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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me

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Welcome to BBC Points West with Alex Lovell and Sabet Choudhury.

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Months of agony after being severely burnt by acid.

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The family of a 29-year-old man talk exclusively about his pain

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and suffering for 15 months after an alleged attack in Bristol.

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Accusations of intimidation and neglect - the residents

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in Bristol unhappy with the company managing their homes.

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Calls for a change in the drugs policy -

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could Bristol see a new clinic where addicts can inject

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It will certainly rain tomorrow but the big question is will it snow? If

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so, how much and where will it be? The forecast will come up later.

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The family of a man who died after being maimed by acid have

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spoken about the terrible pain he endured for 15 months.

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More than three quarters of Mark Van Dongen's body was burnt

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His father, who's Dutch, drove to see his 29-year-old son every

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weekend while he was in Southmead hospital, before taking him

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A woman's now awaiting trial charged in connection with the incident.

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Our home affairs Correspondent, Charlotte Callen, has this exclusive

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Barje wants us to remember his little brother Mark like this -

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But his body had been ravaged by burns, disfigured beyond belief -

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When you talked to you, how did he say he felt?

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Mark was Dutch, but had lived in Bristol for six years,

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studying at the university and then working.

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It took the police nine days to tell his family he was in hospital.

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The police say it was hard to trace his next of kin.

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His father, Kees, speaks just a little English.

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Mark's father drove from Belgium every weekend to be at his bedside.

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He couldn't have a room in the hospital,

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and with little money, he slept in this van.

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In the end it was this Belgian businessman, Patric Derdeale,

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who helped them, raising money to help pay for fuel

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and for a private ambulance to take Mark home to his father.

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Dutch expats in the UK have set up a JustGiving page to raise

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money for the months of travel his family endured,

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but they say the scars they have been left with will never heal.

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And Charlotte Callen is with me now.

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You've been following this very shocking and upsetting case.

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It's obviously been extremely upsetting for this family.

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The family are in pieces and Kees, Mark's father found it difficult

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because he does not speak good English. When he was trying to talk

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to doctors and police over those months, unless there was a

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translator present he found it confusing. He was more comfortable

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with a translator there. For the first few months well marked was in

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intensive care he was allowed to stay at the hospital, but when moved

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to the burns unit because of risk of infection and not having rooms, he

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could not stay there any more. The father was dealing with driving a

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long way from Belgium in between working there and finding he did not

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have enough money to pay for a hotel. Both the police and hospital

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say they tried to do everything they could for them and say they

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contacted charities and also the Dutch Consulate.

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What's happening in the ongoing police investigation?

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A 46-year-old woman, Berlinah Wallace, was charged with offences

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around throwing a corrosive liquid which he denies. The case was due to

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go to the Crown Court in Bristol on Monday but after Mark died, it was

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postponed and it will go to court in April.

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A man in his 20s has died after being hit and dragged along

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Avon Somerset Police were called to the junction of Creswicke Road

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and Airport Road in Knowle West at around 9pm last night

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after reports a man had been run over.

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Police say a full investigation has been launched and a man

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A group of residents in Bristol have accused a property management

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company of neglect and attempts to intimidate them.

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They say they have been living with damp, rats,

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dangerous electrics and no heating in some properties owned

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As Pete Simpson reports, the local authority is now

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reviewing its agreement with the management company.

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There's BLEEP no lighting in some of them!

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A fiery council meeting in Bristol last month -

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property guardians taking their grievances to City Hall.

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There is a massive housing crisis in the city!

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They were evicted by security, but I went to see them

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Nic is a property guardian, one of hundreds in Bristol.

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He pays below market rate to live in buildings like this,

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a former care home owned by Bristol City Council, and managed

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Everyone should benefit but the deal's gone sour.

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Police treat the people a bit better.

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Give them the basic - some heating and hot water

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Nic and other guardians are angry about what they say

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are a poor living conditions, and a lack of maintenance.

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And they say they have been made to feel intimidated

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There is no higher or outside regulation.

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To be fair, we only have permission to be here...

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Animals, animal husbandry, I'm pretty sure there are more rules

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and laws and regulations to govern how they live and how they are

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They put us in touch with a guardian from a different property

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with a different story - more representative, they say,

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of the majority who want cheap, short-term accommodation.

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It's a secured building and I feel very, very, very safe.

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Minimum standards should always be kept, and at Camelot we completely

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thrive for that to happen, and we make sure that happens

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It's like everywhere, sometimes things slip or we are not

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told until the next time we visit, but the fact of the matter

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You know, we have a visit here to the property we are at today,

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and it is absolutely in good condition.

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Labour in Bristol are desperate to solve the city's housing crisis,

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but admit in this case things have gone wrong.

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I would be very concerned if we were to try to use this

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process again, which involved people living in those sorts of properties

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without the proper conditions, because creating tenancies

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in properties which, at some point, we will no longer use,

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But Nic is a guardian, not a tenant, and doesn't have the same rights.

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We are squatters with permission, almost.

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With other guardians, he is challenging this in court,

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in what could be a test case for the sector.

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You're watching your regional news programme, BBC Points West,

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on this increasingly cold Wednesday night.

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And stay with us, as there's plenty still bring to you tonight.

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Including: We find about the unit in Gloucester on stand-by to command

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Nato troops if they're needed in a global emergency.

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And after the glitz of Strictly, could swing be the way to shift

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A man has gone on trial in Taunton for sex offences alleged to have

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been committed when he was just ten years old.

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It's claimed that 31-year-old Andrew Margetts was actually abusing

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children younger than himself when he was just eight.

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He denies a total of 23 charges including rape,

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sexual activity with a child and false imprisonment.

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The family of a Taunton bar manager are calling for a fresh

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Josh Clayton was found dead on the Isles of Scilly in 2015.

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The inquest into his death has now been suspended,

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because a witness has claimed he'd seen him involved in an argument

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There's calls for Bristol to provide a safe drugs clinic

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where addicts can inject themselves under supervision.

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Late last year, Glasgow approved its first

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Now, Transform - an organisation calling for a change

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in drugs policies - wants to see a centre in the west

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This old petrol station just opposite Temple Meads has

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Covered in undergrowth and with some form of shelter,

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people have been coming here and injecting drugs.

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In the space of just two hours, those clearing up this site

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found over 100 needles, filling these sharps bins.

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So is it now time to have a safe place for users to go,

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In Glasgow, they are looking at introducing one of these,

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partly because they get a lot of HIV infections from sharing needles,

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and you save about ?400,000 for every one of those you avoid,

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but also because of these places allow the drug users to come

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into contact with health workers and support, and then they can move

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them on and move them off drugs, and offer them lives away from petty

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crime and so on, to the benefit of society as a whole.

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There are more drug-related deaths here than anywhere else in Europe.

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Safe Injection Facilities could be an answer -

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hygenic spaces where people who are on drugs can at least

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Maggie Telfer has worked with addicts for over 30 years

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and believes there has been an increase in people

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But over the last 18 months, couple of years, and certainly

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from our perspective is linked to a larger number of people

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who are street homeless are living in accommodation

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where they are injecting and they do not have

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any other choice but to do it in a public place.

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I think the real issues are how we would pay for them.

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Since funding the drug and alcohol services was given

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to local authorities, so to Bristol, from the central

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Government a few years ago, we are now looking at 20% less

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of that funding over the next five years.

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Many cities around the world have found the money for them and have

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seen less drug use in public places, fewer discarded needles.

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The question is, as funding is cut, who here would pay?

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Liz Beacon, BBC Points West, Bristol.

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As we've heard, back in October, Glasgow was given approval

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to open the UK's first ever Supervised Injection Facility.

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David Liddell is from the Scottish Drugs Forum and joins us now.

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Do supervised injection facilities really help?

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Absolutely, there is a huge body of evidence particularly across Europe

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within the region of 90 centres in operation, for now a body of

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evidence of 30 years. They definitely work, yes. The most

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important aspect, certainly in the Glasgow context is, and it sounds

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like the Bristol situation may be similar, is that it provides an

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important first step and way of reaching out to what we have, a

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group of 500 very vulnerable, mostly older, injecting drug users, so it

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provides, as you said in your clip, a place where people can inject any

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safe environment. Basically all it is doing, in a way, is moving the

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injecting that is currently happening in very unsafe

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environments into a safe environment, and certainly there is

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strong evidence that it can make an impact on things like, you know,

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blood-borne viruses, like HIV infection in particular, but also on

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overdoses as well. And then we can move people on so that they get

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further support and help, whether that is with treatment services

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etc... And the other aspect is that certainly the driver in many places,

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for example in Frankfurt, the driver there was the European Central Bank

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when it was created, that was very concerned about public nuisance and

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public injecting. They actually financially supported the

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development of injecting facilities in Frankfurt.

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That is interesting. Now, with regards to you talking about the

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finance there, it seems a thing to pick up on. Our contributor from the

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Bristol drugs Project said, how will it be paid for? We all know that the

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NHS is up against it. What is happening in Glasgow?

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Certainly the key driver for the initiative is in the region of 75

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drug injectors who have become infected with the HIV virus, and

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that is sadly reminiscent of the situation we found ourselves in in

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Scotland in the 1980s, where we had a major outbreak of HIV infection.

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That is a particular concern in Glasgow,, to get a grip of that

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outbreak of infection, and as your earlier speaker alluded to, the

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potential cost of treating just one individual could be as high as

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?400,000. So anyway it should be a no-brainer that this is actually

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something that is worth investing in, and has a huge benefit in a

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number of areas, but you are right that it is very hard with the state

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of the public finances, to argue for this, particularly for a group who

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are not generally well thought of by the wider public. And therefore not

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considered very deserving of help, which we would argue should not be

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the case. Individuals such as the people we are talking about have a

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whole range of problems, and the presenting problem is one of drug

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use, but if we can engage more effectively we can deal with the

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range of problems they face. And taking it out of society as

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well. Thank you for joining us. There is a discussion on this on our

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Facebook page if you have opinions on this.

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The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, or ARRC, is based at Imjin Barracks

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in Innsworth in Gloucester, and is at the heart

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of the Nato Alliance and defence of the UK.

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It's the largest headquarters on land which Nato can put

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Although over half of the people working for ARRC are from the UK,

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20 Nato and non-Nato countries have staff at Imjin too, from Albania

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And today their role became even more significant as they took

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on responsibility to command Nato troops should they be

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Here's our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs.

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Symbolising the transfer of responsibility...

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It was a simple ceremony, but of major significance

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for the soldiers here in Gloucestershire.

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The Nato Response Force pennant flag was handed

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from Spain to the commander of Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.

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Should Nato now deploy anywhere in the world,

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the ARRC will command and control the operations on the ground.

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There was general acknowledgement today of the fact that we still live

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in uncertain times, under fast and ever-changing global threat.

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The focus for the ARRC in 2017 will be tackling that threat

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I think it is well publicised that Russia and Nato have different views

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on things at the moment, so there is clearly

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an element of a threat there, and so we will continue to act

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But there are wider threats now, in terms of humanitarian

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crisis and the unknown, and that's the beauty of having

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a response force is that you can sit here and be prepared to command

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Those threats are varied - there is huge experience within

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the ARRC of counter-insurgency operations in Iraq, Afghanistan

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Cyber-attacks are also a growing threat, but at the extreme,

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there's war, and in the current climate it's an area the ARRC says

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Like everything, you need to practice these things,

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so what we are doing this year and we have done a little bit last

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So when we do our training, we don't practice counterinsurgency,

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The ARRC is made up of 21 different nations - many from the EU -

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but its role in the UK within Nato unaffected by Brexit.

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We are decidedly not stepping back from our responsibilities

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to European security, and the occasion today demonstrates

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that we are taking the lead in the very high-readiness

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For now, the ARRC's control room at Innsworth is quiet,

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but on stand-by, and preparation and training continues to evolve

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Steve Knibbs, BBC Points West, Imjin Barracks.

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Gloucester Rugby have boosted their squad for the next season with the

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signing of Leicester Tigers fly-half Owen Williams. He has scored many

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points over many appearances. But they're also set to strengthen its

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season with Sam Underhill in back row.

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We're almost two weeks into 2017 and we're also a fortnight

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into celebrating sixty years of Points West.

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It's fascinating looking through our archives,

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and every so often we're coming across a real gem,

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This is from January 1968, when the pressing question

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on everyone's lips was, maxi or mini?

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Which of the two skirts do you prefer?

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Well, in this weather, I think I prefer that one, the long.

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I suppose this one being in fashion, we should all like the maxi skirt.

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What sort of male reaction do you think you will get?

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I think they will like it in the end.

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I think they will probably take time to come over but...

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And will you buy one, even if they don't like it?

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In our office, they don't like the maxi skirt.

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Short. Why?

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It is very nice to see somebody else wearing them.

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No, they still say you should wear the miniskirt.

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Well, what's wrong with the maxi skirt?

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Well, it looks so Russian and drab and everything.

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Well, how do you expect people to keep warm in winter?

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I'm not particularly worried about that.

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They were wearing leather trousers. How very cool.

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A dance group in Gloucester is encouraging people

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Gloster Swing Dance held its first class last night,

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It's run by the two dance champions, one of whom is recovering

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So is swing the new way to shift the pounds?

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Dancing the Charleston from the film Bugsy Malone,

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Have you ever wondered whether a winter of dancing

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on the telly makes more of us have a go?

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Well, this is what happened in Gloucester last night,

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140 people turned up, and for those beginners who might

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The one thing you need to remember about swing dancing,

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And I'm sure many did go wrong, but gradually,

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the room moved as one, probably ahead of time too.

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Our expectations are really low, I reckon.

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I think they are really low, because...

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They can take you as long as you want to dance.

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You can be fat, thin, old, young, black, white,

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enabled or disabled, you are welcome and swing dancing.

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I have never done anything like this before and it is really good.

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You feel that you are actually learning something

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Will you do it in the living room when you get home?

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It is just so friendly, getting together and dancing.

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Now, I danced with Claudia Fragapane last month, but it seems whatever

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I managed to pick up from Bristol's pocket rocket disappeared

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At least my partner is still smiling, or laughing...

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Back to the professionals, and a special moment.

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Five weeks ago, Gary Boon had a heart attack.

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If I wasn't fit and if I didn't do this, I may not be here now.

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And it looks like it could change many more - apart from mine.

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Andy Howard, BBC Points West in Gloucester.

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Gary, well done. That is incredible. The big question

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is about the weather, and whether we will have snow or heavy rain. It is

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not a simple question, is it? No, it is not. I suspect the net

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result is going to be a combination of both by this time tomorrow, Alex.

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Let me take you through the forecast. The rain looks I get them

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now, based on our current forecast model. For some argue, heavy

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rainfall. The tricky element, given it will be a noticeably cold day, is

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how much of it will change to snow. More particularly as we had through

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late afternoon tomorrow. The Met Office has issued a warning tomorrow

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for the threat of snow, and it is a low risk in the broader sense of the

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word, but if we start to point out areas of greater risk, at the

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Exmoor, and anywhere east of the Mvia, particularly from

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mid-afternoon through to about the early part of the evening. -- the

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M5. A north-westerly flow, bringing Caldaire down across us do towards

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tomorrow. Watch out towards the West and watch this taking shape on this

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wave towards the east through the afternoon. You will see the back

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edge of interacting with other colder air giving a threat of snow.

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The south-east of England tomorrow, including London, could be a horror

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show on the roads are the worst happens. I say if the worst were to

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happen, if we keep a close eye on developments. A straightforward

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story through the evening tonight, barring the odd shower looking dry

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and breezy Wendy. Into two tomorrow morning, the first signs of rain is

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going in. Temperatures tonight at a range of two to five Celsius.

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Tomorrow, I will run the sequence. Do not take it literally but it

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gives an idea of the indications we think are going to build the

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forecast for tomorrow. Notice the bread of heavy rain, difficult

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enough on the road by lunchtime early afternoon, and then watch that

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colder air bringing snow eastwards towards the afternoon and evening.

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Snow showers following behind. A cold day tomorrow and we will keep

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you up-to-date through the BBC forecast tomorrow morning.

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We well and also our bulletins and radio and social media as well. We

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will see you

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