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Good evening. late news at 10pm.
Around 500 passengers today took advantage of the first direct
train service from Okehampton to London in 50 years.
Campaigners want to re-establish the link and organised
They say it would provide an alternative to the troubled
But, as Eleanor Parkinson reports, today's journey didn't quite
This specially named train arrived at her cap turned to an enthusiasts
kick welcome, at Okehampton. Everybody who has brought a seat on
this specially chartered train says that the service is much needed.
When we hear stories that Cornwall has been cut off because of Dawlish,
we feel annoyed. As far as we are concerned, we are
permanently cut off. Thinking about job opportunities for Exeter, to get
this line, the job opportunities mean that we are right on the moors
with cyclists and walkers. The first leg did not go well, wet rails
caused damage to the train wheels, allowing the train to slide.
Passengers had to disembark at Exeter and move to a different train
for the rest of the journey. Despite the bumpy start today, campaigners
said that they would like to turn the clock back to when there was a
regular service on this route. There is a novelty aspect about the
day-to-day, but we are trying to make a serious point that actually,
the tickets sold out within the week. Passengers arrived in London
to be met by the Minister for trains.
Eleanor Parkinson, BBC Spotlight, Okehampton.
Campaigners angry about the closure of community hospital beds
in Devon met today to decide a plan of action.
Around 130 people attended the meeting in Colyford after health
managers decided to close four in patient beds at Seaton Hospital.
Campaigners have successfully lobbied to have the decision
This is only one year or so after they closed beds at Axminster
hospital, and told people that there would still be beds at Seaton
Hospital. All of the beds have been taken away from the eastern side of
East Devon, and people in a large number of communities will now have
to travel for a long time, or a long way, if they need that hospital bed.
Now it's a big weekend for our sporting teams.
Exeter Chiefs attempt to win rugby's first trophy of the season
when they play Leicester Tigers in the Anglo-Welsh Cup final
Plymouth Raiders face Leicester Riders in the BBL Trophy Final.
The team set off for Glasgow today hoping tomorrow's match
will end their ten year wait for silverware.
Their opponents start favourites but the Raiders took them
to overtime when the two sides met earlier in the season.
In today's action, Plymouth Argyle moved a step closer to automatic
promotion to League One when they beat Morecambe
With just eight games left the Pilgrims are 11 points clear
Exeter City and Luton Town drew 1 all in Bedfordshire to remain
While Yeovil drew 1-1 with Accrington in League Two.
Onto rugby and in the Championship, the Cornish Pirates went down 39-10
to London Irish while Jersey were beaten 17 points
A Russian sailor who died in Plymouth 100 years ago
was remembered today at a special memorial service.
Peter Ogorelkov was 27 when he died in March 1917.
His overgrown grave was uncovered in Ford Park Cemetery in the 1960s.
Today a representative from the Russian Embassy in London
and members of the city's Russian community were among those
We are not sure what his family history is, whether he had a wife,
or children, or his parents were in Russia. But it is nice to think that
we are looking after him so far from home, as many of our service people
in France are looked after by the French people and in Belgium. We are
doing our bit to make sure that he isn't forgotten here.
Onto the weather, here's Dan with the forecast.
Thank you. It has been a cloudy and breezy weekend so far. Not a great
cloud, mist and fog overnight, cloud, mist and fog overnight,
further outbreaks of light rain and drizzle, some rather brisk winds.
Temperatures in most areas holding up at nine or 10 degrees. Tomorrow,
it starts off much the same. Light outbreaks of rain or drizzle round.
Some bright moments are a possibility but cloudy throughout
the day. Marred temperatures at 12 or 13 degrees. We hold onto brisk
winds. A change as winds ease on Tuesday.
Sunnis bowls but also heavy showers. That's all we got one for today,