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A deadly recipe. his administration.
The PHD student who accidentally made the same explosive chemical
Little Britain's Matt Lucas gets an honourary degree
Thank you for inviting me here today. Congratulations to all of you
with actual degrees. And the cloud will vary wildly tomorrow, but it
will be dry and mild. Details later. An investigation has found that
a university student accidentally created an explosive chemical used
in terror attacks in an experiment Buildings were evacuated last week
and a controlled explosion was carried out after the PhD
student mistakenly produced It is a simple white
powder that has become notorious for its use
in The compound is both
highly unstable and highly It was an experiment under
controlled conditions that suddenly took
a very serious turn, as a PhD student worked in the labs
at Bristol University. They accidentally created a chemical
favoured by terrorists and used Triacetone triperoxide
is highly explosive. Known as TATP, it was
in the bomb vests used in the terrorist attacks in Paris
and was discovered by Belgian police after arresting suspects
in Brussels too. Professor Sidney Alford
is an expert in chemistry. The three substances necessary
for the creation of TATP need to be I can't imagine what chemical
was intended to be produced The university hasn't said
what the experiment two weeks ago The student, they say,
was following a set procedure and that a full risk assessment
had been done first. No-one was injured,
although buildings were A controlled explosion was later
carried out to safely A man has been charged with murder
tonight after a woman's body was found at house
in Bristol on Monday. Karina Batista's body was discovered
in Kensington Park in Easton. Jaici Alfenas Rocha,
who's 36, has been charged with her murder and is due before
Bristol Magistrates' A 36-year-old driver who killed
a cyclist in Stroud as he tried to flee from the police has been
jailed for than five years. Gloucester Crown Court heard
Daryl Ackland had no insurance and was travelling at twice
the speed limit when he hit 71-year-old Joe Marchant
in October last year. He admitted causing death
by dangerous driving. The inaugural meeting of a new group
aimed at tackling the issue of wild boar in the Forest of Dean has
agreed to try and bring all parties In recent years, wild
boar damage has been on the increase and there
have been claims that not enough
is being done. Our Gloucestershire reporter
Steve Knibbs has just Welcome and the meeting has just
finished. By to say was seated an understatement. There were calls to
call all of the boar, calls to -- calls calls to manage them, to use
contraception, claims that the Forestry Commission and District
Council and local MP were not doing enough and also claims the damage in
the Forest of Dean is affecting tourism and people do want to come.
A lot of taking. This is the chairman. A lot of big views from
the public. Yes, but we expected it is. We knew this was happening. We
knew people had different views. We said quite clearly that people had
different ideas and we respected them. This was the first step,
what's the next step? One thing that will happen from now is we will
probably look to having a sit down meeting with the MP, the Forest of
murderers and the Forestry Commission. Trying get every one of
the same room. Seek legal advice to see what the standing is all the
while boar and try and sit everyone down and get to the bottom of where
we go forward. But at the moment, there is no coordinated approach to
get something done. And that is what we are looking to do. Baby steps for
now, and it was a bit difficult in places, but we will under no
illusions when we started. Sounds like quite a challenge. A small step
to light to finding a solution to the issues regarding the while boar
in the Forest of Dean and as I said, we will follow at every step of the
way and I think it will be a long running issue.
Now there's a pool with a new name in Wiltshire tonight -
Corsham's pool was re-named after its local paralympic swimming star.
And tomorrow another honour awaits the champion as Stephanie
Stephanie Millward was just ten years old when she started swimming
She could never have dreamt that one day, she would be
I've been coming here at six o'clock in the morning for years and years.
And it's not Springfield's pool anymore, it's
She's been honoured not just because of her huge
Paralympic success, two golds at Rio last year,
but also to recognise the
That is because at age 17 and showing huge
promise in the pool, Stephanie was diagnosed
Doctors said she would probably never swim
again and would end up in
And boy, was she determined to prove them wrong.
Now, nearly 25 years later, she's a Paralympic champion
I thought, yeah, I've still got that dream and
I didn't think that 18 years later I would still be here
Today, it's Corsham for the renaming
Tomorrow, it's Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE.
And Corsham's Golden girl is enjoying
Now, there were two very familiar faces among the students
receiving their degrees from Bristol University today.
Don Cameron, Founder of Bristol Balloon Fiesta
and the man behind Cameron Balloons now has an honorary
And comedian Matt Lucas was honored, too.
The Little Britain star studied drama at the university until 1995,
and found fame in Shooting Stars and for playing Vicky Pollard.
Well, David Garmston spoke to Matt earlier about being made
Comedian Matt Lucas, a master of dressing up,
donned yet another costume to become a Doctor of Letters,
from a university he left without a degree.
I've been made a Doctor of Letters by the Bristol
But I didn't know that you hadn't finished your course
when you were here at Bristol University.
No, I did two years at Bristol University
and then I left in 1995, because during my second year
I was filming Shooting Stars and it all sort of blew up,
really, so I left with the intention of just taking one year off.
I left with the intention of taking just one year off,
No, but yeah, but no, because what happened was, right,
something you don't know nothing about.
Shut up, I wasn't even supposed to be anywhere even near there.
I always think of Vicky Pollard, who's now become almost...
Yeah, it's always a surprise to me, but even today, when there's a story
about someone with an ASBO or something like that in the paper,
then you will see a picture of Vicky Pollard next to them,
And on the stage here today we had some professor,
a very learned man, saying yeah but no but.
That is it for us tonight. And leave you with the weather. .
Tomorrow looks try once again. It will be a mild day and they will be
tricky to gauge the cloud. A lot of cloud around, but some areas may
have something brighter. We currently have some patchy rain
about across northern parts of the region, including a few spots here
in Bristol. That will die away if you -- through the first half of the
night. There may just be a bit off tomorrow, certainly some areas of
low cloud and then there's a question of what degree of
brightness we see through central areas of the region, North South.
Toward the West, cloud increases in the afternoon. That introduces
patchy, light rain into the evening. Further eastwards, it will stay dry.
The winds-macro will be the lights tomorrow. My old, lower double
figures across the region, nine Celsius. It will continue to be mild
into the weekend. Apart from a bit of rain,
forthcoming weekend. Here is Nick Miller with a resume of the National
weather picture. Hello, rain for some of us today
although it won't make much of a dent in the dry winter so far across
much of the UK. A few threatening clouds in Cumbria but more than a
threat of rain across the pond for Friday. The