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Our headlines tonight: for the news where you are.

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The future of Yeovil's helicopter industry -

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a multi-million pound Government contract promises money

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Having a maintenance contract is fine but it's not what Yeovil has

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done for 100 years. It has been an aircraft manufacturer.

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An independent report finds Bristol's year

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European Green Capital was a success.

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We'll hear what the former city mayor has to say.

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And the next couple of days will be mild but a lot colder by Thursday.

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The Government has announced a contract for Leonardo Helicopters

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in Yeovil, which it says is worth more than ?250,000.

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The deal will see the company, previously known as Agusta Westland,

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providing service and training support for the UK military's

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But tonight there are calls for the Government to do more

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to safeguard the future of the Yeovil site.

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The minister in charge of buying things for the Armed Forces came

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to Yeovil keen to trumpet today's announcement as great news

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for the local economy, in particular the workforce here.

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It's a deal that will secure the cutting-edge aircraft

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for the Royal Navy and the army, and I know it will support hundreds

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of skilled jobs right across the South West.

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It's all about these helicopters - the Wildcat, 62 of which were made

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in Yeovil, for service in the British Navy and Army.

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Now, the contract is valued at ?271 million, and it's

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essentially for the maintenance of the helicopters for

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But, actually, what was announced today was just the latest stage

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of a 30-year contract that was signed back in 2012,

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so critics argue that it's really recycling old news,

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and that, in any case, what this place really needs

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And yet, last year the Ministry of Defence decided not to let

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Leonardo build the new Apache attack helicopter, preferring

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All the aircraft in this production shed are here

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The company says it is talking to countries around the world.

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Not firm orders yet, but like any business such as ours,

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we know where the customer is, and we know what their

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And we're working very hard to land those orders this year.

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There remains a question mark over the equipment used to make

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the airframes for the Wildcat, amid suggestions that could be moved

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to a factory in Poland, even though the equipment

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is actually owned by the British Government.

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Paddy Ashdown, the former MP for Yeovil, says the Government has

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promised it will do everything it can to keep jobs in Britain

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in this post-Brexit era, and therefore should ensure jobs

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What Yeovil has done for 100 years has been

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an aircraft manufacturer and, by the way, some of the most

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world-beating aircraft for the service of our Armed Forces,

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and not just assembly and maintenance, but the design,

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the technology, the engineering, all of those high-class design

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teams, which Yeovil is now a centre of the year of the aerospace

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industry, will be damaged if Yeovil is allowed to dribble away

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and become just a maintenance and assembly area.

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The minister told no decision on the equipment used to make

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the Wildcat air frames had yet been made.

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A man has been charged with attempted murder after a crash

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34-year-old Lukasz Jarosz, from Wilton, near Salisbury,

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was arrested after the crash on Friday.

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A 13-year-old front seat passenger suffered a leg injury and remains

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It is understood that he found his wife dead at the family home

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More disruption is expected tomorrow, after a large

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boulder fell onto a railway line in Gloucestershire.

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Engineers have spent the day breaking the rock up,

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after it fell 40 feet onto the line near Chalford.

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Trains have been disrupted all day between Gloucester and Swindon.

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We have had some minor falls from time to time,

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which is why the netting is there, to help the cutting

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Well, it's not designed to cope with anything the size

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of what we saw falling onto the track today.

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Movement sensors could soon be used to raise the alarm when there

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landslide in the area. An independent report has

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declared Bristol's year as European Green Capital

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"an undoubted success". Hundreds of events took place

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in 2015, which saw a rise in the number of visitors

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to the city. But, following criticism,

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a review was ordered. Although it found some

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lessons could be learnt, the report concluded the year left

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a positive legacy. A little earlier the former

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Mayor George Ferguson Well, the report is what I expected

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and hoped for, but you never know, and I think it is absolute

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vindication. The conclusion is that it

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would be impossible to come to any other conclusion

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than Bristol Green Capital There was a lot of political

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fallout over this, flak Do you feel better

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about how it's gone now? Yeah, I just wish this

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had come earlier. It aggravates me that it's taken 18

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months of this nastiness, which has It has been nothing to do

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with making Bristol a better place, If you go out there, there's

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still congestion and nastiness. What it's done is created loads

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of initiatives for making Bristol I'll take three, the

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education initiative. That is the sustainable Shaun

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programme for sustainable education that has gone into our primary

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schools across the city and affected over 30,000

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children in the city and is still carrying on in 2017,

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it's going national, Sustainable Shaun, the game that

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goes with that education programme, That is brilliant, that

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means we are growing a new generation of young people

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who are going to make sure It's a lot of money,

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though, for this. If you compare this

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with the expenditure for education, public health, all those things

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that we do, it's peanuts, it's a tiny amount of money,

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the majority of which we got from Central Government,

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because they recognise us as the only European green capital

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in this country - the way things are going,

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the only one we will ever have If you take the energy programme,

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we have developed a massive amount I managed to come back

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from the Paris climate summit, the UN climate summit,

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with a pledge across all the four political parties on the city

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council that we will go carbon Oh, my goodness, yes,

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this was the best thing that ever It is renowned throughout the world

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as being one of the most environmentally friendly

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cities in Europe. I just come back from China

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and India, where they are celebrating what we've done

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and learning from what we've done, so this isn't just for Bristol,

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it's for the world. A nine-year-old boy from Swindon has

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sent his state of the art wheelchair to a little girl in Bosnia,

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after discovering she had Oscar Moulding has

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muscular dystrophy. When he outgrew his old wheelchair

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he decided to give it to a little girl his family met

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through an internet support group. Yeah, she can reach things

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by herself and maybe healthy people think that they take things

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for granted, but trust me, she opened the door

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for the first time in her life Oscar's family have raised enough

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money to pay for maintenance for the chair so she can use it for years to

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come. Football now and Bristol City

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will face Premier League opposition in the FA Cup if they make it

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through to the fourth round. The draw was made earlier this

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evening and City were paired However, first they need

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to win their third round replay away at Fleetwood next week -

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the sides drew 0-0 at I'll leave you now with Ian

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who has the forecast. Good evening. We are in for a

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comparatively mild spell over the next couple of days. That said,

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there will be a lot of cloud around through the course of tomorrow, some

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brighter spells, particularly in the morning, and through the afternoon

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there will be some patchy rain about, no great amounts in any one

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particular spot. Through the course tonight, varying amounts clear skies

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and cloud, a a few showers to the south and southwest of the region,

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most areas will be dry, temperatures around three to five Celsius

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tomorrow morning, the majority will have a dry morning. Brightness

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towards the west and light and patchy rain. That frontal move

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eastwards through the course of midday into the afternoon -- that

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front will move, and introduce more in the way of cloud and it will

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remain a breezy day, temperatures very mild at around eight Celsius or

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nine Celsius. As we head into Wednesday, on face value it is

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comparatively mild with cloud around. The tail on the Wednesday to

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Thursday, a much colder north westerly flow -- tail end. There are

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more precipitation we get will be of a

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wintry nation and Thursday is one we have to watch out for. The weekend

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outlook, it stays chilly with a northerly wind and possibly frosty

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nights. The national weather forecast now.

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Wet and windy weather across the western side of Scotland.

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Blood-pressure is in charge of the weather, lots of isobars and it

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remains windy overnight across northern and western parts of

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Scotland. It will blow a gale here. That is the north-west quadrant of

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the UK, that is where we expect most of the overnight rain. Within

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north-westerly breeze it is chilly and by the end of the night it is

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three or 4 degrees in major towns and cities, rural spots lower than

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that, and a risk of icy patches in some places. Across the eastern side

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of Scotland not much rain, more on the west, still breezy but not as

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windy as it is

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