioactive waste store
on this site, but they also
want to change the method
for handling radioactive waste,
choosing now a system that
will involve encasing
it in concrete blocks.
In a statement the company has told
us it's a safe and robust system
used across Europe and the USA,
but opponents say that switching
from a method where high-level waste
is held in water to what's known
as a dry system has dangers.
The problem with dry storage is it
relies on the integrity
of a concrete block, that a concrete
block containing waste
material will last forever.
The leader of West Somerset council
says he's more concerned
by the plans to increase the size
of the storage building.
It is going to be the last
building there on site.
When decommissioning takes place,
which will be a long time from now,
the reactors will go but that
building will be left
there when the rest of the site
has been flattened.
EDF has told us there is no plan
to increase the amount
of waste stored here,
merely to change the system,
but it's the Environment Department
which will make the final decision
and that won't be
for some while yet.
A Devon woman who uses a wheelchair
has described the lack
of a public toilet for disabled
people in Torquay town
centre as disgusting.
Both the women's toilet block
and the one for disabled people have
been closed for the last 11 weeks.
John Ayres has the story.
It's not very often
that you see this.
The gents are open but the ladies
and the disabled toilets are closed,
and it's been like this
for 11 weeks.
For wheelchair user
Shirley, enough is enough.
It's diabolical to think that
you can come into town
to spend your money,
but while you're here you can't
use the public toilet.
It's not a luxury, it's a necessity.
You come into town to shop,
you're bound to need to use
the toilet and I'm sorry but it
will put a lot of people coming
to the town centre shopping.
It's a feeling shared by others
with mobility assistance.
Joan is a tourist from Wales.
I will go to the gents,
but I think the toilets
here should be open.
Ladies need them more than men.
Men can stand there and go
in the corner and I think it's
And she did too, along
with some other woman.
The trouble is the nearest
alternative is some way away
and the closest are on private
premises, not public.
The nearest public loos
are at least twice the distance.
I have to go in the lift,
providing it is working,
up through the shop,
past all the other shops along
the walkway, to the bottom,
turn right, turn left,
turn right, and you'll find another
door that has the toilets there.
They should get up and do something,
come out onto the highway,
like a politician, and see what's
going on for themselves and do
something instead of doing nothing.
The toilets have been closed
because of a water leak
above and an electrical fault.
The delay has because the council
doesn't own the building.
I understand the concerns
of all the residents and traders.
These toilets have been out
of action for so long and the reason
is because we haven't got permission
from the landowners above
the property, above the toilets.
We now have that permission and it's
being dealt with as a priority.
The council hopes this will be
sorted in the next nine weeks
although for many women and people
with disabilities, that's
still a very long time.
Now let's find out
what we can expect
from tomorrow's weather.
David has the details.
David has the details.
Thank you. Good evening. You will
need an extra layer in the next few
days. The colder air is starting to
sleep in and some of it will arrive
tonight. The weather system will
trickle along the French coast and
along the English Channel in the
next few hours and keep a lot of
cloud over us and it gives rain
overnight and some of it is heavy
and places. It would turn showery
towards dawn and with a blanket of
cloud the temperatures should hold
up quite nicely but already there
was colder air seeping in.
Temperatures of just four or 5
degrees by dawn tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow in places there is a wet
start but the rain is largely
confined by the afternoon to
Cornwall and Devon. For the rest of
us it brightens up nicely. Quite
quickly temperatures tumble away.
Overnight and into the early hours
of Saturday widespread frost.
Temperatures first thing on Saturday
are as low as -1 or even minus two.
Saturday is bright and dry with
scattered showers. Some are wintry
over the high ground and a pretty
low temperature as well. Throw in
the wind and have all the airfields
and it will feel even colder than
that. Sunday is quite with a frost
in the morning. Morning sunshine
before it clouds over and then
temperatures start to come back up
again in the early part of next
week. Have a good night.
That's it from the late team
here at BBC Spotlight.
Andy Breare will be back with more
news from 6.25am tomorrow morning.
For now, from us, goodnight.