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Campaigners who raised ?80,000 to fund a legal challenge

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against the building of a wind turbine in a Devon area

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of Outstanding Natural Beauty are celebrating victory

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The Secretary of State has overturned permission given

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by South Hams District Council for the 112-foot high

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Green energy systems have become a more common sight

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The plan for land near Frogmore was for a smaller turbine than

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When the council gave it the go-ahead, around 100 people raised

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A planning inspector backed them, and the Secretary of State has now

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You really have to think long and hard, what is my understanding

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of it, and I am I correct in thinking

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that the council have made the wrong decision?

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You have to have a lot of faith in yourself,

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especially when you are asking the local community

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to fund and invest in what you think is a bad decision.

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Councillors had gone against advice from officers.

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Today the chairman of the committee told me he was disappointed

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We all know renewable energy is needed, we all want green,

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And also on the economic grounds, of the agricultural industry,

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we all know dairy farming is going through a bad patch,

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perhaps a little bit better now, but anything to reduce

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The farmers who brought the application tell me

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they are disappointed that this decision.

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They say all they were trying to do was lower the carbon emissions

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The farm needs energy 24 hours a day.

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They say they do not have the money to appeal.

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There could be a 2% rise in the portion of council tax used

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to fund the police to bring more officers into Devon and Cornwall.

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The rise could see an extra 40 officers

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being employed coming after a spell when numbers have been reducing.

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The Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has told today's

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Sunday Politics that, if it happened, it would be

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A family's been reunited with a memorial bench

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which was swept out to sea during storms at

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It was carried 60 miles from Port Isaac in Cornwall

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The woman who found the bench used social media to track down

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the family of the teenage boy commemorated on the seat.

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This is not just the story of a bench, but of fate,

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Archie Thomas died 32 years ago today, at the age of 15.

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He came with his family to Port Isaac for holidays every year,

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He liked nothing more than to stand with the fishermen chatting

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away for half the day, so when he died we wanted

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to have this memorial bench for him there,

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something that was so important to him.

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The bench was found by Cathy, out walking her dogs.

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There was Archie's bench washed up on the beach.

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I straightaway saw it was a memorial bench,

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which I had empathy for the family, because my brother died eight years

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Which is why I knew this had to be somehow found

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It is one of those things that has brought us amongst

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these wonderful people, and also made so many

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contacts with old friends, it has reopened our eyes

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Help to get the bench back to Port Isaac came

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from another North Devon family with their own commemoration bench

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For them to turn up and find it gone would have been awful for them,

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so at least they know what has happened to it, they have been able

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to bring it back to where it is rightfully supposed to be

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A real sense of homecoming, isn't it?

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And what a lovely journey it has been for all of us.

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Thanks to community spirit, and amazing connections,

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Archie's bench is back with it belongs.

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Archie's bench is back where it belongs.

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Twitchers have been out in force in Devon

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The Bohemian waxwing is more usually seen in eastern Europe but in recent

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days has been spotted close to the A38 at Heathfield

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It's said to be too cold for them in Russia.

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It has been another dry day across the south-west.

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We have had a little bit of cloud, and we run the risk of further

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Further east, where we see clear skies we have the risk

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of freezing fog patches, so for Dorset, Somerset, tomorrow

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Further west, slightly milder, and I think most towns and cities

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Rural areas could get down to minus figures.

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Tomorrow that freezing fog towards the east will be

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For most of us, a bright start to the day.

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It is going to be another beautiful day.

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Dry, plenty of sunshine, with temperatures up on today.

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It looks like staying settled as we head through the week.

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Some more cloud through the middle part of the week.

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The wind picks up towards the weekend, but it turns milder.

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That is it for us. We're back at 20 past ten. Good evening.

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of freezing fog. Already warnings in place from the Met office. I will

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concentrate on the fog as we go through the

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