21/01/2017 Spotlight


21/01/2017

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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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Around 250 people have marched through Ashburton in a demonstration

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against plans to close the town's community hospital.

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It's one of four facing closure in south Devon.

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Health bosses say it's more cost effective to treat people at home.

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CHANTING: No ifs, no buts, no NHS cuts.

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A day after the news that Ashburton hospital could close,

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I was in here, and they helped me back to health again after three

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weeks, and then I was able to go home, and they were brilliant,

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and we really need to keep this hospital.

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While campaigners worry about the fragility of this

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community hospital, health bosses say that services in Torbay

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and South Devon are just as precarious, being neither

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sustainable, or consistently offering the required

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CHANTING : They say cutback, we say fightback.

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The plan from the clinical commissioning group is to look

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after more people at home and close four hospitals in Dartmouth,

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Paignton, Bovey Tracey, and here in Ashburton.

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Do you think they've already made that decision?

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I think they probably have made their decision,

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but we're not going to lie down and take it.

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We're going to fight right to the end and hope

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that they'll see sense, and see that we need these services

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On Thursday, a final decision will be made about the future

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of this hospital and the three others in South Devon.

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John Henderson, BBC Spotlight, Ashburton.

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A driver had a lucky escape after a car plunged off a main

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road in South Devon, and struck the side of a house.

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The vehicle crashed through railings on the A379 in Yealmpton,

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becoming wedged between the property and the road.

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Police say the motorist escaped with minor injuries,

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48 tonnes of snow arrived in Exeter this morning to form a giant ski

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It was delivered by lorry from a ski centre in Milton Keynes.

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It's all part of a snow sports competition held at the university,

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involving skiers and snowboarders performing freestyle tricks.

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Freestyle is a type of skiing where people go in the air,

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they jump off boxes, it's like parkour, but on snow.

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It's super fun, really easy to get involved in,

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Onto the sport now, and in rugby there was disappointment

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for Exeter Chiefs, who took on the French side Clermont Auvergne

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Clermont got off to a perfect start, making it 34-0 at half time.

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In the second half, the Chiefs staged something of a comeback,

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Elsewhere, Jersey won 26-21 against Ulster,

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the Cornish Pirates won 50-24 in their clash with Connacht,

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In football, Yeovil drew their League Two

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Plymouth Argyle secured their ninth away win of the season by beating

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Cheltenham thanks to a late winner from Sonny Bradley.

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Exeter City thumped Colchester United 3-0 at St James.

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And in the National League, Torquay lost their away game

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Hundreds of people turned out for the BBC Radio Cornwall Present Aid

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The generous Cornish public have been donating unwanted Christmas

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gifts to raise money for local charities and community groups.

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The event is now in its thirteenth year.

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Over the years, the cash has gone to various different

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charities cross Cornwall, from the Cornwall Air Ambulance

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to the Precious Lives Appeal, but this year, we are raising funds

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for the BBC Radio Cornwall Appeal, which will go to very small

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organisations in Cornwall to keep the heart of those

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Let's take a look at the weather now - here's Bee.

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Whilst we have had a dry day and glimmers of sunshine,

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it's not been particularly warm, and I think as we head

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through tonight, we keep quite a bit of cloud.

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We will start to get some showers skirting the southern coast.

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Further east, actually, where we do keep some dry

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weather and simply spells, we could get a touch of frost,

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but I think most towns and cities tonight will stay that little

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So, a great start to the day tomorrow with these showers,

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I think it will tend to brighten up, particularly further east

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in the best of the sunshine, and actually, in the afternoon,

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quite a bit of cloud will have broken up.

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Temperatures up marginally on today, so perhaps not

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One or two spots could hit 10 degrees.

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We've got the risk of some freezing fog first thing on Monday,

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but I think for most of us it will be dry, bright, chilly,

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and it stays settled and mainly dry for most of next week.

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That's all the news and weather for now.

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Good evening. It does not get warmer. If you check the UK as a

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whole, it has been one of the coldest days so far. The hard frost

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to come in areas where it stays clear, parts of East Anglia, the

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south-east, fog across Scotland, at West, a change, showers and parts of

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Wales and England, some snow on high ground as well. Meanwhile, down

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