26/01/2017 Spotlight


26/01/2017

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The Devon and Cornwall Police force is to get 100 new constables,

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50 extra investigators and a team of 30 online staff,

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in what's being called a transformation of the service.

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The Police and Crime Commissioner has found ?24 million to pay

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for the new officers, despite previous cuts.

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The news has been filled with stories of police cuts are now

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118 new recruits are being drafted in.

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They tried to kick the restaurant draw down to get to us so

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obviously my husband protected me and they did not get in.

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I was on a 999 call and they were outside,

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It has left her feeling vulnerable and had a knock-on effect on her

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She feels there isn't police support.

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The police station here is closed, it's boarded-up, but

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No-one is there at the moment, but Alison Hernandez, the Police And

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Crime Commission, wants a lot more of this sort of office dotted around

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the region, in order to connect up the public with the police.

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The biggest thing coming out of this plan is that I am able

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to invest in policing to help with that cause, so

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I am looking to secure ?24 million worth of additional funding

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for the Chief Constable to deliver a better police force.

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?10 million has been found from police reserves and

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there'll be a hike in the council tax -

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an extra ?3.40 for every band D household - to pay for the

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And use a fog and support officers. 350 officers at present will be

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reduced to a minimum of 150 within three years. We're told there will

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be no redundancies. There are integral to communities. If I can

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get that to 160, 170, 200, I will. Over the next few years will be

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looking at how else we can use the budget but we need to have certainty

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while we set our budget the four years. We set that figure at 150. If

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we can make it less impactful we will. They will be stretched across

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the hold-up in Cornwall force. It's a little bit like a drop in the

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ocean I imagine. But as nothing -- it's better than nothing.

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NHS bosses are pressing ahead with controversial plans to close

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four cottage hospitals in South Devon.

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There have been 12 weeks of consultations over

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the closure of Dartmouth, Paignton, Ashburton

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Today managers confirmed they will close ,to the anger

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of campaigners who marched through Ashburton at the weekend

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It was an attempt to give the public the impression that they'd have some

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input into this process. They had absolutely no input in the process.

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It was a foregone conclusion. All the time they were talking about the

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fact that the NHS is under increasing pressure from an ageing

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population and increasing demand. The response is to cut it. Cut one

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and a half million of expenditures. That doesn't make any sense to

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anyone involved. Councillors in Dorset are holding

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further talks aimed at reducing Two theatres may have

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closed in Devon this week, but that's not stopping

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Exeter City Council from going ahead with moves that could lead

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to the creation of a sizeable The thinking is that maybe it's time

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for the city to join the ranks of south-west towns and cities

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with performance venues that can Our business correspondent

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Neil Gallacher reports. The timing of Exeter's move just as

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the theatre in Barnstable shuts along with one in Ilfracombe,

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underlines that councils cannot afford to get involved in theatres

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lightly. All the same, Exeter is asking the question should someone,

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council or private sector, create a 1000 seater venue somewhere in

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Exeter? The City Council owns and operates the Corn Exchange. These

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posters give it pretty good idea of what the offer is in Exeter as far

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as this theatre goes. A list comedy and B list music. Somewhat dictated

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by the 500 seat. Capacity Plymouth for example has a 1300 seat theatre

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and concert hall seating twice as many. We have the theatre and

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smaller venues. In a way Exeter's offer is complementary to Plymouth's

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but Plymouth is three times the size of Exeter. At the moment the Corn

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Exchange can any take 500 people and if we could make changes to that

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space it is entirely possible we could increase the audience

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capacity. Exeter is just starting a consultation that could eventually

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lead to some sort of new venue. One more in keeping with the city's

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ambitious, self-proclaimed status as the regional capital.

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It's 100 years to the day that the small fishing village

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of Hallsands in Devon was washed away.

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But as Sophie Pierce reports today's villagers say

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they still feel vulnerable, because the authorities will no

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These differences are all that protect Hallsands from the sea.

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They were repaired by villagers at their own

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expense in 2014, and they have recently paid for more.

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They are unhappy the village is being left exposed, unlike

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Two years ago the then Government minister Oliver Letwin visited

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I think what I need to do is have conversations with the Environment

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Agency about that, because I found in my own constituency there

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was a time when there were parts of my

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constituency which were scheduled for retreat.

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The residents didn't find that a very attractive proposition,

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we changed that, and I think we probably need to find a

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A few months later villagers learned that nothing had changed and

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The shoreline management plan says that there's

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nothing worth saving in this village - we beg to differ.

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You can't just say to some people, your houses

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are going to fall in the sea and there's nothing were going to

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We pay our council tax and our national taxes the same

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While the authorities are sympathetic, they say

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Do we spend ?1 million protecting the coast here or

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do we spend that ?1 million protecting adult services, special

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educational needs, youth clubs, libraries, mending the roads?

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It's a balance and unfortunately it is not

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an infinite pot of money and we have to make priorities.

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As it happens there is more shingle on the beach today than there has

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been for many years, and it acts as a natural defence.

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Some in the village now feel that keep campaigning is a

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waste of effort, as the authorities are unlikely to change their minds.

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Time now to look at the weather, and Holly's here with the forecast.

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It's a very cold picture this afternoon and the most of us it has

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been a fairly cloudy days so far. Grey skies in this photo. But not

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the case for all of us, some have had sunshine. Lovely blue skies in

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the Channel Islands and elsewhere you have seen the blue sky breaking

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through. We should see some that this afternoon but it is very cold

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and windy. We've had cold air pooling over the continent and it is

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being drawn up on this at South or south-easterly wind. Through the

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coming days there is more of an Atlantic feed and that means it is

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less cold but we start to season outbreaks of rain. This is a picture

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so far, very cloudy for many, brightness over the Channel Islands

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starting to feed into parts of the South coast and also parts of North

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Devon have seen brightness coming through and hopefully more should

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emerge as the afternoon wears on. These are the top temperatures but

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it feels much colder. Especially when you factor in the strong wind

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which is almost gale forced to the West. Tonight we have clear skies

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meaning the temperatures drop again. We'll see some frost in places,

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outbreaks of rain into western fringes and here it is milder but

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further east you might catch frost and ice. Tomorrow has a different

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look. Some outbreaks of rain, don't take it too literally, we are all at

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risk of seeing some but many may not see too much. Temperatures are

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little higher than today but still pretty bleak. For the channel

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islands, spells of rain perhaps a bit of sleet and a fresh to strong

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wind. Justin will be live in Hallsands

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tonight speaking to villagers, But from the Lunchtime News team,

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have a good afternoon. TV: He's not your father.

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