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Welcome to BBC Points West, with Alex Lovell and Sabet Choudhury.
Warnings that people living in Bristol are more
at risk of contracting HIV, because the right tests
I think it is really important because it stops it then
It is part of a decent human being about being tested, isn't it?
Especially if you are starting a new relationship
We'll be asking who should pay for HIV tests.
The Wiltshire MP using a school group to highlight the best way
of spending money raised by the new sugar tax.
Meet Mimi, the 94-year-old gym bunny giving us a few tips on how to stay
We'll bring you secrets of the trick shot that's an online sensation.
There's a warning that people living in Bristol are at more risk
of contracting HIV because not enough is being done
Rates of infection in the city are on the increase and some
organisations say anyone being admitted to hospital
or registering with a GP should be offered a test.
The City Council, in charge of public health,
is now looking into it, as our Health Correspondent
There is now a danger that has become a threat to us all.
It's 30 years ago since the nation was shocked by this
And its impact was immediate, with people changing
If you ignore Aids, it could be the death of you.
But in cities like Bristol, the message is now being forgotten.
Latest figures show that out of every 1,000 people here,
there are now more than two living with HIV.
Two in every 1,000 is the limit where the Government's regulator
Nice say we ought to be offering everyone admitted to hospital an HIV
test, as well as everyone registering with their GP.
But at the moment, this is simply not happening.
And that could put people at risk of HIV infection.
Becky was diagnosed with HIV four years ago.
Her former partner Simon James is now serving a five-year prison
sentence for deliberately infecting her and another woman.
I got an e-mail from an ex-girlfriend of his about six
months into the relationship, saying he was HIV positive but
Had he been taking them, you would be fine now?
Really sad, because it was unnecessary.
I know that people's lives change, but there
Becky is living a very healthy life because she is on medication.
That's why its so crucial that patients with HIV are diagnosed.
But in Bristol more than 40% of new cases are late diagnosis.
Well, the City Council is about to run a pilot offering HIV
tests to everyone joining six GP surgeries in Bristol, but they won't
There genuinely needs to be a robust assessment of the cost and that's
We are negotiating with the GPs around cost and with our NHS
It's estimated every patient with a late diagnosis of HIV
As the arguments continue over who should pay for testing,
it's feared more and more patients are being infected.
Matthew Hill, BBC Points West, Bristol.
We're joined now from our Edinburgh studios by
Professor Claudia Estcourt from the British Association
Firstly who exactly is responsible for funding theses test?
This is a complex area but in the last reorganisation of the NHS it
was made clear that HIV prevention sits with local authorities in
England and care for people who are HIV positive sits within the NHS so
testing is in a no man's land in the middle and you can see when
resources are in short supply it can be difficult to persuade one
organisation or another that they organisation or another that they
are responsible for funding. When you have this no man's land,
problems like this are arise. Yes, this lack of clarity is causing the
problem. Should people be better educated now? I think in the context
of what you have heard in the interviews, there has never been a
more optimistic time for the health of April with HIV -- people with
HIV. If we diagnose people are late, they can have a great quality of
life and are pretty much a normal life expectancy and they are
unlikely to pass on the infection. We need to prioritise testing in
ways that are underpinned by robust evidence such as the two parent 1000
evidence upon which national guidelines are made. Regardless of
where it is in the UK, the issue is looking at the level of infection in
the local pollution and following the local pollution and following
those guidelines. It seems -- population. It seems it is almost
going backwards. Do you think there is a level of ignorance about HIV
now? I think it has fallen off the agenda of people and that may be a
success story because people are so well with HIV but in other respects
people are forgetting about testing and that is incredibly sad. The
outcomes are so good and people can expect a fantastic quality of life.
The Terrance Higgins Trust has done some research and found that many
children are not taught about HIV. It is a terrible shame in terms of
the school curriculum and in terms of health and relationships and
equipping young people for the choices they make in later life.
Ensuring people are informed with the facts, they know where to access
testing and they know the outcomes are really very good, this will help
to the stigma to is -- help to take away the stigma. If people are
tested early they can see health benefits. And the cost of care in
the future will be dramatically less than if they are tested very late.
It doesn't take very many people to be diagnosed for the testing to be
cost effective. There was a dramatic twist
today at the inquest into the death of 23-year-old
Josh Clayton from Taunton. The court heard the bar manager had
been in an argument with a group of Polish workers at a party
the night he went missing His body was discovered
eight days later. The jury was sent home early today
in order for the legal teams A retired accountant
from Cheltenham, who retrained as a Swedish masseur,
has been jailed for 15 months for sexually assaulting six
of his female clients. Malcom Baker was told he had
completely abused the trust of people who had gone to him
for a massage by touching intimate Here's Gloucestershire
Reporter Steve Knibbs. He got me to lie on my back
and he proceeded to massage my inner thighs, and his hands
were going quite high up my inner thigh, to the point
where his fingertips were touching my pubic
bone at points. The oil from his hands actually
went on my underwear, so that was obviously evidence that
I gave to the police. And again I thought, "Is he really
doing this, or is he not?" It was very subtle at points,
very clever and crafty, if you like. Baker, who is married,
trained in massage after he retired and set up a treatment room
at home in Cheltenham. Shortly afterwards, he taught
himself full body massage from the Internet and,
over a period of months, took advantage of being alone
with some of his female clients. When he was doing my stomach,
he was sweating profusely. He had to keep taking
the towel to mop his brow, Malcolm Baker has completely
disregarded his teachings and abused Baker had trained professionally
at Gloucestershire College, trained in strict guidelines
of where you can and The rules are that you avoid
the femoral triangle, which is from the abdomen right
the way down to the mid-inner thigh, and you ensure that you always
maintain your modesty, through correct towel
placement at all times. I was afraid to be assertive
because I knew the door was locked and I wondered what he might do
if he picked up on the fact that I know what he was doing was wrong,
so I went into survival instinct, It was Becky who first
went to the police. When officers then contacted
Baker's female clients, He was found guilty at trial
of sexually assaulting They were questioning their own
judgment, or they felt like they were embarrassed,
they felt like they might be judged But obviously we want people
to understand that we will take this seriously and we will be sensitive
to the victims and we On his website, Malcolm Baker said
that he would treat his clients The judge told him today that
what he did was a considerable breach of trust for his
own sexual gratification. Malcom Baker was convicted
at the end of a trial. He denied all the offences,
saying that if he had touched his clients sexually,
then it was by accident. But he was jailed today for 15
months and ordered to pay each Steve Knibbs, BBC Points West
at Gloucester Crown Court. It's Seb and Alex with you tonight
and it's nice to have you with us Yes, we've got lots more
still to bring you before The hole in one flight of stairs,
one snooker table and eight pool tables that's been seen by more
than a million people. And mostly dry tomorrow but first he
has a high chance of being wet and a lower chance of being white. A
consecrated forecast at the end of the programme. Trickier than that
trick shot! A Wiltshire school club has been
used to try to convince Parliament of the best way
to get children active. North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson
has tabled a debate on how to spend He thinks the approach used by one
Swindon after-school sports camp Here's our Wiltshire
reporter Will Glennon. The skies may be grey,
it may be cold and wet, but these children in Swindon
are getting active and having fun. They're at a Draycott Sports Camp
at Oakhurst Primary School. It's an after-hours club and helps
to target the children who aren't I enjoy it because we get to go out
and get fit and enjoy some new sports I would have never
heard of before. Children, particularly
at primary level even, are going home and they can't wait
to get on their iPads Although I do believe there should
be a balance, you know, I love the thought of children
choosing to play sport and choosing to be active,
running around, making friends, and I think we've tried to really
encourage that fun and enjoyment Figures from the Department
of Health say three out of five children aren't taking part
in any activity clubs. That's what the government
wants to address. It's hoping to use money
from the new sugar tax, which will be introduced next year,
to help fund more clubs. I love the idea of 100 sports camps
going on round the country, and as many sporting
clubs as possible. You know, we do ten,
11, 12 clubs a week. I think it is a great
way to spend the money. Today MPs have been discussing how
best to use that money. This club is being held up
as an example where it is working. And they want many
more just like it. Will Glennon, BBC
Points West, Swindon. Well, I'm joined now
from Westminster by the MP It was a great debate. It secured
cross-party support. I was looking to build on the inspirational work
that the Draycott sports camp has done. 200 children over the holidays
and slightly more girls than boys. This is so important. One in three
primary schoolchildren will leave their skill either obese or
overweight. It is a real problem that in adult life costs the NHS ?6
billion per year. I want to see Draycott sports camps in all
schools, all communities, so young people have the opportunity to be
active in evenings and weekends, and I also pushed for free use of school
facilities for any voluntary groups who want to put on sports
activities. When George Osbourne introduced
the sugar tax he said the money will be spent on increasing
the funding for sport in primary It is looking at the details. I am
broadly neutral on the principle of the sugar tax but if we are going to
do that and it raises ?520 million then let's spend it the right way.
The important bit is to have regular The important bit is to have regular
and sustainable activities. In Draycott sports camps, the kids love
it and they are active and it is regular and it will keep going into
the future and we just need to encourage more PE teachers to step
forward and set up their own and we can create more opportunities to
build on the Olympic legacy. They say, "Build it and they will
come," but will they? You are competing with interesting
games children are playing at home so how do you compete with that? As
you saw in the video, it is making it for children. Yes we are kind of
eating -- competing with computer games and parents are more safety
conscious but it is making it enjoyable, and the strength of the
Draycott sports camps is making everyone included and people
enjoying it. And I'd like to allow local community people and parents
to use school facilities for free. I remember of seeing school facilities
locked away. Let's get these things in use because the taxpayer has
already paid for them. Now, after the indulgence
of the festive period, you may want to take a leaf out
of Mimi's book. Mimi Vallas recently decided
it was time to lose a bit of weight She goes twice a week and is already
dropping the pounds. Well, at 94, she's the oldest
gym bunny in town. Mimi Vallas is the very
definition of a gym bunny. This 94-year-old is
on a flab-fighting mission. Amazing, isn't it?
Don't ask me how long I've Mimi pushes through the pain
threshold with laughter, Mimi was born into a family of 11
children in South Wales in a house Plenty of water here though,
although Mimi does like to balance her health drive
with her other favourite drink. I've asked her to put
a gin and tonic in there She makes me smile, she makes
everybody smile around her. She has an absolute huge zest
for life and, at the age of 94, For Mimi, one of the best bits of
coming here is making new friends. Mimi's 95 in February and,
with her mix of gym and gin, Andrea Ormsby, BBC
Points West, Dulverton. A mum from Bath has written
a new book to try and help dispel some of the myths surrounding
Down's syndrome. She was told he had Down's 24
hours after he was born. Caroline has campaigned a lot to try
and change perception, Seb has starred in adverts,
and now she's written a book, full of anecdotes of how
he's enriched her life. Well, Caroline and Seb are with us
now to share some of them. It is great to see you here and it
was lovely to read the book. You are very taken with seeing yourself on
television! Yes. This book is called The Label. We were given his
diagnosis after his birth and with the delivery of those two words,
everything changed. I felt unnecessarily devastated with the
diagnosis and I started to map out what the future held for us and I
made a lot of assumptions. Is it is, assumptions? It was a mixture of
outdated stereotypes I had in my mind, because I knew nothing about
Down's syndrome, and I bought a lot of bikes which just listed problems,
and I felt what was missing was the colour of reality. So, bit by bit,
the hurt listed, I fell in love with my boy, he is adorable, and I
realised that actually he was still my son and he wasn't Down's
syndrome. Really, the book is about writing your own story and not sort
of pigeonholing your child. What is day-to-day life like? Really
typical. I have two other children. He is football mad. Who do you
support? Chelsea. He is actually very good at football. His dad is a
big Chelsea fan as well. He has a wicked sense of humour. He is very
sporty. He is advertising! What's that? Its money. -- Mummy. You have
been on the TV before, haven't you? Were have we seen you? You have seen
me... In adverts? Did you notice that perceptions of friends
changing? What I find is that actually Seb changes perceptions
every day. We grew up in a time where people with Down's syndrome
went to their own skill and we never got the chance to see beyond that
label. What would you like people to take away from the book? It is a
very generic book and doesn't actually reference Down's syndrome
but I want people to not be bound by text books and leaflets but to
experience their own journey. Seb is every bit as different to someone
else's child as my other children are. Don't be defined. Seb, you have
proved that not all Sebs aren't talentless! -- are talentless.
Yeovil Town have a chance to make it into the quarterfinals
They take on Reading under-21s in the third round.
In the National League, Forest Green are at Eastleigh.
It's all been set up and filmed at a sports bar in Bristol.
The pair behind it spent all night getting it right, and it's paid off.
They've got more than a million hits online.
A golf putt combined with some pool and snooker tricks
It takes you on a 500-feet journey that lasts two minutes,
Although it didn't feel that way to the two men behind it.
They spent all night setting up the trick,
and didn't get it right until long after dawn.
Honestly, I thought an hour tops, knock the ball down the stairs
a couple of times, I'll get home to bed and be back in work tomorrow.
But, no, it turned out to be a whole-night stint.
We'd said eight o'clock was our cut-off point completely,
Shane O'Hara was the creator of the trick.
He's pretty handy with a pool cue, and recalls this latest trick
We didn't really speak to each other, myself and Tom,
for the last two hours, we were so frustrated.
We didn't want to talk to each other.
It's brought a lot of fun and made a lot of people smile but,
believe me, behind the scenes, there was no smiling.
It was just a really frustrating experience,
and we regretted ever starting the whole thing.
But the two minutes make it worthwhile.
The trick's had a million hits around the world already,
including a retweet from Bristol golfer Chris Wood.
And Shane's promising there's more to come.
I would like to do a 1,000-foot version of it, which is definitely
And, yeah, you'll have to watch this space.
Just have to take some hypnosis to become a little bit
more patient and do it, I think.
Doing a trick twice as long as this will be the ultimate test.
But judging by the popularity of this trick, the world will,
Scott Ellis, BBC Points West, Bristol.
Now, they join me now. How many hits do you think you have had? You think
you have a trick for me. What do I have to do? You have to put the
eight ball into the corner pocket. A K, let's see what we can do. Did it,
well done. The pressure alone would have made
me feel at that!
Let's put some more pressure on. Ian has the forecast.
I will fast forward to Thursday. We expect a very cold day. Watch this
sequence and how rain spreads from the West, south-west during daylight
hours. And look at the potential, only potential, for some of that to
become snow, particularly across northern parts of our area. There is
a Met Office warning, a low risk of snow versus a high risk of rain.
This evening into tonight, comparatively mild. Turning windy
tomorrow from the north-west. A mild tomorrow from the north-west. A mild
day but temperatures slipping away towards the tail end. It looks
mostly dry. Here is how things are shaping up, some patchy rain about
later tonight, clearing to the south east early tomorrow. Look how the
isobars are tightening and moving to the west as the wind starts to come
in. The colder air which has origins in the Canadian Arctic. For the rest
of this evening and tonight, many areas dry, the second half of the
night could have some patchy rain and cloud. Temperatures will stay
where they are, around five Celsius. There might be some patchy light
rain around the South tomorrow morning. Some brighter spells and we
will continue in that vein through the day as the wind continues to be
more noticeable. Getting colder but before that getting up to 9-10.
There is the outlook, all sorts of shenanigans for Thursday.
In summary, shenanigans! That trick shot is on
our website if you want to share it.