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Good evening. Nations again with
500 bikers rode through Barnstaple today calling for tougher sentences
for drivers who kill people when they've been taking drugs.
It follows the death of 20-year-old Aiden Platt who was knocked
The drug driver who admitted killing him walked free from court
Emma Thomasson was at today's protest.
By Chris call this the raw or funder. -- bikers. Their way of
making sure people hear how angry they are for the suspended sentence
for the woman who killed 20-year-old Aidan Platt. Laura Ward admitted
causing his death by dangerous driving while under the influence of
drugs, but he skips gel. The judge said the courts are reluctant to
send mothers of young children to prison.
It is too lenient. She should have got a prison sentence. 18 months
suspended, that is no sentence. Whereas Aidan's parents have got a
full life sentence now without Aidan.
One of our own. A local lad, a biker. And also a school friend of
my stepson. His life was taken and not justice was served.
Devon and Cornwall police appealed against the sentence but the
Attorney General turned it down, saying he did not believe there was
a realistic chance the court would find it unduly lenient.
Three illegal drugs found in her system. It does not send out the
right message to people out there that may be considering taking drugs
and driving. Drug driving is extremely dangerous, as dangerous as
drink-driving and a number of people in North Devon have been killed as a
result of drug driving. The Ministry of Justice told
Spotlight it is consulting on increasing gel times for drug
driving but it is up to independent judges to past and is based on the
facts of the case. These bikers say that is not good enough. They have
set up an online petition and say they will stage more protests like
they will stage more protests like this until the law is changed.
A dog, described as a 'Guardian Angel' has reached the finals
of Crufts for helping to transform the life of a boy with autism.
Caddie the Labrador is a specially trained autism assistance dog
And 13-year-old Joel Sayer from Newquay says he's changed his life.
Joel says Caddie keeps him focussed on what he's doing,
and makes him feel safe, calm and happy.
Caddy keeps the calm and safe and well. Patient and more focused.
Before I had to make it not even go outside.
I wanted to stay inside. His actual presence makes him relax because it
is a constant companion for him. In a world in his eyes that he does not
know and he is scared of everyday, every day Joel finds the world hard.
And the winner of the Life hero dog competition will be
Plymouth Argyle stay in second spot in the two after a two nil victory
away at Mansfield. Elsewhere it finished Exeter city nil, Accrington
Stanley two. In the National League Torquay one two goals- one. Tomorrow
Exeter Chiefs take on harlequins at home in the Anglo Welsh cup.
Time for the weather now - here's Holly with the forecast.
We have got outbreaks of rain heading our way but sunshine to come
as well. Cloud is low tonight, sinking down, giving us mist, Hill
and coastal fog. A picture rain working into the Channel Islands.
Patchy rain initially and then something a bit more persistent
moves in from the west later in the moves in from the west later in the
night. Eight or 9 degrees. Tomorrow morning some outbreaks of rain pushy
strips and fizzle out as they do so. Come the afternoon it should be
fairly bright, we should see some sunshine coming through.
Temperatures would not get as high as today. There will be quite breezy
north-westerly, especially across the north coast and out the west. We
should see is good spells of sunshine as we should on Monday but
it is cloudy after that. Have a good evening.
The next update will be at 5:50pm tomorrow evening. From everyone here
have a good night and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Goodbye.
Good evening. Some of us managed to get some decent weather today, not
everybody but some of us. Lovely picture from a weather watcher in
Northern Ireland, Enniskillen, and in Northern Ireland we have the
warmest day of the year for Northern Ireland, 16 Celsius. The Southeast a
little warmer weather cloud broke up, 18 Celsius, but we have also had
some light rain, and if anything this coming even in the clouds will