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his family tell us of his terrible ordeal in the months

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Calls for a safe place in Bristol for drug addicts to inject.

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And rain will spread across the region tomorrow -

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there is a chance that some of it may turn to snow.

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The family of a man who was maimed by acid have been speaking

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about his terrible ordeal in the 15 months until his death last week.

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A woman is awaiting trial for the alleged attack

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on Mark Van Dongen, but denies involvement.

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Our home affairs correspondent Charlotte Callen has

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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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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 Derdaele,

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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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The scars for Mark's family will never heal.

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Dutch expats in the UK have set up a JustGiving page

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Berlinah Wallace has been charged with throwing

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a corrosive fluid at him, which she denies.

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The trial is now due to start in April.

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Charlotte Callen, BBC Points West, Bristol.

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There are calls for Bristol to provide a safe drugs clinic

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where addicts can inject themselves under supervision.

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They already operate in Europe and there are plans

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I've been finding out about the potential need for them here.

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My report does show scenes of people using drugs.

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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're looking at introducing one of these,

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partly because they're getting a lot of HIV infections from sharing

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needles, 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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In Copenhagen, they already have safe injection facilities -

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hygienic spaces where people who are on drugs can at least

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It's good cocaine, a lot of heroin and some diazepam, benzos,

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This centre is open through the night.

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We give to them the needles, what they need to cook,

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but the main thing is to save lives and to prevent the diseases

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Back in Bristol, drugs workers believe there has been an increase

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in people using drugs in public places, but is this the answer?

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Maggie Telfer has worked with drugs for over 30 years,

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and has been to the first centre of its kind in Switzerland.

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These places were in Canada and Australia and right across European

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cities. They do. There is a problem, in your opinion,

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and that is about money. Health budgets are being cut, so how would

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this work and who would pay for it? That is the $50 million question.

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Government has reduced funding for drug and alcohol treatment services

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to all councils. Bristol already saved ?1 million this year and there

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is another ?1 million to come out. Public injecting has increased in

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Bristol. Nobody wants to see people injecting in public and people who

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inject in public, they have an alternative like a safer injecting

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facility, they would definitely do that. The benefits are not just for

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individuals themselves, there are benefits for communities and health.

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People are in a hygienic environment... So it would need an

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awful lot of different organisations to put their funding together to

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make it happen. What would you say to people who say

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this will just encourage people to do drugs?

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No, there will be people out there are now in public places and the

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next day and the next day, who are injecting in public because they do

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not have a choice. They are not going to stop injecting overnight.

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We are out working with them in many public parks and places, looking at

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alternatives, but we do need to, kind of, if we want people to stop

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injecting in public we have to give them an alternative like this.

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Maggie Telfer, thanks for joining us.

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A group of residents in Bristol have accused a property

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management company of neglect, and attempts to intimidate them.

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The "property guardians" say they've been living with damp, rats,

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dangerous electrics and no heating in some properties owned

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The authority is reviewing their agreement with the management

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company, Camelot Europe, who find residents to live

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Please treat the people a bit better.

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Give them the basics - some heating and hot water

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But recognise it as a housing situation, not a short-term

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Camelot Europe denied all the accusations,

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saying maintenance has been done and they worked hard

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They said they would investigate complaints if brought

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The Environment Agency is trying to find out who dumped an entire

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child's bedroom into a river, causing a flood risk.

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The furniture, toys and clothes were found at Compton Dundon.

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It took agency staff two hours to clear the river.

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Now it's the thing we've all been wondering about -

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The forecast was that it could go either way.

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Partially clearer, thanks. Good evening, everybody. A tricky

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forecasting period coming up into tomorrow. I dare say many of you

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will have gathered from various media sources there is a threat of

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snow. Pinning down exactly what this fine balance is between rainfall,

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which all of us will be at risk of seeing, versus those at risk of

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seeing snow. There is a possibility that where we do get snow

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developing, particularly later through the afternoon, it could in

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some spots become disruptive in terms of the amounts coming down at

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anyone place. If nothing else, a cold breeze has been setting up and

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cold underpinnings now will be with the forecast for the next two or

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three days. Tomorrow we have this warning from the Met Office for

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snow. I will up once a particular risk, as is logical, but a smaller

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possibility that at lower levels we could see a phase of snow across

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some of our areas, more particularly further east words into the likes of

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Wiltshire. Temperatures tonight down into about two or four or five

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Celsius. By tomorrow morning first light, rain starting to spreading

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from the West. As that trundles its way eastwards, signs of it turning

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heavier and overhanging job rain in some areas. That will cause

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problems. Watch the back edge of the rain departing, there is the

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possibility of a phase of snow tracking eastwards, distribution and

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extent start to the weekend. Time for the

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national weather prospects if you are on the move.

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Good evening, a lot going on with the weather in the next few days,

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numerous weather warnings in for so buried in mind if you have travel

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plans. Lots of isobars on the chart overnight which means it will be

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windy for all. The strongest winds in Scotland, lots of wintry showers

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with snow getting down to increasingly low levels and some

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wintry showers in Northern Ireland and northern England. A cold night

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for Northern England, particularly in more rural spots, frosty and I

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see for some and some of the snow really blowing around over higher

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ground in Scotland. Strong wind and further snow to take us into

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tomorrow. It may well make for some tricky travelling conditions. The

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forecast for tomorrow in the southern half of the UK's quite

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tricky. We have got mild air bumping into colder air. The boundary

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between the two, it will be an ugly mix of rain, sleet and snow

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developing. Mild air comes in behind the weather front but the rain ahead

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of that will be mixing with the cold air. Details are a

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