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And Theresa May has said she will publish her Brexit plan for

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A survey ranks the county along with Plymouth as 14th on its least

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It's calculated that property prices are seven times

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Lucy Stokes is an estate agent in South Brent.

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All day long she sells houses but she is also trying

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She has just moved here from Worcester and she

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There is a huge difference in the prices.

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Up there you would be looking at around 150 as a first-time buyer

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for a three bed and down here you'd be looking to start from about 250.

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The US property consultancy says the least affordable place to live

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in the world out of nine countries surveyed was Hong Kong,

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with houses at 18 times the average household income.

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Second was Sydney with prices at 12 times.

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Listed tenth most unaffordable place was Bournemouth and Dorset at more

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than nine times the income, with Plymouth and Devon coming 14th.

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This survey focuses on the middle of the market -

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housing affordability for average households.

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In Devon and Plymouth the average house price is ?215,000,

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the average household income is just over ?30,000.

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This means house prices are seven times the average household income.

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The authors of the report say the answer is to build more houses,

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something the British Government says it is doing.

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The woman who once ran NHS services in South Devon employed her husband

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to produce newsletters but failed to make a declaration

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Paula Vasco Knight denies two counts of fraud totalling around 20

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thousand pounds while chief executive of the South

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The trial at Exeter Crown Court continues.

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A Plymouth Argyle footballer who was declared a rapist last week

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following a civil action in Scotland has left the club.

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Scotland international David Goodwillie and a former

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team-mate were ordered to pay ?100,000 in damages to a woman

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who said the men raped her after a night out in 2011.

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The striker has now left the League Two side by mutual

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consent after asking to be released from his contract to focus

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The union Unison is taking legal action over workers

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who lost their jobs when the NHS 111 service in Devon was transferred

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In October the company Vocare were subcontracted by Devon Doctors

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to take over the service, Unison says their terms

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and conditions should have been protected and has issued legal

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proceedings against all three organisations.

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Our health correspondent Jenny Walrond joins me,

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Some good jobs with the new provider company Mac but with Unison

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describes as less favourable terms and conditions. Some got jobs with

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south-western ambience at Unison says some of them had different

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terms and conditions. The union claims that should have been

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protected under employment legislation but talks through the

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arbitration service Acas failed to reach a resolution on this and there

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are Unison has issued legal proceedings against the three

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organisations. It says workers have suffered through no fault of their

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own. The case is ongoing and Devon Doctors, Vocare and south-west of

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ambulance at yet to respond. Farmers in Somerset say they're

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hopeful a new way of tackling rural crime will help

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protect their livelihoods. Eighteen months ago,

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140 sheep were stolen from Rob Walrond's farm,

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costing him ?14,000. Now with the help of a new text

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message service, police hope The farmers have been

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asking us for some time. We've had a farm watch

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system for several years where we communicate with them

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via text, and we get messages out to them very quickly

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by text and e-mail. For several years they've been

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saying to us, we want to come back to you, we want to give

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you information back. We haven't had the facility for them

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to do that as quickly, so we launched this text back system

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on Tuesday, 81819, where the farmers and the rural community can text us

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with any intelligence There's a warning to bird owners

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in the South West this lunchtime from the Government's Chief

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Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, Some poultry have been spotted

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outdoors in the region and this Those who let their birds out risk

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unlimited fines or even, jail. Our Environment Correspondent,

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Adrian Campbell, reports. Nigel Stevens is very

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careful about bio-security He has put up the poly tunnel

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to ensure they can't come into contact with wild birds

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or their droppings which might Defra introduced strict

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controls in December - they're still in force but Nigel

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says they are very confusing. As to whether you should keep them

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in cages but have a roof properly plasticed over,

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it's all a bit of guesswork really. We went out and put up

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a temporary poly tunnel to house ours in which does the job

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and still gives them You don't have to look far to see

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there is widespread confusion We filmed these birds

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a week ago in east Devon. They should have been covered over

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to protect them from the virus. Their owners told us they have

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since been advised by trading standards that everyone must comply

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with the law. The Government's chief

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veterinary officer agrees. This particular strain isn't

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a problem for people or for the food chain but it is very severe

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in birds, especially chickens and turkeys but also potentially

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ducks and geese causing severe It's not just hens and it's

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not just in East Devon. Birds which should be undercover can

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easily be found in the countryside. The owners of these birds told us

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they needed to be outside But even people like Nigel

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who are doing the right thing say I don't think I know

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who is policing it at all. I don't know whether Defra

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know who is policing it. But Defra insists we all

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have an obligation to inform Trading Standards where the law

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is being broken. weather. The photo is a little bit

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like a rainbow but because the droplets are smaller than in rain in

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the colours get muted so it looks quite instead of the normal bright

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colours. It's very exciting. Thank you to Dorset Phantom for that

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lovely photo. Through this afternoon we have bright weather for most,

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Dorset still a bit of fog but good sunshine and quite breezy and that

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is because high pressure is slapping away and continues into tomorrow so

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brisk cold southerly winds feeling very nippy indeed and that low cloud

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and for the class Dorset and lifts a bit more. Plenty of sunshine for

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most through this morning and afternoon and some cloud to the

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west. A breezy wind especially for western areas with temperatures are

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doing fairly well and that sunshine. Tonight more cloud coming in

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bringing a risk of a little patchy rain and drizzle and maybe a few

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flurries of light snow. Not very much and you may believe in a notice

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but if you see something a little height that will be what it is. The

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risk of some nice as well as temperatures drop towards freezing.

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Tomorrow a cold start with strong south of south-easterly winds for

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western fringes and we should find skies are brightening up as we head

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through the day. Some sunny spells emerging but it will feel like a

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cold day when you factor in the wind the highs of five or 6 degrees will

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feel law. For the Channel Islands some ice initially and a dry and

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sunny day with good spells of sunshine but feeling cold and a

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fresh wind and we see some outbreaks of rain for Friday, Saturday with

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the risk of Henry Thunder showers but drier and brighter.

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I'll be back with Victoria Graham for more on that and all the latest

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news from the South West in Spotlight tonight at 6.30,

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but from the lunchtime news, have a very good afternoon.

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Should've seen Hillary's face. She was stood there with Bill.

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Because she's going to an event to celebrate

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a job that she didn't get and the person closest to her, to reassure

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her, to tell her it's going to be OK,

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is a person who's already had that job.

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Yeah. She must be thinking, "Where can I go?"

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It's just pain, but it doesn't feel like pain,

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it feels much more violent, dark and exciting.

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